Exploring Puerto Maldonado( 7 Days / 6 Nights )
A classic itinerary with walk at high levels and a Jungle excursion. This journey will take you into the heart of the Incan Empire, exploring the impressive sites of Sacsayhuaman and other surrounding sites around the city of Cusco, such as Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, before reaching Machu Picchu. You will then continue to the city of Puerto Maldonado, from where you will take a boat to your lodge. You will be merged into an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna, and will enjoy the huge biodiversity that the jungle offers. This is one of the richest natural areas on earth and it is known as the “biological capital of the world”. Although the city itself may have little of interest to tourists, it is the port of entry to some of the most beautiful forests in the country, particularly those in the Tambopata-Candamo Reserve.
Day 1: Arrival to Lima + Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Flight to Cusco + Afternoon City tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 3: Sacred Valley tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 4: Machu Picchu tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 5: Flight to Puerto Maldonado + 3D/2N Jungle Program + Overnight in Lodge
Day 6: 3D/2N Jungle Program + Overnight in Lodge
Day 7: 3D/2N Jungle Program + Flight to Lima + Flight Back Home
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Exploring Puerto Maldonado
Day 1: Arrival to Lima & Overnight in Lima
Upon your arrival to Lima one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and take you directly to your hotel in Lima, where you will spend a well-deserved overnight stay. * While in Lima, we highly recommend adding culinary activities such as cooking classes and tasting dinners in the best restaurants of Latin America, for more information check our website: taste-of-peru.com and ask our agents for our culinary activities. An extra day in Lima can be added upon request as well as any additional activities and meals.
Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Afternoon City Tour & Overnight in Cusco (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for the short domestic flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas located at 11,100 feet above sea level. You will be met upon arrival by one of our representatives. You will have the remainder of the morning to rest and freshen up. It’s best to take it easy this morning to let your body adjust to the altitude. Both lunch and dinner are on your own. After lunch, you will set out on grand tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We visit Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and both the Spanish cathedral and Incan temple of the sun, Qoricancha. After the first part of the tour, we visit the archeological site above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman, where Inti Raymi the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice, Tambomachay, the Temple of the Sacred Waters, which is a marvel of hydraulic engineering and Q´enqo where we will see the remains of a ceremonial site used for fertility rites and for celebrations of the solstice and equinox. *An extra day in Cusco can be added upon request as well as any additional activities and meals.
NOTE: Some people prefer to go directly to the sacred valley upon arrival to the Cusco Airport. Please let us know if you prefer that to send you an updated itinerary.
Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour & Overnight in Cusco (B, L)
After breakfast we set out into the Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will start our visit at Pisac Ruins, one of the most beautiful archeological site that combines a beautiful architectural structure with a stunning landscape. Pisac site is located on the highest hill of the city, on a dry and rocky surface. Then we will have some time to have lunch and recover energies to continue with the tour. Finally, we head deeper into the Sacred Valley and visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your Hotel in Cusco. *An overnight in the Sacred Valley can be added upon request, as well as additional activities and meals.
Day 4: Machu Picchu & Overnight in Cusco (B, S)
After breakfast we catch the early train to the town of Aguas Calientes and we will then continue by bus to the Machu Picchu citadel. This day you will enjoy a full tour of the lost city and have lunch on your own after the tour. In the afternoon we say farewell to Machu Picchu as we take the train to reach Poroy station, where transportation will be waiting for you to bring you to Cusco. You will arrive at night at your Cusco hotel. * An overnight in Machu Picchu can be added upon request, as well as bus and entrance tickets for a second day at the citadel. Please let us know if you would like to add other activities and meals.
Day 5: Flight to Puerto Maldonado & Overnight at the Lodge (B, L, D)
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to Cusco airport to catch your flight to Puerto Maldonado. After a short flight, we will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the lodge office, to store your extra luggage. From there we will continue on our bus to the dock located in the native community “Infierno” from where we board our canoe and start a one hour and a half journey to the lodge. During the trip we will have lunch on board and you will have the opportunity to see caimans, turtles and capybaras. Upon your arrival at the lodge, you will be received with a friendly welcome drink to make you feel at home. After a brief chance to rest, we take a short night-hike to see nocturnal rainforest animals. Once back at the lodge, you will have dinner with our guide and some of the Resident Naturalists who are more than available to answer any questions you may have. * You can always take this tour before the trip to Cusco. Please ask our travel specialists and they will help you customize it!
