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Machu Picchu and the Amazon


Archaeological & nature lovers adventure
11 days starting at $2,279/Person
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Why you'll love this tour!

See the peaks and valleys of Peru and the depths and highlights of the Amazon. Experience firsthand the natural diversity of Peru’s landscape and culture, where magnificent Inca ruins still color modern ways of life. Two experiences you shouldn’t miss are watching the sun come up from the top of Machu Picchu, and submerging yourself in the heart of the living, breathing ecosystem of the Peruvian Amazon!

Our local specialists and tour guides have designed and dialed in all the secret stops that any local would approve of.

What you can expect in every tour:
  • Choose any date, all tours have daily departures
  • Hand picked guides specialized for every excursion
  • 7 regional offices with 24/7 in country support
  • Transfers with English guide to/from all airports
  • Local specialists who live and guide the destination
  • Personal dining recommendations for food lovers
  • Incredibly comfortable authentic accommodations
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11 Day Travel Itinerary

Our tours depart any day of the year, there are no fixed departure dates. It’s really simply, we’ve designed some of the best experiences that cover your “bucket list” must see stuff in each destination. You can trust in our 20 years of experience, that everything will run just like clockwork.

Itinerary
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Day 1 - Lima

Arrival to the Capital of Peru

Lima may be the political capital of Peru, but when it comes to gastronomy, it is one of the capitals of the world! Food is certainly going to be a theme during your stay in Lima that’s for sure. On arrival in this culinary paradise, your private guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Unearth the city’s treasure trove of fantastic restaurants and bars at your leisure. Restaurants Astrid & Gaston or Central are just two of many in the city which regularly rank among the top 100 in the world. Lima has some of the best eateries and food markets in Latin America which you can explore while also taking in the history behind the streets which house them.

Included: Private transfer with Transport and Guide; Accommodation in Lima. (Meals -None).

Lima may be the political capital of Peru, but when it comes to gastronomy, it is one of the capitals of the world! Food is certainly going to be a theme during your stay in Lima that’s for sure. On ...

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Day 2 - Lima

Lima like a local

This fascinating walking tour will help you gain a little insight into the local Limeño culture and history. After being picked up from your hotel at 9 am, the taxi will take you to the Miraflores market, where Peruvian merchants will enlighten you on the local produce and outline the different types of potatoes, corn, and fruits that can be found in Peru. Feel free to grab some samples and don’t forget to try the coca leaves! Following a short meander through the market, you will then hop on the public bus ‘Metropolitano’ to the historic center, where you can admire grand colonial buildings.

The Historic Center of Lima has been the seat of the Colonial and Republican governments since the Spanish foundation of the city in 1535 and is also an important indigenous center. Until the 1940s, it also housed Peru’s richest and most influential families. As you stroll through the city center, pay attention to the changing style of architecture and the beautiful interior balconies. Upon arriving in Plaza San Martin, you will taste some delicious Peruvian pastries before heading to the main square. There, you will stop by a small outlet of the ChocoMuseum and will receive fun facts and information about the process of transforming the cocoa bean into the delicious chocolate that you will be savoring.

Following this tasty treat, the tour will proceed to the Cordano Bar, where you will taste a typical Peruvian drink, the Chicha Morada, made from sweet purple corn. From here, you can either grab the Metropolitano bus back to Miraflores or you are welcome to stay in the historic center to continue exploring on your own terms.

Included: Private excursion with Guide, Public Transport, Chicha Morada and Food tasting; Accommodation in Lima. (Meals – Breakfast).

Note: The entrance to the Cathedral and San Francisco Church are not included. Around USD 8 p.p

This fascinating walking tour will help you gain a little insight into the local Limeño culture and history. After being picked up from your hotel at 9 am, the taxi will take you to the Miraflores market, where Peruvian merchants ...

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Day 3 - Lima to Sacred Valley

Pisac Market & Ruins

It’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination. Your private transfer will take you from your hotel to the airport to continue discovering Peru further or travel towards your next destination.

