Trip Overview

Journey into the past and present on a Peru adventure in June 2019 that treats you to the spectacular Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, brings you face to face with unique cultures and the diverse wildlife in Peru’s Amazon rainforest!

Begin your Peru adventure tour in the capital city of Lima at the Larco Museum which houses an unrivaled collection of pre-Columbian art, deepening your understanding of Ancient Peruvian history. Bring that history to life with a visit to Casa de Aliaga, the oldest continuously inhabited home in the Americas. In Cuzco, you’ll meet with Nilda, the founder of the Center for Traditional Textiles, an NGO (non-governmental organization and non-profit) preserving Andean heritage and helping women in need. You and your fellow travelers will marvel at the traditional “Mother Earth” ceremony performed by a Pacco, or Andean priest.

In Peru’s breathtaking Sacred Valley you’ll meet members of the native Cuyuni people, accompanying them to a potato harvest. You’ll feel at one with the earth and the women sharing this experience as you dig your hands into the soil. A guided tour of the spectacular Inca ruins of Machu Picchu will leave you awestruck, and a second sunrise visit to the ruins offers more incredible photo opportunities. You’ll then tour the majestic Cathedral of Cuzco which is filled with stunning examples of Mestizo art and gives you a glimpse of Peru’s colonial legacy.

From Puerto Maldonado, a boat ride down the Madre de Dios River brings you to the lush eaves of Peru’s Amazon rainforest. Spot dozens of fascinating wildlife species on guided trail walks through the Reserva Amazonica then look for rare nocturnal species on a twilight river excursion. Close your eyes and take in the sounds along the river: the calls of owls, capybaras, and nightjars ringing out through the darkness. A wooden canoe trip across Lake Sandoval offers chances for you to spot howler monkeys, macaws, anacondas, and endangered giant river otters. The suspension bridges joining the treetops in the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway give a literal “bird’s-eye view” of the forest canopy (ask one of your new friends to join you for stunning photo ops – and to keep your nerve up)! Then tour the Gamitana Farm to learn about local farming methods, and visit the Hacienda Concepcion, where you’ll learn about the remarkable uses of over 200 local Peruvian plant species. A visit to the Butterfly House to learn about the many varieties of Peru’s butterflies perfectly caps off your journey.

Experience a land like no other on this multi-faceted journey to Machu Picchu and into the heart of Peru’s Amazon in June 2019!

Need more incentive? Read our guest reviews of our 2017 Peru Adventure Vacation with AdventureWomen!

Main Attractions

  • Explore Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
  • Discover the local market and the Temple of the Sun in Cuzco
  • Meet the founder of an NGO that preserves Andean heritage through weaving while helping women in need
  • Spot wildlife on guided trail walks and boat rides through a natural reserve in the Amazon
  • Walk suspension bridges through the Amazon canopy for a literal birds eye view of this unique ecosystem

What You'll See and Do

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Canoeing
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Historical Sites
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Train
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, June 15, 2019 – Arrive in Lima
Upon arrival into Lima, you will be transferred to your hotel. Get a good night’s sleep before your exciting adventure begins tomorrow afternoon.
Meals on your own

Overnight Four Points by Sheraton

Day 2

Sunday, June 16, 2019 – Lima
Rest up and relax after your flights into Peru.

Lunch is on your own.

Meet at 2:00pm in the hotel lobby to begin your exciting adventure in the capital city of Lima.

Visit the Larco Herrera Museum with the museum curator. Founded in 1926, the museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries that provide an excellent overview on 3,000 years of Peruvian pre- Columbian history. A special museum curator will guide you on this visit, to help you understand Pre-Inca Peru, and begin giving the group a perspective on what you will see in Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

Casa de Aliaga was built in 1536 on a plot of land given by Francisco Pizarro, leader of the Spanish expedition in Peru, to Geronimo de Aliaga, his main lieutentant. de Aliaga family members still live in the house to this day, making it the oldest continuously inhabited house in the Americas. Maru, your hostess, has lived in the house since she was seven, so she knows most of its secrets. She will take you on a journey back 500 years, intertwining Peruvian history with her family’s own history. She will also join you for dinner this evening.

Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant. The view of the 1,500-year-old, pre- Incan ruins is reason enough to visit this beautiful restaurant, but the food is a close second. Rough- hewn columns hold up the dining room’s soaring ceiling, with a view of the huaca (ruins), which are spectacularly illuminated at night. This sophisticated establishment serves a skillfully rendered array of contemporary Peruvian dishes.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton

Day 3

Monday, June 17, 2019 – Lima to Urubamba
Enjoy magnificent views of the rugged Andes Mountains during your one-hour flight.

Have a special gourmet picnic lunch in front of the beautiful Huaypo Lagoon.

