Amazon to the Andes Explorer

About the Experience

Unlike any place you have ever been or ever will go, there is a sacred wonder among Peru’s ruins and vistas so expansive you can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude for Pachamama: Mother Earth.

She has given you this gift. Has allowed you to wander through one of her most majestic corners, your jaw hanging open in awe. Has provided the stunning Andean mountain range you fly over as you arrive in the imperial Incan city of Cusco.

Travel deep into the rainforest by boat at the Refugio Amazonas nestled in the Tambopata National Reserve. Here, in the jungle, you are an adventurer – exploring the natural world around you, and even play monkey yourself, moving through the trees with fellow wild women at your sides.

As dazzled as you are by the mysteries of the Amazon, you journey on, breathing in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You travel further, to a pocket of Peruvian weavers, and trace the rough fabric in your hands, marvelling at the intricate rainbows of design.

And then it is time. Ticket in hand, you climb board the Peru Rail, an idyllic passenger train. Machu Picchu awaits. This will carry you through the mountains, under the blazing sky, all the way to the Citadel, and then the azure dreamscape of Lake Titicaca. You are in the heart of the Andes. And your heart is full to bursting.

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Amazon to the Andes Explorer

About the Experience

Unlike any place you have ever been or ever will go, there is a sacred wonder among Peru’s ruins and vistas so expansive you can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude for Pachamama: Mother Earth.

She has given you this gift. Has allowed you to wander through one of her most majestic corners, your jaw hanging open in awe. Has provided the stunning Andean mountain range you fly over as you arrive in the imperial Incan city of Cusco.

Travel deep into the rainforest by boat at the Refugio Amazonas nestled in the Tambopata National Reserve. Here, in the jungle, you are an adventurer – exploring the natural world around you, and even play monkey yourself, moving through the trees with fellow wild women at your sides.

As dazzled as you are by the mysteries of the Amazon, you journey on, breathing in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You travel further, to a pocket of Peruvian weavers, and trace the rough fabric in your hands, marvelling at the intricate rainbows of design.

And then it is time. Ticket in hand, you climb board the Peru Rail, an idyllic passenger train. Machu Picchu awaits. This will carry you through the mountains, under the blazing sky, all the way to the Citadel, and then the azure dreamscape of Lake Titicaca. You are in the heart of the Andes. And your heart is full to bursting.

DAY ONE: WELCOME TO PERU!

You will walk through the airport in Cusco anytime this day and be welcomed by your smiling Wild Women representative holding a sign with your name on it. Get to know your surroundings via a short transfer to your hotel where you’ll find all the information you need at reception. You and the group will rendezvous at 5 p.m. for your trip orientation before partaking in a warm welcome dinner to kickstart your adventure.

 

DAY TWO: JUNGLE CANOPY CANOE

There is a buzz in the air for this early start as you travel by plane from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. When you land, you’ll meet your jungle lodge representative and move onwards to your Amazon adventure! Up the stunning Tambopata River, you move in a motorized dugout canoe for a two and a half hour trip that will take your breath away. With fresh air in your lungs, you’ll arrive at your home for the night and gather for an Amazon welcome briefing.

 

DAY THREE & FOUR: EXPLORE THE AMAZON

Here it is time to allow the Amazon to leave its lasting impression as you spend two full days savouring the jungle. You’ll go on a boat trip to the Chuncho Clay Lick inside Tambopata to see toucans and parrots, watch macaws feeding, and climb the 30 feet canopy tower for spectacular views of the vast standing forest. Next, visit a farm and a real Brazil nut concession to learn about the way of life in the rainforest. You will taste exotic tropical fruits and discover medicinal plants from local families that are integrating into the ecotourism industry. Kayak and stand-up paddle on the Tambopata River and afterwards, delight in a massage complete with natural amazonian oils.