Upon arrival to Cusco, you will be met at the airport and taken in a full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, alongside the Vilcanota River, where you will find native communities, impressive terraces, and many important archaeological sites. In this tour, you will visit the Pisac Indian Market, one of the most popular and picturesque of the indigenous markets in the Cusco region. Travelers from all over the world come to purchase all manner of textiles, ceramics, jewelry, ponchos, rugs, hats, gloves, Andean instruments, ceramics, alpaca, and woven llama clothing, and a host of lovely souvenirs. And although you can visit it every day, the Sunday market is magnificent, mass is celebrated in Quechua and the worthy “varayoc” (local authorities) attendance adds enrichment to the celebration. Your tour will continue to Pisac ruins, perched magnificently at the entrance to a great gorge, the citadel looks the Urubamba Valley and the town of Pisac from above. Pisac was situated strategically along a road that connected the Inca Empire with the jungles of the east, and the site is an impressive reminder of just how advanced the civilization was in terms of building and agriculture. Afterward, you will make a stop for lunch (not included) and in the afternoon you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Included: Private transfer from the hotel to Lima airport with assistance; Private excursion to Pisac with transport, guide and entrance fees; Accommodation in Sacred Valley. (Meals – Breakfast).

It’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination. Your private transfer will take you from your hotel to the airport to continue discovering Peru further or travel towards your next destination.

Upon arrival ...

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Day 4 - Sacred Valley

Maras & Moray Trek & visit to Ollantaytambo

You will be picked up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley, then transferred to one of the most unique places in the Sacred Valley called Moray, where you will discover how the Incas used the huge natural voids within the earth’s surface to build irrigated farming terraces. Be amazed by these natural formations and how nature has created different environmental conditions (also known as microclimates), which are replicated in greenhouses nowadays because of their favorable environments. After visiting this incredible place, you will start hiking to Maras salt flats where you will learn all about this incredible destination and the process to extract the salt which is becoming famous around the world. After this, you will continue hiking to Pichingoto, where the vehicle will be waiting to take you to Ollantaytambo fortress, where your guide will explain about this wonderful place. Finally, you will be transferred back to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Included: Private excursion with Transport, Guide, Lunch and Entrance Fees; Accommodation in Sacred Valley. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch) .

You will be picked up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley, then transferred to one of the most unique places in the Sacred Valley called Moray, where you will discover how the Incas used the huge natural voids within ...

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Day 5 - The Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Train to Machu Picchu

After breakfast, your private transfer will pick you up from your accommodation in the Sacred Valley and take you to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. We recommend exploring the beautiful cobblestone streets, the colorful textiles, and charming cafes before your train leaves for Machu Picchu. Boarding the train from the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes shaves 2 hours off what normally is a 4-hour journey from Cusco, beginning at the most beautiful part of the stretch, leaving from Ollantaytambo.

Arriving at your hotel of choice in Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu, we recommend that you spend a few hours exploring this quaint little town, connected to the world by train. Situated in a deep gorge below Machu Picchu the charm of Aguas Calientes scattered in its cobblestone streets lined by small local restaurants and shops, enclosed by steep cliffs, a misty cloud forest, and two rushing rivers. We suggest having an early dinner tonight as tomorrow you’ll have an early start going to Machu Picchu at sunrise.

Included: Private transfer from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo train station; Train ticket to Aguas Calientes; Accommodation in Aguas Calientes. (Meals – Breakfast, Dinner).

After breakfast, your private transfer will pick you up from your accommodation in the Sacred Valley and take you to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. We recommend exploring the beautiful cobblestone streets, the colorful textiles, and charming cafes before your ...

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Day 6 - Machu Picchu to Cusco

Machu Picchu Majesty

Your private guide will accompany you to the Guard Shack at Machu Picchu where you’ll get the best view of this World Wonder, as well as an extended tour and explanation of the history, surrounding areas, and the sacred legend of Machu Picchu. The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu keeps a profound essence of sacred and mystery, which harmonizes with the natural landscape, being a place of great scientific and cultural significance as an expression of the architectural development of Inca culture.

A gourmet lunch is provided by the Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu and then you’ll begin your journey to the Inca Capital of Cusco. Taking the Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes you’ll head through the dramatic landscape of the Sacred Valley until you reach Cusco. Having acclimatized to the altitude the last few days, Cusco’s altitude (11,150ft. above sea level) should be no problem at all at this point, allowing you to really get out and enjoy the town this evening, or get some rest at one of our lovely boutique hotels in Cusco.

Included: Half-day private guided tour of Machu Picchu with transport, private guide, and entrance fees, Train ticket to Cusco; Transfer from the train station to your accommodation in Cusco; Accommodation in Cusco. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch).

Your private guide will accompany you to the Guard Shack at Machu Picchu where you’ll get the best view of this World Wonder, as well as an extended tour and explanation of the history, surrounding areas, and the sacred legend ...

