Peruvian Amazon

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Peruvian Amazon

Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon Basin, is a massive tract of subtropical rainforest in southeastern Peru. Rich in wildlife, its home to nearly 600 species of birds and more than 1,200 butterflies. Access to the Tambopata Reserve is by boat from Puerto Maldonado with lodges set along the the Río Tambopata in the south and Río Madre de Dios, to the east. Most lodges have their own canopy walkways and towers to observe the incredible wildlife.

Beginning in Lima, tour its grand colonial sites and verdant garden districts. Next, Puerto Maldinado in southeast Peru. Journey by boat on the Madre de Dios River to Sandoval Lake. See wildlife such as monkeys, black caimans, giant otters, and hundreds of beautifully coloured parrots and macaws that feed in nearby clay licks. Also, travel to Cusco, in the Andes, the heart of the Inca empire and visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY PERUVIAN AMAZON ADVENTURE…
And, see hundreds of colourful parrots & macaws feed at huge clay licks.
 

What We Love
  • Experience the wildlife in the Peruvian Amazonian jungles.
  • Discover Machu Picchu, the sacred ‘Lost City of the Incas’
  • Visit the remarkable Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up to the peak of Huayna Picchu.
  • In Cusco, take the archaeological circuit of the surroundings.
  • This is an active tour and may include trekking on steep mountain slopes.
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and network of experts around the world.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Beginning in Lima, ‘The City of Kings’, with its grand colonial architecture  and verdant garden districts, you will travel deep into the Andes to reach the heart of the Inca empire, Cusco. This is your gateway to The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, two of the most beautiful and atmospheric places on the planet.

Cusco, once the centre of the Inca Empire and now a vibrant gateway to Inca ruins, is even higher in the Andes.  Yet even at sea level, Peru can leave you breathless. With unspoiled beaches, coastal desert, deep canyons and dense Amazon jungle, its variety of natural wonders is astonishing.

Rediscovered in 1911, the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, spectacularly located on a spur high above the river, were one of the very few Inca sites not discovered and desecrated by the Spanish. Here survives the very last complete Intihuatana Stone, one of the most supremely sacred and powerful objects in the Inca world.

Then, there are the cultural treasures. The contrast between old and new runs throughout the land: Poncho-clad Amerindians walk their llamas through modern cities, past Spanish cathedrals built on the foundations of ancient Inca ruins. Giant, stylized designs were etched in the earth by a great - and unknown - civilization. Peru is where pre-Columbian culture reached its most graceful peak. Like the Parthenon in Greece or the Pyramids of Egypt, the Inca and pre-Inca ruins of Peru provide an unforgettable glimpse of the genius of a lost world.  

Getting There

The principal international airlines are Lan and Avianca. There are no direct flights from London but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM. From Heathrow you can expect the journey to take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours, depending on the routing and stopovers.

Prices of flights to Peru from London are fairly consistent around the year, with a slight rise in the summer and over the major holidays. It’s best to avoid buying international air tickets in Peru, where prices are inflated by a high tax. If you’re uncertain of your return date, it will probably still work out cheaper to pay the extra for an open-ended return than to buy a single back from Peru.
 

 
Peruvian Amazon Peru

Amazon with Machu Picchu

Lima, Cusco, Inka Trail, Machu Picchu
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Lima, Peru Arrive at Lima Jorge Chavez International airport (LIM). Meet and greet on arrival and escort on a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Melia Hotel.

Day 02 – Tambopata Nature Reserve
Puerto Maldinado Transfer to the Lima airport for your flight to Puerto Maldinado in the Southeast corner of Peru. On arrival, embark on a 25-minute journey down the Madre de Dios River by motor canoe to Sandoval Lake Lodge. After lunch and a brief rest, board the catamaran and set off to explore the west end of the lake. Here, in the flooded palm forest drift to the sounds of hundreds of Red-Bellied Macaws before returning to the palm forest for the night.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sandoval Lake Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 03 – Tambopata Nature Reserve
Puerto Maldinado A pre-dawn wake-up call to meet near the lake. At sunrise, you might encounter a family of Giant Otters that frequent the lake in the early hours of the morning. Most of the fish-eating water birds will also be hunting and this outing should provide excellent views, and photographs, of the prehistoric-looking Hoatzins. Relax until lunch.

After lunch, board the catamaran to explore the eastern part of the lake, where we might see one or more of the five species of monkeys that live in that area, such as the Brown Capuchin Monkey. After dinner you may like to spot Black Caimans on the lake, or go on a short night walk through the primary forest.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sandoval Lake Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 04 – Transfer
Cusco Early departure by river to the Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco featuring the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas; La Compania, as well as a variety of old-colonial style buildings. Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Novotel (B)  

Day 05 – Optional Excursions
Cusco Enjoy a full day at your leisure in Cusco. Optional excursions to the Sacred Valley such as rafting, mountain biking, and visits to markets, villages or ruins, may be arranged.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Novotel (B)  

Day 06 – Machu Picchu Trek
Llaqtapata Starts Mondays. A spectacular drive through the Sacred Valley brings you to Chillca, the start point for the trek. Today's trail is through a dry cactus zone beneath soaring views of snow covered Mt. Vernica, and the turbulent Urubamba River below. From our trail, we will be able to see giant sculpted terraces of Inca Llaqtapata and explore the outlying areas of this massive ancient farming complex.
Overnight: Llaqtapata Camp (B, L, D)  

