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PERU -Extension programs


Extension to Manu National Park 

Manu offers by far the greatest quantity and diversity of animals and plants in the world. No other destination in Peru or beyond can compare. Nowhere else can you enjoy a superbly intact transect of tropical habitats from Andean grasslands and cloud forests down to foothill and lowland forests.
Manu boasts the highest bird, mammal, and plant diversity of any park on Earth, including 1,000 of the world's 9,700 bird species, 200 species of mammals, and 15,000 species of flowering plants. The most photogenic spectacles are frolicking Giant Otters, 1,000 parrots and macaws at a riverbank clay lick, dancing Cocks-of-the-Rock, habituated monkeys, and huge Lowland Tapirs at a forest clay lick. 

Manu Wildlife Center is located in a private, 40,000-acre rain forest reserve adjacent to the 1 million acre protected area named the "Amarakaeri Reserved Zone". The Center is the only lodge in the Manu lowlands with roomy, private bungalows, each of which has en suite private bathrooms complete with tiled, hot water showers.

Manu Wildlife Center  -5 days/4 nights-Cost per person

2016 Rates: Double US$2279; Triple $2250

What is included: 

Round trip transfers to and from the Cusco Airport; Round trip airfare from Cusco to Boca Manu; Round trip canoe transportation to the lodge; Private bungalows with private bathrooms; All meals and snacks; Purified drinking water and juices; Bilingual naturalist guide; Visits to macaw and tapir clay licks, oxbow lake, canopy platforms and trail hikes.







Extension to the Heath River Wildlife Center


Rainforest and Savannah


4 days/3 nights program
Departs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Fridays

Day 1 - Puerto Maldonado to Heath River Wildlife Center
We meet at the Puerto Maldonado airport and drive through town to the Tambopata River port. After boarding motorized canoes, we travel downriver to the mighty Madre de Dios, which we follow for approximately four hours to the Heath River. We then travel up this wild and intimate river, which forms the wilderness border between Peru and Bolivia, and arrive at the Heath River Wildlife Center. Note that the Lodge is located on the Bolivian side of the Heath River so passports are required to clear Bolivian passport control. (L, D).

Day 2 - Heath River Wildlife Center
We rise early in the morning to board a motorized canoe for the 10-minute journey up the Heath River to the macaw and parrot clay lick. Brightly-colored parrots and macaws fly in by the hundreds to feed on the clay that detoxifies certain seeds and nuts they eat. Marvel at the cacophony of sound and color as Red-and-green macaws vie for the best clay-eating position. A specially-designed floating blind allows for proximity and complete concealment -- so you can even have breakfast and coffee while the birds are performing their morning ritual.

When we return to the lodge, the guide leads us on an ethno-botanical walk through the forest, pointing out flora used in the daily lives of rainforest people. The guide explains how certain plants are used for medicinal or healing purposes, which ones can be made into the best bows and arrows, and how to select trees and leaves for home construction.
After lunch and a short rest, we hike through the rainforest to the Pampas del Heath, the largest remaining undisturbed savanna in the Amazon. The contrast is striking as we emerge from the mature rainforest onto the grassland plain of the Pampas. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Heath River Wildlife Center
We breakfast in the floating blind at the macaw and parrot clay lick for a last round of looks and photos. Then we return to the lodge to explore some trails.
After lunch we could visit the Ese'Eja native community of Sonene, where there will be an opportunity to interact with the community and purchase local handicrafts or explore the trails.
After dinner we'll explore the forest by flashlight, including a visit to a small mammal clay lick if it is active. (B,L,D)

Day 4- Heath River To Cusco or Lima
Early morning departure to Puerto Maldonado. During the river trip back downstream, families of Capybaras are often spotted on the banks of the river. Weighing up to 120 pounds (55 kilograms), this giant, three-toed relative of the guinea pig is the largest rodent in the world. If time permits we will also Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the airport for the flight back to Cusco or Lima. (B)



All meals Twin Triple Single
4 days/3 nights (Departs Mon,Tue,Thu, Fri) US$925 880 1330
5 days/4 nights (Departs Mon & Thu) 1188 1096 1492

Other departure days available...add US$200 per person.
Airfare not included (approximated cost from  Lima US$350-400 and from Cuzco $250). Have your Travel Agent call Tara Tours for further information.





