Classic Tours

Cusco, Machu Picchu & the rainforest

From the Inca and colonial magnificence of the city of Cusco, we journey through  the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s – with its incomparable Andean scenery, archaeological treasures and traditional village communities – on to Machu Picchu. This timeless city lost for more than four centuries in the dense, fauna-rich forest that surrounds it still is undoubtedly the most emblematic attraction in the Americas.

Leaving the realm of the Inca’s, we travel into the Amazon basin, to the Tambopata National Reserve, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet and the setting for our eco-lodge.

This tour is also possible in combination with the Manu National Park instead of the Tambopata National Reserve in our 14 day / 13 night Cusco, Manu and Machu Picchu programme.

Tour itinerary resume
Day Flight Transfer Itinerary / Service Overnight
1st
  • Pre-tour arrival Lima, transfer and hotel included.
Lima
2nd Lima to Cusco
  • Transfer to the airport in Lima and hotel in Cusco.
  • City tour of Cusco and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman
Cusco
3rd
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Cusco
4th
  • Machu Picchu: Full day with overnight stay.
Machu Picchu
5th
  • Machu Picchu: Full day with overnight stay.
Cusco
6th
  • Cusco: free day.
Cusco
7th Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
Tambopata National Reserve
  • Transfer, flight to Puerto Maldonado.
  • Transfer to town, 4 hours trip to eco-lodge.
  • Exploration of our lodge’s trail system.
Rainforest
8th
  • Lake Condenado Exploration.
Rainforest
9th
  • Lake Condenado Exploration.
Rainforest
10th Puerto Maldonado to Lima
  • Early boat trip back to Puerto Maldonado.
  • Flight back Lima and home.
Note: Departures any day
1

Transfer to the hotel in Lima

Upon arrival in Lima the guide will transfer you to the hotel.
2

Transfer to airport in Lima and hotel in Cusco

Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent, lies in exceptionally beautiful Andean countryside and its legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire is readily apparent: most of the cities’ streets are lined with Inca-built stone walls and crowded with Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas.

The city of Cusco and Saqsaywaman

We begin our tour with a visit to the Cusco cathedral, then move on to the Inca Temple of the Sun. Sacsayhuaman: We will explore this ancient Inca sanctuary with its immense monolithic walls, before moving on to the amphitheater at Qenqo, the fortress of Puka Pukara and the ritual Inca baths at Tambomachay.

3

The Sacred Valley of the Inca's Pisaq market

At the colorful markets of the valley you will be able to buy Peruvian crafts, jewelry and textiles, and see the traditional produce market where local people trade. Pisaq market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and Chinchero market is open on Sundays.

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is the only surviving example of Inca urban planning. Our tour will include a visit to the agricultural areas around the village, the irrigation system, granaries and the fortress-temple.

4

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu remains intact because it was never discovered by the invading Spanish army. Constructed on a high, forested mountain overlooking the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu was lost in time and dense foliage until it was rediscovered in 1911. Our guides will carefully explain the history of this unique place and guide us around its terraces, temples, palaces and watercourses.
5

Machu Picchu Free day

An opportunity to explore the ruins independently, before returning to Cusco by train in the afternoon.
6

Cusco Free Day

Today you will have a free day in Cusco to explore the city on your own or in a group.
7

Tambopata National Reserve

The Amazon rainforest produces 20% of the world’s oxygen and 10% of the world’s freshwater flows along its river systems and into the Atlantic Ocean. Of the species that exist in the Amazon more than 25,000 plants have been identified, as well as 4,300 species of birds and 20,000 animals. The Tambopata National Reserve (TNR) covers an area of 274,690 hectares and borders the the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, forming a protected area of 1091416 hectares. The many studies of the fauna and flora along the Tambopata River reveal an incredible abundance of life forms. The ecosystems of this part of southeast Peru are the most diverse on the planet, and within the territory of our eco-lodge we are able to offer our guests endless opportunities for the observation of the rainforest’s diverse fauna and flora.