Day 6: Cocococha Oxbox Lake & Overnight in Lodge (B, L, D)
To see the giant otters you will have to get up very early and walk with our guide approximately 5 ½ km to reach the Cocococha oxbow lake. On the way you will have the opportunity to observe plants, exotic insects, colorful butterflies, birds, monkeys and, with a bit of luck, perhaps some of the large mammals. After arriving at the lake, we will hide in a strategic hiding place and will wait for the otters to appear to be observed. While waiting we will take the chance to refresh and recharge energies. Afterwards, canoes will be available for us to go for a short ride around the lake, watching the wildlife on the shoreline. Back in the lodge, you will have lunch and have free afternoon for resting. Before the sunset you can hike to the Sunset Point and enjoy the beautiful Amazon rainforest sunset. After the sunset, we will board the canoes once again to look for caimans with torches. *An extra night at the lodge can be added upon request. Please let us know if you would like to add additional activities.
Day 7: Return to Lima & Flight Back Home (B)
You will have to wake up very early to have breakfast and board the canoe to go back to Puerto Maldonado. On the way you will watch the unforgettable jungle dawn on the Tambopata River. Once in Puerto Maldonado you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Lima and your international connection back home.* Please let us know if you like to add extra activities or a day hotel if your flight is late at night.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please note that the activities described above are for the EXPLORER’S INN LODGE ONLY and DO NOT apply for the other 4 and 5 star-lodges. Each lodge has their own activities due to their location and own logistics (although very similar). In order to make this proposal simpler, we have included ONLY this description. However, we will be happy to provide the other descriptions upon request.
Based on Double occupancy, Group tours with private transfers, Vistadome train, 3-Star Superior Hotel and Budget Lodge.
*Private tours, other accommodation and train options available upon request.
IMPORTANT: Most of our Tambopata tours are in Group as all passengers stay in the lodges and follow their specific schedules and itineraries. However, private tours can be arranged, please let us know if you prefer to do a private tour.
As price depends on each passenger choices, please contact us to send you an updated price based on your specific request. Please send us the following information and we will respond within 24 hours with your updated price.
- Number of people in your party
- Level of accommodation (3 Superior,4,5*). Please see options
- Private or Group Tour
- Train choice. Please see options
- Adding options: if you like to add day tours, extra days, meals, etc
- Need domestic or international flights?
- Have a special request (ie: special diet, wheelchair, children, senior, etc)
About Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets
As the popularity of Machu Picchu has increased in the last few years, and in order to preserve the ancient paths of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Cultural Institute (INC) has restricted the number of people that could enter Machu Picchu to 2,500 people per day. This means that, once the 2,500 tickets are sold out, no further entrance tickets will be available. Also, please note that to avoid a secondary market for these tickets, all tickets are issued with the name of the passenger, his/her passport number, nationality and date of birth. Therefore, tickets are non refundable and non transferable.
About Huayna Picchu Tickets
Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu are no longer free. They are now US$ 12.00 per person. There are two scheduled visits per day, with a limit of 200 people per visit (total of 400 per day). If you are interested in hiking Huaynapichu, we will need you to let us know at the same time you book your trip since Huaynapichu tickets need to be purchased in conjunction with Machu Picchu tickets.
List of main Lodges we work with:
Budget Lodge: Explorer’s Inn Lodge, Inotawa Lodge or similar
Moderate Lodge: Hacienda Concepción or similar. Please note that the price is based on the type of ROOM. Tours are all the same; Posada Amazonas / Refugio Amazonas or similar Please note that the price is based on the type of TOUR. Rooms are all the same. Here are the options of tours available: Standard Tour, Soft Adventure, Family Kids, Family Teens, Holistic + Ayahuasca
Deluxe Lodge: Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica or similar. Please note that the price is based on the type of ROOM. Tours are all the same.
Please note that we work with most of the lodges of the area. Please ask our representative if you do not see the one you are looking for.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you are interested in 4 or 5-star options, please contact us and we will send you the detailed itinerary of this adventure.
- Round-trip Vistadome train. Other train options available upon request: Expedition train, Hiram Bingham train.
