Machupicchu & Manu 9 days / 8 nights

HIGHLIGHTS : Cusco Sacred Valley of the Incas Aguas Calientes Machupicchu Cloud Forest (Manu National Park) Atalaya Manu

Overview

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour.
  • Day 2 : Sacred Valley of the Incas – Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 3 : Machupicchu – Cusco.
  • Day 4 : Free Day.
  • Day 5 : Cusco – Cloud Forest (Manu National Park)
  • Day 6 : Cloud Forest – Atalaya – Erika Lodge.
  • Day 7 : Erika Lodge.
  • Day 8 : Erika Lodge – Atalaya – Cusco.
  • Day 9 : Cusco – Lima.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour.

Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour. Upon arrival at the Cusco airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the morning will be at your leisure. In the afternoon enjoy a half day tour of Cusco, visiting the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the legendary Qoricancha, the most important religious center in the Inca time, a temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity. Your tour includes also the visit to some nearby archaeological sites such as the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman; the religious site of Q’enqo; the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the water temple of Tambomachay.


Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, chosen hotel.

Day 2

Sacred Valley of the Incas – Aguas Calientes.

Sacred Valley of the Incas – Aguas Calientes. Today you will enjoy a full day tour to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisaq, with its famous market. In the market comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. There is free time to wander the colorful market stalls before to visit the spectacular Pisaq Ruins – a hilltop Inca citadel and fortress with impressive agricultural terracing. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in a local restaurant in Urubamba. Following, you will visit Ollantaytambo, an Incan military, religious, administrative and agricultural center located at the top of a mountain. Unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design, featuring stone buildings and narrow streets. In the late afternoon, you will board the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in the train station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.


Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, buffet lunch, train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Expedition or Voyager), chosen hotel.

Day 3

Machupicchu – Cusco.

Machupicchu – Cusco. This day early in the morning you will ride up a 30-minute bus to the secluded citadel, which is surrounded by a cloud forest inhabited by orchids and hummingbirds. In Machupicchu you will enjoy a guided visit to the greatest ruin in the world, the lost city of Machu Picchu. This is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, in a mountain setting of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records about it, so Machu Picchu remains a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the cloud forest. Afterwards the guided tour, you will have free time for the many spectacular walks including following the path to the Inca bridge, the Sun Gate or even climb to Huaynapicchu mountain. In the late afternoon, you will board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival in the train station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.


Include: Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes, entrance ticket to Machupicchu, professional tour guide, train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Expedition or Voyager), transport Ollantaytambo – Cusco, chosen hotel.

Important: The train considered in the program is tourist class: Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail). If you prefer a first class train (vistadome), please make an inquiry for the additional cost.

Day 4

Free Day.

Free Day. Free day in Cusco for relax.


Include: Chosen hotel.

Day 5

Cusco – Cloud Forest (Manu National Park)

Cusco – Cloud Forest (Manu National Park) We will pick you up around 5:00 am from your hotels in Cusco in our private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains and afterwards we will briefly visit the town of Huancarani which contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca, and the cemetery of the Lupacas, part of the precious Pre–Inca culture. We will then travel Paucartambo, a small traditional town, which is known for its folklore. At midday we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and enter into one of the most protected natural areas in the whole of South America. We will continue in our transport down a small road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes it name in Quechua. Eventually we will come to the home of the exotic Peruvian national bird, the “Cock of the Rocks” you will be amazed by the spectacle, complete with an impressive array of sounds that can only be found in the jungle. On our first night, we will stay at San Pedro Lodge


Include: Transport, professional tour guide, meals (L, D), accommodation (San Pedro Lodge)

Day 6

Cloud Forest – Atalaya – Erika Lodge.

Cloud Forest – Atalaya – Erika Lodge. Very early we will go in search of the Cock of the Rock, the National bird of Peru, which has a very unique courtship dance. After breakfast we will continue to the small town of Pillcopata*, then to the Port of Atalaya, which is located on the shores of the Madre de Dios River (700 m.s.n.m). Here we will take a boat to our Private Reserve of “Erika” *. From the boat we will be able to see an enormous diversity of bird species such as Herons, vultures and cormorants etc. We will walk along the interesting trails that are in the transition zone between high and low jungle and your guide will point out and explain the interesting diversity of wild life that surrounds you. We will have the chance for a night walk to catch a glimpse of insects and amphibians. We overnight in our Erika Lodge. * 1 Free Option – Rafting: In Pillcopata you will have 90 minutes of rafting (grade I & II) on the Koñeq and/or Madre de Dios Rivers. You can enjoy the beautiful landscape and have a swim in the refreshing wáter.


Include: Transport, professional tour guide, meals (B, L, D), accommodation (Erika Lodge)

Day 7

Erika Lodge.

Erika Lodge. During the morning walk, the guide will point out and explain the interesting variety of wildlife around you. We board our boat to cross the river and follow a trail for 30 minutes and observe the interesting flora such as the sensitive plants, heliconias, fruit, etc. We walk until we reach Machuwasi Lake where we paddle rafts to observe the birds like the primitive Hoatzin, alligators, monkeys and capybaras with luck. We will have a night walk around our lodge to catch a glimpse of a variety of insects and amphibians. * 2 Free Option – Canopy Zip Line: In Erika our guests can glide from tree to tree and from platform to platform with a harness on a horizontal cable rail system at high speeds above the trees in the incredible amazon jungle. You then rappel from a height of 15m back to the jungle floor.


