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Cross the Andes to the Amazon

Arequipa - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Amazon
10 days/9 nights from US$ 1,599

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arequipa City Tour

In the morning you will take your flight from Lima to Arequipa.On your arrival in Arequipa, our representative will welcome you and you will be transferred to your hotel from the airport.

In the afternoon, you will begin your Arequipa city tour in the historical center, visiting the Santa Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas, the Jesuit Church of La Compañia and its beautifully-painted Chapel, the Church of San Francisco, the San Lazaro District, Selva Alegre and the typical Districts of Cayma and Yanahuara for a breathtaking view of the Misti Volcano.

After the city tour you will return to your hotel. 
Overnight in Arequipa 
Colca Canyon Arequipa
Day 2

2 Day Colca Canyon Tour - Day 1

After breakfast, you will start your trip to the Colca Canyon, taking the Yura’s highway that border the snow-capped mountain Chachani towards Pampa Cañahuas (Reserve of White Wash and Salt Mines); the habitat of the Vicuñas. You will be able to see Alpacas and the flora from this region.

After lunch (not included), you will arrive to Chivay Town and will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Chivay
Andean Condor
Day 3

2 Day Colca Canyon Tour - Day 2

After an early breakfast, you will visit the "Cross of the Condor", where you will be able to observe one of the deepest Canyons of the world and where we can appreciate the impressive and majestic flight of the Andean Condors. On the way back to Chivay you will pass through small villages like, Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma and Yanque.

Buffet lunch is included in Chivay.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to the bus station to take the overnight bus to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Cusco City
Day 4

Cuzco City Tour

You will be greeted at the bus station in Cusco and transferred to your hotel.
 
In the afternoon, one of our local guides will take you on a half day tour of the city of Cusco. You will be shown the exact center of the Inca Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the Cathedral built on the ruins of the Inca Palace. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings. You will also visit Sacsayhuaman, a ruin located approximately 3km from Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view of the city. After that, the tour will stop shortly in Tambomachay, the bath of the Inca; Kenko, the giant rock whose niches and gaps were carved in a strange way; and Puca Pucara, the ruins of a small fort.
 
Return to Cusco where you can relax, enjoy the local food and exciting nightlife.
Overnight in Cusco

Sacred Valley
Day 5

Sacred Valley Tour

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco by our local representative. Our excursion is done on a private tourist bus, which is shared with other travelers. Afterwards we will take a road that winds over the mountains north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where we will be able to see the whole Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history.
 
Later on, we will drive towards Pisac, where there is a peculiar market that deserves to be visited. There, you will have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of fine crafts of various kind; woven goods, sweaters, etc. You will have free time to walk around and do some shopping. Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant to enjoy some delicious Andean food.
 
After lunch we will continue our tour. We will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we arrive, we will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Inca's heydays.
 
After the tour you will take the Expedition train to Aguas Calientes and stay there for the night. (Please ask if you would like to upgrade to the Vistadome or the Hiram Bingham train)
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu
Day 6

Machu Picchu Tour

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the bus station to drive up the steep mountain to the famous town of Machu Picchu, also known as, the Lost City of the Incas.
You will have a 3 hour excursion of Machu Picchu. (Please ask if you would like to hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain).
Machu Picchu is a magical, mysterious place that for nearly a century has intrigued archaeologists and visitors alike. Perched atop a steep, emerald green peak 8,000 feet high in the Andes in southern Peru, it is reachable only by a long road that zigzags up the slope from the roaring Urubamba river, or alternatively, by hiking for days along the challenging Inca Trail. Visitors to Machu Picchu will see well-preserved ruins hidden among the majestic Andes: palaces, baths, temples, tombs, sundials and farming terraces, along with llamas that roam among hundreds of gray granite houses.
 
Lunch is included in Aguas Calientes. (Please ask if you would like to upgrade to the luxury Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, located right outside of Machu Picchu. This gives you the opportunity to come out of Machu Picchu to have lunch and then go back in again)
 
In the late afternoon you will return to Cusco on the Expedition train. On arrival to Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
Puerto Maldonado
Day 7

4 Day Amazon Tour - Day 1

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Reception at Padre Almirez International airport. Here your professional guide will await you. He will accompany you throughout your stay. From there we will go to our office to obtain the official waterway permits (you can also guard luggage you won’t need during your stay). Meanwhile you can visit the town’s main square and also take some photos of the beautiful scenery overlooking the confluence of the rivers Madre de Dios and Tambopata from Grau square. Embarkation will be at Capitania port, the destination being our lodge. We will navigate approximately 40 minutes on the Madre de Dios River in a typical Amazonian boat.

Arrival at the Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge. Here we will have a welcome cocktail. Afterwards you will be handed over the keys to your bungalow and we will have lunch. The kitchen of our Lodge stands out for the beautiful presentation and the exquisite tastes of the dishes prepared by our French chef. After that you will have some free time to get comfortable in your bungalow, or take a refreshing dip in our pool.

