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Kim MacQuarrie
Explorer & Four-time Emmy Winner

A keen explorer and adventurer, Kim has won 4 Emmy Awards -- 3 of them for documentaries on the Peruvian Amazon. Kim’s newest book, Adventure in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries, about a 4,500-mile journey from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego.

Visit Kim’s website, and explore his documentary films.

Amazon to Machu Picchu

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Detailed Itinerary Presented by Kim MacQuarrie 4-time Emmy winner  | + info
Day 1
La Ermita Church with yellow-painted facade

Upon arrival at the Lima airport, meet a Incas Expert Travel representative for a transfer to your confirmed Lima hotel.


If arriving early, you can also take in scenic Parque del Amor (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima's gorgeous coastline.

Arrival in Lima. Transfer to Hotel
Day 2
Still Amazon water creates mirror reflection of sky and jungle

Begin your jungle adventure with a flight to Puerto Maldonado. Meet the lodge staff on arrival, transfer to the port, and board a motorized canoe to travel by river to your lodge.

Spend the rest of the afternoon acclimating to the rainforest environment. Your naturalist guide will tell you more about what to expect during your stay.

Arrival in Puerto Maldonado. Transfer to Lodge
Day 3
White-mustachioed Tamarin monkey on branch

Your excursions today will allow you to glimpse the incredible biodiversity of Peru’s rainforest. Visit an oxbow lake to observe hoatzin birds, squirrel monkeys, and giant otters. Learn about medicinal plants and how Amazonian communities use them. At night, join your guide to spot critters that only come out after dark.

Amazon Activities
Day 4
Turtle seeks sun in Amazon lagoon

Continue your exploration of the rainforest with a visit to a clay lick where parrots and macaws gather. Explore a trail that winds through giant ceiba trees reaching 150 meters tall. Travel by boat to an organic farm where locals cultivate a range of fruits and vegetables, some of which will be strange and others familiar.

Amazon Activities
Day 5
Baroque Jesuit Church on Cusco Plaza de Armas

After a final breakfast at the lodge, board a boat for the journey back to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel. You have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city. Remember to take it easy on your first day at altitude.

Return Puerto Maldonado. Fly to Cusco
Day 6
Tiny people show scale of three layered Inca terraces

Begin your day with a private guided tour of Cusco’s most important sites. Start with a visit to the Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha. Later, see the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Shop with locals at San Pedro Market or wander the streets of bohemian San Blas.Begin your day with a private guided tour of Cusco’s most important sites. Start with a visit to the Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha. Later, see the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Shop with locals at San Pedro Market or wander the streets of bohemian San Blas.

Private Half Day Cusco City Tour.
Day 7
Sinuous terraces blend into valley slope

Meet your guide to begin an exploration of the Sacred Valley. Your private tour visits the concentric circle terraces of Moray which descend nearly 500 feet into the earth, the multi-hued salt pans of Maras, and the monolithic fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour, catch the train to Aguas Calientes, base town for Machu Picchu.

Private Sacred Valley Tour. Train to Machu Picchu.
Day 8
Thick cloud cover caps panoramic vista of Machu Picchu ruins

Wake up early and meet your guide for a memorable walk through the “lost city of the Incas” and let yourself be swept away by the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin. Finish up with last photos and then return to Aguas Calientes town for the return trip to Cusco.

Upgrade options:
*Add an extra day in Machu Picchu.
*Climb Huayna Picchu for a bird’s eye view of the ruins.

Machu Picchu Tour. Return to Cusco.
Day 9
Two travelers take selfie on Cusco Plaza de Armas

Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Then meet our representative for a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s wonders.

Departure from Cusco

*All tours are private unless noted in your itinerary.

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