Take a hands-on weaving class with a master weaver. Textile production has profound historic and cultural significance in the Andes, and this project
is part of a highly-successful National Geographic Society-supported initiative to rescue and revive this way of life. Women are the owners and drivers of this activity, and you will see how their gregarious processes of spinning, gathering and use of natural dyes, setting up of looms, and the creation of designs, are fundamental to the family and social bonds of these highland communities.

A Pacco (Andean priest), the link between the spiritual and earthly words will conduct the Tribute to the Mother Earth ceremony. This is an act of reciprocity towards Pachamama (Mother Earth), a deity associated with fertility.

Once checked-in, you have a free afternoon to enjoy this beautiful hotel and its facilities, including a swimming pool and spa!

Dinner is on your own tonight.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

Day 4

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – Urubamba
To visit the native community of Cuyuni is to literally travel back in time. Here, natives are, in many ways, still living as they’ve been for centuries. The proud villagers will show you how they have managed to survive in such extremely adverse conditions: over 13,000 feet above sea level, where only wild grass grows naturally. Spend some time harvesting potatoes with the locals, surrounded by Guinea pigs and llamas.

On this very special day, the community leaders will accompany the group as you learn not only about their daily lives and activities, but also about their ancestral traditions that date to pre-Inca times.

Enjoy lunch in the community.

Dinner is on your own tonight.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

Day 5

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – Urubamba to Machu Picchu
This morning is the beginning of a fantastic journey by train to Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas.”

Travel by vistadome with first-class seats on the narrow gauge switchback train through the fertile valleys of the Andes and along the sacred Urubamba River.

You cannot bring ALL of your luggage on the train to Machu Picchu, so you will have to take your small, collapsible overnight bag OR your daypack with you on the train for the 2 overnights at Machu Picchu (no large suitcases on the train. See the “What to Bring” list also for specific weight/dimensions). You can leave your large suitcase at the hotel, and all suitcases will be transported to your hotel in Cuzco when you return from Machu Picchu.

Enjoy a guided tour of the famous ruins with an anthropologist. Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountaintop, erecting many stone structures from the early 1400s, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu was revered as a sacred place far earlier than the Inca times.

Enjoy lunch near the ruins so you can return to explore afterwards.

Stay and linger among the mute stones this afternoon while the sun drops toward the western rim of the jungle and the softening light dramatizes the exquisite architecture.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 6

Thursday, June 20, 2019 – Machu Picchu to Cuzco
Continue to explore Machu Picchu this morning. The hotel has many excursions and activities to choose from (at no extra charge), and you can view them at this link: http://www.inkaterra.com/en/machu- picchu/excursions. Bus transportation and entrance fees are included today. One option is to catch an early morning bus to the ruins to watch the sunrise!

For those with advance permits (an additional $25), hike up the steep peek of Huayna Picchu for a view of the ruins from above. Let us know if you’d like to book the permit for this hike.

Lunch is on your own.

Meet back at the Pueblo Hotel this afternoon before boarding the vistadome train for return to Cuzco.

Enjoy dinner on your own.
Breakfast

Overnight: Libertador Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection

 

Day 7

Friday, June 21, 2019 – Cuzco
In the lovely morning light of Cuzco, enjoy a walking Art Safari with your guide, Jean Jacques Decoster, a professor of anthropology at the local university. Strolling through Inca streets, marvel at the flawless Incan stonework and imagine a time and place when the Incas once had a massive empire. Follow the history of the Cuzco School of Art, a local expression born of the combination of European motives and Andean indigenous aesthetics. You will come to understand this unique mix of art influences in the master paintings and arts housed in several museums and the city’s impressive Cathedral. Upon return to the hotel, you’ll have the privilege to view the archbishop’s private collection of the Corpus Christi.

After lunch on your own, the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy exploring the wonderful town of Cuzco.

Tonight’s dinner is at Baco Restaurant, where you will enjoy delicious food, an interesting wine menu, a cozy non-pretentious setting, and the warm attention of their smiling all-Peruvian staff!
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Libertador Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection

 

Day 8

Saturday, June 22, 2019 – Cuzco to the Amazon
Head to the airport after breakfast to connect with your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

When you arrive in Puerto Maldonado, transfer by boat along the Madre de Dios River. It is about a 45 minute ride to your lodge.

Settle into your beautiful cabaña and enjoy lunch in the dining room.

Take a guided walk along the Trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the forest environment, winding past impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching and observing exotic insects.

Enjoy a boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits, while you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and up to three different caiman species.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge

 

Day 9

Sunday, June 23, 2019 – The Amazon
Visit the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans.

