Suggested length of stay: 8 days
This circuit combines the archaeological and cultural legacy of Cuzco with Peru's greatest natural treasure: the Manu National Park. .
Due to the high altitude, visitors are advised to take the one-hour flight to and rest upon arrival. Cuzco is a unique of blend native and Colonial architecture, where visitors will fínd colonial constructions built on top of Inca foundations . The surrounding region also features many attractions: The town and church of Andahuaylillas. the Ollantaytambo fortress and the town of Pisac are just a few found in Cuzco, which are crowned by a visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
From Cuzco, the road heads down to the Manu National Park, a journey that can take from 9-12 hours to the villages of Atalaya and Shintuya, where one continues by boat for another 5-6 hours. There are also 30-minute flights from Cuzco to Boca Manu, where the boat ride takes 4-6 hours. The Manu teems with record numbers of species of plants, birds. insects. butterflies, mammals and reptiles and is doted with an extraordinary diversity of eco-systems. The area is best visited from May to August. Visitors should bring insect repellent and sunblock.