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. A very different water experience awaits you at the arid coast of Peru where you discover the research center at Punta San Juan and are dazzled by the myriad of Hamboldt penguins and other marine life. Explore Paracas, an important marine conservation area, and see the mysterious Nazca Lines by air. 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.
Board your flight to Lima, where you are escorted to your hotel, known for its understated elegance in the trendy San Ysidro suburb of Lima. Next day, enjoy a guided tour of Peru’s ancient capital. Visit the Plaza de Armas, a UNESCO World Heritage site, take a guided tour by a curator at the amazing Museo Larco, and marvel at the spectacular ocean views in Miraflores. Enjoy a traditional dinner in the pre-Columbian temple, the Huaca Puccllana. SONESTA EL OLIVAR HOTEL. (No Meals; B, D)
Start your drive south and stop at 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. Resume your drive to Nazca stopping by Queirolo Hacienda, a local winery to learn the production process of the most popular Peruvian drink, ‘pisco.’ End your day in Nazca at the fabulous Hotel Cantayo offering comfort in style surrounded by the picturesque desert. Next day, get an exclusive perspective on Punta San Juan Project’s work on the lives of the marine species of the Peruvian Coast, a rare opportunity since groups are not normally allowed to visit. Marvel at the host of species that are endemic to the Humbolt Current: Humbolt Penguin, petrels, Peruvian Pelican, cormorants, gulls, sea lions and fur seals. HOTEL CANTAYO SPA & RESORT. (B,L Daily)
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.
Board a plane for one of the great mysteries of South America: the Nazca Lines, visible only from the 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, take a close look at well-preserved mummies that reveal the Nazca’s practice of surgery at the Regional Museum. HOTEL PARACAS. (B,L)
Explore Paracas National Reserve, one of the top marine conservation centers in the world, 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 – playful sea lions come up to you at the boat. In the afternoon, return to Lima and check into your hotel, where your evening is at leisure. A culinary world hot spot, Lima has many excellent restaurants to choose from and your hotel is ideally situated. 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 your arrival. The DELFIN II comprises of 10 luxury suites and 4 master suites, each handsomely decorated with exquisite views. On board, enjoy gourmet cuisine and highly skilled naturalists, and even some Peruvian entertainment by the talented staff. Sunset is a kaleidoscope of colors and at night, the dark sky lights up with shooting stars. Set sail for Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, one of the world’s best natural parks. DELFIN II. (B,D)
In the morning board your 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, monk saki monkeys and the beautiful Blue Morpho butterfly, all easily spotted from your skiff. After lunch, get back on the skiffs for an unforgettable encounter with gray and pink river dolphins. Next day, by skiff (wet season) or on foot (dry season), go to Atun Poza LakeLook for several species of egrets, herons, hawks and Long-legged Neo-tropical Cormorants fishing for their meal. Marvel at social spiders and how their webs embrace huge parts of trees. Giant ceiba or kapok trees and a plethora of plant species surround you and if lucky, you may see giant otters with their large bodies, dark fur with spotted throat and noisy calls. In the afternoon, explore the Pacaya River and search on skiffs for red howler monkeys with their bright rust-colored fur and long prehensile tail. Stay on to reflect on the beautiful sunset and when it turns dark, look for Night Herons, Spectacled Owls, fish bats, and spectacled and black caimans. Stargazing is unique while fireflies light up the jungle around you! DELFIN II. (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)
Search for more wildlife this morning, including for some of the 25 different species of piranha in the Amazon basin, including black, white and red-bellied. From sandpipers to terns that hover and dive to catch fish, to egrets, jabirus, wood storks and kingfishers, this is a birder’s paradise! This afternoon, visit the Yanallpa community and meet with natives to discover how they learn to cultivate wild plants and trees for their livelihood. Then set sail for the Ucayali River as you’re enjoying a festive farewell dinner. DELFIN II. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a last excursion to see how natives live along the Amazon as you float by the lively riverside community of Puerto Miguel. Disembark in Nauta after lunch and drive back to Iquitos with a short stop at the Manatee Rescue Center to learn of the conservation efforts to save this wondrous animal. In the evening, board your flight back to Lima where you’re transferred to your airport hotel – COSTA DEL SOL RAMADA. Early next morning, return home a changed person as you take a bit of the Amazon and hospitable Peru back with you. (B,L,D; No Meals)
Fly to Cusco, once the capital of the Incan Empire, a lovely city with colorful indigenous culture, and drive to Yucay in the sacred valley of the Incas, a place of adventure, natural beauty, and rich history. Explore remarkable ruins, lively markets, and the beautiful rivers and forests before heading on by rail to Machu Picchu – the ‘lost’ city of the Incas, through some of the most breathtaking landscapes imaginable. This is an adventure not to be missed!
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.
Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 6 or more travelers, and are subject to change.
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