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June 28, 2014

#PeruVacations Friends Travel JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Peru

ABOUT

Located on South America’s Pacific Coast, Peru is a country of geographic and cultural diversity, natural beauty and historic sites. It offers bustling cities as well as beaches, mountains, rainforests and reminders of ancient civilizations, including Machu Picchu, its most famous. Peru has three distinct geographic regions: The coast features beaches, deserts and river valleys. The highlands consist of the Andes Mountains, with peaks as high as 22,200 feet;  canyons, including Colca and Cotahuasi, the two deepest on Earth; high plains, including the Collao Plateau; and the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca, at over 12,700 above sea level. And Amazonia features lush vegetation and abundant wildlife along the Amazon River and throughout the jungle.

Long before the Europeans arrived, Peru was inhabited by other cultures, including the Inca civilization. Their legacy can be found at the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, now an important archaeological site with temples, squares and royal tombs. Machu Picchu is accessed via the Inca Trail from the city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was the capital of the Incan Empire, with its own collection of archeological remains. Visitors also can ride Orient-Express’ Hiram-Bingham, train, which offers guided day trips to Machu Picchu from Cusco.

As Peru’s main gateway, Lima is a metropolis with a vibrant nightlife, a rich cultural scene, colonial buildings in its old quarter (a UNESCO Mankind Heritage Site) and ancient ruins like huacas (temples) and the Pachacamac shrine, a major pilgrimage center for the Incas.

Peruvian cuisine includes a variety of local fare from the different regions, all of which are available in Lima. Among the specialties are escabeche (cold fried fish or chicken marinated in vinegar and served with onions) and parihuela (fish and shellfish broth). Most night spots in Lima can be found in the Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco districts. In other cities, they are typically located downtown. Besides discos, pubs and nightclubs, nightlife can be found in peñas (restaurants that offer live music shows).

JorgeChavez International Airport in Lima is served by 25 airlines including American, Continental andDelta. Hotel shuttles, taxis, limousines and major car rental companies are available. In town, taxis charge fixed prices and are inexpensive. Lima also offers El Bussing municipal bus service and privately owned microbuses. In Cusco, Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport served by five South American airlines. In addition, the Southern Railway links Peru with Chile, Bolivia and Brazil.

Peru’s climate varies by region. The coast enjoys warm summers, with average daytime highs reaching 80 degrees from December through March (Peru is in the Southern Hemisphere). Winters are cooler and misty. The highlands are generally dry and temperate, although it’s drier from May through October, with sunny days and cold nights. And the jungle is humid, although less so from April to October, with temperatures topping 85. Peak travel seasons are during the driest months.

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March 30, 2014

#PeruVacationsFriendsTravel JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

Filed under: Amazon,Cuzco,Lima,Machu Picchu,Peru,South America — perufriendstravel @ 8:51 pm

Machu Picchu
Why It’s Amazing: Though many theories exist about Machu Picchu’s purpose (a prison, a resort, an agricultural test site, an aristocratic estate), there’s no denying the cosmic beauty of these methodically carved, fog-covered peaks, engineered by the Incas in the 15th century. To witness dawn spilling over the lush Peruvian Urubamba Valley is an unforgettable experience.

Secret Viewing Spot: Only the first 400 visitors to the site each day are given access to Huayna Picchu, the peak that overlooks Machu Picchu’s ruins and offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding cloud forest.

When to Go: June is a quiet month; on Sundays many tourists head to the nearby Pisac Market instead.

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December 18, 2010

Explore the headwaters of the Peruvian Amazon JESS Kalinowsky

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Explore the headwaters of the Peruvian Amazon aboard the elegant, 28-guest riverboat Delfin II. Instead of sailing two days to reach the reserve, we drive an hour-and-a-half and meet the ship inside the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, so you spend more time in this rarely visited rain forest. Experience the wildness of the authentic Amazon and spot scores of birds, butterflies, pink river dolphins and meet ribereсos, natives of the reserve.

Itinerary Overview

Upper Amazon: Exploring Peru’s Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Skim past massive lily pads, peer up at towering ceiba trees, go fishing for piranhas, and witness glorious sunsets on our journey to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s rain forest. Every day we slip through an intricate network of jungle waterways aboard motorized skiffs, spotting hundreds of bird species as well as sloths, tamarins and caimans.

Life Aboard Delfin II
With its hardwood floors, rattan-draped sofas, wooden slate hammocks and graceful, modern design, Delfin II is more than comfortable as our base for exploration. The only ingredients used by Delfin II’s chef that are not local are olive oil and balsamic vinegar – even the chocolates placed on your pillow each night are made on board daily.

The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
This immense seasonal flood forest is delimited by two rivers, which meet in the easternmost corner of the reserve to form the Amazon River. Over 60% of the birds in Peru reside in the reserve, while rare pink river dolphins swim its waters, and red howler monkeys swing through its jungle canopy. We’ll even get a chance to meet the native people – called ribereños – who rely on sustainable fishing, hunting and agriculture, just as their ancestors did.

Day 1 U.S./Lima, Peru
Day 2 Lima/Iquitos/Nauta/Embark
Day 3 Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Day 4 Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Day 5 Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Day 6 Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Day 7-8 Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Day 9 Nauta /Disembark/Iquitos/Lima
Day 10 Lima/U.S. (B)

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October 15, 2008

Classical Peru plus Amazon Jungle with FriendsTravel.com

Overview

You are cordially invited to experience first hand the mysteries and enchantments that Peru has to offer. From Cuzco to Machu Picchu and Lima, you will sojourn through colonial cities, ruins, markets, and regions that attest to the legacy of these ancient cultures, followed by a visit to the amazing pristine Amazon jungle. Here, you’ll wake to a symphony of tropical birdsong, view some of the world’s most unusual wildlife, and end your days by lantern light, falling asleep to the gentle night noise of the Amazon rainforest.
Type
Independent
Locally Hosted
Duration
10 days 9 nights
Departure Dates
Days of Week
Fri
Countries
Peru
Cities
Lima
Cuzco
Machu Picchu
Puerto Maldonado
Features
Regional airfare within Peru
3 nights (total) in Lima
3 nights (total) in Cuzco
1 night in Machu Picchu
2 nights in Amazon
All Transfers Breakfast daily, plus other meals as noted
Sightseeing as indicated
Locally hosted by English speaking guides
Hotel tax and service charges
Interests
Adventure
Cosmopolitan Cities
Culinary
Cultural
Eco Tours
Family Adventures
Flora or Botanical
Historical
Luxury
Nightlife
Activities
Fauna and Birding
Jungle Exploration
Trekking/Hiking
Remarks
Not included: Airfare, gratuities of any kind; airport departure taxes; meals unless included in the itinerary. FriendsTravel offers the most advantageous First Class, Business Class and Coach airfares available in the marketplace.

Inquire about our special airfares on American Airlines or LAN for this package from other US cities.

This program may be customized to meet your particular preferences, interests, and time frame. Please inquire.

