Discover the Inca marvels of the Sacred Valley, explore the last part of the majestic Inca Trail, behold the awe-inspiring stone-made citadel of Machu Picchu, visit the UNESCO heritage city of Cusco, and explore the wildlife of the Tambopata National Reserve.

Package details

Duration
9 days 8 nights
Activities
Aqueology, hikking, wildlife
Difficulty
Moderate
Maximum Altitude
3300
Destination
Cusco, Sacred Valley, Short Inca trail, Machu Picchu, Tambopata
Group Size
Small groups or private
Overview

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the surrounding archaeological sites. Next, hike the last part of the Inca trail, visiting the archaeological sites of Chachabamba, Wiñayhuayna, and the sun gate Intipunku.. This journey takes you deep into the heart of the Andes and to the lush cloud forest of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival from Lima, we will take you to the Sacred Valley, located at a lower elevation, and we visit the surrounding archaeological sites. Then, we continue hiking the last part of the legendary Inca Trail. The greatest reward is arriving at the Machu Picchu Inca citadel. Following the itinerary, we tour the city of Cusco, visiting amazing Inca temples, Inca streets, and colonial art and architecture blended with Inca culture. Next and finally, we take a commercial flight to the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado to explore the rainforest and wildlife of Tambopata National Reserve. On the last day, you could fly back to Lima to connect with your international flight.

Note: Direct flights from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado are not available on Thursdays or Fridays.

Highlights

  • Avoid the symptoms of high-altitude sickness by going directly to the Sacred Valley.
  • Explore huge Inca temples and Andean terraces.
  • Combine traditional tours with the adventure of trekking the Andean mountains. 
  • Hike one of the best trekking in the world.
  • Return on the panoramic trains (Vistadome or 360°)
  • Arrive at Machu Picchu through the Sungate.
  • Explore the rainforest and wildlife of Tambopata National Reserve.
  • Enjoy Peruvian meals.

Itinerary at glance

Day 1 / Cusco - Sacred Valley

  • Pick up from the airport or hotel in Cusco, heading to the Sacred Valley.
  • Explore a llama farm with an alpaca wool shop and Pisac archaeological site with its colorful handicraft market. 
  • Spend the night in Urubamba at the Sacred Valley

Day 2 / Sacred Valley tour

  • Explore the Inca salt mines of Maras and Moray Andean terraces in the morning
  • Lunch at a tourist restaurant to taste Peruvian meals.
  • Explore the vast Ollantaytambo archeological site in the afternoon.
  • Spend the night in Urubamba at the Sacred Valley.

Day 3 / Sacred Valley - Short Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

  • Drive to Ollantaytambo train station, train to Km 104 of the railroad.
  • Hike the last part of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and enjoy the stunning views from the Sun Gate.
  • Spend the night in Machu Picchu

Day 4 / Machu Picchu - Cusco

  • Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning.
  • Take the Panoramic train on the way back.
  • Spend the night in Cusco

Day 5 / Cusco city tour

  • Morning at leisure to explore museums, Inca streets, or lovely plazas. 
  • Explore the huge archaeological site of Saqsyhuaman, which also includes Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara.
  • Visit the Temple of the Sun Qorikancha and the Cathedral of Cusco.

Day 6 / Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata

  • Flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado (not included)
  • Enjoy a 25-minute boat ride towards Inkaterra Hacienda Conception Lodge.
  • Immerse yourself in the depths of the rainforest with the Conception Trails jungle walk. 
  • Take a Twilight River cruise to find nocturnal creatures.

Day 7 / Tambopata - Sandoval Lake

  • Hike through the rainforest of Tambopata and glide across Lake Sandoval. 
  • Climb the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway for panoramic views of wildlife.
  • Observe wildlife activity under darkness, exploring the Rainforest by Night.

