Cusco has it all: culture, history and nature where we start our city tour visiting Cusco Cathedral, the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun where we can appreciate the fine work that the Incas performed on the stone; then, continuing the tour we will go to Sacsayhuaman Inca fortress also appreciate Kenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. Then we will know the Sacred Valley of the Incas and so know a little more of the city of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire of Tahuantinsuyo. Green dominant in the Peruvian Amazon amazon rainforest contains manu national park, rainforest jungle, tropical mountain forest and tropical dry forest in the jungle. The wettest type of vegetation found in the upper reaches of the Amazon River in Peru. The magical Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, is a spectacular destination at incomparable landscape that captivates its visitors in the city of Puno. The originality of their traditions survive in places like the floating islands of Uros, Amantani and Taquile, where the inhabitants of this group of 40 floating reed islands continue living according to the customs of their ancestors.
TRAVEL ITINERARY TO MANU JUNGLE TRIPS
City Tour Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Puerto Maldonado Amazon Explorers 12 days / 11 nights
TOURS DAY 1:
CUSCO CITY TOUR – KORICANCHA – SACSAYHUAMAN – TAMBOMACHAY – Puca Pucara
Upon arrival in Tour Cusco, assistance at the airport, transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest of the morning. In the afternoon, 13.40 Hrs. We begin our tour visiting Cusco Cathedral, the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun where we can appreciate the fine work that the Incas performed on the stone; then, continuing the tour we will go to Saksaywaman fortress with strategic location that offers an unparalleled view of the city. Also appreciate Kenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.
TOURS DAY 2:
TRIPS SACRED VALLEY – PISAQ – URUBAMBA – CHINCHERO
This tour begins with the gathering of the passengers in the hotel and go through an asphalted to the town of Pisac located 32 km road from Cusco.; where you can see and do some shopping at the craft market of Pisac, located in the Main Plaza, the typical craftsmanship in ceramics, leather and looms elaborated by the artisans themselves will also be noted.
Continuing the tour will pass through the towns of Coya, Lamay, Calca, Yucay, Urubamba, observing beautiful flora and fauna along the route which takes about 45 minutes to reach the town of Urubamba for lunch in a cozy typical restaurant; in the afternoon we continue the journey to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will visit the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, after visit this important archaeological site, return visit the ruins of Chinchero and its small chapel a few minutes from the Cusco, later transferring them to their hotel.
INCLUDED IN SACRED VALLEY:
- Tourist Bus class.
- Professional Guide.
- Tourist lunch.
NOT INCLUDED IN SACRED VALLEY:
- Tourist Ticket.
TOURS DAY 3:
TOUR CUSCO – INCA TRAIL – HUAYLLABAMBA
Between 6:00 and 6:30 , we will pick you up at your hotel in our own private bus. Make sure you have your passport and ISIC student card (applicable ) . The trip to kilometer 82 takes about 3 hours . Travel time by bus are always approximations according to weather conditions , the physical ability of the group and many other factors, but you will walk approximately 2-3 hours before lunch and after lunch , about 3 hours walk to the village Wayllabamba to our first camp (3000 m). This first day we walk through the valley. This starts at 2380 meters. With a small climb to a platform that goes through the top of Llactapata and rewarded with magnificent views of snow-capped Veronica.
About this day we walk about 14km
TOURS DAY 4 :
INCA TRAIL TO WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIHUAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO
It is the hardest day you walked approximately above 3000 meters. Up to 4200 meters which is the Highest step of this journey ( the Pass of the Dead ) . You can walk at your own pace , you regain your energy once you get to the passage and descend to the valley of Pacaymayo . ( Second camp at 3600 meters. This day you can hire an extra porter to help with things . Wayllabamba Village of the cost is approximately 70 soles. You must arrange and pay this money directly to the person articles carries Please check your belongings are complete when received This is the coldest night +2 / +4 degrees Celsius (December ) . . . -3/-5 degrees Celsius ( June).