Day 07 – Machu Picchu Trek
Llulluchapamba The trail winds slowly uphill through a small forest to reach the site of Patallacta. After a short visit you continue up the Cusichaca Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the trail ascends steeply to a large pampa below the first pass, where you will camp. This camp has a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay.
Overnight: Llulluchapampa Camp (B, L, D)  

Day 08 – Machu Picchu Trek
Phuyupatamarca Early wake-up to continue through cloud forests along mountain streams and old Inca trails. Today we cross the Warmiwanusca Pass, or ‘Dead Woman's Pass’ the highest point of the trek (13,776 ft) The trail descends to the Pacaymayo River and then climbs slowly past Runkuraqay ruins. You finally reach camp at Phuyupatamarca, meaning ‘the town at the edge of the clouds’ in Quechua. To avoid high-altitude effect, we suggest you take this day very slowly.
Overnight: Llulluchapampa Camp (B, L, D)  

Day 09 – Private Touring
Machu Picchu Very early wake-up in order to negotiate an Incan stone tunnel and follow a buttress along a ridge top to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (City Above the Clouds). The trail winds sharply down a series of Incan steps and flagstone paths through thickening cloud forest to the well-restored Inca ruins of Winay Wayna. After a two hour walk through cloud forest, you reach the Intipunku, or Gate of the Sun, the main entrance to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu, at an elevation of 8,000 ft/2,450 m (much lower than nearby Cuzco) has the most spectacular setting of any ruin in the world - even those who aren't normally excited by archaeology will be impressed. This ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is a place everyone must see at least once. In the afternoon, take the shuttle down to Machu Picchu village and short walk to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B, L, D)  

Day 10 – Transfer
Cusco Machu Picchu is said to be a place of spirituality, and the greatest spiritual moment of the day happens at sunrise. This morning, there is an option to rise early, take the bus back to the top of the mountain and view the world’s most famous ruins at sunrise. This afternoon, board the Vista dome train to Cusco, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Novotel Hotel (B)  

Day 11 – Depart
Cusco Transfer to the Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima and onward connecting departure.
Meals (B)
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Peru has some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of South America and a mind-bendingly fascinating history, with archaeological sites to match. Here the Andes attain the height of their glory, building the world's great centres of ancient civilization and their remains fascinate travellers and archaeologists alike.

The city of Cuzco is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and once the centre of the Inca Empire, flaunts its glorious legacy, not only in its architecture, ruins and museums but also in the people, who speak the Inca language, Quechua.

Where to go Begin your tour in the sprawling capital city of Peru. It is worth to spend a day or two in Lima, seeing its excellent museums, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Peru is known for its archaeological sites of which Machu Picchu is most famous. But along the coast, there are more fascinating archaeological sites, as well as glorious beaches and charming towns. South of Lima are the bizarre Nasca Lines, the drawings so monumentally huge that some can only be seen from the sky. And the National Reserve of paracas is inhabited by an enormous variety of birds, amongst which are Humboldt Penguins, Flamingoes and Pariguana.

North of Lima lie the great adobe city of Chan Chan and the Valley of the Pyramids. The surfing hangouts of Puerto Chicama and trendy Máncora beach are big draws along this stretch, but almost all of the coastal towns come replete with superb beaches, plentiful nightlife and great food.

For High Mountain trekking and climbing is the town of Huaraz, 420 km north of Lima. It is the gateway for visitors to the Callejón de Huaylas, the spectacular range with some of the highest peaks in Peru. The other key attraction here is the remains of the temple complex of Chavín de Huantar, one of the most important pre-Inca cultures, to the east of Huaraz.

For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the Peruvian Amazon, known as "Amazonia", is considered to be the best preserved part of the Amazon Jungle. Jungle treks, lasting from a day to a week or more, are organised from Iquitos, the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. The Manu Biosphere Reserve and the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, are in the South while the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is in the North.

Finally for Machu Picchu, you will travel to Cuzco, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Peruvian Andes. Once the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes and palatial ruins in Peru, and by magnificent hiking country. You will visit the Urubamba valley, also called the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu, the magical Lost City of the Incas.

When to go January – April: This is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy.

During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek. As February ends, the rains begin to ease and more visitors begin to arrive. This is a good period to combine Peru with a visit to the Galapagos Islands.

May – September: This is the best time to visit Peru, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. This being the high tourist season, most hotels get booked hence it is advisable to book early. More importantly, The Inca Trail that has limited spaces hence those wishing to travel from June onward should book at least six to nine months in advance.

October – December: The dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. Water levels in the Amazon will be high from December to March, meaning fauna may not venture as close to the river banks, but it also makes it easier to explore smaller tributaries.

Visa British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
On arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 6 months.

If you enter Peru overland from Ecuador, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the local immigration office. Most people crossing the border with Ecuador enter Peru through Aguas Verdes (Tumbes region) - you may need to ask for directions to the immigration office.

If you enter Peru from Bolivia by bus or taxi, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the immigration office in Desaguadero or Copacabana (Puno region).

Immigration authorities may also not let you leave Peru without a valid exit stamp from the last country you visited. The British Embassy can’t intervene in immigration issues. Make sure you get your entry stamp when you arrive in Peru.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Peru.

Customs: British nationals have experienced problems when trying to enter the country with more than one laptop. You should familiarise yourself with Peruvian immigration or customs procedures before you enter the country.

If you are returning to the UK via Europe, be aware that the customs authorities in European airports frequently confiscate duty free alcohol and other liquids purchased at the duty free shops in Lima airport from passengers in transit.  

For further details contact the Peruvian Consulate in London.  
Visa information source: www.gov.uk