Begin this deluxe tour in Lima, where some of the best food on the continent is found and where you will be invited to taste some of the famous local cuisine. Venture to Reserva Amazonica Lodge, a luxury jungle lodge located in a private reserve in the Amazon basin. Daily guided excursions include a visit to Lake Sandoval, the most magnificent lake of the Tambopata National Reserve, the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, canoeing to oxbow lakes, hiking nature trails, wildlife spotting, visit to a local farm. Wildlife includes giant river otters, red howler monkeys, macaws, prehistoric hoatzins, anacondas, turtles, caiman, piranha, toucans, sloths, amphibians, among many others. Flora includes giant strangler fig trees and numerous species of orchid. During time at the lodge you will have time to visit the all-nautral ENA Spa. Travel to the Sacred Valley and explore its hearty spread of ruins, markets, and old fortresses before venturing to Machu Picchu. The scenery and history can't be beat as you relax in a luxury lodge with meals included. Enjoy live entertainment, drinks and fine dining as you return to Cusco aboard the deluxe Hiram Bingham train. In Cusco you will stay in a classic hotel with old charm and modern luxury hotel service. Have a chance to explore the city and its surrounding areas before wrapping up your fabulous trip.
You will arrive in Lima and be picked up by your local guide and transferred to your deluxe hotel - the Belmond Miraflores Park.
Lima has become one of the top foodie destinations in recent years. This excursion will take you to a local market, fresh fish stands and one of Lima's premier restaurants for a panoramic tasting of the best cusine that Lima has to offer.
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred by outboard motorboat to Reserva Amazonica, located 45 minutes down the Madre de Dios River. Exotic, yet accessible, Reserva Amazonica Lodge is situated in a private reserve, surrounded by a vast jungle canopy. The lodge was built following the local indigenous architectural style. After meeting with your naturalist guide, choose from the 14 different excursions available at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. This afternoon you may take a guided walk along the Trail system into the reserve area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the forest environment, winding past impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching and observing exotic insects.
You may also join a Twilight River excursion — a guided afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios River. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. You will learn about their habits, while you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and up to three different caiman species.
Dinner will be served in the main dining room.
The following is a suggested itinerary - a selection of excursions can be chosen according to your preferences:
Today there will be an excursion to Lake Sandoval, the most magnificent lake of the Tambopata National Reserve, with extraordinary landscapes of calm waters surrounded by Aguaje palms and other primary forest trees and the possibility of observing the rich flora and fauna of the lake. A 30-minute boat ride takes you to the Tambopata National Reserve, where wildlife surrounds you as you enjoy the one and a half hour walk along three kilometers of trails to reach Lake Sandoval. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, macaws, prehistoric hoatzins, also called "shanshos", anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers and side-neck turtles. You will spend two hours on the lake, looking at all is has to offer.
This afternoon you will experience the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Walk. From Reserva Amazonica, a five-minute boat ride takes you to the Inkaterra Canopy Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, at 29 meters above the forest floor, you will literally walk through the treetops for one-and-a-half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes and vistas that would be unimaginable from below, while on the look-out for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and -with luck- monkeys or sloths. After your descent from the Canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush eco system, you may observe the various species of amphibians, serpents, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees of this flooded marshland. The walk finishes by returning to the lodge.
Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the lodge. For one and a half hours, explore the rainforest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to many piranha, caiman, turtles and birds, until the Sanipanga landing point. Navigate back downstream observing the abundant flora and fauna along the way. You will return to Gamitana Farm for a short guided tour to see how local farmers grow fruits and vegetables. Return to the lodge for lunch.
After lunch, enjoy the Hacienda Concepcion excursion. The hacienda is home to over 200 different plant species and where you will learn about the uses and benefits of local flora. This is followed by a 30-minute canoe trip to look for turtles, sun grebes, nightjars and exotic herons. Return to the lodge.
Tonight consider the 'Rainforest by Night' excursion through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night for an approximately 2-hour excursion. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, enhancing animal resources to create new adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night.
After a full breakfast you will transfer back to the Puerto Maldonado. In Puerto Maldonado you will visit the Butterfly House. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House, a showcase for the variety, beauty and adaptability of these fascinating insects. Afterward, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco.
From Cusco you will be driven to the Rio Sagrado Hotel, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, among verdant fields and towering mountains. Set on the banks of the rushing Urubamba River, this beautiful Orient-Express hotel was built was natural materials to resemble an authentic Andean village. Situated at a lower altitude than nearby Cusco, its delightful hotel villas provide the perfect environment in which to relax and acclimatize. Savor fresh produce in the restaurant, enjoy a massage in the hotel spa and slip into the spirit of Peruvian life.
This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and depart with your private guide for a full-day excursion to the village and ruins of Pisac located 7 miles from Urubamba. After exploring the ruins you will visit the colorful Pisac market where you'll be able to trade with locals for a variety of handicrafts, including woolen sweaters and ponchos. Lunch will be served in Urubamba, followed by a tour of the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Set off with your guide for Ollantaytambo where you will depart for a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley, into Machu Picchu.
Upon arrival at Machu Picchu Station in Aguas Calientes, you'll be escorted by your guide to the 25 minute 'zig-zag' shuttle bus to Machu Picchu. Explore the walls, stairways, temples and terraces of Machu Picchu with intriguing and detailed information from your private guide. After a buffet lunch served at the Sanctuary Lodge, you'll be free to explore this enchanting place on your own. For the more energetic, a moderate 2-mile hike up to the Sun Gate offers fabulous views overlooking Machu Picchu. Those in great physical shape (and a strong head for heights) may wish to hike the very steep trail to the top of Huayna Picchu for outstanding views of the entire region.
In the evening you will dropped off at the very special Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. This is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel. Uniquely, it offers its guests the opportunity to explore this great site late in the evening and early in the day. Sit out on a terrace and savour Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge's own plot: this delightful Orient-Express hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.
In the morning you are free to revisit the ruins or explore Aguas Calientes, where there are some small restaurants, a market and some hikes.
In due time, return to the Machu Picchu train station and board the deluxe "Hiram Bingham" train for the departure to Cusco. Pre-dinner cocktails will be served, accompanied by live entertainment. Afterwards, a four-course a-la-carte dinner is presented in the dining cars.
From the train station you will be met and taken to the deluxe Monasterio Hotel. Close to the lively Cusco central square this delightful Orient-Express hotel combines its centuries-old charm and ambience with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites. The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cusco. Its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving 'new Andean' cuisine.
After meeting up with your guide you will set off on a half-day tour of Cusco and the nearby Inca ruins. Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent, was the capital of the Inca Empire and is considered by many Quechua peoples to be the spiritual center of the world. Much of colonial Cusco was built on Inca foundations. Your guide will point out Inca stonework along the many streets. Visit the main square, the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, as well as a first introduction to Inca stonework at the ruins of Puka-Pukara, Qenqo, Tambo Machay, and the renowned fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cusco and the surrounding valley.
You will have the morning in Cusco to explore on your own. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima where you will connect with your international departure.
|Price from||$5,320.00 per person, based on double occupancy|
2 nights Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, breakfast included
3-night Reserva Amazonica Lodge package (includes Puerto Maldonado Airport and river transfers, accommodations, meals and guided excursions)
2 nights Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel, breakfast included
1 night Belmond Sanctuary Lodge; lunch, dinner and breakfast included
2 nights Belmond Monasterio, breakfast included
'A Taste of Lima' excursion (private)
Full-day Pisac Ruins, Market & Ollantaytambo tour, lunch included (private)
Vistadome train tickets Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu
Half-day private Machu Picchu tour, includes lunch, shuttle bus tickets, entrance fee
Hiram Bingham train service Machu Picchu-Cusco (includes drinks, dinner, live entertainment)
Tour of Cusco city and nearby ruins (private)
International and domestic airfare
The accommodations were first class every place we stayed. The guides were excellent and always on time with regard to our travel arrangements.
- Ken and Laurie, May 2016