Peru: The Inca Trail Classic and Amazon

Explore the Sacred Valley with its famous sites of Ollyantambo and the Pisac Market, chill out in the colonial town of Cusco, then spend 4 days trekking the incredible Inca Trail to access Machu Picchu. Afterwards visit the rich Peruvian Amazon for a 3 day adventure at Sandoval Lake eco-lodge.

Our custom itineraries provide you with the flexibility to book as much or as little as you want and maximize your time in Peru.

Please see the attached day-by-day itinerary for all the details.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival In Lima

Upon arrival in Lima you will be met by and transferred to your hotel, Casa Andina Centro. The remainder of the day/evening is at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Miraflores Centro

Day 2 - Lima - Cusco

In the morning you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco (flight only included upon request).

Upon arrival in Cusco our representatives will meet you and take you to your hotel, Casa Andina Koricancha. Enjoy the day at your leisure to acclimate.

Overnight: Casa Andina Cusco Koricancha (Breakfast Included)

Day 3 - Sacred Valley

Enjoy a full day tour (small group) to the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley Peru is understood to be the land that extends between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

This past heart of the Inca Empire starts just 10 miles outside of Cusco, and trips here reward visitors with incomparable Inca ruins, stunning Andes Mountains vistas, charming towns, a good climate, and plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the countryside. This full-day excursion includes a visit to the famous Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo fortress and surrounding ruins.

In the evening your guide will come to your hotel to give you a pre-trek briefing and answer any last-minute questions you might have.

Overnight: Casa Andina Cusco Koricancha (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 4 - Piskakucho – Huayllabamba

This morning begin the Inca Trail trek! A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with our trail crew we set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.

Overnight: North Face Tent (All Meals Included)

Day 5 - Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo

Day 2 of the trek. We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. We follow the trail to the floor of the forested Pacaymayo valley, where we make camp.

Overnight: North Face Tent (All Meals Included)

Day 6 - Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna

We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town). Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spillins down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.

Overnight: North Face Tent (All Meals Included)

Day 7 - Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

An early morning hike takes us across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation.

Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry –a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.

After your visit to Machu Picchu, in the afternoon we will return by train (the first class Vistadome Train) to Cusco

Overnight: Casa Andina Cusco Koricancha (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 8 - Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Lake Sandoval

We will transfer you for an early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado (flight only included upon request). Our staff will welcome you at the airport, and we'll drive to the Tambopata River boat dock.

Here we board a powerful motorized dugout canoe and set off to the nearby confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River, a headwaters tributary of the Amazon. Then we turn downstream for a 25-minute river trip to the trailhead landing at Lake Sandoval.

The whole day and also the evening are full of activities. After dinner we take to the boats once more, in search of black caimans, which today are extremely rare in the Amazon, but still common in this protected lake. On clear nights we take our boat further out into the lake to get an unimpeded view of the vast southern sky, with its unfamiliar constellations and superb vistas of the Milky Way.

Overnight: Lake Sandoval Lodge (All Meals Included)

Day 9 - Lake Sandoval

A pre-dawn wake-up call will allow us to be on the lake for what is often a spectacular sunrise, and hopefully an encounter with the Giant Otters, which patrol the entire lake in a close-knit family pack, and are most active at this hour of the day. Most of the lake’s birdlife is extremely active now, too, and this outing should provide views of numerous species of fish-eating birds as they stalk and catch their prey, along with close-up views of the large, clumsy and primitive leaf-eating Hoatzins. After returning for a late breakfast we set off on a trail walk through the cool understory of the mighty primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. We will see the great Brazil-nut trees that are abundant here, and meet a local family – the only people permitted to live here permanently and harvest the natural bounty of Lake Sandoval. They will show us how they collect the nuts, remove their shells and market this important forest product.

After dinner we will have another chance to spot caiman on the lake, or perhaps take a night trail walk in search of the numerous creatures, including frogs, toads, owls, nighthawks, spiders and night monkeys, that make the forest such a busy and different place during the night.

Overnight: Lake Sandoval Lodge (All Meals Included)

Day 10 - Lake Sandoval – Puerto Maldonado – Lima

After a dawn breakfast we take a final, short paddle along the palm swamps of the west end of the lake in search of the resident Giant Otter family. From here, on clear mornings, we will see a glorious sunrise and its reflection in the open waters of the lake. Returning once more down the trail to the Madre de Dios River, we return to Puerto Maldonado to catch the flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima we will transfer you to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Miraflores Centro (Breakfast Included)

Day 11 - Lima Departure

After breakfast and check-out, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US.

Overnight: (Breakfast Included)

Accommodation Information

Casa Andina Miraflores Centro

A modern & ideally located hotel in the heart of Miraflores, with 58 contemporary, well-equipped rooms on 6 floors. Perfect for value-seeking travelers keen to be in the midst of Lima’s greatest density of restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

While Miraflores is a traditional, residential neighborhood, it has also become the most fashionable, upscale district of Peru’s cosmopolitan capital, renowned for its dynamic nightlife and gastronomic scene.

Casa Andina Cusco Koricancha

Cusco Koricancha Hotel is still centrally located, it has a calmed atmosphere relatively far from Cusco´s noisy face. The hotel is just three blocks and a half from the Main Square of Cusco and just a block from Koricancha temple, a monumental architectural marvel in whose beautiful interior the Incas would come to pay homage to the God Inti.

Two old colonial mansions joined into one with your comfort in mind. Two courtyards bathed in light where you can vividly soak up the real Cusco. That´s Casa Andina Classic - Cusco Koricancha Hotel, stay with us and let the splendors of Cusco illuminate your vacation.

Lake Sandoval Lodge

Located deep in Peru's Tambopata National Reserve, Sandoval Lake lodge overlooks sparkling, palm-rimmed Sandoval Lake, the most beautiful and wildlife-rich of all lakes in Tambopata-Madidi. This privileged location gives you exclusive access to the lake in the early morning and late afternoon, the choice hours for wildlife viewing and photography.

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