- Bus to Machu Picchu roundtrip.
- Expert leadership, guides & support personnel for all listed tours
- Accommodations: 1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 2 nights in Tambopata jungle Lodge
- Meals as noted (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, S = Snack). We can add any meals upon request
- Land excursions as noted including entrance fees (BTG, Cathedral, Qoricancha, Machu Picchu and Jungle reservation)
- Private Transportation: Lima Airport/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima Airport, Cusco Airport/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Train Station, Train Station/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Cusco Airport, Puerto Maldonado Airport/Lodge, Lodge/Puerto Maldonado Airport.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Airport taxes: Local (US$5.00-6.00) and International (US$31.00) departure tax of payable in local currency by each passenger at Lima International Airport upon departure (if applicable)
- International and domestic airfares, usually quoted separately
- Excess baggage charges
- Medical immunizations
- Insurance of any kind: mandatory evacuation insurance; suggested cancellation insurance, interruption, baggage loss, damage and delay
- Tipping & Gratuities (Guides US$4.00 per person per day / Drivers US$1.00 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature (clothing, sodas, liquor, snacks, laundry, etc.)
- Visas. Please be advised that some citizens other than Canadians and US may need visa to travel to Peru. Please advise us of your nationality to help you or check with the Peruvian Consulate
All of our tours are offered in both Group and Private services; however, as we like to maintain control of the quality of our tours, even our group tours include PRIVATE transfers. This is important, as when you get picked up; you will go directly to your hotel without having to drive around the city to drop off other people in their hotels. Transportation is just for you.
Destinations Tours: Private Transfers + Group Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours: Private Transfers + Private Special Interest Activities + Group Cultural Tours
Destinations Tours: Private Transfers + Private Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours: Private Transfers + Private Special interest Activities + Private Cultural Tours
We offer all level of accommodations. When creating an itinerary it would be important to know which your preferred level of accommodation is. Please be sure that at all levels our recommended hotels offer great service and nice comfortable rooms. Our team has personally tried all our recommended hotels.
3-star Superior: These are 3-star that should really be considered has 4-star Hotels. Nice location, great rooms and charming decoration. Excellent service, with restaurant, room service, business centre, laundry, etc. Buffet breakfast. Best value. Perect for someone looking for an inexpensive option and still have some superior services.
4-star Hotels: Good location, very nice rooms, great decoration and excellent service. This hotel includes more services such as room service, business center, laundry, spas, more room features, etc. Some have gourmet restaurants. Buffet breakfast. Perfect for someone looking for some luxury and special services and do not need a 5-star option.
4-star Suites: Some 4-star hotels have suites that offer the same room features of a 5-star option. Perfect for someone looking to upgrade from a 4-star standard room and get more space and features.
5-star Hotel: What you usually imagine a 5-star hotel is. Great location, luxury accommodations and excellent service. Gourmet restaurants, spas, room service, business center, etc. Perfect for someone looking for a 5-star service but do not need the 5-star Deluxe option.
5-star Deluxe: These 5-star deluxe hotels offer ultimate luxury with outstanding service, luxurious rooms with deluxe room features and “you ask-you will get” concierge service. Properties have privileged locations or particular history behind it. Gourmet restaurants and spas. Ideal for the luxurious traveler.
Expedition: The least expensive tourist train, recently renovated offers nice seats and good train service.
Vistadome: A higher category of train service, with panoramic roof windows. It offers a snack and fashion show.
Hiram Bingham: Luxury train which offers lunch, tea-time and dinner service.
Andean Explorer: Train service from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco. Departs only on certain days of the week, depending on the season.
Peruvian Airlines: Peruvian owned airline that offer the least expensive prices but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Star Peru: Peruvian owned airline. It flyes to many destinations and offers good value prices, but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Taca Airlines: Central American owned airline that offers great service but few frequencies to Cusco. It is moderately expensive. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Latam Peru: Chilean owned airline. It offers great service and many frequencies to Cusco (almost 13 flights per day). Prices are the highest on the market. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $ 350.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depends on the airline, date and time of booking.
DOMESTIC TICKETS (PARA LOS TOURS DE GALAPAGOS)
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $350.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Quito/Galapagos/Quito: From US $421.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.