The largest protected wetland in the world, the reserve is home to unusual flora and some of the largest populations of wildlife in the entire Amazon. Visit Paracas, an important marine conservation center, and the ancient city of Lima. Fascinating archaeological sites and monumental works of art from long-lost tribes complete this unique journey, guaranteed to be not only an adventurous vacation, but an enriching learning experience, as well.
Very Active. May involve strenuous hikes, severe stair climbing, arduous activities, in some cases in extreme weather conditions, heat, high elevation and humidity.
The only thing predictable about Peru's weather is its unpredictability. In fact, it's not uncommon to experience all four seasons in a single day. Generally speaking, Peru has two seasons, wet and dry, but in a country as geographically diverse as Peru, local weather patterns vary greatly. In the highlands, the dry season is between June and October. The Amazon experiences rain, heat and more rain and heat – the wettest months are December through May, but even then it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time. The desert coast is arid. From January to March the sky is clear and the air tends to be hot and sticky. Peruvians go to the beach at this time. The rest of the year the gray coastal mist known as garua moves in.
Board your flight to Lima, where you will be escorted to your hotel, known for its understated elegance. Next day, enjoy a guided tour of Peru’s ancient capital. Visit the Plaza de Armas, a UNESCO World Heritage site; stop by the Archaeological Museum; and take in the spectacular ocean views. Optional trips to the Gold Museum or ancient pueblos can also be arranged. Enjoy a traditional dinner in a pre-Columbian temple. SONESTA EL OLIVAR HOTEL. (Meals Aloft; B, D)
Drive south to Ica and then board a plane for one of the great mysteries of South America: the Nazca Lines, visible only from air. Over 2,000 years ago, massive line drawings were etched into the Pampa Coloradan plateau. Natural forces have preserved the images, believed to have been created for the gods. After lunch, visit the Regional Museum for a close look at well-preserved mummies that reveal the Nazca’s practice of surgery. In the evening, relax at your hotel, renowned for exceptional service and numerous activities. HOTEL LIBERTADOR PARACAS. (B,L,D)
Explore Paracas National Reserve, one of the top marine conservation centers in the world. Visit the renowned archaeological museum and drive along the peninsula to see its diverse inhabitants: whales, sea lions, otters, the Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Diving Petrel and Blue-footed Boobies. Continue on a short boat trip past the famed “Candelabra” petroglyph to the Ballestas Islands, known as the Galapagos of Peru because of their impressive marine life. HOTEL LIBERTADOR PARACAS.
Enjoy the morning in Paracas before departing for the pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac, once one of the holiest shrines in the central Andes. “The Earth’s Creator” is noted for its great pyramidal temples and the frescoes adorning its walls. An on-site museum features ceramics, textiles and idols found in the complex. SONESTA EL OLIVAR HOTEL. (B)
Catch a glimpse of the Amazon as you fly to the rainforest city of Iquitos and board your bus to Nauta, where you luxury vessel awaits. The M/V AQUA comprises of 12 over-sized suites, each handsomely decorated with exquisite views. On board, enjoy gourmet cuisine and highly skilled naturalists. Sunset is a kaleidoscope of colors and at night, the dark sky lights up with shooting stars. AQUA. (B,D)
In the morning board skiffs to explore the vast Amazon flooded forest, going through a ‘gallery forest,’ where narrow vegetation creates a tunnel of leaves. Search for parrots, macaws and monk saki monkeys, all easily spotted from your skiff. After lunch visit a local village where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with natives and discover how they learn to cultivate wild plants and trees for their livelihood. AQUA. (B,L,D)
This morning choose from two optional excursions, one to enter into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in search of howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys and many bird species, along with the wide variety of flora and fauna available in the region. Enjoy a fantastic picnic lunch before returning back to the vessel. On the other excursion, learn about the various sustainable resource management projects going on in the Amazon and visit where locals plant palm trees for oil. You may see artificial nests set to protect turtle eggs, and learn of the importance of various plants in the rainforest, including the famous Kapok Trees of the Amazon basin. Enjoy a siesta aboard the ship after lunch, and enjoy a late afternoon skiff excursion in search of rare primates, alligators, caimans, tree boas, frogs and over 200 species of birds. AQUA. (B,L,D)
Early in the morning, enjoy breakfast and look forwards to an unbelievable encounter with gray and pink river dolphins as you stop by a popular dolphin feeding spot. Listen as the sounds of the Amazon rainforest greets you as you journey towards Charo Lake through the Tahuayo River. At Charo, enjoy an opportunity to go fishing for over 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin, including the infamous piranha. Return to ship and enjoy a specially prepared farewell dinner. AQUA. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a last excursion to see how natives live along the Amazon as you float by the lively riverside community of Belen. See houses and shops that float on the river, and watch as locals go about their daily lives. In the afternoon, return to Iquitos where you’ll visit the Manatee Rescue Center to learn of the conservation efforts to save this wondrous animal and shop for crafts and souvenirs at the San Juan Amazonian Indian Market. In the evening, board your flight back to Lima where you’re transferred to your hotel. The following day, return home a changed person as you take a bit of the Amazon back with you. RAMADA HOTEL. (B,L,D; B,Meals Aloft)
Fly to Cusco, once the capital of the Incan Empire a lovely city with colorful indigenous culture. Visit the Incan ruins at Ollantaytambo and the town of Pisac with its bustling market and magnificent citadel. Then it’s off by rail to legendary Machu Picchu – the ‘lost’ city of the Incas. Hike into a mystical past marked by the remains of temples, houses, terraces, gardens and the stunning Sun Gate. Return to Cusco and explore the nearby temples of the Sun and the Moon, as well as the fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
Sonesta El Olivar Lima combines the tranquility of San Isidro's majestic "Olive Grove Wood" with comfort and services suitable for either for business and leisure travel.
It is located near a nature reserve where you can admire marine life (sea lions, flamingos, dolphins, penguins) and where the Paracas culture flourished nearly two millennia before the Incas.
The 130-foot-long, M/V Aqua is the first true luxury cruise ship on the northern Amazon River in Peru and was custom built for Aqua Expeditions by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig in 2007 to offer an extraordinary level of comfort for our guests.
This luxury hotel is conveniently located close to the airport. The meticulous staff will ensure that every need is accommodated.
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