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, café, 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
INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is definitely one of the most requested
tours for those who visit Peru looking for adventure. We will offer a
walking adventure with unique style. You will enjoy from the beginning
to the end, of amazing landscapes of the Andes and a great mix of
highlands and jungle. There is no other natural place in our planet
which could show you a constantly changing variety of ecological floors,
surrounded by astonishing mountains and rivers, as well as a great
variety of animals and plants. Architectonical art is perfectly harmonic
with the natural environment and all of these natural wonders are added
to the Inca buildings which worth the effort to visit and enjoy.
Important Note: We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names
& passport numbers that you 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 is 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
refund. If you plan to renew your passport between making the trek
booking and actually starting the trek you will must bring the 2
passports (old and new). If you make a trek booking at the student price
you must send us a 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 7 PISCACUCHO (Km.82)–HUAYLLABAMBA (The Easy day)
You will be picked up from your hotel at scheduled time, and transferred
in our private car to KM 82. The route will go through the beautiful
Sacred Valley of the Incas. After approximately one hour and a half, we
will cross the little town of Ollantaytambo, where we will make a little
stop to take some pictures of this fortress and have a little rest. We
will continue our trip following a rural road that goes parallel to the
railroad, which will lead us to the KM 82, where we will unpack and get
prepared to the walking with our excursion team (cookers, assistants and
porters). At this point, the passengers will have to show their
passports to the security personnel of the Sanctuary and once these has
been reviewed they will be able to cross a bridge that will take you to
the other side of the river where they will start climbing in a parallel
line to the Urubamba River, which goes from north to west across the
Sacred Valley. In this first section of the Inca Trail, we will visit
the Community of Miskay (2800 meters), where we will stop for meeting
the natives and try the popular drink known as “chicha”, which is
offered by the ladies of this place. Later we will start climbing
through a little tableland where we will experience an amazing Andean
landscape, and see in the base of the mountains a beautiful Inca
building known as “Patallacta”, located at 2750 meters over sea level.
At this point we will stop and our local guide will provide us
information regarding this interesting Inca legacy. After that, we will
continue walking for two hours along the Cusichaca River, going upwards
until reaching a beautiful spot where we will stop for lunch and take a
Shortly after that, we will continue walking through a zone full of
vegetation, where is highly probable seeing the beautiful giant
hummingbird native from this region. After a two hours walk we will
arrive to our first camping, located in the zone of Wayllabamba at 3000
You will be able to enjoy a marvelous Andean landscape and the majesty
of Veronica Mountain, 5832 meters over sea level.
Camps will be assigned depending on the availability of entrants to the
Inca Trail, seasons. (B, L, D)
NOTE: It is normal if the first day feels hot during the dry season (May
to September). We strongly recommend bringing light and fresh clothing,
as well as a good sunscreen and a hat to protect your face.
Maximum altitude: 3000 M
Minimum Altitude: 2650 M
Distance traveled: 12 km
Approximate time of walk: 5 to 6 hours.
DAY 8 HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (The challenge day)
In this second day of the Inca Trail we will wake up early, around 06:00
am. This will be necessary in order to get ready and have breakfast
before starting the excursion. Later we will start walking through a
narrow road covered by plants, across a little bridge that will take us
towards a cloudy forest of a unique beauty. In this section of the trip
you should climb many stairs, for which we recommend taking all the time
that is needed and stopping for a break when necessary. Following the
route, we will arrive to the Llulluchapampa sector, where we will make a
quick stop just to rest and get prepared to climb to the highest point
of our walk, the famous pass Warmyhuañuska, located at 4200 meters above
the sea level. These sectors include about 2 kilometers of distance and
are a bit steep, for which we will recommend going slowly and stopping
for a break whenever needed. In this part of the trip we will face the
most difficult part of the walk, as we will be over 4200 meter height;
however this part is also known as one of the most beautiful landscapes
of the world. Once we have reached the top of the mountain, we will be
granted with a spectacular view of the Andean mountains. For this
special day, we recommend bringing some chocolates, lemon candy, a lot
of water and even some coca leaves. In the top we will be able to take
the classic pictures of the Inca Trail. After that we will descend by a
winding valley until the point where we will stop and have lunch. During
this last part it is possible to watch diverse type of wild birds.
At last we will arrive to the camp of Pacaymayo (3600 meters above sea
level) where we will spend a comfortable night. Pacaymayo is an official
camp, and that is why it has baths and showers; however, we should be
aware that the water in this part is really cold. (B, L, D)
Maximum altitude: 4200 M
Minimum Altitude: 3000 M
Distance traveled: 13 km
Approximate time of walk: 6 - 7 hours
DAY 9 PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA (The unforgettable day)
A lot of visitors feel that this is one of the longest days of the
excursion, but at the same time, one of the most beautiful due to the
presence of marvelous Inca buildings along the road. This day we will
get up at 06:00 hours. After a tasty breakfast we will start our walk
climbing through a steep road. Soon we will arrive to Runkurakay ruins,
a beautiful Inca oval building which is believed to be as a Inca
watchtower. After hearing the historical explanation we will continue
until Runkurakay pass, located at 3900 meters above sea level. During
this trip we will find a little lake where sometimes you can watch
Andean goose and other native bird species. After the pass, we will
descend to a beautiful valley full of plants; here we will visit
Sayacmarka ruins, located 3624 meters height. This is an interesting
Inca construction, built over a steep slope, surrounded by marvelous
mountains. After visiting Sayacmarka, we will continue descending to the
cloudy forest, arriving to the Puyupatamarka ruins, composed of
impressive fountains and water channels that are spectacular works of
hydraulic engineering made by the Incas. At this stop we will have a
good time, after which we will continue down to reach one of the most
beautiful Inca buildings of the place: the ruins of Wiñaywayna. These
are without any doubt one of the most beautiful of all the ruins after
Machu Picchu. Wiñaywayna means "forever young" and it is said that
acquired said name due to the abundance of an orchid that bears the same
name. After exploring every corner of Wiñaywayna we head to our last
camp, which is located a few meters away.
