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Tambopata Peruvian Amazon Jungle for Three Days/Two Nights

1. Tambopata Peruvian Amazon Jungle for Three Days/Two Nights

Day One: Puerto Maldonado to the Lodge. Be collected from the airport or bus station and taken to the port. Journey in a boat for an hour to the lodge. Be welcomed with refreshing fruit juice from the region and relax in your room. In the afternoon, visit Monkey Island across the Madre de Dios River. Find out about the different species of monkeys and have the opportunity to feed them. At night, search for a caiman with your flashlight. They are generally located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River. With luck you might see the capybara, which is the world's largest rodent. It can weigh 60 kilograms so is an impressive relative of the Peruvian cuy (guinea pig). Enjoy dinner and a good sleep back at the lodge.  Day 2: Lake Sandoval.  After an early breakfast, take a short walk (three kilometers/two miles) to Lake Sandoval, which is a piranha habitat; one of the largest in the Tambopata National Reserve. Take a rowing boat with the guide to appreciate the many different species of birds and monkeys including hoatzin, cormorant, jacanas, heron, eagles, howler monkey, squirrel monkey, black capuchin, tamarins, and sloths. If you are lucky, you will meet a family of giant river otters, each at almost two meters long, who are in danger of extinction. Perhaps you will see the largest alligator ever recorded at over four meters long. Enjoy a typical lunch at the lodge. In the evening, take a night walk to appreciate the diversity of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and other nocturnal animals here. Have dinner and another night at the lodge.  Day 3: Return to Puerto Maldonado.  Get up early for a pre-breakfast activity of a canopy walk. See the rainforest from the different perspective at 30 meters high with panoramic views of the Rio Madre de Dios. From the platforms you can observe the different species of birds including toucans and macaws. Return up the river to Puerto Maldonado. Here you will be transported to the airport for your flight to Lima or Cusco or transported to the bus terminal. 

Puerto Maldonado: Peruvian Tambopata Jungle Trip

2. Puerto Maldonado: Peruvian Tambopata Jungle Trip

Escape to the lush rainforest and wildlife of the Peruvian Tambopata Jungle on this trip starting in Puerto Maldonado, including all entry fees, one night of accommodation, and most meals. Interact with monkeys, cruise on the Madre de Dios River, canoe in Sandoval Lake, and more. Day 1: Arrival in Puerto Maldonado - Transfer to LodgeAfter getting picked up by your guide and having lunch, head to the river for kayaking accompanied by a motorboat for extra security. Arrive at Monkey Island and appreciate a great diversity of monkeys as they put on a show, swinging through the trees. Later, return to the lodge and after dinner enjoy a night activity, where you will board a boat and cruise through the Madre de Dios River in search of the jungle caimans. Day 2: Lake Sandoval - Return to Puerto MaldonadoAfter breakfast, take a boat to get to the control of the Tambopata National Reserve Zone. After a 1.5-hour walk through the rainforest, reach the famous Sandoval Lake. Be surrounded by ancient trees and entangled vines. Spot local plants and wildlife, including giant otters, birds, colored butterflies, turtles, and a variety of fish. Spend a few hours in a canoe to fully experience one of the most beautiful lakes in the region. Return to the lodge and take a boat ride back to Puerto Maldonado, followed by a transfer to the airport or bus station.

From Puerto Maldonado: 4-Day Trekking Excursion w/Kayaking

3. From Puerto Maldonado: 4-Day Trekking Excursion w/Kayaking

Trek into the Amazon rainforest on a 4-day, 3-night adventure in the Tambopata National Reserve. Check out exotic species of flora and fauna, go canoeing and kayaking, and experience this lush landscape on a tour out of time. Enjoy full transfer service from the airport. Your tour starts with the airport pickup. Feel the excitement as you are taken to a lodge 4.5 km from the city at the bank of Tambopata River. After getting your bearings, take an introductory walk through the jungle. Keep your eyes open for monkeys, birds, butterflies and other species. Learn about the importance of this area to the locals. Day 2: take off for Sandoval lake in the Tambopata National Reserve, a 3 km walk. Navigate around this oxbow lake by dugout canoe, learning about the ecosystem. With luck you'll see monkeys, squirrels, lizards, black caimans, birds, giant river otters, and perhaps one of the biggest water fish, the paiche. Explore the jungle at night searching for tarantulas, frogs, and chirping bugs. Get your adrenaline pumped for fun on Day 3, when you'll visit Monkey Island. Walk the canopy bridge high in the trees, as well as the zipline. Go kayaking on the river and wall-climbing. On the final day, enjoy stunning lake Yacumama, where piranha fishing is almost a sure thing and you can observe small macaws and storks.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu 2-day Budget Tour by Car