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August 11, 2008

Huge Savings on Machu Picchu and More with FriendsTravel.com

Huge Savings on Machu Picchu and More

The American Adventurer
Adalberto Rios Szalay/Sexto Sol)

The morning mist clears high in the Peruvian Andes, and at last you see it: Machu Picchu. You’re sweaty, you’re muddy, you’re tired—and you couldn’t be happier. You’ve arrived after four hard days of hiking, and while you know there are all kinds of ways to see this fabled lost city, you’re sure now that there’s only one way to really earn it. What’s adventure travel all about, you wonder, if not putting everything you’ve got into reaching your goal?

Well, maybe not everything. You, after all, paid less than everyone else in your group for the right to reach Machu Picchu, because you knew that some adventure travel operators offer discounts on “late availability” departures: scheduled trips that still have spaces available.

It’s not a new concept in the travel industry—airlines have been doing it for years—but last-minute discounts are still a relatively untapped source of savings for most adventure travelers. This year, why not skip that boring staycation and consider one of these great deals instead?

Hiking to Machu Picchu

Friends Travel is offering 20 percent off two late-summer departures on its eight-day Inca Trail trip. Normally $760 per person (plus a local payment of $300), the discount shaves more than $150 off the price of the August 30 and September 2 departures, bringing the base price down to $608. The trip starts in Lima and includes accommodations, guides, six breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners. Because permits for the “classic” Inca Trail route sell out far ahead of time, these last-minute departures hike the alternative (i.e., less crowded) Lares Trek route to Machu Picchu. All specials are subject to space availability and can be withdrawn at any time. First come, first to get the best values.

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June 25, 2008

Peru Travel with FriendsTravel.com

PERU



Cuzco & Machu Picchu 8 Days 7 Nts

from $942 + tax ppdo LAND ONLY

First Class, Business Class, or Coach Air Available Upon Request

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR space currently available.

Day 1 In the evening, arrive in Lima where you will be met by our English speaking guide and assisted to the 4* Hotel Del Pilar Miraflores (or similar) for overnight with breakfast in 1 double accommodation. On you own in the afternoon.

Day 2 On your own in the morning. Transfer to the airport for your flight to CUZCO. Upon arrival transfer to the 3* Hotel Casa San Blas for 2 nights, with breakfast daily in doubles.

Day 3 Half day City Tour & Nearby Ruins.

Day 4 Early morning train to Machu Picchu (as per June 1 Peruvian Tourist Office Machu Pichu will be available for tourist view up to Dec. 31, 2009). Full day Machu Picchu Tour w/ lunch. After the tour transfer to the 3 * Hotel El Santuario de Aguas Calientes for 2 Nts, in Dbl w/ Bkfst.

Day 5 Morning at leisure. Machu Picchu on your own

Day 6 Train back to Ollanta station. Arrival to the station at 10:03 transfer to Sacred Valley. Pisac with Ollantaytambo tour lunch included. Stay at the 3 star Hotel Casa San Blas

Day 7 Breakfast., pickup transfer to A/P for flight Cusco-Lima. Transfer to the 4*Del Pilar Miraflores.

Day 8 Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Optional Extension to ICA to view historic Nazca Lines

Pack your camera and lots of film, and take your best walking shoes.

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Peru: Magic, Mysterious and Exotic
Caribbean Escape’s wide variety of tour packages is bound to satisfy the interests, tastes and pocketbook of every client. Each package is designed to help the traveler see major Peru tourist attractions with the comfort of knowing that they’re with the highest quality travel industry professionals.

Specific Destinations
Caribbean Escape’s offers many destination-specific programs in Peru: along the coast, in the highlands, and the jungle. Professional multi language-speaking guides will help the traveler get the most out of Peru tourist attractions.

Roundtrip Tours
We offer five roundtrip programs of from 5 to 15 days that take in Cusco and other points of interest. The programs are carefully designed to let the traveler view major Peru tourist attractions while taking the time and the care they deserve.

Adventure Programs
Caribbean Escape’s adventure programs include trekking along the Inca Trail or in the lovely Cordillera Blanca, rafting on the fabled Urubamba River, and mountain biking or horseback riding through the countryside around Cusco.

Special Interest Tours
We can also arrange custom programs to fit any special need. Bird watching is particularly rewarding in Peru; other popular special interest tours include Andean folklore, colonial architecture, weaving, and archaeology.

All Caribbean Escape’s tour packages offer a variety of carefully chosen hotel accommodations. Each will permit the traveler to visit the Peru tourist attractions of their choice and to make the most of their precious vacation time away from home. Just click below on the tour of your choice to view options and other program details.

Human warmth, culture, impressive landscapes and the best service are combined to offer you a flexible and easy handling fixed departures program with the best attractions of Peru. Allow us to show you the Land of the Incas… Just relax; Condor Travel is in-charge.
CULTURAL PROGRAMS
Coast (Land of Mystery and Contrast)
LIMA – 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Lima a necessary stop that can offer you so much more…

There is a Lima that never changes, that lives in elegance and style regardless of how many centuries pass. Discover the colonial legacy of the Lima governed by the Spanish Viceroys that remains still today to tell us of her glorious past. Very few Latin American cities combine the traces of colonial past with deluxe cuisine – considered among the best in the world – a list of museums that care for a rich inheritance and a wide assortment of stores selling her artistry. We invite you to delight yourself in a Lima different from anything you could expect – you won’t forget it.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Transfers airport/hotel/airport.
1 night in Lima hotel with breakfast.
Extend your trip as long as you want…
DETAILED ITINERARY
Arrival to Lima – Free Day
Day 1
Upon arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Our representative will give you a documentation kit with detailed program explanation. Luggage and hotel registration assistance is offered. Day at leisure for optional activities. Overnight in Lima.
Included meals: none.
Departure
Day 2
At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport or station to continue with your itinerary.
Suggested optional tours:
City tour.
Larco Herrera & Archeological museums.
Pachacamac Ruins.
Palomino Islands.
Lima by night and folkloric dinner.
ICA, NASCA LINES & PARACAS
2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT
Carefully drawn lines and meticulously detailed geoglyphs of an immensity and an unknown origin placed in one of the most arid regions of the world – Not many mysteries have captivated us like the Nasca Lines. Are they a celestial calendar? Or perhaps an offering to appease the gods? This, one of the mysteries of world architecture, still remains as such. Paracas, land of sun and peaceful beaches, is the largest natural reserve along the Peruvian coast. It is a territory bathed by some of the richest ocean waters on the planet, turned into a wildlife refuge.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Transfers by bus Royal Class Service, Lima/Ica and Paracas/Lima.
Assistance upon arrival in Ica.
Overflight to Nasca Lines from Ica (1.15 hrs.) – With Aerocondor
1 night in Ica hotel with breakfast.
Transfer to Paracas and excursion by motor boat to Ballestas Islands.
DETAILED ITINERARY
Ica: Overflight of the Nasca Lines
Day 1
Early departure by bus to Ica (4 hrs. aprox.) Upon arrival, we will be assisted with the check-in and accommodation at the hotel. Then, we will then be taken to the local airport to take a light aircraft and enjoy an overflight over the Nasca Lines. There, you will spot various figures drawn on the sandy soil, representing animals and stylized plants, distributed in a huge labyrinth of lines, trapezes, triangles and hairsprings recorded over the land and preserved for almost 2000 years, according to the specialists. The rest of the day is free to rest enjoying the hotel facilities; make an optional city tour, dune buggy ride or sandboarding. Overnight in Ica.
Included meals: none.
Paracas – Ballestas Islands – Return to Lima
Day 2
In the morning, transfer to the Paracas Bay, where our two-hour motorboat excursion to the Ballestas Islands will begin. These beautiful islands, located in front of the Paracas National Reserve, are the biggest natural sanctuary in our shores and are home to thousands of migratory birds, which share their habitat with huge groups of sea lions and fur seals. During the excursion, you will find a mysterious design over the hill, called “El Candelabro” (The Chandelier). According to the legend, it was a reference for pirates that indicated the spot where their treasures were hidden. Others say that it was the sign for the independence army to disembark, guided by General Don José de San Martin. At the scheduled time, we will take the bus to Lima.
Included meals: breakfast.
CHICLAYO & TRUJILLO
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
Discover Chiclayo: All the majesty of the Lord of Sipán and the Mochica world, the dazzling pre-Columbian culture which art has been compared with the Ramses II royal tomb. Going south, Trujillo, colonial capital of the spring season, is waiting for you with flowers and a delicate gastronomy rich in seafood and fishes. A few steps more and you will find Chan Chan, one of the largest mud cities in the world and the “huacas” (pyramids) dedicated to the Sun and to the Moon, impressive testimonies of the Moche culture.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Transfer airport/hotel.
Half day tour excursion to Túcume and “Royal Tombs of Sipán” Museum.
1 night in Chiclayo hotel with breakfast.
Transfer Chiclayo/Trujillo with Private Car.
Visit on way to the Archaeological Complex “El Brujo”
Half day tour to Chan Chan Complex.
1 night in Trujillo hotel with breakfast.
Half day City Tour and visit to the Pyramid of the Moon.
Transfer hotel/airport.
DETAILED ITINERARY
Chiclayo – Túcume, Valley of the Pyramids and Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum
Day 1
Upon arrival to Chiclayo, reception by our representatives and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we will drive to Túcume, the famous Valley of Pyramids, impressive complex conformed by 26 adobe pyramids which were the political and religious center of the Lambayeque culture. To close the day with a treat, you will enjoy a visit to Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum, where you can see the pieces of the treasure that belonged to the Lord of Sipán. Overnight in Chiclayo.
Included meals: none.
Private Departure to Trujillo – Visit to El Brujo on Way – Chan Chan
Day 2
At the scheduled time, departure to Trujillo by private transportation. Visit on way to the Archaeological Complex of “El Brujo”. In the afternoon, we will go to Chan Chan, the biggest and best preserved adobe city in the world. The old capital of the Chimú Kingdom, established in the Valley of Moche between the 12th and the 15th century, was the home of 60,000 people, expanding its area up to 20 square kilometers, from the port of Huanchaco all the way to Cerro Campana. Chan Chan is also called the City of the Moon or the City of the Long Walls.
Included meals: none.
City Tour, Visit to the Temples of the Sun and the Moon – Return to Lima
Day 3
In the morning, we will visit Trujillo city, which displays beautiful houses from the Colonial and Republican times and the National University Museum, where you can see many interesting utensils from cultures of Northern Peru. Later, we will visit the famous Huacas (Temples) of the Sun and the Moon, where we will stop for a visit and appreciate the grandeur of this ceremonial place, decorated with carvings and multicolor friezes, the restoration work archaeologists are making is supported by private companies. At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Lima.
Included meals: breakfast.
PIURA
The Magic Desert: Lands of enchantments and mysteries
Located 1,032 km. (641 miles) north, Piura is famous for its warm weather and the hospitality of its people. It offers visitors many attractions such as its exotic beaches, beautiful valleys and lagoons, well known for their healing powers.
3 DAYS / 2 NIGTHS
DAY 1
Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to the hotel.

DAY 2
Half day visit the principal attractions like the main square, the cathedral, San Francisco Church and the University of Piura that is very important not only for academic reasons but in community service.

DAY 3
Transfer to airport for departure flight.
* Departures subject to flight schedule

TUMBES
Punta Sal: Sun in northern Peru
Only a short distance from the Ecuadorian border lies Tumbes and its beaches bathed by warm northern ocean currents. Surprisingly, in this area of northern Peru, you may find exuberant tropical vegetation and plantation of mangroves trees (manglares).

This natural beauty with its labyrinths and channels is an extraordinary ecological area, home to numerous fish species and crustacean.

3 DAYS / 2 NIGTHS
Enjoy our beaches on the Pacific Ocean at Punta Sal resort. Punta Sal is one of Peru’s most famed beach resorts and the perfect place to relax after touring Peru. It is surrounded by gardens and swimming pools, bordering a wide fine sandy beach. Horse back riding, swordfish angling, surfing, tennis and water skiing are some of the leisure activities our all inclusive program provides at this peaceful resort. Roundtrip transfers to airport are included.
* Departures subject to flight schedule.
Highlands (Culture and Tradition in the Andes)
MAIN PROGRAM
CUSCO – 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Upon seeing Machu Picchu for the first time, an astounded Hiram Bingham gasped: How will anyone believe what I’ve found?

Sacred center of the Andean culture, main city of the Spanish Colony. Cusco is the result of the Inca and European encounter. Considered one of the architectural gems of the world, here you will find a living past, history captured amidst its walls, temples, and even people. The Incas venerated Cusco as the `navel of the universe´, building from here the trails that united their vast Empire. Discover attractions no other city offers as you pass through the streets of this mystical city of extravagant palaces and elegant plazas that shine like new despite the pass of time.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Assistance upon arrival in Lima.
Condor Travel Assistance service.
Welcome pack and detailed itinerary upon arrival.
Transfers airport/hotel/airport.
2 nights in Cusco hotel with breakfast.
1 night in Sacred Valley hotel with breakfast.
Half day City Tour, Sacsayhuaman and nearby ruins in Cusco.
Full day excursion to Sacred Valley, visiting Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo with buffet lunch.
Full day excursion to Machu Picchu with Vistadome train tickets and all transfers included.
Lunch buffet in Tinkuy Restaurant at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge – Orient Express.
All entrances including Cusco tickets (BTC).
Maps and amenities during our excursions.
Cusco: City Tour, Sacsayhuaman and Nearby Ruins
Day 1
Upon arrival to Cusco, there will be a welcoming reception from our collaborators and we will take you to the hotel. The rest of the morning is free to rest and get acclimatized to the altitude. In the afternoon, we will visit the Imperial City, living example of the mixture of the Andean and Spanish cultures. We start our trip visiting the Santo Domingo Convent, built over the Koricancha, and ancient Inca palace and main worship center of the Sun God. Later, we will stop at the Main Square, where you can find the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of La Compañía. Going on with the tour, we will visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, imposing sample of military Inca architecture which domains the city. Finally, we will take a look at the archaeological sites of Qenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, located north east of the city. As a suggestion to mysticism and esoterism lovers, the Sacsayhuaman Complex is an excellent spot to hold meditation sessions. Overnight in Cusco.

Included meals: none.

Sacred Valley of the Incas – Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo (only Tue/Thu/Sun)
Day 2
We will drive towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We will stop on the way to have a classic view of the Urubamba valley, with crops dressing the mountains like carpets. We will arrive to the colorful market of Pisac, where we will have free time to interact with the local craftsmen, or to purchase their hand-made souvenirs. We will continue to the town of Urubamba for a buffet lunch. Finally, we will visit Ollantaytambo, attractive town of Inca origin with remarkable channels and stone streets. In its high part one rises to an impressive ceremonial center of cult to the water and a fortress that guarded the access to the inferior part of the valley. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Included meals: breakfast and lunch.

