& THE ANDES
A stunning trip which includes the best of the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Tambopata.
See the most important Inca ruins and our Amazon with some of the wildest, least impacted habitats in the world.
Hike the Lares Valley, that takes you through local native communities and farmsteads, providing a unique experience and introduction into authentic Peruvian culture. Combined with the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu two wonderful alley and mountain ranges with very different ecology and landscapes.
This trip has it all !
Day 1 - Arrival to Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata Research Center
This morning we will collect you from your hotel to assist you with your full travel luggage and take our private transportation to the airport. Please head straight to the domestics check-in desks front and center of the airport. Please present your passport in order to enter the airport. Once you have your boarding cards and have checked in all luggage you are now free to head upstairs to the domestic departure lounge ready to take our flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, the jungle!
NB: Please ensure you regularly check the departure boards dotted around the airport and locate your gate with plenty of time to spare. This is important, flights are not usually announced in Lima airport and gate allocations often change and may not follow those written on your boarding ticket.
On arrival to Puerto Maldonado you will be met by a representative from Rainforest Expeditions with a sign with your name on it. They will take you to their office in the city where you can leave any extra luggage that you don’t need to take to the lodge (like your trekking clothes for Machu Picchu and cold weather gear for Cusco, which we suggest you pack in a separate bag).
Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port
Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.
The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port, will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve ́s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.
Orientation - Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important information about the Lodge.
Day 2 - Tambopata Research Center Activities
Day 3 - Tambopata Research Center Activities
Day 4 - Boat Journey back to Puerto Maldonado and flight to Cusco.
Transfer Boat to River Port.
Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters
Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.
After a spectacular flight from Puerto Maldonado across the Andes to Cusco set a 11,200 ft. We will be waiting for you at the exit to the building with a sign at the barrier outside the arrivals gate of the Airport.
Today is all about relaxing and gettting ready for your next adventure in Cusco!
Day 5 - Exploring Cusco city
Overnight: Cusco Hotel.
Day 6 - Chinchero, Maras & Moray
After a delicious breakfast, we will drive through the valley, weather permitting en route, we will hopefully glimpse the snow-capped Urubamba Mountain range. The holy mountains of the Sacred Valley.
Our first stop is in Chinchero, a lovely town traditionally renowned for its specialized weaving techniques and unique hand made textiles. Here you'll watch and learn about the art of Peruvian weaving, absorbed by color, in naturally made dyes a genuine feast for the eyes. Next is a drive to the circular Inca ruins of Moray, an extraordinary Incan earthwork. Three natural, crater-like depressions are lined with a series of concentric circular terraces that get smaller as they disappear down into the earth. This is thought to be one of the Incas ‘Green Houses’, where they experimented with the different temperature zones or microclimates (created by the terraces) and developed new varieties of staple Andean foods.
Then by car, you'll follow a dust track through agriculturally rich plains, with examples of the finest Andean farming set amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery of the Andes, imposing mountains provoking wonderful sensations of freedom, wilderness, and spirituality. Our next stop is the Salinas de Maras the naturally occurring, yet mysterious salt pans that cover the entire side of a canyon made of red rock. They have been in continual operation since pre-Incan times. Wonder at the ingenuity and practicality of the terracing system, whilst being mesmerized by the simplistic beauty and the shimmer of these pinkish white salt pans; it’s a view to behold.
Day 7 - Lares Valley Trek - Lares, Cuncani
Very early, as the sun begins to shine on the mountain of the Sacred Valley, our guide will pick us up from the hotel and we will head in the direction of the Sacred Valley. The Calca market will be our last stop before losing contact with big cities. This is our final chance to buy any last minute things we may need for the trip. The road that leads to Lares and crosses the Amparaes pass at 4470m is a phenomenal drive which winds through arid landscapes, occasional rivers run across the road and the mountain views are breathtaking.
Our final destination is the hot baths of Lares. Here, naturally occurring, relaxing thermal waters await us before our trek. From the thermal baths unfolds a small track, used by local children and community members. We pass through hand tilled fields and crops of quinoa and potato, amongst quaint stone houses. After a gradual climb of a few hours we will stop for a delicious lunch, before continuing on to the community of Cuncani, our camp for the evening. The night will be cold but charming.
Start Height:3230 masl / 10600 ft.
Max Height:3840 masl / 12600ft.
Approximate Walking time:6 hrs
Day Distance:10,88 Km / 6,8 Ml
Meals:L, D. Snacks
Day 8 - Lares Valley Trek - Cuncani, Paso de Pumahuanca, Paccha
Day 9 - Lares Valley Trek - Paccha, Piscigranja, Ollantaytambo
Day 10 - Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 11 - Machu Picchu Guided Tour and back to Ollantaytambo
Day 12 - Back to Cusco, transfer to the airport.
We will transport you to Cusco’s airport for your return flight to Lima to make your connection for your onward or homeward journey.
Until the next time, we`ll say goodbye!
Couldn't Have Been in Better Hands than
with Quechua Treks
Zac and Mayra are the most lovely people you can ever imagine meeting. Zac brought the energy we needed straight from the get go and always ensured we were put in the best position to be happy and healthy during our week's long stay in the Cusco region.
Zac took the lead on taking us through the week with help from his excellent driver Nacho and son (who came with us on our biking excursion). Mayra handled all the logistics flawlessly and joined us at the end of our week in Cusco city for a night of fantastic food at Chicha. Zac made sure to highlight some of the most unique and delicious food Cusco had to offer by suggesting to us/taking us to some great restaurants like Chunco in Ollantaytambo or Pachapapa in Cusco city.
A truly fun, funny and loving guy -- Zac made me and my family feel as if we were a part of his family very quickly. You can't go wrong with booking a trip with Quechua Treks if you're looking for adventure/outdoor activity coupled with culture, history and fun surprises along the way. Peru's beautiful landscape speaks for itself -- Zac, Mayra and Quechua Treks make sure to show it off with such knowledgable and friendly passion.
10/10 would recommend to anyone going to Peru or maybe even any other South American adventure they would be willing to plan with you!
Private bilingual guides for all excursions.
All activities specified in itinerary
Meals indicated in the itinerary.
Drinking water in our private transportation and in every camping place.
First Aid kit and oxygen bottle.
Train tickets specified in itinerary.
Entrances for Machupicchu and all the other sites we visit in Cusco, Sacred Valley and around.
Bus Tickets in Machu Picchu
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
Meal not mentioned in the itinerary.
Drinks apart from water.
International and domestic flights.
Accommodation in Cusco.
Tips for guides and field staff.
Entrance to the hot springs.
THE DIFFICULTY OF THIS TREK (MODERATE)