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TailorMade Peru: Amazon to the Andes
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Make it truly your own. Start with this TailorMade sample itinerary, then work with our Private Travel team to customize the tour. Want to visit Machu Picchu but not up for a multi-day trek? Start with this itinerary then adapt or add-on experiences along the way. Visit ancient Incan agricultural terraces of Moray, go caiman-spotting in Tambopata, and feel the energy of Machu Picchu at sunrise. Options to customize along the way make your vacation all the more remarkable.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Supplier Tour ID: SPAATM.C/250610
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Lima, Lima
  • Finishes: Lima, Peru
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Tambopata

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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Day 2: Lima/Cusco

Fly to Cusco and enjoy a city tour to get acquainted with the city. Enjoy a city tour in the afternoon and explore the capital of the Inca Empire.

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Day 3: Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting the Pisac ruins. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the Ollantaytambo ruins.
Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management. After, stop for lunch at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs. Continue on to tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

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Day 4: Ollantaytambo/Cusco

Return to the Sacred Valley with your CEO to explore the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and the ancient Incan agricultural terraces of Moray. Continue on a scenic drive through small villages and stunning views of the Andean countryside. Stop for a picnic lunch at Piuray Lagoon and opt to explore by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Return to Cusco for the evening.
Leave the hikers to start their trek and head out to explore Moray and Maras ancient Incan ruins. Drive a little more than an hour to get to the Moray archaeological site. Tour these unique Inca ruins, consisting of circular terraces and a sophisticated irrigation system located at 3500m (11483 ft). Learn about the history and study of this fascinating site – speculation has it that it was an Inca agriculture experiment station.

Visit the impressive Maras Salt Mines, after Moray. See thousands of individual ancient salt pools spilling over a hillside. Learn about the different varieties of salt, and try the renowned pink salt, famous worldwide.

Enjoy a scenic drive through Andean farmland on the way to Piuray Lagoon. Set out on a scenic drive above the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop along the way to lookout over small farms carved into the hills and small villages dotted along the landscape. Enjoy a picnic lunch at picturesque Piuray Lagoon, opt to relax, explore the lagoon by kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

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Day 5: Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore the city or take advantage of the many optional activities available.

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Day 6: Cusco/Aguas Calientes

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

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Day 7: Machu Picchu/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll). Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15-min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows.

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Day 8: Cusco

Enjoy a free morning in Cusco before visiting a local market and learning about Peruvian cuisine in a cooking class.

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Day 9: Cusco/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.
Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon Jungle.

After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge. En route, spot bird species typical of the river and forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest area holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

Local community members make up the majority of lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Take the opportunity to learn about the area's rich flora and fauna and locals' extensive use of medicinal plants and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

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Day 10: Tambopata

Enjoy guided excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and along jungle trails. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole, or visiting a nearby plantation. Go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.
Head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe. Search for anaconda, the elusive giant river otter, or black caiman. Even if you don't spot these shy creatures, there are plenty of other birds, interesting plants, and other animals about.

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Day 11: Tambopata/Lima

Enjoy a delicious Amazonian breakfast before heading back to the airport by motorized boat and van. Fly back to Lima.

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Day 12: Lima

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Discover Moment: Tambopata Jungle Lodge 3D/2N, Puerto Maldonado
    • Cusco City Tour
    • Sacred Valley guided tour
    • Pottery-making demonstration
    • Cusco Stay
    • Machu Picchu guided tour
    • Cusco Cooking Class
    • Amazon Jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon (3 days)
    • Guided excursions with naturalists
    • Rubber boot use
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (9 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the Incan Empire capital of Cusco
  • Visit the Maras Salt Mines and ancient agricultural terraces
  • Relax in the warm waters of Aguas Calientes
  • Spot wildlife at oxbow lakes in Tambopata
  • Experience Machu Picchu with a local guide