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Explore the richness of the Andes all the way to the Amazon!

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The best itinerary to discover the Andes and the Peruvian Amazon!
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May - September
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Eco-Amazonias Lodge & 3 star hotels
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Lima
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Sacred Valley : Discover the Peruvian Sacred Valley, boasts mysteries, Incan history, an uncountable number of ruins, stone terraces, and the beautiful natural settings in the photogenic valley.

Machu Picchu : Explore Machu Picchu, one of wonders of the world. Built around 1450, and located in the Eastern Cordillera of the south of Peru, in the chain of the Andes to 2430 meters of altitude.

Ruins of Moray : about 50 km from Cusco, a little off the beaten track, you will find the magnificient Ruins of Moray. The most visually stunning ruins of the Inca civiliazation.

Eco Amazonias : : Rest in EcoAmazonia Lodge, located in the middle of 10 000 hectares ecological reserve known are the Tambopata.

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Day 1:

Arrive to Lima from International flight.


Upon arrival, you shall be met by a representative in Lima and transferred directly to you hotel in Miraflores, Casa  Andina Centro. If you arrive on time you should be 1 hour to get through customs and baggage collection and then another 30 minutes to the hotel. Your hotel is in a great location near to the main park and also based on the street of  Petit Thouars with lots of artisanal markets.


Exploring the district of Miraflores on foot which is very safe even at night. There are many cafes, restaurants and bars to explore. There are also pharmacies, banks and money  exchange shops all nearby if you need them.  


Overnight: Carmel or Casa Andina Centro 3* Miraflores, Lima


Day 2:

Half day tour of Lima by bus OR Tour of Miraflores by bicycle, late  afternoon flight to Cusco.

BUS TOUR - We pick up at 9am in order to do a sight-seeing in the capital of Peru. We go to the downtown and can visit the cathedral, presidential palace and see the changing of the guards, as well as San Francisco convent and catacombs, finishing at around 1pm.


We then head directly to the airport. We shall have the 3.50pm flight from Lima to Cusco (1 hour 15 minutes) so we take a 30 minute journey to reach the airport. Bags will need to be checked out and into the bus at breakfast. When we arrive in Cusco (at around 5pm) we have only a 15 minute transfer to our hotel located in the historic centre which is within a 5-10 minute walk to most of the main attractions of downtown Cusco


BICYCLE TOUR - After breakfast, we shall take you on a private guided tour around the main places of interest in the  districts of Miraflores and Barranco, including a visit to the lighthouse, the Malecon of Miraflores and Larcomar and  the bohemiam district of Barranco full of art deco and older classic style buildings and mansions that were of the high  class of of Lima and ‘Mayor’ where you can view the presidential palace and main cathedral. We shall also take you  to the San Francisco church and convent to visit the underground catacombs. Also stops en-route between Barranco and Miraflores include ‘Parque de Olivos’ and ‘Parque de Amor’, el faro (lighthouse), Puente de suspirios (wishes  bridge) and finishing with an ice cream from the best shop in Barranco. Tour to finish by 1pm where you can ask the  guide for suggestions for lunch. Afterwards, we transfer to the airport via the hotel to pick up our bags. Flight at  around 4pm (1 hour 10 minuters) 15 minute transfer to hotel in Cusco downtown arriving around 6-6.30pm.

Below – cycling along the Malecon of Miraflores with views of the Pacific Ocean.


Overnight: Cusco 3* Andariego or Villa Mayor


Day 3:

Half day Tour of Cusco on foot, afternoon free for optional activities. WELCOME TO CUSCO – CAPTIAL CITY OF THE INKAS!

Today is your main day to see Cusco and around and also see how bodies are coping with the altitude (11000ft/3300m).


Today we will offer you to be orientated by local guide showing you around the historical centre of the City on foot. In the given time you would visit the main plaza, Koricancha temple, San Franscisco Square, San Blas neighbourhood and San Pedro Market.

In the afternoon we can offer many other ideas to visit such as the Inka museum, Coca museum, museum of Pre Colombian art. As well as many cafés, shops, restaurants and bars that offer almost any time of eating and drink.


If you want to do activities such as horse riding, we can offer this in the afternoon depending on how adjusted people are people are.  


In the early evening (around 5.30pm) we could also suggest an OPTIONAL trip to the Cusco Planetarium. Here we will learn and find out about the Inkas way of astrology and also insight to the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. The first hour will be more of a lecture and also a light projection show onto an indoor dome. This will be followed with the next hour star-gazing outside (depending on clouds). We return to Cusco square at 7.30pm.

