Day 1 Cuzco - Puerto Maldonado (317 km)
Today we will be picked up in Cuzco and transferred to the bus station in time to take a night bus from Cuzco to the town of Puerto Maldonado on the edge of the Amazon Jungle. (There will be no tour leader on the bus.)
Day 2 Puerto Maldonado
We will be at the bus terminal around 7:00am. After a California-style homemade breakfast at Belinda's home around 9:00am, we will enjoy a short orchid tour in the Phalaenopsis growing facility. Between 12:00pm and 2:00pm, we'll transfer to the boat wharf to begin the 1-hour boat ride to our Eco-Lodge while enjoying the wonders of the rainforest. We will set off down the Madre de Dios River through the heart of the jungle. Then we will have luncn, settle into your private bungalow, take a short rest before meeting with our guide followed by an introduction walk around the lodge and its trails. We will have dinner in the rainforest and enjoy a typical meal from this region.
Day 3 Jungle Walk - Taricaya Reserve
After breakfast, we will walk through the jungle, arrive at the first platforms located 15 and 25 meters high in the branches of an old fig tree. Then we will walk into the Taricaya Reserve towards the Canopy Platform, the highest tree platform in the Amazon rainforest, 45 meters high and connected by a 90-meter long suspension bridge. Catch a glimpse of flying Macaws, parrots Toucans or the infamous Harpy eagle. Later we will reach the animal rescue center where you will see jaguar, Puma, toucans, macaws, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, jaguarondi, bush dog, tapirs and more. We will also stop at the butterfly house. After lunch, we will walk to the Agroforestry Farm and visit the reforestation projects of mahogany, cedar, cocoa, coffee and tropical flowers. We will also visit the Taricaya turtle project and its artificial beaches. Return to the lodge in your own inflatable boat as the sun sets. We will have a caiman search along the river's edge in a motorboat under moonlight.
Day 4 Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco (317 km)
We will have breakfast at our lodge before 8:00am departure and a scenic return boat trip on the Madre de Dios River to Puerto Maldonado around 9:30am. Around 11:00am, we will depart for Snake House and take a self-guided tour to visit reptiles. Next we will visit the Puerto Maldonado city centre on own with a provided map and recommendations for lunch (not included). At 3:00pm, we will visit Pool House where we can swim and snack (not included). At 6:00pm we will return to the bus terminal for overnight bus to Cuzco.
Day 5 Cuzco
Upon arrival to Cuzco in the early morning, our trip will come to an end. Please make your own way to the accommodation of your choice.