Marvel at Machu Picchu and the Amazon in incredible Peru

Travel from the heady heights of the Andes to the exotic lowlands of the Amazon on this journey through the best of Peru. Get acquainted with the charm and grace of historic towns before hiking along ancient pathways to Machu Picchu and discovering the heart and soul of the Inca Empire. Then eyeball exotic plant and wildlife in the world's most remarkable jungle. From vibrant cities to glorious natural wonders, this trip shows you all corners of Peru.

This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Lima, Peru
Countries
Peru
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGSEC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
923kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Experience Cuzco's Inca culture
  • Be amazed by the Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the mysterious rainforest of the Amazon
  • Wander the markets of Lima

Itinerary

Get acquainted with Peruvian culture on a guided walking tour that takes in the sights and delights of this irrepressible capital.
Experience the city's intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures, and discover some of Cuzco's lesser-known sights on a guided walking tour. Take the opportunity to taste unique mate de coca (coca tea).
Travel through the lush Sacred Valley and visit a local community. Learn about their traditional lifestyle, browse handicrafts and pick up a few words of the Quechua language. Look out for the maize crops alongside the river and that cover the terraces stretching high up the valley walls. Spend the night exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins – a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
Trek the Inca trail that once linked this ancient Peruvian empire. The ancient path winds around mountains, across high, rocky plateaux, through dense cloud forest and past crumbling temple ruins. Climb over challenging mountain peaks – including the 4,198 m high Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass) – and camp out in the evenings. On the final morning, climb the steps to Intipunku, the 'Sun Gate', and see mystical Machu Picchu appearing through the mist. Rest for a moment to take it all in, then descend to this famous site to spend the day uncovering the mystery of these amazing Inca ruins before returning to Cuzco.
Still seeking adventure? Why not head to the Urubamba River for some whitewater rafting or mountain biking thrills. Those with weary legs and a hearty appetite can choose to have lunch at the Aldea Yanapay Cafe, an initiative that provides Cuzco's underprivileged kids with health and education facilities.
Travel up river in a motorised canoe to an eco-friendly jungle lodge. Fall asleep to a chorus of nocturnal creatures and wake to exotic birdcalls. Take a guided walk through the jungle with a local guide and learn about the Amazon's exotic wildlife and indigenous inhabitants, as well as the medicinal properties and practical uses of native jungle plants.
Leave the amazing Amazon behind and return to Puerto Maldonado, where a flight will take the group back to Lima. The trip ends here but there's plenty still to discover in Peru's intriguing capital, so perhaps plan to spend a few extra days exploring the sights.
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Inclusions

Meals
11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Canoe, Plane, Private minibus, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (6 nights)
Included activities
  • 3d/2n Amazon Jungle stay
  • 4d/3n Inca Trail (or Quarry Trail)
  • Coca Museum

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This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

For information about altitude sickness click here


Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available:

Days 4-6 Inca Trail
Days 9-10 Amazon Jungle

Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you.

If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead.

The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Inca Quarry Trail.

Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.

Important information regarding new regulations and booking procedures for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Inca Trail & Amazon trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

Inca Trail & Amazon , November 2012

Inca Trail & Amazon , May 2012