I am a proud North Carolinian who was born and raised at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I have been fortunate to have traveled and lived in Guatemala, Belize, Ecuador, Chile and the Dominican Republic with my most recent stop being Peru.

I have been calling Lima, Peru home for the last couple of years. I would love to help you experience the incredible culture and breathtaking sights that it has to offer.


From the Andes mountains around Machu Picchu to the Amazon rainforest, this trip will show you two wildly different faces of Peruvian culture, history, and climate. There is a support structure in place that will allow you to just let go and immerse yourself in this ancient world. You will be arriving at a perfect time of year, fresh out of the rainy season where everything will be abundant with green while avoiding the busy tourist period. April is also considered the best time to experience Machu Picchu!

Any questions at all - feel free to email me directly at adaml@latinamericaforless.com

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Duration : 11 days
Arrival : 21 April 2020
Departure : 1 May 2020
Destinations : Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Amazon
  • Day 1 : April 21
  • Arrive in Lima & Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 2 : April 22
  • Arrival to Puerto Maldonado & Transfer to Lodge
  • Day 3 : April 23
  • Jungle Tours
  • Day 4 : April 24
  • Jungle Tours
  • Day 5 : April 25
  • End Amazon Planet & Flight to Cusco
  • Day 6 : April 26
  • Cusco Free Day
  • Day 7 : April 27
  • Machu Picchu Tour & Overnight
  • Day 8 : April 28
  • Huayna Picchu Hike & Train to the Sacred Valley
  • Day 9 : April 29
  • River Rafting & Cachiccata Hike
  • Day 10 : April 30
  • Pachamama Ceremony | Andean Prayer and Healing
  • Day 11 : May 1
  • Transfer to Cusco and Departure
April 21 Arrive in Lima & Transfer to Hotel

Welcome to Lima, international gateway to Peru. These next few days are packed with adventure, but tonight, we’ll meet you upon arrival at the Lima airport and take you to your hotel for a good night’s rest after your flight.

April 22 Arrival to Puerto Maldonado & Transfer to Lodge

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and meet the lodge staff on arrival. Transfer from the airport to the dock and enjoy a 1-hour motorboat ride to the lodge surrounded by rainforest scenery.

Your lodge is located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River. Settle into your bungalow, eat lunch, and enjoy a rest. Meet your naturalist guide for a briefing and then venture out on your first jungle hike. Listen to the sounds of the jungle as you walk past giant Kapok trees and strangler figs. Before dinner, take another guided walk to witness the emergence of nocturnal animals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

April 23 Jungle Tours

Enjoy breakfast and meet your guide to begin a busy day of activities. Climb to viewing platforms standing 15-45 meters high and get a close look at macaws, parrots, toucans and the diverse wildlife that live high above the forest floor. Continue into the Taricaya Reserve to a rescue center housing jaguars, spider monkeys, and other wild species.

After lunch, visit an Agroforestry farm and learn about the reforestation efforts and the turtle project. Finish the day's activities with a caiman search along the river in a motorboat. Rest at lodge for the evening and eat dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

April 24 Jungle Tours

Rise with the sun and grab breakfast to-go before taking a 45-minute motorboat ride to the Tambopata National Reserve. From the riverbank, follow your guide along a 1.8 mi (3 km) trail to Lake Sandoval, a pristine mirror lagoon inhabited by endangered river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and black caiman. Then return to the lodge for lunch.

Enjoy a leisure afternoon activity of floating down the Madre de Dios River in an inflatable boat, spotting turtles, monkeys, herons and other birds along the riverside. Back at the lodge, watch some documentaries about projects at Taricaya Ecological Reserve, eat dinner and relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

April 25 End Amazon Planet & Flight to Cusco

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

Meals: Breakfast at your lodge

April 26 Cusco Free Day

The best days in Cusco are those when you have time to get wonderfully lost exploring the narrow cobblestone roads of the old Inca imperial capital. Browse the artisan workshops and boutique shops of San Blas. Go to San Pedro Market to shop with the locals. Our personal favorite is people-watching on the Plaza de Armas while sipping a coffee or a cocktail.

Meals: Breakfast

April 27 Machu Picchu Tour & Overnight

For 400 years, the “lost city of the Incas” remained hidden atop a mountain ridge until it was revealed to the world on the pages of National Geographic in 1911.

Your day begins with a mid-morning train, followed by a bus transfer up to the ruins. Your tour guide will lead you on an unforgettable walk through Machu Picchu’s stone-lined paths, along the terrace edges, to the base of structures that testify to the extraordinary skill of its builders.

After snapping some final photos, board the shuttle bus back to town and return to your Aguas Calientes hotel for a well-deserved evening of rest.

Meals: Breakfast
April 28 Huayna Picchu Hike & Train to the Sacred Valley

Take the early morning bus to the ruins to begin your hike up the iconic Huayna Picchu peak. It’s a 353 m (1,158 ft) climb from Machu Picchu, requiring about 45 minutes each way, plus time to explore the Moon Temple if you wish. At the top, your jaw will drop at the sight of Machu Picchu far below.

Descend to explore more of Machu Picchu. After snapping some final photos, board the shuttle bus to town and make your way to the train station for your return to the Sacred Valley.

Meals: Breakfast

April 29 River Rafting & Cachiccata Hike

There are great rapids on the Urubamba River not far from Cusco and even beginners can give this thrilling sport a try.

