• Duration

    17 July 2018- 25 July 2018

    1 August 2018 – 7 August 2018

    4 September 2018- 12 September 2018

  • Location

    Lima, Peru

    Cusco, Peru

    Machu Picchu, Peru

    Tambopata, Peru

  • Available Tickets

    15

  • Price

    $999

Embark on a journey of a lifetime with Global Backpacking as we head to Peru! This tour will take you from the bustling city of Lima, to the ancient Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu, and finally deep in the Amazon Rainforest!

This tour is 8 days/ 7 Nights and includes:

  • Ground transportation to and from airports and hostels
  • Domestic airfare (LIM-CUZ R/T; CUZ-PEM R/T)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Global Backpacking guide
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Peru Rail train tickets
  • Roundtrip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Amazon National Reserve entrance fee
  • Lodging
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Suggested Packing List

Not Included:

  • International Airfare
  • meals not mentioned
  • tips and gratuities for guides and drivers

This trip is ideal for:

  • Travelers on a budget
  • Photographers
  • Foodies
  • Adventure travel enthusiasts
  • Wildlife enthusiasts
  • Nature enthusiasts
  • History enthusiasts
  • Friends group vacation

Check out the full itinerary below!

$999.00

11 in stock

Cheapest Airfare

Purchase your round trip tickets through Global Backpacking and receive the lowest possible price on your international flights!

Suggested Packing lists

This Global Backpacking trip includes a packing list tailored specifically to traveling to Peru.

Priority Check-in

Priority check-in at the airport allows Global Backpacking group members to start their trip stress free without the hassle of long lines.

Day One: Arrival in Lima

After our arrival at the Lima International Airport, we will be transported to our hostel. After Check in, you can settle in for the night or take a stroll through Miraflores and grab a quick bite to eat and end the night with a drink in a local bar.

Day Two: Lima to Cusco- City Tour

We will take an early morning flight from Lima to Cusco and have transportation to our hostel. After we have settled in, the morning will be yours to explore.

In the afternoon you will have the option of taking a tour of Cusco with the group, or you are also free to explore on your own. A few of the places we can visit on our tour are:

Plaza de Armas– This is Cusco’s main square where people come to socialize, enjoy an ice cream, or relay with a cold beer at a local bar. But, more importantly, this is the location where Francisco Pizarro, Spanish Conquistador, was pronounced ruler, and where Tupac Amaru II, leader of the indigenous resistance, was killed. No matter what you are into, the Plaza de Armas is sure to have something for everyone.

Sacsayhuaman– An ancient citadel built in 1100 AD by the Killke Culture, and later expanded by the Inca in the 13th Century. Sacsayhuaman was built using large stones, workers cut the boulders so they would fit together tightly without mortar. UNESCO World Heritage site

The Cathedral– Construction began in 1559, by the Spanish Conquistadors, and was completed in 1654 nearly 100 years later. This church was built mainly of stones taken from Sacsayhuaman. It showcases a large silver altar, attesting to the wealth in the area. The Church is now a major repository for Cusco’s colonial art.  UNESCO World Heritage Site ( listed under Cusco 1983)

Iglesia de San Blas– This church is the oldest church in Cusco, dating back to about 1560. With a beautiful carved pulpit and architecture centuries old, this church is like no other. Unlike The Cathedral, this is still a small community church that doesn’t feel like you are walking into a museum.

Museo de Arte Precolombino (MAP)– The museum of Pre Columbian art has a decent size collection of artifacts, and many bronze, silver, and gold pieces from around the country.

Avenue del Sol– This street is one of the main streets in Cusco. Along this street you will find a bunch of commercial shops, but along its sidewalks, are where you will find street vendors selling a variety of delicacies. From fresh tamales, to chica morada (a local peruvian beverage), Avenue del Sol will have something for everyone.

Qorikancha– The Temple of the Sun was the most important place in the Inca culture. Thousands gathered to worship the Inti sun god. Originally built with gold plates, the Spanish Conquistadors stole all the gold and destroyed the temple after they arrived. They later built the church and convent of Santo Domingo on its foundation.

Day Three: Cusco–Pisac Ruins–Ollantaytambo–Aguas Calientes

We will wake up early and grab a quick bite for breakfast before heading out and joining a larger group for our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s. We will visit the following places on our tour of the Sacred Valley:

Vilcanota River– This beautiful river runs through the area crop land. We will stop here and take inthe views before heading on to our next stop.

Pisac– This Peruvian village is situated on the Vilcanota River. It sits at the base of a spectacular Incan fortress and is a great starting point for our Sacred Valley Tour. Pisac, despite being popular for its ancient ruins, is also very well known for its market, where tons of local vendors gather to sell their goods.

Urubamba– After our visit in Pisac, we will continue on to Urubamba. Urubamba is the largest town in the sacred valley. We will stop here and have lunch, before continuing on to our last stop in the Sacred Valley tour.

Ollantaytambo– Out last stop on our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s. Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site. Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered that region. During the Spanish conquest of Peru, it served as a stronghold for Inca resistance leader Manco Inca Yupanqui.

