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Amazon Jungle Adventure AMAZON JUNGLE ADVENTURE
Jungle Exploration, Hiking
13 days       4 - 10 guests

  • 9 days in Manu National Park & Biosphere Reserve, the premier Amazon wildlife destination, 3 days at the Blanquillo macaw lick
  • see an abundance of wildlife -- giant river otters, macaws, monkeys and perhaps jaguar
  • option to stay at incredible Machu Picchu
Nearly 4 million acres of luxuriant tropical forest, hundreds of miles of meandering rivers shared by caimans, piranhas, anacondas, jaguars, tapirs, over 850 species of birds, and families of giant river otter playing in hidden lakes. This is Manu National Park, the most remote and undisturbed part of the Amazon. Traveling by dugout canoe deep into the wilderness, we camp where it is truly wild. Three days are spent at Blanquillo salt lick, where hundreds of macaws and other parrots gather daily. We explore from the high Andes down to the rainforest! After the jungle, we may choose to Machu Picchu, lost city of the Incas, and Cuzco, home of the Inca empire as an optional extension.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Day 1 - 2: Fly to Cusco; Free day in Cusco
  • Day 3: 4WD over the Andes to the Amazon rainforest
  • Day 4: Board dugout canoe and travel down river to the Village of Boca Manu; Explore Rainforest
  • Day 5 - 7: Wildlife exploration from dugout canoe and rainforest jungle hikes.
  • Day 8: Dugout canoe to Macaw Lick; Explore Rainforest
  • Day 9 - 10: Macaw Lick observation; Rainforest and oxbow lake exploration
  • Day 11: Rainforest exploration; Flight back to Cusco
  • Day 12: Cusco exploration
  • Day 13: Fly from Cusco to Lima and then home
  • Day 14: Arrive home
Land Price
$2,690 (4 - 10 guests)
$3,040 (4 - 10 guests) for the first departure of every month*
*Note: The first departure of each month we will stay at the Casa Machiguenga Lodge instead of the Cocha Salvador Camp on days 7 & 8. The Machiguenga Project: In 1973, when Manu was declared a National Park, there was already an active and established culture of indigenous Machiguenga people who go back for eons as an integral ingredient of the Manu region. They are considered the "true owners" of the rainforest. In 1996, the Machiguenga Project was initiated by the native communities of Yomebato and Tayakome, in conjunction with a non-government organization to establish a lodge deep in Manu in the Cocha Salvador area. The object of this project is to give us the opportunity to learn about and understand not only the natural wonders of Manu but also the cultural history and traditions of its inhabitants. In 1999 the lodge, Casa Machiguenga, received its first guests. On the first departure of each month we will stay at the Casa Machiguenga as an alternative to Cocha Salvador Camp.

Departure Dates
2005: Every Friday, April - December plus January 1, February 4 and March 5
2006: Every Friday, April - December plus December 30 '05, February 3 and March 4

Accommodations
Hotels, lodges, river and jungle camps

Level of Difficulty
II - Moderate

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ADRENALINE GRANDE: A PERUVIAN MULTI-SPORT ADVENTURE
Whitewater Rafting, Trekking/Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountian Biking, Cultural and Wildlife Exploration
17 days       3 - 8 guests

  • Ride horseback through the spectacular scenery in High Andes to see remote Inca ruins and contemporary Andean culture
  • Whitewater raft in rapids up to class V
  • Mountain bike through from high in the Andes to the cloud forest below
  • See wildlife in Manu Biosphere Reserve
  • Visit Machu Picchu - one of the most magical and mystical places on eart
This adrenaline filled adventure explores Peru in the most active way possible. We begin by whitewater rafting on the Apurimac River. This river is rated as one of the world's top ten rafting rivers. The Apurimac runs through a 9,845 ft. (3,000 meter) deep "Granite Canyon" and offers a perfect mix of roller coaster rapids (III - V), tranquil pools, surreal sun-bleached rocks, rare wildlife, pristine sandy beaches and total isolation.

We then turn in our rafts for saddles and ride horseback in the breath taking scenery of the high Andes. We will travel at altitudes between 7,000 and 15,000 ft., taking us well above timberline. We utilize sturdy mountain horses and mules to make our way over the high passes, taking us beyond the capabilities of most backpackers and trekkers. We are also free to hike as we choose, but it will be the strongest and most serious hikers that will tackle this route. Along the way we visit medieval villages and cascading waterfalls where we will see a variety of rare birds, plants and delicate orchids.

A trip to Peru is not complete without a visit to the famous lost city of the Inca - Machu Picchu, one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth! We have ample time to explore and photograph, awed by the silent beauty of our imposing surroundings and the enigmatic mystery that its abandonment represents. Our guide will tell of the rise and fall of the ancient civilizations of the Andes with the tragic end of the Inca and the unresolved mystery that this "lost city" remains.

Then we are off to the high Andes again! This time we will descend on mountain bikes from 11,483 ft. to the orchid laden cloud forest below. A support vehicle is provided so we may bike or ride as we choose. This is a spectacular journey passing cascading waterfalls and multicolored birds along the way.

