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Wildlife and Highlights of Peru Tour: Amazon to Machu Picchu

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Boating and Sailing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5186 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 9781 US Dollar (USD)

The Urubamba River flows below the Mountain where Machu Picchu sits. This River flows into the Amazon of Peru. Yampu encourages all nature lovers to visit the Peruvian Amazon before pressing onto Machu Picchu. The Amazon is a rough place for us westerners. We have searched the entire Amazon and this lodge is our pick for most comfort.

This Yampu tour begins with a tour of Peru’s capital city Lima before traveling deep into the Amazon to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. The most luxurious and romantic lodge in the pristine Peruvian Amazon, the Reserva Amazonica is located in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, adjacent to the Tambopata National Park. You will enjoy three nights here. We can arrange for more nights and deeper exploration into the Amazon if you like.

The Reserva Amazonica was built in 1975 by Peru’s eco-pioneers, José and Denise Koechlin. The lodging is surrounded by a 40-square-mile private ecological reserve with abundant wildlife, encompassing two-thirds of all the living animal and plant species in the world. Here the flora and fauna ranges from giant and colorful macaws, to owls and tamarind monkeys.

Once you emerge from your Amazonian Oasis, you will fly up to Cusco, a city that sits near 11,000 feet in the Andes. We will spend some time acclimating and exploring the lovely Inca and Spanish city. You will be in for many surprises and fall in love with this city.

Peruvian authorities have placed restrictions on the visitation of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan ruins. Currently, no more than 2,500 people daily will be allowed to visit the ruins. These new restrictions are great for the preservation of the ruins. We recommend booking with plenty of notice. With plenty of notice Yampu can get other permits needed for special access.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Flight to Lima

Day 2: Lima
Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to the hotel.
In the afternoon enjoy a private city tour of Lima, one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city, admire the beauty of San Martín and Major squares, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and visit San Francisco Convent, a religious building from the late 16th century, and its catacombs. This tour also includes a drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Please note the Cathedral is open daily except on Sundays. During the tour, visit the Museo Larco. After exploring the Museo Larco enjoy a complimentary cocktail and appetizer at the onsite Larco Cafe overlooking the beautiful, surrounding gardens.

Day 3: Lima - Puerto Maldonado
Today, transfer to the airport for a flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge, visiting the Inkaterra Butterfly House in Tambopata en route. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest during the 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River. Upon arrival at the lodge, settle into the beautiful cabana and enjoy lunch in the dining room. Today, choose from the 14 different excursions available at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. On the first day, Yampu recommends a guided trek along one of the trails that extend eight kilometers (six miles) in the Reserva Amazonica Natural Reserve to discover the incredible ecosystem of the Amazon rainforest. The trails offer an excellent introduction to the environment of the jungle while walking past exotic rainforest flora and fauna. Yampu recommends the Twilight River excursion for this evening. On this guided afternoon boat ride, witness the enchanting transformation as the rainforest transforms into a thriving nocturnal environment. Search for nightjars, owls, capybara and caiman, learning about their habits as while sharing their paradise. On a clear night, the stars of the southern hemisphere seem to stretch on forever against the deep black sky. Enjoy cocktails before dinner, served in the main dining room from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. After dinner, one may retire early or join the lodge staff to talk about the experience of life in the rainforest. Listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.

Day 4: Sandoval Lake
Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m. for those who want to avoid the heat and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. This morning a visit to Sandoval Lake is suggested. Take the 30-minute boat ride to the Tambopata National Reserve for a one-hour walk to Lake Sandoval. Upon arrival at the pristine lake, board a wooden canoe and glide across the beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, macaws, anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers and side-neck turtles. Spend two hours on the lake to fully appreciate all that Sandoval has to offer. Return to the Inkaterra lodge for lunch before departing on the next adventure, the Canopy and Anaconda Walk is suggested by Yampu. A five-minute boat ride takes one to the Canopy Inkaterra Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, 30 meters above the forest floor, literally walk through the treetops for one and a half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes that would be unimaginable from below, while on the lookout for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys or sloths. After the descent from the canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush ecosystem, observe the various species of amphibians, serpents, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees of this flooded marshland. If one so wishes, one may extend their excursion and appreciate the sunset from one of the towers. Once at the lodge, enjoy a cocktail in the main dining room or during the daily nature presentation in the Ecomedia Center. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m.

Day 5: Ese Eja Community
After breakfast this morning, enjoy a possible excursion to the local Ese Eja community. After traveling one-hour by boat toward the Bolivian border, arrive at the Palma Real native village, home to some 70 Ese Eja families. A two-hour visit offers insight into the traditions and culture of this indigenous ethnic group, whose simple dwellings inspired the design of the Reserva Amazonica Lodge. Learn about their lifestyle and livelihood, hunting and farming techniques, and the challenges the Ese Eja face in a changing world. Lunch is included during this excursion. This afternoon, return to the Reserva Amazonica Lodge for dinner and an evening at leisure.

Day 6: Flight to Cusco
This morning, after an early breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado for the return flight to Lima and connect with a flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon is at leisure to acclimate. Cusco’s elevation is approximately 3,400 meters (11,200 feet), so it is highly recommended to rest upon arrival for a few hours and taking in some coca tea.

Day 7: Tour of Cusco
This morning, enjoy a private walking tour of Cusco and visit the Korikancha Temple, or Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral and its Art Museum. During this private tour today, there is the option to visit the Casa Concha museum or the San Pedro Market. San Pedro Market is a lively, local market where one will receive a briefing about the local Andean ingredients and have an opportunity to purchase them. This market visit is a great opportunity to interact with the locals either selling or purchasing items from the market. This afternoon there will be time for lunch before continuing to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), the amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsahuaman Fortress. This afternoon, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 8: Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the train station. The train will head through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, board a bus to Machu Picchu and then have a guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marshes of the Inca Empire. The central buildings were erected with the polished stone works of the Cusco Imperial style, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca royal family and priests. Enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, at the entrance of the ruins, before returning to the hotel at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in the town of Aguas Calientes.

Day 9: Day at Leisure
Today is at leisure. One may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival, train station reception and transfer to the hotel.

Day 10: Flight Home
This morning, be met at the hotel in Cusco and transferred to the airport for the flight to Lima, connecting with an international flight home.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Air transportation from Miami to Lima in economy class (surcharge applicable from other cities).
- Air transportation from Lima to Cuzco return.
- Air transportation from Lima to Iquitos return.
- Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast.
- All transfers between airports and hotels and boat with assistance and baggage handling.
- Guided tours in English including all entrance fees.
- Meals where specified.
- 4 nights on the M/V Aqua which includes all meals while on board including wine, all excursions, and Pacaya Samiria entrance fee.

Price Excludes:
- Personal expenses.
- Tips.
- Airport taxes.

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