Amazon Cruise 7N High Water

Amazon Cruise 7N High Water

DURATION

7 Nights

PRICE FROM

$ 8435

WHEN

May – Nov 2022

DESTINATION

Peru

TYPE

SMALL SHIP CRUISE

Amazon River Cruise

A cruise down the Amazon River is arguably the most gratifying natural adventure on the planet. The adventurer is embraced inside Mother Nature’s Cradle of Life as they travel through the world’s biggest rainforest, which spans nine nations and encompasses 40 percent of South America. The Amazon River starts in Peru’s Andes foothills and runs east for 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) to the Atlantic Ocean.

The world’s greatest diversity of plant and animal species are found in the Amazon jungle, including 20% of all bird species, call the Amazon their home. It houses 40,000 plant species, 427 animals, 1,300 birds, 378 reptiles, over 400 amphibians, and about 3,000 freshwater fishes.

On this small-ship cruise, expert naturalist guides will take you on speed boat excursions to experience close encounters with the extremely diverse wildlife, take you on nature hikes, and remote villages to learn the uses and customs of the local inhabitants.

Our small-group excursions of no more than eight guests allow close encounters with wildlife, ecology, and culture, reducing our environmental impact and turning an Amazon cruise journey into a very personal experience.

Our Amazon cruise provides the comfort and luxury necessary for safe and exciting sailing through the stunning Amazonian rainforest. A once in a lifetime experience!

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Explore the beating heart of the Amazon, the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, the biggest protected wetland in the World.
  • Navigate the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers, the main affluents that form the Amazon.
  • Be at the «junction», the source of the deepest, widest, and longest river of our Planet.
  • Enjoy night excursions looking for reptiles, amphibians, and nocturnal birds and mammals.
  • Visit remote Amazon villages.
  • Upscale accommodations, services, and superb meals.
  • Use speedboats to explore creeks in search of wildlife accompanied by first-class naturalists.
  • Enjoy superb birding, with hundreds of endemic species, including macaws, hummingbirds, tanagers, eagles, and a lot more.
  • Day and night excursions.
  • Search monkeys, sloths, capybaras, anteaters, and many other mammal species.
  • Fish for piranhas.
  • Look for Pink river dolphins.
One of our most remarkable travel experiences. The pristine Amazon headwaters delivered well beyond our expectations. The naturalists are some of the best we’ve ever had. Great accommodations and services, but the food were out of this world. Thank you!

Jack S. – Del Mar. CA

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SEVEN NIGHTS – EIGHT DAYS EXPLORING THE HEADWATERS OF THE AMAZON ONBOARD AN UPSCALE SMALL SHIP WITH THE BEST NATURALISTS AND SERVICES IN THE AREA, BY FAR

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
IQUITOS / AMAZON RIVER

When you arrive on a morning flight*, our staff will greet you warmly and take you to a nearby restaurant for lunch. The afternoon’s activities include an introduction to the ancient city of Iquitos and the chance to visit an indigenous Amazon community.

As you board the Aqua Nera in the early evening, settle into your roomy suite and start one of life’s most incredible adventures. Gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences designed by Aqua Nera consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, ámaZ, is one of Peru’s most well-known dining places, following an introduction to our naturalist guides and a standard safety drill.

Day 2
YARAPA RIVER / CLAVERO LAKE

We sailed from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River in our comfortable boats. Prepare your binoculars for sloths, black collared hawks, and tropical songbirds. Line-fish for the infamously fierce piranhas of the Amazon while our naturalist guides tell tales of Lake Moringo.

We continue sailing to Lake Clavero in the late afternoon, where locals get around in old-fashioned dugout canoes. Visit Amazonian natives who warmly welcome you to their community or go swimming in the lake’s tranquil waters.

Day 3
YANALLPA RIVER / DORADO RIVER

By boat, we explore the Yanallpa River’s black water tributaries before disembarking to go on foot through the dense Amazonian rainforest. Later, we reboard the ship and embark on a dark expedition along the El Dorado River, searching for rare nocturnal species.

Day 4
NAUTA TOWN / VILLAGE VISIT / BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMAZON

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish.

In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. By nightfall, you will meet the new passengers who signed on for the four-night trip, as we start our journey together along the Marañon River.