Walk along the Canopy Walkway. Ascending the first tower, 29 meters above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the treetop realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this hour-and-a-half expedition, be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, and sloths. If you wish you may extend your excursion and watch the sunset from one of the towers.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge

 

Day 10

Monday, June 24, 2019 – The Amazon
Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the lodge. For one and a half hours, explore the rainforest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to many piranha, caiman, turtles, and birds, until the Sanipanga landing point. Navigate your way back downstream, observing the abundant flora and fauna along the way. You will return to Gamitana Farm to do a short guided tour to see how local farmers grow fruits and vegetables.

Enjoy the Hacienda Concepcion excursion, with over 200 different plant species, and learn about the uses and benefits of local flora. This is followed by a 30 minute canoe trip to look for turtles, sun grebes, nightjars, and exotic herons.

Head out for a two hour night excursion. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, enhancing animal resources to create new adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge

 

Day 11

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – The Amazon and Depart
Take a boat transfer back to the airport in Puerto Maldonado.

Enjoy a visit the Butterfly House in Puerto Maldonado. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world – 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House.

Fly to Lima and connect with your flights back to the US.
Breakfast

 

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Peru



Arrive: Arrive in Lima, Peru (LIM) on June 15, 2019.

Depart: Depart Lima, Peru (LIM) on June 25, 2019 in the late evening.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active. Our Active Adventures get you on your feet! You should be in good physical condition for these trips and comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestone streets, biking well-maintained paths and natural trails, or kayaking in calm waters.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Peru, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Peru.

Money

The currency of Peru is the Sol(es). Visa and MasterCard and sometimes American Express are the most recognized cards in Peru. There is generally a surcharge for credit card use of 3-4%. Higher denominations of US dollars get a better exchange rate. Bring clean, new bills with no marks or tears issued in the last ten years.

Suggestions for Gratuities:

  • Guides: $5-8 per day
  • Drivers: $3-4 per day

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before July 25, 2019.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip
  • Tips for luggage porters and waiters
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passport or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides and staff

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Four Points by Sheraton
A top pick in Lima, the Four Points by Sheraton has chic decor and comfortable rooms with free high- speed Wi-Fi and nice views of Lima, located just 350 feet from Miraflores Kennedy Park.

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel is nestled in the picturesque Sacred Valley of the Incas. Built on a 17th century hacienda, this lovely property is a window into the two starkly different worlds of the ancient Inca civilization and Peru’s Spanish colonial era.

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Located in the heart of Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, Inkaterra’s boutique Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an Andean Garden of Eden - one of the world’s most appealing boutique hotels.
A fusion of calmness, comfort, Andean style and architecture, its natural beauty spreads over 12 acres of low-rise cottages, plantations, and wild forest interspersed by stone pathways. Hummingbirds frolic in a private cloud-forest paradise, while you experience an authentic barefoot luxury hotel at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Libertador Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection
A storied mansion dating back nearly five centuries, the Libertador Palacio del Inka stands in the historic center of Cuzco. Directly across from
the Koricancha, it is a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets, and restaurants. Uniting the past and present, Palacio del Inka Spa presents indigenous treatments and an indoor therapy pool. The exquisitely appointed guest rooms combine Peruvian art and handcrafted furnishings with contemporary amenities.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
An eco-luxury lodge in front of Madre de Dios River, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica has 35 wooden cabanas inspired in the Ese’Eja culture. 540 bird species have been inventoried in hotel grounds, deep in the rainforest.

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

Luggage Weight Allowance: Your luggage should consist of one medium-sized suitcase or duffel bag and one small carry-on bag/backpack. Your suitcase must weigh no more than 50 pounds. You will also need to bring a small, collapsible overnight bag or backpack to take with you on the train for your overnight at Machu Picchu - no large suitcases are allowed on the train. Your overnight bag can weigh no more than 11 pounds, and the dimensions of this can be no more than 62 inches (combined length, height, and width). These restrictions are strictly enforced.

Weather: June in Peru is the dry season, and is arguably the best time to visit Peru. You need to take clothing for both the cool of the higher altitudes in the evenings, the warmth during the day, and the heat of the Amazon. During the day in the highlands, you might need a sweater, but a jacket/ fleece is a must in the evening - it can get cold!

Clothing and Gear

  • Broken-in comfortable, light-weight hiking boots
  • 1 pair of sneakers or sport sandals for evenings and other walks
  • 2-3 short-sleeve shirts
  • 2-3 long-sleeve shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts or 2-3 pairs of convertible zip-off pants
  • 1-2 pairs of pants. Convertible, light-weight zip-off pairs are convenient
  • 1-2 sets of nicer, casual clothes for evening meals
  • 5 pairs underwear (synthetics are easier to wash/dry)
  • 2-3 bras/sports bras
  • 5-6 pairs of socks
  • 1 fleece sweater or jacket
  • 1 lightweight waterproof windbreaker
  • 1 wool cap
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Lightweight wide-brimmed hat
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686