Machu Picchu “The lost city of the Incas”
Day 3
You will visit one of the most important energetic centers of the world: Machu Picchu. The excursion will be by train and during the trip we will have an amazing view of the landscapes of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, our representatives will assist you to board the bus which will take you to the citadel. It will be an unforgettable experience, where a professional tour guide will transmit us the history around this mysterious and charming place. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore the zone on your own, relax and meditate. Lunch included. In the afternoon, you will board the train that will take you back to Cusco. On arrival, our collaborators will be waiting at Poroy Station, from where we will transfer you to the hotel. This will save you around 40 minutes, so you can relax and then enjoy Cusco’s nightlife. Overnight in Cusco.

Included meals: breakfast and lunch.

Departure
Day 4
At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport, bus station or train station to continue your trip.
Included meals: breakfast.
Suggested optional tours:
Chinchero, Moray & Maras Salt Mines.
Tipón, Pikillaqta & Andahuaylillas.
Overflight to Cusco & Sacred Valley.
Mystical Activities: coca leaves lecture, etc.
Adventure programs: river rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding. etc.
Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – Opportunity for a Second Visit to Machu Picchu
Add an additional night in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu to your program and make a second visit on your own to the Inca citadel to discover a piece of living history in every corner. Be encouraged to visit the Intipunku or “Gate of the Sun”, or an ascent full of adrenaline to the Huayna Picchu.
Supplement for Hiram Bingham Service to Machu Picchu (luxury)
Enjoy Machu Picchu traveling by the Hiram Bingham deluxe service of Orient Express. Enjoy a preferential train schedule, exclusive visit to the citadel and gourmet food with entertainment and open bar on board.
Discount for using Backpacker Service (economic)
If you may wish to provide the alternative of the economic train to Machu Picchu (Backpacker Service), we have a discount to such effect.
AREQUIPA & COLCA CANYON
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Three times deeper than the Colorado Canyon, the Colca Canyon bears not only a breathtaking scenic beauty, but is home to two of the most authentic communities in the Andes: The Collaguas and the Cabanas. These people have adapted to life in the altitude in such a way that visiting them bears a feeling of time travel.

The Arequipa city brings to our mind many things: impressive architecture, incomparable cuisine, breathtaking vistas, and if nothing else, excellent weather all year long. Visiting its houses and colonial churches and walking its streets bring the adventure of discovering that small piece of living history, waiting for you.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Transfers airport/hotel/airport.
Half day City Tour and visit to Santa Catalina Convent.
2 nights in Arequipa hotel with breakfast.
2d/1n excursion to Colca Canyon and Condor Cross.
1 night in a local lodge in Colca or Chivay with full board.
DETAILED ITINERARY
Arequipa – City Tour and Santa Catalina Convent
Day 1
Upon arrival to Arequipa, reception by our representatives and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the “White City” including the Santa Catalina Convent, beautiful citadel from the 16th century, in the style of Spanish cities of that time. The Main Square, with its three portals, the Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesus (Church of the Company of Jesus) which is a beautiful sample of the Peruvian and Spanish baroque art from the 17th century, along with the multi colorful paintings of the San Ignacio’s Dome, known as the Sistine Chapel of America. Continuing with the trip, we will see the typical districts of Cayma and Yanahuara, a nice overlook, and its church. Overnight in Arequipa.
Included meals: none.
Colca Canyon
Day 2
You will be picked up from your hotel to start the trip through the town of Yura and the National Reserve of Salinas/Aguada Blanca and Pampa Cañahuas, where you can see many species of birds in their natural habitats, and also South American camels, such as vicuñas and llamas. We will make a stop in Patahuasi to freshen up and enjoy a coca infusion, and later keep going to the town of Chivay. Depending on the schedule, you may have lunch in town or have a picnic enjoying the beautiful scenery from one of the natural viewing spots of the zone. In the afternoon, we highly recommend you to visit La Calera and enjoy an invigorating bath in the hot spring waters or just to spend a delightful afternoon in the hotel. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight in Chivay or Yanque.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Condor Cross – Return to Arequipa
Day 3
Very early, we will start the trip to Cruz del Condor (Condor Cross), which will allow us to enjoy a spectacular view of one of the deepest canyons in the world, and with luck, have a chance to take pictures of the biggest and most impressive flying bird in the Andes, the majestic Condor. Depending on the schedule, we could make a stop in the town of Pinchollo, the only pre-Inca town still inhabited, and the Maca town, with its beautiful craft market and colonial church. We will have lunch in Chivay and later we will continue with the return to Arequipa. Overnight in Arequipa.
Included meals: breakfast and lunch.
Departure
Day 4
At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Lima, Cusco or Juliaca, Puno.
PUNO & TITICACA LAKE CROSSING
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Make your trip to Titicaca Lake an unforgettable experience by visiting the Uros Islands and the Sillustani Mausoleum in Puno, and then crossing the Titicaca through the Sun Island by catamaran to La Paz, Bolivia, where you can make a city tour and visit the famous Moon Valley.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Transfer Cusco/Puno or vv. by bus with stops at Andahuaylillas, Racchi and La Raya. Lunch included.
Transfer Puno station/hotel.
2 nights in Puno hotel with buffet breakfast.
Excursion to the Uros Islands and to the Sillustani Graves.
Lake crossing by Catamaran – Copacabana/Sun Island/La Paz. Lunch and visit to the Inti Wata Complex.
2 nights lodging in La Paz, breakfast included.
City tour and visit to the Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna).
Hotel/airport transfer.
DETAILED ITINERARY
Departure to Puno – Andahuaylillas / Racchi / La Raya
Day 1
We will leave from the station to start our trip by bus to Puno, so you can enjoy the wonderful scenery of the South Valley of Cusco. We will visit Andahuaylillas, a town where a precious church from the 17th century boasts an amazing organ decorated with angels and cherubs. We will continue with a visit to the Racchi ruins, known as “The Temple of God Wiracocha”. We will have lunch en route. Stop at La Raya, highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno, from where we will get excellent photo opportunities. The arrival to Puno is in the afternoon and then, you will be taken to your hotel. Overnight in Puno.
Included meals: lunch
Floating Islands of the Uros – Sillustani Mausoleum and Lake Umayo
Day 2
In the morning, we will make a trip to Lake Titicaca and our first visiting point will be the floating islands of the Uros, also called The Lake Town. These islands are built using totora reed and are used as home and trade centers for the natives, who use hand-made boats as their means of transportation. In the afternoon, we will visit Sillustani, an archaeological site located 34 Km. north of Puno. It has the famous Chullpas, which are funerary towers with circle base, built in stone. They can reach 12m tall. Below these ruins there is Lake Umayo, which increases the beauty of this mystic and wonderful place. Overnight in Puno.
Included meals: breakfast and lunch
Titicaca Lake Crossing by Catamaran to La Paz – Sun Island
Day 3
Early in the morning, transfer by bus to the Copacabana Sanctuary in order to board the catamaran that will take you to the Sun Island, where legend says the Inca Empire was born. In this legendary island you can visit the Garden, the Stairs and the Inca Fountain. Later, the itinerary includes a visit to the Cultural Complex Intiwata, which includes the underground museum of Ekako and other attractions. This visit also considers the chance to sail in a huge typical totora boat, from where we will get a scenic view of the Inca palace of Pikokaina. Later, we will board again the catamaran to go to Chua, where we will take the bus to our hotel. Overnight in La Paz.
Included meals: breakfast and lunch.
La Paz – City Tour and Visit to the Moon Valley
Day 4
In the morning we will make a city tour of La Paz, declared by UNESCO as the Cultural Patrimony of Mankind. We will visit the Murillo Square, the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Parliament. The trip goes on through one of the residential zones, ending up with a visit to the Valley of the Moon, an amazing number of geological figures. Free afternoon to rest or do some other activity such as visiting the Tiahuanaco ruins, where you can see the temples and constructions of one of the most ancient cultures in America, such as the “Puerta del Sol” (Sun Gate). Overnight in La Paz.
Included meals: breakfast.
International Departure
Day 5
At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take your international departure flight.
Included meals: breakfast.