Extension to Kuelap & Cajamarca




7 days-6 nights (from May to October only)


Locally Escorted



In the morning you will depart from Chiclayo by private car/bus with air conditioning. You will arrive in the late afternoon in Chachapoyas. Box lunch and dinner included. Overnight at Hostal El Chillo (L, D).


After breakfast you will visit Kuelap, a spectacular pre-Inca walled city hidden atop a precipitous mountain. Although Kuelap was discovered 60 years before Machu Picchu, it is not as well-known to the outside world. Nevertheless recent amazing discoveries in nearby areas that relate to Kuelap and to its history have captured the attention of archaeologists, international magazines and film companies. Box Lunch. Following your visit to Kuelap, you will return to Chillo for the night. On the way you will have the opportunity to stopover to observe the burial towers of Macro. an outpost of the Chachapoyas culture built into cliffs overlooking the Utcubamba River. It's unique location allowed for contact via signal fires with the fortress, high above in the mountains and visible through a cleft in the valley hills. Dinner and overnight at Hostal El Chillo (B, L, D).


In the morning, light trek to Macro, an outpost built into cliffs by the Chachapoyas culture, overlooking the Utcubamba River. Return to the hotel. After lunch, you will enjoy an excursion to visit the colorful funeral buildings of Revash perched on a ledge up high on a cliff. You will return to Chillo for the night. Dinner and overnight at Hostal El Chillo (B, L, D).


Morning visit the museum of Leimebamba with the pre-Inca mummies recently discovered in the Laguna de Los Condores. Then we will start a light trek to La Congona, a spectacular settlement pattern of the Chachapoyas. In this area you will be able to discover outstanding friezes and defensive towers still virgin in the jungle. After picnic lunch return to Chachapoyas for dinner and overnight at local hostal. (B/L/D)


This morning you will be driven to Celendin, crossing two cordilleras (mountain ranges) and several different habitats, such as cloud forests, agricultural lands, desert-like areas and the Marañon Canyon. Box lunch on the way. Overnight at Celendin Hotel (B, L, D).

Comments: The journey from Chachapoyas to Celendin, by way of Marañon Canyon, is one of Peru’s most spectacular drives. The Marañon River forms one of the deepest canyons, and you descend through different ecosystems from over 10,000 feet in altitude to the town of Balsas at 4,000 feet. After crossing the river you ascend back through the various habitats to nearly 10,000 feet above sea level (B, L, D).


After breakfast, you begin the journey to Cajamarca. You will stop for lunch in this lovely colonial town. In the afternoon, you will have an excursion to the "Ventanillas de Otuzco", a Pre-Inka cemetery that features a gallery of secondary burial niches (located 5 miles from the city). Upon your return, you will enjoy a tour of Cajamarca. Farewell dinner and overnight at Hotel Laguna Seca (B, L, D).

Comments: Cajamarca was a major center of the Inka Empire. It is most famous for being the place of first contact between Pizarro (the Spanish Conqueror) and the Inka army, which he defeated in one-sided battle shortly thereafter and captured Atahualpa, the last of the independent Inka monarchs. Although the Inka city was razed to the ground, Cajamarca boasts many beautiful colonial buildings, as well as the Inka-era "Ranson Room", where Atahualpa was kept as a prisoner of the Spanish before being garroted.


Transfer to the Cajamarca airport for your flight back to Lima (B).


Includes: Overland transportation, half day treks and horse back riding, accommodations and full board. AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED.


Fixed departures : 2016

From May to October: PLEASE CALL 1-800-327-0080


Airfare not included (approximated cost from  Lima to Chiclayo $250-350).

Have your Travel Agent call Tara Tours for further information.






