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National Geographic Machu Picchu & Amazon River G Adventures

National Geographic Machu Picchu & Amazon River G Adventures

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Description

Combine two amazing adventures in one unforgettable 11-day trip that takes in the wonder of Machu Picchu and the mystical Amazon River. Ride the scenic train to the famous Inca ruins, then venture deep into the rainforest on a riverboat, spotting wildlife along the way. From the pinnacle of a fascinating civilization to the depths of pristine wilderness, this journey will ignite your passion for adventure.

  • Prices subject to availability and dates. There may be fluctuations at some times, including further discounts. Feel free to contact us here at Twister Travel for the best possible deals!
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Start/Finish City: Lima
  • Service Level: Upgraded. Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.
  • Physical Grading: 3 – Average. Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys. Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.
  • Trip Type: Small Group. Small group experience – Small group experience; Max 16 (land), Max 28 (riverboat).

Features

  • Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley with our expert guide.
  • Meet local artisans in a local village
  • Take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru
  • Dine on food fresh from the jungle
  • Spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River
  • Interact with members of the local community
  • Learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife
  • National Geographic collection, which is designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of the places we explore
  • Upgraded service level

What’s Included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
  • Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
  • Wildlife Rescue Centre and Butterfly Farm, Iquitos
  • Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba
  • Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Pisac ruins and pre-Inca salt pans.
  • Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Traditional pachamanca-style dinner
  • Three-day (2 nts) aboard the Amatista Amazon Riverboat
  • Orientation tour of Iquitos
  • Launches and land excursions with our expert naturalist team
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodation Supplied

Hotels (8 nts), Amatista Amazon Riverboat (2 nts).

Solo travellers get to share twin rooms with same sex room mates.

Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Cabins on board the Amatista all have exterior view windows with air conditioning and private bathrooms. Also please note that they are set up as twins but can be converted into a double bed if requested.

Meals

10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Further Information?

Just ask us about booking extra tours and adventure add-on packs to secure your place in some of these experiences, before embarking on your tour! We can also help with flight bookings.Best prices with lowest transit times are guaranteed by Twister Travel!

Tour Bookings and Enquiries

Interested in this tour?

Contact Twister Travel!

 

 

 

  • Departure
    Lima

Tour Plan

1

Day 1 Lima

Private vehicle airport transfer included to the arrival point hotel. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your casual welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.
It is recommended to book a pre-night in Lima (in particular if your flight arrives into Lima in the evening) to recover from international flights and rest up before the excitement.
There are some very early morning starts on this trip to make the best use of our time and see as much as we can of Peru in a week. That's why you may find the accommodation extremely comfortable also!
  • Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar)
2

Day 2 Lima/ Urubamba

Board an early flight to Cusco then head to the scenic Sacred Valley. Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras, still in use today. Marvel at the terraced pools set amongst the beauty of the Sacred Valley.Tour the Maras and Moray ruins, which archeologists believe was used to conduct agricultural experiments. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties. Travel via private vehicle.
  • Accommodation: Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast/ Dinner
 
3

Day 3 Urubamba

Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”). An exclusive experience for National Geographic Journeys travellers and part of G Adventures for Good, you'll walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture.
In Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Inca, six communities of approximately 6000 indigenous people are working together to preserve over 700 species of potato. Learn about life in an Andean agricultural community with a local guide, dropping by the seed bank, then heading out to the fields to watch the planting or harvesting process, depending on season. After, enjoy some of the delicious varieties of potato and visit the small stone hut where traditional weaving takes place. Learn about the natural dyeing process and witness alpaca wool strands being transformed into beautiful textiles through a centuries-old backstrap weaving style.
Your visit to this special community means this local enterprise can continue earning an income that supports their development and conservation goals, provide local employment, while helping the community preserve their culture.
The day includes a visit to the G Adventures-supported Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo. Contribute to sustainable tourism in this small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.
Also Included:
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.
  • Accommodation: Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
 
