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Sacred Inca & Ultimate Amazon Adventure

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Explore the diversity of Peru on a journey through the country's most emblematic sights and incredible landscapes, from the Andes and Machu Picchu to the depths of the Amazon rainforest!

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Cusco
Iquitos
Lima
Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley
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All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Some meals
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until December 2023
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From + £ 390
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Experience the culture and wildlife of Peru and its ancient Inca Empire. Explore Lima and get to know its colonial past. Uncover the mysteries of the Sacred Valley and the Inca capital of Cuzco before exploring Machu Picchu, a true wonder of the world. Head to Iquitos to enjoy a captivating Full-Board stay in the heart of the Amazon to discover the abundant wildlife of the tropical rainforest.

13 days trip including flights*

12 days and 11 nights in destination

1

LON - LIM

Lima

2

Lima

3

LIM-CUZ

Urubamba

4

Urubamba

5

Cusco

6

Cusco

7

CUZ-IQT

Iquitos

8

Iquitos

9

Iquitos

10

Iquitos

11

IQT-LIM

Lima

12

LIM - LON

13

LIM - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Lima

Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to check-in for a flight* to Lima. Arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru, situated on the Pacific Coast. Transfer to the hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring the city's colonial streets and magical plazas at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an informative and interesting half-day city tour of Lima, including its historic centre and the beautiful Santo Domingo Convent. Start by exploring the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro before heading to the Historic Center. Visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo and walk to the Plaza de Armas to admire the exquisite colonial architecture that surrounds it. Stop in the Parque del Amor, from where you can take beautiful photos of the Peruvian coastline. Overnight stay in Lima.

3rd Day: Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco, the former Inca capital, and transfer to the Sacred Valley. Along the way, stop at Awanakancha and savour the opportunity to explore this living museum, where ancient customs and traditions have been preserved across the centuries. Watch local communities creating beautiful handmade textiles and soak up the beautiful views, unchanged by time. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the lively immaculate scenery of this iconic region. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.

4th Day: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley

Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting day at Machu Picchu awaits you this morning as you set off for Ollantaytambo train station to board the Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes, admiring the landscape along the way. Arrive and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu*, a bucket-list favourite and one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Spend some time discovering the ruins and terraces and enjoying a tour of the different sections of the site. After capturing the beauty of these ancient ruins, return to Aguas Calientes train station to catch the evening train back to the Sacred Valley. Arrive and overnight stay in Sacred Valley.

Note: The baggage policy onboard the Expedition train is 1 bag or backpack per person weighing a maximum of max. 5kg / 11lb.

* Backpacks or bags taken into Machu Picchu must not exceed 40x35x20cms or have a capacity larger than 20Lts and must not contain single-use plastic bottles or bags. Backpacks or bags that exceed the indicated measurements can be left in storage for approx. £2 per bag.

5th Day: Sacred Valley - Cuzco

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off towards Cuzco, with the opportunity to enjoy optional Sacred Valley excursions along the way, to experience the best of the region.* Arrive in Cuzco and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, enjoying the lively plazas at night. Overnight stay in Cuzco.

 * Optional Essence of the Sacred Valley Excursion: Visit Chinchero and the PARWA Centre, to appreciate the colourful traditional textiles. Next, visit the church of Chinchero before heading to the Racchi panoramic viewpoint for a fantastic view across the valley. Explore Ollantaytambo and its Inca fortress. Lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco' included, granting entrance to the Sacred Valley and surrounding sights.

 

Optional
The Essence of the Sacred Valley (with lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco')
6th Day: Cuzco

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Cuzco, exploring the lively plazas of the historic city or perhaps visiting some of the numerous museums and cultural institutions.* Overnight stay in Cuzco

* Optional Half-Day Cuzco City Tour: Begin your tour in the Plaza de Armas, and visit the Cathedral. From here, walk to the Koricancha Temple, an impressive ancient Inca palace, in honour of the Sun God. Today, a Dominican church stands on the site. Finally, visit the lively San Blas neighbourhood, known for its artists, shops and artisan workshops.