Day 5
YANAYACU-PUCATE RIVER / LISBOA TOWN

Rise with the sun to observe birds along the Maraon River in the morning and have breakfast amidst the jungle. Later, go swimming, kayaking, or canoeing in the Yanayacu-Pucate River as we search for the fabled pink river dolphins. Visit a nearby village in the afternoon to connect with the locals and see the schoolchildren.

Day 6
SAMIRIA RIVER

Today’s early risers are rewarded with a full-day tour, a picnic lunch to the sounds of the jungle, and fishing on the Samiria River’s murky waters. After lunch, we head out in skiffs next to the banana boats delivering jungle goods while looking for pink river dolphins on the trip back to the Maraon River. 

Day 7
NAUTA CAÑO RIVER / JUNGLE WALK IN CASUAL

Set out on a morning wildlife excursion on the fantastic black water Nauta Cao River to start the day.

We’ll go on a jungle hike in the late afternoon in Casual’s firm-soil forest, searching for flora and fauna that may include medicinal plants, insects, and poison dart frogs. Learn more about the many rainforest ecosystems and strata. Utilize our high-tech telescope at night to gaze at the sky and identify the stars, planets, and milky way.

Day 8
ARRIVAL IN IQUITOS / MANATEE RESCUE CENTER / TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

Take a guided morning tour of the neighborhood market to admire the Peruvian Amazon’s local products and, if you like, try some exotic foods.

Before disembarkation, head back to the Aqua Nera for breakfast. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center en route to the airport, where abandoned Amazonian manatees recover before being released back into the wild.

The Ship

Aqua Nera

 

Aqua Nera, a new standard-setter for luxury river cruising in the Amazon, was inspired by the enigmatic black water lagoons of the Peruvian Amazon. The spacious rooms and modern, distinctive design are characteristics of Aqua Expeditions cruise ships.

Successful designers Each area of the Aqua Nera is expertly made by Noor Design. The 20 spacious Design Suites on board the ship reflect the tranquility of the Amazon, while the public spaces display elegant elegance with a touch of drama. The design has delicately combined details and components from the rubber boom era and the live cultures of Portugal, Spain, and Peru.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE
May – Nov 2022
PRICE

$8435

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Recommended Expeditions

Atacama, Uyuni, Titicaca

Atacama, Uyuni, Titicaca

DURATION

13 DAYS

PRICE

$ 9625.00

WHEN

MAY 16th
2023

DESTINATION

Chile, Bolivia, Peru

TYPE

SMALL GROUP 

Atacama, Uyuni & Titicaca Expedition

With three countries in one 13-Day small group expedition, this is one of the most fascinating, diverse, and complete travel experiences in South America. Also, the expedition is designed from South to North, the only way to supply you with the ideal acclimatization to the Andes high altitude.

Once you arrive in San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile, you will lodge for three nights at a superb small boutique hotel located right in the heart of the charming town. You will enjoy two full-day excursions -to the Moon Valley and Tatio Geysers, to acclimatize your body to the high altitude destinations ahead.

Properly acclimatized, we cross the border to Bolivia and start our three-day exploration of the Uyuni Salt Lake, the biggest and most impressive in the world. We will cover several national reserves, visit the biggest volcanoes in the world, observe the rare James Flamingos and many other high altitude bird species, the valley of Dali, multiple multicolored lagoons, thermal waters, more geysers, visit remote local homes and salt lake Islands, stargaze (Our expedition is scheduled to coincide with new moon nights!), and a lot more.

We cross the salt lake using first-class 4×4 vehicles with a window seat guaranteed for all participants. There is something special about navigating the white vastness of this salt lake and be able to stop in the middle of nowhere to enjoy magnificent sunsets with a sundowner. We will spend two nights at the best Salt Hotel in Uyuni (Yes, it is completely built with salt bricks!)

We will then continue to Potosi, the most important Silver mine in colonial America, and then to Sucre, the historic capital of Bolivia. We will visit the city landmarks, the largest fossilized dinosaurs’ footprint park that exists, an impressive Andean textile collection, and an excellent display of traditional dances during dinner.

We then fly to La Paz to experience all that the highest capital of the world offers before continuing to Tiwanaku, the impressive remains of the capital of the imperium that dominated these lands before the Incas, who are descendants of the Tiwanaku.