4

Day 4 Urubamba/ Aguas Calientes

RisCatch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with the option to visit the market.
For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning.
Transport is enabled through private vehicle, and train, up to 3 1/2 hours approximately.
Optional Extra Activities
Hot Springs Visit Soak your grateful muscles in the local hot springs for which the town, Aguas Calientes, was originally named. (US$35)
Machu Picchu Visit Just can’t wait to be awestruck? Opt for an independent visit to Machu Picchu before your group tour. ($US75-120) *The cost of this activity will depend on the group size
Butterfly House Visit Learn about the four stages of a butterfly’s life at this learning centre and breeding project. Observe varied species of butterflies, some unique to the area.
Mandor Gardens Visit This botanical garden boasts a beautiful waterfall, varied wildlife and lush scenery. Walk along one of the trails and admire the many orchids.
One-Day Inca Hike Trail Traverse cloud forests while enjoying spectacular views on this 'one-day Inca Trail' trek. Start by disembarking the train at km 104.This means when the train hits 104 km away from Cusco to Machu Picchu Follow the local guide as the trail rises steeply up into the mountains and winds past the archaeological sites of Wiñay Wayna and Inti Pata. Gain insight into the fascinating culture of the Incas en route to the trek's culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way, and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon. Enjoy free time to explore a bit of Machu Picchu before the guided tour with the group the following day.
After, take one of the blue buses from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel in town. Opt to visit nearby hot springs if time permits.
Please note this must be pre-booked as it requires an Inca Trail permit, please speak to your travel agent at Twister Travel for more information.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
5

Day 5 Aguas Calientes/ Cusco

Be ready to wake up early for a 15 minute trip on a local bus to Machu Picchu! The best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to learn all about the history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).
Optional Extra Activity
Inca Bridge Visit Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way. FREE
Transit to Cusco via train and private vehicle.
  • Accommodation: Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast
6

Day 6 Cusco

Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. This evening, take in a different view of the night sky at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use their telescopes to admire the stars.
Please remember that star gazing is completely weather dependent and sometimes there can be cloudy skies.
Optional Extra Activities
Cusco City Tour Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman. 45PEN
Horse Riding Explore Cusco’s archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour – no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case. 150PEN
Inka Museum Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology. 10PEN
Whitewater Rafting Urubamba Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don’t forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch. 165PEN
Cusco Cooking Class Channel your inner chef with a Peruvian cooking class. Take a trip to the market with your teacher and learn about regional flavours as you pick out the freshest ingredients. Head back to the kitchen for a hands-on lesson and learn to prepare local Peruvian specialties. Please note: if you pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. Return back to your hotel around 16:00.
  • Accommodation: Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast
 
7

Day 7 Cusco/ Iquitos

Catch an early morning flight to the bustling jungle port town of Iquitos.This will take 2 flights, stopping over in Lima. Enjoy an orientation of the town of Iquitos, then travel by boat to a unique floating restaurant specializing in local Amazonian cuisine.
  • Accommodation: Victoria Regia Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch
8

Day 8 Iquitos

Visit the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, which has replicated the natural environment of 17 different butterfly species. Learn about the centre’s passionate conservation work and the importance of butterflies to the Amazon ecosystem. 70% of all the butterflies they breed here are released into the wild. If we are lucky, we’ll witness a release. Also visit the Pilpintuwasi Wildlife Rescue Center a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting animals affected by poaching and trafficking. The centre works with ecological authorities to take in animals (including monkeys, capybaras, jaguars, and more) confiscated from markets, airports, and private homes. Learn about the important work this centre does in saving animals and in educating local communities about the importance of conservation and wildlife protection.
After, transfer to the riverboat, our home for the next two nights. Settle into your comfortable cabin and take in a briefing from the ship crew. The river exploration begins with an evening boat excursion by motorized skiff with our expert guide. Watch as the jungle comes alive with nocturnal species at nighttime.
Relax and soak in the natural beauty of the wild rainforest onboard the Amazon Riverboat. Step out on deck to watch the riverbanks go by, and keep your eyes open for wildlife such as grey and pink dolphins. Be on the lookout for bats, capybaras, black caimans, poison frogs, and a vast number of other species, including the jaguar.
Please note that embarkation points, excursions, and activities while on the riverboat are dependent on fluctuating water levels and are subject to change.
  • Accommodation: Amatista Riverboat
  • Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
9

