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brief itinerary Peru Brazil peru Lima Andes to Amazon Embark on one of South America's great adventures as you hike, bike and raft from the high Andes down into the Amazon jungle. Walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, bike to the edge of the Andes and experience sunrise over the Amazon basin. Ride downhill all the way from the high Andes to the Amazon jungle through shifting ecosystems and cultures. Explore the remote rainforest lowlands of the Manu Reserve. How active? There is plenty of variety during this holiday, from hiking and mountain biking to white water rafting. There is some high altitude walking and steep steps, but overall the pace is relaxed and the trip is fully portaged. In total you walk around 28 miles over the four days at altitudes of up to 4,200m, with time for rest and acclimatisation. Mountain biking is mostly flat or downhill, and for any uphill sections you can ride or take the support vehicle. Road surfaces can be rough. You do not need to be a bike or rafting expert, but the trip is challenging and we advise a healthy sense of adventure. Pura Aventura Holiday Location A unique adventure taking you from the Inca highlands of Machu Picchu to the Amazon Lowlands of Manu. Walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu over four days, avoiding the crowds. Bike and raft down from the high Andes to the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Day 1 Morning flight from Lima to Cusco. Acclimatise with a guided walk. Day 2 Explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley in depth today. Day 3 Start walking the Inca Trail. Day 4 Walk at a relaxed pace. Day 5 A hard day's walking to the highest point on the trail. Day 6 The final day of the trail to Machu Picchu, arriving in the late afternoon. Day 7 Morning guided tour of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco. Day 8 Day to relax in Cusco. Day 9 Drive into the Andes to ride bikes. Day 10 Wake for sunrise over the Amazon basin. Ride downhill into the cloudforest. Day 11 Early walk to view birdlife. Raft down a river and travel to an Amazon lodge. Day 12 Long travel day by river into the pristine Manu area. Day 13 Explore the rainforest on foot with an expert guide to see a parrot clay-lick. Day 14 Fly back to Cusco where you relax and celebrate. Day 15 Full day to explore and relax in colonial Cusco. Day 16 Morning flight to Lima and on home. How comfortable? In Cusco you stay in a colonial style, first-class hotel near the main square. The Inca Trail is fully portaged and serviced, and by taking a little more time over the walk, we avoid the busy campsites. Porters prepare all of your meals and set up camp for you, and we provide dining and toilet tents to make the experience as civilised as possible. The cloudforest and rainforest lodges we use are very remote and are therefore comfortable rather than luxurious. They are ideally located for wildlife watching, and indeed some are research centres. Groups are of 10 people maximum, plus your guide. Sounds perfect? For details of what's included and more information see the detailed itinerary on our website or call us for a copy. For dates and prices see the enclosed sheet. To check availability please call us on 0845 22 55 058 or email info@pura-aventura.com. Not quite right? Still in Peru, look at our Peru Uncovered (p30) or Essential Peru (p32) holidays for relaxed walking and cultural exploration of the country. Alternatively, in Chile to the south, our Patagonia's Pirenwinkul holiday (p6) is a relatively luxurious adventure through beautiful southern Chile. WhY Pura ? This holiday is exclusive to us. Our Inca Trail hike is a day longer than others and so the conditions are quieter and the walking unhurried. The ride into the Amazon through distinct climatic zones is a unique way of seeing less visited parts of Peru. All lodges adhere to environmental and sustainability codes. We support Dental Project Peru. Call 0845 22 55 058 to discuss our Andes to Amazon holiday 35