Optional
Half-Day Cuzco Tour
7th Day: Cuzco - Iquitos

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Iquitos, a port city and gateway to the Northern Amazon. Transfer to the hotel and get settled. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing before your Amazon adventure begins in the morning! Overnight stay in Iquitos.

8th Day: Iquitos - Amazon

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off into the Amazon, headed for Irapay Lodge, your base for further Amazon exploration over the next four days. Along the way, you will be able to observe the wonderful landscapes of the Peruvian jungle accompanied by the small houses located on the banks of the rivers. After 30 minutes of boat ride we will arrive to Irapay, where our staff will welcome you and receive you with a refreshing fruit juice from the region. At the appropriate time we will check-in and location in your respective cabin. We will enjoy our first Amazonian lunch at Maloca Restaurant with a wonderful view of the Momom River.  Visit to the Butterfly Farm of Pilpintuwasi, a magical place where we can see the process of metamorphosis of the butterflies. Pilpintuwasi is also an animal rescue center, one of the most striking animals being a beautiful Jaguar. On our return to the lodge we will have time to appreciate our first Amazonian sunset. Delicious dinner at Maloca Restaurant. Overnight stay in the Amazon.

Please note: The activities and restaurant options offered in the Amazon vary depending on the lodge. Whilst the overall experience will be very similar to what is detailed in the itinerary, there may be some variation in terms of activities and the order in which they take place. 

*Please consider this relevant information about your stay which can be found below in the important notes section.

9th Day: Amazon

Rise before the sun this morning to seize the day and catch the first rays of light on the Amazon. Set off on a guided bird watching excursion , appreciating how diverse birds gather in search of their morning foods, this excursion will begin very early, transferring us by boat along the Momom River. You can see various species such as Oropendolas, Paucares, Hawks, taangers as well as the Tuki (Jacana Jacana), Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle-Torquata), Black-Collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis), among others. Then we will return to Irapay to enjoy an energizing breakfast, after breakfast we take a break to enjoy Irapay facilities. Lunch in Maloca overlooking the Momom River. At nightfall, especially in the growing season of the rivers, we will enjoy a magical tour in an open boat through the Momom River, without any lighting, accompanied only by some glimpses of the flora and fauna of the jungle. If we find a clear sky, we can appreciate the splendid brightness of the moon, as well as the stars and constellations. Dinner at maloca Restaurant. Overnight stay in the Amazon.

Please note: The activities and restaurant options offered in the Amazon vary depending on the lodge. Whilst the overall experience will be very similar to what is detailed in the itinerary, there may be some variation in terms of activities and the order in which they take place. 

*Please consider this relevant information about your stay which can be found below in the important notes section.

10th Day: Amazon

Breakfast at the village this morning before enjoying our first botanical walk through the jungle where we will observe medicinal plants, giant trees, the Irapay palm, and we will enjoy lianas to hang ourselves. We will return to the lodge to enjoy our lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit a native community, where they will show us their customs and native language; we will also share their dances and songs, at the end of the tour we will be able to observe the crafts they make. Free time to rest in our facilities and enjoy our last Amazonian sunset. Dinner at Maloca Restaurant. Overnight stay in the Amazon.

Please note: The activities and restaurant options offered in the Amazon vary depending on the lodge. Whilst the overall experience will be very similar to what is detailed in the itinerary, there may be some variation in terms of activities and the order in which they take place. 

*Please consider this relevant information about your stay which can be found below in the important notes section.

11th Day: Amazon - Iquitos - Lima

Breakfast at the lodge. Today, enjoy a wonderful tour of the Amazon River, where we will observe the convergence of the waters of the Amazon and Nanay Rivers. We will make a brief stop in the seventh natural wonder for the observation of pink dolphins, if we are lucky and patience we can observe them. Transfer to the airport for a flight back to Lima. Overnight stay in Lima.