Máximum Altitude: 3900 M
Minimum Altitude: 2700 M
Distance traveled: 16 km
Approximate hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.
DAY 10 WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU (The special day)
On the last day we will wake up very early, at 04:00 hrs. After
breakfast, we will quickly go and pass the control gate to enter the
path that leads directly to Machu Picchu. It is advisable to bring a
good flashlight, because this time it is normally dark here. After
walking for about one hour and a half, we will arrive at Inti Punku or
Sun Gate, a magnificent point from where you can see the city of Machu
Picchu. At this point we can relax for a few minutes, take pictures of
the group, and finally go down to reach the recognized as one of the
seventh wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.
It was long thought that Machu Picchu was only part of a legend, until
in 1911 the American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it only after
many expeditions in the area. Machu Picchu rises to a height of 2430
meters above sea level, in the middle of a tropical forest with an
extraordinary location. It was without any doubt one of the most amazing
urban creation in Inca times. Its massive walls, terraces and ramps seem
to be continually cut in the rocky cliffs. Our guide will take you on a
tour of the most impressive of this beautiful Inca city. This will take
us about 2 hours, after which we have free time to explore each city on
our own taste and preference. Then return by bus to the town of Aguas
Calientes, to take the train that will take us back to the city. At the
time indicated on the ticket of train our staff will be waiting at the
station, from where we will transfer to your hotel. (B)
Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum Altitude: 2400 M
Distance: 6 km
Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
DAY 11 TRANSFER OUT
You will be picked up from the hotel after breakfast to take the bus
service to the airport (B).
INCA TRAIL INFORMATION *
OUR SERVICE INCLUDED
*Transfer by bus to km.82 (trail head)
*Entrance Fee, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
*A large tent, for each 2 persons.
*Mattress, one per person.
*Enough tables and chairs.
*English speaking professional tour guide (over 8 members, 2 guides).
*An expert cook.
*Porters (to carry tent, food, cooking equipment)
*Train Ticket (Backpacker).
*Full meals during the trek.
*Daily snack bag.
*Daily afternoon tea service.
*Daily wake up tea, and hot water for washing.
*Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
*Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
*Transfer train station / hotel
*Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
*Breakfast first day (you can order an early breakfast at your hotel)
*Lunch last day
*Hot springs pool visit (on your own).
*Tips to the crew (guides, cooks and porters).
WE SUGGEST YOU TO:
- Use boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
- Drinking lots of liquids on long excursions, especially during the
- Always taking an umbrella or rainwear.
YOU SHOULD BRING
-Personal sleeping bag
-Warm Jacket or Sweater
-RainGear (from nov to april)
-T-shirt, short, long pants.
-Back pack, trekking shoes, sandals
-Sun Hat, wool hat, sun glasses
-Water bottle, flash light, hat
-Personal clothing for trek
-Insect repellent – Suncream
-Water Purification Tablets.
-Extra US$50 changed in soles for any emergency and for tipping the
use the hot shower on day 3 - 2 soles and for lunch on day 4
Note: To apply to this discount It is necessary to send us your scan
copy ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your other
Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount.
When booking a trek: The government has strictly limited the number of
people permitted on the Inca Trail during 2009 (permits are issued to
about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make
a trek booking as early as possible. In 2008 the trek permits for some
dates sold out more than 4 months in advance!! However don't make a
booking until you have all the group details (names, passport numbers,
ages etc) and you are sure about your trek departure date since "these
details cannot be changed after we have bought your trek permit"
* Participants need to be in good physical health and condition it is
good for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten hours, with
breaks in a single day 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.
Take only the necessary items for the 4/3 days trek, You can leave the
rest of your luggage at your hotel in Cusco (most of hotels and hostals
has an storage rooms to keep it until your return)
Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than
those indicate The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a
protected area of 32,592 hectares. Every visitor must obey park
regulations prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing
or damaging stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing
animals, lighting open fires or camping in the archeological sites (Only
authorized campsites can be used).
1. Personal porters can be hired to help carry your personal items such
as clothes, sleeping bag etc. The services of a third of a porter
(maximum 7kg or 14lb per person) can be hired for US$135.
If you hire the services of a third of a porter (you will need to supply
the small padlock). However, even with this service you will still need
to take a daypack to carry your essential items such as rain poncho,
warm fleece, camera and water bottle.
Please note that due to new government regulations the maximum number of
porters that we can use in each group has now been capped. This is why
we have had to limit the maximum amount of personal equipment that you
can give to a porter to carry for you to 7kg or 14lb per person. (The
maximum amount that each porter can carry on the Inca Trail has also
been limited to 18kg or 40lb per porter). Approximately 30% of our
clients hire the services of an extra third porter.
2. We can also provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets at no
extra cost but we need to know when you make the trek reservation.
3. You can hire sleeping bags in our office. All sleeping bags are
synthetic (easy to wash). They are washed after every use and are
guaranteed to be clean.
Cost: US$35 per person for the 4 day/3 night trek. Weight 2.5 kg and are
rated to 12 degrees below freezing (nice and warm even during the
coldest of nights experienced on the Inca Trail).
END OF SERVICES
INCLUDES: All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double or
single 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; L=Lunch;
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.
NOT INCLUDE: 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.