Peruvian Amazon


Peruvian Amazon

Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon Basin, is a massive tract of subtropical rainforest in southeastern Peru. Rich in wildlife, its home to nearly 600 species of birds and more than 1,200 butterflies. Access to the Tambopata Reserve is by boat from Puerto Maldonado with lodges set along the the Río Tambopata in the south and Río Madre de Dios, to the east. Most lodges have their own canopy walkways and towers to observe the incredible wildlife.

Beginning in Lima, tour its grand colonial sites and verdant garden districts. Next, Puerto Maldinado in southeast Peru. Journey by boat on the Madre de Dios River to Sandoval Lake. See wildlife such as monkeys, black caimans, giant otters, and hundreds of beautifully coloured parrots and macaws that feed in nearby clay licks. Also, travel to Cusco, in the Andes, the heart of the Inca empire and visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

And, see hundreds of colourful parrots & macaws feed at huge clay licks.

What We Love
  • Experience the wildlife in the Peruvian Amazonian jungles.
  • Discover Machu Picchu, the sacred ‘Lost City of the Incas’
  • Visit the remarkable Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up to the peak of Huayna Picchu.
  • In Cusco, take the archaeological circuit of the surroundings.
  • This is an active tour and may include trekking on steep mountain slopes.
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and network of experts around the world.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Amazon with Machu Picchu

Lima, Cusco, Inka Trail, Machu Picchu
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Lima, Peru Arrive at Lima Jorge Chavez International airport (LIM). Meet and greet on arrival and escort on a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Melia Hotel.

Day 02 – Tambopata Nature Reserve
Puerto Maldinado Transfer to the Lima airport for your flight to Puerto Maldinado in the Southeast corner of Peru. On arrival, embark on a 25-minute journey down the Madre de Dios River by motor canoe to Sandoval Lake Lodge. After lunch and a brief rest, board the catamaran and set off to explore the west end of the lake. Here, in the flooded palm forest drift to the sounds of hundreds of Red-Bellied Macaws before returning to the palm forest for the night.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sandoval Lake Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 03 – Tambopata Nature Reserve
Puerto Maldinado A pre-dawn wake-up call to meet near the lake. At sunrise, you might encounter a family of Giant Otters that frequent the lake in the early hours of the morning. Most of the fish-eating water birds will also be hunting and this outing should provide excellent views, and photographs, of the prehistoric-looking Hoatzins. Relax until lunch.

After lunch, board the catamaran to explore the eastern part of the lake, where we might see one or more of the five species of monkeys that live in that area, such as the Brown Capuchin Monkey. After dinner you may like to spot Black Caimans on the lake, or go on a short night walk through the primary forest.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sandoval Lake Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 04 – Transfer
Cusco Early departure by river to the Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco featuring the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas; La Compania, as well as a variety of old-colonial style buildings. Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Novotel (B)  

Day 05 – Optional Excursions
Cusco Enjoy a full day at your leisure in Cusco. Optional excursions to the Sacred Valley such as rafting, mountain biking, and visits to markets, villages or ruins, may be arranged.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Novotel (B)  

Day 06 – Machu Picchu Trek
Llaqtapata Starts Mondays. A spectacular drive through the Sacred Valley brings you to Chillca, the start point for the trek. Today's trail is through a dry cactus zone beneath soaring views of snow covered Mt. Vernica, and the turbulent Urubamba River below. From our trail, we will be able to see giant sculpted terraces of Inca Llaqtapata and explore the outlying areas of this massive ancient farming complex.
Overnight: Llaqtapata Camp (B, L, D)  

Day 07 – Machu Picchu Trek
Llulluchapamba The trail winds slowly uphill through a small forest to reach the site of Patallacta. After a short visit you continue up the Cusichaca Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the trail ascends steeply to a large pampa below the first pass, where you will camp. This camp has a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay.
Overnight: Llulluchapampa Camp (B, L, D)  

Day 08 – Machu Picchu Trek
Phuyupatamarca Early wake-up to continue through cloud forests along mountain streams and old Inca trails. Today we cross the Warmiwanusca Pass, or ‘Dead Woman's Pass’ the highest point of the trek (13,776 ft) The trail descends to the Pacaymayo River and then climbs slowly past Runkuraqay ruins. You finally reach camp at Phuyupatamarca, meaning ‘the town at the edge of the clouds’ in Quechua. To avoid high-altitude effect, we suggest you take this day very slowly.
Overnight: Llulluchapampa Camp (B, L, D)  

Day 09 – Private Touring
Machu Picchu Very early wake-up in order to negotiate an Incan stone tunnel and follow a buttress along a ridge top to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (City Above the Clouds). The trail winds sharply down a series of Incan steps and flagstone paths through thickening cloud forest to the well-restored Inca ruins of Winay Wayna. After a two hour walk through cloud forest, you reach the Intipunku, or Gate of the Sun, the main entrance to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu, at an elevation of 8,000 ft/2,450 m (much lower than nearby Cuzco) has the most spectacular setting of any ruin in the world - even those who aren't normally excited by archaeology will be impressed. This ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is a place everyone must see at least once. In the afternoon, take the shuttle down to Machu Picchu village and short walk to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B, L, D)  

Day 10 – Transfer
Cusco Machu Picchu is said to be a place of spirituality, and the greatest spiritual moment of the day happens at sunrise. This morning, there is an option to rise early, take the bus back to the top of the mountain and view the world’s most famous ruins at sunrise. This afternoon, board the Vista dome train to Cusco, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Novotel Hotel (B)  

Day 11 – Depart
Cusco Transfer to the Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima and onward connecting departure.
Meals (B)

Peruvian Amazon Peru

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are no direct flights from London to Peru but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM and take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours. The principal international airlines for Peru are Lan and Avianca.

When to go The best time to visit Peru is May to September, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. The Inca Trail has limited spaces hence travellers should book at least six to nine months in advance. From October to December, the dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. 

January to April is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy. During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek.