Andes To The Jungle Trip Of Contrasts

About this activity:

1200 Km / 1050 miles
10 days 9 nights
Best of Cusco, Puno, Arequipa
Adventure – Cultural – Hiking

Tour details:

Peru, a truly wealthy nation of rich cultural and ecological diversity. We strive to give you the best of Peru in a single trip! 10 days of adventure through the best of Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas, Puno, the Folklore capital of South America, and the most ecologically diverse place in Peru, Tambopata, where the Andean mountains drastically fade into the Amazon jungle.

Full Itinerary: Andes To The Jungle Trip Of Contrasts

Upon arrival, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel with good vibes! You will have the rest of the day free to rest or to visit museums depending on your arrival time and the availability of the activities.  In Lima we have the following activities. 

  • Lima – Gold Museum
  • Lima – Museo de la Nación
  • Lima – Pachacamac Tour (30 km from downtown)
  • Lima – Flavors & tradition: Walking City Tour with Food tasting

None of the entrance fees or food is included on this part of the trip- hotel

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your departure to Cusco.

Upon arriving to Cusco you will be assisted from the airport to your hotel.

It is highly recommended to take a flight which would arrive before 1pm in Cusco.

Cusco is located at 3,300 meters high or 10,500. Some altitude adjustment maybe needed depending on the traveler. It`s hard to say who will be affected:  Age and ethnicity the only are not real factors to even anticipate if you are going to be affected by the altitude. Diamox is truly the only medication for this problem. Consult your doctor beforehand. Diamox is available over the counter in Lima.

Meeting point at the Hotel at 3pm. This is where our local guide is going to brief you about the trip, please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. After the briefing we shall explore the downtown on foot. Again we will visit the places that are accessible as pedestrian: So we will visit San Pedro market, the main square, the 12 Angled Stone, and the Regocijo Square.

Accommodation in a choice hotel in Cusco.

Breakfast included in this day`s part of our trip.


The little streets of this quaint little village of Pisaq are filled with old colonial mansions and filled with stores which sell native arts and crafts. Pisaq has a world renowned Incan marketplace and a very highly esteemed Incan historical site. Here you can witness amazing Incan structures, houses, temples, astronomical observatories, and the largest ancient cemetery in South America. Pisaq is located at 2950 meters or 9000 feet high, below Cusco.


Trip to Ollantaytambo (which takes 1.5 hours), with an awesome visit to the historical site of Ollantaytambo (2h). Ollantaytambo is on the opposite side of Pisaq, towards Machu Picchu, it is home to some of the most spectacular Incan sites of Peru, some would say only 2nd to Machu Picchu. The town itself is known as the living Incan village, as it conserves the most emblematic Incan architecture in Peru. 

A choice hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Breakfast and lunch included

This tour is meant to encompass the best of the Inca trail in a shorter period of time, which makes the trip more exiting: You will visit the Machu Picchu twice. Once in the morning, and once in the afternoon to have the maximum experience possible enabling you to contemplate one of the world`s most famous historical sites.


Full day trip: Transfer from your hotel to the Sacred Valley at starting at 5am. Arriving around 7am at the train station in Ollantaytambo. From here we have a one hour trip in train to kilometer 104 from where we shall begin our trek. After a 3 hour walk give or take, we arrive at Wiñay Wayna(2,600 meters high), which is regarded as the most beautiful section of the Inca entire Inca trail. After a short walk around this place we’ll arrive to our lunch spot, where we will enjoy a delicious box lunch. After a couple of hours hiking we arrive to Machu Picchu, at this time in the afternoon we shall enjoy Machu Picchu fairly empty for our journey`s delight. Then we take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes (20 minutes)

Hotel * in Machupicchu town (Adventure House or similar depending on availability)

All 3 meals are included in today`s trip

Entries are included.

Complete day trip: This is the most important day of our entire trip. To enjoy this special day to Machu Picchu we start at 5:30am and get one of the first buses up. To live in to the max, we start from a strategic spot to take in all in and get the best pictures possible. Your guide will take you through the most renowned areas of the ancient city for around 2 hours. After this, you will have time to explore on your own. If you decided to pay for the extras, Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Mountain, your guide will show you the way to begin that. 