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Day 7 - Cusco

Cusco like a local

Walk around the Imperial City of the Incas, starting at the local market of Cusco, where you will experience a bit of Peruvian Culture and daily Cusqueño life. In the market, you can find the best variety of vegetables, bread, and fruit in the country. Continuing this pleasant walk you’ll visit the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cusco containing over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School and several beautiful altars. Afterward, you’ll visit Koricancha, which is considered a religious center of Cusco, geographical and political.

The Temple of Koricancha, was where the Inca paid homage to the Sun god called Inti. Qori means goldwork and Kancha means an enclosed space, bounded by walls. Then you’ll walk uphill a bit to enter the artisan quarter of San Blas, where you’ll be able to appreciate a religious painting and many workshops where, if they are available, you can watch artisans in action. After this, you’ll return to your hotel.

Included: Half day private walking city tour with San Blas neighborhood and San Pedro market; Entrance fees; Accommodation in Cusco. (Meals – Breakfast).

Walk around the Imperial City of the Incas, starting at the local market of Cusco, where you will experience a bit of Peruvian Culture and daily Cusqueño life. In the market, you can find the best variety of vegetables, bread, ...

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Day 8 - Cusco to Puerto Maldonado

Into the Amazon

Private transfer to take flight towards Puerto Maldonado. Today you’ll delve into the mythical Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest and area of pristine natural beauty. As you fly over Peru you’ll see the spectacular landscapes below transform from undulating mountains to the endless forested greenery of the Amazon an utterly breathtaking sight. Once you touchdown in Puerto Maldonado you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the bustling harbor, where your peque – traditional canoe – awaits to take you to your lodge.

Glide down the Madre de Dios River on an hour’s boat ride, weaving along the wild waters and keeping an eye and an ear out for the resident pink dolphins and caiman crocs, until you reach your jungle retreat. Here you’ll have time to settle in and take lunch, enjoy a siesta, or simply listen to the melodious jungle soundscape before you begin the afternoon excursions. An excellent introduction to your Amazonian adventure is a guided walk along the jungle trails: you’ll spot a beguiling array of wildlife, including towering trees, colorful birds, and scuttling insects, many of which are unique to this rainforest. Afterward, why not embark on the twilight river excursion to witness the transformation between the diurnal and nocturnal world? Look out for owls, capybaras, and caiman, among other fascinating creatures. After all the excitement, kick back at the lodge, cocktail in hand, and enjoy a delicious dinner before settling down for the night.

Included: Private transfer from the hotel to Cusco airport with assistance; Transportation to the lodge; Accommodation in Puerto Maldonado. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

**Note: activities and times of traveling can be adjusted depending on the lodge you´ll be staying in. Whenever you´ll end up, you´ll be surrounded by nature on an all-inclusive program.**

Private transfer to take flight towards Puerto Maldonado. Today you’ll delve into the mythical Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest and area of pristine natural beauty. As you fly over Peru you’ll see the spectacular landscapes below transform from undulating mountains ...

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Day 9 - Puerto Maldonado

Parrots, lakes and monkeys

Make sure you’ve set the alarm clock this morning it’ll be an early start to catch nature before the heat catches you out! We recommend getting up at 4.30 am and heading to the clay lick close to the lodge, where a flurry of brightly-colored parrots descend for breakfast, pecking at the clay. You might also wish to visit the nearby oxbow lake, slipping through the glassy water on a wooden canoe, and soaking up the pristine scenery surrounding you. The virgin lake and forest are populated with resident red howler monkeys, macaws, turtles, and the endangered giant river otter, to name a few.

After you’ve returned to the lodge for a well-deserved lunch, you might be tempted by a little adventure and if that’s the case, the canopy walk is just the ticket. You’ll explore the rainforest from a completely new perspective, walking among the emerald treetops and getting up close to howler monkeys, birds and sloths. Wander amongst the trees for an hour and a half, or linger longer to catch the sunset from one of the viewing towers, before returning to your jungle lodging for dinner and drinks.

Included: Group excursions in Puerto Maldonado; Accommodation in Puerto Maldonado. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Make sure you’ve set the alarm clock this morning it’ll be an early start to catch nature before the heat catches you out! We recommend getting up at 4.30 am and heading to the clay lick close to the lodge, ...

