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  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 12 days
    Group Size 4-16
    Land Cost $3,895 Details
    Single Supplement $1,375
    Lodging 1 star-4 stars
    Grade I-II
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    Incas and Amazon for Families with Teens

    The excitement of the Andes and the rainforest with adventure activities for all ages

    Day 1      Arrive Lima

    Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and taken to your accommodations in Lima.

    Meals: Dinner
    Lodging: Hotel Ramada

    Day 2      Puerto Maldonado/Refugio Amazonas

    Fly to Puerto Maldonado in the early morning. Upon arrival, drive 20 kms to Puerto Infierno before enjoing a relaxing 3 hour boat ride down the incredible Amazon River to Refugio Amazonas, a 32-room rainforest lodge and your accomodations for the night. Don't be surprised if you see monkeys, parrots and capybaras when you look out from your room! Enjoy dinner and then enjoy a caiman search along the river's edge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Refugio Amazonas or similar

    Day 3      Refugio/Tambopata Research Center (TRC)

    This morning, enjoy a thirty minute walk to the 25 meter high scaffolding Canopy Tower. You’ll climb the tower, and from the top you will get spectacular views of the river and the surrounding forest and have excellent opportunities to see birds. Start your species count: hawk, eagle, parrot, macaw …

    Next visit Oxbow Lake. You'll paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, and hope to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.

    Then travel by boat several hours up the Tambopata River to the remote Tambopata Research Center jungle lodge, leaving the final traces of human habitation behind. You are now in the middle of over 700,000 hecatres of uninhabited land, where sightings of monkeys, macaws and other large species become more frequent.

    After an orientation at the lodge, hike the Overlook Trail which will lead you to magnificent views of the Tambopata River. The forest on this trail, regenerating an old bamboo forest, is good for howler monkey and dusky titi monkey.

    Enjoy dinner at the lodge and then learn about the Macaw project, an in-depth look at the biology, feeding habits, theories for clay lick use, breeding and population fluctations of the macaw.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Tambopata Research Center or similar

    The world's longest motorized canoes
    Day 4      TRC and the Macaw Clay Lick

    In the  morning at dawn, you will cross the river to visit one of earth's one-of-a-kind places where the bank of the river is an ENORMOUS (about 12 stories high) wall of clay. You will not believe how many pairs of parrots and macaws swoop in for a lick. If you get in position really early, and stay really still, you get to see and hear it all. They are RAUCOUS!

    Make your way back to the lodge for breakfast and then hike the Floodplain Trail where you'll discover more to add to your species count: huge Ceiba trees, strangler figs, saddleback tamarins, squirrel and brown capuchin monkeys, and collared peccary. If you're lucky, you may see ocelot, puma and jaguar tracks, although these cats are very difficult to spot.

    After lunch visit Pond Platform. It's a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and Hoatzin along with woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets.

    In the evening, enjoy a night hike.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Tambopata Research Center or similar

    Relax at Tambopata Research Center
    Day 5      TRC & Hiking the Rainforest Trails

    Rise early to make your way to the clay lick again or rest up for the adventerous day! After breakfast, enjoy an entirely different habitat on the Terra Firme Trail. This forest is characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As you walk near the limits of the swamp, you may see rare tapir tracks.

    In the afternoon you'll trek the Palm Swamp Trail. Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year, the aguaje plams are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Tambopata Research Center or similar

    See parrots at the clay lick
    Day 6      TRC/Puerto Maldonado/Cusco

    This morning you'll transer back to Puerto Maldonado to catch your flight to Cusco (afternoon flight). After transferring to your hotel and freshening up, take a short, guided walk around the city and get oriented with the historical capital of the Inca Empire.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel Casa Andina Koricancha Cusco

    Day 7      White Water Rafting

    After breakfast, drive approximately one and a half hours to the Urumbamba River, where the pretty stretches of calm water are punctuated by awesome rapids. Listen up and paddle hard! Then, you're spoiled by an amazing riverside picnic banquet. After a leisurely lunch, head back to Cusco for some free time before tomorrows next adventure.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Hotel Casa Andina Koricancha Cusco

    Day 8      Inca Sites by Horseback

    This lovely half day of gentle horseback riding is a superb introduction into the Inca heritage of Peru. At 3650m this is also a perfect acclimatization ride to prepare you for the higher altitude you will be experiencing.