Extension to the Amazon Rain Forest



Reception at the airport, brief city orientation 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. During the high water season, this excursion is done by canoe! Night walk or canoe ride to enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and stars of the Southern sky. (L,D)


Morning walk along the "Bushmaster Trail", where scientific studies by the Missouri Botanical Gardens have found the world's highest biodiversity of trees per square hectare. Your guide will point out many plants used in medicine today and many that we may use in the future. Afternoon canoe trip along the Amazon in search of either of the two species of freshwater dolphin found in the river and a chance for an afternoon swim. (B,L,D)


Morning walk along a local Amazon River trail with stops along the way to visit the local "ribereños" or river people, visit a river school, see the local sugar cane rum factory and visit our resident American medical doctor in her clinic sponsored by the Rotary Club. Transfer back to Iquitos for your departure flight to Lima. (B,L, if departure flight permits)

Due to the everchanging nature of the rainforest, day-by-day activities are subject to change due to weather, trail or river conditions.


ABOUT LA CEIBA  LODGE                                     

Established in 1985, 40 km. (25 mi.) downriver from Iquitos on the Amazon River, the INN is made up of a group of palm-thatched cottages, each with its private riverview porch overlooking the MAIN AMAZON RIVER. All twin-bedded units are with electricity, fan,full bath and completely screened  forsleeping comfort. Rustic split-palm walkways lead from each cottage to El Toucan Bar, The Hammack House, The Patio and The Mariposa Dining Room at the center of the “village”. A variety of guided excursions are offered which may occupy your time from two to many more days. These include treks through primary (virgin) rainforest, hikes along trails to the historic Napo River, and boat trips to visit neighboring villages and Lake Victoria Regia.


ABOUT EXPLORAMA LODGE                                  

Established in 1965, 80 km. (50 mi.) down the MAIN AMAZON RIVER, the Lodge is deep in primary jungle and offers two days or longer excursions. Romantic kerosene torches and lamps illuminate palm-thatched houses with 10 to 17 sleeping rooms. Covering  connecting walkways lead to the Tahuampa Bar, the Dining Room, the Sun Porch  and two Hammock Houses. Showers and toilet facilities adjoin each house. A variety of treks are offered, including the Seven Bridges Trail.



3 day / 2 nigh

Sharing Double $595, Sharing Triple $583, Single  $790

AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED: Sample airfare from Lima to Iquitos RT US$400-600 pp


NOTE ABOUT TRANSFERS TO & FROM IQUITOS FOR EXPLORAMA LODGES: Boat transfers to  lodges depart Explorama's dock daily at 1:00pm. Please plan your arrival to Iquitos at least 1 hour earlier to meet this departure. Earlier or later boat transfers to Ceiba Tops can be arranged for a fuel surcharge of US$50.00 per your confirmed reservation (per boat -not per person). Boat transfers to other Explorama lodges cannot be made after 1pm. Boat transfers from the lodges to Explorama's dock in Iquitos arrive daily at 3:00pm. Please plan your departure flight no earlier than 5pm. Earlier or later boat transfers from Ceiba Tops can be arranged at a fuel surcharge of $50.00 per your confirmed reservation (not per person). Boat transfers from any other lodge cannot be made to connect to a same-day outbound flight



OPTIONAL TO PUERTO MALDONADO (50 minute flight from Cuzco)

3 days/2 nights at Sandoval Lodge including all meals, all excursions by boat and jungle hikes, English speaking naturalist  guide and local transfers

COST PER PERSON: DBL US$494; TRP $472; SGL $752 (Airfare not included)



Sandoval Lake Lodge is the only lodge in the Puerto Maldonado and Tambopata areas that is situated on a lake and thus gives you instant access to lake wildlife during the cool, golden-light hours just after dawn and just before dusk. These hours are the best for photography of lake scenery while the wildlife is most visible, active, and photogenic. Constructed largely of ecologically-harvested "driftwood" mahogany from the Manu River, the lodge is one extended structure consisting of a large main dining room/lounge with 25 double occupancy rooms (50 beds) arranged in two wings. One wing features 16 rooms (32 beds) with private bathrooms, while the other includes nine rooms (18 beds) with immaculate communal toilets and showers. All showers have hot water.