 

DAY FIVE: CUZCO CHOCOLATE  MAKING

Wake up for a delicious jungle breakfast and leave some room for more tastes to follow. As you surely fell in love with it the first time, today brings you back on a canoe adventure towards your afternoon flight to Cusco. From Cusco airport, you and your group will journey to the Inkarri Hostel. Settle in with a cup of cozy Coca tea to help your body ease into the altitude. Now it’s time to give your sweet tooth a gift with a 4 p.m. visit to the Choco Museum. You’ll be treated to a chocolate-making workshop starting with the cocoa tree from the Peruvian jungle. You’ll learn to make three drinks and will even get to leave with your own handmade chocolates! Follow your taste-buds to a dinner of your choosing this evening, with recommendations for all the best spots at the ready from your Wild Women guide.

 

DAY SIX: SITTING WITH SACSAYHUAMAN

Today’s the day to get to know Cusco! Your guide will bring you on a walk through the city to visit the Qoricancha or Sun Temple, the San Pedro, and the cathedral. You will then have lunch with your fellow wild women before heading to the impressive Sacsayhuaman, a fortified temple site that was the scene of dramatic battles between the Spanish invaders and the Incas. Before arriving to the site, you will be part of an ancient Andean offering ceremony to Mother Earth. Once you have shown gratitude for all that she gives you, you will continue on to the ruins boasting massive walls of carefully-fitted stones weighing up to 70 tonnes. Continue into the Sacred to the Hotel Paz y Luz in Pisac for the night. You’ll have an opportunity this evening to join a yoga program.

 

DAY SEVEN: THROUGH THE SACRED VALLEY

You will set out at 8 a.m. this morning to travel to Amaru, a traditional Andean village located half an hour above the Pisac archaeological site. This community is home to a self-initiated tourism project driven by the local women. Your heart will grow while your mind takes note of medicinal plants and the traditional weaving process. A delicious lunch is prepared for you with many ingredients grown in the community. Onwards from here to the Inca site of Pisac and a visit to the market before travelling through the Sacred Valley to the town of Ollantaytambo. An afternoon train ride waits to move you through the Urubamba valley alongside the sacred river. A locomotive journey like no other. Upon arriving at Aguas Calientes you will walk to Hostal Presidente before grabbing yourself an early dinner and plenty of rest.

 

DAY EIGHT: MACHU PICCHU

Enter the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Built of stone, the huge walls, terraces, and ramps appear cut into the flowing rock escarpments. Your early start today gives you three hours to experience the most important of all the Inca cities. Depart from this mystical site by shuttle bus late in the morning to board the Peru Rail to Ollantaytambo. Your driver waits at the station entrance to transfer you back to Cusco. One more night in the Inkarri Hostal and you have the opportunity to explore at lunch and dinner for yourself.

 

DAY NINE: ON THE WAY TO PUNO

This morning brings you to the Turismo Mer office for the group bus service via La Raya Pass to Puno. A nine-hour trip features visits to the Andahuaylillas chapel, the major Inca temple site at Raqchi, La Raya Pass, and the pre-Inca temple site on the edge of the Altiplano called Pucara. On arrival in Puno, your guide will take you to the Hotel Qelqatani Royal Inn for the night.

 

DAY TEN: HIKE AND HOMESTAY

Well-rested and fed, you’re now ready for your Puno-based guide to accompany you on an 8 a.m. boat departure to Amantani Island. The boat stops en route for a colourful change of pace at a floating reed Uros community. You’ll reach the island around mid-day, and hike up to the community to be introduced to your lovely homestay hosts, who generously welcome you and two other wild women into their home. Get to know the area with time in the afternoon to explore your surroundings and hike with your group to the highest point on the island. Settle into the evening for a home-cooked meal with your host family and your final sleep of the journey.

 

DAY ELEVEN: BUEN VIAJE

After enjoying breakfast and the sunrise over the Royal Range, you will return by boat to the mainland and transfer to Juliaca airport where you will part ways with your fellow adventurers. Check-in to your flight to Lima and connect to your international flight home the same evening. Last but never least, savour every moment and memory as you fly away from a place that will happily be a part of you for the rest of your life.

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