CAJAMARCA
The Inca Baths: Encounter of two civilizations
Located north-east of Trujillo at a distance of 863 km. (540 miles) from Lima, Cajamarca is best known as the site of the first meeting between Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and Atahualpa, the last Inca Emperor, back in the XVI century. Cajamarca has an altitude of 2,750 meters (9,000 ft.) above sea level. This colonial city, once an Inca settlement, boasts fine churches and a countryside full of remains of pre-Inca and Inca monuments, including the Cumbemayo canal, carved in living rock, and the Ventanillas de Otuzco, an ancient cemetery.
3 DAYS / 2 NIGTHS
DAY 1 / CAJAMARCA
Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour, including the Plaza de Armas, the Ransom Chamber, which Atahualpa filled with gold and silver in a futile attempt to secure his freedom, the Santa Apolonia hill overlooking the city and the Inca Baths.

DAY 2 / OTUZCO – CUMBEMAYO
Morning tour to the Ventanillas de Otuzco where hundreds of burial chambers have been carved into volcanic rock. Afternoon tour to the pre-Inca remains of Cumbemayo comprising three different pre-Inca, large-scale, stonework’s – the water canal, the sanctuary and the caves with stone carvings. (B)

DAY 3
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B)
* Daily departures.

KUELAP
The Lost Fortress: The Inca’s cloud forest
Located in the northeastern Peru, Kuelap, a majestic fortress, rises above the forested valley of the Utcubamba and is one of the most important archaeological monuments in the Americas. Its mystery has attracted explorers and scientists forever.
7 DIAS / 6 NIGHTS
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
DAY 1
Arrival in Chachapoyas. Departure by horse to Belen Valley (5 hours) for camping at 2,800 meters (9,200 ft.).

DAY 2
Departure to Vista Hermosa, for a 4-hour ride along a pre-Inca road where walls and circular buildings from the Chachapoyas culture can be seen. Arrive to Vista Hermosa at 1,700 meters (5,700 ft.). (B, L, D)

DAY 3
One-day visit by horse to the Chachapoyas tablets remains of writing with phoenician properties characteristics and the nearby ruins at 1,850 meters (6,150 ft.). (B, L, D)

DAY 4
Early morning to visit and explore (horse and trekking) the Kakahuasha ruins at 2,850 meters (9,500 ft.). Afternoon returns to a local lodge and enjoy our tidepool in the Vilaya River.

DAY 5
Day to rest and interact with the indigenous people of Vista Hermosa: we will prepare molasses or harvest coffee with them. (B, L, D)

DAY 6
Depart from Gran Vilaya. Travel across the Cordillera de Yumal at 3,300 meters (11,000 ft.). One-day trip by horse and van to Villa Consuelo Lodge. (B, L, D)

DAY 7
Early morning visit to the Fortress of Kuelap. Afternoon visit to the sarcophagi at Karajia. Overnight at Villa Consuelo Lodge. (B, L, D)

DAY 8
Transfer out.
* Departures subject to flight schedule.

HUARAZ
The Cordillera Blanca: Snow, mountains and top adventure
Only 400 km. (248.5 miles) northeast of Lima lies the highest chain of snow-covered peaks in the highlands: the 180 km. (112 miles) long Cordillera Blanca, whose peaks tower over 6,000 meters. The region is easily reached by road from Lima. The Callejon de Huaylas, as the area is also called, is the departure point for treks and mountain climbing within the Huascaran National Park.

Huascaran, with 6,768 meters (22,200 ft.) is Peru’s highest mountain and dominates the spectacular scenery along with the electric blue waters of the Llanganuco lake. A few hours from the city of Huaraz 3,100 meters (10,200 ft.), on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Negra, is Chavin de Huantar, one of Peru’s most renowned archaeological monuments.

Because of its underground galleries, the famous rescue lead by President Fujimori in 1997 on the Japanese Ambassador’s mansion in Lima was named after these ruins.

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
DAY 1 / LIMA – HUARAZ
Early morning departure from Lima to travel by road 417 km. (260 miles) through Pativilca passing the impressive Conococha lagoon, where the Santa River starts. You will enjoy a fabulous view of the Cordillera Blanca before the afternoon arrival in Huaraz. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure in order to acclimatize of the altitude.

DAY 2 / CHAVIN DE HUANTAR
A four hour drive over spectacular mountain roads takes us into this famed temple which is honeycombed with interior galleries, some of which can be explored. You will be able to appreciate pyramidal buildings and the famous `Cabezas Clavas´, mythical figures in high and low relief. Return to Huaraz and your hotel in the afternoon. (B, BoxL)

DAY 3 / HUASCARAN NATIONAL PARK
This fully day excursion offers breathtaking views of the cordillera and its twin lakes. Short walk along the beautiful Llanganuco lakeside to study local flora you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Huascaran peak, which is a perfect pyramid of snow of exceptional beauty. Return to the hotel in the afternoon, visiting typical, picturesque towns on route. (B, BoxL)

DAY 4 / HUARAZ – LIMA
Early departure by private car to Lima. (B)
* Daily departures.
* SIB available with tour restrictions.
* Huaraz is also a departure point for Trujillo and Chiclayo

F/D PASTORURI
Two-hour road trip to the Pastoruri glacier in the National Park of Huascaran. On the way there you will see Puya Raymondi rose bushes, unique to this area, gasified water springs, water of changing colors, and cave paintings on rock walls. A 30-minute walk will lead you to Pastoruri, a pleasant and enjoyable place where you will see a variety of andean flora, beautiful ice formations, and the fantastic surrounding snow-capped mountains. Spare time to play in the snow making snowmen or sliding down the natural slides before lunch and the return trip to Huaraz. Box lunch included.
* Daily.
Remarks: Huascaran National Park is Peru’s mountain climbing and trekking center. Please see our `Adventure Programs´ page.
HUANCAYO
Place of Fairs: A thousand different gourds
The largest city in the Central Andes, Huancayo lies six hours east of Lima along the central highway at 3,250 meters (10,500 ft.) above sea level at the end of the broad Mantaro Valley. The spectacular drive takes you from sea level over Ticlio pass, at 4,815 meters (15,800 ft.) This is ones of Peru’s highest passes and the place where the most UFOs have been spotted in the Americas. The road also cuts through Peru’s largest mines and smelter at La Oroya. Huancayo’s Sundays market is one of Peru’s most popular.
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
DAY 1
Depart Lima by private car for a 6 hour drive to Huancayo. On route you can see enormous gorges with deep impressive cuts made by river waters. The road continues on to Ticlio and descends along the banks of the Mantaro River. Afternoon arrival to Huancayo and the rest of the afternoon at leisure in order to get used to the altitude.