Day 9 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Head out into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve on land and by boat excursion, in search of monkeys and sloths, Take part in a birdwatching pursuit, head out in this birdwatching haven on the search for over 200 bird species that call the Amazon home. Try to spot parrots, macaws, herons, kingfishers, swallows, martins, falcons, black collared hawks and many more.
In the afternoon, take a walk through the jungle and visit a local community to learn about their traditions. After dinner, opt to go on a night excursion to Piranha Creek.
  • Accommodation: Amatista Riverboat
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
10

Day 10 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve/ Lima

In the early morning explore the shoreline by boat, keeping your eyes open for wildlife. Visit the Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre, an organization focused on rescuing orphaned manatees that were the victims of poaching. The centre helps to rehabilitate and reintroduce these very rare and endangered mammals back into the Amazon Basin. Take this opportunity to observe these amazing and lovely animals.
Leave the peacefulness of the river behind and prepare to catch your flight back to Lima. Enjoy the evening in the city.
  • Accommodation: San Agustin Exclusive Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
11

Day 11 Lima

Depart at any time. Meals Included: Breakfast
How to Pack
Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a medium-sized soft suitcase, duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.
Some suggested items to take include: Amazon
  • Knee-length socks
  • Loose-fitting, light coloured hiking pants
  • Loose-fitting, light coloured long-sleeved shirts
  • Pack liners to waterproof bags
Other Items
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera/ or phone with camera
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  •  Day pack
  •  First-aid supplies
  •  Torch
  •  Hoodie or sweater
  •  Hat
  •  Moneybelt
  •  Outlet adapter
  •  Personal entertainment
  •  Reusable water bottle
  •  Small travel towel
  •  Sunglasses
  •  Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  •  Sunscreen (reef-safe)
  •  Watch or alarm clock
  •  Waterproof backpack cover
  •  Windproof rain jacket
  •  Long pants/ jeans
  •  Swimwear
  •  Sandals or flip flops
  •  Drybag (Optional - will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
  •  Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
Documents
You need to keep hold of:
  • Flight info - copies of e-tickets may be required at borders
  • Insurance details
  • Passport -
  • All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity)
  • Vaccination certificates
  • Visas - Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent.
Contact us at Twister Travel if any assistance is required with visa applications.
Important Notes
1.LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS Last minute bookings of this trip when choosing the 1-day Inca Trail option will be on an "on request" basis only. To make a booking request of a tour which includes the Inca Trail G Adventures requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and passport number.
2. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.
3. Pace To see as much as possible in a short period of time, this is a fast paced tour with some very early mornings and long days. We recommend booking pre and/or post nights in Lima, should you want some time to rest and explore on your own.
4. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Peru. Foreign travellers are exempt form this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.
5. Water Levels - please note that excursions and activities while on the boat are dependent on fluctuating water levels and are subject to change.
For Your Health
  • Take along some Mosquito repellant for your own convenience - natural organic products may be better, and are available for purchase locally. Protect yourself from any possible insect-borne diseases.
  • Any regular prescription medications, asthma inhalers, vitamins.If you plan to take medication, check if it's legal in Ecuador. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
  • Ensure you have any vaccinations necessary, for your peace of mind.
Contact us at Twister Travel for more specific information.
Check your personal vaccination requirement lists/ and dates when renewals may be needed!
  • For in-depth health and safety data, (including up to date vaccinations info) please visit https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/americas/ecuador          Or your local equivalent.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION Please note your Adventure travels to high altitude. This is medically defined as anything over 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). Most people can travel to 8,000 feet with minimal effects. However, everyone reacts to altitude differently and altitude sickness can on set with some people irrespective of fitness and age. For details on how to best prepare and what to do in the unlikely event you are effected on your Adventure, please consult your physician.
Random Potential Hazards
Take normal precautions in cities when out at night, changing money, carrying your valuables, and any other imagined potential hazard. Be particularly aware of potential drink spikings. Stay with group members, avoiding isolated backstreets at night due to the possibility of random kidnappings or street crimes. Listen to your G-Adventures guide's advice for drinking water.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.
Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any G Adventures tour. Minimum coverage is US$200,000. Some tours may include activities where extra coverage is required. We can assist you in adding insurance or advising you on insurance options upon booking with Twister Travel.
Age Requirements
You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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