Ancient Peru

From the Amazon to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu


Have you ever walked among the canopy of the Amazon jungle? Or explored the intriguing archaeological site of Machu Picchu? Have you stargazed under the Andean night sky? This adventure will take you inside the culture and history of this fascinating region as we experience life here alongside the local people.

from

$2,999

per person

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

3
Get a Quote or call 1-844-205-6226
Trip code: 10PERUCUSC

Details

  • Countries Visited: Peru
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights), Amazon Lodge (2 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $560
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle, Train, Boat, Flights
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure Transfers included
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

HOTELS:

  • Hotel El Tambo II, Lima
  • Nape Lodge, Amazon
  • Casa Andina Koricancha, Cusco
  • Hatun Inti Classic Hotel, Aguas Calientes
  • El Retablo Hotel, Cusco

Hotels are subject to change

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Welcome to Peru. Transfer to your hotel and relax, or begin to prepare for the adventure ahead.

Day 2: Lima

Discover Lima by foot or by bike. A walking tour takes you through the old city streets, built on top of an existing palace and temples; or a bike tour has you cycling from the top of Morro Solar — with stunning views of Lima Bay. (b)

Day 3: Lima > Amazon

After a short flight to Puerto Maldonado, we board a boat along the Tambopata River to Nape Lodge. At dusk, navigate by motorized canoe for a twilight river excursion. (b, l d)

Day 4: Amazon

Venture further into the Amazon with a lakeside walk, where you can view monkeys, black caiman and macaws feeding on clay cliffs. After lunch, visit a medicinal garden and meet the community shaman. A rainforest by night excursion showcases another side of the jungle. (b, l, d)

Day 5: Amazon > Cusco

We journey to Cusco today — the former capital of the Inca Empire. Take time to acclimatize to the city’s 11,150-foot altitude: relax or enjoy a short walking tour. (b)

Day 6: Cusco

A walking tour showcases the charm and history of Cusco. This afternoon, choose your adventure. Learn about Peruvian culture with a cooking class; or take a bike tour out to the impressive Sacsayhuamán fortress. (b)

Day 7: Cusco > Aguas Calientes

In the Sacred Valley, we visit a community and learn about life in the Andes. Practice speaking Quechua while you enjoy a delicious lunch cooked by the locals. We visit the Ollantaytambo ruins before our train ride to Aguas Calientes — the town below Machu Picchu. (b, l)

Day 8: Aguas Calientes > Cusco

Today we make our way to the sacred Lost City of the Incas — Machu Picchu. Our Insider Expert brings the impressive ancient ruins, and the Inca Empire’s masterpiece, to life. We take the train back through Ollantaytambo before a transfer to our hotel in Cusco. (b)

Day 9: Cusco

An unscripted day in Cusco is all yours. Later, a sunset stand-up paddleboard excursion at Piuray Lake is followed by a yoga session. Our amazing Peruvian adventure closes with a delicious dinner and stargazing under the Andean night sky. (b, d)

Day 10: Cusco > Lima

Our Peruvian adventure ends today. (b)

Extend the Adventure

GALAPAGOS POST EXTENSION

Length: 6 days/ 5 nights
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Price: $2,399 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $380
Passengers: maximum 7, average 4

Day 1: Arrive today in Quito, Ecuador. Settle into our hotel this afternoon and this evening, we’ll gather this evening for a welcome meeting.

Day 2: Transfer this morning for your included flight to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. We will then travel to Isabela Island by high speed boat. Isabela Island is the largest island in the Archipelago and more to many species of tortoise, penguin and blue footed boobie. Get acquainted with the Island on a walking tour with your naturalist leader this evening. (B, L)

Day 3: This morning we visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center for a close encounter with these placid giants. We’ll see tortoises in all stages of development and meet with the local conservation team to learn about the efforts of preservation for these creatures. Next, we journey west to Puerto Villamil to see the vast variety of coastal sea birds – this area is home to the largest concentration of flamingos in the Galapagos. After lunch, Las Tintoreras offers excellent viewing of penguins, sharks and marine iguanas. Enjoy a chance to snorkel this afternoon. (B, L)

Day 4: The gorgeous Sierra Negra Volcano awaits us today. With the second largest crater in the world it is one of the most active volcanos in the Galapagos. You may choose to join us on a hike to explore the volcano or relax. (B, L)

Day 5: This morning we venture to the island of Santa Cruz by private high-speed boat. Upon arrival, we’ll meet some locals at the local fish market to get a glimpse of everyday life on the islands. Next, we’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Learn about the success in repopulating the islands with the once endangered land iguana and several species of giant tortoise. This research station works to preserve the Galápagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. It also provides a study location for international scientists and training for naturalist guides. The station is also a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, brought back from the brink of extinction. This evening, gather today with your fellow travelers for a farewell evening. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Say goodbye to the islands this morning – we’ll board our included flight back to the mainland (Quito, Ecuador) where you’re connect to your international flight to Lima to start your Inca Experience. (B)

The flight from Baltra/Santa Cruz on this day leaves at approx. 10:30am and arrives in Quito between 3 and 4pm. International flights from Quito can be booked for that evening. If a post-night is required, you may book with our reservations team.

Private Group Options

Adventure is better together. With private groups as small as 6, enjoy the freedom and flexibility of an exclusive departure, just for your crew! Rest assured you'll get the best of small group travel in a big way, plus the security and peace of mind of traveling with a brand backed by AAA.

Things to know before traveling to Peru

ATMS & Credit Cards

ATMs are widely available in major towns and cities across Latin America. Credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only.

Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to and what their fees and charges are. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day.

If bringing cash, please note USD100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other USD bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.

Meals

For meals not included on this this trip we recommend between USD 22 to 40 per day. How do we work this out?

Lunch - If you are happy with a quick snack on the go, you may get away with as little as USD5 to USD10 for a set menu at a local eatery or a sandwich and a drink at a café. On the other hand, a lunch meal at a more tourist restaurant can cost between USD10 to USD15.

Dinner - At dinner time, your leader will normally recommend restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.

These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget, are happy to eat just local food and are not afraid of an upset tummy every now and then, you can eat cheaper than this. If you want to try just the finest food at the finest restaurants, then you can expect meals to cost as much as in western countries.

Altitude

This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health.

Parts of your trip go above 9200 feet where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness.

Before your trip:
Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip:
While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

Vegetarians

Generally speaking, in bigger cities/towns vegetarians can expect a reasonable range of vegetarian venues and/or vegetarian options within tourist restaurant menus. However, vegetarianism is not the norm in this part of the world so options can be limited when eating at homestays, small local restaurants, street stalls, markets, etc.
More restrictive diet requirements (vegans, celiac, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance, etc.) can also be accommodated along this trip but you should expect a lesser variety than what you can expect at home. We recommend that, if possible, to bring your own supply of snacks with you.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

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Ancient Peru

10 days

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Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in Peru to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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