DAY 2
A Morning visit to the Sunday typical market, where all products from the area can be found and the best buys are made in the craft sector. Continue your visit to Santa Rosa de Ocopa, a Franciscan monastery 33 km. (21 miles) north of Huancayo, founded in the seventeenth century by Franciscan monks who established missions in the jungle to the east. Its library contains more than 25,000 precious old books. This tour ends with a visit to Ingenio, a famous trout breeding center. (B, L)

DAY 3
Early morning departure to Lima. (B)
* Only Saturday departures.
* Seat-in-bus available with tour restrictions

AYACUCHO
Art and Tradition: Numerous colonial churches rising majestically
The colonial city of Ayacucho, situated in the central highlands at an altitude of 2,750 meters (9,000 ft.) above sea level is one of Peru’s most picturesque cities. It is famous for its Easter procession, its 200 year old university, its numerous baroque-style churches of Moorish influence, and famous handicraft. Although Ayacucho is marked by Spanish architecture, many pre-Hispanic cultures, such as the Wari and the Chanca regional state, flourished here.
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
DAY 1
Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon tour showing the best of the city, including the Plaza de Armas, Huamanga University, colonial churches and the Cathedral.

DAY 2
Morning excursion to the ruins of Wari, 20 km. (12 miles) north of Ayacucho, the ancient capital of the Wari Empire, whose influence extended over much of Peru around 700 AD, and to the Pampa de Quinua, site of the closing battle in the Spanish independence war. (B)

DAY 3
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B)
* Daily.

ECOLOGICAL PROGRAMS
Amazon Basin (Intimate Contact with Nature)
IquitosLocated in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Iquitos is inaccessible by land; the international airport and the Amazon River and its tributaries are the region’s lifeline. Jungle lodges are reached by boats that carry the visitor from the bustle of the city into the wilderness of the Amazon rainforest.

The city of Iquitos grew rapidly during the rubber boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The visitor can still see the Iron House designed by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel and numerous mansions built during the days of the rubber barrons. Today, Iquitos is a delightful, mid-sized provincial capital that seduces the visitor with the happiness and warmth of its people.

Its top attraction, though, is outside the city in the vast Amazon rainforest.

Modern Iquitos has become a focus of ecotourism in the Amazon rainforest. Nearby nature preserves have recorded over 130 species of reptiles, 130 types of mammals, more than 300 species of birds, countless numbers of amphibians, and a large variety of fish, including the paiche that – at 400 pounds – weighs in among the world’s largest fresh water species.

Warm, humid and with a heavy rainy season, Iquitos’ tropical climate is typical of the Amazon rainforest. The best time for visiting is from April through October, when the rains diminish during the dry season.

For those who wish to delve deeper into the Amazon rainforest, cruises down the Amazon to Brazil and Colombia are available in comfortable, air conditioned river vessels

DAY 1 / IQUITOS
Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to the hotel or to the dock for a river trip down the Amazon to your jungle lodge for overnight. (D)

DAY 2 / RAINFOREST
Walk along jungle trails to observe wildlife in a single hectare of rainforest containing innumerable plant and animal species. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 / IQUITOS
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B)
* Daily departures.
* Tour also available on a 2 day / 1 night package

DAY 1 / IQUITOS
Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to river dock for an 80 km. (50 miles) boat ride down the mighty Amazon River to the Lodge. After lunch, walk along jungle trails for your first look at the rainforest. Return to lodge for dinner. (L, D)

DAY 2 / CAMP
After breakfast, take a boat ride down the Amazon to the Napo River, one of the Amazon major tributaries, and to the 250,000 acre Amazon rainforest reserve and the Camp. A late afternoon outing to explore the jungle trails before returning for dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 / CANOPY WALKWAY – ACEER
After breakfast, visit the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER), near the canopy walkway. This walkway is an intricate system of bridges, pulleys and ropes suspended 33 meters (100 ft.) above the jungle floor, affording rare glimpses of bromeliads and orchids, reptiles and other species that never venture below the tree tops. Overnight at ACEER. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 / ACEER – LODGE
Before returning to lodge, enjoy a walk along jungle trails and learn about ACEER’s projects. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 / IQUITOS

Morning free before returning to Iquitos after lunch. Transfer to airport for departure flight. (B, L)
* Daily departures.
* A 3 day / 2 nights canopy walk weekend package also available upon request

IQUITOS RIVER CRUISES

Cruises down the Amazon to Brazil and Colombia are available in air conditioned comfortable river vessels with Amazon Camp & Cruises

Puerto MaldonadoAmazon travel is still conducted by river boat, though the jet age has brought Puerto Maldonado airport less than an hour’s flight from Cusco.

It’s no wonder that Puerto Maldonado is known as the world’s capital of biodiversity. The nearby Manu National Park and Tambopata-Candamo Reserve offer what may be the best wildlife viewing in the entire Amazon Basin.

Manu National Park, half size of Switzerland, boasts more than 200 species of mammals including 12 kinds of primates, more than 800 species of birds, the highest diversity of amphibians in the Amazon Basin, and more insect species in one tree than all the insect species recorded in the British Islands.

Tambopata-Candamo Reserve shelters dozens of endangered species, and is home to macaws, herons, kingfishers as well as scores of other rare birds that are seen nowhere else on earth.

Amazon travel near Puerto Maldonado means delightful jungle lodges that are far from civilization and dedicated to helping their visitors gain a full appreciation of the magnificent natural surroundings. It also means exploring rivers, oxbow lakes and trails deep in the pristine jungle, where the visitor can view the most astounding flora and fauna.

Amazon travel doesn’t get more rewarding than in the wilds surrounding Puerto Maldonado, and no one knows more about Amazon travel than Condor Travel.