3:30pm: It gets time to have some first contact with the jungle. On this trek you will see a large variety of tropical trees, medicinal plants, insects, butterflies and other animals. Upon return we will make a small stop at a lookout. Here you can observe toucans, macaws and other species of birds upon your return for sunset. (Duration: between 2,5 and 3 hours). Returning to the lodge you can take a refreshing dip in the pool or have an exotic cocktail in our terrace- bar. You could also watch the sunset in the relaxing, tranquility of palm and mango trees at our port.
 
7pm: Before dinner we will go on a nightly boat trip, a little safari trying to spot the white caiman (caiman crocodiles) that lives in the river banks.
 
8pm: After the delicious dinner, those who wish can have some Smalltalk in our reclining seats or have some fun and make friends with other travelers in the bar.
Another option is to take a bath in the pool (with bar) under the shining Amazon sky and marvel at the Cross of the South.
Overnight at Corto Maltes Lodge ***
Parrot Clay Lick
Day 8

4 Day Amazon Tour - Day 2

At 5:30am we will go on a trek of about 20 min until we arrive at the parrot clay- lick. Here a minimum of five different species feeds on special clay, vital to their metabolism. It’s a truly marvelous, multicolored spectacle.

8am: Breakfast and free time to explore the splendid gardens of Corto Maltes Amazonia. We have dozens of varieties of exotic plants and flowering trees.

10:30am: Again we will navigate the Madre de Dios River. This time on an expedition destined to “Monkey Island” where some species of these interesting and entertaining animals live in freedom. Following another boat ride of 30 min we will enter the territory of the Tambopata- Candamo National Reserve. We will trek 5km through the dense vegetation of the tropical rainforest. Giant trees, snakes, monkeys, birds and sometimes even the illusive jaguar can be observed here.
Our destination is heavenly Sandoval Lake. Its privileged settings are shared by numerous species of animals: Birds (in particular Hoatzins, Kingfisher, and Cormorants), different species of monkeys (Squirrel monkeys, Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys). At the lake itself we can enjoy the spectacle of Giant River Otters. Black Caimans and Piranhas (sometimes we can even observe anacondas in the areas covered by reed). This is also the habitat of the giant Arapaima, a fish of more than 2,5m, weighing in at +200kg. Traveling by canoe, the sunset in the lake is a spectacular unforgettable sight. On our return to the river we might be able to spot some nocturnal animals.
 
8pm: The body demands rest and food after an active day in the jungle. You will enjoy the exotic tastes of our meals, especially our desserts. If you still have energy left you can share moments of music and conversation in the bar whilst having a cocktail or enjoy the sounds of the rainforest surrounding you from your hammock.

 After a long day full of activity you will enjoy the comfort of you bungalows hammocks. You can also recover with a massage by the lodges’ qualified masseurs.
Overnight at Corto Maltes Lodge ***
Amazon tribe Peru
Day 9

4 Day Amazon Tour - Day 3

8a.m: Breakfast and free time to have a bath in the pool or maybe buy some exclusive Amazon handicrafts and jewelry in our shop.

10am: We will follow the course of the river for approximately 1,5 hours in order to visit a native community. Occasionally we can see monkeys, river turtles, caimans and various birds in the dense vegetation of the riverbanks. We will also see some medicinal plants. (Sangre de Grado, Oje, Capirona)
The “Project for the Rescue of Cultural Values” supports the local native community “Palma Real”. It is the biggest with approximately 200 families of the Ese’eja tribe. His project, located at Gamitada island works together with two families that will introduce us to the cultural values of their ancestors, their language, their customs, their garments and their dances. In an era where globalization rapidly changes traditional societies this is a great opportunity to have direct contact with this tribe of ancient warriors and hunters. As well as a chance to support them economically with the purchase of some of their handmade products

1pm: Circumnavigating the Gamatida Island we can occasionally see animals escaping the human presence. Afterwards we will visit a chakra (local term for farm). We will get to know a variety of tropical fruits and other local products (Cocoa, bananas, café, cocona). Here we will also have lunch consisting of a typical Amazon dish.
The chacarero(farmer) will also let us taste some of the fruits that will later be taken to the city of Puerto Maldonado for consumption.
Upon return to the lodge you will surely enjoy a bath in our swimming pool; maybe with a cocktail that might also serve as an aperitif for dinner.

8pm: Dinner is served. After dinner you can retire to our bar to have some tropical cocktails, relax chit-chatting in our reclining seats at the central terrace or have a bath in the pool underneath the shining Amazon sky.
Overnight at Corto Maltes Lodge ***
Amazon river tour
Day 10

4 Day Amazon Tour - Day 4

After breakfast its time to say goodbye to the setting and staff of Corto Maltes Amazonia. Your guide will accompany you on your way back to the city. We will pass by our office again to recollect the baggage left. Following that we will visit the local market to show you agricultural products of the region; especially fruits of the Amazon. Afterwards our personnel will accompany you to the airport to take your flight to Lima.

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