OPTIONS: *Huayna Picchu o  Machu Picchu Mountain are additional treks that are paid apart. You pay before entering Machu Picchu and once inside partake in them.  Upon arriving to Cusco manifest your desire if you wish to do this or not. Both walks are subject to USD $75 per person, when there is availability.

For the return trip to Cusco, we recommend getting back to Aguas Calientes at the latest 2 hours before the train leaves. Your guide will inform you about the train schedule before returning. The trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo will take about 2 hours. Once there, you will have our people waiting for you to take you back to Cusco by car. The trip to Cusco will be about 2 hours. There you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Hotel in Cusco.

Breakfast included, entries included.

Entries are included.

Full day tour: 07:00 – 07:15 we pick you up at your hotel, we will visit the quaint town of Andahuaylillas and her stunning colonial church. The following visit is the ruins of Raqchi, a at 3.450 metres high y also known as the temple to the supreme Incan deity Wiracocha. Lunch at La Pascana, on the outskirts of the town Sicuani, known for the gran variety of regional and national dishes. Thereafter we shall visit the Stone Museum of Pukara at 3,900 meters high.  Lastly we arrive at Puno around 5:00 pm, also 3,900 meters above sea level. 

Choice hotel in Puno.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Entries are included.

Here we will see 2 of the most famous islands of Titicaca.  Thanks to the epic hand crafted and sown textile art of the locals, Taquile was declared a World Patrimony of all Humanity site by the UNESCO. 

Leaving at: 07:00 a.m. – Returning at: 5:00 pm. Time navigating the lake: Around 5 hours round trip. Visit to los Uros: 2 hours. Duration of the visit to Taquile: 3 hours. From Taquile we will see the floating islands where we will interact and learn from the locals.

Choice hotel in Puno.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Entries included.

On this day we will leave the Altiplano to drop down to the jungle. On the way we will be delighted by the notable changes in the landscapes, flora and fauna. We will witness snow capped mountains and strange naturally made rock formations. We shall visit the masterfully carved Gothic City: However it was made by Mother Nature, and called such from its curious rock formations.   Afterward we will visit the town of Choani for a delicious dinner and a good night`s rest.

We depart our hotel after breakfast, stopping at the mountain pass Oq`epuño for 10 minutes to take pictures. We arrive in Macusani at 11:30am, to go to The Gothic city at 13:30. We have 2 hours for this visit and will eat a boxed lunch. We start back to Macusani at 3:30pm, where we arrive at around 6pm.

Macusani 18:00 to Choani 20:00 where we eat dinner and rest up.

Choice hotel in Choani.

  • All 3 meals are included on this day.
  • Entries are included.

This is one of the most relaxing days of the trip; we shall cross through the jungle through surprising rock tunnels. We shall visit breathtaking waterfalls and if we are lucky, see condors in flight next to the cascades. Next stop is a dreamlike pond where we are going to swim in crystal clear waters and observe all kinds of fish. We will enjoy an amazing lunch next to the swimming spot, which will also be our campsite. We will then have free time to swim again or wonder about to see the project of forest preservation which also houses an experimental laboratory of jungle plants. Here specialists will explain to us the medicinal properties of each plant native to the jungle and all of their work in regards to forest preservation.  

Breakfast 6:00 – 7:00, 30 minutes to get ready afterwards.

Leaving Choani at 7:30, in 5 minutes we visit the waterfall T’upuri for 20 minutes. Time for pictures and a chat about the hydroelectric dam nearby.

Arrival at Boca de Lagarto at 10:30, where we drop off our camping gear with the cook.

The car will continue on to San Juan at 11am, we swim for 2 hours and return to Boca de Lagarto to eat lunch at 1:30pm. Free time until 4:30pm, then we visit INIA from 4:30pm to 5:30, then we can shop around in San Gaban for 30 minutes. We return to Boca at 6pm, eat at 7pm and enjoy a campfire, some drinks and at rest up at 10pm.

We camp this night at the swimming spot of Boca de Lagarto.

All 3 meals included.

Entries are included.