DAY 1 / PUERTO MALDONADO
Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to dock on the Madre de Dios River for boat trip to lodge. After lunch, a guided jungle walk introduces visitors to the spectacular fauna and flora of this region. (L, D

DAY 2 / RAINFOREST
Follow jungle trials from lodge to a nearby lake, home to scores of birds and caimans and a canoe ride. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 / PUERTO MALDONADO
Early transfer down the river to the Puerto Maldonado airport for departure flight. (B)
* Daily departures

DAY 1 / PUERTO MALDONADO
Transfer from Puerto Maldonado airport to dock for a 3-hour boat ride down the Tambopata River to the lodge. Introductory walk to the flora and fauna of the deep jungle. In the late evening, opportunity to enjoy the sounds of the jungle. (L, D)

DAY 2 / MACAW CLAY LICK
5-hour boat ride up the Tambopata River will take you to the collpa, where you will see thousands of macaws and other parrots feeding on the mineral rich, red clay 50 meter (170 ft.) high cliff. Camp overnight at nearby beach. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 / COLLPA
Early morning collpa experience before returning to the lodge. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 / COCOCOCHA LAKE
Four mile hike to the Cocococha lake where you will observe exotic plants and animals. Free afternoon. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 / PUERTO MALDONADO
Return to the Puerto Maldonado airport for departure flight. (B)
* Daily departures

Tambopata Candamo ReserveTucked into remote south-eastern Peru, Madre de Dios borders the department of Cusco to the west, and Bolivia and Brazil to the east. The Puerto Maldonado surrounding offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the Amazon basin including The Manu National Park, a protected area half size of Switzerland, and the Tambopata-Candamo Reserve, sheltering dozens of endangered species. Enjoy exploring trails deep inside the pristine jungle and its amazing flora and fauna

DAY 1 / PUERTO MALDONADO – POSADA AMAZONAS
Reception and transfer to dock for a 2-hour motorized canoe ride to the Posada Amazonas Lodge in the Ese’Eja native community of Tambopata. Along the way, you will see bird species typical of the river or forest edge, such as black Skimmer, the Bat Falcon, the Pied Lapwing and Flycatchers. (BoxL,D)

DAY 2 / POSADA AMAZONAS
After breakfast, visit the beautiful Tres Chimbadas Lake for an easy canoe ride around it. You may be able to observe giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin and wading birds. You will then hike trails in primary floodplain forest. In the afternoon, walk to the nearest and most active of Harpy Eagle nests. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 / POSADA AMAZONAS – TRC
Travel up the Tambopata River for 3 to 4 hours into the pristine heart of the reserve. Along the way you may see macaws, herons, kingfishers, and cormorants and you will note a difference in the wildlife. Arrival at Tambopata Research Center (TRC) in the late morning. Afternoon hike through the 1.5 km. bamboo trail, famous for the abundance of rare birds that live exclusively in this habitat. (B,L.D)

DAY 4 / TRC
At dawn, enjoy the World’s largest macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. After a mid-morning breakfast, you will hike the 2.8 km. (1.5 mile) ocelot trail and concentrate on the forest itself and discuss general rain forest ecology with the guide. After late lunch, take a short 5-minute boat ride to a small creek in the forest and, if lucky, you may surprise a tapir. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 / TRC – POSADA AMAZONAS
Visit the clay lick and then return for breakfast. Continue with a short 5-minute boat ride to a small drying oxbow lake to spend the morning on a platform observing some of its birdlife. Afternoon return to the Posada Amazonas for overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 / POSADA AMAZONAS – PUERTO MALDONADO
You will depart on a 2-hour boat ride back to Puerto Maldonado and the airport. (B)
* Daily departures

Manu ReserveManu boasts more than 200 species of mammals, including 12 kinds of primates, more than 800 species of birds, the highest diversity of amphibians in the Amazon Basin, and more insect species in one tree than all the insect species recorded in the British Islands. The park is crossed by the 300 Km. long Manu River which flows in curves, skirting hills of several sizes. This meandering favors the formation of temporary and permanent lakes that provide and ideal refuge for many species of birds

DAY 1 / CUZCO – MANU LODGE
Depart Cuzco in the early morning for a 45-minute flight to Boca Manu airstrip, at the mouth of the Manu River. Board your river boat for a 4-hour journey up the Manu River of the Manu Lodge for a chance to see, among others, large black caimans and maybe even a magnificent jaguar. Overnight at lodge. (L,D)

DAY 2 / MANU – OXBOW JUAREZ LAKE
Morning excursion on the trails near Manu Lodge. Enjoy the pristine Oxbow Juarez Lake that harbors communities of amazing birds, monkeys and caymans. Now and then families of giant otters visit the lake and troops of monkeys can be seen from the lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 / MANU – MIRADORS
Dawn visits to miradors located near the lodge will reward you with the sighting of several species of primates and birds. Afternoon boat excursion to a spectacular macaw and parrot roosting and nesting site. (B,L,D)
* Optional canopy climbing.

DAY 4 / MANU
Boat ride to other trail systems and oxbow lakes, such as lake Salvador where the visitors will take a catamaran lake excursion. Learn about the wide array of medicinal plants that grow in the rainforest. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 / MANU – CUZCO
Boat transfer to Boca Manu airstrip for flight to Cuzco. (B)
* Itinerary subject to change according to weather conditions.
* Macaw clay lick camping 2 day trips are available only with 8 day itineraries

DAY 1 / CUZCO – MANU WILDLIFE CENTER
A 35-minute flight will take you from Cuzco to the Boca Manu airstrip for a 2 hour motor canoe transfer to the lodge for lunch. The afternoon will be spent exploring some of the 30 miles of clean forest trails that surround the lodge, having an excellent chance to encounter some species of monkeys. After dinner hike for 60-75 minutes through the night forest to the Amazon’s largest known tapir clay lick. (L,D).

DAY 2 / MANU WILDLIFE CENTER
Rise before dawn to go on a 25-minute boat ride to see parrots and macaws at a large clay lick. A catamaran takes visitors closer for excellent view of these colorful animals. Return for lunch. The afternoon is spent visiting one of the two oxbow lakes found in the area. These lakes have a big variety of water birds, including the prehistoric-looking hoatzin, and also house giant otters. After dinner, another opportunity to visit the tapir clay lick. (B,L,D).

DAY 3 / MANU WILDLIFE CENTER
A dawn rise to explore the forest trails and see the fruit trees that sustain large monkey communities as well as numerous species of birds or an early visit to one or both of the lakes before exploring the forest trails. After lunch, further opportunity to explore more of the forest in the vicinity of the lodge. It is also possible to spend time behind special blinds to observe and perhaps photograph the brilliantly colored dancing birds called manakins. After dinner, you can once again visit the tapir clay lick. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 / MANU – CUZCO
Rising at dawn you board the motor canoe for the two-hour return trip to the Boca Manu landing strip, from where you will fly to Cuzco bringing your jungle adventure to its end

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ADVENTURE PROGRAMS
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
This trek along well preserved stretches of the Inca road to Machu Picchu takes you high over mountain passes and down through jungle covered Inca ruins before reaching Machu Picchu, making this one of the world’s most beautiful treks.

