Cusco & Rainforest experiance 8d-7n

The Cultural Cusco tour meets the Rainforest Expedition in this fantastic 8 day tour. Experiance everything that Cusco and the Rainforest have to offer - it is one not to be missed! 

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Overview

Fly into Cusco and hit the ground running with this program. Spend the first four days covering the whole of Cusco and then head over to Puerto Maldonado and the Rainforest for a further four days of activities and excitement.  


Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire (13th century-1532). Many believe that the city was planned as an effigy in the shape of a puma, a sacred animal.Under the Inca, the city had two sectors: the Urin and Hanan. Each was further divided to encompass two of the four provinces, Chinchasuyu (NW), Antisuyu (NE), Kuntisuyu (SW) and Qullasuyu (SE). A road led from each of these quarters to the corresponding quarter of the empire.


Puerto Maldonado is a city in Southeastern Peru in the Amazon forest 55 kilometres (34 miles) west of the Bolivian border on the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the Amazon River. It is the capital of the Madre de Dios Region.

Nearby are the Manu National Park, Tambopata National Reserve, and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. These are some of the most pristine primary rain forests in the world, which include several oxbow lakes and clay licks, where hundreds of birds including macaws feed on clay.


Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CUsCO

Upon arrival at the airport we will meet and transfer you to the chosen hotel. The rest of the morning will be free for a better acclimatization. We suggest to take the morning flights to arrive in Cusco early and have enough time to rest.


That afternoon we will meet you at the door of the Cathedral, in the main Plaza, to start the guided city tour. Our representatives will explain to you how to get the Main Plaza from your hotel. You can also take advantage and have lunch there before the tour.


This tour includes the visits to the Main Plaza, where the Cathedral is located. This Cathedral is impressive because of its paintings from the Cusco school. 

Next you will visit the Temple of the Sun, known as the Qorikancha, this enclosure was one of the most important buildings in the time of the Incas, its walls were covered with gold plates and it was built in honor of the Sun God (Inti).



Lastly you will visit the four ruins surrounding the city of Cusco; Q´enqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman, the latter being one of the best architectural works of the Tawantinsuyo (Inca empire).


The tour will usually finish at the main plaza, or if you wish you can stop at Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, where there is a folk show. Ask your guide about this for more information.


Accommodation: 01 Night in a Cusco hotel included


Meals: ---


DAY 2: CUsCO - SACRED VALLEY - AGUAS CALIENTES

 

That morning, we will pick you up from the hotel to begin the tour for the day. 

You will go to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, visiting the complex of Pisac on the way, located 33 km/ 20 miles from the city of Cusco. Pisac is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley, as it was during Inka times, the city was built in the form of an animal; Pisac means partridge, and it has the same shape. 

There are agricultural terraces built by the Inkas which are still used today. You will also see its famous typical artisans market, which includes crafts made by the local people.


Lunch will then be included at a local authentic restaurant in the Sacred Valley. 


After enjoying a buffet lunch you set off for Ollantaytambo (2792 meters above sea level / 9160ft.).  This archaeological site was used for many things, and the ritual buildings and terraces stand out. 



Ollantaytambo was an important fortress, due to its great surrounding walls, it was actually used as a storage city, strategically located in the Sacred Valley. It is a living Inka town with narrow stone streets making it an attractive and relaxing place. 


In the afternoon you will take the train to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night. Upon your arrival at Aguas Calientes train station, you will be met by the hotel staff. They will then escort you to your hotel.


That evening the tour guide for Machu Picchu will go to the hotel and give you a briefing and arrange the time for the tour to Machu Picchu next day. You will arrange all the details with the guide (meeting time, point)



Accommodation: 01 Night in an Aguas Calientes hotel included


Meals: breakfast and buffet lunch


DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU - CUsCO

  

After an early breakfast, you will take the bus to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu, known as “The Lost City of the Incas”.  You will visit its principal plazas and temples.  This tour will let you appreciate the high level of development achieved by Andean Civilization through the Incas.

As a supremely religious site, Machu Picchu demonstrates the superior knowledge achieved in both astronomy and astrology. This knowledge was gained by measuring dry and rainy seasons through the solstices, and was indispensable for the development of agriculture. 

Your tour will be a detailed tour lasting the duration of the morning. Once the tour has concluded, you will have the opportunity to explore Machu Picchu on your own. 



After the tour, you will then take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you will enjoy lunch.

After lunch, you will  go to the train station to take the one back to Cusco.

You will be met in Cuzco train station by one of our representatives who will escort you to your hotel for the night.



Accommodation: 01 Night in a Cusco hotel included


Meals: breakfast and lunch


DAY 4: CUsCO FREE DAY

Today, you will have the full day to recover and relax. You can take advantage of your hotels facilities or explore Cusco more.


The tickets that were issued on the first day will still be valid, therefore you can take advantage of the many sites and places available within the Cusco area. 



Again, please ask our staff for recommendations on places to eat or drink for this free day.


Accommodation: 01 Night in a Cusco hotel included


Meals: breakfast


DAY 5: Cusco - PUERTO MALDONADA - POSADA AMAZONAS

This morning will be spent getting ready for the trip to the Rainforest. There may also be some more time to enjoy Cusco – depending on what time the flight is booked for.


Two hours before your departure we will pick you up and go to the airport to take the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Flights are to be booked by the customers. You will then fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonada.


Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonada, you will be welcomed at the airport and driven ten minutes to the Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.


Next, we will drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business. Lunch will be served here as a picnic style as we enjoy the views.



After lunch, we will board and take the forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas, taking us into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve. 


Upon arrival at the lodge, the manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.


After you have settled in we will take a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy  tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.


Once this tour has concluded, dinner will be served back at the lodge.



Accommodation: Posada Amazona Lodging


Meals: breakfast, box lunch and dinner



*Please see 'Further Details' for room descriptions*


DAY 6: POSADA AMAZONA - RAINFOREST

After breakfast we will set off for the 'Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake'. Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM.



After this morning tour we will have lunch. Once we have eaten and relaxed the next tour will be the 'Ethnobotanical Tour'. A twenty minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.


We will then return back to the lodging for dinner.


Once you have eaten dinner, you will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.


Accommodation: Posada Amazona Lodging


Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner


DAY 7: POSADA AMAZONA - RAINFOREST

This morning after breakfast, we will embark on the 'Parrot clay lick'. This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a lookout located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is most active at dawn and during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.



Later, we leave from the lobby at Posada Amazonas and embark on a two hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba tree. During the hike we will focus on the natural history of the rain forest and its principal taxonomic groups. After the hike we will have lunch.


Once we have enjoyed our lunch, we take a thirty minute boat drive downriver to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose. After, we will return to the lodging for dinner.



Accommodation: Posada Amazona Lodging


Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner


DAY 8: POSADA AMAZONA - PUERTO MALDONADO - AIRPORT

On your final day you will wake up with breakfast in the lodging. You will then have options to choose for in terms of activities in the morning. This will take up the time until you will need to be transferred to the airport. 



Later you will transfer by boat from Posada Amazonas to Tambopata River Port. Upon arrival in Tambopata River Port you will go to Pto Maldonado Headquarters. 

From the Pto. Maldonado Headquarters  we make our way to the Airport. 

We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures. 



Accommodation: -


Meals: breakfast

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SERVICES INCLUDED

  • Transfer in Cusco: From the airport to the hotel – Day 1 
  • 03 nights in a Cusco Hotel - breakfast included – Day 1, 3 & 4 
  • Half day guided city tour in Cusco – group service – Day 1 
  • Transportation and guide – group service – Day 1
  • Entrance ticket to the Cathedral – Day 1 
  • Entrance ticket to the Temple of the Sun – Day 1 
  • General tourist ticket – valid for 10 days – starting day – Day 1
  • Full day Sacred Valley tour – group service – Day 2
  • Buffet lunch at Sacred Valley at Tunupa restaurant – Day 2
  • Inca Rail train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes – Day 2
  • Briefing for the tour to Machu Picchu – Day 2
  • 01 night in an Aguas Calientes Hotel – breakfast included – Day 2
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu – fist shift (06.00 to 12.00) – Day 3 
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu – Day 3
  • Lunch in a Local Restaraunt – Aguas Calientes – Day 3
  • Inca Rail train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy – Day 3
  • Transfer from Poroy train station to Cusco – Day 3
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport – Day 5
  • Pick up in Puerto Maldonado – Day 5
  • Transfer from Puerto Maldonado to Posada Amazonas – Day 5
  • Lunch and dinner provided at Posada Amazonas – Day 5
  • Posada Amazonas activities – Day 5, 6, 7 & 8
  • 03 nights in Posada Amazonas – Day 5, 6 & 7
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner – Day 6 & Day 7
  • Breakfast at the lodge – Day 8
  • Transfer from Posada Amazonas to Puerto Maldanado airport – Day 8

SERVICES not INCLUDED

  • International airfares
  • Domestic flights 
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water, 
  • Snacks,
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry, Phone calls or messages
  • Meals that are not listed on the itinerary are not included
  • Extra expenses
  • Tips (optional)

DETAILS

ROOM DESCRIPTIONS

Classic Rooms

Twenty-four rooms overlooking tropical rainforest allow guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem, even during their down time. Wild monkeys and birds are often visible from the signature windowless veranda, which also provides excellent ventilation. 



The rooms are built with local materials such as wood, bamboo, adobe mud and palm trees. Each bed is equipped with its own mosquito net. Each room has a spacious private bathroom with hot water. Numerous kerosene lamps and candles provide the lighting. Electricity and internet are available only in the common areas of the lodge.


Superior Rooms

There are eight superior 45-m2 rooms overlooking the tropical rain forest. Each room is equipped with a bed, a mosquito net, two hypoallergenic pillows per person, a hammock and a reading table. 



Rooms have spacious private bathrooms with hot water. Electric lighting is available in the evenings until 10:00 pm, at your bedside table, your bathroom and an outlet to charge your electronics. Free Internet is available in every room. Each visitor has access to a personal safe-deposit box, an umbrella for rain and a special set of eco-friendly amenities.


WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

  • Comfortable walking shoes (trainers and sandals)
  • Warm clothing (hat, gloves, socks)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho - during rainy season)
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellant
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene
  • Basic medical kit
  • ID / original passport (it is necessary to carry it to Machu Picchu)


PLEASE NOTE

  • Ask for our other combinations of 4 days programs, we have more possible alternatives
  • The mentioned prices are based on hostels, please ask our prices for other kind of lodging and categories of hotels
  • This program can be quoted in private services too
  • Payments by bank deposit or wire transfers. payments with credit cards apply 10% of commission


USEFUL INFORMATION

Rates for not resident in Peru

Foreigners who are not resident in Peru are exonerated from paying the 18% extra on hotel rates, and must present their Immigration card (given to them upon entrance to Peru) for this. If they do not, the hotel has every right to charge them the aforementioned percentage on top of the published rate. 


Group services

Shared service tours can vary depending on the wishes of the group and organization with the service provider. Please check the differences between our shared and private service tours.


Dry temperature (from April to October)

Average of maximum temperature of 25 ºC and minimum of 5ºC

In the months of June and August the temperature could be 0ºC (32 ºF), this the season known as freeze

The climate conditions are:

Freeze mornings, at noon it could be warmer, cold afternoons and windy and very cold nights


Rainy season (from November to March)

Maximum temperatures average of 20 ºC and minimum of 10ºC

The weather conditions are:

Rain at any moment, the weather changes very often. It could be warm in the mornings and windy in the afternoon.


Currency

It is possible to pay with all the credit cards (the majority of commercial places accept them); you can also use soles, dollars or Euros.

It is easy to Exchange dollars to national currency in a very trustable and safe way through banks or exchange houses or at your same hotel

Please remember that when you are traveling in Peru, you have to carry bills of low denomination for extra expenses, tips, taxis, purchases, etc


Safety

The tourist areas are safe, but it is always recommendable to have some care with your personal effects. We suggest you to leave your value stuff at the safety box at the hotel.

It is recommendable to walk in a safety way inside the city

Once you need a taxi service, please call to an authorized agency, you can ask for this at the hotel front desk.


Altitude sickness

The city of Cusco is located at 3400 meters (11155 feet), this is why it is easy to feel headache, fatigue, short breath. We suggest you to drink coca tea (a millenary plant with medicinal effects. This is a sacred plant in the Andean World.

If you have heart problems please ask to your doctor before your trip to Cusco.

In case of any emergency with this altitude sickness we have a specialized medical stuff.


IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL NOTE

Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste.  We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.

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"Everything about our trip with Pachatusantrek was incredibly easy and went smoothly ... As soon as we arrived at any of our destinations there was someone waiting with a sign to pick us up and take us to the hotel. .. Each of our tour guides met us at our hotel to take us where we needed to go and each of them was excellent and spoke English fluently"

- Hannah