To be able get the most of our trip, we shall wake up quite early before breakfast to observe Peru`s national bird: the Cock of the Rock. Her orange splendor will shine through in the natural habitat, which is quite a delight as we only need to walk 10 minutes to witness this rare bird. After breakfast we take off towards Puerto Maldonado; On the way we will bathe in the famous Devil`s Shower, an awe inspiring waterfall, where we again swim in crystalline waters and bask in the sun. It`s a great little treat on our 4 hour ride to Puerto Maldonado, which hosts the richest biodiversity in Peru.

Breakfast included

Entries included

Rise and shine at 5:30 to observe the cock of the rock until 6:00 a.m.

Breakfast: 6:30 and thereafter we get ready to leave

Onward to the waterfall: 8:00 a.m, with a one hour stay there

Leaving to Puerto Maldonado at 9:00 a.m, with an arrival at 12:30 pm. Flight to Lima at 4:40 p.m arriving at 6:15 p.m. Those who wish to extend this trip, that includes the jungle lodge 2 night 3 day tour, shall consult us beforehand.


Additional Information

Final destination: Puerto Maldonado.

Departing from Lima, ultimately returning to Lima.

Additional Information: Cancellation Policy:  60 days or more before the date of the start of services for the full refund: only the bank charges will not be refunded.

Transportation: Transfers by land and all included tours and activities mentioned here on the website: Many of the transfers by land included here, will be in a private truck, car or taxi, whereas other transfers might be shared with other travelers depending on availability, the nature of the activity or the final arrival of the particular trip.

Luggage: We strongly recommend the use of a tarp or a protective layer over the backpack for heavy rain. A decently well sized backpack is a must. PLEASE NOTICE THAT WE WILL FURNISH DAILY A SMALLER PACK FOR SNACKS AND SMALLER EFFECTS.  Extra baggage we can fit in the trunk of the car or at the hotels.

Finishing Point Details:

Please do not book any flights out of Puerto Maldonado until 11am!

Packing List:


Passport / Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student) / Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru) / Good daypack (the smaller, the better) / Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelpacks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters / Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) / Quickdry towel / Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) / Cash / sunscreen / hat / sunglasses / insect repellent.

Inca Trail:

For your duffel bag, porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you don’t bring one you can rent one). Generally these two items weigh 3.5 kg. 1 pair of hiking pants / 1 pair of shorts or light pants for Machu Picchu / Multiple pairs of hiking socks / regular socks / 1 Fleece / 1 Warm, down jacket: it gets very cold at night / 1 Rain jacket and pants / Headlamp: essential / Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them) / Comfortable shoes for camp / Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean clothes from dirty ones / Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least.


Knee-length socks / Loose-fitting / light coloured hiking pants / Loose-fitting, light coloured long-sleeved shirts / Pack liners to waterproof bags / Binoculars (optional) / swimwear,  sandals/flip-flops /

Transfers Puerto Maldonado – Amazon Ecolodge:

As part of the itineraries we provide daily transfers from 12:00 to 13:30.

Transfers Amazon Ecolodge – Puerto Maldonado:

As part of the Tambopata eco tours, we provide daily transfers from 7:30 and 8:30 from the Amazon Ecolodge to the airport at Puerto Maldonado. We therefore recommend return flights from Puerto Maldonado departing between 11:00 and 13:30. Those guests departing on later flights should remember that they will be required to wait in the airport for their departure or spend time in the town of Puerto Maldonado from the time they are transferred by the company from the Amazon Ecolodge to the local airport.

This Tambopata tour begins and ends in Puerto Maldonado: Entrance tickets and internal flights are not included.

Voucher Information: Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.

Emergency Phone Number for Travelers: Cell phone: +51 967 741 544 / +51 993 695 548

Mobile Access: We accept mobile vouchers

Guidance Service and Information: Spanish and English

Additional Prices

FAQs Andes To The Jungle Trip Of Contrasts


  • A guided tour of important places
  • Accommodation in single twin share room
  • All meals included
  • All transport from your arrival
  • Current Hotel Taxes and Service Charges
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Meals, unless expressly states
  • Observation and participation in allowed activities
  • Professionally guided tour

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