Approximately this day we walk about . 12km
TOURS DAY 5 :
INCA TRAIL TO PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYHUYNA
This day is exceptionally beautiful because they observe an incredible archaeological sites totally paved road. There are about 2000 stairs descending from Phuyupatamarca Wiñaywayna , just be careful with your knees). If you feel bad knees or broken ankle we recommend an additional carrier so that you do not carry the weight of his personal things and not overstressed your joints. Throughout the course of the trip will be guided in each archaeological site visits. Camping is usually Winaywayna ( about 2700 m).
Be very careful with your personal belongings in this camp because all groups of different companies camped in the same spot forever ( hold) your valuables with you. The only hot shower on the Inca Trail is during this third night in Winaywayna . There is a hostel near the camp at a cost of 5 soles for 8 minutes , and a restaurant where you can buy bottled water.
Approximately this day we walk about . 16km .
TOURS DAY 6 :
INCA TRAIL TO WIÑAYHUAYNA – INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU – RETURN TO CUSCO
This day is very much needed Get up early to get to Intipunku , ” Puerta del Sol ” and so see the first sun illuminating the majestic Machu Picchu. This even will visit one day 40 minutes until the sun gate where you can archive the first photos of Machu Picchu. Then lower to the village of Machu Picchu for about 20 minutes. Then your guide will take a guided tour around Machu Picchu for a period of 2 hours and then you will be free to Machupicchu in your leisure time you have the option to climb Huayna Picchu ( this will take at least 90 minutes ) . A maximum of 400 hikers can climb this mountain by day where you can see the architectural achievement and beauty of Machu Picchu.
At the end of your visit Machu Picchu , you can get to Aguas Calientes ( it takes about 45 minutes) , the other option is to take a bus. The $ 7 ticket bus is included and your guide will give you the ticket. Since arriving at Aguas Calientes hot bath you can take in the hot springs and relax, your things will be stored in our restaurant. If you do not extend your stay for a night in Aguas Calientes, you will return around 6pm to Cusco by train or train and bus. You will arrive in Cusco approximately 9 to 9.30pm.
Please note , during the high season is from May to September there are a number of times space station for those who have completed the Inca trail or alternate routes only return to Ollantaytambo and from there we went to pick them up with removability private to return them to Cusco. Approximate mind this day we travel about 7 km. There is an option to extend your trip and stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes in a hostel , then return to tour Cusco the 5th day . Please if you want that option must be coordinated before heading to the Inca Trail or a day before your arrival at our office in tour cusco .
INCLUDED TO INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU:
- Tourism Official Guide English / Spanish
- Assistant Guide ( when the group exceeds more than 10 people )
- Pick up from your hotel
- Join the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Private transportation from Cusco to km 82
- Return train tickets from Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
- Duffle 5kg . To put your personal belongings including his sleeping bag
- Dining tent with tables , chairs
- Kitchen Chef who prepares the food for the Inca Trail
- Boil the purified water to fill their canteens every morning
QUALITY EQUIPMENTTO INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU:
Teams are Waterproof , clean for 2 or 3 people per store. The tents are large ( designed to fit 4 people ) if it allows you to have more space for personal items .
- The sleeping mats are Thick, comfortable .
- We ship proper equipment as dining tent , kitchen tent, tables and chairs to enjoy your stay and food.
- In the morning we prepare coca tea or coffee to get up that way more relaxed
- Ball oxygen and emergency kit
THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING TO INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU:
- Your original passport (and your student card ( ISIC) applies only to persons under 26 .
- Sleeping bag ( it is not included but can be rented at our office in Cusco)
- adapting shoe trails.
- Rain poncho or rainwear
- Warm clothes , hat and gloves
- adapting and comfortable pair ‘s Shorts Walk
- Sunscreen ( factor 35 recommended )
- Mineral water only for the first 4 hours and then we will provide purified water and boiled to fill their canteens .
