I will be in Peru in October / early November.
There are two of us. We want to do the following and dont know what is the best way to go about it!
We will be in Cuzco and want to;
Catch the train to Macchu Piccu - easy, day trip. Unfortunately dont have time for a 4 day hike
Also want to see Lake Titicaca
Also want to see the Amazon, but again, not for days on end - maybe an eco tour of the Jungle with a day on the river?
Also need to get to Rio de Janiro!
So what is the best way to plan this?
We are happy to go into Bolivia for the Amazon and or Lake Titicaca bit or fly up to Iquitos - whatever it takes.
Should we leave from Puno to get to Rio etc etc?? So many options.
Actually, the best place to experience the Amazone area from Cuzco, would be the Manu national park. you can get a flight to Puerto Maldonado from Cuzco. The park is very diverse in wildlife, mainly because of the differences in elevation as well.
So no need to travel up north or into Bolivia, unless flights from La Paz to Rio are much cheaper than flying out of Lima. If so, visit Rurrenabaque and you can visit both the Amazone area (well, technically it is jungle but not really the Amazone) and the swampy areas which resemble the Pantanal, seeing capibaras and anacondas and stuff
I didn´t do a jungle tour in either Bolivia or Peru, mostly because I volunteered in the jungle in Bolivia for nearly 5 weeks so thought that was enough! I did go to the Pantanal in Brazil though, and from talking to other travellers, I saw a lot more wildlife there than they did on jungle tours...so maybe if it´s wildlife you´re after you could consider the pantanal instead?
Manu is very expensive also. Have heard good reports on the tours in Rurrenbaque, supposed to be lots of fun!