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Explore the vibrant culture of the Inca civilization and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Peruvian nature on this exciting eco-lodge adventure, complete with visits to a local community and an animal rescue center. 🐒🦅🗻🥾🌱
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Experience the rich culture and stunning natural beauty of Peru on this immersive travel program.

Begin your journey in the bustling city of Lima, home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and parks. From there, take a flight to the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado and embark on a boat trip through the Tambopata reserve to your eco-lodge. 🌱

Spend your days exploring the lodge's itinerary, including visits to local communities and an animal rescue centre. Next, journey to the historical city of Cusco for a tour of the city's main square, cathedral, and temple of Koricancha. Spend your afternoons exploring Cusco's many museums, restaurants, and bars, or opt for additional tours such as the temple of Sacsayhuaman or cookery classes. 🥾🗻🍳

Finally, visit a local community to learn about their agriculture and textile/weaving cooperative, and end your trip with a visit to the stunning Machu Picchu ruins. Along the way, stay in a variety of accommodations including a hotel in Miraflores, an eco-lodge, and a rustic homestay in a local community. Embrace the beauty and culture of Peru on this unforgettable journey. 🍃

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Day 1: Arrive to Lima.


Expect to take about 1 hour to pass immigrations and collect bags.


You then have a transfer at the time of your arrival and take you directly to the door of your hotel.


You have a hotel in Miraflores (50 minutes from the airport).

Miraflores is a safe neighbourhood to go out and walk around day or night, as long as you take usual precautions as in any city. You will find many shops, banks, money changing bureaus, parks, cafes and restaurants and only a short 15 minute walk to the Pacific Ocean-front..


Photos: Larcomar Ocean view, Miraflores, JF Kennedy park, Miraflores, Lima.



Overnight hotel – Centro Miraflores 3* OR Del Pilar 4* (or 4* Holiday Inn at the airport if flight arrives in the evening)




Day 2: Flight to Puerto Maldonado, transfer to EcoAmazonia or Inka Terra Eco-lodge.


Expect to take the flight at 11am. You will need to be at the check in 2 hours before the departure. You will then have around a 1 hour and 25 minute flight time to the Jungle city of Puerto Maldonado, from where you Eco-lodge adventure trip begins!


Your boat trip through the Tambopata reserve takes around 2.5 hours and a box lunch will be handed out on the way.


When you arrive to the lodge you will receive a welcome brief and can check in to the room/bungalow


Budget option: 3* Eco-Amazonias OR Luxury option: 4* Inkaterra lodge


Day 3/4: Eco-lodge.


Program follows the itinerary provided by the lodge here.


Day 4: Flight Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, transfer to hotel in Cusco.


Your flight to Cusco is at 12pm and connects and lands after 45 minutes.


Someone will meet you with a sign upon arrival to Cusco. Then just a 20 minute drive to your hotel.


Standard choice - 3* Tika Wasi Boutique, (15 minutes walk to Cusco centre), elevated view of city. OR Luxury choice - RAMADA COSTA DEL SOL **** - 5 minutes to main Plaza.



Day 5: Morning tour of Cusco, afternoon free.


NOTE – if preferred, we can give you the city tour on the afternoon of previous day and leaving you the entire day to see the city or do another tour.


WELCOME TO CUSCO – CAPTIAL CITY OF THE INKAS!


In the morning you will be met at the hotel by the local guide who will take you on a short walking tour if the city (2-3 hours). This depending on time will include visiting the main square and cathedral (not inside), the temple of Koricancha (entry included), typical streets such as Hatumrumiyoc, the neighbourhood of San Blas and maybe the local market of San Pedro if time allows.


Photos: Cathedral/Plaza de Armas,the famous Hatumruniyoc street and Sacsayhuaman ruins


The afternoon is kept free for options at extra costs, e.g: temple of Sacsayhuaman, cookery classes, Inka museum, museum of Pre-Colombian art museum, Cusco Planetarium. As well as many cafés, shops, restaurants and bars that offer almost any time of eating and drink.


Overnight as previous night – 3* OR 4* accommodation in the historical centre.


Day 6: Travel to local community, visit animal rescue centre.


At 9am, you leave your Cusco hotel with your guide and drive to the Sacred to visit the animal rescue centre of Cochahuasi. Here, every animal has a story of how they came to the centre. We offer you a guided tour and a pre-paid donation as part of the entry fee.


We will then continue to our local community for lunch. Receiving a welcome from the hosts and lunch.


In the afternoon we have time to get to know the agriculture and also textile/weaving womans cooperative that they have there as featured in the film "the last tourist".


Later, there is a chance to walk to the view-point before a traditional dinner.


Accommodation is rustic, but warmly. Private room with bed/bed-linen provided.


OR CAN BE JUST A DAY VISIT AND FINISH AT A HOTEL IN PISAC


Hotel Pisac Inn 3*** (located on the main square, there are no 4 star options here so this is the best choice available).


Day 7: Horse riding, trekking at mountain lakes, farming demonstration


Cusco to Awanakancha center should only take 30 minutes. Then after some time there, just another 20 minutes to the market town of Pisaq arriving around 9.30 or 10am, where you can visit the market and main village square.


Around 11am you will have a 1 hour horse ride session (no experience necessary) taking you around the outside of the town and to experience the trails along the river and nearby Eucalyptus forests.


After horse riding, we then drive around 45 minutes to Urubamba and take lunch before heading up to the Salt Terrace (1 hour uphill walk or 40 minutes by car)


The Salt Terraces of Maras are thousands of small plots of land where salt precipates naturally forming deposits all around, the salt is then taking and process to becoming what we have on our dinner tables in Cusco and elsewhere.


Salt ornaments as well as bath-salts, spiced salts and salty chocolate are all for sale at the various shops located on-

site.

We trek up in around 40 minutes and some time to explore/take photos, then by around 3-3.30pm we have a car meet us there to drive us all the way to our next destination of the village of Chichubamba.


Note - If time and tiredness are an issue we can offer a taxi to go directly instead.


In the late afternoon we arrive to Nery’s house. Where she and her sister Monica run local workshops and community stays at the homes. This afternoon, we participate in a cacao/chocolate making workshop from a family who have worked the Cacao plantations for generations. Hear we get to peel, roast, taste and put into moulds the chocolate we can also try a hot chocolate drink.


We then continue to Ollantaytambo town and take the late afternoon train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village).


The train leaves at 4.35pm and arrives to Aguas Calientes station at around 6.15pm. Someone can meet you and take you a 5 minute walk to the hotel. A guide for the next day will meet you in reception and give you a short brief of instructions for the next day plans.


Then you have the evening free to choose from many restaurants to eat.


Sacred Stones 3* - Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes) OR Tierra viva 4* - Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes)



Day 8: Visit to the Inca ruins, train back to Ollantaytambo/van to Cusco


Today is the day to visit the ruins of Machu Picchu!

We start after an early breakfast around 8am then leave to transfer to bus station, then the 25 minute bus-shuttle up to the entrance for 9am.


We then proceed to the main citadel and the most important parts of this Inka city. Guide and entry included.


Our time-slot only allocates us a few hours to enjoy, but with an early start people will be getting hungry early too, so we can take the bus back down around 11.30am to get lunch in town and then board our train at 2.30pm to get as back to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley in 1.5 hours, then a 1.5 hour drive by road onto Cusco for a reasonable hour around 6 pm so time to eat out in the evening.


Cusco hotel same as previous night – either 3 or 4 star option



Day 9: Final day in Cusco – options to do various trips


NOTE THESE ARE OPTIONAL TRIPS WITH EXTRA COST DEPENDING ON INTEREST


We can offer you a trip to one of the Iconic Rainbow Mountains but do note that it is a long travel day so you need to

leave at 7am to be back for around 3 or 4pm.


Option 1: Alternative Rainbow mountain - Palcoyo


Hiking is only around 1 hour on a fairly easy gradient but altitude is 4850m/16000ft


Option 2: Classic Rainbow mountain - Vinicunca


Hiking is around a total of 4 miles there and back elevation is 16000-17000ft or 4750m-5030m and back down again.


Horses can be hired on arrival at an extra cost around 10 USD per person each way.


Warm clothes for both options are essential.


Option 3 (non-trekking): Visit church of Andashuaylillas and Inca ruins of Raqchi, Pikillacta and Tipon


We can leave around 9am and visit some important places on the way :

  • Tipon – amazing Inca Aquaducts
  • Raqchi – Inca spiritual centre and trading place
  • Pikillacta – Interesting temples and gateway to Cusco
  • Andashuaylillas – Known as the Sistine Chapel of the Andes (amazingly decorated ceilings and paintings)


We can take lunch on the way before returning back to Cusco.


Once back in Cusco you would decide either to fly to Lima in the evening and stay there if early international next morning. But can stay one final night in Cusco if international flight is later in the day.


Overnight hotel 3* or 4* Cusco or Lima


Day 10:


Fly to Lima, connect home

We will arrange a transfer to the airport directly from the hotel..

NOTE - Flight time to Lima depends on International connection OR fly to Lima on the evening of day 9.

Included:


TRANSPORT

  • All transport mix of local and private + airport transfers
  • Train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) to Sacred Valley expedition class
  • Shuttle bus at Machu Picchu (1-way)


ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

  • 9 nights in mixed accommodations: (eco-lodges, homestays, farmstays, camping)
  • Breakfasts x 8, lunches x5, dinner x3


Not included:


  • Any meals outside of what is mentioned.
  • Cusco hotel - If preferred we can arrange
  • Any local or international flights (We can arrange local flights upon request)
  • Optional activities
  • Vaccines or anything medical, or to do with Covid-19 requirements
  • Trip insurance.


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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

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 !

Unlock the Secrets of the Inca Civilization and Embrace Nature


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

Yaneth

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 !

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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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