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Full Itinerary

Trip Highlights

  • Climb Machu Picchu at sunrise

  • Stroll through Ollantaytambo’s markets

  • Canopy walk atop the Amazon rainforest

  • Photograph the endless stunning sights

  • Learn about Peru’s history and culture

Expedition Route

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Itinerary Details

Arrival Airport: Cusco International Airport (CUZ)
Private Airport Transfer & Hotel Check-in from 2pm

Day 1: Welcome to Peru! Today we’ll arrive in Cusco, where we’ll acclimate to the altitude with an introductory lesson on Peru. Spend the afternoon on a walking tour of Historic Cusco, and capture the magical golden hour—photographing the ancient cobblestone streets of the Old City’s passageways and bustling squares. In the evening, we’ll have a traditional welcome dinner as we learn about Peruvian culture & cuisine. 

Day 2: This morning, travel by horseback along the sweeping Andean landscape that cradles Cusco, learning about the surrounding ruins of the once-powerful Inca Empire. After a relaxing lunch, we’ll travel by train to Aguas Calientes, passing dramatic canyons and rushing rivers before arriving at the base of Machu Picchu. 

Accommodation: El MaPi Inkaterra or similar

Day 3: Long before sunrise, we’ll bus up to Machu Picchu, arriving in time to witness the sun crest over the mountains, bathing them in warm, morning light. Explore the ruins and take in their colossal majesty before the hordes of tour groups appear. After we’ve taken countless photos, befriended the famous roaming alpacas, and enjoyed a history lesson about the significance of this ancient city, we’ll head back down to Aguas Calientes. Following a hearty late breakfast and much-needed nap, we’ll spend the afternoon soaking in the city’s famous natural hot springs before boarding our train back to Ollantaytambo. 

Accommodation: Hotel Pakaritampu

Day 4: Today we’ll explore Ollantaytambo, a famous village located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Locals still live in the ancient homes built over 500 years ago; the juxtaposition of ancient and modern life will be a prominent sight as we travel the city’s sophisticated streets, colossal fortress, and lively markets where Incas once roamed. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Pisac’s famous textile markets and kick a soccer ball around with our new local friends. We’ll finish off the day with a sunset hike to observe the glaciers spilling into the valley—the trek is dotted with villages and grazing llamas—before returning to Ollantaytambo and unwinding with a relaxing dinner. 

Accommodation: Hotel Pakaritampu

Day 5: It’s time for us to head into the spectacular Andes, known for its glacier-cracked spine piercing the length of Peru. We’ll head high into the mountains by bus, stopping for a walking tour of Cuyuni—a secluded village of only 200 residents. We’ll spend time with the villagers, seeing first-hand how they live their remote lives in a rapidly changing world, learning about Quechua culture, and having the rare opportunity to experience a truly unique, isolated way of life. In the afternoon we will continue back to the historical city center of Cusco to overnight in our hotel for the evening. 

Day 6: This morning we will wake up early and begin our final day in Cusco, exploring both the cultural and culinary highlights that this ancient city as to offer. From Lomo Saltado, to Ceviche and Causa - Peru is known for having some of the best cuisine in South America. Spend the afternoon exploring the village market, learning how to cook authentic Peruvian recipes, and interacting with our host families as we dine on the delicious meal that we have created.

Day 7:  After spending a beautiful week in the heart of the Ancient Incan Civilization, we we pack up our bags and continue onwards to the airport where we will catch our connecting flights back home, or onwards into the Amazon basin, where we’ll arrive at the famous city of Puerto Maldonado - the entrance to the Amazon Jungle.

Departure Airport: Cusco International Airport (CUZ)
Hotel Check-out before 11am & Private Airport Transfer


4-Day Extension to the Amazon Jungle

Arrival Airport: Puerto Maldonado International Airport (PEM) 
Private Airport Transfer & Hotel Check-in from 2pm

Day 7: Arrive to Puerto Maldonado in the afternoon and check into your beautiful lodge for the next three nights. Enjoy a morning canoe ride deep into a jungle oasis. We’ll spend the day floating through the canals of Lake Condenado, an area famously rich with wildlife. Later on, we’ll hike to the forest’s canopy to watch the fiery sun set below the lush trees and star gaze. Look for famous constellations lighting up the night sky, such as the Southern Cross. 

Accommodation: Hacienda Concepcion

Day 8: Get an early start to spot and photograph the abundant rainforest wildlife, such as caiman, toucans, butterflies, howler monkeys, and an unbelievable array of birdlife. Since 50% of the Amazon’s animals are nocturnal, we’ll also do a night walk, allowing ourselves to become completely enveloped in the incomparable magnificence of the jungle at dusk. 

Accommodation: Hacienda Concepcion

Day 9: After a delicious breakfast, we will head towards Lake Sandoval, navigating by dugout canoe around the beautiful oxbow lake.  Here you will learn about the reserves conversation efforts, the lake formation, the water palms, and the animals that the inhabit this lake - such as the giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, and one of the world's largest freshwater fish.  If you desire, you can even take your turn at fishing native style using the "catch and release" technique as you enjoy the scenery around you. Return back to your lodge in the evening to enjoy a traditional dinner and relaxing evening. 

Accommodation: Hacienda Concepcion

Day 10: After several days of diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes, and welcoming locals, our Peruvian adventure must sadly come to an end. From our lodge, we’ll make our way back to Puerto Maldonado, where we’ll catch our flight back home.

Departure Airport: Puerto Maldonado International Airport (PEM)
Hotel Check-out after 2pm & Private Airport Transfer

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