Inca Trail 2018 Join us for the Experience of a Lifetime... !!!
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US$ 2,620.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
USD$ 50.00 Discount with ISIC card
Extra for single room USD$ 490.00
This package is a number of individual tours put together to form the extended package with transfers and transport and accommodation so we arre not going to cancel on you at the last minute saying we don´t have enough people for a total package tour. This is a fairly important guarantee these days and the reason we run it like this. Also the idea that you meet lots of different people in different tours not just a package where people start the tour Day 1 and travel with you the entire journey.
It also means you have specialised guides in each different area so each place whether it be the jungle, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon or Lake titicaca etc they will really know what they are talking about!
As soon as you send us your travel dates we can give you a quote for the package including flights and organise E tickets and accomodation in Lima if you need. If you are arriving on an international flight around 4am into Lima you may like to connect through directly to the jungle. Otherwise just see additional options to make this package work best for you! We can tailor make this to meet your dates and interests. We think this is the minimum amount of days to see all these places but encourage you to add an additional night or 2 in Cusco or Arequipa to feel more relaxed on your holiday!
We can assist you with flights but we indicate that often it is cheaper to purchase your domestic flights connected with your intenational ticket. Both for financial reasons and security we believe it is better to buy a through flight ie from your leaving destination to your final destination Puerto Maldonado so that if there are any delays into Lima then the airline will take responsibility for the connection. Otherwise if you miss a domestic flight it can be difficult and costly....but as soon as you send us your travel dates we can give you a quote for the package including flights and organise E tickets and accomodation in Lima if you need. If you are arriving on an international flight around 4am into Lima you may like to connect through directly to the jungle. Otherwise just see additional options to make this package work best for you!
For February or when booking close to departure dates and there are no inca trail permits,you can do either Lares or Salkantay as your trek with Machu Picchu.
also if you are wanting to do this package with out trek but prefer train trip with overnight to visit Machu Picchu this can easily be organised for any time of the year.
PERU the full package 20 Days. Daily Departures !!
Amazon Jungle tour Corto Maltes Lodge in Puerto Maldonado, Magic Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Inca Trail hike to Machupicchu, Night in Aguas Calientes, Floating islands at Lake Titikaca, Colca Canyon in Arequipa, Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands,Lima .
Day 1: Arrival to Puerto Maldonado. Corto Maltes Lodge.Tours,full board meals.
Day 2: Corto Maltes Lodge/ Sandoval Lake guided tour.
Day 3: Corto Maltes Jungle Lodge / Taricaya
Day 4: Collpa de Loros. Flight Puerto Maldonado to Cusco. Hotel Marqueses.
Day 5: Free morning to see the centre of Cusco. City tour. Hotel Marqueses.
Day 6: Sacred Valley tour explore the famous Pisac and typical market.HM.
Day 7: Inca trail -small group tour with 8 Kg personal porter. Night in tent.
Day 8: Inca trail, 3 stones, llulluchayoc, dead woman`s pass, Night in tent.
Day 9: Inca trail, pacaymayo, runcuracay, phuyu, wiñaywayna Night in tent.
Day 10: Wiñaywayna, Intipunku, Machupicchu , Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 11: Aguas Calientes, Return to Ollantaytambo, Cusco. Hotel Marqueses.
Day 12: Free day to relax , visit some gourmet restaurant or inka museum...
Day 13: Cusco to Puno bus the south route to the Lake Titikaca.H Qalasaya.
Day 14: Floating islands of uros, taquile and amantani. Typical home.
Day 15: Taquile island – puno Hotel Qalasaya.
Day 16: From Puno to Chivay to see the condors of Colca Canyon.
Day 17: Colca canyon tour and return to Arequipa. Hotel P Castillo
Day 18: Free day Arequipa before overnight bus to Nazca.
Day 19: Flight over the Nazca Lines and night in Paracas. H Emancipador.
Day 20: Ballestas islands tour the small Galapagos, and bus to Lima.
(Bus Terminal at Javier Prado, end of our service). Official Taxis inside the terminal available).
HOTEL MARQUESES SPECIAL: Free up-grade to our DELUXE room or Suite room in this Package for early bookings (6 months in advance.) Free storage while you are touring in Cusco.
After your arrival at Puerto Maldonado Airport where your professional guide will await you, we will go to our office to obtain the official waterway permits. Meanwhile you can visit the town 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.