DAY 1 / CUZCO – LLAQTAPATA
Transfer from Cuzco to Chillca for the beginning of your trek at the Km 77. Five hour walk to the Llaqtapata ruins, (3,200 meters above sea level, 6.5 miles) with rest stops along the way. Exploration of the ruins and overnight. (L, D)

DAY 2 / LLAQTAPATA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA
Following the Kusicancha River, the trail leads to Wayllabamba, a quiet village of Inca origin and the last main settlement on the Inca trail route before Machu Picchu. After lunch, commence the ascent up the Warmiwañusca pass to the campsite at Llulluchapampa at 3,200 meters above sea level (11,800 ft.) 12.20 km. in 5 hours (6.5 miles). (B, L, D)

DAY 3 / LLULLUCHAPAMPA – PUYUPATAMARCA
The longest day of trek: 15.2 km. in 8-9 hours (9.5 miles). Continue up the Warmiwañusca pass to the valley of the Pacaymayo River with its tropical vegetation. After crossing the Runkurakay pass (3,987 m. – 13,000 ft.), the jungle becomes visible on the slopes of the mountains. The trail continues through high jungle with vines, exotic flowers, an Inca tunnel and across a bridge above the lovely Puyupatamarca ruins. The views of the Urubamba and the snow-capped peaks of the Veronica and Salkantay, make these ruins one of the most beautiful places on the trail. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 / PUYUPATAMARCA – MACHU PICCHU
Descend to Wiñaywayna ruins (2,599 m.- 8,500 ft.), a small Inca city which, like Machu Picchu, was abandoned for unknown reasons. Reach Intipunku, the gate of the Sun in time for lunch and enjoy the fantastic view of the lost city itself, Machu Picchu set in a grandiose landscape that amazes all spectators. Walk down to the valley floor to camp in Puente Ruinas. 8.96 km. in 5-hour walk (5.6 miles). Option to visit Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 / MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO
Visit the fantastic stone edification of Machu Picchu, probably the most outstanding feat of engineering in all ancient America. Temples, stairways, palaces and gabled stone dwellings are scattered everywhere, testifying to the energy and ingenuity of the builders. Afternoon return by train to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel.
* Daily departures.
* Fixed departure programs also available with tour restrictions.

DAY 1 / CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU
Morning train from Cuzco to the Km. 104 of the trek. Begin walking to the Wiñayhuayna ruins, where you will stop for lunch, visiting the Chachabamba ruins on the way. A two-hour walk will then lead through a more temperate climate, with a more diverse flora and fauna, to the first sighting of Machu Picchu, where you will arrive in the early evening. Begin your descent to Puente Ruinas to camp. You have the option to hire a bus to Aguas Calientes for a visit to the thermal baths (thermomedicinal waters). (L, D)

DAY 2 / MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO
Early buses to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to Cuzco. Transfer to hotel. (B, L)
* Daily departures.

Cordillera Blanca TrekThis trek cover at least 70 km. (43.5 miles) within the Huascaran National Park, and affords breathtaking vistas of snow-capped Andean peaks, including Huascaran, Peru’s highest mountain. The Cordillera Blanca is the highest mountain chain in the tropics. Our trek will take you over mountain passes as high as 4,700 meters (15,420 ft.) and skirts by turquoise mountain lakes.

DAY 1 / HUARAZ – VAQUERIA
Drive via Yungay to Lake Llanganuco. Short afternoon acclimatization hike, across a 4,754 meters (15,500 ft.) pass where the view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks of Huascaran, Huandoy and Chacraraju is breathtaking, down to Vaqueria where the tents will be put up for the first camp. (B, L, D)

DAY 2 / VAQUERIA – TUCTU
Walk down towards Colcapampa, through the Huaripampa valley. As we slowly head up this valley, the snow-capped peaks of Paria and Taulliraju will come into view. Camp in the vicinity of Paria or Tuctu. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 / TUCTU – TAULLIPAMPA
The trail starts ascending towards Punta Union, a pass at 4,700 m. (15,711 feet). The mount Taullirau’s glacial lake and glacier will add color and contrast to the amazing view down the Santa Cruz valley. The peaks of Santa Cruz, Quitaraju, Artesonraju will come into view in Taullipampa, where we will camp at 3,800 meters (12,464 ft.). (B, L, D)

DAY 4 / TAULLIPAMPA – LLAMACORRAL
Walk along the valley of Arhuacocha and continue down the Santa Cruz valley. Finally, towards the end of the day, we walk out of the ever-narrowing gulley into Llamacorral to camp. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 / LLAMACORRAL – HUARAZ
Reaching Cashapampa in early morning, we meet a vehicle to take us back to Huaraz, arriving in the afternoon. (B, L)
* Daily departures.
* Fixed departure dates on Sundays (April to October)

River RaftingVisitors will have the chance to run one of the Peru’s principal river, the Urubamba River in Cusco. The Urubamba is a gentle river with few rapids, and is highly recommended for river runners of all ages. We provide a one or two-day trip along this river, from Huambutio or Pisac, to Ollantaytambo. Other rivers, like the Apurimac are recommended for more experienced river runners
Mountain BikeDeparture by bus to the entrance of the town of Maras to begin the bike circuit to Moray and observe the fantastic salt mines. From this point, you will ride down hill to the main road for the return to Cusco. Picnic lunch included.
* Minimum 2 passengers.
* Other circuits, like surrounding ruins of Cusco, also available upon request
Horseback RideRide on horseback to the archaeological park area which includes Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and other important places, as well through the old road of the district of Corao. (25.28 km. – 15.8 miles).
* Minimum 2 passengers.
* Other circuits also available upon request
SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS
Beyond the Evident

Beyond the Evident
Condor Travel can arrange a la carte programs with special focus including botany, anthropology, folklore and Andean music, museums and colonial churches. No matter what your special interest, we can tailor any program to your needs. Here are some suggestions:

Mysticism
Peru’s folk healers draw on their knowledge of the past to cure their `patients´ in ceremonies imbued with a mixture of traditional medicine, Catholicism and the use of hallucinogens, like the San Pedro cactus.

Weaving
Contemporary Andean weavers are heirs to a rich textile repertoire that goes back thousands of years. Condor Travel can arrange weaving workshops, lectures by weavers and textile experts and visits to Peru’s leading collections of ancient textiles. We can also organize excursions to some of Peru’s most famed weaving centers, like Chincheros near Cusco. For those interested in llamas and alpacas, tours to camelid breeding stations and modern factories in Arequipa and Lima can also be arranged.

Archaeology
The pre-Inca and Inca cultures of Peru created some of the most stunning artworks and monuments known to mankind. Condor Travel can tailor an itinerary to meet your interest in Peruvian archaeology, including visits to Peru’s major archaeological museums, slide lectures and visits to excavations in process, when possible.

Ecotourism
Peru, a privileged country claiming `megadiversity´ status, has 84 of the 103 ecosystems in the world and 28 of the 32 climates on the planet. It offers also some of the best ecoturism destinations in areas like the pristine rainforest of Puerto Maldonado or the canopy walkway near Iquitos. On request, Condor Travel will furnish detailed itineraries, maps and lists of what to bring.

Agriculture
Tailor made agriculture programs can be arranged for specialized groups interested in the different variety of products we export to other countries like cotton, asparagus, mangos, lucuma, etc. Lectures by specialists in this field can be also given.

Botany
Roughly 35,000 species of plants exist in the Peruvian territory, over 20,000 have been identified and the rest are endemic. There are around 900 species of orchids and also many types of medicine plants that have been extracted from the forest trees, shrubs and flowers like `uña de gato´ (cats claw), hallucinogenic plants like ayahuasca, etc. You can also find in the Andes, rare plants like Puya Raimondi, considered the world’s largest bromeliad, with 8,000 inflorescence and sizes of up to 10 meters high.

Birdwatching
Because of its tropical location and its large number of ecosystems, Peru is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Condor Travel can prepare customized birdwatching tours, led by expert ornithologists, to a variety of wildlife reserves and unique birdwatching areas, ranging from the tropical dry forest of northern Peru, to coastal wetlands filled with resident and migratory birds, to the imposing Andes and its majestic condor, and to the eastern flanks of the Andes and the lowland rainforest.

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