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Highlights of Peru, Inca Trail and Amazon extension - 14 Days

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  • Price: GBP255.00 /per person

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  • Depart London 29 September 2017

    Day 1- 30 September- Lima

    Arrival, meeting and transfer to your hotel

    Overnight at Lima

    Day 2: 01 October- Lima, Arequipa

    Buffet breakfast.

    Transfer to Lima airport

    Arrival, meeting and transfer to your hotel

    City tour/ Santa Catalina Coventa and Junita Mummy Museum

    You will begin your tour at the city’s Main Square, upon which sit the most representative buildings in Arequipa. First stop will be the Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesús, a Jesuit church with a lovely Baroque façade and chapel. Inside, there are hundreds of works of art from Peru’s Colonial era. From there, you move on the traditional districts of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara. An interesting landmark there is the lookout point with incredible the arches, which are engraved with words from illustrious Arequipeños (citizens of Arequipa), and from where you get a spectacular view of three volcanoes: Mount Misti, Mount Chachani, and Mount Pichu-Pichu, as well as of the city itself. Next on the itinerary is the Santa Catalina convent, a kind of city within a city. It’s a large complex, 20,426 m2, and included cloisters, charming streets, and small plazas that have never changed over its more than 500 year history. During the tour, you will learn something of what life is like for the select group of nuns living there.

    Lastly, you will visit the Andean Sanctuary Museum on the campus of the Santa Maria Catholic University. It displays the mummified remains of Juanita, a.k.a. the Lady of Ampato, who was a teenage Incan girl sacrificed to the Apus. Her body was discovered on Mount Ampato (6288 m) by Johan Reinhard after resting underneath layers of snow for nearly 500 years.

    Overnight at Arequipa

    Day 3:02 October-Arequia

    Buffet breakfast.

    AREQUIPA / COLCA / PUNO

    You will leave early from your hotel to begin the journey through the town of Yura and the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Pampa Cañahuas. You will stop in Patahuasi to take a little break and then continue to the village of Chivay where you can lunch in a typical restaurant or in your hotel. In the afternoon, if your hotel is in the area of Chivay or Coporaque you will go to the Calera to enjoy an invigorating dip in the thermal pools, after this you will return to have dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight at Colca

    Day 4: 03 October- Arequipa, Puno

    Buffet breakfast.

    2D/1N AREQUIPA / COLCA / PUNO

    Leave early towards "Cruz Del Condor", the best location to admire the Colca Canyon and the flight of the majestic condors if the weather allows it. Then continue the trip by visiting the native towns of Maca, Yanque and finally to Chivay. Finally you will go to Puno.

    Overnight at Puno

    Day 5: 04 October-Puno

    Buffet breakfast.

    F/D TaquilE Island + Uros Islands + Lunch (SPEED BOAT)

    The trip begins early as you head out of the city of Puno towards Taquile Island, about 35 kilometers away and 3950 meters above sea level. The culture on the island is old, dating back to Pre-Incan times. The islanders still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world renowned for their lovely outfits and incredible textiles. In fact, UNESCO has declared the textile art of Taquile Island as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Next, while still on the island, you will visit the community of Huayllano, whose members will show you their normal artistic, handicraft, and farming activities. After this time of sharing, you will enjoy a traditional lunch and then sail over to the famous Uros Islands, a set of man-made floating islands in the middle of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. Here, you will meet the islanders, hunters and gatherers and descendants of the first altiplano inhabitants, who still live on totora reed platforms. At the end of the trip you will be taken back to your hotel.

    Overnight at Puno

    Day 6: 05 October-Puno, Cusco

    Buffet breakfast.

    PRIVATE CAR TO CUSCO

    You will be driven by bus to Cusco, so you can enjoy the wonderful scenery on the way. You will visit Andahuaylillas, a town where a precious church from the 17th century boasts an amazing organ decorated with angels and cherubs. Also visit Racchi ruins, known as "The Temple of God Wiracocha". Stop at La Raya, highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno from where we will get excellent photo opportunities. After this you will arrive to Cusco.

    Overnight at Cusco

    Day 7: 06 October-Cusco

    Buffet breakfast.

    INCA TRAIL

    Day 8: 07 October-Cusco

    INCA TRAIL

    Day 9: 08 October- Cusco

    INCA TRAIL

    Day 10: 09 October- Cusco

    INCA TRAIL

    Overnight at Cusco

    Day 11: 10 October-Cusco

    Buffet breakfast.

    Transfer Out to Cusco airport for flight to Puerto Maldonado

    Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters. Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and  drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters.  While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

    Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata River Port. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno.  The port is a communal business.

    Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas. The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.

    Boxed Lunch.

    Orientation. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

    Dinner.

    Caiman searches. We will be out at the river's edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

    Day 12: 11 October: Puerto Maldonado

    Breakfast.

    Sachavacayoc Oxbow Lake: A two hour hike takes you to Sachavacayoc Lake. You will then paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of five giant river otters (seen by about 30% of lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. We hike out at dawn - when otters are active. Don't forget the two hour return hike! For those who do not want to take the long hike Condenado Lake, thirty minutes from the lodge, is an option.

    Farm Visit and Ethnobotanical Garden: Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops - just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose. He has also identified and cultivated many of the medicinal plants used in the region in a little backyard garden.

    Brazil nut trail and camp: A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.

    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.