After a 40 minute boat ride we will arrive at Corto Maltes Amazonia.. After your welcome cocktail you can enjoy the delicious international dishes that the Lodge offers. After that you will have some free time to get comfortable in your bungalow overlooking either the river or the jungle, or simply take a refreshing dip in our pool.
At 3:30pm you will be accompanied by you guide who will show you tropical trees, medicinal plants and the abundance of nature in the 60 ha concession that Corto Maltes Amazonia holds. From our lookout you can observe toucans, macaws and other species of birds before your return for sunset. Duration of this trek is between 2 and 3 hours.
The rest of the afternoon you can relax in the pool or take a nap in the hammocks at the terrace of your bungalow. If you wish you can also go on a nightly boat trip to go caiman spotting before dinner.
At 8pm dinner is served. After dinner you can retire to our bar to have some tropical cocktails, relax in our reclining seats at the central terrace or bathe in the pool underneath the shining Amazon sky.
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.
8am: 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.
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 wishing that your stay was as pleasant for you as it was for us to show you this beautiful corner of Peru. Puerto Maldonado to Cusco , Rest and acclimatize as you are now at 3,400 mtrs above sea level.
......just relax today and of course get that jungle laundry done!
Maybe a short afternoon stroll as Marqueses hotel is in the perfect location to see Cusco right outside your door as you are in the safe tourist district and amidst 3 bein the midst of the most beautiful combination of Inca and Colonial architecture to souvenir shop or add some amazing photos to your collection.
If you are not exhausted tonight you can go to the Cusco Folk Dances and Music at Cusco Art Center in the main Ave el Sol which are included on the tourist ticket 6.30pm 10 min slow walk from Hotel Marqueses.
Morning free to wash your jungle clothes! 1.30pm meet at the SAS office or predetermined location for transport. We first visit the central equisite architectural feats of the ancient "Koricancha" Temple, and the Principal Cathedral, in which the first stone was placed in 1560, is a marvel of the religious art possessing approximately 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School.
Then, the tour moves to the arqueological park complex of Saqsayhuamán, majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons. Q'enqo (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth. Puca Pucara (reddish place) that was used as a military control center, and a mandatory stop for all travelers of the Inca era.
Tambomachay (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water
Return to the Hotel Overnight
Guided Visit of the Sacred Valley of the Incas . ( Daily Departures ) Morning: Departure from Cusco in direction of the Sacred Valley. This Tour includes a Visit to the Pisac colourful Handcraft Market, Pisac archaeological Park, Ollantaytambo Inca Fortress and Return to Cusco via Chinchero site and Market.
Arrival back to hotel around 6.45pm just In time for your trek briefing.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day Trek At 06:00 am a spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 Piskacucho After meeting our staff and porters you will set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, where we camp.
Distance Travelled: 12 km approx
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7hours
12 km approx
Walking Time: 6-7hours
The Inca Trail trek adventure We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanting subtropical woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks Huayanay and valleys We then follow the trail to the floor of the Pacaymayo valley, where we camp for the night.
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
The Inca Trail trek adventure This morning, we pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca ( Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).Pausing to explore the maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spills down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.
16 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours
An early morning hike takes us an hour across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry -a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.
We complete the final leg down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and into the heart of Machu Picchu, where we spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu's multitude of hidden nooks and corners; after your guided visit in this unique sanctuary you will have a free time for picture or exploration in your own. In the early afternoon a bus takes us down to the foot of the mountain to the small town of Aguas Calientes where you can settle into your room and have a hot shower before we have lunch together in the Hostel Viajeros . Rest finally and maybe soak in the Hotsprings here in "Aguas Calientes before dinner.
6 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
After Breakfast you are assisted to board the train that departs Aguas Calientes at 09.22 am and arrives
at Ollantaytambo at 11.25 am. The tour ends at Ollantaytambo.
It is a lovely place to walk around, to visit the Incan sites and even to spend the night;
There are many public buses and collectivos at the Ollantaytambo Train Station that provide a cheap transfer to Cusco via Urubamba for around 8-10 soles or $3, departing regularly throughout the day; there are also many tourist buses now who provide transoprt for around $5 -$6 directly from the train station area
Free day to relax and get your washing back!
There is so much to see in Cusco and this is your last day in this amazing place so between the museums, art galleries, colonial courtyards mixed with the Inca architecture as you stroll through the cobblestone streets to the next artisan souvenir store you will never be stumped for how to spend your time!
