Machu Picchu & the Amazon

In this Amazon rainforest tour you will be surrounded by nature and the mighty river. To make this trip even more exciting you will visit Cusco, where you will appreciate its archaeological sites full of history that seem to reborn when you walk through its millenary streets, and Machu Picchu citadel, with its mystery and energy.

Trip Highlights

  • Your experience begins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a gradual acclimatization to height.
  • The visit to Machu Picchu includes the train ride in superior class and buffet lunch in one of the best restaurants in town.
  • This program will show you our living cultures with which you will share their daily experiences in non-traditional tours.
  • You will explore the Amazon jungle for four days staying at one of the best lodges located in the middle of the jungle.

Schedule by Day

  • Day 1 Lima
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
  • Day 2 Lima - City tour
    • Our guided visit to Lima allows you to see the Historical Center: Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit the historic Santo Domingo Convent , an icon of colonial architecture. The tour goes all the way to modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores, where you’ll appreciate archaeological sites of sacred Inca structures and also, you will observe the Pacific Ocean coast from the vast seafront.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 3 Lima – Cusco - Sacred Valley
    • Located 35 kilometers (22 miles) Northwest of Cusco, the town of Chinchero is located over the foundations of an important Incan center from late 1400. Colofully dressed, the people of Chinchero gather in the main square to exchange food, and offer the visitors with a series of regional handicrafts surrounded by a stunningly beautiful landscape.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 4 Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
    • Half day visit to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious and agricultural center of the Incan Empire. The fortress is located on top of a mountain to allowed them to protect the whole valley from invaders. From the highest spot you will be able to appreciate the narrow roads along with the channels that remain unaltered since Incan times.
    • Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to take the ride to Machu Picchu town.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Machu Picchu.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 5 Machu Picchu - Cusco
    • Today you will start your Machu Picchu excursion with a private guide. This incredible place is a renowned example of the advanced Inca’s architecture, surrounded by an amazing landscape of lush forest. Lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, but was built in the middle of XV century. The name of the citadel comes from the Quechua language that means “Old Mountain” and apparently was the principal Inca’s Sanctuary. Enjoy a buffet lunch at Sanctuary lodge.
    • At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride back to Cusco.
    • Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 6 Cusco - City tour
    • Get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style on its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking Cusco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archeological sites: “Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay”, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. Finally you will visit an art workshop named “Inkas Expression” that presents artists working on silver pieces and painting in wood. This is an ideal place for the ones who like andean art.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 7 Cusco – Lima - Iquitos Amazon Lodge
    • Upon arrival to Iquitos city transfer to the hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Iquitos.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 8 Iquitos Amazon Lodge
    • You will transfer to the harbor to take a speed boat for a three hours ride upriver on the Amazon. Muyuna staff will be ready to welcome you with a typical cold drink after arriving at the lodge. After setting in your bungalow and having lunch, finally you will start the adventure. You will take boat trip to Lake Sapote watching different birds on the ride, like parrots, jacanas, kingfishers, herons, panguanas, partridges, pigeons, cormorants, horned screamers, horneros, then you will sail to Moena lagoon to see sloths and monkeys as squirrel and dusky titi monkeys, etc.
    • After watching the sunset over the forest you will get back to Muyuna.
    • After dinner, you will take a boat ride to see caimans, nocturnal birds and mammals.
    • Overnight at Muyuna Lodge at Iquitos.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Day 9 Iquitos Amazon Lodge
    • Early breakfast.
    • Today you will do the Leoncito hike, to appreciate the immense variety of flora around the Muyuna area. In this walk you can taste the water from the Uncaria tomentosa (cat's claw) has within its vines, some say it can cure cancer and AIDS. You'll also be amazed at how huge the ceiba tree is. In addition, you will see the world's smallest monkey, the pigmy marmoset, and the squirrel and tamarin monkeys. Also if you're lucky, you'll see the howler monkey, whose deafening roar can be heard many miles away.
    • Return to the lodge to take the lunch buffet.
    • After a short rest you will take a boat trip to the lakes Purura and Corriente for fishing the famous piranha (being more difficult to fish in March, April and May). This is an area that has many strangler vines, being the favorite spot of the bird "hoatzin" or shansho. This colorful bird looks like a prehistoric bird because it has three claws on the middle joint of the wing.
    • Dinner buffet at the lodge.
    • You will do a night walk in search of huge frogs, anaconda´s favorite food. In addition to seeing tarantulas, it is worth clarifying that despite the bad reputation, they are not dangerous to humans.
    • Overnight at Muyuna Lodge at Iquitos.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Day 10 Iquitos - Lima
    • Very early in the morning before breakfast, you will make a very impressive bird watching trip. This is the best hour to look for them because they begin their day feeding themselves in the trees. It will be very easy to see parrots, macaws, toucans, egrets, hawks, ducks, etc. Later, depending on the river level, you will be taken by motorboat to the Amazon river or some of its lakes to experiment the most magical moment of your trip: to see and listen to the pink Amazon River dolphins playing around your boat. The boats are equipped with a specialized headphones system to enjoy this unique experience. In the way back to the lodge, you will see the biggest aquatic plant in the world, the famous Victoria Regia. Then you will visit Purura Lake where you will find different types of fish, like piranhas, silver hatched fish, etc. After lunch, your experience in the jungle comes to an end; you will sail three hours back to Iquitos and be taken to the airport to take the flight back to Lima.
    • Upon your arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 11 Lima
    • Transfer to the airport to take your international flight back home.


  • 3 nights of accommodation in Lima at selected hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Sacred Valley at selected hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Machu Picchu at selected hotel.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Cusco at selected hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Iquitos at selected hotel.
  • 2 night of accommodation at Muyuna Lodge in Iquitos.

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