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Andes to Amazon - Family Special

13 Days

Summary of Holiday

  • Delve deep into the unparalleled biological riches of the Amazon Rainforest
  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Visit the mystical lost city of the Incas-Machu Picchu
  • Discover the ancient architecture of a UNESCO World Heritage Site-Cusco

An unforgettable 13 day family holiday that takes you from the Amazon to the heart of the Incan Empire. Your journey starts with 5 full days to explore the unparalleled biological riches of the Amazon rainforest where you will stay at one of our handpicked lodges. The wildlife viewing is amazing, with a host of activities from walking through the forest canopy to canoeing down river to hiking through the forest that will keep you busy and entertained from dusk till dawn. From here you then head onto the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s where you will spend 3 days giving you chance to acclimatise to the altitude, and it is an excellent base from which your family can explore the region with a host of activities depending on your interests, from white water rafting, to mountain biking, to trekking, or visiting local communities and Incan ruins. From here you travel onto the enigmatic and spectacular Machu Picchu, where you will stay the night, allowing you to see it after the day crowds have dispersed and the chance to rise early the next day to see the sunrise over the ruins. You then travel onto Cusco, the heart of the Incan empire, before heading back to Lima where your journey ends.

Costs from £2,137 per person, based on a family of 4 travelling.

Price includes: All accommodation, all land transport, bilingual guides (including your own top private guide for your visits to Arequipa, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu), all entrance fees, transport and some additional meals as detailed.
Does not include: any flights, meals not detailed, tips, personal expenses, services not detailed.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive Lima
Day 2 – Flight to Puerto Maldonado (Amazon)
Day 3-6 – Amazon Rainforest
Day 7 – Puerto Maldonado- Cusco-Sacred Valley
Day 8-10 – Sacred Valley
Day 11 – Machu Picchu - Cusco
Day 12 – Cusco
Day 13 – Cusco-Lima

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Lima You arrive in Lima and will be met at the airport by our team and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from your journey.

Day 2 - Flight to Puerto Maldonado (Amazon) You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport where you catch a flight (flight time approx 2hours 45minutes) to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon rainforest. Staff from the lodge will meet you at Puerto Maldonado airport and take you to the river, where your Amazon adventure will begin.

Together with the team from your lodge and your guide you will journey upriver to your lodge, which will be your home for the next 5 nights. The Amazon rainforest is home to an enormous array of mammals, birds and plants, this tranquil wilderness gives you the opportunity to see many rare and beautiful endemic species up close in their natural habitats.

Day 3-6 - Full days in the Amazon We work with a variety of different lodges offering different levels of comfort and facilities, but all with superb naturalists and outstanding wildlife. In each location there are a range of excursions organised by expert guides that will enable you explore this amazing place. Our favourites include:

Canopy Tower The best way to experience the wildlife of the rainforest canopy, estimated to hold over half of all species on earth, is to quite literally climb into it. Most of the lodges we work with have an observation tower that will take you right up into the canopy allowing you to see some of the amazing wildlife and affording a view over the vast canopy of the Peruvian Amazon.

Nature Trails An expert guide will take you through the jungle and help you locate and identify animals like the capybara, monkeys and rare exotic birds as well as experiencing the wealth of amphibian, insect and plant life found in the Amazon Rainforest.

Nocturnal Trail Once the sun has set the forest comes alive with nocturnal animals, plants release new scents and the sounds are simply amazing. A night hike is a great way to discover what these creatures get up to after sunset!

Canoe Paddling down the river will give you a chance to see some of the very rare and beautiful animals that live in this environment. Animals like the pink dolphin, the caiman and parrots feasting on the clay lakes are always popular attractions.

Day 7 - Flight Puerto Maldonado – Cusco – transfer to Sacred Valley for 3 nights After breakfast you will be taken to Puerto Maldonado airport from where you will catch your flight to Cusco (flight time approx. 45minutes). You will be met at Cusco airport and driven to your hotel in the Sacred Valley about an hour and a half away from Cusco, that will be your home for the next three nights.

Day 7-9 - Sacred Valley The Sacred Valley was sacred to the Incas for many reasons; one being that it had an agreeable climate and fertile planes, a rare combination in the high Andes. On the way you will visit Pisac, a village above which lies a majestic Inca fortress overlooking the valley. You will stop for lunch in a local hacienda and then travel on to visit the magnificent Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, a major fortress and the last stronghold of the Incas as they fought off the Spanish invaders. From here you will head onto your hotel, with the rest of the day free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas the perfect place for families to mix adventure with history. Below is an example of what can be included during your 3 night stay in this region. There are lots of options, ranging from white water rafting, to hiking, to visiting communities, to mountain biking, or simply relaxing in this spectacular setting. Here are some more details on some of our favourites:

White Water Rafting As the source of the Amazon River, Peru is a perfect place for rafting. There are many tributaries that cater for all levels of rafting abilities from the experienced enthusiast to the complete novice. Our favourite rafting option in the Sacred Valley will involve you being collected from your hotel and taken to the Urubamba River. The route would be a Class III route, which is a good level for novices, combining rapids with longer softer flowing stretches. Throughout the trip you would be escorted by expert rafting guides, with all the equipment required included;

Macas and Moray A chance to explore more in depth the Sacred Valley and gain more insight into the ancient culture of the Incas together with a private guide. This trip offers the chance to visit salt mines which have been used for salt extraction since Inca times at Macas and the experimental agricultural terraces at Moray where different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl. Each supposedly has a different microclimate, depending on how deep and are thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal conditions for their crops.

Mountain Biking The Andes are superb for mountain biking. In the Sacred Valley area there are many different routes that cater for every level of experience, offering majestic scenery that you can enjoy from your saddle. All of our trips will have expert guides who also double up as bike mechanics. For larger groups, or upon request there will also be a support vehicle following.