Planetarium currently optional


Overnight likely 3* Villa Posada or 3* Andariego, Cusco


Day 4:

Travel to Aguas Calientes via the Sacred Valley  


At around 9am, you will be met by a local guide and head through the nearby Inka ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pukara and Tambo Machay then to Awanakancha: a live Alpaca and Llama museum where  you can feed and groom these native animals of the Andes and learn the differences between these Camilids.

Inka ruins around Cusco: Sacsayhuaman and Puca Pucara.

At Awanakancha interactive museum, we can also see how they weave and dye locally and traditionally the textiles  they make from Alpaca wool

Typically we get to feed the animals such as Alpacas and Llamas, and weaving demonstrations.

Then just another 20 minutes to the beautiful town of Pisaq, where you can visit the local market and have lunch.


In the afternoon we can go and visit some of the most impressive Inka terraces at the archealogical site of Pisaq and  views towards the Sacred Valley.


Overnight 3* Royal Inka, Pisac


Day 5:

Travel to Machu Picchu, guided tour train back to the Sacred Valley


After an early breakfast, we shall start our drive along the middle of the Sacred Valley passing through many rural  towns and villages. We can stop along the way at Ollantaytambo (by 10am) to be close to the train station for our travel to Machu Picchu. This allows to get snack before we get to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) as we  head straight to the ruins for mid-day when the main crowds have left for lunch and the site is much quieter.

Ollantaytambo ruins and the pretty town

We will then take our afternoon tour (around 2 hours) of the Inka ruins with our local guide before heading back down  on the 25 minute shuttle bus to the village where we can spend some time there and a good meal before taking the  train back in the evening around 7pm to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.  

Not included – lunch, dinner

Our accommodation in Ollantaytambo (Tika Wasi) for the evening  


Note – if preferred you could stay overnight in Machu Picchu village but would mean a longer travel day  to get back to Cusco the following day.


Day 6:

Day trip discovering Sacred Valley and surroundings.

Today (around 8,30am) we take you out to the beautiful Sacred Valley and explore Chinchero, Moray, Misminay and  Salt Terraces of Maras.

At around 9.30am. We travel to Chinchero around 1 hour from Ollantaytambo. A town famous for traditional textiles  and weaving processes.

Weaving demos, Chinchero town/ruins, local production (photos taken on my previous clients visits)

Afterwards, the transfer 1 hour to the community of Misminay where we will receive a warm welcome with music and followed by a local lunch.

Heres a selection of some of the photos I’ve taken with several recent visits in Misminay -


Following this, we can drive down to visit the unique ruins of Moray (1 hour) then trek to visit the Pre-Inkan Salt  terraces via the town of Maras (2-3 hours) where Salt is still being mined today, from there we either trek down to  Rumichaca and back to Cusco by van or directly back by van to Cusco from the Salt Terraces.


Overnight – 3* Andariego or Posada Villa Mayor, Cusco down town (as previously).


Day 7:

Cusco rest day: free for laundry + optional activities + final shopping!


Today you have a free day in order to prepare for the Amazon. This gives you a chance to wash clothes, purchase last chance souviniers or get to do something you had no time for before in Cusco or when you were adapting to the  high-altitude

Options could be as follows:- Rafting, Horse riding, Rainbow Mountain, Chonta Canyon trek and Condor sighting,  Inka museum, Cookery classes and more…!


Overnight – 3* Andariego or Posada Villa Mayor, Cusco down town (as previously).


Day 8:

Cusco-Puerto Maldondado – boat to Eco-lodge (Amazonias) You will be transferred to the Cusco airport at 9.30am in order to catch the 11.48am flight.

Matt or one of his team will check you in which will be done 24-48 hours prior to flight and send the boarding passes. Flight takes around 45 minutes. Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado you will be met by a local representative from Eco Amazonias and transfer to lodge (look out for the board that says ‘Eco-Aamazonias) in about 1 hour by boat.  Most of the program and activities are arranged by them so you can discuss more with the guide when you get there.

Overnight: Eco Amazonias lodge (full board)


Day 9:

Full day of activities around lodge.


There are many activities to choose from when you get there including Caiman spotting, monkey Island, trails and  canopy walks, night walks. Most of the program and activities are arranged with the guide so you can discuss more  with the guide when you get there.  

Overnight: Eco-Amazonias Lodge (full board)


Day 10:

Return from Amazon, fly to Lima, international flight home.

Your flight leaves at 1.48pm and Rainforest Expeditions will know what time to coordinate the boat and land transfer  getting you to the airport on time. Flight time is 45 minutes approximately from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco.  


Matt or one of his team will check you in and sort out boarding passes, but also one of the Eco-Amazonias team will be there at the airport to assist if necessary.



Included:

  • 9 nights accommodation (mostly 3 star hotels) except Ollantaytambo guesthouse Tika Wasi. With breakfasts included
  • Local flights: Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado-Lima (23 kilos + 10 kg hand luggage)
  • All airport transfers
  • Machu Picchu: Guide, entry fee, return shuttle bus, return expedition train
  • 3 day Amazon Lodge program with nature guides, airport assistance, reserve entry fee, boat transportation meals and activities
  • Half-day Cusco tour with Koricancha: entry fee, guide
  • Inka ruins with Pisac: guide, transport, entry fees, lunch
  • Sacred Valley tour with Pisac: entry fees, guide, transport, lunch, local community visit.  Lima City tour or Bicycle tour (half day with guide)


Not included:

  • Trip Insurance
  • International flights
  • Hotel upgrades or single room upgrades – can be arranged.
  • French, English, Italian speaking guides can be arranged might be added costs.
  • Extra nights in Lima before/after tour
  • Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu tickets (morning only)
  • Meals or activities other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Train Upgrades
  • Tips

YOUR ECOLODGE

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Matt

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Matt is originally from Scotland and traveled to many countries before settling in Peru in 2006 as a Tour Leader responsible for groups of tourists from all over the world. He has more than 300 treks to his credit !


He has worked for years as a volunteer for the famous association: South American Explorers (founded in 1977 by the journalist Donald James Montague). He was the last one to fight to keep the Cusco agency open, but it wasn't enough, so he is independent now.


Considered as a unique explorer, as are those who book with him. His hikes meander through unfamiliar trails, you'll never read about in the Lonely Planet. As they say, "the best views come after the hardest climb," and with Matt, you'll see the authentic side of this often overlooked South American gem.


Yaneth is Peruvian and has been a Tour Leader for over 13 years in Peru ! She started as a volunteer for the South America Explorers association, then participated in many projects to support sustainable development on a large scale. She is in charge of all operational aspects, ready to make your trip a dream come true !



Matt

Matt

Matt is originally from Scotland and traveled to many countries before settling in Peru in 2006 as a Tour Leader responsible for groups of tourists from all over the world. He has more than 300 treks to his credit !


He has worked for years as a volunteer for the famous association: South American Explorers (founded in 1977 by the journalist Donald James Montague). He was the last one to fight to keep the Cusco agency open, but it wasn't enough, so he is independent now.


Considered as a unique explorer, as are those who book with him. His hikes meander through unfamiliar trails, you'll never read about in the Lonely Planet. As they say, "the best views come after the hardest climb," and with Matt, you'll see the authentic side of this often overlooked South American gem.


Yaneth is Peruvian and has been a Tour Leader for over 13 years in Peru ! She started as a volunteer for the South America Explorers association, then participated in many projects to support sustainable development on a large scale. She is in charge of all operational aspects, ready to make your trip a dream come true !


Yaneth

Yaneth

South Andes Travel


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Valentin C

Amazing trip to Peru (M&friends)

Alright folks! Is what Matt will tell you before embarking on a uniquely beautiful experience.Traveling with Matt as our trusted guide and his lovely family has been a real treat. He is very knowledgeable about Peruvian culture and history and had every day and activity well planned ahead. Matt was very patient with us and flexible to changing some parts of our trip.For an amazing trip to Peru, you can choose Matt and his team with confidence!Muchas gracias Matt, Feli & Theo!Stefan, Raluca & Valentin

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M& friends. Tks Matt!

Do not hesitate to trust Matt, he will try to satisfy any desire. He is the kind of person who makes things seem easier. A beautiful family that helped us have a dream vacation. Tks Matt, Feli and Theo and good Luck for the future!!

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Ioan D

Hellooo folks, this is not a trip, it is an experience!!

Traveling in Peru with Matt and his family was like a dream come true. In two weeks we covered more than we expected, from the Amazonian Jungle, to cities like Cusco, Arequipa and Lima; from Machu Piccu to the Rainbow Montain; from living in fancy hotels to living with locals and metting shamans.Our group is traveling a lot. Many of us are almost 'professional holidaymakers'. We all agree that Matt is unique in this line of business. He is always available, full of energy and information about the places we visit, full of humour and laid back and, above all, full of resources for solving all problems. And believe me, we had quite a few of those, including the C word ( covid). Afterall, we all enjoyed to the maximum and returned back home ready to resume life.If you want a full experience of Peru, we strongly recommend Matt's team. Enjoy!!

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