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Machu Picchu & Monkeys

10 DAYS

FROM $ 2,688

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

Introduce your family to the wonders of Peru on this 10 day Expedition, from the mysteries of the Inca to the amazing creatures of the Amazon. Venture into the colorful swirl of village markets and experience Andean traditions firsthand. Ride a train high into the mountains to explore the “lost” city of Machu Picchu, investigating its ancient buildings. Cap off the expedition with a wild Amazon adventure, spying monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and toucans while staying at an eco-lodge nestled in the rainforest.

ITINERARY

On arrival in Lima, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the exclusive barrio of Miraflores where you’ll enjoy a welcome reception this evening to meet your Travel Director. Note: Depending on your arrival, we can arrange some tour in the city.

Accommodations: Antigua Miraflores Hotel

Board an early flight to Cusco, the gateway to Peru’s Inca heartland. Take in spectacular Andean scenery as we drive north into Urubamba Valley—also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Arrive at Piuray Lake, an azure oasis framed by snowcapped peaks. Enjoy a lakeside lunch and opt to go paddleboarding or enjoy a beautiful walk, soaking up the mountain views. Continue to your hotel and settle in before dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Tierra Viva Urubamba Hotel

Begin the day with a visit to a women’s weaving cooperative, where we’ll observe traditional weaving and dying techniques and meet some of the weavers who will explain us everything about it. Next, test your Spanish skills as you bargain with vendors at the famed Pisaq Market—a wonderland of colorful Quechua handicrafts. Break for a farm-to-table lunch at the Parwa Community Restaurant, tasting Peruvian dishes while learning how this resident-run restaurant helps fund community projects. In the afternoon, opt to relax at our hotel or visit the Inca site of Moray and the salt pans of Maras.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Tierra Viva Urubamba Hotel

In the morning, explore the former Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo, stepping back in time amid ancient terraces, storehouses, and a temple-fortress with enormous rocks. Then hop aboard a train for the journey through the Urubamba Valley to the end of the line: Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled beneath Machu Picchu. The afternoon is free for optional excursions, including a visit to a butterfly farm or relax at the nearby hot springs.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodations: Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel

Rise and shine! After a light breakfast, head to Machu Picchu to see the citadel in the early morning light, before the crowds arrive. Spend the morning exploring the ceremonial buildings and terraces with our guide and pondering the mysteries of this “lost” city of the Inca, forgotten at the Spanish conquest and rediscovered in 1902 by Agustin Lizarraga and excavated by Hiram Bingham in 1911 with support from National Geographic. This afternoon, return by train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Tierra Viva Cusco Hotel

Set out to explore the beautiful streets and plazas of Cusco, once lavishly adorned with Inca gold that was stolen by the Spanish during the invasion. Visit the sprawling San Pedro Market, where you’ll find everything from pickled snakes to savory tamales, and visit the Machu Picchu Museum to see an array of Inca artifacts that were discovered at Machu Picchu. Later, enjoy a star-filled evening at the Cusco Planetarium, learning about the importance of astronomy to the ancient Inca and peering at the glittering nightY6 sky through high-powered telescopes.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodations: Tierra Viva Cusco Hotel

Today, we set out to discover a wilder side of Peru! Catch a morning flight to Puerto Maldonado, then continue by motorized canoe along the Tambopata River to our jungle lodge in the Amazon rainforest. Have lunch on board the boat and keep an eye out for wildlife and birds along the way. Upon arrival, settle into your thatched lodging, situated on Sandoval Lake shore, a biodiversity hotspot, within Tambopata National Reserve. Boldly venture out at night to discover some of the strange species that come alive under deep darkness in the Amazon with our naturalist expert. Stroll quietly as your senses heighten to the mysterious nocturnal sounds of birds, mammals, insects and amphibians wondering close by.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Sandoval Lake Lodge

Grab your binoculars and head out with naturalist guides to explore the rainforest’s complex ecosystems. Discover the Amazon’s otherworldly realm of aguajales rainforest swampland and learn how vegetation has adapted to the exotic species that are drawn here. Scan the treetops for toucans, howler monkeys, and sloths, and glide along Sandoval oxbow lake on canoe for a chance to glimpse river otters, turtles, and, if we’re lucky, anaconda. In the afternoon, embark on a lake tour on the lookout for caimans, the smaller cousins of alligators, which are often found hiding near the banks and admire the beauty of an amazon sunset over the lake before heading back to our lodge for dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Sandoval Lake Lodge

Enjoy a final breakfast at our lodge, then board a motorized canoe and return upriver to Puerto Maldonado. Fly to Lima and check in to our hotel. Spend your last evening in Peru at leisure, opt to explore the streets of Lima’s World Heritage-listed historic center and enjoy mouthwatering Peruvian tapas and pisco sour—the country’s national drink. This evening, celebrate our adventure at the farewell dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Antigua Miraflores Hotel

Our discovery of an ancient civilisation and amazon adventure has come to an end. We transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps consider extending your holiday.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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