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
764kg 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

The Plaza Mayor, in the heart of Lima’s historic centre, is an excellent base to explore this pulsating capital. Visit the Museo de la Inquisicion for an insight into the Spanish Inquisition, or head to the fascinating catacombs and interesting artworks of monasterio de San Francisco. When the sun goes down, why not search out some of Peru’s intriguing culinary specialities in the eclectic suburb of Miraflores before mixing it with the locals in one of the many buzzing bars.
Get acquainted with this charming city's intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures on a guided walking tour of its lesser-known sights. Don't miss the opportunity to sample mate de coca (coca tea).
Travel through the lush Sacred Valley, looking out for the maize crops covering the terraces that stretch high up the valley walls. Stop in at a local community to learn about their traditional lifestyle and maybe try your tongue around a few words of the Quechua language. Spend the night exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins – a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
Trek the Inca Trail, the former highway of the Peruvian empire. Follow the ancient paths through dense cloud forest, past crumbling temple ruins and over the challenging mountain peak of Warmiwanusc, also known as 'Dead Woman's Pass'. On the final morning, climb the steps to Intipunku, the 'Sun Gate', and see incredible Machu Picchu appearing through the mist. Spend the day uncovering the mystery of these amazing Inca ruins before returning to Cuzco.
Still seeking adventure? Why not take on one of the many optional activities available in Cusco. 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), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Coca Museum

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

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Notes

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

Important notes

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Your trip notes provide a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what’s included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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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