Duration: 8 Days
Tour Type: Walking
Max.Height : 2,430 msnm
Group sizes: +2
Fisica Level: Intermediate
Peru Andean Jungle 8 Days.- At the agreed time pick you up from the airport to your hotel (courtesy of the company).
DAY 1.- CITY TOUR (CATEDRAL, QORICANCHA, SACSAYHUMAN, QENQO, PUCA PUCARA, TAMBOMACHAY).
13:00 Pick up from your hotel; beginning the tour in the historical center of the city visit to the Cathedral of Cusco, built between 1556 and 1654, its altarpieces are splendid, its pulpit is carved wood, from the end of the s. XVII, and the masonry of the choir is superb. Also highlights his collection of paintings from the Cuzco school. It has one of the richest jewelry treasures of colonial art. Later you will visit to the Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha; this set was dedicated to the religious worldview of the Andean world. Then you will go to Sacsayhuaman, an imposing example of Inca architecture 2 km north of the city center, famous throughout the world for the enormous carved rocks, united with astonishing precision. Then visit Qenqo which is an outcrop of limestone rock on which have been carved intricate mythical representations, then visit Puca Pucará, served as a checkpoint of the Inca Trail. Finally you will visit Tambomachay to 7 km of the Cusco, popularly known as the baths of the Inca, important center of cult and water worship.
DAY 2.- VALLE SAGRADO DE LOS INCAS/ PISAQ, URUBAMBA, OLLANTAYTAMBO – CONECCION AGUAS CALIENTES MACHUPICCHU
Pick up from your hotel, in the morning around 8:00 am, first we go to the handicraft market of Pisaq, then we will ascend to the archeological complex of Pisaq from the top of the mountain you can appreciate the beauty of this valley To appreciate the architectural skills of the Incas.
Then we will continue through the valley to the small town of Urubamba where we will stop to enjoy the buffet lunch, later we will continue the trip to the Inca city of Ollantaytambo that preserves its streets and Inca houses made of stone. We ascend to the top of the Inca grandstands of this wonderful archaeological complex of great importance for its natural beauty, and its strategic location, since from there you can appreciate the whole valley.
After visiting Ollantaytambo, we stayed at the train station to board your train to Aguas Calientes where our assistant will be waiting for you to accommodate you in your accommodation and coordinate with you your visit to Machu Picchu Park for the following day.
Hotel Night in Aguas Calientes
3 DAY: MACHUPICCHU ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE – CUSCO
According to the coordination’s made with your guide the night before you must board the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, once in the Sanctuary the guide will explain the meaning and history of each of the places of this Inca complex for around 2 Hour and a half, after your guided tour you will have free time to trek on your own and take photos in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. You should approach the train station according to the schedule of your return train, and when you reach the train station we will be waiting to return to Cusco.
Hotel Night in Cusco
4 DAY: CUSCO – MAZUCO – PUERTO MALDONADO
Early in the morning on 06:00am, we will pick you up from the hotel in our private transport to Puerto Maldonado City, located at 500 kilometers from Cusco. On the way we will be able to appreciate variety of flora and fauna, as well the Ausangate snowcapped (6377 masl), then continue to the Pirwuayani Pass (4725 masl), which is the highest point on the route, then the car will begin to descend towards the locality of Marcapata, where we will find thermal baths, if you want you will be able to enjoy a brief relaxation in this place. We will continue descending and we will be feeling the change from a cold climate to a warm climate. We will also be able to make stops in the different towns to know more about their customs and to take pictures with the natural landscape. We will have our lunch in a traditional restaurant in Mazuco and after a brief rest, continue to Puerto Maldonado City arriving at a 16:00 hrs approximately.
At agreed time one of our local guides will meet you in your hotel for the briefing, he will give you all the necessary information before the trip.
Hotel Night en Puerto Maldonado
5 DAY: PUERTO MALDONADO – WALK – LAKE SANDOVAL – LODGE
At agreed time we will transfer you to our office located in downtown where you will be able to leave the baggage that you won’t need for the tour.
We will start from the Tourist port (Puerto Capitania) from where a motorized boat will take us 45 minutes downstream to the Sandoval port, the entrance to Lake Sandoval located inside the Tambopata National Reserve. To get to Lake Sandoval we will have to walk 3 Km. or about one hour (muddy in the wet season) to arrive at a small port from where we will take a rowing canoe. After about half an hour of rowing we will arrive to the Lodge. Arriving at the lodge we will have a warm welcome with a flavorful tropical juice, and after a brief introduction to the lodge we will be able to take a rest in one of our comfortable rooms.
Equipped with a flashlight or head lamp we will take a night walk in the forest to search for the night monkey (Musmuqui), frogs, snakes and insects that are active during the night. We will return to the Lodge for dinner and to spend the night.
