Trek the Inca Trail with journeys to the Amazon & Lake Titicaca
Peru offers so much variety and this itinerary combines it all. From colonial Lima, we fly across the Andes to our Amazon jungle lodge and with our naturalist guides explore this diverse environment. While in Cusco and the Sacred Valley we wander some of South America’s best markets and discover a variety of Spanish and Inca heritage. The discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 revealed an incredible Inca architectural masterpiece, and this startling find provides a grand finale to our trek along the Inca Trail. On the trail, we ascend from the jungle to the snow capped Andean peaks to complete our spectacular approach to Machu Picchu. Travelling onto Lake Titicaca, we visit the Uros Indians who live on floating reed islands and enjoy a night in a homestay on an island before returning to Lima.
Day 1 Arrive in Lima
When your international flight arrives in Lima, look for your Daybreak host holding a sign with your name on it! We know you’ll most likely be a little tired after your long flight, so we’ll save you the stress of trying to navigate and bring you straight to your hotel where you can shake off that icky flight feeling with a shower and a sleep. Relax into the evening and enjoy a good night’s rest.
Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro or similar.
Important: This evening, please be sure to re-pack your luggage for the jungle.
Dependent on your accommodation in the jungle the luggage policy differs. Please
see pre-departure information (under ‘luggage’) for more details. You will also be
advised on arrival in Lima on the applicable luggage regulations.
Day 2 Lima to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Jungle
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. This provides an opportunity to experience a real jungle frontier town. Upon your arrival in Puerto Maldonado, Peru´s Capital City of Biodiversity, we will welcome you at the airport. Then, we will start our program with a visit around the city, on a bus.
Afterwards, we will go to Puerto Capitania, to board a motorized riverboat, we will navigate on the Madre de Dios River. During the journey, we will submerge into a fascinating natural environment, if we are lucky we will witness Ronsocos, Caimans, Turtles, Herons, Cormorants and other animal species in their natural environment.
Arriving at the lodge, we will enjoy an exquisite welcome drink, we´ll get settled in our bungalows and will have lunch together.
Once satisfied, you will be conducted by our specialized tour guide through an interpretive trail conveniently signposted to the Caimán Cocha, a small lake with an abundant presence of specimens of Black Caiman (Melanosuchus Niger) and Caiman (Caiman Crocodilus).
At the end of the evening, you will witness the spectacular sunset in the Amazon, an experience full of intensities overwhelming color ranges. After dinner we get a chance to relax and discuss with resident naturalists the research projects taking place in the area. Serenaded by a chorus of jungle noises we go to sleep in our comfortable bedroom.
Important: It is important to be aware that the lodges are comfortable but basic - only some of the lodges have electricity or hot water for a few hours a day. Please note that due to demand it is sometimes necessary to use an alternative lodge in this area. While staying at the jungle lodge you may be with other people from other operators.
Day 3 Lost Cocha & Monkey Island
The morning begins with the sound of beautiful birdsongs from the Amazon Paradise. A hearty breakfast will provide the energy for a morning full of new experiences. After breakfast, we will start an adventure in the virgin rainforest, and accompanied by a local guide, we´ll go on a hike in the deep jungle, to get to the Lost Cocha which constitutes a refuge and feeding ecosystem for a huge variety of animals. There, we will have the chance to observe Otters, Caimans, Turtles, Sachavacas (Tapirs) Birds with multicolored feathers, the majestic Jaguar and a variety of fish species. This area is unique and proper to the Ecological Reserve which maintains it intact, with huge swamps and diverse “aguajales”.
Then, we will get to the extraordinary Observation Deck, from which we will be able to appreciate the immense and magical rainforest. Afterwards, we will have a pleasant canoe ride around the lake and will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, accompanied by our specialized guide, we will visit Monkey Island, a unique place in the heart of Madre de Dios River, five minutes away from the Lodge. During the hike, we will observe extraordinary landscapes, with an exuberant flora, sheltering a variety of monkey species, in their natural habitat, such as Maquisapas, Capuchins, Small Lion Monkeys, Frailes, Cotos and other animal species like the Coati and Sloths and a great variety of birds.
Finally, we will complete our visit of the island, enjoying the sunset, with the most impressive dusk in the jungle. Back to the lodge we conclude the day with a pleasant dinner.
Important: The program may vary according to flight schedules, weather, river height, group sizes, etc and participants should be aware there is no guarantee of seeing specific animals or birds and in general you may not see much wildlife since the rainforest provides such good camouflage for its inhabitants - but you will have a
good chance to experience true Amazon rainforest first hand.
Day 4 Puerto Maldonado to Cusco
After a restful night's sleep, the morning begins with the sound of beautiful birdsongs from the Amazon Paradise. In our dining room awaits a farewell breakfast before embarking the return to Puerto Maldonado and the short flight to Cusco 11,200’ (3,400m), arriving there around midday.
After your transfer to our hotel located in the historic downtown you will have some time to explore the city and also enjoy a few hours of rest, essential to initiate successful acclimation to the altitude. In the evening you will meet with your tour guide and others joining the trip at 6pm at your hotel for a trip briefing.
Day 5 City Tour & nearby ruins
We explore the city by foot to appreciate its superbly constructed Inca walls and architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. This also includes a visit of Qoricancha, the Golden Temple of the Sun, in ancient times. After this we take a short drive to visit the monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman along with Tambomachay, better known as ‘the bath of the Inca. Both sites are spectacularly set above the city. In the afternoon you may have time to explore the downtown and a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work on sale in open-air artisan markets and shops.