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Amazon Tour Itinerary
Day 1 – LIMA. . . read more about Lima here
Lima, the Pearl of the Pacific with a mix of modernism and tradition. The Peruvian Capital today is the product of a rich fusion of customs and cultures that reflect the eccentricities of the citizens of the many regions that make up Peru, and those foreigners who have settled in our country.
Upon your arrival in Lima you will be contacted and assisted by our English-representative, who will accompany you to the hotel. We recommend that our guests spend the night at Costa Ramada Hotel in the airport because next day you will fly to Puerto Maldonado. (We have other hotels alternatives). Overnight in Lima
Day 2 – LIMA/TAMBOPATA
Breakfast in the hotel.
Our representative will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby to accompany and transfer you back to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Upon your arrival in Puerto Maldonado you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Tambopata River Port (20 kilometers from the city). The transfer by boat to Refugio Amazonas from the port is two and a half hour ride. (B,L,D)
Upon your arrival, welcome drinks will be served during a briefing of the tour.
In the evening, after dinner, we will be out at the river’s edge, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.
Day 3 – REFUGIO AMAZONAS/TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER
In the morning, after a 30 minute walk, we arrive at the Canopy Tower observation platform which extends high into the rainforest canopy. From here we view mixed species of canopy flocks as well as toucans and macaws.
The Canopy Tower is a 30 meter railed scaffold tower which extends beyond the upper reaches of the forest and provides safe access to the viewing platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground which further increases your view of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve.
After breakfast we take short hike to old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest. We then transfer by boat from Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center (TRC). During this four and a half hour boat journey, you will leave all traces of human habitation behind and, within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, you will see capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species. (Boxed Lunch).
Upon arrival at the Tambopata Research Center, you will receive information and security tips. After dinner there will be more information about the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation. Overnight at Tambopata Research Center
Day 4 – MACAW CLAY LICK
On most clear mornings of the year, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous
and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.
After breakfast, we navigate the Floodplain Trail which is a five kilometer trail covering the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries.
After lunch, we travel ten minutes upriver from the lodge to a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets who call this pond their home.
Night walk into the jungle. Overnight at Tambopata Research Center
Day 5 – REFUGIO AMAZONAS/PUERTO MALDONADO/CUSCO/SAGRADO
Time free in the morning to relax and enjoy the lodge surroundings.
Transfer by boat to Refugio Amazonas. On the way we will paddle around the lake, looking for lakeside wildlife wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers.
Dinner. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas
Day 6 – REFUGIO AMAZONAS/PUERTO MALDONADO/CUSCO/SAGRADO
After breakfast, we transfer by boat to Tambopata River Port. Here we will be met by our transfer to go to the airport to take the flight to Cusco city. Upon your arrival in Cusco you will be met by our transfer who will provide all the information and assistance that you will required.
Transfer to the hotel located in the Urubamba or Sacred Valley of the Inkas. – The Valley is located 60 km/37 miles and 500 meters/1,700 feet below the city of Cuzco. This lower elevation, plus the Valley humidity and warm climate are easier to adapt to in the high altitude. On the way to the Valley, we visit the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay.
We also visit the Awana Kancha visitor’s center ( Quechua name which means “Knitting Palace”) where you admire the beauty of the Peruvian Andes and its South American “camels”. View and handle the goods produced by the traditional techniques (tinting process, threading, warping and weaving) and also the modern ones, including the materials woven by locals.
Day 6 – Continued . . .
You will walk along a covered path and learn about the four different kinds of South American camels: guanaco, llama, alpaca and vicuña. At the end of the path you will find weavers from over 12 communities from southern Peru who demonstrate their skills of threading, tinting and weaving traditional Andean textiles in order to preserve their local traditions. Finally, you will be able to purchase these high quality traditional and industrial textiles from the local people themselves.
Along the way, we also visit the colorful Indian Market of Pisac, famous for its Mass and market. The Mass is attended by the ‘mayors’ of the neighboring villages, complete in typical dress and carrying their traditional ‘varayoc’ or staff of office. You will also enjoy the colorful Indian market where the local people come to purchase fresh vegetables and spices. Overnight in Urubamba Valley
Note: Pisac Market is held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, but Mass is only on Sunday
Day 7 – CRED VALLEY/AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU
Breakfast at the hotel
Tour the remarkable Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo with its magnificent mountain stairway. Among other things, you will be intrigued by six enormous pink stones, each weighing some 50 tons. These came from the other side of the river, but nobody knows how they were transported, since, at the time, the Incas did not use the wheel.
In the afternoon, Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station and departure to Machu Picchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 8 – MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO
After breakfast, you will have an early morning private guided tour of the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is the best-known Inca site of the modern world and was discovered in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. This citadel is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of landscape architecture in the world. The citadel is situated over 2,300 meters above sea level in the province of Urubamba on a remote mountain top. From the ruins, there is a magnificent view of the deep gorge of the Urubamba River, surrounded by the steep mountain sides covered in tropical jungle.
After a complete overview of the site with your guide, you will enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge and, in the afternoon, we take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and catch the train to back to Cusco. Arrive in Cusco and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Cusco
Day 9 – CUSCO . . . read more about Cusco here
Breakfast at the hotel.
During our private walking tour of Cusco, we first visit the privately owned Pre Columbian Art Museum (MAP), an important place for understanding our history, both present and past. Next we will visit San Blas, a neighborhood of artists and artisans with narrow stone streets and a charming bohemian atmosphere. Here, you will see the typical Indian walls of Hatunrumiyoc and seven Culebras and the stone with 12 corners. We also visit Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, which was built to honour the sun god and was an important complex during Inca times. Finally, we visit the Main Plaza of Cuzco, where the Cathedral is located.
Afterwards you can enjoy a free afternoon in the Inca Capital to explore on your own. Overnight in Cusco
Day 10 – CUSCO/LIMA
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima.
You will be met and assisted upon arrival at Lima and transferred to Mariflores, the principal shopping district of Lima. Here, you will have a car at your disposal in case you would like to explore more of Peru’s capital.
Transfer back to Jorge Chavez Airport for your international flight home while be arranged according to your travel plans. Overnight in a Hotel or similar b/d
Travel Connections provide all transfers during this tour.