6 DAY: LAKE SANDOVAL – BRAZIL NUT TRAIL – CAIMAN SEARCH NIGHT
Very early in the morning we will row around Lake Sandoval in a wooden canoe trying to see the giant river otters (the biggest in the world), one of the most important protected species in the lake and considered flagship species. Giant otters live in small and very territorial family groups and feeds on fish around the lake in the early morning. They can eat up to 4 kilos of fish a day.
We will return to the Lodge for the breakfast and a brief rest.
We will leave the lodge and we will go for a walk in the solid ground forest learning more about the medicinal plants and diurnal mammals such as monkeys, wild cats, peccaries and birds like toucans and macaws. We will also learn about the ecology of the Brazil nut tree or chestnut tree that is considered an umbrella species, because it helps to protect other flora and fauna of the region.
We will return to the Lodge for lunch and nap time.
In the afternoon we will take the canoe around Lake Sandoval again, this time to look for monkeys (cappuccinos, squirrels, and red howler), herons, kingfishers, cormorants, and shanshos that live and feed in the forest around the lake. In the evening on our way back to the lodge, using our flashlights we will be able to see the reflection of the eyes of the black caiman that usually hunt at night along the shore of the lake. We will approach them to take photos and we will talk about their natural history.
We will return to the Lodge for dinner and spend the night.
7 DAY: SANDOVAL LAKE – CLAY LICK PALMS –PLAIN FLOOD FOREST – TOWER
We will get up very early to cross the lake Sandoval and to walk about 20 minutes to visit the Collpa de palmeras or palms clay lick. This is a special place where different species of macaws (blue and yellow, scarlet, red bellied, chestnut fronted) and parrots (yellow crowned, mealy, white bellied) meet to eat the dead wood of the palms trees that is rich in salts and minerals (calcium, sodium, potassium, aluminum, magnesium and iron). This is a very important mineral supplement and helps these birds with digestion and to counteract the bad effects of the toxins that they ingest feeding on un-ripe fruits. We will return to the Lodge for the breakfast and a brief rest.
We will get ready cross Lake Sandoval by canoe to go to the floodplain forest. We will walk for approximately 2 hours and will see big trees more than 200 years old, like the Shihuahuaco (iron tree), Lupuna (kapok tree) and oje (medicinal ficus tree); trees that grow only in this type of forest. We will return to the Lodge for lunch and nap time.
In the afternoon we will again explore the lake by canoe, but this time we will visit a 12-meters high tower that is located between the limit of the touristic area (2 Km.) and a refuge area (1 km). From the tower we will watch the sunset. We will return to the Lodge for dinner and to spend the night.
8 DAY: SANDOVAL LAKE – PUERTO MALDONADO – AIRPORT.
Very early after breakfast we will leave the Tambopata National Reserve taking the same way back to the entrance at the Sandoval port on the Madre de Dios River, from where will be taking our boat to return to Puerto Maldonado. After re-packing your luggage, the guide will take you to the airport.
Included in the Trip:
- Transfer in from the airport to your hotel the day of your arrival to Cusco and Puerto Maldonado.
- Entrance tickets to all the archeological sites for visit.
- Professional English Guide.
- Lunch on third day (Maizal Restaurant-Sacred Valley).
- Breakfast at the hotels.
- Bus tickets – round trip (fourth day)
- Entrance Ticket for Machu Picchu citadel.
- Train ticket at 4.36 pm or 7:00 pm, from Ollantaytambo, (in high season the train times may be slightly different due to availability), in Expedition service.
- Train return (generally 18:20 pm) to Ollantaytambo and transport on to Cusco (in high season the train times may be slightly different due to availability), in Expedition service.
- Tourist Transportation.
- 2 nights in the Aranjuez Hotel – Cusco (3 basic stars).
- 1 night in the Muyurina Hotel – Aguas Calientes Machupicchu
- 1 night in the Cabaña Quinta Hotel – Puerto Maldonado.
- Meals according to requirement (vegetarian).
- Purified water.
- Rooms with private bathroom at the Lodge in the Sandoval Lake.
- First-aid kit.
- Rubber boots for the rainy season.
- Entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve.
- Transfer out from your hotel to the airport the day you will leave Cusco (Courtesy of the Travel Agency).
Not Included in the Trip:
- Meals and things, not mentioned above
- Entrance to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes town (S / 10 soles)
- Entrance to Waynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain ($ 20 USD optional)
- Airport taxes
- Things not mentioned above
- It is only necessary to carry a small backpack (luggage limit 10kg, this is established by Peru rail.)
- Bring your original passport
- Water to drink 1.5 liters
- Camera with memories and battery full charged
- Poncho for rain (depends of the season)
- Different clothes
- Long pants and long sleeve Shirts
- Basic toiletries
- Insect repellent.
- Sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses with UV protection
- Comfortable shoes or hiking boots
- Plastic bags to protect the cameras etc.
- ISIC student card if applicable
- Have checks and coins handy in small denominations soles or dollars.
PRICE: $1148.00 per person, in shared service (private from the fourth day).
We need a minimum of two people to arrange this tourist package.