From Ollantaytambo we will board a train to Aguas calientes where we will stay overnight. After checking into our hostel, the remainder of the evening will be yours to explore the area.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes– Machu Picchu– Cusco

We’ll leave the hotel very early in the morning to take the bus to the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. With its ancient neighborhoods, houses, agricultural areas, paths, observatories, etc., it is considered to be the jewel of ancient Incan architecture. Machu Picchu was built on one of the flanks of the mountain amid semi-tropical vegetation.

It was discovered on July 24, 1911 by the American explorer and former military service member Hiram Bingham. After our guided tour, you will have time to continue to explore this magical place. Later we’ll have the opportunity to climb to the Huaynapicchu Mountain, or “Young Mountain”, which offers a panoramic view of the area or, if you wish, you can continue hiking in the Machu Picchu citadel.

We will return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and take the train back to Cusco. Once we return to Cusco, we will check into our hostel and have the rest of the evening free.

Day 5: Puerto Maldonado — Tambopata– Monkey Island

We will wake up early for our morning flight to Puerto Maldonado. After we arrive we will be picked up and taken to the Eco Lodge office where we will check in and leave any extra luggage (luggage on Amazon river boats is typically limited to 20-30 lbs per person).

After Check-in we will have a little bit of time to explore Puerto Maldonado, while our boat is being prepared for sailing. Once our boat is ready, we will embark on a 40 minute sailing trip along the Madre de Dios River.

Upon our arrival, we will be welcomed with a delicious fruit drink native of the area, and the lodge staff will hold a short meeting introducing us to the Amazon, and they will also go over rules of the ecolodge and some safety tips important for having an enjoyable experience in the Amazon. After our meeting, we will be shown to our rooms where we can drop our things and prepare for out next activity.

Kayaking & Monkey Island

After we put on our life jackets, we will board a boat that will take us to our kayaks. We will be able to relax, swim, and kayak in the Madre de Dios River. After our kayaking adventure, we will head over to Monkey Island where a group of monkeys live and are familiar with humans, we will be able to approach the monkeys and observe their coexistence with between different species. You will have fun observing these cute and funny little creatures.

After our visit to Monkey Island, we will return back to the lodge where we we can take a nap, grab a drink from the bar, and relax in hammocks along the Madre de Dios river as we watch the sunset over Monkey Island.

Caimain Spotting

After sundown, we will board a boat fitted with a spotlight and sail down the riverbank spotting and observing the alligators on the beaches. We will also have the opportunity of spotting other animals such as nocturnal birds and the famous capybara, the world’s largest rodent.

Then, we will return back to the lodge for dinner and bed.

Day 6: Lake Sandoval

We will wake up early and eat breakfast before before boarding a boat for a 40 minute trip along the Madre de Dios River to the entrance of Lake Sandoval. We will disembark and walk a few minutes to the Lake Sandoval Ranger Station where we will register and present our entrance tickets to the Tambopata National Reserve. We will continue to walk 3 km (1.86 miles), roughly 45 minutes to the shores of Lake Sandoval. Along our walk, we will be able to see a multitude of flora and fauna to include birds, monkeys, rodents, arachnids, insects, reptiles, and amphibians.

After we reach the shores, we can cool off from our walk with a refreshing and relaxing swim in the waters of Lake Sandoval. Later we will enjoy a typical jungle lunch, take a row boat, and go for a walk around the lake. This time searching for birds such as Hoatzins, Cormorants, and Anhingas, and also the best attraction of Lake Sandoval, the Giant Otter.

When the group is ready to head out, we will head back to the entrance of the park, where our boat will be waiting for us to take us back to our lodge.

In the evening, we will have the option of going on a night walk around the lodge, spotting nocturnal wildlife or just relaxing until dinner time, and going to bed.

Day 7: Parrot Clay Lick — Puerto Maldonado — Cusco — Lima

At 4 AM We will board a boat and set out along the Madre de Dios River for 1.5 hours observing the flora and fauna, until we reach the parrot clay lick. At approximately 6 AM, we will arrive and stage ourselves a safe distance away (as not to scare the birds) and await the arrival of several different species of parrots, and with luck, macaws. We will be able to observe Blue-headed Parrots, Auroras, Parakeets, and a few other species as well.

The Clay in this area has mineral salts that the birds feed on before going about their daily routine of feeding on fruits and other things. The mineral salts help neutralize the toxins from the fruits the eat.

This spectacle will last for about an hour, in this time we will be able to take photos and contemplate these beautiful and interesting birds accompanied by a beautiful jungle sunrise.

Around 7 AM we will return back to the lodge to enjoy our last breakfast before heading back to Puerto Maldonado for our flight back to Cusco and subsequently back to Lima.  Upon our arrival, we will be transported to our hostel, where we will have the rest of the day free to explore Lima.

Package Includes

  • Professional, bilingual tour guides for all excursions, in addition to a Global Backpacking trip guide
  • Private vehicle to and from airports, hostels, and all tours and excursions
  • Breakfast daily
  • Peruvian domestic airfare to and from Lima and Cusco
  • Entrance fees to national parks, historical sites, museums, and historical churches scheduled in the trip
  • Accommodation in dorms at Global Backpacking- approved hostels (private rooms can be reserved for a surcharge)
  • Suggested packing list and pre-departure guide

Not Included

  • Travel insurance (can be purchased for a surcharge)
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the tour program (expect to spend $5-10 USD per meal)
  • Alcoholic beverages (legal age of consumption in Peru is 18 yrs old)

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