Include: Professional tour guide, meals (B, L, D), accommodation (Erika Lodge)

Day 8

Erika Lodge – Atalaya – Cusco.

Erika Lodge – Atalaya – Cusco. Very early we board our boat and make our way to Collpa, a clay wall by the river where a variety of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, the White eyed parakeet, possibly the Maracana Macaw and others come every morning to substitute their diet with minerals and salts. After this activity we return to Erika for breakfast. After breakfast we pack up and take our boat back to Atalaya Port where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. We have lunch in route to Cusco and arrive early evening.


Include: Professional tour guide, meals (B, L), chosen hotel.

Day 9

Cusco – Lima.

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima or your next destination.


Include: Transport hotel – airport.

PRICES

PRICE PER PERSON - ONLY TOURS: US$556.00*

(*) In this option, the price includes only TOURS, the client books the hotels on his/her own.

 

PRICE PER PERSON TOURS + HOTELS **

(**) In this option, prices include TOURS + HOTELS, the price depends of hotel’s category and type of chosen room.

RATES 2019

CUSCO//MACHUPICCHU

*

SINGLE

DOUBLE

TRIPLE

ANDEAN HOME HS//SOL DE LOS ANDES HS

2

$740.00

$669.00

$653.00

AMARU HS//MANTU BOUTIQUE

3

$819.00

$726.00

$702.00

ARCANGEL//FLOWERS HOUSE

2

$891.00

$771.00

$733.00

SAN AGUSTIN INTERNACIONAL//WAMAN HOTEL

3

$964.00

$780.00

$740.00

ANDENES AL CIELO//LA CABAÑA

3

$1,043.00

$832.00

$802.00

TIERRA VIVA//TIERRA VIVA

3

$1,069.00

$839.00

$841.00

PRICES PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS

 

  • Single: A room with one individual bed (01 person)
  • Double:  A room with two individual beds or one matrimonial bed (02 people)
  • Triple: A room with three individual beds (03 people)

Example: If you choose the option with ANDEAN HOME HS//SOL DE LOS ANDES HS:

• If you are 1 person, the type of accommodation would be a single or individual room, in which case the price would be US$740.00 for tours and hotel.

• If you are 2 people, the type of accommodation would be a double or matrimonial room, in which case the price per person would be US$669, the total price for the 2 people would be US$1338.00 for tours and hotel.

• If you are 3 people, the type of accommodation would be a triple room, in which case the price per person would be US$653.00, the total price for the 3 people would be US$1959.00 for tours and hotel.

PRICE INFORMATION

  • Prices based on two people at least. There is an additional cost for single travelers. Please make an inquiry about it.
  • Prices based in group service. If you prefer a private service, please make an inquiry about it.
  • Discounts for students, teenagers, and children are available. Please make an inquiry about it.

IMPORTANT

  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu: The entrance ticket to Machupicchu considered in the program, is for the citadel only, not include the entrance to the mountains like Huaynapicchu or Montaña. Please make an inquiry for the additional cost of each of them.
  • Hotels: Should there be no availability at the booking time at the chosen hotel, another option of similar category and cost will be provided.
  • Trains: Train tickets are subject to availability. Should there be no spaces at the booking time on the scheduled train and route, available options will be provided with the new prices and schedules.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestic air tickets (*).
  • Airport taxes or visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.
  • Meals not specified in the program.
  • Snacks.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Laundry.
  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages.
  • Other items of personal nature.
  • Tips
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond PERU ANDEAN EXPLORER’S control

(*) Before buying your domestic air tickets, please let us know your schedules to avoid changes in your itinerary.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu: US$ 65.00 per person.
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Montaña: US$ 65.00 per person.
  • Upgrade to vistadome train: US$40.00 per person.
  • Dinner show buffet in Cusco (Don Antonio): US$ 25.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes (Totos House): US$ 28.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Machupicchu (Sanctuary Lodge): US$ 40.00 per person.

FLIGHT TICKETS

  • International flights from/to your country and domestic flights. Please contact us to check our fares.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

  • Clothing: long trousers, shorts (Machupicchu visit), long and short-sleeved T-shirts or shirts, cotton socks, warm clothes for Cusco, especially at night.
  • Rain gear or poncho (you can buy a basic one in Cusco), especially if visiting in the months November to April
  • Comfortable footwear, trekking boots recommended
  • Camera, films (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, cold and rain
  • Sun block (high factor)
  • Sunglasses
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - no malaria risk has been reported
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) or water bottle to carry water on outings
  • Cash in soles and/or US$ for extras (souvenirs, beverages, etc)
  • Original passport and passport photocopies*

(*) According to the Peruvian government policies, the passport must be valid at least up to 6 months after the end date of the tours. Otherwise you could not board your international flight. Please check the expiration date of your passport before buying your international national flight tickets.

Machupicchu & Manu 9 days / 8 nights

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