Tambopata macaw clay lick and Sandoval lake 9 days - Orange Nation Peru

Best Customize Amazon Trip & Tour to Machu Picchu 9 days

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Service Level: Standard-Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
Physical Rating: Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
Travel Style: Hiking, trekking, cultural, adventure
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 8, Avg 5.
machu picchu custom package - Orange Nation Peru


For the Best Customize Amazon Trip & Tour to Machu Picchu, We will pick you up from the bus terminal or airport then we will go to our main office to register where you can leave some things and take what you need ´for the 5 day tour we will start at 8:30 am we will take our private transport for 2 hours to the port Tambopata where our boat and motorist will be waiting to continue our journey Rio Tambopata for 50 minutes where we will observe different species such as birds, turtles, capybaras, white alligators ect if we have the opportunity to see the king of the jungle (Jaguar) who are sunbathing or tired on the beaches then we will arrive to our lodge. We will welcome you with typical aphrodisiac refreshment of the Amazon accommodation in your respective room lunch In the afternoon we will take a walk in the primary forest full of ancient trees that coexist with many creatures such as insects, spiders, ants, toads, butterflies, monkeys and some mammals, etc. After dinner we will carry out a night activity with our flashlights to observe alligators, capybaras and perhaps a feline that is near the river for the night they naturally hunt at night. After this activity, return to our accommodation and rest.

We will wake up early, and we will take our boat to travel up the tambopata river for 1 hour and 20 minutes enjoying a wonderful sunrise, every day is a chance to see the sacred anaconda on the banks of our Tambopata National Reserve. We will reach the clay lacquer. A comfortable giant blind, located just a few meters away from Clay Lick, allows you to have the best possible position for the show that the birds will put on. The shutter is located so close to the surface that you won’t even need to zoom in on your cameras! As the sun rises over trees centenarians, an explosion of life and color will burst before our eyes as hundreds of parrots and dozens of macaws eat clay to get their correct pH balance leveled out.

In groups of two and three, Greedy Red Macaws and Scarlet Macaws come flapping their wings, landing in the main part of the trees. The macaws will eventually decide to come down and put on a colorful and noisy display on the bare shores, getting all the clay. They can from the hard surface. While they delight in the sodium sediment, we have the unique opportunity to enjoy a healthy and extraordinary breakfast while watching the show (so yes, sit back and relax). After this activity, we will take our return to our lodge (TAMBOPATA LODGE INN) and then we will arrive at the (RESEARCH CENTER,) one of the best in the world to learn about the flora and fauna. Monkeys, wild pigs, tapirs, giant trees, medicinal trees after this activity, we will return to our camp located on the border of the Tambopata National Reserve of the Bahuaja Sonene National Park; After dinner we will take a walk to see different species that come out at night to look for their food, then we will return to our Lodge to rest.

Today after breakfast we will pack our things to take our return boat approximately 2 hours down the Tambopata river where our private mobility awaits us for the transfer to the city of Puerto Maldonado then we will go to our office where we will leave the luggage that is not necessary for the trip from there, we will go to port (Capitanía), where we will board an outboard boat from there we will begin our trip through the Alto Madre 50 minutes. Then we will do our activities with our guide, Canopy walk Way and Zipline, after these we will enter Lake Sandoval located within the Tambopata National Reserve, to get to Lake Sandoval we will have to walk 3 km (muddy in the wet season) in one hour approximately and we will arrive at a small port, where we will take a rowing canoe, and after half an hour of rowing we will arrive at the port of Sandoval lake resort Lodge, when we arrive at the lodge we will have a warm welcome with a tasty typical juice, and after a brief explanation above the lodge you will stay in a comfortable room. After a break, equipped with a flashlight or headlamp, we will take a night walk in the forest to look for the night monkey (Musmuqui), frogs, snakes and insects that are active at night. Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.

We will pick you up after breakfast, We will have adventure experiences.

We will go to the Monkey Island and you will be able appreciate a great diversity of flora and fauna as well as monkeys, we will put on a show of swinging through the treetops charging down the trunks of the large trees that form their home in order to accept food from your hand. Afterwards, enjoy the great Canopy and zipline activity in the Peruvian jungle, head back to our boat and head to our Lodge in Puerto Maldonado

Wasai Lodge.

Enjoy your remaining time in Puerto Maldonado and in the afternoon you will be dropped off at the airport.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 7:30 am with our private van and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Our first stop is the Manos de la Comunidad, which has a variety of Camelids indigenous to Peru like the llama, alpaca, guanacos and the Vicuna. The Vicuna produces very fine wool and can only be shorn every three years. We visit this farm to pet, feed and take pictures with these animals. Also, in the center are local women dressed in local garments, weaving items using the wool from these animals. As you exit, you will encounter a museum and souvenir shop. The workers are always around to answer any questions, but you never feel pressurized to buy anything.