Day 8 / Hacienda Concepcion oxbox lagoon

  • Discover many of the rainforest's tropical plants up close at our organic bio-orchard
  • Visit Palmetum, where you will see a collection of Amazonian palms. 
  • Paddle on an oxbow lake and test your fishing skills on the lookout for piranhas. 

Day 9 / Hacienda Concepcion - Puerto Maldonado - Lima.

  • Set off by boat from the lodge until you arrive at the airport in Puerto Maldonado city.
  • Flight back to Lima (not included).

Day 9 / Hacienda Concepcion - Puerto Maldonado - Lima

  • Set off by boat from the lodge until you arrive at the airport in Puerto Maldonado city.
  • Flight back to Lima (not included).

Pricing

  • Price based on 4 participants in a double or twin room in 3-star hotels: $1537.
  • Single supplement: $204.
  • Hotel upgrades are available to 4-star superior hotels.
  • Please contact us if you are less than 4 participants to get a quote.
  • Please contact us if you are more than 4 participants to get a discount.
Full Itinerary
Day 1 / Cusco - Sacred Valley

Avoid the annoying high altitude symptoms by going directly to the Sacred Valley, located at a lower elevation than Cusco. At the given time, we pick you up from the airport in Cusco or from your hotel. If you are taking a flight from Lima to Cusco, please try to arrive around 9 am so that there is enough time to visit the mentioned places. Once together, we drive north along the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is composed of small farming villages.

Along the way, we will visit a llama farm with an alpaca wool shop and the Pisac archaeological site with its handicraft market. At the llama farm, you will learn Inca weaving techniques that have been passed down through generations. You will be able to feed the llamas and alpacas and take nice pictures. Also, there is a shop where you can purchase garments made of alpaca wool, all of which are certified and of excellent quality.

Next, we stop at Pisac, a picturesque village with an archaeological site and colorful handicraft market. Here, you will learn about Inca culture, religion, and architecture. At the market, you will find the work of skilled local artisans, like pottery, wood carvings, textiles, and jewelry.

Lunch is included at a tourist restaurant in Urubamba village. Here, you can taste Peruvian meals. After a delicious meal, we take you to your hotel in Urubamba.

Included:

  • Tourist van with wide windows, air conditioning, and a professional driver.
  • A professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance tickets to visit the mentioned places.
  • Meals: buffet lunch at a tourist restaurant.
  • Hotel in Urubamba: Budget, Superior, or Deluxe, according to your package.
     
Day 2 / Sacred Valley tour

At 9 am (suggested time), we pick you up from your hotel and head towards the Inca salt mines in Maras. We drive for around 20 minutes, and once there, your guide will explain the process the Incas worked the salt ponds, a process that is in use until today. We continue to the Andean terraces of Moray, mysterious circled form terraces made for farming in Inca times.

Lunch is served in Urubamba, and then we drive north towards the Living Inca Town of Ollantaytambo, which is rich in history, well-preserved Inca architecture, and stunning natural scenery. There, we have a guided tour of the archaeological site with stunning Andean terraces, temples, fountains, and houses. After the tour, we drive back to your hotel. You will have a short briefing for the Inca Trail. The guide will call you on WhatsApp or at your hotel around 7 p.m. Please pack accordingly for the trek, we will provide a packing list and a duffel bag.

Included:

  • Tourist van with wide windows, air conditioning, and a professional driver.
  • A professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance tickets to visit the mentioned places.
  • Meals: buffet lunch at a tourist restaurant.
  • Hotel in Urubamba: Budget, Superior, or Deluxe, according to your package.
Day 3 / Sacred Valley - Short Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

Around 5 am (time to be confirmed), you'll board the first train to Km 104 - Chachabamba, marking the start of the Short Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu. Upon reaching Km 104, you'll need to present your original passport for entry.

