At the airport in Cusco, you will be picked up and  escorted to your hotel in Cusco, you will have  the whole  Afternoon  at your own leisure.


Free Morning  after breakfast.

Then you will be taken  in the early afternoon for a tour to visit some of the amazing archeological sites in and  around wonderful city of Cusco.

  • The Koricancha Palace and  Convent of Santo Domingo: Religious center known as “The Temple of the Sun” where you will admire  the impressive engineering used in its construction.
  • The Cathedral: Colonial  religious monument of extraordinary artistic value.
  • Sacsayhuaman: Located 3 Km. From the city of Cusco, impressive stone fortress with an excellent architecture, Famous for its huge  carved stones some of which are at 9 m/ 30 feet tall,with  a weigh  over 350 tons. Here is where the Inty Raymi or Fiesta del Sol take
  • Qenqo: Ceremonial and  ritual center, amphitheatre where sacrifices were made.
  • Puca-Pucara: An old tambo (resting place), monitoring place  throughout the Inka Empire Routes.
  • Tambomachay: Located 7 Km. From the city of Cusco, ceremonial center of cult to the water  , known traditionally as the place of water.

In the late afternoon, you will return to your hotel so you can  relax before setting out to eat in one of the restaurants in Cusco. There are many  markets and  high end stores selling alpaca wool sweaters all around the city if you are not prepared for cooler weather. Enjoy the rest of the evening as you spend it with the hospitality  of Cusco local and  their cuisine.


After an early breakfast, you will embark  on a journey into the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas.  As you wind through  the Andean mountain tops, you will see echoes  of the traditional lifestyles that have  existed here for more than 500 years.

Many people proudly  wear traditional clothing, cook  in clay fire ovens and  use many  of the irrigation techniques developed over a half a century ago.   The drive from Cusco is not very long and  on the way you will see some typical Andean villages and  scenery. Upon descent into the Sacred Valley you will know that you have  arrived in the area  the Inca revered for its lush fertile soil and advanced agricultural methods.

You will continue your Peru tour into the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas after having  an early breakfast  at your hotel in Cusco. You will see echoes  of the traditional living that  have  existed in the place for than  500 years as you go on to your journey through the Andean mountain tops. You will also see typical Andean sceneries and  villages on the way as you drive from Cusco.

You will visit the town  of Pisac which is famous for its market.  Here you can  purchase different Andean garments and  handicrafts. It has interesting architectural elements which makes the town  a gem  in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Then you will be visiting the ruin of Ollan taytambo, a magnificent ruins look out as outposts over the valley.  These ruins were originally called the Royal Estate of Emperor Pachacuti during the Inca Empire. But late it served as a stranglehold for Manco Inca Yupanqui in the Inca’s final rebellion  against  the Spanish colonialism.

With long day wandering around the ruins, you can  try the traditional Andean foods for lunch.

You will once  again return to your hotel in Cusco and  enjoy the whole  evening at your own leisure by spending the night strolling bars and  restaurants.


After breakfast  at your Cusco hotel you will take a train to the hidden temple of the Incas: Machu Picchu. The train ride is an attraction in itself as much  of the path  winds along  the river and  mountain face,  offering  passengers dramatic views of the Andes

as the train passes through abundant cloud forests.  The foliage dramatically changes as the train approaches the meeting point  of the Andes and  the Amazon  rainforest, providing visitors with a real sense of how much  this country  has to offer.

You will then be taken  by a bus to the ruin of Machu Picchu within 20 mintues upon  your arrival in Aguas Calientes.  You will be guided to the wonderful ruins of the Machu  Pichu where you can  wander through the many  Inca trails which lead  to the main site.



Morning train to Cusco

Transfer to your hotel

PM Horseback Riding



At a determined time you will be transferred to the airport  for your flight to Puerto Maldonado to start your Amazon Program.

Refugio Amazonas

Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom lodge four hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport. It is ideal for soft adventurers and families, and has a rainforest trail designed especially for children, the only one in the Peruvian Amazon.

Because it takes a half-day to travel from Puerto Maldonado to Refugio Amazonas, we recommend visitors spend three nights to make their trip worthwhile. Travelers to the Tambopata Research Center also stop off at the Refugio on the way to and from the TRC.

Refugio Amazonas is located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. Rainforest Expeditions is partnering with local families, who sustainably harvest Brazil nuts from the surrounding rainforest, to ensure that they share in the benefits of ecotourism.

Arrival & Reception by Guide Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Refugio Amazonas. This means groups smaller than 10 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please let us know.

Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our 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.

Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering 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 us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.

Boxed Lunch

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


Caiman Search We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas.



Oxbow Lake Visit We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.

Canopy Tower A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.


Farm Visit Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops – just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose.

Ethnobotanical Tour Along this trail we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.


Tambopata National Reserve Lectures Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas.



Parrot Clay Lick A fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.


Brazil Nut Trail and Camp A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest’s only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.

Mammal Clay Lick Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.


Night walk You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas.

DAY 10


Transfer Boat – Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port

Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters

Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to 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.


» All hotel nights Hotels based on US standards
» All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
» Ground transportation and entrance fees
» Breakfast at all hotels
» Trains: Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cusco

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» Lunches or dinner (unless otherwise specified)
» Airport taxes

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