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Exploring the Amazon Rain Forest !
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DAY 01 MIAMI-LIMA
Arrive and overnight at hotel Costa Sol by Lima
DAY 02 LIMA-IQUITOS-AMAZON RAIN FOREST –
Depart Lima for Iquitos. Flight takes about one hour and thirty
Reception at the airport and transfer to the Explorama dock. Fifty mile journey
down the Amazon River to Yanamono Stream where Explorama Lodge is located.
Afternoon hike along the "Lake Trail" through lowland rainforest which is
seasonally flooded. This trail is traversed by open boat during high water
Lunch, Dinner Overnight Explorama Lodge
03 AMAZON RAIN FOREST Explorama Lodge
Morning hike along the "Bushmaster Trail" where scientific studies by the
Missouri Botanical Gardens have found one of the world's highest biodiversity of
trees per square hectare. Your guide will point out many examples of native
plants used as remedies by local people. Afternoon canoe trip along the Amazon
in search of either of the two species of freshwater dolphin found in the river.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight Explorama Lodge
DAY 04 AMAZON RAIN FOREST Explornapo Lodge
Explorama Lodge - ExplorNapo Lodge
After breakfast, a boat ride down the Amazon and up the Napo River to the
ExplorNapo Reserve and ExplorNapo Lodge. Afternoon hike through primary, terra
firme rainforest. Evening excursion by open boat along the Sucusari Stream in
search of caiman and to enjoy the night sounds and stars of the Southern sky.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight ExplorNapo Lodge
DAY 05 AMAZON RAIN FOREST ExplorNapo Lodge-Canopy Walkway
Morning hike to the Canopy Walkway, a suspended bridge spanning 500 meters
(one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms and reaching a height of over
35 meters (115 feet) above the forest floor. Here there is time to observe a
part of the rainforest rarely seen by man but accessible without any type of
climbing skill or equipment. Afternoon excursion to a black water oxbow lake
formed when water from the Napo River became separated from the main flow of the
river. These lakes are often covered with giant Victoria Regia water lilies and
can offer a view of the elusive Hoatzin bird.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight ExplorNapo Lodge
DAY 06 AMAZON RAIN FOREST ExplorNapo Lodge - Ceiba Tops
Morning boating excursion along one of the Napo tributaries spotting for sloth,
birding and fishing for piranha. Also a chance to visit some of the local river
people called "ribereños" whose houses are seen along the river. Afternoon boat
trip back to Ceiba Tops where private rooms with electricity and air
conditioning begin your return to "civilization". On the return trip you will
pass the town of Francisco de Orellana, where a statue is erected to the
intrepid explorer who in 1542 at the mouth of the Napo River became the first
European to see the Amazon River.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight Ceiba Tops
07 AMAZON RAIN FOREST Ceiba Tops
Morning visit to the neighboring Yagua Indian Community, an explanation of their
native culture, blow gun demonstration and a chance to purchase or trade for
their crafts. Afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve
surrounding Ceiba Tops where many huge trees are festooned in epiphytes.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight Ceiba Tops
For information about theExplorama lodges click here
DAY 08 AMAZON-IQUITOS-USA
Your choice of open boat ride or hike for the morning or a chance to relax in a
hammock and enjoy the sounds of the surrounding rainforest. Transfer to Iquitos
by boat and bus to the airport for your departure to Lima.
Arrive in Lima and connect with your flight back to USA or
continue to Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
2015 LAND TOUR COST PER PERSON SHARE DOUBLE US$2293
Includes local airfare Lima-Iquitos-Lima
Local airfare Lima-Iquitos-Lima.
6 nights jungle lodge accommodations with all meals,
excursions, visit to Indian tribes and English speaking naturalist guides; 1 night in
Lima at hotel Costa Sol by Lima airport. All transfers by car & by boat from/to
Iquitos; room taxes and service charges.
AIRFARE. Insurance.• Tips to tour guide or bus driver. •Any other service not mentioned
in itinerary. • USA departure tax/security/fuel surcharges of $188 (changes
daily...please call) and Lima and Iquitos $5.00 each and upon leaving Peru
$28.00. International airfare.
The Salcantay Trek to
Mountain Lodges of Peru offers “Adventure
at its finest”: the opportunity to experience the essence of adventure within
the realm of creature comforts. … it is a unique opportunity to experience
ancient history in the Land of the Incas, contemporary manifestations of
deep-founded culture, the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and
fauna, culinary surprises, the determination of local people to progress
In MLP’s Machu Picchu Lodge-Lodge
experience, trekkers spend one night each at three Trekker’s Lodges located at
strategic points along the route: Huayraccmachay, Collpapampa and Lucmabamba.