- Mosquito repellent
- Disposable Paper Bath
- Personal medication
- Camera – trips
- Flashlights with extra batteries
OPTIONAL SERVICES THAT ARE NOT INCLUDED TO INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU:
- Rental sleeping bag $ 20.00 (minus 15 degrees) .
- Walking sticks $ 8
- Personal Supplement $ 25.00
- Unless you hire an extra porter you have to carry your personal luggage , sleeping bag and mat. You have to indicate whether you want an extra carrier at the time of booking because they also need to reserve your spot for the 4 days as a regular tourist .
TOURS DAY 7:
Tour CUSCO – CLOUD FOREST – ALBERGUE PILCOPATA – TRIPS AMAZON GREEN
We leave Cusco early in the morning to start our adventurous trip! First, we are taken by private transport to the place called Ninamarca to observe pre-Incan “chullpas” (tombs) of the Lupaca’s culture. Then, we continue to Paucartambo, a colonial town with narrow streets and beautiful church, where people still keep their old customs. Later, we ascend to Acjanaco Pass (3,550 masl) considered as an entrance to the Manu National Park and then we get to the viewpoint Tres Cruces de Oro (3,700 masl) to watch one of the best sunrises of the world! From there, we start descending to the edge of the Manu jungle passing first an elfin forest and there a cloud forest where we can view a cock of the rock, hummingbirds, strikingly coloured quetzals, trogons, spotted flycatcher and woolly monkey. From flora, we can view a variety of orchids, mosses, ferns, etc. Finally, we get to Pilcopata (700 masl) where our first accommodation – Tikari Lodge is placed. We can refresh ourselves there having a shower and after that, we are served dinner, before we get to bed.
TOURS DAY 8:
TRIPS ATALAYA PORT TO RAINFOREST LODGE IN AMAZON GREEN
After breakfast, we continue our journey by private car (one and half an hour) towards the port at Atalaya (500 m.a.s.l). There, we board a motorized boat to continue for about half an hour navigating on the Alto Madre de Dios River. Along the rocky riversides, we have a great opportunity to observe the river wildlife like many birds, turtles or sunbathing lizards. In the afternoon, we reach our next lodge – Rainforest Lodge. Then we go to explore nearby paths where we can see a big diversity of species, for example, tarantulas, ants, butterflies, some monkey species, huge trees, erotic plants, palms, etc. After that, we return to our lodge to overnight.
Optional: A night walk in amazon green – jungle trips
TOURS DAY 3:
TRIPS RAINFOREST LODGE TO MACHUWASI LONG WALK IN AMAZON GREEN
We wake up very early today after having nice dreams to explore a deeper part of the Peruvian jungle getting to know its particular flora and fauna! This special place offers you an opportunity to view its endemic species hidden in the deep Manu as well as medicinal plants used by local native people to heal various sicknesses!! If we are lucky, we can also spot big animals such as a jaguar, a puma, wild boars, capybaras, anteaters, etc. After that, we get back to our lodge for lunch. Then, we have a short break to enjoy a refreshing bath in a river or just relax in the lodge. In the afternoon, we go to visit Machuwasi Lake to check out a sail in “remos” (hollowed tree trunks used by natives of the area). This is a perfect way on how to watch a big diversity of local animal species such as a prehistoric bird called hoatzin, some caimans, capybaras or monkeys Tocon (Callicebus oenanthe). Later on, we return to the lodge to spend the night.
Optional: A night walk in amazon green – jungle trips.
TOURS DAY 4:
TOURS RAINFOREST LODGE – TRIPS AMAZON GREEN – BACK TO CUSCO
After breakfast, we board a motor boat taking us to a 10 minute far away clay-lick of parrots, budgerigars and aras (guacamayo) which is an unforgettable experience! After this activity, we return to the lodge to have breakfast. Then we re-board our boat to start returning. Our first stop is in the Atalaya Port where our private vehicle awaits us to take us back to Cusco arriving there between 7 and 7:30 pm.