Meet your guide in the morning and enjoy a scenic drive to the launch point. After a review of safety guidelines and some practice on the flat parts of the river, continue downstream, taking in views of the terraced valley and mountains. The really fun part comes next as you race through Class II and III rapids. Finish with “El Resbaladero” (The Slide), a strong class III rapid with small waves and whirlpools.

Dry off and enjoy lunch in a community-owned traditional restaurant located on the riverside. This is a great chance to enjoy the Andean cuisine while supporting community projects.

After lunch, we will rest for a short while before starting our one and a half hour hike to Ollantaytambo, passing along Andean terraces still being used by local villagers for farming. We will reach a Mirador, from where we will have a spectacular view of the Pakaritampu pyramid and the magnificent Ollantaytambo Inca fortress, among breath-taking views of the Urubamba mountain range and the Urubamba River, views which only few people have seen. We will then descend to the Inca Bridge near Ollantaytambo from where our private vehicle will be waiting for us to transfer us back to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

April 30 Pachamama Ceremony | Andean Prayer and Healing

You will be met at your hotel by your guide, who will direct you to an Andean Ceremonial, located about 40 minutes by car from your hotel. Upon arrival, you will meet the “Pako”, or Andean Shaman, who will guide the ceremony. The ceremony will take around 1 hour, and is an original recreation that inhabitants practice in the Andes, as they pray to Mother Earth (Pachamama) and prosperity, health and happiness.

After the ceremony is finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

May 1 Transfer to Cusco and Departure

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred back to Cusco for your flight to Lima and your journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

Lima Airport1 night
Costa del Sol Lima Airport
This recently upgraded hotel enjoys an enviable location outside the international arrivals area at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, making it an ideal stopover point for those who are aiming to catch an early connecting flight for onward travel to Machu Picchu and Cusco during their Peru vacation. The exciting city of Lima, with it many restaurants, museums, and attractions, is also just a short cab ride away.
Puerto Maldonado3 nights
Amazon Planet
Situated 28 km (1 hour) by motorboat from Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Planet offers 14 free-standing bungalows, each with screened windows, fan, private bathroom, and a small open terrace with chairs where you can relaxing to the sounds of the jungle. Join your guide for canopy tours, jungle walks, and visits to the animal rescue center, the butterfly project, or the turtle project. Facilities include a main house with dining area, bar, and lounge with sofas, books, and board games, outdoor hammocks, and gift shop where you can shop crafts made by the local Ese Eja community. *Please bear in mind that due to its remote location, the lodge has no access to wifi, and limited electricity or hot water during your stay.
Cusco2 nights
Novotel Cusco
In the heart of the ancient Incan city, the Hotel Novotel Cusco is constructed around the frame of a charming 16th century colonial building that surrounds a lovely courtyard. This 4-star hotel has 99 rooms, including 16 Superior Rooms, that are contemporary in design and include first-rate amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. The garden-side restaurant serves delicious international and local cuisine while the cozy bar with its fireplace is a great place to unwind after a wearing day of exploring the city.
Machu Picchu1 night
Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
Always a reliable choice for mid-range accommodation in Peru, Casa Andina has recently opened a Machu Picchu hotel that greets guests with friendly service and all the amenities needed for an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes. This 3-star hotel offers 54 rooms distributed on 5 floors and a restaurant overlooking the Urubamba River.
Sacred Valley3 nights
Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado
A prominent member of the Casa Andina chain, the Premium Collection is a luxurious hotel, comfortably nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley only 10 minutes from the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Combining relaxation in its luxurious spa with sports activities such as bike riding or hiking, this excellent and all-encompassing hotel has something to suit everyone’s taste. The hotel also features a delicious restaurant, playgrounds, a jewelry store, and an on-site observatory allowing guests to admire the beautiful star-filled Andean sky. * Located outside of the town of Ollantaytambo
Boat Transfer to Amazon Planet
  • Pick up at Puerto Maldonado Airport
  • Downside luggage to 22 lb (10 kg) per piece and store remaining belongings at lodge office in Puerto Maldonado
  • Vehicle transport to nearby port, then 1-hour boat transfer to lodge
  • Boat transfer aboard a comfortable motorized canoe
Vehicle for Cusco/Sacred Valley
  • Ride comfortably in a Long Sprinter (or similar vehicle)
  • Seats for driver, guide, and travelers
Train to/from Machu Picchu: Vistadome
  • Full visibility panoramic windows to enjoy the views of the surrounding valleys
  • Adjustable leather seats
  • Small snack included on board
  • Andean culture show (return only)
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Included in 4 and 5 star packages unless otherwise requested
Aguas Calientes to/from Machu Picchu

On the morning of your Machu Picchu tour, walk to the bus station for your 20 minute bus ride to the ruins. After your Machu Picchu tour, head to the bus stop for your bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Make sure to be there at least 1 hour before your train departs as lines are frequently long.


Land Package

USD $ 3,569.00 /person Double

Price per traveler sharing double occupancy room.

USD $ 4,337.00 /person Single

Price per traveler with single occupancy room.


  • 11 nights of accommodation in stated hotels
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • All meals at the Amazon lodge
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • Domestic flights

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Lunches and dinners (unless specified otherwise)
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (you can check VisaHQ to see if you will need a visa)
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