DAY 1 LIMA
Pick up upon arrival at Lima’s airport and transportation to the hotel.
Overnight (No meals)
DAY 2 PUERTO MALDONADO
Early breakfast and pick up to go to the airport for your flight to
Puerto Maldonado (airfare not included).
Reception at Padre Aldamiz International airport. Here your professional
guide will await you. He will accompany you throughout your stay. From
there we will go to our office to obtain the official waterway permits
(you can also guard luggage you won’t need during your stay). Meanwhile
you can visit the town’s main square and also take some photos of the
beautiful scenery overlooking the confluence of the rivers Madre de Dios
and Tambopata from Grau square.
Embarkation will be at Capitania port, the destination being our lodge.
We will navigate approximately 40 minutes on the Madre de Dios River in
a typical Amazonian boat.
Arrival at the Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge. Here we will have a welcome
cocktail. Afterwards you will be handed over the keys to your bungalow
and we will have lunch. The kitchen of our Lodge stands out for the
beautiful presentation and the exquisite tastes of the dishes prepared
by our French chef.
After that you will have some free time to get comfortable in your
bungalow, or take a refreshing dip in our pool.
3:30pm: It gets time to have some first contact with the jungle. On this
trek you will see a large variety of tropical trees, medicinal plants,
insects, butterflies and other animals. Upon return we will make a small
stop at a lookout. Here you can observe toucans, macaws and other
species of birds upon your return for sunset. (Duration: between 2,5 and
Returning to the lodge you can take a refreshing dip in the pool or have
an exotic cocktail in our terrace- bar. You could also watch the sunset
in the relaxing, tranquility of palm and mango trees at our port.
7pm: Before dinner we will go on a nightly boat trip, a little safari
trying to spot the white caiman (caiman crocodylus) that lives in the
8pm: After the delicious dinner, those who wish can have some Smalltalk
in our reclining seats or have some fun and make friends with other
travelers in the bar. Another option is to take a bath in the pool (with
bar) under the shining Amazon sky and marvel at the Cross of the South.
DAY 3 MONKEY ISLAND AND LAKE SANDOVAL
At 5:30am we will go on a trek of about 20 min until we arrive at the
parrot clay- lick. Here a minimum of five different species feeds on
special clay, vital to their metabolism. It’s a truly marvelous,
8am: Breakfast and free time to explore the splendid gardens of Corto
Maltes Amazonia. We have dozens of varieties of exotic plants and
10:30am: Again we will navigate the Madre de Dios River. This time on an
expedition destined to “Monkey Island” where some species of these
interesting and entertaining animals live in freedom. Following another
boat ride of 30 min we will enter the territory of the Tambopata-
Candamo National Reserve. We will trek 5km through the dense vegetation
of the tropical rainforest. Giant trees, snakes, monkeys, birds and
sometimes even the illusive jaguar can be observed here
Our destination is heavenly Sandoval Lake. Its privileged settings are
shared by numerous species of animals: Birds (in particular Hoatzins,
Kingfisher, and Cormorants), different species of monkeys (Squirrel
monkeys, Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys). At the lake itself we can
enjoy the spectacle of Giant River Otters. Black Caimans and Piranhas
(sometimes we can even observe anacondas in the areas covered by reed).
This is also the habitat of the giant Arapaima, a fish of more than
2,5m, weighing in at +200kg. Traveling by canoe, the sunset in the lake
is a spectacular unforgettable sight. On our return to the river we
might be able to spot some nocturnal animals.
8pm: The body demands rest and food after an active day in the jungle.
You will enjoy the exotic tastes of our meals, especially our desserts.
If you still have energy left you can share moments of music and
conversation in the bar whilst having a cocktail or enjoy the sounds of
the rainforest surrounding you from your hammock.
After a long day full of activity you will enjoy the comfort of you
bungalows hammocks. You can also recover with a massage by the lodges’
qualified masseurs. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 GAMITANA CREEK
8am: Breakfast and free time to have a bath in the pool or maybe buy
some exclusive Amazon handicrafts and jewelry in our shop.
10am: We will follow the course of the river for approximately 1,5 hours
in order to visit a native community. Occasionally we can see monkeys,
river turtles, caimans and various birds in the dense vegetation of the
riverbanks. We will also see some medicinal plants. (Sangre de Grado,
The “Project for the Rescue of Cultural Values” supports the local
native community “Palma Real”. It is the biggest with approximately 200
families of the Ese’eja tribe.