You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever as well as to bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!
Included in the Tour Amazon Green 4 days:
- A professional guide (Speak English) for jungle trips
- Motorboat transportation for jungle trips.
- Private vehicle land transportation for jungle trips.
- A professional Cook for jungle trips.
- Meals: 3x breakfast, 4x lunch, 3x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
- Accommodation: 3 nights in jungle lodges;
- First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
- Life jackets;
- Radio communications for jungle trips;
- Rubber boots for jungle trips.
Not included in the Tour Amazon Green 4 days:
- Travel insurance;
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
- Tips to local staff.
What to take with you to the Amazon Green 4 days:
- Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!) for jungle trips,
- Original passport for jungle trips,
- Small backpack,
- Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured),
- Long cotton trousers,
- Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
- Comfortable walking shoes for jungle trips,
- Sandals or light shoes,
- Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
- Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only),
- Binoculars (we also rent it),
- Camera and its charger for jungle trips,
- Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera,
- A hat as a protection against the Sun or rain,
- Small towel,
- Toilet paper,
- Sun cream,
- Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
- A bottled water (1 litre as a minimum),
- Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.
TOURS DAY 11:
TOUR Puno – Floating Islands of Uros – Lake Titicaca
Our departure begins at 7:45 am, from your hotel in Puno. The first tour we’ll be in the floating Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca, our visit began with the recognition of each island, how they built these islands on the world’s highest navigable lake Titicaca, also our professional guide were to explain the importance of these floating islands, our visit will be a maximum of one hour and a half on the island of Uros.
SECOND SIGHT – ISLAND AMANTANI (OVERNIGHT)
To reach the island of Amantani take a maximum of 3 hours of surfing the Titicaca lake, about 9 km during the trip on the lake, you will see a variety of scenic beauty and the mountain range (Cordillera de los Andes of Peru). In the main port of Amantani, the president of the community will welcome us and begin to divide by groups for families to be responsible for giving them all the care, accommodation, food and company. During the afternoon you will have option to go walking around the sacred mountains known as “Pacha Tata”, this walk will begin at coordinating our professional guide. Amatani Also known for the friendliness of its people and be natural home of the flower Cantuta inhabit eight communities engaged in farming terraces, raising sheep and handmade textiles and stone carvings. At night you should go to rest.
TOURS DAY 12:
AMANTANI TRIPS – TRIPS TAQUILE
After a delicious breakfast continue to the next island of Taquile, shipping take for 1 hour trip, you will have the last chance to know enough. Most people of Taquile very cooperative and well organized. Is the reason that Taquileños have shown a high degree of progress in Textileria, receiving his award by UNESCO. Notably, the spinning and weaving are made mainly by men, starting at age eight. Women made exclusively of yarns and fabrics. Life in Taquile is still largely unchanged by modernity. The visit will be an average of 2 hours and one hour will have to taste a delicious typical lunch, if you really want to be part of this community, you can collaborate voluntarily by buying some of their crafts. So that this community has some means of sustainability, that way they can continue to show their existence to future travelers. Finally our guide informed them coming back time at 17:00 hours in the afternoon to the city of Puno.
That includes on Lake Titicaca:
- Transfers hotel – port – hotel – Puno.
- Bilingual (English & Spanish) for the trip to Lake Titicaca.
- Tickets to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
- Normal boat transportation by Lake Titicaca.
- Hosting an evening with families (Amantani).
- 01 Lunch, 01 dinner, 01 breakfast.
Not included on Lake Titicaca:
- Second Day Lunch at Taquile Additional (S /. 15).
- Other non Mentioned in this program travel to Lake Titicaca
Recommendations for Carrying Lake Titicaca:
- Personal travel backpack.
- Mineral water for the trips.
- Comfortable Shoes.
- Personal medicine.
- Waterproof jacket (October to March).
- Sunscreen for trips.
- Sun hat for the trips.
- Photo Camera for travel.