Peru tailor made holiday, Machu Picchu & Tambopata

Description of Peru tailor made holiday, Machu Picchu & Tambopata

This is a trip full of stunning Andean scenery and steeped in Inca history, plus delves into the steamy Amazon rainforest.

Nothing can quite prepare you for your first view of Machu Picchu - however many photos you have seen. The charming town of Cusco will enchant you, the Sacred Valley is not only stunning to see, but culturally fascinating.

The Bahuaje-Sonene National Park and the adjacent Tambopata National Reserve protect habitats ranging from the Andean highlands around the rivers' head waters through some of the last remaining intact cloud forests to the lowland rainforests of the Amazon basin.

Over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species - 10% of the world's total), 200 mammal species, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants are protected within these reserved areas.

This is an amazing trip for any lover of nature with a fascination for the history and culture of Peru too.

Of course it's just one idea though. We can always make exactly the tailor made itinerary you have in mind.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Fly to Lima. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2:CUSCO & THE SACRED VALLEY: Fly to Cusco and transfer to Ollantaytambo. Free day to explore the city and get used to the altitude. (B).
Day 3:PISAC AND OLLANTAYTAMBO: ou will be taken to the fascinating market at Pisac where you will be tempted to buy colourful alpaca textiles, replicas of Inca artefacts, necklaces, paintings and other crafts. From the market you will be taken up to the magnificent archaeological site above the town, with its extensive area of agricultural terraces and fine views of the Urubamba River valley. After lunch you will return to Ollantaytambo, which is a living example of Inca urban planning, with houses and courtyards separated by narrow alleys. Return to your hotel in the evening.
Day 4:TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU: Today you'll visit the world-famous site of Machu Picchu. Travel in style on the train with its large, panoramic windows. From the station at Aguas Calientes it's a short bus ride uphill to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. You'll have a comprehensive guided tour of the site and your guide will give you background information to bring it to life. Overnight in the Valley. (B,L)
Day 5:MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO: This morning you return to Machu Picchu for further explorations of the site on your own. From the ruins you will take the bus down to the railway station for the train back to Cusco. Breakfast
Day 6:CUSCO: After breakfast you will picked up from your hotel for a half-day, guided tour of Cusco. At the end of the tour you will have lunch at the Inka Grill restaurant before returning to your hotel and the afternoon is free for you to wander. Breakfast
Day 7:CHINCHERO, MORAY AND MARAS: Todayís tour returns to the Scared Valley and the town of Chinchero, one of the most important towns of the Inca Empire, built on a terrace at about 3,500m. Not far from Chinchero and close to the village of Maras are dazzling white saltpans descending a steep hillside, a giant staircase of ponds overlooking the Urubamba valley. After a snack you will head back from here to Cusco and your hotel in the city. Breakfast, lunch
Day 8:CUSCO TO PUERTO MALDONADO: You will be taken to Cusco airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado in Peruís south eastern jungle. You will be met at the airport and taken to your lodge, a journey that starts with a 45-minute road transfer to the port on the Tambopata River where youíll embark on a typical launch for the 3-hour boat trip to the Refugio Amazonas. The lodge has a spa, a shop selling local handicrafts and a bar with jungle-inspired cocktails. In every room, one wall is open to nature. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Days 9-10:RAINFOREST: Two full days in the jungle at Tambopata National Reserve An area of outstanding biodiversity, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen. The staff will help you choose between options, which include a canopy tower; watching macaws and parakeets at a clay lick and looking for mammals like tapirs also at a clay lick; a night walk in the jungle; boat trips on an oxbow lake, or on the river at sunset. (FB)
Day 11:LIGHT TO LIMA: Today you return to Puerto Maldonado by boat and road in order to catch your flight to Lima. Lima has become known for its cuisine, so head out this evening to try one of the great local restaurants. Breakfast
Day 11:TO LIMA AND HOME: On your last morning in Peru you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Lima. Later in the day you will transfer to the international airport for your flight home. (B)

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This tailor made trip can be arranged at any time to suit yourself.
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Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Peru tailor made holiday, Machu Picchu & Tambopata

Environment

The company that organises this holiday is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism. In terms of information, all travellers are given guidelines on Travelling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment.

Carbon Offsetting: Every person that travels with this company automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest, a project of registered charity, The Tribes Foundation. The Travel Forest plants indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on holiday. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and also aims to combat environmental degradation In the UK: The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).

Community

Eco-ratings & community tourism: The company works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have eco-rated about 300 properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues. They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.

Travel Philanthropy: The company backs a charity called The Tribes Foundation with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Taking boat trips on the side tributaries of the Amazon! We loved seeing all the animals.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Allow more time at the Ankatera Maccu Picchu Hotel. There is a lot to do there and we didn't allow any time there
(except for seeing the ruins).

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The Amazon portion of our trip benefited local villages and supported conservation of primates. The time in the Sacred
Valley definitely benefited local cooperatives and individuals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


9/10

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