We will then drive through beautiful Andean towns and villages to Puno in Peru, where we will board our private boat to explore Titicaca Lake, the highest navigable one in the world. We will visit the remote and free of tourist masses man-made read Islands, and the western side of Taquile Island, also seldom visited by tourists, to interact with this unique and colorful culture.

On our last day, we will visit the enigmatic Sillustani Pre-Inca cemetery before flying back to Lima to connect with your flights back home.

You may want to consider adding the Colca Canyon and Arequipa extension, Cusco and Machu Picchu, or even Easter Island.

Please note that you may add a few days in Santiago de Chile to explore the nearby wine country and a few days in Lima-Peru to visit its museums and superb dining.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Ideal acclimatization process.
  • Three countries in 13 days.
  • Boutique hotel in the middle of charming San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Atacama desert Moon Valley
  • Tatio Geysers
  • Cross the Uyuni Salt Lake using top quality 4×4 with window seats guaranteed.
  • Lodge at the best Salt Hotel that exists.
  • Multiple extensions available
  • Visit to Laguna Verde, located below Licancabur Volcano, one of the highest and most beautiful in the world
  • See rare James Flamingos in Laguna Colorada
  • Visit Potosí and the villages of Tika Tika and Chaquilla
  • Enjoy a half-day tour of Sucre
  • Complete tour of La Paz
  • Visit Tiwanaku Pre-Inca Remains
  • Titicaca Lake Navigation
  • Visit Taquile and Uros Islands

We took this expedition because of the Uyuni Salt Lake. Still, we were impressed by the richness of the destinations: Superb natural history, the complexity of the Pre-Inca, Inca, and Colonial history, the beauty of the multiple ecosystems explored. If you want remote, unique, impressive and seldom visited, you should put this one in your list.

NPE’s itinerary is complete, full of details that matter, and takes care of the much-needed acclimatization.

Clark M – Orange C. CA

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13 DAYS THROUGH CHILE, BOLIVIA, AND PERU, INCLUDING THE NATURAL HISTORY, HISTORY, AND LOCAL CULTURE OF THE ATACAMA DESERT, THE UYUNI SALT LAKE, AND THE TITICACA LAKE FOR $9625. 

Atacama, Uyuni, Titicaca Expedition Tour Map New Paths Expeditions

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 8: Sucre (B, L, D)
  • Day 9: Fly to La Paz (B, L)
  • Day 10: La Paz full day (B, L, D)
  • Day 11: La Paz – Tiwanaku – Desaguadero – Puno (B, L, D)
  • Day 12: Uros and Taquile Island (B, L, D)
  • Day 13: Diablada demonstration. Visit Sillustani. Drive to Juliaca. Fly back home (B, Box lunch)
  • Day 1: Arrive in Calama (Meals Aloft)
  • Day 2: The Moon Valley (B, L)
  • Day 3: Full day Geiser El Tatio (B, L)
  • Day 4: Hito Cajón – Lagunas de Colores – Villamar (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Villamar – Lagunas Vinto y Catal – Valle de las Rochas – Colchani (B, L, D)
  • Day 6: Colchani – Salar – Colchani (B, L, D)

Itinerary 

Day 1 

Arrival in Calama, Chile – Drive to San Pedro de Atacama

Fly to Calama in Chile via Santiago de Chile. Upon arrival, our representatives will pick you up and drive you to charming San Pedro de Atacama (1hr 50 min drive).

San Pedro de Atacama (8000 ft) is the entrance to some of the fascinating landscapes of the World. The majority of its attractions are part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve.

As soon as you arrive, you will check-in at Desertica Hotel, located in the middle of town. Use the rest of the day to recover from the flights.

Overnight at Desertica Hotel (No meals)

Day 2

The Moon Valley

San Pedro de Atacama is located in the Atacama desert, the dryest and most beautiful desert in the World.

After a complete pre-departure briefing and geographic orientation, you will explore the Moon Valley, San Pedro’s most
famous destination.

After our complete excursion to the Moon Valley, you will have time to enjoy your hotel and wander around San Pedro de Atacama.

Overnight at Desertica Hotel. (B, L)

Day 3 

Tatio Geysers

Even though we start in San Pedro de Atacama, our expedition will take us to lands much higher than that.