Your adventure begins with a visit to the Chachabamba archaeological site. Under the guidance of your tour guide, you'll explore and delve into its rich history. Following this, you'll set out on the lost Inca Trail. Although the trail is narrow, it offers mesmerizing views. A four-hour hike will lead you to Wiñaywayna, one of the most magnificent Inca sites along the trail. Here, you can admire its intricate architecture, streets, water fountains, and temples. Midday, you'll enjoy a delicious boxed lunch at a nearby campsite.

After lunch, you'll resume your journey with an easier one-hour hike to the Sun Gate. Along the way, you might spot beautiful orchids and a variety of birds. As you reach the Sun Gate, prepare to be greeted by the breathtaking sight of Machu Picchu. The final leg of today's hike, an hour-long descent, will bring you to the upper region of Machu Picchu by around 4:00 p.m., a time with fewer tourists. This offers a serene environment to take photos and watch the sunset over the ancient citadel.

Your day concludes with a bus ride to Aguas Calientes, where you'll check into your hotel and rest.

  • Aguas Calientes Altitude: 2000m - 6561ft
  • Highest altitude: 2700m - 8858ft
  • Distance: 15km - 8 miles
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Included:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in a tourist van or minibus.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Train tickets (tourist train) from Ollantaytambo to Km 104.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail.
  • First Aid Kit and Oxygen tank.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes village.
  • Meals: 1 box lunch and 1 dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 4 / Machu Picchu - Cusco

Start your day early with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before catching the first bus to Machu Picchu to witness the mesmerizing sunrise. Once there, embark on a guided tour of this iconic Inca citadel. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the most captivating parts of Machu Picchu.
After your guided tour, you'll have personal time to explore the citadel at your own pace or undertake optional hikes to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Please note that these hikes are separate from the Machu Picchu citadel tour and are not included in your package.
After exploring the ancient wonders, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy lunch at your own expense before boarding the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, our private transport will take you back to your hotel, with an expected arrival time of 7:30 p.m.

  • Aguas Calientes: 2000m - 6561ft
  • Highest altitude: 2400m - 7874ft
  • Duration: 3 hours

Included:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Entrance ticket to visit Machu Picchu.
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes village to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco (tourist van or minibus).
  • Hotel in Cusco: Budget, Superior, or Deluxe, according to your package.
Day 5 / Cusco city tour

Morning at leisure to explore museums, Inca streets, or lovely plazas. We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco around 12.45 pm (suggested time). Today, we explore Cusco City on a half-day tour, visiting the Temple of the Sun Coricancha, the Cathedral of Cusco, and archaeological sites like Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara.

The Coricancha, or Temple of the Sun, was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, and it was dedicated to Inti, the Sun God. There, we will find amazing Inca stonework and learn more about the Inca religion and architecture. Then, we visit the Cusco Cathedral for a journey into the heart of Cusco's colonial and religious heritage. It provides an opportunity to explore one of the city's most important landmarks, appreciate its artistic and architectural splendor, and gain a deeper understanding of the cultural blending that defines Cusco.

Following the tour, we drive towards the hills of Cusco, where the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site is located. There, we will find amazing, huge Inca walls made of huge stone bricks with tons of weight. It was a ceremonial and military center, a marvel at the ingenuity of Inca engineering, believed to worship lightning. We also visit the ceremonial temple of Qenqo and the fountain of Tambomachay. 

Included

  • Tourist van with wide windows, air conditioning, and a professional driver.
  • A professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance tickets to visit the mentioned places.
Day 6 / Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata

We will take you to the airport two hours before the flight departs towards the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado. Regular flights depart Cusco around 11 am and arrive at Puerto Maldonado around 11.45 am. Once there, staff of the lodge will pick you up in a minibus and take you to the river dock. Then you begin Amazon adventure with a 25-minute boat ride navigating the clay-colored Madre de Dios River to reach Inkaterra Hacienda Conception Lodge. After a refreshing time in your room lunch is served at the palm-thatched Casa Grande dining room. Then we explore the rainforest on foot, starting from the Eco Center.

