Day 1 Depart USA for Lima
- Viewing over 350 varieties of Orchids in the Machu Picchu Cloud Forest
- Seeing the Amazon rain forest from ground level on a six mile nature trail
- Viewing the rain forest at treetop level from a canopy walk developed in conjunction with National Geographic
- Enjoying a twilight river cruise on the Amazon and viewing the transformation from a diurnal to nocturnal environment
You board your flight for Peru and arrive in Lima late in the evening of the same day. After formalities, you are met by your driver and taken to your luxury hotel, located in the chic seaside area of Miraflores You check in to your sea view room and enjoy a good night's sleep..
Day 2 A Private Tour of Lima and the Larco Herrera Museum
Since you arrived late the night before, we have allowed time for a late and leisurely breakfast; we have delayed any activities until mid-morning. At that time, your guide will be ready to take you to the Larco Herrera Museum where you are privileged to have a guided tour of the museum by one of the curators. Founded in 1926, the museum provides an excellent overview of 3,000 years of Peruvian history. Located in a unique 18th century mansion built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid, it is one of the few museums in the world where selected visitors can enter the storage area with its 45,000 classified archaeological objects. Following the tour you will have lunch within the museum accompanied by some fine Peruvian wine. After lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of the city including the Lima Cathedral and the Convento de San Francisco. This evening you have dinner at La Huaca Pucllana set amidst archealogical ruins.
Day 3 Flying to Cuzco
After breakfast your driver will be waiting to take you to the airport for the flight to Cuzco. When you land you will have gone from sea level in Lima to over 9,000 feet in Cuzco making it one of the highest cities in the world. The altitude can make you sick and we recommend that you spend at least a couple of hours resting in your hotel room. To try to do too much too soon could spoil the exciting things to come. Once you have rested, you will embark on a private tour of this colonial gem but also offering some intriguing Incan sites nearby. This evening you have dinner in the Pre-Columbian Museum of Art.
Day 4 The Urubamba Sacred Valley
This morning you will go to the Urubamba Sacred Valley to learn more about the Incan culture. You will visit Chincero, twelve indigenous communities maintaining the old ways. You then visit Nilda Callanaupa's native Indian weaving school where young girls learn to make the complex styles and techniques of their Incan ancestors. You will have lunch at Casa Hacienda Huayoccari before heading to Ollantaytambo a typical Incan town. You return to Cuzco to freshen up and then go to dinner at La Cicciolina, considered one of Cuzco's best restaurants and a lot of fun as well.
Day 5 Finding the Lost City
After breakfast at the hotel and a chance to relax, your driver will take you to Poroy station where you will board the Vistadome train providing scenic highlights as you make your way to Machu Picchu. To many people's surprise you are actually traveling down to Machu Picchu since, while it is high in the Andes, it is about 3,000 feet lower in altitude than Cuzco. Upon your arrival you are met by your guide and taken on a tour of the citadel. The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountain top, erecting many hundreds of stone structures from the early 1400's, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in the Quechua language) was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Whatever its origins, the Inca turned the site into a small, (five square miles) but extraordinary city. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been utilized by the Inca as a ceremonial city. Two thousand feet above the rumbling Urubamba River, the cloud-shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses. After your exploration you return to your eco-hotel located near the site.
Day 6 Exploring the Eco-System Around Machu Picchu
Today you have the opportunity to discover the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest and learn about its many endemic plants and animals. Early risers will be afforded the opportunity for some spectacular bird-watching including sixteen different varieties of hummingbirds. This area is also one of the Orchid Capitals of the world with over 372 different orchids in bloom. From the largest orchid flower in the world, the lady slipper ( Phragmipedium caudatum), to species new to science actually discovered in the grounds of your hotel and tiny flowering specimens that can be properly appreciated only through a magnifying glass; there are orchids to amaze both the novice and the expert. After a full day of exploring you are transferred to the station where the Hiram Bingham, the deluxe train operated by Oreirnt-Express awaits. As you enjoy a superb dinner with wine, you make our way to Cuzco where your driver awaits you to deliver you to your hotel.
Day 7 From Cuzco to the Amazon Rain forest
After breakfast you transfer to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado in the interior of Peru and gateway to the Amazon. Upon arrival you are met by your guide who will take you to the dock where you board a boat for the trip up the Amazon to Reserva Amazonicas Lodge, your base for your visit. On the way you have a box lunch as you watch the jungle on either side of the river. After settling into your hotel, you meet your guide for a walk along the extended trails that extend six miles within the rain forest. Although you do not have to walk all six miles, the trails do offer an excellent introduction to the environment of the jungle. Spot the tiny lizards that rustle the leaves as they dart about the forest floor. Gaze at the treetops and be amazed at the arena for bird watching. You observe the insect life with incandescent beetles and other species. You learn to interpret the primary and secondary rain forest components as well as the human impact and the relevance of rain forests to the world.
Day 8 Exploring the Rain Forest from all Perspectives
After breakfast at the lodge, you take a thirty minute boat ride to the Tambopata National Reserve where wildlife surrounds you as you participate in a walk along two miles of trails to reach Lake Sandoval. You will board wooden canoes and glide across a beautiful, mirror-like, oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers and side-neck turtles. After a couple of hours exploring you return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch you walk through the forest at treetop level through the lodge's canopy tree bridge. This is one of South America's largest and allows you to walk 100 feet in the air for over a quarter of a mile. Millions of species, many still undiscovered, spend their entire lives in this realm and, until recently, only scientists could inspect them. Your lodge, in partnership with the World bank and National Geographic, created a system of two tall towers and seven hanging bridges woven through the crowns of the tallest trees. Meticulously engineered, it is considered one of the safest canopy walkways in the world. For a distinct change of pace, in the late afternoon you take a guided boat ride on the river. On this trip you will witness the enchanting transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal environment, as animals and birds of the daytime are replaced by species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits while searching for a sight of nightjars, owls, capybara and caiman. On a clear night the southern hemisphere stars are brilliantly visible. After your exploration you return to the lodge for dinner.
Day 9 Depart the Amazon for Lima
This morning you take your last boat trip back to Puerto Maldonado where you board the flight back to Lima. Upon arrival you are transferred to your hotel where you have a chance to relax and freshen up before going to dinner at La Rosa Nautica, one of our favorite Lima restaurants. After dinner you are transfered to the airport to checkin for your flight which leaves early the next morning.
Day 10 Arrive in the USA
Your flight arrives back in the USA at breakfast time.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Tambopata National Reserve
Additional Pricing Information
- Transfers and sightseeing by private helicopter or aircraft as indicated on the itinerary
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
- All applicable taxes and service fees
Services Not Included
- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)
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