4. From Cusco: Machu Picchu 2-day Budget Tour by Car

Journey to the iconic Machu Picchu on a 2-day tour specially designed to be an affordable alternative that takes you over scenic mountains, past indigenous villages, and through lush jungles hikes. Make your trip more comfortable by upgrading to options that include hotels in Aguas Calientes and additional bus and train add-ons. DAY 1: Cusco - Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes Pickup at 7:00 AM from hotels and hostels in central Cusco. Head through the Sacred Valley and appreciate different villages and climatic changes in the Andes. Arrive at Santa Teresa around 1:30 PM where a typical lunch will be served. Then, continue the tour until arriving at Hydroelectric around 3:00 PM. From here, start a walk on the train tracks through a native jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3 hours trek. You can choose add-on a train to Aguas Calientes at the checkout if you don't want to do the walk. At Aguas Calientes, your guide will show you to your accommodation (if option is selected). You also have the opportunity to go relax optionally at the hot springs (this activity can only be paid on spot) or take a stroll around town before dinner. DAY 2: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Hydroelectric - Cusco Get up early in the morning and 4:30 AM to start the walk towards Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The steep walk up will last approximately 1:30 hour, and the objective is to appreciate the sunrise from the Inca citadel and be the first to arrive. The walk up to Machu Picchu requires a fair physical condition — you can also choose add-on a bus to Machu Picchu at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Get a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you chose one of the extra hikes to one of the mountains you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain — you can choose add-on these hikes at the checkout. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes at around 11:30 AM (walking or by bus, depending on if you choose add-on at checkout). Once in Aguas Calientes, start the walk back to Hydroelectric where your guide will be waiting to gather the group to return to the city of Cusco — again, you can choose add-on a train to Hydroelectric at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Be back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in San Francisco square in the historic center, near Plaza de Armas. Distances for the whole itinerary: • Distance traveled by car/van Cusco to Hydroelectric: approximately 4 to 5 hours • Trekking Distance from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes: approximately 2:30 hours (1-way) • Trekking Distance from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu: 1:30 hours (1-way) • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu: 25-minutes (1-way) • Distance traveled by car/van from Hydroelectric to Cusco: approximately 5 to 6 hours

From Puerto Maldonado: Tambopata National Reserve 3-Day Tour

5. From Puerto Maldonado: Tambopata National Reserve 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado – Jungle Lodge – Caiman Area You will be welcome at the airport or bus station once you arrive in Peru’s biodiversity capital (Puerto Maldonado). After meeting your team, you will go to the port boat to board a motorized riverboat. Then you will navigate on the Madre de Dios River for 1 hour approximately before arriving at the Tambopata reserve zone. There you will be welcomed by our adventure staff and get an introduction to our lodge lands. Then your guide will organize the bungalow for your stay. Then, you can discover the lodge, or if you prefer, you can take some time to rest while your chef will be preparing your lunch with some local products. Then all the group will gather to enjoy it together and start talking about the plan for that afternoon and night. After lunch, our tour guide will take you on a hike for approximately 2 to 3 hours. You will see tropical fruits, native plants, and trees and learn about the Jungle. Then your guide will take you to some lookouts, where you can enjoy the toucans and other birds. Afterward, you will go back to your lodge. At approximately 7:00 pm, your group will leave with a guide on a Caiman Safari. As you cruise on the river, you will see the wild nightlife by the riverbank. You will return for your dinner and talk about plans for the next day. Day 2: Lodge – Sandoval Lake and Jungle Hike You will wake up around 6:00 am. Then you will enjoy our breakfast and get the last details from our guide for the day. After breakfast, you will walk to Sandoval Lake. Then you have a hike inside of Tambopata National Reserve (Sandoval Lake). Here you will have the chance to see an exciting diversity of animals – snakes, howlers, and hundreds of birds. Once you are at the Sandoval Lake, you will get into a smaller rowing boat, and, with our guide and staff, you’ll go in search of the giant otters. Also waiting for you to discover are caiman, piranhas, snakes, tapirs, turtles, cormorants, herons and of course lots of birds. Then you will go back to your lodge, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the sunset panoramas of the Jungle. Also, you can stop in a local family to see how native people live. If you are still with energies, you could go canopy or zip-lining. Your guide will list how you fell and then plan to do one of these activities. Then you finish the day with a delicious dinner. Day 3: Jungle activities – Puerto Maldonado After waking up, you will enjoy breakfast and get ready to walk, and enjoy the views from lookouts. Then you will go monkey island to explore the area, and if you are lucky, you will see different animals like snakes, parrots, monkeys, and others. Then you will enjoy lunch and get ready to go to the river and enjoy adventure activities, like a canopy, zip-lining, and suspension bridge. Then you will take a boat, and your transfer will take you back to Puerto Maldonado.