The Libertador Tambopata eco-lodge         

Is situated on the banks of the Tambopata River in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve (TNR). The remoteness and tranquility of our lodge make for a rewarding visit to the rainforest. But, with a location just four hours from Cusco (a thirty-minute commercial flight, transfer to the river port and a three-hour boat ride to the lodge), our eco-lodge is one of the most accessible rainforest destinations in Latin-America. In order to reach it you might first fly to Puerto Maldonado before travelling to the lodge. You will be met at the airport by your naturalist guide and transferred to a dugout canoe for the trip up the Tambopata River to the lodge. The Libertador Tambopata eco-lodge is situated in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve. The remoteness and tranquility of our lodge make for a richly rewarding visit to the rainforest. In the late afternoon you will set off for an introductory walk into the forest behind the lodge. Frequently seen mammals on this trail are saddle-back tamarinds, brown capuchins and agoutis.

8

Hike to Lake Condenado

A family of giant otters lives in the vicinity of the lake and are often observed. Birds abound, especially rufescent tiger-herons, great egrets, wattled jacanas, hoatzin, the noisy donacobius and many others. The afternoon is for exploring the forest close to the lodge (with or without your guide), relaxing and bathing in the cool stream beside the lodge, or visiting our tree platforms.
9

Hike to Lake Sachavacatoc (Tapir Lake)

After a short boat ride downriver to the trail head, you embark on a trail to a hidden lake. At the lake it is possible to spot elusive black caiman and giant otters. The afternoon is free for relaxation and bathing.
10

Departure

A start at dawn is required for the canoe trip back to Puerto Maldonado. Look out for the early morning wildlife, which is particularly active at this time. Your guide will deal with all the necessities at the airport prior to your departure. Our services end after the return flight to Cusco.

Included:

  • All necessary land transport.
  • All tours and transfers with English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance fees for all tours and excursions, parks and museums.
  • Accommodation at selected hotel with private bathroom (double room basis).
  • Single supplement includes: single room where available.
  • Meals according to itinerary.
  • Domestic flights unless you book directly.

Other services included in Tambopata:

  • Private bathroom with running water. Mosquito net, all rooms fully screened.
  • Boat to the eco-lodge (roundway trip)
  • Meals full board.
  • Hot drinks at any time.
  • Entrance fee to Tambopata National Reserve.
  • Naturalist tour guide.
  • Small site museum and ecology library.
  • Slide show and conference room.
  • Specialized books on plants and birds are available during the trip.
  • First-aid kit.

Not Included:

  • Tips to guides.
  • Airport taxes approximately $6 USD for each domestic flight and $28 USD for the international flight.
  • Drinks.
  • Tips to the staff.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses: clothing and sleeping bag, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • Meals not included in the program.
  • Second day bus services to Machu Picchu.
  • Second day entrance fee to Machu Picchu.

Things to bring on the trip:

  • Passport, (bring additional photocopies of your passport).
  • A big and small backpack.
  • Warm coat for Andean region.
  • Rain jacket.
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton).
  • Shorts for walking.
  • Cap and sunglasses.
  • Bathing suit and sandals.
  • Sun block insect repellent.
  • Digital camera or 35mm film camera
  • Bags for garbage.
  • First-aid kit.

Important Detail: To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure.

Spend more time at our eco-lodge and visit the Macaw Clay Lick! A macaw clay lick in the first few hours after dawn must be seen to be believed! After the first few rays of the morning sun begin to hit the eroded riverbank cliff face, hundreds of parrots and macaws belonging to ten or more species arrive and perch in nearby trees. They arrive in discrete pairs or in flocks hundreds strong, depending on the species. Then, with a flapping of wings and ear splitting squawks, they begin landing on the face of the cliff to consume small portions of the clay. Generally the smaller parrot species (Dusky headed parakeets, Mealy parrots, blue headed parrots, Orange cheeked parrots) descend first, followed by the larger macaws (blue and yellow macaws, Scarlet macaws, Red and Green macaws, blue headed macaws, Chestnut fronted macaws, Red bellied macaws). At any one time there can be up to 500 parrots and macaws in the vicinity of the lick. The precise reason for this spectacular behavior is still under debate and is the subject of research. Theories suggest that the clay may contain vital salts and minerals which are usually lacking in the birds’ frugivorous diet.

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