We explore the Conception trails for an immersive introduction to the ecosystems of the Amazon basin. lnkaterra Hacienda Concepcion harbors primary and secondary rainforests inhabited by exotic wildlife and tropical plants. Witness dusk in the rainforest in a guided Twilight River boat ride. At this time of day, the wildlife in the jungle changes. Try to find caimans lurking on the riverbanks. Enjoy â-la-carte dining, made with local Amazon ingredients. Spend the night in the jungle.

Included:

  • Transfer to Cusco airport in a tourist van or minibus
  • Transfer to the lodge by ground and boat
  • Guided tours
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Lodge accommodations
Day 7 / Tambopata - Sandoval Lake

Buffet breakfast is served from 05:30 am. Then we explore the Sandoval Lake in a dug-out wooden canoe, and quietly paddle through a stream, and glide onto the lake, flanked by picture-perfect palms. Sandoval Lake is a glassy, ox-bow lake located inside the protected Tambopata National Reserve and is home to many species of birds, the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, red-bullied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles, black caimans amongst others. Return to Inkaterra Hacienda Conception in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, we visit the Canopy Walkway, which is a sophisticated network distributed over ecologically constructed hanging suspension bridges strung between eight treetop observation platforms above the forest floor. 

We will ascend the tower of 38 meters (124 feet) above ground, trying to find wildlife like toucans, trogons, woodpeckers, monkeys, and more. This is a great opportunity to appreciate the rainforest from the rooftop and gain a sense of its size. Once at the lodge, you can take a night walk into the hidden forest. If you prefer a good rest, the spa is available. A la carte dinner is served from 19:00.

Included

  • Guided tours
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Lodge accommodations
Day 8 / Hacienda Concepcion oxbox lagoon

We visit an organic bio-orchard after breakfast to learn about tropical plants and their medicinal uses that local people used through generations. Later, we visit the Palmetum which is a collection of Amazonian palms in a plot reserved for rainforest restoration and conservation.

Enjoy a relaxing paddle boat ride after lunch. We explore in a dugout canoe on Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion's oxbow-shaped lagoon, locally called cocha. We would find the bizarre hoatzins in the surroundings, maybe caymans and piranhas, and birds flying through the jungle. With the catch-and-release technique, you may test your fishing abilities by looking for piranhas with a basic wooden rod, just like the local indigenous people do. Spend the night at the lodge.

Included

  • Guided tours
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Lodge accommodations
Day 9 / Hacienda Concepcion - Puerto Maldonado - Lima

Enjoy your last morning with the unmistakable sounds of the jungle. The check-out time is at 10 am, and you can enjoy a good breakfast before that. Then we must take the boat back to Puerto Maldonado in a 25-minute return trip along the Madre de Dios River. Then, we will take you to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Please provide your flight information. 

Note that activities and excursions are subject to change depending on weather conditions. 

End of the tour

Inclusions of the package

  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport for the tours
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets to the places to visit
  • Meals described and breakfast at hotels
  • Hotel accommodations in the category selected.

Not Included in the package 

  • Flight tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions of the Short Inca Trail:

  • Professional tour guide.
  • All transportation costs.
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • All necessary bus tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: 1 box lunch and 1 dinner at a local restaurant.
  • First Aid Kit and Oxygen tank.
  • Round-trip train tickets.
  • Vistadome Panoramic return train.

Not included in the Short Inca trail:

  • First breakfast and second-day lunch
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions for the jungle tour to Tambopata:

  • Round-trip transportation by land and river (Airport/Lodge/Airport)
  • Excursions with an Inkaterra Explorer Guide in Spanish or English
  • Small groups up to 8 participants with one guide
  • Check-in 1 pm / Check-out 10 am
  • Luggage storage room
  • Personalized Wake-up calls
  • Full board
  • Welcome drink
  • Turndown service between 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Entrance Fee to Lake Sandoval

Not Included:

  • Flight tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Binoculars