Amazon Trails Peru - Cusco, Manu Rainforest & Machu Picchu - 10 days
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Cusco, Manu Rainforest & Machu Picchu - 10 days
Tour of Cusco and surroundings and to the Manu Biosphere Reserve
2 - 8 persons
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This 10 day package includes the sights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the visit to Machu Picchu and a tour to the Manu Biosphere Reserve.

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco
Your arrival in Cusco, the old Inca capital, and transfer to your hostal. In the afternoon we have a short briefing for your tour. The rest of the day is free to have a first look around Cusco (3400m). Hostal in Cusco (dwb).

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Hostal | double room with private bathroom

double room with private bathroom

Day 2: City Tour & Tour to 4 Inca Sites near Cusco
Today we go on a half day tour: first to visit the 4 ruins near Cusco: Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puka Pukara and Tambo Machay and then the guide takes you on a walking tour to sightsee the old Inca capital of Cusco.
In the afternoon pre-departure briefing for your Manu tour, Hostal in Cusco (dwb).

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Hostal | double room with private bathroom

double room with private bathroom

Day 3: Manu Biosphere Tour: Cusco - Cloud Forest - Bamboo Lodge
Starting early from Cusco we begin our journey (aprox. 8 hours) climbing up to the high mountain area at 3900 m. After a short stop in Ninamarca, to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and the colonial village of Paucartambo, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.) We enjoy spectacular views of the Andes and can see wildlife such as our national bird: the bright red Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana) showing his mating dance. Brilliantly colored Tanagers, Quetzals, Trogons and Hummingbirds can be seen and possibly the first monkeys, such as Woolly Monkeys. In the afternoon we arrive at Bamboo Lodge (900m), where we spend the night.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Bamboo Lodge | double room with private bathroom

double room with private bathroom

Day 4: Manu : Bamboo Lodge - Atalaya - Maquisapayoj Lodge
After breakfast we continue with our minibus to the small port of Atalaya (550 m). On the way we stop at an animal rescue station and at a local orchid garden. We also go on a walk along the road to look for monkeys and birds. From Atalaya we navigate for about 6 to 7 hours in a 15-meter motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River to reach the lowland rainforest. Today we enjoy the changing landscape and have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as Fasciated Tiger Herons, Kingfishers, Vultures, caimans and some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in Manu. In the afternoon we arrive at Maquisapayoj Lodge (“Place of the Black Spider Monkey”). Evening night walk to see insects, frogs, snakes etc.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | double room with private bathroom | Maquisapayoj Lodge

Maquisapayoj Lodge

Day 5: Manu : Macaw Clay Lick (Blanquillo) & Camungo Lake and Tower
At daybreak we take the boat to the big macaw clay lick in Blanquillo. From a platform we have an excellent view to observe flocks of colourful macaws (Ara chloroptera, Ara macao), parrots and parakeets congregating to eat the clay, which is essential for their digestion. Looking through our spotting scope we can see every detail of the birds. After lunch we visit Camungo oxbow lake: here we take a wooden catamaran to observe Giant River Otters. Nearby we have the opportunity to climb a 42 m observation tower to get a great canopy view and observe birds, such as toucans. In the afternoon we travel upstream to return to Maquisapayoj. After a short break at the lodge we walk about 1 ½ hours through primary rainforest to the mammal salt lick. To have the best chance to observe animals - especially the tapir - we spend the night on an elevated platform (with mats and mosquito nets). Your guide will help spotting the tapir with a light.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | double room with private bathroom | Maquisapayoj Lodge

Maquisapayoj Lodge

Day 6: Manu : Blanco Lake (Blanquillo) & Maquisapayoj Tapir Lick
At dawn we return to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards we travel downriver to visit ´Cocha Blanco` (Blanco lake). After a short hike we reach the oxbow-lake which we explore by catamaran to look for the family of Giant River Otters. We enjoy the beautiful setting at the lake and we look for monkeys (e.g. Red Howler Monkey), caimans and different varieties of birds. Back in Maquisapayoj we have the chance to hike on other trails looking for Black Spider and Red Howler Monkeys, White and Brown Capuchin, Emperor and Saddle backed Tamarin, Monk Saki monkey, Pavonine Quetzal, Manakins and other birds. The guide also explains about interesting plants etc. We spend the night in Maquisapayoj, either on the platform at the mammal salt lick or at the lodge.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | double room with private bathroom | Maquisapayoj Lodge

Maquisapayoj Lodge

Day 7: Manu : Travelling to Colorado and back to Cusco
After breakfast at the lodge we travel downriver by boat to Colorado (2 ½ hours), a small gold mining town. Together with the guide we take a car to Puerto Carlos, where we cross Rio Inambari to the small town of Santa Rosa. Here our bus is waiting for us to travel on the paved Transoceanica road through cloud forest and up to the Andes, with a spectacular view of the Ausangate Mountain. We arrive in Cusco in the evening; transfer to your hostal.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Hostal | double room with private bathroom

double room with private bathroom

Day 8: Day Tour to the Sacred Valley & train to Aguas Calientes
After breakfast we start our guided day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We visit the ruins and market of Pisac and then travel through the beautiful Urubamba Valley with its typical villages, where we can have a stop for lunch. Later we get a tour of the fortress of Ollantaytambo and have some free time to stroll around town. In the afternoon we take the train to Aguas Calientes town (2000m), reception and transfer to your hostal (dwb).

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Hostal | double room with private bathroom

double room with private bathroom

Day 9: Sightseeing Tour of Machu Picchu
Early in the morning we start on foot (cloud forest trail aprox. 75 min.) or by bus (13 US$ p.p., 25 min.) to visit Machu Picchu. The site opens at 6 am. Guided tour, afterwards time to discover on your own. Possibly climb to Wayna Picchu (advance booking required) or see the Inca bridge. Lunch on your own (not included). In the afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes town and take the train back, transfer to your hostal in Cusco.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Hostal | double room with private bathroom

double room with private bathroom

Day 10: Free Day in Cusco / onward Travel
Today you can enjoy a free day in Cusco or you may start your onward journey.
Optional tours availble on request.