Please note: The activities and restaurant options offered in the Amazon vary depending on the lodge. Whilst the overall experience will be very similar to what is detailed in the itinerary, there may be some variation in terms of activities and the order in which they take place. 

12th Day: Lima - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland.

13th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

Accommodation: 11 Nights

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 5 in Sacred Valley

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

The Essence of the Sacred Valley (with lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco')

Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley including Ollantaytambo, PARWA Traditional Textiles Centre and Chinchero. Lunch and BTCP included.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 6 in Cusco

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Half-Day Cuzco Tour

Begin your tour in the Plaza de Armas and visit the Cathedral, Koricancha Temple and the San Blas Neighbourhood.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Lima - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flights: Lima - Cuzco, Cuzco - Iquitos, Iquitos - Lima.
  • Train Journey from Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes on board the Expedition Train. *
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  • 11 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 8 breakfasts and full-board in the Amazon Lodge.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide. **
    more information
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* You can choose to upgrade to a different train for this journey in the next step of the booking process.

** The order and duration of the excursions included in the Amazon itinerary are subject to changes depending on the weather conditions.

** Please note: The activities and restaurant options offered in the Amazon vary depending on the lodge. Whilst the overall experience will be very similar to what is detailed in the itinerary, there may be some variation in terms of activities and the order in which they take place. 

Important information about your stay in Amak Iquitos Lodge

  1. Baggage allowance per person: 1 carry-on suitcase of maximum 8 kilos and a small handbag. Leave heavy luggage at your hotel in the city.
  2. We include 1 bottle of water per person only on the first night and for the following nights or during the day we invite you to refill your bottles at the water dispensers in the common areas.
  3. Meals include water.
  4. If you wish to use the bar inside the Lodge, please bring cash in local currency (no large bills). Credit cards are not accepted.
  5. There is no wifi connection at the Lodge.
  6. There is no electricity. They use an hourly generator in the common areas. The cabins have solar panels for lighting only.
  7. There is no hot water. It is recommended to take showers between 7am and 7pm when the water is naturally warmer.

Important information about your stay in Irapay Amazon Lodge

  1. Only snacks and drinks are served at the pool.
  2. Electrical fluid hours 07:00 to 10 am and 18:00 to 22:30 pm
  3. There is no Internet or WIFI service, but if you have a cell phone with data you can connect.
  4. All rooms have ceiling fans during the hours of electricity.
  5. We remind you that food and beverages are not allowed in the rooms.

Important information about your stay in Heliconia Amazon River Lodge

  1. It is suggested for the comfort of the passengers during their trip on the Amazon River and their accommodation at the Lodge to organize in advance a backpack or a small suitcase with the absolutely necessary for their stay at the Lodge.
  2. Heliconia only has electricity generators at the following times:         06:00 am a 9:00 am                                                         12:00 pm a 3:00pm                                                           06:00 pm a 11:00pm
  3. The suitcases or the rest of the luggage will be left in custody during your stay at the lodge.
  4. Amazon River Expeditions staff will be waiting for you at counter N°5 of the airport in the baggage claim area.
  5. The program may vary depending on flight arrivals and departures as well as weather conditions.
  6. Check in: 13:00 pm Check out: 12:00 pm
  7. Heliconia Lodge boats allow only one carry-on baggage.

IMPORTANT! Remember to provide your agent with the following information: any physical or health conditions, any dietary restrictions (information needed to guarantee a matching menu in the lodge), and shoe size.

If you are interested in travelling on a date not included on our departures calendar, please contact our Customer Service Department.

It is mandatory to send a copy of the valid passports of all passengers to customers@exoticca.com once you have made your reservation.

We strongly recommend you consult your GP regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with at least six months validity.
  • Visa
    No visa is required to enter the country.
  • Currency
    Peruvian Sol.
  • Language
    Spanish.
  • Electricity
    220V, 60 Hz.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
  • Time zone
    GMT - 05:00.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://www.peru.travel/en-uk/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

 

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