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 group tour bus and guide 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.)
Later that evening you will meet with your guide whom will discuss the logistics and answer any last minute
questions you may have for the Inca Trail trek. Over night at the hotel. (CB or 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. (CB or BB / L)
Day 8 - Ollantaytambo - Inca Trail (PRIVATE)
You will be met at your hotel in Ollantaytambo and transferred by private bus to the town of Chilca and
the starting point of your trek. All the camping gear is carried by our staff giving you the time to enjoy
the beautiful scenic views of the Andean mountains. After a short hike you will be registered into the
National Park at Llactapata. You will then continue your hike along the Cusichaca river and on into
the Amazon basin of your first camp site near Huayllabamba. (B/L/D)
Day 9 - Inca Trail
The preparation for the day will begin after breakfast for the most difficult and steepest part of
your trek. Today you will climb through part of the mountain forest and then up to the point of
Llullupampa. After your climb to the Warmihuanunca Pass (13,490 ft.) You will get your first
glimpse of the snow-capped Vilcabamba range. After a brief time to absorb the incredible
surroundings you will descend into the orchid zone where a waterfall can viewed nearby.
The second night of camp will be set near the Inca outpost of Pacasmayo, where the ruins can be
Day 10 - Inca Trail
The day starts by climbing to the 13,000 ft pass and the ruins of Runcuracay. As you descend into
the rainforest you will notice a change in the vegetation. The hike then leads into the ruins of
Sayajmarca and into an Inca tunnel opening at the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, where your camp will be set.
Here you will have time to explore the area and prepare for the final day of your hike. (B/L/D)
Day 11 - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu
The final day of your journey takes you on a rapid decent through the cloud forest and to the
ruins of Winay Wayna. As your anticipation of reaching the celestial site grows greater and greater
with every step, your tired body is rejuvenated knowing that only a few more steps and turns on
the Inca highway will etch a significant memorable day in our life. The trail continues onward
leading you to Inti Punku,"The Gate of The Sun." Here you will get your first magnificent view of
the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. You will have time to admire the incredible view before making
decent into the huge coliseum like stadium of the Inca. Here our staff will explain the history
and the myths of this archaeological site. Afterwards, you will be transferred by bus to the base of Machu Picchu and
the town of Aguas Calientes for the remainder of the day on your own. Ovenight at the hotel. (B)
(NOTE: Sanctuary Lodge includes: BB/L/D, Pueblo Hotel includes: BB/D)
(*NOTE: Entry of Machu Picchu is limited to 4 hours. Entries start at 6:00 A.M. / last entry is 2:00 P.M. All 4 hour time
slots are limited to available spaces at time of purchase.
Based on train times and availabilities service maybe by tour bus from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo and train to Machu Picchu.
The return from Machu Picchu could be train to Ollantaytambo then by tour bus to Cuzco. )
Day 12 - Free day - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Today you will have the full day on your own. You may choose to re-enter Machu Picchu or take the day relaxing.
In the afternoon you will depart from Aguas Calientes by Expedition or Vistadome train (Hiram Bingham train available on request.)with many memories
that pictures will never tell. After your return to Cuzco you will be transferred to your hotel.
( BB ) Note: 2nd day re-entry into Machu Picchu or Huayna 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.