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Day 10 - Puerto Maldonado

Deeper into Nature

Now that you’ve had some time to get familiar with the area, today you can delve deep into the unique flora and fauna of the Amazon. One option is to take a forest tour, learning about the indigenous plants used for medicinal purposes, food, or shelter. There is also a variety of boat tours that explore the surrounding waterways, rich with the sights and sounds of the Amazonian wildlife. A unique sunset or night boat tour lets you see and hear a whole new side of the jungle, as the creatures’ habits and sounds change with nightfall.

Included: Group excursions in Puerto Maldonado; Accommodation in Puerto Maldonado. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Now that you’ve had some time to get familiar with the area, today you can delve deep into the unique flora and fauna of the Amazon. One option is to take a forest tour, learning about the indigenous plants used ...

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Day 11 - Puerto Maldonado

Leaving the Peruvian Amazon

This morning, savor the last of your jungle adventure on the return boat ride to Puerto Maldonado, which will take around an hour. Lie back, listen to the sounds of the river and take in the immense greenery around you. Back in Puerto Maldonado, it’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination where if you are planning to, you can enjoy exploring the beauty and culture of Peru further.

Included: Transfer from the Lodge to Puerto Maldonado airport. (Meals – Breakfast).

This morning, savor the last of your jungle adventure on the return boat ride to Puerto Maldonado, which will take around an hour. Lie back, listen to the sounds of the river and take in the immense greenery around you. ...

Sustainable & Shared Experiences

We have over 20 years experience building relationships with a short list of some of the best hotels and guides in Central & South America, from 7 regional offices in Latin America. We always aim to offer our tour packages with as little impact with the culture, by using shared transportation and/or private “like a local” excursions using public transportation. Let us know your travel dates and destination preferences, and we’ll match you with YOUR PERFECT Latin America experience. 

Shared Hotels & Pricing

(Price estimate for 2 people traveling together)

Option 1: Comfort
$2,279 /person
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Option 2: Superior
$2,689 /person
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Option 3: Luxury
$3,819 /person
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Concerns about traveling during COVID-19?
At Class Adventure Travel, the safety and health of our team and travelers is our top priority. Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Central and South America have been confirmed, but are significantly fewer (aside from Brazil) than other regions and countries across the globe. Due to the recent pandemic, we have been redefined many of our travel itineraries and operational measures to help bring peace of mind while traveling with us in Latin America. The above tour packages can be organized with private transportation and a personal guide, to allow for social distancing while exploring destinations with our team. We are here for you. If you have any questions whatsoever, please do reach out so we can make sure your answers and mind are left at ease.

Any trip can be cancelled up to 2 weeks prior to arrival, if COVID-19 related.

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What our travelers are saying

David & Apryl Imboden
from the United States to Peru
Dear CAT, Thanks so much for an incredible time in Peru. The service that you provided during our private tour was amazing. The guides were knowledgeable, the hotels were above the level we expected and everything that was included was more than we could have imagined. We loved traveling along the coast and of course Machu Picchu was a greater highlight than any pictures can do justice. Sincerely, David and Apryl Imboden, Orange, CA
Andrew & Debra Lee
from the United States to Argentina, Brazil & Peru
Hi Sarah, We had a wonderful time and it was a great trip overall! Could not have had the experience that we did without your help - no regrets at all in booking with CAT! (I have already forwarded a link to your website to a co-worker who is interested in traveling to South America in the future). Thanks for all of your and Alex’s help in making our trip a memorable one! Regards, Andrew
Angela Willis & Son
from the United States to Brazil & Peru
Sarah, The vacation to Brazil and Peru was great! All of the guides were good, but Luiz and Fernando were exceptional! Both of them went out of their way to accommodate us and make our trip special. Pascuale was also very good, he certainly knows his way around Machu Picchu. I would recommend this trip to anyone! The hotels were wonderful as well. We even enjoyed the Andean Wings. I found the staff to be welcoming and the hotel quaint. The Sonesta Posada was a real stand out. Thanks again for your help in putting everything together. We had a great time! Angela
Annalena Burbridge
from the United States to Argentina
Dear CAT Travel, We had a most wonderful time in Argentina. Working with Marcos was a real joy.  He proved to be very helpful and knowledgeable about his product and services.  All the transfers were executed punctually with friendly and professional staff.  The tours for the most part were excellent, depending on the guide, their overall knowledge, delivery and fluency in the English language. The hotels were all very clean, comfortable, and for the most part in good locations in respect to the center of town.  I can honestly say that it was a once in a lifetime trip and our best travel experience. It is a really wonderful travel destination, we loved, loved,loved Argentina! Annalena Burbridge
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