Then, we stop at the Mirador of Taray to enjoy a beautiful overhead view of the Urubamba valley, which accents the surrounding mountains. Next, we head to the Pisac archaeological site, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs lining the mountain side. We learn more about the value of this site in terms of Agriculture. Explore the many inca farming terraces, food storage warehouses at the top of the hill and the water channels for irrigation purposes.

Then, we start driving towards Urubamba for lunch, passing small farming towns like Coya and Calca before stopping at the foot of Urubamba for a delectable buffet lunch. The restaurant has an impressive spread of different foods and is vegan and vegetarian friendly. There is a variety of fresh vegetables, salads, protein dishes, desserts and tea and coffee. (Lunch is not included)

After lunch, we continue towards the colonial town of Maras, to reach the Pre-Inca salt mines. Enjoy this historical site, that has been mined pre-Inca and continues to be the bread and butter for this small community. The salt stream above feeds the thousands of salt pans, once the water has evaporated the salt is collected and sold. The salt mines are one of the few left in the world that produce a natural pink salt and have not adopted any modern techniques for mass salt mining. The locals have full mining rights and all the salt sold on site belongs to the locals. It still supplies Peru with over 90% of its salt. A great place to grab another souvenir.

Next, we visit Moray, which was an experimental farming site built in the form of an amphitheater, which each level naturally with a different temperature to grow different types of crops. These levels of terraces were carved before the Incas took control of the Sacred Valley and then used by the Incas to research optimal growing conditions for their crops. The Incas brought in different soil samples from other regions, to optimize their research. The locals were still using it for growing their crops, until the 1970s when it was preserved and protected for tourism.

Then, we drive to Ollantaytambo to explore this quaint Inca village and the amazing Inca Ruins on the hilltop above. These ruins are where the Incas fought their last battle with the Spanish conquerors, before they had to retreat and flee into the dense jungle. Most of the structures were unfortunately incomplete. There is a section with a number of boulders that were carved, but didn’t make it to their destination. Another possibility, is that the battle was so intense, it caused a lot of damage to this massive Inca site.

Finally, at around 5:30pm we head to our hotel to spend the night and prepare for the early historical, once in a lifetime hike we are about to embark on.

Hotel in Ollantaytambo: Tunupa Lodge or similar

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am to take you to the Ollantaytambo train station, which is very close, to take the 6:10 am Expedition Train. We take the train to KM 104, the starting point of the Inca Trail. After crossing the Urubamba River on a picturesque foot bridge, you need to show your passport at the checkpoint. There we visit the first Inca site nearby. At this point, we begin our 3-hour trek to Wiñay Wayna archaeological site (2,650/8,747ft) also known as Forever Young in Quechua. The first hour and a half is a gentle hike upward. Along the way, we stop at several outlooks where you have an expansive view of the Urubamba River and pass through several microclimates, including a cloud forest. We are then challenged by a slightly steeper uphill trek and rewarded at the end with a beautiful waterfall to enjoy.

Upon reaching Wiñay Wayna, we will rest, eat your gourmet box lunch and enjoy the dazzling views of this amazing site. Here at Wiñay Wayna we finally intersect with the Classic Inca Trail. These amazing Inca ruins have a fascinating history and some parts are still hidden by the dense jungle. Be sure to ask your guide to share about its history.

After having our well-deserved rest, just one last one hour trek before reaching the Sun Gate (2,730m/9,00ft). We know we are close to the Sun Gate when we experience our last challenge with a final set of steep stairs carved directly into the bedrock by the Inca Trail. Upon passing through the Sun Gate and taking a turn, we get the first glimpse of the mysterious Machu Picchu Citadel. It is just an hour hike down the flat rock stairs to Machu Picchu. Be sure to have your camera ready to take all of the incredible views of Machu Picchu Citadel along the way.

Once you reach Machu Picchu, you will have time to take more photos from the viewing platforms above the site (Guard House), where you can take the famous postcard pictures of Machu Picchu. You will arrive in the afternoon, as the archeological area starts to empty of tourists, which gives you the opportunity to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light with fewer people in your shots. Take your time to take in this magical experience before you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to check into your hotel. Your will have a delicious dinner, then have time to walk around this picturesque little town, visit the hot springs or just go to your hotel to rest after such an exciting day.

  • Meals: Box Lunch & Dinner
  • 3* Accommodation: Ferre Hotel
  • Difficulty: Moderate

After an early breakfast at your hotel, we are ready to get an early bus at 5:30am up to Machu Picchu just in time to witness the sunrise. It is a truly mystical site out of history and not something you’ll want to miss! After enjoying the sunrise your guide will provide a guided tour of Machu Picchu, which takes around two hours. You will see many of the most important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel during your tour.

After the tour, those people that have booked in advance for the extra hike up Huayna Picchu will have time to hike it on their own. When they have had their fill of the incredible views of Machu Picchu, a bus back down to Aguas Calientes will be waiting. Upon arriving at Aguas Calientes lunch is waiting with numerous restaurants to choose from (lunch not included). Depending on your train departure time, there may be some time for shopping, or sightseeing.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private van. You can expect to arrive at your hotel about 7:00pm.

  • 3* Accommodations: Maytaq Wasin or Waman Hotels
  • Meals: breakfast


  • On the 2-day Inca Trail, we will be doing the circuit #3 and there is no way to do another circuit unless you buy an additional entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $57 USD.
  • Early trains can be organized on request and it has to be done at booking.
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike depends on availability and let us know about it at booking time.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4 am to begin our incredible Rainbow Mountain Trek! We set out on our 3-hour scenic drive through the South Valley, where you have views of farming Inca terraces, valleys, and rocky mountains.

Once you reach the beginning of the trail, you will have a hot breakfast before beginning our hike alongside a stream. You will see herds of alpacas and llamas all around you and have views of Ausangate Mountain as we hike through different villages and interact with the indigenous people who still live traditionally.

We reach our destination – the Rainbow Mountains (5,020m /16,466ft) after a 1.5-hour hike, where you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures and savor the environment as we spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.

At this point, we hike for another hour back down the way we came. While you have been hiking, your chef has been preparing your hearty and delicious lunch. Our meal and private van will be waiting for us when we return.

We will begin our scenic 3-hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving around 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, depending on how fast you hike and how long you wish to stay at the Rainbow Mountain site.

  • Meals: hot breakfast & lunch


What’s included for the Best Customized Amazon Trip & Tour to Machu Picchu?

  • Naturist, conservationist and bilingual guide for the trip to the jungle
  • Meals (we accommodate a majority of special dietary needs) 3 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 breakfasts
  • Transportation pick up and return to the airport or land terminal
  • 2 nights at Sandoval lake reserve
  • 1 night in Tambopata .
  • 1 night in Puerto Maldonado
  • First aid kit for trips to the jungle
  • Rubber boots in case of rain in the jungle
  • Entrance to the Sandoval Lake Reserve
  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Day trek to Rainbow Mountain and The Red Valley
  • Entrances to the Inca cities and archeological sites
  • Professional guide for nine days
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Three nights hotel accommodation with private room, bathroom and breakfast included
  • Three nights accommodation in an eco-jungle lodge
  • 1 night in hotel  in Puerto Maldonado
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu -Aguas Calientes
  • Personal assistance

Does not include in the Tambopata Macaw Clay Lick and Sandoval lake Tour:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)

What do you need to bring for the Tambopata Macaw Clay Lick and Sandoval lake Tour?

  • Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended minimum!)
  • Original passport,
  • Small backpack,
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirts
  • Long cotton pants,
  • Long cotton socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes,
  • Sandals or light shoes,
  • Rain gear (eg rain poncho)
  • Swimwear;
  • Binoculars (Can be  rented from Orange Nation)
  • Camera and charger and extra batteries (Some days will be long without access to electricity or charging ports)
  • Plastic bags used for clothing and a camera,
  • The hat as protection against the sun or rain,
  • Small towel,
  • Toilet paper,
  • Sunscreen,
  • Sunglasses,
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • 1 Bottle of water (1 liter minimum),
  • Pocket money (Soles) to buy drinks, snacks and for tips.

*** we recommend wearing clothes that are light-colored, breathable and loose-fitting.  

Why travel with Orange Nation Peru?

We have become the leaders in small group adventure travel over the past three decades by consistently listening to our travelers and delivering what they desire: adaptable itineraries, the freedom to explore, smaller group sizes, safety and peace of mind, and knowledgeable local guides who provide unique insights into the destination that would be missed through any other means of travel.

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EXPERT GUIDES : Our expedition staff are experienced, enthusiastic and among the best in the industry - they are our secret to success

SMALL GROUPS: Travelling with us will always feel like going with friends and not with a group of strangers in an organized tour.

OUR EXPERIENCE: With fifteen years’ experience and over 25 Packages to Machu Picchu alone, our team knows how to deliver a successful expedition.

ENVIRONMENTAL: ENVIRONMENTAL: Education and conservation are our passion. We aim to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of all wilderness areas.

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Jun. 2023

Joaquín excellent 👍 Very Caballero helped me with my 🎒 offered me oxygen does very well His work ⁇ in singing to Subme to the 🐎 And what a beautiful mountain it cost me to Climb but with the Joaquín's help I did!

Mariana D

A great adventure!

May. 2023

We made 4D / 3N of the Inka Trail. The experience was challenging, but it was worth it. Chef Fortunato's meals and explanations of Jony and David's places were very complete. Tmb the patience to make sure we all get there on time.


Fast and friendly service

Dec. 2022

We did not get to specify the service due to the political situation in the country, however the company quickly and carefully proceeded with the return. Very good service and when the situation calms down we will resume service with them.

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