THE TASTE OF ADVENTURE

10D/9N THE TASTE OF ADVENTURE

Lima, Cusco, Valle Sagrado, Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado, and Tambopata

Experience the wonder of Peru’s vast natural, cultural, and historic wealth through a series of exciting adventures, including a stay at the Sacred Valley’s incredible Skylodge. Walk, sail, climb, bicycle, and horseback ride up mountains, and though valleys, lakes, rivers, natural reserves, and millenary archaeological sites, taking in the local customs and making life-long memories as you go along.

Tour highlights:

  • Cusco city tour
  • HD biking in the Sacred Valley: from Yanahuara to Ollantaytambo Inca Bridge
  • FD river-rafting and horseback riding in the Sacred Valley.
  • FD Via Ferrata and Zip Line
  • Overnight in Skylodge Adventure Suites
  • Three spectacular days of moderate adventure and nature in Tambopata, which includes kayaking, sailing, bird watching, and night walks.

 

DAY 1: LIMA | INC: -

Upon arriving in Lima, you will be met by a member of the Viajes Pacifico staff who will assist you with your luggage, and will provide a brief city orientation and helpful information. Transfer to hotel and overnight stay in Lima.

DAY 2: LIMA/CUSCO | INC: B

Transfer to the airport and flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, a representative will meet you and take you to your hotel. Spend the morning leisurely getting used to the altitude. In the afternoon, take off on an exclusive city tour starting at the San Cristobal plaza, which overlooks Cusco. Then, head to the San Pedro market, where you will have the chance to discover regional tastes and products, and immerse yourself in the local traditions. From here, your guide will lead you to the grand Koricancha Temple. Its name means “Gold Enclosure” in Quechua, as its walls were formerly covered in gold plaques. Then, on to the Santo Domingo Church, where you can revel in its grand architecture and astonishing display of art from the Cusqueña School. Continue on towards the San Blas neighborhood, known for housing artists and artisans over the decades. As you make your way, you will pass through Hatun Rumiyoc Street, stop at the Inca Roca Palace – currently the home of the Archbishop – and see at the famous Twelve Angle Stone. The tour concludes in the Main Plaza, where you will visit the Cathedral and see its beautiful and historically valuable colonial masterpieces.  Overnight stay in Cusco.

DAY 3: CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY | INC: D/BL/C

After a hearty breakfast, head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where your biking adventure awaits. Upon arriving at the Paucarbamba Bridge, you will be led in a safety briefing and subsequently geared up. From here, ride along the Urubamba River towards the village of Pachar. In Pachar, you begin your descent down an ancient Inca trail, into the vast fields and across Inca terraces until arriving at the Inca Bridge, where the tour ends. Overnight stay in the Sacred Valley.

DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY | INC: B/BL/D 

Today you return to the town of Pachar for a river rafting experience down the Urubamba River. After a quick, but thorough safety briefing, your guide will fully equip you and lead you to the calm waters for a practice session. Once you feel comfortable, head down river and admire the spectacular views of surrounding mountains and archaeological ruins, as the waters begin to pick up, eventually taking you through level II and III rapids. The experience finishes with a thrilling trip through El Resbaladero (The Slide), a strong class III rapid with waves and small whirlpools. After getting back on dry land, your guide will lead you to a traditional restaurant on the riverside, owned by a local family, for lunch. This is the perfect place to enjoy classic Andean cuisine, while simultaneously supporting community projects. From here, explore the nearby archaeological site, before taking off on a horseback riding adventure along the riverside. As you journey, make sure to look around at the small villages, farms, and Andean terraces along the way, and take in the regional feel.

Overnight stay in The Sacred Valley.

DAY 5: 2D/1N SKYLODGE ADVENTURE SUITES | INC: B/BL/D 

Located in the Sacred Valley of Incas, Skylodge Adventure Suites is a new adventure alternative designed for those looking to combine adrenaline with absolute peace in a spectacular, one of a kind, setting.

Hand-crafted out of aerospace aluminum and weather resistant polycarbonate, the 3 Skylodge capsules are suspended off the mountainside 400 meters from the ground. Each suite has the following dimensions: 7.5 mt. in length x 2.6 mt. in height and width. The capsules are illuminated by solar panels, and each suite includes four beds, a dining area, and a private bathroom.

To access the Skylodge, one can ascend the classic via ferrata, passing through a suspension bridge, or one can make the intrepid climb up the mountain face and enjoy the thrills of the zip line. Overnight in Skylodge.

DAY 6: SACRED VALLEY | INC: B

A private vehicle will take you back to your Sacred Valley hotel at the predetermined time. Spend the rest of the day freely enjoying the hotel, its facilities, and the beautiful surrounding areas. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

DAY 7: SACRED VALLEY / MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO | INC:B/L

Board your train and revel in the incredible beauty as you traverse the lush, green valleys that lead to Aguas Calientes. Upon arriving, a staff member will guide your to the bus that will take you up the winding path, to the gate of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Take in the undeniable energy as you spend the day touring The Lost City of the Incas, with its endless display of terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps, and urban areas. After a guided visit, you will have time to wander the site before heading off to enjoy lunch at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Restaurant. At the arranged time, we will take the train back to Cusco to be transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cusco.

DÍA 8: CUSCO/PUERTO MALDONADO/TAMBOPATA (REFUGIO AMAZONAS) | INC: B/L/D

Transfer to the airport and flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Arrival and reception:

Refugio Amazonas guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members, all of who are fluent in English (unless otherwise notified). Guides are assigned at a 10:1 ratio, thus, groups with less than 10 people will share a guide with other group(s). If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English, please let us know.

Transfer from Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters:

Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, your guide will welcome you at the airport, and lead you to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters, about 10 minutes away. Here, you will have the chance to reassess your luggage and leave any unnecessary gear in our safety deposit box, as we ask passengers to take only what is needed in order for us to keep the boats and cargo light.

Transfer from Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port:

You will be taken from our headquarters to the Tambopata River Port, located 20 kilometers away in the native community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.

Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas:

The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take you past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint, and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare natural reserve.
Boxed Lunch

Orientation:

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

Caiman Search:

After night falls, you will be invited to delve into the darkness of the jungle, and guided to the rivers edge. Here, use a headlamp or flashlight to scan the shores in search of a gleaming set of caiman eyes.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

DAY 9: TAMBOPATA| INC: B/L/D

Breakfast

Oxbow Lake Visit:

Paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran looking for lakeside wildlife, such as the hoatzin, caiman, and horned screamers. With any luck, you will spot an illusive otter and the noisy macaws.

Canopy Tower:

After a 30-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas, you will arrive at the base of the infamous canopy tower. Climb the stairs that take you 25-meters into the canopy and lead you to the network of bridges and platforms from where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular and unique views of the jungle. Look out for birds, monkeys, insects, and exciting local flora.
Lunch

Farm Visit:

Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by the charismatic Don Manuel from the neighboring community of Condenado. Here, he grows a variety of Amazonian crops - some popular, and some lesser known. Just about every plant and tree you might see serves a purpose. 

Ethno botanical Tour:

Along this trail you will encounter a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population. Learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others flora species.
Dinner

Tambopata National Reserve Lectures:

Participate in one of the nightly lectures prepared by the Refugio Amazonas staff, discussing conservation threats, opportunities, and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

DAY 10: TAMBOPATA / LIMA| INC: B

After a tasty breakfast, board a boat that takes you back to the Tambopata River Port, from where you will be transferred back to our Puerto Maldonado Headquarters. After picking up any left items, your guide will take you to the airport for departure.

*Depending on flight schedules, this may require very early departures.

 

Meals included:

B: breakfast / L: lunch / D: dinner / PL: Picnic lunch / BR: brunch.


INCLUDES:

Lima

  • Transfer airport / hotel / airport
  • 1 night of accommodation

Cusco

  • Transfer airport / hotel / train station / airport
  • HD city tour
  • FD excursion to Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train - lunch at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Restaurant.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Cusco

Sacred Valley

  • HD mountain biking
  • FD river rafting and horseback riding
  • 2D/1N Skylodge Adventure Suites: via ferrata, zip line and overnight in Skylodge
  • 3 nights of accommodation in the Sacred Valley - 1 night of accommodation in in Skylodge.

PUERTO MALDONADO

  • 3D/2N Refugio Amazonas: a la carte activities (itinerary is referential)

General Conditions:

  • Rates per person in USD, non commissionable.
  • Subject to availability.
  • Private services available in English or Spanish.
  • Special dates available upon request: Inti Raymi Festival (Jun 22-26), national holidays (Jul 24-29), Christmas (Dec 23-27) and New Year (Dec 28-31)
  • Excursions in Puerto Maldonado are guided in Spanish or English. Other languages may be available upon request.
  • Excursions in Puerto Maldonado are a shared service.