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Connoisseur Tour of Peru, 10 Days (MPR)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 29 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2850 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3680 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Sunday: Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, meet your local 4-star Peru guide or representative at the airport and transfer to hotel Boulevard centrally located in Miraflores, the modern center of the city, near restaurants, commercial centers, the Indian markets and parks. You will receive a briefing about your travel program and all documents for your trip.

Day 2, Monday: Cuzco. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco. After 1 hour flight, arrival in Cuzco and transfer to the Novotel Cuzco a new hotel in a newly restored historic mansion in the city center, a few blocks from the Main Square. The rest of the morning is spent at leisure in order to get accustomed to the altitude. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the city, the old capital of the Inca Empire, including the Cathedral and the Korikancha (the ancient temple of the Sun), as well as the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay and Qenqo.

Day 3, Tuesday: Pisac and the Sacred Valley. Today's excursion brings you to the colorful market of Pisak! After the included lunch you will continue on to Ollantaytambo at the end of the Sacred Valley. Learn what made this fertile valley the "sacred" one for this incredible culture!

Day 4, Wednesday: Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. Early in the morning transfer to the station for the excursion to Machu Picchu. A 3 hour scenic train journey brings you to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will take a shuttle bus up to the entrance of the ruins. Guided visit to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”, with its fabulous architecture and astonishing landscapes. After free time for lunch, return by shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes. Tonight overnight in Aguas Calientes at the Hatuchay Towers.

Day 5, Thursday: Relax on your own! Go back to the ruins on your own before the crowds arrive and enjoy the sun rise over the mountains or explore the Orchid garden. In the afternoon your train takes you back to Cuzco, where you stay another night in the Novotel Cuzco.

Day 6, Friday: Catch your short flight down to Puerto Maldonado for unforgettable 4 days in Posada Amazonas canoe ride clay lick amazon lodge.

Day 7, Saturday: Puerto Maldonado - Posada Amazonas. Upon arrival from Cuzco, reception and transfer to the Tambopata river port in Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is situated at the confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers and is a bustling, booming tropical frontier town. Its principal activities are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism.

After a brief survey of the town we will depart on the 2 hour boat trip by motorized canoe to Posada Amazonas. Depending on the arrival time of the plane we will have a boxed lunch aboard the boats or have lunch upon arrival at Posada Amazonas. During our voyage we may see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers. When we arrive at Posada Amazonas we will unpack and unwind. Posada Amazonas is a comfortable yet unobtrusive 24 room lodge owned jointly by Rainforest Expeditions and the Local Community of Infierno.

We will receive a short orientation and a complete briefing on the lodge and the ecotourism project before our afternoon activity: the canopy tower. In this activity, we will visit a 35 meter scaffolding tower that is 15 minutes walking from the lodge. The scaffolding tower is built so that you safely climb using the internal staircase with verandahs on each side, and rest in platforms present every 2 meters. From the top you not only get spectacular views of the river and the surrounding forest but also excellent opportunities to observe birds from the canopy including parrots, toucans and macaws. A video about the forest of Tambopata will be displayed after dinner.

Day 8, Sunday: Posada Amazonas. We will be up at dawn for a visit to the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. After an early breakfast we depart, fifteen minutes from Posada Amazonas by boat and a 30 minute walk take us to the lake shore. From here we take a long, easy canoe ride around it. We will look for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. The giant river otters that are seen in Tres Chimbadas belong to a resident family of nine.

Then we will return to the lodge for lunch before embarking on our afternoon outing. In the afternoon we will visit the community ethno-botanical center. From this little shop, the community has been registering the uses of medicinal plants from elders and planting, producing and distributing them for over ten years.

We will hike the trails around the center with one of the residents who will explain to us the everyday uses of forest resources in medicine, construction, food and fiber. We will return to Posada Amazonas for dinner and overnight. After enjoying our popular happy hour and refurbishing your spirits with ours, you will be up for an optional night walk to look for amphibians and insects.

Day 9, Monday: Posada Amazonas. After an early breakfast we will visit a clay lick. This clay lick is also a ten minute walk from the lodge, but next to the river. Amazingly, the variety of parrots that visit this clay lick is considerably different than the one inside the forest that we will visit later in the day. Some of the large macaws, like the red and green macaw, and larger parrots, like mealy and yellow crowned Amazons visit this lick, as well as the smaller parrots and parakeets.

From the blind we have constructed next to this lick, even the amateur photographer can take good pictures of these wonderful birds. We will also have a great opportunity to spot other spectacular wildlife, active at this time of the day, like scarlet or blue and gold macaws and a great deal of other birds.

When the activity dies out we will visit a small parakeet clay lick that is a 45 minute walk away. Dozens and sometimes hundreds of Blue Headed Parrots, Orange-Cheeked Parrots, Cobalt-winged parakeets, and sometimes even the rare Rock Parakeet congregate here on clear days to ingest clay. This congregation creates a riotous and colorful wildlife spectacle where the greens, oranges, reds and blues of the parrots dance around the bank as each individual parrot competes for their choice beakful of clay.

At times, this spectacle lasts for hours. After lunch, we will have a walk through a trail on primary forest with a community member and our naturalist guide who will explain general aspects of rain forest ecology and natural history, each with their own contrasting viewpoint. We will return to Posada Amazonas where you will be able to reminisce on the happening of the past three days enjoying our happy hours amazonian concoctions.

Day 10, Tuesday: Posada Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado. After an early breakfast we will return to Puerto Maldonado for our flight back to Lima. From there you return home, or continue on another tour through South America.

Note:
- Itinerary while at lodge includes:
* Lodge accommodation
* All scheduled land and river transportation
* All transfers
* All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services
* Meals as specified in the itinerary.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

2011 Prices:
- 10 days package: $2850 p/p in double/twin
- Single supplement: $750
- Single independent: $3680.

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