Although MLP’s Trekker’s Lodge are smaller in size (only 6 guest rooms per
lodge), each one of them offers the same amenities as the base lodge.
10 days/8 nights
Day 01 U.S.A-LIMA:
Depart USA. Overnight flight
to Lima, Peru. (International air not included)
Day 02 LIMA-CUZCO :
Arrive in Lima and after
going thru customs and immigration continue to the domestic flight counters to
check-in for flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival you will be met and transfer to hotel
Sonesta Cuzco. Balance of day to rest and get used to
the high altitude.
City of Cuzco-Map
DAY 03 CUSCO to SALKANTAY
LODGE & ADVENTURE RESORT at SORAYPAMPA (3,800 m/12,500 ft).
After an early breakfast, guests will be picked up starting at 7:00 am at their
hotel in Cusco by an MLP guide and vehicle in direction to the Salkantay Lodge &
Adventure Resort (SLAR) in Soraypampa. En route we will take a short break to
visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs
from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, we pass through the mountain village of
Mollepata where we stop for a short coffee break before ascending a winding
mountain road to a place called Marcoccasa (30 minutes from Mollepata by
Here, we will begin our trek to Soraypampa, on an old route called the “Camino
Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity for guests to acclimate and enjoy
a mild & beautiful 4 hour trek on their first day. (Hiking level: moderate).
(Optional: guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge in the
The SLAR takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley – the “Salkantay”,
the 2nd most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 20,600 ft (6,270 m), the
highest in the region.
After a warm welcome by our friendly staff, the guests will be shown to their
rooms and have time to wash-up. The first afternoon is spent at leisure to
adjust to the altitude. An evening briefing by the fireplace is followed by
aperitifs and dinner.
Note.- Lunch on DAY 1 is a box lunch
DAY 04: SORAYPAMPA.
This day is spent at leisure for rest or activities, depending upon guests’
level of acclimatization. The most popular activity at Soraypampa is a half-day
hike (3-4 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging) to a glacial lake where
the more adventurous might take a very short swim! This activity is excellent
for acclimatization and a first immersion into high-mountain trekking! In the
afternoon, guests may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in
our outdoor jacuzzi. In the evening, the guide will brief the trekking party on
gear and the itinerary for the next four days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are
taken at the
DAY 05: SORAYPAMPA to WAYRA LODGE at HUAYRACCMACHAY (3,850m/12,600 ft).
This is the big day: the start of the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. After an
early start we will hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across
from the Salkantay. The highest point on the trek is a pass at 4,600 m (15,000
ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba
Range in every direction, the south face of Salkantay towering above us. We will
keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass
we continue our descent toward the Wayra Lodge (“Wayra”: wind; ‘the place where
the wind lives’) our destination for the evening. A hot lunch is taken en route.
Dinner and overnight at the Lodge. (Hiking time: 4-6 hours. Total excursion time
for day: 5-7 hours. Hiking level: challenging with a 15,000 feet high pass.
DAY 06: HUAYRACCMACHAY to COLPA LODGE at COLLPAPAMPA (2,800m/9,200 ft).
Following the long first day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. We
then begin our trek by hiking downhill above the Salkantay River, through
increasingly verdant scenery. Our arrival at the next lodge encounters a “Pachamanca”-style
lunch (subject to availability; traditional underground stone cooking). The Colpa Lodge is located in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers.
The outdoor hot tub in this lodge has prominent views of lush green mountains
and a small, far-away, local town. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (Hiking
time: 3-4 hours. Hiking level: easy to moderate).
DAY 07: COLLPAPAMPA to LUCMA LODGE at LUCMABAMBA (2,100m/6,900 ft).
After an early breakfast we head down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through
more populated rural areas with coffee plantations (said to be one of the best
organic coffees in the world!), bananas, ‘granadillas’, and orchards. We stop
along the river for a hot picnic lunch. After another hour of trekking a private
vehicle arrives to take us to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail”
(30-minute drive). From the head of the trail it is a short climb (30 min.) to
the Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. We arrive in time to allow for
exploration of the small village of Lucmabamba and possible meeting with members
of the local community. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours. Total excursion time for day:
6-8 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging, basically due to distance, not
Day 08: LUCMABAMBA to AGUAS CALIENTES (1,900 m/6,200 ft).
After an early start and a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek.
We head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata pass (2,700 m/8,900ft), where we
come upon a distant but quite special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest, a
view few tourists ever glimpse; an added value are the Llactapata Ruins, which
have recently been restored.
Lunch is provided at the observatory, in view of Machu Picchu. We then begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush
bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations (2-3 hour descent).
Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short (30 minutes), scenic train ride
away. (Total hiking time: 4-6 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging).
We then arrive in Aguas Calientes to check-in to our hotel for the night.
Day 09: Machu Picchu (2,450m/8,000 ft) to Cusco
We wake up early to have breakfast at the hotel and then make our way to the bus
station for the ride up to Machu Picchu (30 min). A complete guided tour of
Machu Picchu will be provided (2 hours). Guests will have about 4 additional
hours to explore the site on their own (there is a lot to do and see).
Afterwards, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to go to the
train station for the afternoon departure. The train takes us to Ollantaytambo
(1½ hrs), where a private vehicle awaits to take us to Cusco (1 ½ hrs). Upon
arrival in Cusco (approximately 7-8pm) Transfer to hotel Sonesta Cuzco.
Day 10 Cuzco-Lima-USA
Transfer to the airport for
flight to Lima and connections. (B)
per person -share double
(includes local airfare)
airfare is not included. (available upon request). Jan
& Feb Mountain Lodges are closed.
City of Cuzco-Map
: Pays 50% supplement -
RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.
From Miami $600-900, Atlanta $700-990, Los Angeles & San
Francisco $900-1200; New York $800-1100; Seattle $900-1200....Call your travel
agent or Tara Tours at 1-800-327-0080. Just remember -no airfare is good- until
ticketed....these are only sample air fares.
US$600.00 at the time of booking.
60 days before departure.
DELUXE AMAZON RIVER CRUISE
Visiting The mighty Amazon Region & The Pacaya Samiria National Park
River Cruise for 7 nights
9 days/8 nights
Day 01 Friday Miami-Lima
Depart USA for Lima, Peru. Arrive and transfer to hotel located by Lima airport
Day 02 Saturday : Lima-Iquitos-Amazon River
Transfer to the airport for flight to Iquitos. Arrive in Iquitos and transfer to
your luxury 12-suite expedition vessel, M/V Aqua, your home for the next four or
eight days. Check into your luxurious, oversized suite, and as you settle in,
will start its journey toward the Yarapa River, an estuary of the Amazon. You
are embarking on a spectacular
adventure, to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world
travelers. Your days in this hidden part of the world will be a dramatic study
in contrasts. Imagine seeing rare howler monkeys and pink dolphins and harpy
eagles (not to mention exotic six-foot-wide water lily pads) by day, and then
returning to exquisite gourmet meals, paired with some of the finest wines from
all of South America. In the evening, you may go on another expedition, or you
may simply want to sit out on the top deck, sip a Pisco sour, and count the
stars. The choices are yours. (B,D)
More info about the M/N Aqua
Day 03 Sunday : Yanayacu/Yarapa River
Wake up on the Yanayacu River, throw open your curtains, and you may well see a
great snowy egret, white against the green of the jungle. Keep your binoculars
with you on your early morning bird watching excursion, to catch sight of russet
and blue tiger herons, vivid masked crimson tanagers, graceful storks, blue and
yellow macaws, and black-headed parrots . . . just some of the 250 species of
birds that you will spot as you glide along the river. In the afternoon, you
will board the ship’s small skiffs and float to Corriente Lake, where you will
have the oncein- a-lifetime chance to fish for freshwater red-bellied, black,
white, and purple piranha. The fishing is good year round, but is spectacular in
the dry season. Amazonia is home to more than 2,700 species of fish . . . more
than can be found in all of the Atlantic Ocean. Later that day, we will visit
the small village of San Juan del Amazonas, where some 80 descendants of the
famed Cocama Indians still live in thatched stilt houses, carrying on their
tribe’s traditions and earning their living by fishing. (B,L,D)
Day 04 Monday: Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, Pacaya Samiria
Today passengers have two choices:
Option 1: Full-Day Excursion - Journey from Yanayacu Creek all the way to remote
Chingana, a small creek where giant river otter usually nest. These handsome
animals were killed in great numbers for their pelts, and are now threatened
with extinction. On this excursion, you will also see howler and capuchin
monkeys, the squirrel sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river
dolphins, and a vast variety of birds.
Option 2: Guided Jungle Walk/Siesta/Monkey and Dolphin Expedition –
This morning your Park Ranger will tell you all about sustainable resource
management projects in Amazonia. After lunch and a siesta, your naturalist
guide will take you on a Monkey and Dolphin Expedition. You are likely to see
all four of the most common species of freshwater dolphins—including the unusual
pink ones—found in the Amazon. Later, keep your eyes directed toward the jungle
canopy, where you can spot at least 10 of the 13 species of monkeys resident in
the National Park, including tamarins and howler, woolly, and pigmy marmoset
Day 05 Tuesday : Birthplace of the Amazon/Nauta Caño/Ucayali
River and Puerto Miguel
Today, the M/V Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a
flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon
basin. Rise early and be on your skiffs at 5:30 a.m. to view one of the great
spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the
Here—where the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form
the world’s greatest waterway—nature is at its most dramatic. Your dawn
excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in small boats
past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray
tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot,
and dozens of other birds.