Alternatively we can organise private tours to visit some of the fascinating communities in the area that live and farm the land as their ancestors have done for centuries.

Day 10 - Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu This morning you will take the train to Aguas Calientes and then on to Machu Picchu. So well hidden in the jungle covered ramparts of the Cordillera Villcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, Machu Picchu affords a glimpse into the Inca world and is one of the most stunning archaeological sites on earth. Throughout the morning you will have a top guide with you to ensure you get the most of your visit to this spectacular site. After lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, you then have time to explore on your own once the day crowds have dispersed.

Day 11 - Machu Picchu - Cusco An early start if you wish to get to Machu Picchu in time for sunrise. This morning a chance to explore the ruins at your own pace and soak up this amazing setting. If you are feeling adventurous we can organise for you to climb up Huayna Picchu , a steep climb, but you will be rewarded with amazing views back over Machu Picchu. In the afternoon you return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco. You will be met at the train station and taken back to your hotel.

Day 12 - Cusco After breakfast one of our team of guides will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a private tour of the city of Cusco, the ceremonial heart of the Inca Empire. Cusco was inhabited by ‘proto-Incas’ as early as the 12th Century AD and was completely rebuilt in the early 15th Century by Pachacuteq, the Inca warrior-King and stood as the heart of the Incan kingdom. Inca walls remain the foundations of many of the city’s colonial buildings. You will also visit Saqsayhuaman, the monolithic Inca fortress overlooking Cusco, and the temple and amphitheatre at Kenko. Saqsayhuaman has some of the most impressive Inca walls in existence, built of hundreds of perfectly fitted stone blocks that weigh up to 130 tonnes each. The site is often called a fortress but more likely it was a sanctuary and temple to the sun. In the afternoon some time to relax and explore Cusco on foot – a really beautiful city that is perfect for walking around.

Day 13 - Cusco – Lima – Home After an early breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport in Cusco. Then you will catch a 1 hour 20minute flight to Lima from where you will fly home.

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Your Hotels

The price quoted is based on 3 * hotels. Here is a selection of what we think are the best hotels in the places you will visit ranging from 5* boutique hotels, to characterful 3* hotels and everything in between.

Southern Amazon Hotels

Reserva AmazonicaReserva Amazonica

Situated on the meandering Madre del Dios River in southern Peru, The Reserva Amazonica is a luxurious retreat deep in the Peruvian Amazon...

Hacienda ConcepcionHacienda Concepcion

Located between the Tambopata National Park and the shores of the vast Madre de Dios River, this new lodge feels wonderfully remote...

Tambopata Research CentreTambopata Research Centre

The Tambopata Research Centre is one of the most remote rainforest lodges in South America that allows the adventurous to explore this pristine protected...

Sacred Valley Hotels

Tambo del Inca Tambo del Inca

Nestled in the Sacred Valley, just 50 minutes from Cusco, Tambo del Inka is the best hotel in the Sacred Valley and arguably one of the best in Peru...

Casa Andina Private Collection Valle SagradoCasa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

Set over more than 8 landscaped acres (3 hectares), it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Part of the Casa Andina group...

Pakaritampu, OllantaytamboPakaritampu, Ollantaytambo

A charming little hotel, with 20 rooms, set in beautifully landscaped gardens with wonderful views to the mountains beyond...

Machu Picchu Hotels

Sanctury LodgeSanctury Lodge

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is arguably one of the best situated hotels in the world. The only hotel located inside Machu Picchu it offers amazing views...

Inkaterra Pueblo HotelInkaterra Pueblo Hotel

Pueblo roofs of terra cotta tile, crafted by local artisans, peek from lush gardens, artfully landscaped for serenity and solitude in this charming hotel set in the heart...

Sumaq HotelSumaq Hotel

Set at the foot of the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu on the banks of the Urubamba (known in this stretch as the Vilcanota River) river....

El Mapi HotelEl Mapi Hotel

A contemporary hotel, with very good service also run by the excellent Peruvian hotel Chain Inkaterra. Set in the village of Aguas Calientes....

Cusco Hotels

Palacio NazarenasPalacio Nazarenas

Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent was opened in 2012 after years of restoration...

MonestarioMonestario

Set in the heart of Cusco this former monastery built around Incan foundations and adorned with sumptuous colonial style combines historical charm with luxury...

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

The Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco is located in a beautiful eighteenth century house, recently remodelled, with stately colonial courtyards....

Cusco Saphi HotelCusco Saphi Hotel

Located in the central part of town, the Cusco Saphi Hotel is part of the excellent local Tierra Viva Hotel group, and is a great mix between Cusco’s rich history...

Casa Andina Classic Cusco Cathedral Casa Andina Classic Cusco Cathedral

A great value option, which really sets itself apart from other similar hotels thanks to its superb location, as close as it can be to the Cathedral of Cusco on the main square....

Lima Hotels

Miraflores Park HotelMiraflores Park Hotel

Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Miraflores Park Hotel takes you straight to the heart of all that's best about Lima...

Casa Andina Private Collection LimaCasa Andina Private Collection Lima

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location just two blocks from Miraflores Central Park, in the heart of the Miraflores district...

Casa Andina Classic Lima Casa Andina Classic Lima

A modern & ideally located hotel in the heart of Miraflores, with 58 contemporary, well-equipped rooms on 6 floors. Perfect for value-seeking travellers...

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

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Andes to Amazon - Family Special

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Andes to Amazon - Family Special

Andes to Amazon - Family Special

Andes to Amazon - Family Special

Andes to Amazon - Family Special

Andes to Amazon - Family Special

Andes to Amazon - Family Special

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