For an unforgettable wildlife experience we will visit Manu National Park. Manu National Park is home to nearly four million acres (22,000 sq. miles) of luxuriant tropical rainforest. It is nestled on the eastern slopes of Peru's southern Andes and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations. It is also a World Heritage site indicating Manu is one of, if not the most pristine and wild piece of rainforest worldwide! It contains hundreds of miles of meandering rivers shared by caimans, piranhas and anacondas. There are jaguars stalking tapirs in dark shadows and 13 species of monkeys swinging from towering trees. More than 850 species of birds thrive in Manu from the strange prehistoric looking birds called Hoatzins to Kingfisher to strange but beautiful Cock-in-the-Rock. We may see massive monkey-eating harpy eagles or perhaps a family of Southern River Otters playing in oxbow lakes.

From the high slopes of Andes, to the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, to deep in the Amazon Rainforest and to the river's edge makes this adventure a thrilling, magical, and unforgettable journey of a lifetime!

Itinerary Highlights

  • Day 1 - 2: Fly to Cusco
  • Day 3: Apurimac River - Whitewater Rafting
  • Day 4: Apurimac RIver - Whitewater Rafting
  • Day 5: Apurimac River - Whitewater Rafting
  • Day 6 - 9: Andes Mountains - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Cultural Exploration
  • Day 10 - 11: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Hiking, Cultural Exploration
  • Day 12: Paucartambo - Amazon Rainforest - Mountain Biking
  • Day 13 - 14: Amazon Rainforest - Hiking, Wildlife Exploration
  • Day 15: Amazon Rainforest to Cusco
  • Day 16 - 17: Fly Home
Land Price
$3,890 US (6 - 8 guests)
$4,190 US (4 - 5 guests)
$4,490 US (3 guests)

Departure Dates
2005:
May 13 - 29; June 24 - July 10; August 5 - 21; September 9 - 25
2006:
May 12 - 28; June 23 - July 9; August 4 - 20; September 8 - 24

Accommodations
Hotels, lodges, camps

Level of Difficulty
III - Challenging

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IN SEARCH OF MACHU PICCHU
Trekking, Horseback Riding, Cultural Exploration
13 days       4 - 16 guests

Machu Picchu

  • trek or ride horseback as desired (your choice) on forgotten Incan roadways
  • an incredible alternative to the over-used Inca Trail
  • travel through the high Andes and spectacular mountain scenery to see remote Incan ruins and contemporary Andean culture
This unique adventure follows a series of forgotten Inca roadways through some of the wildest country in the world. We carefully avoid 'the Inca Trail' that every group travels. We trek or ride horseback through medieval villages, past cascading waterfalls, over high passes and among ancient ruins. Our route traverses the Andes at altitudes between 7,000 and 15,000 ft., taking us well above timberline before finally descending into the high cloud forest and mystical Machu Picchu. We observe varieties of delicate orchids, rare birds, plants and seldom visited Inca ruins all amid spectacular scenery. By using sturdy mountain horses, we are able to climb over high passes beyond the capabilities of most trekking groups.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Day 1 - 2: Fly to Cusco; Free day in Cusco
  • Day 3: Sacred Valley; Explore ruins
  • Day 4 - 8: Trek or ride horseback; Explore ruins and culture
  • Day 9 - 10: Machu Picchu; Explore ruins
  • Day 11: Cusco; Explore city
  • Day 12: Fly from Cusco to Lima and then home.
  • Day 13: Arrive home.
Departure Dates
2005: March 26 - April 7; May 7 - 19; May 21 - June 2; July 9 - 21; August 13 - 25; September 10 - 22; October 15 - 27; November 5 - 17
 
Land Price
$2,390 (4 -16 guests)

Accommodations
Hotels, tents

Level of Difficulty
II - Moderate

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CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TREK

Hiking
10 days       2 - 16 guests

  • hike the classic route of the Incas to Machu Picchu
  • explore the incredible scenery and amazing mystery of the Inca ruins
  • overnight and spend a day exploring the ruins in Machu Picchu
For 400 years Machu Picchu remained a mystery, closed off from the world. It wasn't until 1911 when the Inca Trail was once again rediscovered by a Yale archeologist. Below snow covered peaks lies the Inca Empire The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers dramatic scenery along with mystery of the beautifully preserved Inca ruins. We will view the incredible stone masterpieces and paved roads brilliantly built to the contours of the land. We will see these amazing ruins up close, each one different a more spectacular than the last. We will also have magnificent views from afar after climbing from the valley below. As we go through "The Gateway to the Sun" we will see the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu. Horses will carry our gear, so we can trek the history laden trail with nothing but our cameras.

For mystery and enchantment, for the naturalist and photographer nothing in the New World can compare with wonders of the Peru.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Day 1 - 2: Fly to Cusco; Free day in Cusco
  • Day 3 - 7: Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; Explore culture and ruins
  • Day 8: Cusco; Explore city
  • Day 9: Fly from Cusco to Lima and then home.
  • Day 10: Arrive home.

Departure Dates
Every Friday, April - November

Land Price
$1,490 (2 - 16 guests)

Accommodations
Hotels, tents

Level of Difficulty
II - Moderate

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