4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Biking and Rafting

6. 4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Biking and Rafting

Experience the thrill of adventure, the breathtaking natural beauty of the Inca Trail, and the marvel of Machu Picchu on a 4-day tour from Cusco. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Cusco – Santa Maria (Bike and Rafting) Travel by bus to the high mountain pass of Malaga, where you’ll start your descent on a mountain bike to the town Huamanmarca. The bus will take you to the town of Santa Maria, where you’ll have a short break before beginning a rafting adventure on class III and IV rapids. Overnight at a home stay in Santa Maria. Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa (Trekking) Begin your trek with an ascent, stopping along the way to learn about the local flora and fauna. Enjoy a rest stop to resupply with water and taste regional tropical fruit. Cross a section of the Inca Trail that historically connected Machu Picchu with the city of Vilcabamba. Take in impressive views of the Huancarccasa Canyon. Descend to the small town of Quellomayo for lunch and a rest in a hammock. Continue to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo. Overnight in a home stay in Santa Teresa. Day 3: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes (Trekking and Zipline) Begin your trek to Aguas Calientes after breakfast. Walk through the Aobamba Valley, stopping for lunch along the way. See a series of waterfalls and admire the majesty of the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Overnight at the Hatun Samay Hotel or similar. Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco Get an early start and board one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. See the sun rise over the Incan city and have plenty of time to take photos. Enjoy a guided tour of the site and hear about the history of Machu Picchu and its most important structures. From the top of Huayna Picchu take in breathtaking view of the complete Machu Picchu area. Take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes for lunch before heading back to Cusco.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu 2-Day Overnight Trip

7. From Cusco: Machu Picchu 2-Day Overnight Trip

Venture to Machu Picchu on this round-trip tour from Cusco. Follow a trail through the lush jungle and visit the town of Machu Picchu. Tour the archeological site of Machu Picchu with a professional guide. DAY 1: Cusco – Hydroelectric Plant – Machu Picchu Town You will be picked up from your hotel in the historic center at 6:20 AM. Drive to the hydroelectric plant passing through the towns of Ollantaytambo, Malaga, and Santa Teresa to arrive at the hydroelectric plant where you will have lunch. The walk begins from here and your tour guide will give instructions for the 3-hour walk to Aguas Calientes, a town near Machu Picchu. Meet you guide in the main square Aguas Calientes at the end of the walk. Before departing for your accommodation for dinner on your own, guests will be briefed on how to arrive to Machu Picchu the next day. Day 2 Machu Picchu – Hydroelectric – Cusco Wake up at 5 AM and walk or take the bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Enter with the group and enjoy 2.5 hours exploring the site, taking unique photos and making memories along the way. After exploring Machu Picchu, walk down the road to the ruined bridge and return 3 hours along the same trail to the hydroelectric plant where the bus will be waiting. Guests will arrive at 2 PM for 2:30 departure for Cusco. The tour will finish in Cusco in the Plaza de San Francisco at 11:00 PM.

Puerto Maldonado: Tambopata 4-Day Tour with Accommodations

8. Puerto Maldonado: Tambopata 4-Day Tour with Accommodations

Day 1: Eco adventure in Tambopata You will be picked up from your hotel between 8a.m and 8:20a.m and set off into the jungle, visiting the island of monkeys to learn about the different species. You will then go kayaking and take a walk later on to observe nocturnal birds. Day 2: Sandoval Lake You will start with a delicious breakfast before traveling by boat to Lake Sandoval which is located in the Tambopata National Reserve. You can admire the landscape and wildlife and take a relaxing soak in this impressive lake. Day 3: Visit a native family Learn about the native cultures that live in the jungle far from modernity. You will learn about their customs and traditions that they have maintained since their ancestors, then you will embark downstream where you can try fishing in the river. Day 4: Visiting the parrot clay lick An interesting adventure to explore the parrot and macaw clay lick, one of the favorite places of these beautiful birds. At the end of this visit you will return to Puerto Maldonado and you will be dropped off at your accomodation.

Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Small Group Trek

9. Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Small Group Trek

Day 1: Cusco to Wayllabamba After pick-up Cusco, drive for 1.5 hours by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the trek begins. The walking on the first day is relatively easy. Along the way you will visit the ruined city of Patallacta, and Willkarakay, a military post located above Patallacta. Then enter the lush valley of Wayllabamba, walking along the banks of the Cusichaca River. The trail continues gradually upward through dense Andean forest, to the first campsite in Wayllabamba. Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu You will start early, as the walking is physically intense for those who are not accustomed to high altitudes. Trek through the densely vegetated Andean forest until you arrive at a campsite, where you will take a short rest. Continuing your ascent in the afternoon, the habitat will begin to change. After another rest, with snacks and hot drinks, begin the final ascent to a 4,215 meter pass, the highest point of the trek. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below, then descend to the campsite in Pacaymayu for the night. Day 3: Pacaymayu to Wiñay Wayna  Visit the archaeological site of Runkurakay, a former resting lodge for ancient pilgrims. Then after a 45-minute ascent, you will reach the second highest pass of the Inca trail. Descend to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca. After visiting the site, continue down the beautifully paved road to the lunch stop. From here you will enter the high Andean cloud forest. The trail continues along a narrow ridge, arriving at a natural viewing area, where it is possible to see the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks, as well as Machu Picchu. From here, descend to the campsite at Wiñay Wayna, passing an important archaeological site and a temple where offerings are made to the sacred mountain spirits. Day 4: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu Rise early to complete the final stretch of the Inca Trail. After about an hour you will reach the Sun Gate, and see the sunrise over the Andes (weather permitting). A 45-minute walk will take you into the higher area of Machu Picchu. Take a 2-hour tour to learn more about this magical place, and then you will have time to explore the citadel by yourself. The climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain is optional (at additional cost and must be booked in advance). In the afternoon you will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will receive your train tickets for the return journey to Cusco. The train will arrive to Ollantaytambo, where you will be picked up and driven by bus back to your hotel in Cusco.

From Puerto Maldonado: 2-Day Tambopata Rainforest Tour

10. From Puerto Maldonado: 2-Day Tambopata Rainforest Tour

Get in touch with your wild side on this two-day tour of Tambopata National Reserve. Trek, canoe, and be driven to popular wildlife zones for a chance to see reptiles and multicolored parrots, and even a big cat. Enjoy dinner at your overnight accommodation with panoramic views of Tambopata river.  Start the tour with a 3km walk to Lake Sandoval in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Navigate by dugout canoe around the oxbow lake and learn about the tropical ecosystem. This is also the prime time to spot black caimans, large otters, monkeys, and Paiche. Follow the setting sun to your accommodation on the Tambopata River. The impressive views will pair well with your evening meal. The next day, the adventure continues with a trip to Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick. This show-stopping congregation of parrots is one of the largest—and noisiest— in the world.  Return to your accommodation in Puerto Maldonado but not before taking a short detour to try and catch a glimpse of the elusive Peruvian Jaguar. Return home feeling closer to nature.

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Green House Tambopata is a gem in the jungle. It's not deep in the jungle, but that makes it easily accessible and also since the rooms have giant mosquito nets as windows, you really feel that you are in the jungle, syrrounded by nature. We could also spot somw sloths and monkeys right next to the lodge on the night walk. Overall, the tours were great (not in the same order aa described here because they adapted to the weather to make sure we get the best experience). Charly, the owner, is an awesome guy with tons of knowledge about the area and his concept of building this lodge together with locals and educating lical guides for the tours is well worth supporting. Also, you get the best insights from locals! Would definitely recommend this experience! Also communication with Charly via WhatsApp was very seamless and he was quick to respond to any questions and keep us up to date about our tours for the day.

We had the best Amazon experience at Paradise! Our tour guide, Jhonatan, spoke very good English and had a wealth of knowledge that he shared with us about all the flower and fauna of the Amazon. All the staff were lovely, friendly and accommodating. The food at the lodge was also great! We did various activities, with the Sandoval lake being the highlight and I couldn’t recommend this activity more!

Very nice trip! We were the only ones to book the tour so we got a private tour!Our guide Efrain was very helpful and answered all our questions. The only thing I would change is on the way back a direct transfer to Cusco by train, because we had to change to bus at Ollantaytambo, which was a bit extra tiring and especially considering the price of the tour. I would definitely recommend this tour!

truly a magical experience! the guides were great (Eddie, Alda, etc)! food was good every time. The sleeping accommodations were better than expected. The time between excursions were great. I left with so many beautiful photos, memories, and new friends from the experience. would HIGHLY recommend! especially as a solo female traveler. do it. you won't regret it.

A great experience. Very competent guides. Accommodation in the middle of the jungle. Real Peruvian cuisine.