    Leaving Cusco either morning or afternoon, transfer by car to visit the Inca ruin of Tambo Machay. This is popularly called the Inca’s Bath due to its finely preserved waterfalls, carefully diverted through fine stone channels. The Incas acknowledged water as one of the principal elements of life and revered it accordingly. Also visit Puca Pucara, a delightful ruin on a small prominence, believed not to be the ’red fort,’ as its name suggests, but a ‘Tambo’ – a rest house for traveling animals, goods and travelers.

    Near here, meet your sturdy mountain horse on the plains above Cusco. After an instruction in the art of riding, start with a cross country ride following parts of an old Inca road. Far from the standard tourist route head off into the hills with beautiful scenery and great views of the Cusco valley below. The traditional farming methods and highly adapted Andean crops are a treat to see still functioning. You will visit another interesting Inca site “Balcon del Diablo”

    End your horse ride nearby, and meet the vehicle again. Time permitting, also visit the most stunning ruin, Sacsayhuaman. Although the smaller stones of Sacsayhuaman were used to build modern day Cusco, the remaining stones are up to 8.5m high and weigh over 360 tons. The distinctive zig-zag ramparts that form are attributed to being Puma teeth, lightening and fortification. This major center obviously had many functions with storehouses, administration buildings, reservoir and play area. It was also site of a crucial battle between the Incas and the Spanish.

    An optional downhill walk on old Inca road brings you to San Cristobal church built on top of Inca Manco Capac’s Palace and a fantastic view point of Cusco. The final steps down the streets of San Blas bring you to the Plaza de Armas and the end of today's tour.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Hotel Casa Andina Koricancha Cusco

    Discover Incan architecture
    Day 9      Mountain Biking / Ollantaytambo

    This morning visit Chicuchase Wasi Alternative School for girls in Cusco. Their focus is providing free education, teaching academic skills to poor indigenous femail children who are otherwise forgotten by mainstream education. They have been working for more than 25 years educating families of the value of education to female children and the potential they have.

    Next, get ready for quite a work out today. This ride is possibly the best one-day bike trip in Peru, taking you on a largely downhill route across the Chinchero plain and into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, past the spectacular Moray circular ruins and through the incredible saltpans of Maras.

    Using dirt trails and ancient mule routes, pass the beautiful Lake Huaypo and then through the village of Chequereq. A short uphill ride brings you to the incredible circular Inca ruins of Moray where you'll enjoy a picnic lunch and can explore these fascinating ruins.

    From here take a smooth mule trail to the town of Maras for another descent of a lifetime, down into the amazing salt-pans, before finally meeting your vehicle again beside the Urubamba River for the drive back to Cusco.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Hotel Pakaritampu Ollantaytambo

    Lunch on the Urubamba
    Day 10      Inca Trail/Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, was stumbled upon by accident in 1911. It remains a mysterious site, as there are no Spanish records, Incan legends, or oral histories. Elegant ornamental stonework hints at the possibility of Machu Picchu's importance as a ceremonial center.  Take the train towards Machu Picchu, and disembark at Km. 104 to cross the hanging bridge to the Chachabamba site. After a brief visit, begin a three to four hour ascent to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna, an important ritual site. The Inca Trail cuts across the ridge above Machu Picchu to finally reach the Gate of the Sun (Intipunku) for your first awe-inspiring glimpse of Machu Picchu. Total hiking time is about six hours. (Bookings must be made at least 90 days in advance in order to obtain permits.)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Hotel Mapi

    Magical Machu Picchu
    Day 11      Machu Picchu

    This morning you’ll take a short winding bus ride up to Machu Picchu, and your guide will lead you through the vast ruins.  You’ll also have the option to climb the steep trail up Huayna Picchu for a great work-out and a true birds-eye view (extra cost for permits which should be booked far in advance)! Later, return to Cusco later by train.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel Casa Andina Korichancha Cusco

    Day 12      Onward

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Depending on your flight schedule, enjoy a roughly five-hour Lima city tour before catching your flight home.

    Meals: Breakfast

    See llamas at Awana Cancha Exhibition Center

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