Cusco culture meets unspoiled jungle. See the best of both worlds. From Lima, it's a short flight to Puerto Maldonado (2 hours), then 2-3 hours by motorized canoe for 4 days in the Peruvian jungle. Enjoy guided boat trips and walks to explore flora, fauna and nature like you've never seen before. Then fly (45 min) to the Andes Mountains to stroll the cobblestone streets of Cusco, Peru. Visit Inca temples and Colonial churches. Explore the artisans traditional neighborhood of San Blas. Visit museums with ancient treasures. Savor the exquisite New Andean cuisine at provincial restaurants. Travel by train through impressive Andean highlands and cloud forests to the town of Aguas Calientes and then the final leg to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.
Logisitcally, it is preferable to visit the jungle first.
Lima - Puerto Maldonado
From Lima airport, fly to Puerto Maldonado. Guide accompanies you by motorized canoe (boxed lunch) to your Lodge before you begin your jungle exploration. Orientation, then short hike to canopy tower to see toucans, parrots & macaws. Dinner, then ecotourism lecture.
Breakfast, then hike to oxbow lake where you paddle a catamaran to search for otters, caiman, hoatzin & horned screamers. Lunch followed by enthnobotanical tour. Twenty minute boat trip to a path which spotlights the different medicinal uses of plants. Dinner. Guided night walk.
Early morning visit to Parrot Clay Lick, a twenty minute walk from the lodge. You will see dozens of parrots and parakeets, including Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Then a 2 hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba tree. During the hike we will focus on the natural history of the rain forest. Lunch.
A 30 min boat drive to a farm to explore a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. Dinner
Puerto Maldonado - Cusco:
Retrace your steps by boat back to the airport for 45 min flight to Cusco. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Guided, walking tour of Cusco and visit to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. Overnight in Cusco
Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Inkas - Aguas Calientes:
You try to absorb the stunning vistas only seen in the Andes as we tour the small towns of the Sacred Valley, including Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. Each town offers its unique interpretation of ancient customs and traditional life. Chinchero is known for hand-dying and weaving fabric; Ollantaytambo is the oldest occupied Incan town. Board the train for 1.5 hour ride to Aguas Calientes for dinner and overnight.
Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu:
We connect with the bus for our final approach to the ruins of Machupicchu. Your guide conducts a private tour of the ruins, after which you are free to explore on your own. We return to Cusco for the night.
Cusco - Lima:
Transfer to airport at least 2 hours prior to scheduled departure.