Peru is a place blessed with a deep rich history and an astonishing breadth of natural beauty. Begin in Lima, explore colonial mansions and view priceless collections of Incan Artifacts. Fly into one of the broadest expanses of rainforest in the world to cruise the Amazon River. See pink river dolphins navigating the black waters of the Amazon tributary Tahuayo River, and watch as endangered primates are cared for on Monkey Island. Fish for piranha in Nauta Caño, and go on night safari in search of caiman and fish bats. Experience life along the river with visits to traditional villages whose inhabitants are fed by the bounty of the jungle and the river that feeds it. Peru is an experience that cannot be described, only felt.
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 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. For the Inka Trek, it’s best to travel during the drier season, between April 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 and the water levels are high, meaning you do more boat activities, as opposed to the dry month when you can do more trekking.
Your journey begins as you board your flight to Lima where upon arrival you will be escorted to your hotel. Arise the next morning and enjoy a guided tour that will take you to the Plaza de Armas, the Archbishop palace and the Cathedral within an area of magnificent colonial buildings that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Continue on to the Larco Museum which is a compendium of pre-Columbian and pre-Incan artifacts housed within the former vice royal mansion built over a 7th Century pyramid. Dinner is at Huaca Pucllana which overlooks illuminated Incan ruins and specializes in contemporary Peruvian dishes. Your hotel is located in trendy San Isidro. ATTON HOTEL. (B,D)
Wing away from the urban jungle into the rainforest and your first look at one of the world’s most majestic rivers, the 3,900 mile long Amazon. Arrive in Iquitos and transfer to Itaya River port where you board your river vessel the AMAZON DISCOVERY. Spacious suites with large windows and an observation deck allow for eye popping views of the river, while friendly and attentive staff, excellent naturalists and meals prepared with the freshest ingredients will make for a most memorable adventure. Tonight enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and cocktails on the river. (B,D)
This morning you will awake to a chorus of Amazonian wildlife. After breakfast board a small skiff which will transport you to La Isla de los Monos (Monkey Island), where you will meet with conservationists who will describe their efforts to return sick and malnourished endangered primates to the wild. Eight species of endangered monkeys are cared for here including: Howlers, capuchins, dusky titis, pygmy marmosets, and petite tamarins. Afterward visit with the people of the Bora community and become acquainted with some of their traditions and beliefs. Here you will be treated to an exhilarating, stick-thumping, traditional dance performance. (B,L,D,)
Today navigate up the tannin rich black waters of the Tahuayo River to a favorite feeding ground of the pink river dolphin. Known as the boto, they are the largest freshwater dolphin in the world and you will have the opportunity to take a swim in this unique setting. Afterward, cruise up the Yarapa River while you enjoy lunch. Go ashore in an area of un-flooded forest and meet with a naturalist who will elucidate on the layers of the jungle, and point out various flora and fauna. Return to the ship for dinner. (B,L,D,)
Make your way to the birthplace of the mighty Amazon at the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers. Board a skiff in the cool of the early morning for some wildlife viewing at Piranha Caño then after breakfast make way for San Francisco Village where you will be greeted by local children of the Shipibo community. Assisted by an interpreter guide, visit their homes and school and peruse their embroidery and beadwork. Lunch is aboard ship. In the afternoon enter one of the most biologically diverse rainforests on earth and home to the Kapok tree which can grow to a height of 180 feet. Your naturalist guide will highlight interesting rainforest species and characteristics. (B,L,D)
This morning, board a skiff and navigate the black waters of the Yana Yacu Pucate River within the protective confines of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. This area explodes with avian brilliance exemplified by the multi-colored plumage of its many parrots. See pink and grey river dolphins cruising below the water’s surface and crane your neck upward to see red howler monkeys peering down at you from high treetops. Once you have finished your afternoon meal, embark on an exhilarating piranha fishing adventure in Nauta Caño and in the evening watch as the sunset reflects off of the placid black water, revealing the “mirrored forest”. When darkness falls, take up powerful spotlights for a night safari in search of herons, Spectacled Owls, exotic frogs, tree boas, fish bats, and caimans; in fact, your guide will show you a caiman up close as he takes a young one out of the water. This evening enjoy a refreshment while stargazing. (B,L,D,)
Cruise to the village of Santa Ana where you will be entertained with a dance performed by village children accompanied by music played by their parents. Peruse the village craft market afterward before returning to the ship. The rest of the afternoon is spent on a languorous scenic cruise of the river. This evening be treated to a gourmet farewell dinner at the floating Al Frio y al Fuego restaurant. Here Chef Carlos Sebastiani will prepare a delicious meal highlighting the area’s local culinary traditions. (B,L,D,)
This morning disembark in Iquitos and then take a short tour of this river town built during the rubber boom of the 19th Century. See the Casa de Fierro, designed by Gustave Eiffel, which was fabricated in Belgium and assembled here in 1890. Move on to the Manatee Rescue Center to see how they care for these gentle creatures. Have a picnic lunch then return to the airport for your flight back to Lima you connect with your flight home, arriving the next morning. (B,L)
Continue your exploration of Peru with the mystical ruins of the Inca from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Fly to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca, and drive to the Urubamba Valley to explore the fortress temple of Ollantaytambo, the Incan temple of Pisac, and shop at the colorful market of Pisac. Then wind your way on a most scenic ride by rail up narrow river gorges to the mysterious and glorious lost city of Machu Picchu, which straddles a high ridge with sheer cliffs on three sides above the roaring Urubamba River. Return to Cuzco, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere, and experience the Temples of the Sun and the Moon and the gigantic Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
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