A post-breakfast excursion to Nauta Caño takes you into a wilderness populated
by squirrel monkeys, saddleback and black mantle tamarins, iguanas, tagu
lizards, and an abundance of tropical birds. (B,L,D)
Day 06 Wednesday : Tapiche River/El Sapote Creek
Today begins with an early morning journey via skiff along the remote Tapiche
River, to search for the magnificent, 3 1/2-feet-long harpy eagles. Chances are
good that you will also see umbrella birds, tanagers, stern looking chachalacas,
puff birds, and more on this expedition into the deep wilderness. After
breakfast, it’s time for piranha fishing on the Tapiche (where they are bigger
than elsewhere). (B,L,D)
Day 07 Thusday : Pacaya Samiria Reserve
Today is devoted to a full-day excursion into the wildlife-rich Pacaya Samiria
Reserve, so vast that it is the size of some Central American countries.
Traveling into the reserve in small boats, you will enter the black water lakes
collectively known as the Mirrored Forest, where you will view the almost
magical reflection of the towering trees in the glistening water. In addition to
the birds, caimans, monkeys, and dolphins of the Amazon jungle, you will also
see a rich array of flowers in a riot of colors. In the wet season, as the water
level rises, it is possible to travel deeper into the reserve, exploring its
farthest reaches. In the dry season, you can spot turtles, and the massive
jabiru—pink storks standing five feet tall, with nine-foot wingspans. After
dinner, those who choose to go out on the skiffs will have a chance to
experience the nightlife along the river—an intimidating array of yellow-crowned
brush-tailed bats, fishing bats, snakes, frogs, and tarantulas. (B,L,D)
Day 08 Friday : Ucayali/Amazon River/Sapo Playa/ “Jurassic
The day begins with a cruise down the Ucayali and Amazon Rivers. We make a stop
to visit the small, banana growing village of Sapo Playa, where you will need
items—t-shirts or school supplies—to barter for purchases. These friendly people
are eager hosts. You will have a delightful time with them and will get some
great photographs. Later that day and early evening, we will visit “Jurassic
Park,” a prehistoric-looking swamp where the giant, sixfoot in diameter lily
pads grow. Here, during the wet season, you will also have the chance to visit
lovely Chontilla Lake, rich with monkeys, birds, and dolphins. An optional night
expedition lets you view the massive water lilies again, and gives you a good
view of bats and night birds. Then it’s back to the ship, which sails toward the
Day 09 Saturday : Tahuayo River/Iquitos Tour/LIMA
Wake up for an early morning excursion on the Tahuayo River, to capture your
last sunrise photos. The morning light is a perfect time to snap pictures of the
rare pink dolphins, terns, and parrots. You will also have another chance to see
the famous, giant, six-foot-wide Victoria Regia lily pads. Then, transfer to the
airport for flight to Lima and connection to Miami. (B ,L) MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO
MIAMI AND CONNECTIONS.
Optional excursion to Cuzco, Nazca, Colca, Kuelap, Caral and many other
destinations in Peru are available upon request.
THE TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
One night hotel accommodations in Lima at Hotel Costa del Sol with Buffet
Breakfast. English speaking naturalist tour guides. 7 night cruise aboard the
M/V AQUA (Suite accommodations). All shore and boat excursions. Transfers
to/from piers, airports, hotels and boats. Meals as mentioned in itinerary
B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner and wine (while at the river cruise). Local
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Airfare from USA to Lima, Peru · Insurance (click here for more information) ·
Tips to tour guide or bus drivers. · Any other service not mentioned in
itinerary · Airport departure taxes in Lima and Cuzco $5.00 each and upon
departing Peru $28.00 and USA departure tax/fuel surcharges/security of US$88 to
140...(it changes all the time...we will advise you at the time of booking)
Land Tour Rates-Per person
(includes local airfare Lima-Iquitos-Lima)
Rates valid from Dec.01, 2014 to Dec.15, 2015
Single Supplement 3,870
INTERNATIONAL airfare not included:
Approximate cost airfare from Miami US$550-750 plus taxes. If you need
international airfare, please call your travel agent or Tara Tours at
1-800-327-0080. We can provide airfares from more than 100 USA cities. Please
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Prices are based on Suites. For Master Suite please add US$350 Per person
SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI: US$550-750 plus taxes
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