7am transfer to Inka Express Class tourist bus to Lake Titicaca - Puno. With a lovely buffet lunch in Sicuani and tours with English speaking guide to Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, La Raya & Pukara. Bus is fully equipped for tourism. Please have some soles for the entrance fees
Titicaca Lake Uros and Amantani Islands . 8.00am Transfer from the hotel to the port and by motor boat we take you to one of the legendary Uros Islands where you can observe the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands some only 20 metres in length. After a beautiful 3hr boat ride we reach Amantani island where we will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families. We will trek to the top of the mountain (4150 mtrs) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. Food and authentic music prepared and performed by your
rustic island accomodation
Short boat ride to the neighbouring Taquile island, where we will tour around the ruins and visit these beautiful people, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings, lunch and return trip to Puno. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to hotel approx 5 pm
6am transfer to transport 4M express to Chivay depart Puno 6.30 beautiful journey through to Chivay where you can truly appreciate the Pre-Inca farming Terraces / platforms know as "andenerias". Approx 12.45pm you will join the part of group that starts from Arequipa and continue tour from here together for lunch and then to see the beautiful landscapes, local people.
Early excursion to the famous Crus de Condor to see the condors soaring on the thermal currents rising from the Canyon and visit other sites on the return to Chivay.
After lunch enjoy the journey to Arequipa ! We will pass the crater of an extinct volcano (Chucura) and see the famous volcanos panorama from 4.800 meters above sea level. After we pass through the Aguada Blanca National Park, the habitat of the beautiful South American Cameloidaes, the vicuñas, alpacas, waris and llamas we will view the snow-covered Chachani mountain.
Arrival Arequipa between 5 and 6pm and transfer to your hotel.
Posada del Castillo Hotel.
Sleepin today as you have an overnight bus tonight.
Free day to enjoy Arequipa visit the famous Santa Catalina Convent, Molino, city attractions maybe even Misti Volcano. while you leave your washing with the hotel!
Evening Transfer from your hotel in Arequipa or Colonial Tour at approx 8:50 pm.to the Bus Terminal.
From Arequipa you`ll take the Crus Del Sur Bus at 9:30pm for the overnight bus to Nazca arriving at approx 06:00 am.
Assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel Maison Suisse in Nazca ( our Flight Operation Center ) time to enjoy a Shower and relax. There are a couple of local restaurants nearby where you can buy breakfast if you like or also in the hotel but many prefer to eat something after the flight instead!
Between 8 amd 8.30am you are transferred to the Nazca Aerodromo for your Flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines. Approximately 35 Minutes flying over this enigmatic zone,
Afterwards, we will visit the pre-Inca cementry of Chauchilla. For many years this pre Inca place was looted by treasure hunters, who ransacked the place completely, taking away all the treasures the mummies kept in their tombs for centuries. These grave robbers just left behind the corpses, which can be seen today all over the ground. In addition to skulls and bones, you also can see several tombs centuries old, as well as long human hairs, ceramic fragments and others remains scattered on the desert surface. After touring around we go back to Nazca to visit a ceramic studio, where a craftsman will give us a better insight about the Nazca civilization and the colorful vessels they made hundreds of years ago. Free time for lunch.
Nazca Paracas Bus ; Transfer from to pick up your luggage then at 13:00 Hrs pm transfer to bus terminal for the 14.30pm Cruzero Royal Class Bus or Peru-Bus to Paracas arriving Paracas at approx 18.00 pm. Transfer to your Hotel in Paracas El Condor or Posada del Libertador, Meals are not included.
Optional with up-grade with the lovely Hotel Paracas.
Excursion to Ballestas Islands : 07.45am after your breakfast we will transfer you to the mole of Paracas where you will take a motorboat excursion to the Ballestas island. These Islands are spectacular, eroded into numerous arches and caves, which provide shelter for thousands of seas lions and seabirds, some of which are very rare. The Islands are known as "The Galapagos of Peru".. A boat tour to the Ballestas Islands will be the perfect deal for those in search of marine life. Touring around these small Islands visitors may easy spot hundreds of birds, Humboldt penguins and dozens of sea lions, resting on the shores of the Islands. In addition, visitors will also see a huge figure etched on the slope of a hill known by the locals as "El Candelabro".
Free time for a relaxing Lunch before a 1pm transfer to the 13.30pm Ormeño Royal Class Bus or Cruzero Bus to Lima arriving to Lima approximately 7pm
End of our services We highly recommend you to take an Official Taxi for 15-20 soles from inside the Lima Bus Terminal to your final destination..Or see additional options