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Journey to Peru with Amazon

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  • Private Journey
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 2 Capacity
  • 10 Days
  • Year-round, available upon request
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  • $4,395
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Summary : Peru is a country of astounding contrasts and treasures. Home to ancient cultures established in three main areas: its desert coast, the high Andes Mountain range, and the Amazon rainforest, Peru offers an incredibly rich combination of cultural heritage, history, stunning nature, geography and scenery, living cultures, spirituality, traditions, and beliefs. This private, semi-escorted tour with flexible departure dates and superior accommodations includes the 'must-see' locations of the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Amazon.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Arrival in Lima, Peru

Upon arrival in Lima you will be met by a representative and transferred to your selected hotel.

Casa Andina Premium - Miraflores
Belmond Miraflores Park

Day 2
Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

Today your representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you back to the airport for your flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be driven to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas,” a succession of picturesque Andean towns, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites. Here you'll find world famous white corn cultivated for export. The mild climate, varied and dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, lush green hills, and spectacular flora and fauna make the Valley a prime adventure destination in South America. At a lower elevation than Cusco, the Valley is a warmer and less physically taxing environment for visiting the many attractions of the region, including Machu Picchu.

On your way to the Sacred Valley you'll visit Sacsayhuaman which is the largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Built by the Incas, it served an important military function and was the site of a major battle with the Spanish in 1536. The complex was constructed out of massive stones, some weighing as much as 300 tons, cut to fit together without the use of mortar.

For an immersion into the heart of the Andean culture you will visit the charming Amaru community and its wonderful and amazing people. Straight from the hands of local craftspeople, you will learn about textiles and the weaving process. The vivid colors of the Amaru villagers’ clothing are derived from natural dyes made from plants and other organic elements with which they decorate wool. Today you'll learn about “cochineal” red, the secret properties of some medicinal plants in the area, and the community's activities.

Enjoy lunch in the community then visit the nearby town of Pisac and its market, originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products. Pisac has evolved into one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some empanadas baked in traditional clay ovens. Try your bargaining skills here but keep in mind handmade artwork is worth it!

End the day at your selected hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Sol y Luna

Day 3
Sacred Valley

This morning, visit the circular terraces of Moray, an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas, who studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different crop varieties. Later, the hardier varieties of seeds were distributed throughout the Inca Empire. On the other side of the Urubamba Valley you’ll see the dramatic snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba cordilleras (mountain ranges). Depart this interesting archaeological site for the town of Maras, which grew in importance in the 17th century because of the exploitation and commercialization of the salineras, or saltpans.

Cross the extensive Maras Pampas where people farm the land and rear cattle and sheep. The Urubamba mountain range and its snow-capped peaks provide a spectacular backdrop for your visit which you may choose to do by van or via a gentle hike. In the town of Maras you will learn about the facades of the ancient houses, made from finely worked stone, indicative of the economic heights achieved by the town’s population at that time.

Enjoy a picnic lunch and participate in a very special ceremony of sound and traditional offerings to Mother Earth. This ceremony evokes the spirit of healing and uses many sacred medicines such as Palo Santo, Tayta Sayri, Mama Coca, Agua Florida, condor feathers, Grandfather Puma, essences and incenses. Also used in the ceremony are pre-hispanic instruments that have no musical register written. Their purpose is to heal with joy, love, color, and life. You must come with an open heart to feel how the power of sound becomes a collective prayer that creates healing frequencies. One of the main purposes of sharing this ceremony is to reevaluate and radiate the culture of the area's original people. It can be recognized as an amazing cross-cultural experience.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Sol y Luna

Day 4
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

In the morning visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes you feel as if you have stepped back into the 15th century. Admire the magnificence of this important Inca site and stroll through the quaint streets of the present town.

Then proceed to Ollantaytambo station to board The 360° train to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a unique train ride towards the marvelous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Get the most outstanding views of the Urubamba River, which cuts its way through green fields beneath the high peaks of the Andean glaciers. Enjoy a box lunch en route.

Upon arrival you will take a bus up the hillside to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas”. Machu Picchu, which can loosely be interpreted from Quechua as “Old Mountain,” is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the new seven wonders of the world. You will spend the rest of the afternoon visiting this sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners.

