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.

Highlights

  • Explore Lima by foot or bike

  • Walk among the canopy of the Amazon Jungle

  • Learn about life in the Andes during a local lunch in the Sacred Valley

  • Stand in awe of the Machu Picchu ruins

  • Stand-up paddleboard on the shores of Piuray Lake and stargaze in the Andes

Itinerary for Peru

Day 1: Lima

Welcome to Lima, Peru. Transfer to your hotel and explore your neighborhood; or relax and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Transfers are included on a private basis. At the airport, you’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative after passing through customs and shuttled to our hotel.
  • Our hotel in Lima: Hotel El Tambo II

Day 2: Lima

Our morning meeting welcomes the group; you then decide how you’d like to explore Lima: by foot or by bike. The walking tour takes you through the old streets of this city, built on top of an existing palace and temples; the bike tour has us cycling down from the top of Morro Solar — with stunning views of shimmering Lima Bay. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Lima: Hotel El Tambo II

Day 3: Lima > Amazon

Going into the Amazon Jungle today after a short flight to Puerto Maldonado, we board a boat along the Madre de Dios River to Inkaterra Hacienda. After lunch, we’ll walk through Concepcion Trails — indoor nature trails — where we learn about the rainforest. At dusk, navigate by motorized canoe for a Twilight River excursion. (b, l d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be made at our lodge from fresh jungle ingredients
  • Our lodge in the Amazon: Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion

Day 4: Amazon

Venture further into the Amazon with a trek into Tambopata National Reserve — toward Lake Sandoval. Navigate by dugout canoe across mirror-like Oxbow Lake, which is home to abundant wildlife including otters, macaw and red howler monkeys. The Canopy and Anaconda Walk is your passage up towers and across hanging bridges. Breathtaking vistas are dotted with white-throated toucans, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth. A Rainforest by Night excursion showcases another side of the jungle. (b, l d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be made at our lodge from fresh jungle ingredients
  • Our lodge in the Amazon: Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion

Day 5: Amazon > Cusco

We journey to Cusco today — the former capital of the Incan Empire. Take time to acclimatize to the city’s 11,150 foot altitude. Relax or enjoy a light stroll around the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Cusco: Casa Andina Koricancha

Day 6: Cusco

A walking tour showcases the charm and history of Cusco. This afternoon is free, so you can explore your way. Learn about Peruvian culture with a cooking class; or take a bike tour out to the impressive Sacsayhuamán fortress, the Tambomachay temple or more Inca sites. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Cusco: Casa Andina Koricancha

Day 7: Cusco > Aguas Calientes

In the Sacred Valley, we’ll visit a local 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. Relax as we prepare for tomorrow’s adventure. (b, l)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Aguas Calientes: Inti Punku Hotel

Day 8: Aguas Calientes > Cusco

We will traverse the zigzagging road as we make our way toward the sacred Lost City of the Incas — Machu Picchu. Our Insider Expert brings the impressive ancient ruins — and Incan Empire’s masterpiece — to life. Explore this deeply stirring site, which some say is the spiritual vortex of the world. Many feel a palpable energy described as “tranquil.” The scenic train from Aguas Calientes takes us to Ollantaytambo before a transfer to our boutique hotel in Cusco. (b)

  • Breakfast is a packed meal to bring with us to Machu Picchu
  • Our hotel in Cusco: El Retablo Hotel

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)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Dinner will be a barbeque dinner cooked on the shores of Lake Piuray
  • Our hotel in Cusco: El Retablo Hotel

Day 10: Cusco

Depart for home today. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • This tour includes a return flight to Lima for you to continue your Galapagos Islands adventure or to return home
  • Departure flights from Lima should be booked 3pm or after on this day. This will allow for enough time for your Cusco-Lima flight in the morning.
  • Transfers to the Cusco airport are included

Things to know before traveling to Peru

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.

CREDIT CARDS & ATMs:
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.

 

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.

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.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Peru

Pre-Night Add-ons

LIMA - $110 USD per room, double occupancy or $90 single occupancy


Post-Night Add-ons

CUSCO - $145 USD per room, double occupancy or $145 single occupancy


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

 

Galapagos Post-Extension on Ancient Peru

  • 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.

10 days, from $2,999 USD