Experience the trip of a life time to the largest Macaw Clay Lick in the Americas,
where a "Rainbow of Macaws, Parrots and Parakeets make a daily visit to their oasis in the Amazon.
Then on to the on to Cuzco and the fabled Inca Trail where our staff manages the gear so you can
enjoy the archaeologicaly scenic trek to Machu Picchu. Then on to the highest navigatable lake in
the world of Lake Titicaca and a homestay on the Island of Amantani.
From the Amazon's Rainforest, the incredible Inca Trail to the highlands of Lake Titicaca this trip
combines the best of Peru.
Day 1 - depart to Peru - arrive Lima
Upon your arrival into Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Miraflores for your overnight. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Wasai Tambopata Lodge
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport & the local airline flight departing to
Puerto Maldonado. dfd Here the local staff will meet and transfer you by bus to the WASAI Maldonado
Lodge where you will receive a welcoming tropical fruit beverage as well secure excess baggage.
Continue to theTambopata river where you will embark for a 3 to 4½ hour motorboat trip up the
Tambopata River to WASAI Tambopata Lodge & Research Center. (box lunch on route). During the trip
you enter the primary rainforest where a variety of plant as well as wildlife can be observed.
You will have the opportunity to observe caiman, turtles and numerous amount of bird species that
flourish on the rivers edge. Also the opportunity to see families of Ronsocos, the largest rodents
in the world. Upon your arrival you will take a short rest in your accommodation at the lodge,
then proceed for a introductory walk in the forest nearby to learn basic principles of ecology
and hear some wildlife natural history. Return to the lodge for dinner.
After a hearty dinner you will make your first visit to the forest to observe the nocturnal
life of insects, frogs of various colors, and an occasional encounter with nocturnal mammals.
Here you can enjoy the diverse sounds of the jungle which will accompany our first night in
Amazonia. Overnight at the WASAI Tambopata Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 3 - Wasai Lodge Tambopata
Early morning wake up early (4:00 am) to drink a coffee or hot drink and leave for the "Collpa".
You will travel up the Tambopata river ("Bahuaja" in the local dialect )for an hour and a half,
before arriving a safe distance for observation one of the greatest spectacles of wildlife.
Known as one of the largest Macaw Licks in the world, almost everyday hundreds of parrots and
macaws of various species, enjoying their diet of mineral salts on the clay wall. It is an
experience that never will be forgotten. Afterwards you will make a stop on the river bank to have
a fruit snack and we will return to the lodge to have breakfast and rest. After lunch you will
enter the verdant jungle on a special trail to observe wild life. You will then enter the territory
of peccaries, deer and others, with the possibility to hear or see the tracks of them, or discovering
a troop of monkeys traveling through the forest in search of food. Time permitting, you can return to
enjoy a relaxing swim in the cascade of the cat. After dinner we can make another trip through the
jungle, search for caimans or relax in our lodge surrounded by exotic nocturnal sounds.
Overnight at the WASAI Tambopata Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 4 - Wasai Lodge Tambopata - Wasai Lodge Maldonado
After breakfast, you will depart from the WASAI Lodge proceeding down river by a motorized boat
to the WASAI Maldonado Lodge in Puerto Maldonado. Here, you will get to relax in our bungalows
and enjoy lunch. After lunch, you will leave and travel for twenty minutes on the Madre de Dios
River, to access the trail to Lake Sandoval, a beautiful typical rainforest lake. ( approx. 5 km hike to the banks of the lake.)
There you will board a canoe to paddle around the lake to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
You will also get to observe wildlife, such as kingfishers, herons, hoatzins (unique pre historic
looking birds), monkeys, etc. With some luck, you may get the opportunity to see a local family of
the endangered giant otters which live on the lake. You will as well have the opportunity to fish
for piranhas and swim in the lake. Late afternoon, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset over
Lake Sandoval. You will return back to your lodge by hiking to the Madre de Dios River, then take a
boat to Puerto Maldonado. There you will stay in the modern and comfortable bungalows of WASAI
Maldonado Lodge. After dinner, you are able to rest or go around the city on foot or on bicycle.
You can also enjoy the pool and its cascade surrounded by verdant vegetation.
Overnight at the WASAI Maldonado Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 5 - Wasai Lodge - Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco
You will be met and transferred to the Puerto Maldonado airport & the local airline flight departing
to Cuzco. On your arrival our staff will meet and transfer you to the Hotel where you can use the
remainder of the day to acclimate to the 11,300 ft. altitude in the Inca capital of Cuzco.