Later, return to your hotel by bus and enjoy dinner in the evening. Your guide departs this afternoon, leaving you with instructions for the following day.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Day 5
Machu Picchu / Cusco

This morning you will have a second opportunity to visit Machu Picchu on your own and climb the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. From there you can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu and the surrounding valleys and mountains.

In the afternoon proceed to the station to take The 360° train back to Ollantaytambo station. Upon arrival, you'll receive assistance and a transfer to Cusco for accommodation at your selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
(Lunch is included on this day if choosing the Deluxe option.)

El Mercado
Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Day 6
Cusco

This morning your guide will take you to visit Cusco’s main attractions. Start with a visit to Santo Domingo Monastery and the legendary Korikancha (Temple of Gold), the most important Inca temple devoted to worshiping the Sun, whose walls were once plated with sheets of gold. Continue with a visit to the cathedral, an amazing example of Colonial architecture with an interior that features fine paintings from the Cusco School. Then make your way to the San Blas quarter and enjoy a walk through this quaint district to enjoy one of the finest views of the city. This quarter is home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned craftsmen in Cusco, including Mendivil, Merida, Rojas, and Palomino.

Spend the rest of the day at your leisure: further explore Cusco on your own, go shopping or just relax in your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

El Mercado
Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Day 7
Cusco / Puerto Maldonado / Amazon

Today your representative will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport and driven ten minutes to Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in the gardens you will be asked to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days and leave the rest in a safe deposit box. This helps keep the boats and cargo light.

Skirting Puerto Maldonado, you will then drive to the Tambopata River port from where you will take a 45-minute boat ride to a lodge. A box lunch is provided en route. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

In the afternoon, a 20-minute walk from the lodge will lead you to a 98-foot scaffolding tower where a banistered staircase provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop the tower, enjoy spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest and the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Look for toucans, parrots and macaws flying against the horizon or flocks of varied species landing in the treetop canopy next to you.

After dinner, a daily presentation on the Infierno community ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Posada Amazonas

Day 8
Amazon

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge and then depart on a 30-minute boat ride followed by a 45-minute hike to Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin, and horned screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine in the morning.

After lunch, take an ethnobotanical tour. A 20-minute boat ride downriver leads you to an educational trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. The trail explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.

Enjoy dinner and then take a night walk. You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Posada Amazonas

Day 9
Amazon / Parrot Clay Lick

In the morning visit the parrot clay lick. It is only a 20-minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a viewpoint located about 65-feet away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as the mealy and yellow-headed Amazon, blue-headed parrot and dusky-headed parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.

You will then embark on a 2-hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba tree. During the hike you will focus on the natural history of the rainforest and its principal taxonomic groups.

Return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, a 30-minute boat ride downriver will take you to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose.

Enjoy dinner at the lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Posada Amazonas

Day 10
Amazon / Puerto Maldonado / Lima

After breakfast, retrace your journey via river and road back to Puerto Maldonado and the airport. Upon arrival you will be met by your representative and given assistance for your departure flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Notes

These trips fill quickly, as hotel space and permits for entry to Machu Picchu are limited. Program availability is contingent upon securing permits, and all attempts will be made to secure the hotels listed in the itinerary. If the original hotels are not available or are overbooked, the next best available option will be reserved. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Hotel Options
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Superior:
Guests stay at Casa Andina Premium - Miraflores on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel on Day 4, at El Mercado by Mountain Lodges of Perú on Days 5-6, at Posada Amazonas on Day 7, and at the Tambopata Research Center on Days 8-12.
Deluxe:
Guests stay at Belmond Miraflores Park on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge on Day 4, at Belmond Hotel Monasterio on Days 5-6, at Posada Amazonas on Day 7, and at the Tambopata Research Center on Days 8-12.

Included:
Hotel accommodations with private bath in selected hotel category, including breakfast; transfers with local representatives; private services with local English-speaking guides; Amazon transfers and excursions on a shared basis (for lodge guests only); entrance fees to all visited attractions in the itinerary including Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain on day 5; return train tickets to Machu Picchu aboard The 360° train; all meals as stated in the itinerary. Inclusions subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
International airfare; domestic airfare; visa and/or passport fees; excess baggage charges; additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations; international departure tax; alcoholic beverages; insurance of any kind; laundry; phone calls, radio calls or messages; other items of a personal nature; any meals not indicated in the itinerary; extra expenses due to itinerary changes, force majeure or other circumstances beyond tour operator's control; gratuities. Subject to change without notice.

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