This project, located at Gamitana creek works together with two families
that will introduce us to the cultural values of their ancestors, their
language, their customs, their garments and their dances. In an era
where globalization rapidly changes traditional societies this is a
great opportunity to have direct contact with this tribe of ancient
warriors and hunters. As well as a chance to support them economically
with the purchase of some of their handmade products
1pm: Circumnavigating the Gamatina creek we can occasionally see animals
escaping the human presence. Afterwards we will visit a chakra (local
term for farm). We will get to know a variety of tropical fruits and
other local products (Cocoa, bananas, cafÚ, cocona). Here we will also
have lunch consisting of a typical Amazon dish.
The chacarero (farmer) will also let us taste some of the fruits that
will later be taken to the city of Puerto Maldonado for consumption.
Upon return to the lodge you will surely enjoy a bath in our swimming
pool; maybe with a cocktail that might also serve as an aperitif for
8pm: Dinner is served. After dinner you can retire to our bar to have
some tropical cocktails, relax chit-chatting in our reclining seats at
the central terrace or have a bath in the pool underneath the shining
Amazon sky. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 PUERTO MALDONADO – CUSCO
After breakfast is time to say goodbye to the setting and staff of Corto
Maltes Amazonia. Your guide will accompany you on your way back to the
city. We will pass by our office again to recollect the baggage left.
Following that we will visit the local market to show you agricultural
products of the region; especially fruits of the Amazon. Afterwards our
personnel will accompany you to the airport wishing that your stay was
as pleasant for you as it was for us to show you this beautiful corner
of Peru. From here you fly to Cusco (airfare not included). Upon arrival
to Cusco Airport, reception and transportation to the Hotel where you
will receive an aromatic coca tea to stimulating for the height, will
have the day to rest. Overnight (B).
DAY 6 CUSCO CITY TOUR
Breakfast, will have the free morning to rest and also we suggest you
have a light lunch in either your hotel or in one of the surrounded; in
the afternoon we will depart on a City tour (entrance to the
archaeological centers and museums including) we will visit the Main
square, Cathedral, the Koricancha (temple of the sun) and in addition we
will make a route bordering archaeological centers like Sacsayhuaman
Fortress, Q'enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay, tour finishes 6:30pm
approximately at the main square in order you can take dinner in one of
the exquisite restaurants in the area, then overnight. (B)
*Optional Buffet Dinner with Folkloric Show:
Adding $30 person
INKA TRAIL 2 DAYS
This trip allows a taste of the Inca Trail with days of hiking and
camping. We begin the hike from the train stop at Kilometer 104 and
follow the trail for six hours to the spectacular view of Machu Picchu
from Inti Punku, The gate of the Sun. From here we descend into the
world famous “Lost City”. After a restful night in a hotel, We return to
Machu Picchu at dawn to see the ruins in perfect morning light. In the
afternoon, We return to Cusco by train.
DAY 7 CUSCO/MACHU PICCHU
Early breakfast and at the agreed time, transferred to the station in
order to aboard the train that will lead you to the KM104, located in
the railroad Cusco-Machu Picchu. KM104 will be our departure point for
the adventure. At this point we will leave the train and start walking
to the city of Machu Picchu, across the Urubamba River through a bridge
that offers a spectacular view of the mountains. During the trip we will
make our first visit to one of the Inca sites known as Chachabamba, a
beautiful palace with nice walls carved in stone. Then our guide will
explain part of the story of the Incas. We will start walking again and
start climbing through a mountain totally covered by vegetation, for
about 8 Km (4 hours), until we arrive to Wi˝aywayna, located at a height
of 2700 meters above sea level. After Machu Picchu, Wi˝aywayna is one of
the most beautiful buildings made by the Incas, at the cloudy forest.
Wi˝aywana shows a perfect example of the agriculture during Incas time,
showing a great number of terraces, where the Incas used to grow
different plants and vegetables, including coca leaves. The name of
Wi˝aywayna comes from a beautiful orchid which grows in that region and
means “forever young”. After exploring this marvelous site we will take
our box lunch near to this zone. Later the same day we will continue our
walk towards a cloudy forest until the Intipunku or “Sun Gate”. At this
point the adventurers shall have access to the most amazing view of the
city of Machu Picchu. This is a very special site, where we will rest
for some minutes and take a lot of pictures of Machu Picchu. After we
will descend towards Machu Picchu (the guided visit will be next day)
and we will arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend
the night in the select lodging.