Over night at the Hotel. (B)
Day 6 - Cuzco - City Tour & Sacsayhauman Park - Cuzco
Morning on your own. In the afternoon (1:45 p.m.), our staff will meet and transfer you by bus
for a City tour of Cuzco and the Colonial and Inca sites of La Cathedral and Santo Domingo Convent,
or Q’oricancha, Tambo Machay, Kenko, Pucapucara, and Sacsayhauman. Early evening return to Cuzco
and the Hotel. (5:45 -6:15 p.m.) Afterwards (7:30 p.m.) you will meet with your guide for the
orientation for the Inca Trail. Over night at the Hotel. (BB)
Day 7 - Cuzco - Pisac Market - Ollantaytambo
Our staff will meet and transfer you in the morning ( 8:45 -9:00 a.m.) into the Sacred Valley of
the Inca. This fertile region includes many Inca terraces and farm land. Travel to the town of
Pisac and the Ancient Pisac Market for the annual show where many of the local Indians sell and
barter their hand made textiles, fresh fruits, and vegetables. After an hour or so of mingling
with the locals, you will proceed to eat lunch at a local hacienda restaurant in the Sacred Valley.
Afterwards, continue to Ollantaytambo which is the oldest continuously habituated town of the
Inca that contains several important Inca structures. At the top of the sixteen massive terraces
are the ever impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo Fortress. This is where the Inca fought some of
their fiercest and strongest battles. It is unknown how the huge precisely carved stones were
transported down one mountain range to the Ollantaytambo location, or how they were fitted
perfectly to support a strategic fortress that has bared the test of time. Also found here are
“silos” or grain mills that are directly adjacent to the fortress that could have maintained
thousands of pounds of grain for the Inca and its people. Some of the grain was most likely
produced in the surrounding agricultural terracing by the variety of crops that were grown.
Afterwards, remain in the Sacred Valley. (3:45 p.m) Overnight at the Hotel. (BB/L)
Day 8 - Ollantaytambo - Inca Trail
A mid morning departure by private bus to the starting point at k. 82. in Chilca. After a short
hike you will enter into the National Park at Llactapata where you will be registered and the
porters will be adjusted for the proper weights of all the equipment. At one time this was used
as utilitarian center of large settlement of farming terraces which probably supplied the other
Inca trail sites. (All the camping gear is carried by our staff giving you the time to enjoy the
beautiful scenic views. Today you will get your first taste of the environment with all the
diversity of plants as you hike along the Cusichaca river then on to Huayllabamba which leads
into the Amazon basin. All the camping gear is carried by our staff giving you the time to enjoy
the beautiful scenic views like the snow capped peak of Mt Veronica that tops out at 19,200 ft.
As you make your way through the most intricate pre-Columbian highway system of the Americas
(some say the world) you will continue to the village of Huayllabamba, as a steeper climb takes
you through part of a mountain forest & up to the point of Llulluchapampa at ( 12,500 ft.)
Here you will get your first glimpse of the Vilcabamba range as you settle in for the day and the
camp site will be set by the porters at Llulluchapampa. (Camp) (B/L/D) (actual campsite locations
may vary from day to day due to INC regulations)
Day 9 - Inca Trail
After a early breakfast the most difficult part climb of this Inca Trail is the (13,776 ft. )
Warmihuanunca Pass, this point is the highest part of the trip and from here the rest of the trip
will be a down hill hike. After a brief moment to catch your breath and take some fabulous photos
with your heads in the clouds you will descend into a area known as the orchid zone and continue
towards the Inca outpost of Pacasmayo. After time is spent for a healthy lunch you will continue
climbing a series of Inca steps and proceed towards the and the ruins of Runcuracay. (12,172 ft.)
Today’s camp will be set adjacent to a plateau and a small lake where clouds slumber by and time
stands still.(Camp) (B/L/D)
Day 10 - Inca Trail
The day starts by climbing of the Inca steps to and passing the ruins of Runcuracay and the 12,172
ft. pass. As we descend into the rainforest you will notice a change in the vegetation. Here a
variety of colorful plant life is abundant as well as temperatures are several degrees warmer from
the higher pass. Our hike then leads us to the archaeological site of Sayajmarca and through an
Inca tunnel opening at Phuyupatamarca ruins, ( 12,000 ft. ) where our camp will be set. (Camp)(B/L/D)
Day 11- Inca Trail - Machu Picchu
After a crisp fresh awakening to the breeze flowing through the mountains we enjoy the prepared
breakfast and give respect to the mother earth for the gifts she bares. A rapid descent takes you
through the cloud forest where a variety of flowers and tropical vegetation, mosses & tree ferns
escort you to the magical ruins of Winay Wayna. Here there are several baths and newly uncovered
terraces. In the anticipation of continuing on the trail your hearts may begin to pound from the
excitement that awaits your every step and breath as you approach the fabled citadel. Just as you
are to make your final turn and approach the trails entry a sigh of relief to know the reward is
only a few steps further as you enter into Inti Punku Pass or "The Gate of The Sun." Here you will
get your first magnificent view of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. As you proceed downward
into Machu Picchu large rock structures or temples are along the path to which the guide will
point out as you make your way into "coliseum" like site. As you arrive your guide will explain
the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder. Several ideas or possibilities
have been noted of this massive archaeological complex of acropolis proportion. Weather this site
was a pre Incan, a previous leaders sanctuary for his retirement, maybe a location for the virgins
to be separated from the kingdom and used as wives for the Inca rulers or even sacrificial for the
gods. It seems that the world will never know. After your tour transfer to your Hotel at Machu Picchu
or continue by bus to the base of Machu Picchu and the town of Aguas Calientes where a local
hotel will be the accomodations for the night.(1:30 - 2:00 p.m.) Remainder of the day on your own.
