This 8-day trek across Peru will take you from the snow-capped mountains at Ausangate to the thick jungles of the Amazon River Basin. With your expert bilingual guide and trekking team, hike, canoe, swim and explore outstanding and diverse landscapes. Encounter wildlife including Andean condors, llamas and alpacas, Caiman alligators, monkeys, macaws, and more.
This 8-day trek across Peru will take you from the snow-capped mountains at Ausangate to the thick jungles of the Amazon River Basin. With your expert bilingual guide and trekking team, travel across outstanding and diverse landscapes, where you’ll encounter wildlife from Andean condors and alpacas, to caiman alligators and howler monkeys, and much more.
In the mountains, hike along high-altitude passes passes, fish for trout in Lake Pucacocha, sink into steaming hot springs, and set up camp each night in pristine wilderness. As you descend into the Amazon, swim in bubbling streams, boat along the Madre Dios River in search of alligators, canoe to Monkey Island, and sleep each night in a jungle lodge.
Fall in love with the outstanding landscapes and immense biodiversity Peru has to offer on this spectacular 8-day trek across Peru.
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Start location: Cusco, Peru
End location: Lima, Peru
Availability: All year round
Difficulty Level: High. High-altitude trekking.
Day 1: Travel from Cusco and Begin your Trek across Peru
Your trek across Peru will begin in Cusco. In the pre-dawn, you’ll travel by bus toward the village of Tinqui Ocongate where you’ll stop for breakfast before continuing onward to the trailhead at Quinsapucyu. You’ll ready your equipment here and begin your first day of trekking. You’ll enjoy spectacular views today — including the snow-capped Ausangate Mountain — and hike until you reach camp at Upis Huarmisaya. Enjoy dinner at camp before settling into your tent for the night.
Day 2: Cross the High-Mountain Arapa Pass
Today, you’ll make your ascent over Arapa Pass (16,266 feet/4958 meters asl). In the high mountains, you’ll experience unbeatable views of glacier peaks and hike along high-mountain streams and glacial lakes. You’re likely to have company along the trail as herds of llama and alpaca graze in the altiplanes.
In the afternoon, you’ll reach your campsite along the banks Lake Pucacocha. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to fish for trout (introduced to the lake by Canadians in the 19th century) and enjoy a fresh fish dinner.
Day 3: Reach 17,388 Feet at Palomani Pass
After breakfast, you’ll hike to see several turquoise lagoons before making your ascent to Palomani Pass. At an astounding 17,388 feet (5300 meters), Palomani Pass towers above the surrounding peaks. You’ll feel like you’re in heaven as you look across the truly breathtaking landscape spread out below you. Here, even iconic Andean condors fly beneath you. From Palomani Pass, you’ll descend toward your camp at Campa.
Day 4: Descend to a Small Mountain Village
Today, you’ll have time to relax and enjoy alpacas and llamas near camp before you set out for the 3-hour ascent of the last pass of your journey (16,076 feet/ 4900 meters asl). Here, you’ll observe more glacier peaks and lakes, and follow the pass between 2 snowy ranges before descending.
After lunch, you’ll leave descend from the high mountains to the small village of Pachanta, where farmers and herders speak Spanish and native Quechua. Here, you’ll camp near stunning lakes and a naturally-occurring hot spring. After 4 days in the high mountains, you’ll have the opportunity to rest your muscles and rejuvenate in the steaming, mineral-rich thermal springs.
Day 5: Say Goodbye to your Trek Team and Travel to the Amazon
Today, you’ll say goodbye to your hiking team, then set out by bus for the city of Puerto Maldonado. Watch out the window as llamas grazing in the meadows give way to the thick vegetation of the Amazon.
On the drive, you’ll make several stops for lunch, photo opportunities, and to swim in refreshing streams nearby. You’ll arrive at the Tarantula Lodge in Puerto Maldonado in time for a late dinner.
Day 6: Explore Monkey Island and Observe for Caiman Alligators
Today, you’ll wake up in the pre-dawn for breakfast and a boat ride deeper into the Amazon. You’ll settle in to your reed-wood bungalos, then set out for a morning hike in the outstanding rainforest.
After lunch at the lodge, you’ll travel by motor boat 30 minutes to Monkey Island, where you’ll have the opportunity to observe several monkey species and hundreds of monkeys that live and thrive on the island. As sunset nears, you’ll travel back to the lodge. Upon arrival, you’ll search for Caiman alligators on the river. As the sun sets and the night gets dark, you’ll see the haunting “eye-shine” of Caimans on the hunt.
Day 7: Sandoval Lake National Reserve
Today, you’ll wake up to the sound of birdsong and enjoy breakfast at the lodge. Later, you’ll hike in Tambopata National Reserve and canoe on stunning oxbow lake. You’ll see monkeys, otters, wild geese, and other species as you paddle on the water.
In the evening, back at the lodge, you’ll take a short night-hike to experience the jungle come alive after sunset.
Day 8: Experience a Parrot Clay-Lick at Dawn
Today, you’ll wake up early to enjoy an outstanding natural phenomenon — a parrot clay-lick at day break. Travel along the river in motor boat to encounter hundreds of parrots and macaws ingesting clay along the banks of the river and waking up the forest with their noisy morning routine.
After observing this stunning natural event, you’ll return to the lodge for breakfast and pack up to return to Puerto Maldonado. Your trek across Peru has come to an end. From there, you can connect with your onward travel.
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