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Amazon & Machu Picchu Trip Details

Introduction

Perú is one of the most unique countries in the world. Aside from being home to 30 of the world’s 32 distinct climates, it boasts an extremely rich cultural heritage that has been passed down from communities and civilizations dating long before the famous Inca Empire.

We take you on the famous 8 mile Inca Trail trek leading to the sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu - exploring mysterious archaeological sites, amazing mountain scenery and the lush cloud forest along the way.

The Peruvian lowland forests and tropical savannas of Tambopata are some of the most bio-diverse areas on the globe.

Duration: 9 days, 8 nights

Start: Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), Lima
To ensure shuttle service, plan to arrive Day 1 by 12:00 PM 

Finish: Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), Lima
To ensure shuttle service, plan to depart Day 9 after 7:00 PM 

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions

What's Included

-9 days / 8 nights in double accommodations
-8 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners
-Round Trip Domestic Flight from Lima to Cusco
-Round Trip Domestic Flight from Cusco to Amazon
-Pickup and drop-off at Lima (LIM) Airport
-Train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
-General Activity Entrances & Park Fees
-Inca Trail Permits, booked 6 months in advance
-Under30Experiences staff members
-The chance to meet kick-ass people!

Attendees are responsible for their own airfare

Highlights

-Lima, known as the "City of the Kings" and declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988
-Cusco, UNESCO World Heritage City is considered the historical capital of Peru
-Hike the famous 8 mile Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu
-Explore one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu
-Experience the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon
-Peruvian cuisine: cebiche, causa, lomo saltado, guinea pig and much more

Is this Trip for You?

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 10
-Mix of private and public transportation: Shuttle/taxis to and from the airport, private bus to community project and Ollantaytambo, public bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, public train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, private shuttle back to Cusco, local flights from Lima to Cusco and from Puerto Maldonado to Lima
-Physical rating: 2 - Moderate physical activity. This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities.  Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.  
-We will visit remote areas (like the Amazon Rainforest) where wifi and electricity are not available
-Accommodations: Hotel Rooms & Hotel Bungalows (8 nights) with roommate(s)

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to our travel community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Fruit, eggs, cereal, yogurt, bread, jam, coffee, tea, juice

Sample Lunch Menu:

  • At the community: potato soup, quinoa, vegetables, chicken (all grown in the community)
  • On the trail: quinoa, vegetables, chicken, fruit
  • At the lodge : soups, salads, pastas, varieties of fruits

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Classic Peruvian dishes, fusion, and comfort foods like pizza
  • Plenty of opportunity to try guinea pig, alpaca, and other local delicacies
  • At the lodge : soups, salads, pastas, varieties of Fruits
  • At the community: potato soup, quinoa, vegetables, chicken (all grown in the community)

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions

Transport

Shuttle/Taxis from Airport to Hotel

Private shuttle to Community project, and Ollantaytambo

Train to the km 104 to start the trek.

Public Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes

Train back to Ollantaytambo from Aguas Calientes

Private shuttle from train station back to Cusco

Motorized canoe and shuttle from Puerto Maldonado to the eco lodge

Accommodation

Boutique hotel rooms & bungalows for duration of trip

Single travelers joining the trip are paired with someone of the same sex

*Private room options available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
Laundry available at most hotels (inquire with front desk)
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with youYour passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the US Embassy with any more questions.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

  • The water in Perú is NOT fit for consumption. Please bring a sustainable water bottle to refill from jugs or large bottles of water. Join us in our effort to be environmentally friendly and buy as few plastic bottles as possible. Refill your reusable bottle from large bottles you purchase and keep in your hotel room.
  • The restaurants we take you to have safe food, but when you are on your own please be careful with salads and fruits. It’s impossible to know if they used water from the tap to wash it.
  • Altitude Sickness, or acute mountain sickness (AMS) is common at altitudes above 8,000 ft (2,400m) above sea level. Cusco is 11,150 ft (3,400m) above sea level, consult your doctor about preventative medicine options.
  • Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.
  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • No inoculations are required to enter Perú from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
  • Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of South America. Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Money & Currency

  • Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.
  • Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you will be traveling overseas.
  • Bring cash with you! It will be helpful to have at least $200 USD cash on you during the trip for lunches, snacks, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.
  • Please be advised that slightly torn US dollar notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100 USD (or equivalent).
  • Although many places will accept USD, we recommend exchanging into the local currency, Soles, for a better exchange rate.
  • In Perú, an 18% charge is added on to almost every meal.
  • Tipping is customary if you’re satisfied with your meal. 10% is the normal tip.
  • Tipping is also customary for the porters, chefs, and crew that accompany you on the Inca Trail. Please include an extra $50-$100 to leave as a tip for the crew.
  • Basic exchange rate varies, but is typically around 3.2 soles to 1 US dollar.
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy (or photo) of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel, don’t leave valuables unattended.
  • Leave flashy jewelry at home.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency: http://travelregistration.state.gov
  • Uber works both in Lima and in Cusco and is the safest way to call a taxi without having to negotiate the price. If you have extra time in Perú before or after our trip, we recommend using Uber to get around. Taxis can be organized from reception at the hotel.
  • Although Cusco is generally a safe city, there can be risks to wandering throughout any town at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time activities, as they are the safest and easiest way to avoid any issues one might encounter on the streets after dark.
  • Take the address of the hotel with you in the event that you need to get back and you’re not with a trip leader.

Weather

The weather can be described as tropical and humid for the majority of the country during most of the year. Average temperatures are in the mid to upper 80’s Fahrenheit.

The rain season is from December to February. Very rainy in the Amazon lasting through May.

Between April and September, the average highs are around 70 Fahrenheit while average lows can drop to the upper 30s Fahrenheit at night. There’s a big temperature swing so make sure to have plenty of layers.

Machu Picchu is located in the cloud forest. Even in the dry season, don’t be surprised to encounter clouds and maybe some rain.

Key Phrases

  • Hello -- Hola
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • No thank you -- No Gracias
  • How are you? -- Como estás?
  • Excuse me / sorry -- Con permiso
  • How much? -- Cuánto cuesta.
  • Where is the bathroom? -- Dónde está el baño?

Optional Activities

Cusco:

Rainbow Mountain Hike

Challenge yourself and get a great payoff on this full day trip to Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca Mountain) from Cusco. This little-known spot in Peru is a must-see because of its naturally colorful mountains and is an ideal location for photos. Take the 3 to 4 hour hike into the mountains, enjoy breakfast, snacks, lunch, and round-trip transport on this trip.

Price: $130.00 USD approx.

Rafting in the Urubamba River

The Urubamba river runs from the high Andean mountain ranges down through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, past Machupicchu and into the jungle. One of our most popular rafting sections during the season is the class three Chuquicahuana "Chuqui" section on the upper Urubamba river.

Price: $75.00 USD approx.

Condor Lookout View

Immerse yourself in a full day adventure on the majestic Condor sightseeing trip to the Apurimaq Canyon.

Price: $130.00 USD approx.

Caving tour & Inca Hanging bridge

Explore Qarañahui, one of the greatest caves near Cusco. Rise early to drive southeast of Cusco, cross the Qeswachaka hanging bridge and explore caves!

Price: $155.00 USD approx.

General Rules

Illegal drugs or any illegal activity will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs puts the rest of the group at risk. Our trip leaders have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or any other illegal activity like prostitution.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Check out our city guides for Lima and Cusco

Spend some time in the Amazon in Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado

Check out the Rainbow Mountain outside of Cusco

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