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zMachu Picchu & Posada Amazonas

10 days

Never more than 16 guests. Guaranteed.

Small Group Discoveries

  • Carlos Seminario, our Trip Leader in Cuzco and Machu Picchu, has the unique capacity to illuminate Peru’s ancient sites and its deeply spiritual ways.

  • Adjacent to a 3.5 million-acre nature reserve, the esteemed Posada Amazonas Lodge promises a richer and more authentic Amazon experience.
  • With our native-born Ese’eja guides, you’ll witness the colorful spectacle that unfolds at the Amazon’s biggest clay lick and explore deep into the jungle.
  • We even take you to the less-visited, enigmatic terraces of Moray, one of Peru’s finest Inca sites.
  • Our Machu Picchu overnight gives you a chance to experience the majesty of sunrise at this ancient site.

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Day
1

Lima, Peru

Check in to the brand new Casa Andina Select Hotel.

Day
2

Fly to Cuzco c

Fly to Cuzco and transfer to the Costa del Sol CuzcoMeet Carlos Seminario; he’s an expert on the region’s history and very knowledgeable about ancient ceremonies and traditional Peruvian healing techniques. After time to rest and acclimate to the altitude, join Carlos for a city tour featuring the architectural treasures of the main plaza and Cathedral, San Pedro Market and the Temple of the Sun. Meals B

Day
3

Descend into the Sacred Valley

Visit the terraced salt mines of Maras, worked by the same families for generations, and then gaze upon the agricultural terraces of Moray, one of Peru’s most enigmatic Inca sites. Visit the amazing fortress at Ollantaytambo, stroll in this ancient town and visit the home of an Andean family. Enjoy a tranquil night in the Sacred Valley at the Sonesta Posada del Inca. Meals B,L

Day
4

By rail to Machu Picchu c

Journey by rail through the scenic Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and tour this ancient site with Mr. Seminario. A traditional ceremony offers thanks to the Maker, Mountain and Mother Nature. Overnight at the Sumaq Hotel. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Morning visit to Machu Picchu and back to Cuzco

Witness the sun’s first light upon the ruins as you explore at your own pace. With morning dew, paths and stones can be slippery, requiring caution. Ride the train back to Cuzco and transfer to the Costa del Sol Picoaga Hotel. Meals B,L

Day
6

Out and about in Cuzco

Join Carlos this afternoon to explore Sacsayhuaman and visit Almudena Cemetery.  As part of your Cuzco discoveries, we include a visit a local center that provides shelter, care and schooling to young children. Meals B

Day
7

Into the Amazon!

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and journey up the Tambopata River to the wonderful Posada Amazonas Lodge, deep in the jungle. An ethno-botanical forest tour with your Ese’eja guide illuminates medicinal uses of these jungle plants. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

Deep into the Rainforest at Posada Amazonas

Cruise across an oxbow lake and explore high in the forest canopy. Visit a clay lick to see colorful tropical birds and join your forest guide to find the giant Ceiba tree. Set out on a night safari after dinner. Meals B,L,D

Day
9

Back to Lima c

Return to Lima and transfer to the Casa Andina Select Hotel. Meals B

Day
10

Adios, Lima

If your flight departs in the late afternoon or evening, enjoy a city tour including the highly-regarded Larco Herrera Museum. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Add the Nazca Lines

3 days from $1,599

This easy-to-add Pre-Tour includes roundtrip transportation from Lima, 2 nights hotel, daily breakfast and complete sightseeing

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Day
1

Welcome to Lima

Upon arrival at the airport, you'll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Wyndham Aiport Hotel.

Day
2

From Lima to Paracas

Travel overland through the arid and captivating coastal landscapes to Paracas. Then take to the skies in a small plane for a birds-eye view of the Nazca Lines, one of the world’s most intriguing and enduring mysteries. Etched into the dry Earth below and enduring for nearly 1,500 years, these enormous line drawings cover the arid plain below you. Among the enigmatic glyphs that will capture your attention and fire your imagination are a spider, condor, fish and monkey. Back on the ground, you’ll check in to the stylish Hotel Paracas Luxury Collection - our inviting resort overlooking the Bay of Paracas.  Meals B

Day
3

Discover the Ballestas Islands + Return to Lima

After checking out from your resort, you’ll embark on a sightseeing expedition off the Pacific Coast. Reaching the rugged Ballestas Islands, part of Peru’s largest coastal wildlife sanctuary, your boat will navigate around the islands rocky shoreline, punctuated by arches and caves. As sea conditions permit, we should be able to get close enough to observe the islands’ inhabitants - including raucous herds of sea lions and a variety of indigenous birds including Guanay cormorants, Peruvian boobies, and enormous colonies of Peruvian pelicans. Humboldt penguins can also be espied in these waters. As we make our way back to the mainland, be on the lookout for a huge 3-pronged geoglyph that stretches close to 500 feet long and more than 150 feet wide. Etched into an arid hill facing the Pacific, its origins are still debated; some link it to the Nazca Lines while others propose that it may have served as a navigational guide for ancient sailors. In the afternoon, journey back to Lima and check in to the lovely JW Marriott Hotel to begin your tour.  Meals B

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Hike the Inca Trail and enter Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun!

This unforgettable experience which you can add on Day 5 includes a picnic lunch and a private guided half-day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. A permit is required. Add $480 per person, based on 2 guests.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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