At night the passengers will explore and get to know the little town and
will be able to try the thermal baths located in the superior part of
the city near the Main Square. Aguas Calientes has a great variety of
restaurants. (B, Box Lunch)
Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum altitude: 2400 M
Distance: 8 km
Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
DAY 8 MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO
After breakfast, we will go to the bus station of Aguas Calientes in
order to take the tourist bus that will take us to the Sacred City of
Machu Picchu. This short trip takes only 20 minutes and goes through a
rural road, very difficult and with a big number of curves through a
mountain with jungle characteristics and amazing views. Finally we will
arrive to the Sanctuary of Macchu Picchu where our guide will offer us a
walk through the most important points of this beautiful Inca city,
visiting the most important parts. Later the same day each passenger
will be able to explore the city on his own. You can have lunch just
outside the ruins or take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes where
there are plenty of restaurants to suit all budgets. In the afternoon
return to Cusco City. Reception at the train station and transfer to
your accommodation (B,L).
Maximum altitude: 2400 M
Minimum Altitude: 2000 M
Distance: 9 km
Approximate walking time: 2 to 3 hours.
INCA TRAIL INFORMATION *
-Train ticket round trip,
-hotel night in Aguas Calientes,
-transfer on arrival and departure,
-Meals during the tour,
-entrance fee to Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
-First aid kit, bus tickets.
-Tips for guides, porters or chefs
-Fee entrances to the hot springs.
-Lunch 2nd day.
-Extra porter for personal items
YOU SHOULD BRING:
-ISIC student card (if applicable)
-Warm clothes (jacket, fleece and sweaters)
-Flashlight and batteries
-Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
-Sun block and insect repellent
-Towel and toilet paper
-Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
-Cash (no ATM machines in Aguas Calientes)
-Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes
after the trek)
NOTE You will need to leave your luggage in the Cusco hotel, all
the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables
in their safe box.
* Participants need to be in good physical health and condition to be
able to enjoy the Inka Trail. The trekking will be difficult if you have
not exercised regularly before your trip. To fully enjoy an Inka Trail
adventure, we advise passengers to get into an exercise program for
their own safety and enjoyment. If a passenger suffers from any medical
condition, we advise him/her to consult a physician about joining an
Inka Trail Expedition.
We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names & passport
numbers that yo will send us with your trek booking application. You
must bring these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the
Inca Trail. If the name or number in your passport are different from
the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will
not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a
If you plan to renew your passport between making the trek booking and
actually starting the trek YOU WILL MUST bring both passports (New and
If you make the trek booking at the student price you must send us a
scan copy of your ISIC card at the time you pay the trek deposit.
If you fail to bring your ISIC card on the trek the government
authorities will not allow you to start the trek. You will not be given
the opportunity to pay the extra difference in price!
DAY 9 PUNO
Transfer to the bus station. Ten hour bus ride to Puno, across the
scenic high Andes landscapes only dotted by small villages and herds of
the llamas and vicu˝as. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel (B)
(*) Additional fare if travelling by train. Ask for availability.
DAY 10 UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS
You will be picked up from your hotel at 6:40 a.m., after a 2 hour
motorboat ride, you will arrive at the Uros island, in the Titikaka
lake. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros.
The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows
in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay
afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The
roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid
because of the surrounding water. At present, they speak Quechua and
Aymara. Then we will visit the Taquile island, where we will have lunch
in the cooperative restaurant. There is also a cooperative shop on the
plaza that sells exceptional wool goods which are of very fine quality
and somewhat expensive. Taquile Island is famous for its craft
production, particularly for its beautiful textiles. The island is
narrow at about 1 Km. wide and 6 to 7 Km. long.
The visit could be exhausting because of the 533 steps on the stone
stairway to climb to get to the village and because of the altitude
(13,000 ft above sea level).
On Taquile there are numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins as well as Inca
We will return in Puno in the afternoon, and overnight at the hotel
DAY 11 SILLUSTANI – LIMA
Breakfast, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima (Airfare
Not Included). On the route to the airport, we will visit at the
Sillustani Chullpas (pre-Colombian funeral towers). The scenery is
desert but impressive, in a beautiful setting on a peninsula on Ayumara
lake about 32 Km. from Puno. Most of the towers date from the period of
Inca occupation in the 15th century; the engineering involved in their
construction is more complex than anything the Incas built. Upon arrival
Lima’s airport, reception and transfer to your accommodation and
DAY 12 TRANSFER OUT
Transfer to the airport for your international flight and end of the
END OF SERVICES
INCLUDES: All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double,
single or triple occupancy. All scheduled transportation. All transfers.
All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All
entrance fees. Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast;
IMPORTANT: For a better service, the company informs you that it
has autonomy to change the Hotels mentioned in the itinerary with
another one of similar category if therefore sees it by advisable taking
into account justifiable availability of spaces or other reasons, if
this it is the case you will be notified ahead of time.
Entrance to the protected area of Tambopata (INRENA TAX) is USD 24 per
person. International and domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or
visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due
to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or
bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls,
radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of international flights and
items of personal nature.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE