Day 1 Lima Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
If you booked the Lima Cooking Class it does not include extra time in Lima and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00 (10:30 from Aug-Dec) and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 13:00.
Please note: hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.
Day 2 Lima/Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D) Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. Travel by motorized canoe to our lodge in the Tambopata rainforest area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.
Explore the jungle with local guides before flying to Cusco, located high in the Andes. Depending on flight arrival times, enjoy either a boxed lunch aboard the boat or lunch upon arrival at the lodge. Rubber boots are provided at the lodge.
The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact, eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (no hot water), and kerosene lamps for lighting (no electricity).
Local community members make up the majority of lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Take the opportunity to learn from them about the area’s rich flora and fauna, and their extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.
Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado
Plane (2.50 hour(s))
During the voyage, take the opportunity to see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as black skimmers, pied lapwings, capped herons, Jabiru storks, roadside hawks, and several species of kingfishers, swallows, and flycatchers.
Motorized canoe (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy visits to oxbow lakes and small clay licks to learn about the jungle and its inhabitants. Be introduced to the area’s rich flora and fauna by expert naturalist guides, who can teach extensive uses for medicinal and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques. Be prepared to go early morning or evening to avoid the heat of midday. Enjoy a leisurely pace – the trip requires some walking, but nothing too strenuous.
Day 4 Tambopata/Cusco (1B) Transfer by boat, then take a morning flight high into the Andes and the heart of Inca territory to Cusco. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and getting to know the city. Cusco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and the hub of the South American travel network.
Motorized canoe (3.00 hour(s))
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours, 320km)
Day 5 Cusco/Aguas Calientes (1B) Transfer to Ollantaytambo, the town and fortress are strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River valley. This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spanish lost a major battle during the conquest.
Take a scenic train to get to Aguas Calientes villages, passing by beautiful Urubamba Valley.
Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 94km)
Train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 6 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B) Enjoy the unique experience of visiting the historic spiritual centre of the Incas, the "Lost City" of Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins and have the opportunity to soak in the nearby thermal baths. Return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and then transfer by van to Cusco.
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km)
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 7 Cusco (1B) Every year, Cusco attracts thousands of travellers who come to delve into its noble but tragic past. It is the perfect base for optional explorations around the city and area as well as a range of outdoor activities. Relax and explore this fascinating city, and take time to acclimatize to the high altitude.
Please Note - on some departures it may not be possible to visit the Cusco Youth Drop-in Centre, as it may be closed for seasonal holidays. On these occasions, this visit will be replaced with a visit the Caccaccollo and the Planeterra Women's Weaving co-op. Here your family can meet the women and learn about traditional weaving methods.
Cusco Youth Drop-in Centre Visit
Day 8 Cusco/Lima (1B) The evening is the last chance for a dinner with our group. Peruvian food is now becoming world renowned. Opt to try some delicious ceviche, juicy lomo saltado, or perhaps guinea pig. Adults might want to try the famous Pisco sour, but this drink is definitely not for the kids.
Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 572km)
Day 9 Lima (1B) Depart at any time.
We recommend booking additional time in Lima to explore. The optional activities below may require additional time, speak to your CEO for further information.