Overnight at the Hotel. (B) (based on hotel you stay at some incl. lunch and dinner)
Day 12 - free day Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Full day on your own in Aguas Calientes where you can take a short hike to visit a local butterfly
farm, the orchid trail or bird watch for the many variety of semi tropical birds that are habitants
of this area. You may as well choose to re-enter Machu Picchu where you can watch the sunrise, hike
to the top of Huayna Picchu, visit the Inti Punku Pass (Gate of the Sun ) or explore and take more
photographs of the area. In the late afternoon you will bid farewell to the lost city of Machu Picchu
and proceed to the Aguas Calientes train station where you will board the (3:00 p.m.) Vistadome train
for your return to Cuzco. After your arrival into the Cuzco train station (6:45 -7:00 p.m.) our staff
will meet and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. ( BB ) Note: 2nd day re-entry
into Machu Picchu not incl.
Day 13 - Cuzco - Puno
Morning our staff will transfer you for your departure via a First Class tour bus for the scenic
ride to Puno.(8 hours). On the way you will travel through the Andean mountains passing and making
short visits to the archaeological sites of Pikillaqta, Andahuaylillas, Raqchi & La Raya while on
the way to Puno. On your arrival to Puno and the highest navigable lake in the world of Lake Titicaca,
you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the evening on your own.(BB)
Day 14 - Puno - Uros - Amantani ( homestay )
Early morning departure to Lake Titicaca where you will go by boat to the floating Uros Islands.
Here time will be allowed for mingling, shopping or even to barter for a large selection of local
hand made items with the descendants of Uros Indians. After a short time here you will proceed
again by boat to the Island of Amantani where many archaeological sites will be visited with your
guide. There are several temples and a Royal throne "Inkatiana" carved of stone on the shore of
the lake. You as well will visit the impressive points of either Pacha Tata or Pacha Mama for a
magnificent view of Lake Titicaca from the highest point of the island. Later a cultural excursion
to visit up to six different villages that exist on the largest island. Here these humble and
simple Amara Indians descendants have lived on this some what secluded island from the mainland
unchanged in their traditions for hundreds of years. Afterwards you will proceed to a local family
home that is your accommodations for the night. Overnight at a local Indian family home. (CB/D)
Day 15 - Amantani - Taquile - Puno
Morning after breakfast and a last visit in the area proceed to the Island of Taquile where you
can view pre Inca & Inca archaeological ruins & terracing. Mid day depart by boat from Taquille
with a late afternoon arrival into Puno. Here you will be met and transferred to the Hotel.
Overnight at the hotel. (CB)
Day 16 - Puno - Chullpas of Sillustani - Juliaca - Lima
After breakfast you will be met and depart for the Chullpas of Sillustani or pre Inca funerary
towers. Here you can view the structures that once housed the remains of these ancient ancestors
of the Highland region of Lake Titicaca. All that remains are that of the stonework, all else has
been lost and looted by grave robbers years ago. Afterwards continue to the Juliaca airport for
the departing flight to Lima. On your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
(optional tours available in Lima)Overnight at the Hotel. (BB)
Day 17 - Lima - arrive home
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport for your departing flight home. (BB)
NOTE : INCA TRAIL IS IN PRIVATE SILVER CLASS/FIRST CLASS SERVICE.
INCA TRAIL PERMITS NOT INCLUDED ADD $100.00 each.
NOTE : All hotels include Continental or Buffet breakfast.
Room type : ST=Standard;CR=Colonial;SP=Superior;DR=Deluxe;
SPD=Superior Deluxe; JS=Jr.Suite;MV=Mountain View;MVT=Mountain View Terrace.
NOT INCLUDED :
International air to Peru, local air inside Peru. Local air inside Peru available directly from airline or via the Peru office representatives.
Also not included local visas, departure taxes and any add on incidentals not included in program.
Availability on the Inca Trail is regulated by the Peru government. You can call TAMBO TOURS - 1-888-246-7378 and we will check the Inca Trail spaces and availability.