    Parakeet clay lick: A fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a parakeet clay lick.  From a blind you will see parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.

    Mammal clay lick: Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.

    Canopy tower: A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve.  From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.

    Tambopata National Reserve Lecture. Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

    Day 13: 12 October -Puerto Maldonado

    Breakfast.

    Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port.

    Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters.

    Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters - Airport. We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

    Boat Transportation. All boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes with 55 hp outboard motors. Daily arrivals and departures from every port are scheduled to meet every airline´s arrival and departure with a maximum two hour wait.

    Day 14: 13 October-  DEPART Lima, Puerto Maldonado

    Transfer to airport for your flight to Lima and connect with international flight

    What’s included

    All services, lodging,(in good three star or equivalent) food, and beverages mentioned in the trip description, plus taxes, tourist tickets, and entrance fees. All excursions come with a guide in English language. Prices include entrance fees and tourist ticket costs to determined historical, natural, or religious landmarks that are managed by the local authorities in many cases.

    The price of the above tour is £[masked] and does not include flights, please see above for required flights. As this trip includes the Inca Trail and permits are limited, early booking is essential. We cannot guarantee spaces for the Inca trail for last minute bookings . ***Please do not book you flights until we have at least 5 people paid deposits*** (single supplement £350.00)  All trips are ATOL or TTA protected, so you total financial peace of mind.  Would recommend all deposits are paid by 01 January to secure a place as this trip will be very popular.A non refundable deposit of £260.00 via paypal or £250.00 with bank transfer will secure you a place. Travel Insurance is not included and is mandatory. Please ensure you have 6 months validity on your passport and at least 2 blank pages . 

     By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies:

    http://www.meetup.com/solo-travellers/pages/Cancellation_Policy/



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  • Vinette T.

    I'm very interested, but would more information on the price difference for Macchu Picchu by train as for medical reasons I can't climb. I'd also be interested in any advice you can give for flights including transfers and estimated timings so I can secure appropriate flights. Thanks

    November 27

    • Nena

      Hi Vinette, This trip has changed and there is no longer the train option. It would be the Inca Trail by Trek only. We will however run a less active trip to Peru and will keep you posted. thanks Nena

      November 27

    • Vinette T.

      That's a shame, I can't climb at altitude but otherwise not in bad shape and would have loved to have come on this trip

      November 27

  • Rekha

    This is just a thought as I see at least two people interested but prefer the train trip which I do as well but there is no train trip. However as there are three of us we could hire a car and go by car if the train option is not there. Nena is this possible and Vinette and John would you be interested if this option was possible.

    November 27

    • Rekha

      Sorry I meant Johnny.

      November 27

    • Vinette T.

      I'd be very interested

      November 27

  • Johnny

    Very interested - but need to be surer it's a guaranteed departure before committing, also I'd quite like to know the hotels being used - and if there's any cost variation for doing Macchu Picchu by train as I don't want to hike for three days.

    November 12

    • Rekha

      Oh good soon we will have 5 people.

      November 12

    • Nena

      Hi Johnny, sending you a message direct re your questions as don't want to overload the comments area. thanks Nena

      November 14

  • Alison

    I'm still interested but for personal reasons can't commit until January.

    November 10

    • Nena

      no problem

      November 10

  • Rekha

    I am definitely interested.

    November 10

  • MYLINH

    Hi - I am definitely interested and keen to book direct flights asap in JAN 2017.

    November 10

    • Nena

      thanks for getting the bookings going. Peru is amazing! I was there earlier this year.

      November 10

  • Rekha

    I am confused. Is this for 2016 or 2017. It is a bit late for Sep 2016 but if it is 2017 I am definitely interested. Would like to book in Jan/Feb.

    September 27

    • Andrew

      I am just printing this one to maybe do too :0) Lets hope its as good as Vietnam :0))

      November 1

    • Rekha

      I am told its in 2017 and am definitely planning on it. Hi Andrew. Yes Vietnam was good. So was Cambodia.

      November 1

  • Alison

    Nena, I'd love to go on this trip but I don't have enough leave left. Will you be running it again next year?

    June 10

    • Nena

      That's a shame, but yes it will be running again next year :)

      June 10

    • Bridie

      Nena, can't do this year. Pleased to see it will be up next year😀

      1 · September 27

  • Rekha

    I am interested too and also 3 others as dates clash. Think I will go for this.

    September 10

  • Gabriella P.

    Hi Nena,

    This trip sounds great, but can you just clarify please - does it include a visit to Macchu Picchu ? I presume the group get there at the end of the Inca Trail, but it doesn't specify. Is there an overnight stay in MP ? It doesn't look like it. Can you give us more info about that particular section please ? Thanks !

    Kind regards,
    Gabriella

    1 · March 25

    • Zofia

      I really would love to go on this trip but hence no one paid a deposit I don't know what to do...I would not like to loose my deposit which is non-refundable if there are not enough people?

      June 11

    • Nena

      Hi Zofia, I will add you to the RSVP list, so that others can start to book too. Deposits are fully refundable if the trip is cancelled due to lack of numbers. thanks Nena

      June 12

  • Jenny

    Hi Nena,
    I'm the same as Julie, waiting until there is more people booked on. Jen

    1 · May 15

  • Julie

    Hi Nena
    I'm interested but I'll wait till we get more travellers on board😀

    Julie

    1 · May 8

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