Extension to the Northern Kingdoms


Visiting Chiclayo and Trujillo called "The Egypt of South America"


4 days/3 nights

Private services



·       Depart for Chiclayo, which is about 550 miles north of Lima, burgeoning commercial center and capital of the department of Lambayeque. The area is known for its religious festivals and archaeological sites. The area seems it was the heart of the Moche civilization (a.k.a. Mochica). In the afternoon visit the stunning, modern Tumbas Reales de Sipan Museum to  appreciate fascinating ceramics, metal objects and textiles from the Lambayeque region, then to the ruins of Tucume –a religious ceremonial complex made up by 26 pyramids built around La Raya mountain about one thousand years ago….



In the morning, visit the famous archaeological site of Sipan, according to National Geographic “The richest discovery of the Americas" and Pampa Grande. The archeological site is located to 35 kms (22 miles) east of Chiclayo; it’s a big complex that belongs to the Moche (Mochica) culture ( 400 to 600 A.D) composed of adobe pyramid. Sipán was used as a religious center. Return to Chiclayo and continue by bus to Trujillo. Overnight at hotel selected. (B)



Morning tour of Trujillo, "City of Eternal Spring", still remains in all of its colonial grandeur, built to please the reigning viceroy after Francisco Pizarro founded it in 1536. The city’s center has been quite properly preserved leading us through its streets designed in the 16th century, and its rich architecture with a predominance of grand old houses, palaces and churches. Trujillo’s Main Square is surrounded by the Cathedral, palaces, and large old Colonial and Republican houses.. This is where Peru’s independence was first proclaimed in 1820. The visit continues along a handsome grid of streets lined with elegant, pastel-colored, colonial mansions; the grandest is Casa Calonge, where Simon Bolivar stay  for two years after proclaiming Peru’s independence in 1824.

 In the afternoon visit "Chan-Chan"  -the imperial city of the mighty Chimu Kings who ruled an agricultural empire that extended all the way into present day Ecuador, long before the Inkas existed. Chan-Chan was the largest city of clay in the world, ancient capital of the Chimú Empire, built around 1100 A.D. You will see a Chimú pyramidal temple, located about 5 kms (3 miles) from Trujillo's north side, with walls of eleven meters high, where you can admire friezes with decorations of head serpents, and warriors dancers, very well preserved.

Finish your visit by the sea in the picturesque fishing village of Huanchaco, where the fishermen ride in an out on the waves aboard their reed boats (caballito de totora) you’ll see the traditional fishing boats introduced by the Chimu centuries ago…. Overnight in Trujillo and have a delicious Pisco sour ..! (B)



Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima or connections. (B)

(Optional extension to the magnificent archeological site of Kuelap available upon request (Tours to Kuelap run only from May to September)



Double US$826; Triple US$781; Single US$1294

Local airfare not included. (Sample Lima-Chiclayo.....Trujillo-Lima, about US$350-500 pp) 

All private services (except regular schedule bus from Chiclayo to Trujillo)

If you want private car transportation from Chiclayo to Trujillo please add as follows:

1 person=US$370;    2=$190;   3-4=$160;   5=$142. Rates per Person



CHICLAYO: Costa del Sol

TRUJILLO: Libertador




2 day excursion to see the lines of Nazca


Day 1 -LIMA-ICA:

Depart Lima by regular schedule bus to Ica.

Arrive and transfer to the four start hotel & resort Las Dunas. Afternoon to visit The Archeological museum to see the famous textiles of the Paracas civilization.


Transfer to the airport for your  flight over the lines of Nazca. Then for about 45 minutes, fly over the plains in light aircraft. The fabulous pre-Inca lines come alive as you will observe huge birds, monkeys, spiders, geometrical lines, spirals, landing strips etc....archeologist and scientist have tried to solve this incredible mistery for dozen of years...Early afternoon return to Lima by bus. Transfer on your own to your hotel. (B)



Using local bus transportation:

DBL $863; TRP $850; Single $1395

Includes: bus transportation LIM/ICA/LIMA , flight over the plains, local transfers in Ica and 1 night hotel accommodation. Local bus transportation Lima-Ica-Lima and flight ICA-NAZCA-ICA does not include guides.


Using private car and driver:

DBL $1645; TRP $1599; Single $2,491

Includes: Private transportation LIM/ICA/LIMA , flight over the plains and 1 night hotel accommodation in Paracas at hotel Aranwa or Doubletree Hilton. Tour guides are not included.





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