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Presentation & Sign up for Zion/Bryce, Choquequirao Peru, Everest Base Camp

  • Feb 11, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Zion & Bryce - April 12-20, 2014                          6:00 - 6:30, 30 minutes

Choquequirao, Peru - July 26 - Aug7, 2014       6:30 - XXX 

Everest  Base Camp, Nepal - For future exploration: 

Update for Zion & Bryce: Dates: April 12-20, 2014

Six (8 slots max) available. There are 10 confirmed and paid.  We will stay in a hotel, not camp. Accommodation is double occupancy, two queen beds. In Bryce, we will stay in Bryce View Lodge and hike there from April 17-20. In Zion, we will stay in Day Inn Hurricane from 12-17, also paid and confirmed, double occupancy, two queen beds. In this meeting, I will take sign-ups for the next van and will confirm everyone as soon as I get 6 or 8 who will pay deposit on the spot ($500). Trails are tbd after all is reserved. We can even break down the trails into groups of ability level if we have enough hikers to join us. The cost is bet $500-$700 again depending on overall numbers. This covers for van rental, gas and rooms. Meals are excluded. Refunds: Because the total cost is factored depending on your attendance, if you are not able to attend, find someone to replace you. We need volunteers for drivers. Rental companies allow a total of 3 drivers per vehicle and must present driver license info upon vehicle pickup.

If you want to join us, this is the time to sign up. This is all. If you have any questions, please contact me before the meeting.

Peru Program Update:

Choquequirao, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Andes Jungle, Peru: 13D/12N, July 26-Aug 7, 2014

Day 1 – SFO to Cuzco. Self-guided tour, reception, tour orientation. Acclimatize.

Day 2 – B,L,D - Cuzco City Tour – A traditional offering ceremony by an Authentic Andean Master to celebrate the Andean new year for the group to pay homage to our Mother Earth or Pachamama. Plaza de San Francisco, San Lorenzo Neighborhood, Monasterio de Santa Catalina, Yanahuara’s Pointview, Pichu Pichu, Chachani Terraces of Paucarpata, The Mill Sabandia, Tingo and the Mirador de Sachaca.

Day 3 – B,L,D - Cusco - Saywite - Cachora - Capuliyoc - Chiccisqa – Drive to Cachora, the archaelogical site of Saywite.  (9,543 ft). Hike to Capuliyoc (9,561 ft) to view the Apurimac and the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora; duration: 11.80 miles, ~ 6 hrs, Camping at Chiccisqa (6,023 ft).

Day 4 – B,L,D -Chiccisqa - Choquequirao ruins – Hike to Playa Rosalinas and the magnificent Apurimac River (5,084 ft), then a steep climb to Santa Rosa (6,873 ft) to Marampata (9,557 ft), ~ 5 hrs of tough hike and an option to continue up (10,120 ft) Spend the evening in the ruins, watch the sunset and have the chance to spot condors. Duration: 8.69 miles, ~ 7-8 hrs

Day 5 – B,L,D -Choquequirao ruins - Santa Rosa, Explore the ruins and return along the Apurimac canyon, descending to our tropical campsite at Santa Rosa or at Chiccisqa (6,023ft).  Duration: 6,873 ft, ~ 5-6 hrs.

Day 6 – B,L -Santa Rosa - Cachora – Cusco – Descend to the raging river and begin an arduous climb to Capuliyoc (9,561 ft) ~ 4 hours, about two hours into the village of Cachora, refreshingly flat! Back to Cusco (4 hours drive). Arrive in Cusco bet 7- 8pm.

Day 7 – B,D -Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes – Begin the day around 10 am. Depart for the town of Moras to visit the salt mine. This is the largest salt mine in South America. After the tour, visit Ollantaytambo for lunch (on our own at Heart’s Cafe) before proceeding to  catch the train in Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. 

Day 8 – B,L -Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu / Cusco – Arrive early to Machu Picchu and beat the crowd. Visit some important and interesting sites around Machu Picchu and then climb Huayna Picchu and enjoy a box lunch provided. Train back to Cuzco thereafter.

Jungle or Lake Titicaca: Choose one.


Day 9 – B,L,D -Jungle: Cusco / Puerto Maldonado / Posada Amazonas – Flight to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to Tambopata River port (20 kms, 45 min) and enter the Native Community of Infierno taking us to into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve for briefing for important navigation and security tips. Guide ratio is 10:1 and we can be mixed with other group.

Day 10 – B,L,D -Posada Amazonas - Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake – 30 min by boat and 45 min hike. Paddle around the lake in a catamaran, search for the resident family of nine giant river otters and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers.

Ethnobotanical Tour – 20 min boat ride downstream river that leads to a trail designed by locals. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants. Night walk – An option to hike the night when most mammals are active but rarely seen.

Day 11 – B,L,D - Posada Amazonas - Parrot Clay Lick – 20 min walk. Spot parrots, parakeets, mealy, yellow headed amazon, blue headed parrot and dusky parakeet are a few of the wildlife to encounter.

Ceiba Trail Hike - From Posada Amazonas, a two hour hike crowned by the largest ceiba tree. Our journey will take us on the natural history of the rain forest and its principal taxonomic groups.

Farm Visit - A 30 min boat ride to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. We will learn about diverse variety of Amazon crops.

Day 12 – B - Posada Amazonas - Puerto Maldonada - Lima - Transfer boat from Posada Amazonas to Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters to airport. Depending on airline schedules, flights may require dawn departures. Fly to Lima with a stopover in Cuzco.

Depending on flight schedule, a chance to visit the San Francisco Monastery with its eerie catacombs, the Main Square of Lima and various historic centre’s illustrious, colonial buildings lit at night.

Day 13 – B - Departure Day to SFO - Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Day 9 – B,L - Cusco / Puno – Bus ride with stops at church in Andahuaylillas, known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas and Raqchi, the village of Pukara, famous for its pre-Inca culture. Receive a briefing for homestay experience on the islands

Day 10 – B,L,D - Uros and Taquile Islands / Lake Titicaca – Head to port of Puno and take a private boat to the non-touristy side of the island and enjoy interaction with the local families through homestays. Meet and Mingle with the locals also known as “Organic People” and rustic experience excellent home cooked meals and bonfire at night. Learn about the local textile designs and interpretation of the traditional clothing and way of life of the Taquile people. After lunch, explore the remote parts of the island. Prepare for basic conditions. Accommodation: Homestay Taquile Island

Day 11 – B - Lake Titicaca / Puno – Farewell to the families and explore more of the island. If we are lucky and the weather is clear we will even be able to see the snow-capped peak of Bolivia across the waters.  Return to Puno – afternoon on your own.

Day 12 – B - Lima – Flight from Puno thru Juliaca airport and meet the “Jungle” group.

Depending on flight schedule, a chance to visit the San Francisco Monastery with its eerie catacombs, the Main Square of Lima and various historic centre’s illustrious, colonial buildings lit at night.

Day 13 – B – Return to SFO. End.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Zion & Bryce - can you send me an email at [masked] or how can I get the information - I am in San Diego...

    December 20, 2013

    • Del M.

      DONE! :)

      December 23, 2013

  • Mary Margaret H.

    Ray and I are planning on going to Peru with you. Thanks for posting the dates so I can request off!!

    November 15, 2013

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