The Geysers of Tatio, the third largest geyser field in the World and the largest in South America, offers some of the most breathtaking panoramas and superb wildlife encounters.

Today we will depart early and gently climb up to 14000 feet. Along the way, we will stop to observe wild vicunas, flamencos, incredible rock formations, sights of snow-capped mountains, and volcanoes that will take your breath away without a doubt.

We will then return to our upscale hotel in San Pedro to rest.

Overnight at Desertica Hotel (B, L)

Tatio Geysers

Day 4

To Bolivia – Hito Cajón – Lagunas de Colores – Villamar

After an early breakfast and already correctly acclimatized to the altitude, we will drive to Hito Cajón, leaving Chile behind and entering Bolivia.

Our first stop will be at the impressive Laguna Verde, located below Licancabur Volcano, one of the highest and most beautiful in the World.

Then, we continue to Laguna Colorada, usually packed with the rare James Flamingos and multiple other high altitude species. 

Our day’s ride is mainly in the National Reserve Los Flamencos and includes stops at the Valle de Dalí (Dali’s Valley), the Chalviri thermal waters, and the Geysers Sol de Mañana (Morning Sun).

By the end of the day, we will arrive at our simple but comfortable and warm hotel to enjoy dinner and a restful night.

Overnight at Jardines de Mallku Cueva Hotel. (B, L, D

Day 5

Villamar – Lagunas Vinto y Catal – Valle de las Rochas – Colchani

Today we continue our way by 4×4 to the Uyuni Salt Lake. Our drive includes stops at the cave paintings and ruins near Tomas Lajas, The Stone Valley, and the Catal and Vinto Lagoons. The villages of Alota, Culpina K and, the church of San Cristobal Church follow until reaching Uyuni town where we’ll visit the trains’ cemetery before continuing to the village of Colchani.

At Colchani, we will check-in at Palacio de Sal Hotel, the first and by far the most upscale hotel in the Uyuni Salt Flatlands area.

This lodging is entirely novel, one of the most distinctive inns on the planet. Investigate yourself and book your excursion to Salar de Uyuni with us, including a stay at Palacio de Sal lodging. Look at our Uyuni salt pads visits; we have a total and fluctuated offer (counting stargazing visits) to meet your desires and itinerary items.

Overnight at Palacio de Sal Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Colchani – Salar

After breakfast, we will visit Colchani to observe the traditional salt extraction methods and then continue to Incahuasi Island (also known as Fish Island).

Fish Island is an oasis in the middle of the Salt Flatlands. A former Island, it is now an isolated ecosystem mainly populated by giant cacti up to 10 meters high. Much of its flora and insects are endemic. A spectacular picnic lunch will be served in the middle of Salt Lake before continuing to visit the mummies of Pucara Ayque at the foothills of the Sacred Thunupa Volcano.

After enjoying a fantastic sunset – with sundowners, of course, we will return to our beautiful and unique salt hotel.

We have planned this expedition to have no moon tonight. If your energy allows, join your leader for a spectacular stargazing session after dinner.

Overnight at Palacio de Sal Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Potosí – Sucre

Today we leave the Uyuni salt lake behind and travel to Potosí, passing by the villages of Tika Tika and Chaquilla.

Potosi is of utmost historical importance. Once in Potosí, enjoy a walking tour of the city, admiring the colonial streets, visiting the most important historical and religious monuments.

After lunch, we will visit the local miners’ market to learn about the importance of using coca leaves, alcohol, and dynamite to continue with a visit to one of the current mining cooperatives.

The day will end with a drive to Sucre, where we will enjoy dinner at our excellent boutique hotel.

Overnight at Mi Pueblo Samary Boutique Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Sucre

Enjoy a half-day tour of the “white city,” including the convent of Recoleta, the museum of textile art of ASUR, the main square, the famous Casa de la Libertad, and the Bolívar Park.

In the afternoon, we change gears entirely and visit the largest fossilized dinosaurs’ footprints deposit in the World. The site is called Cal Ork’ o, in the Quechua language, and is the largest cement quarry in Bolivia, located just 5 km away from Sucre. 

At night, and after time to freshen up at our hotel, we will enjoy dinner at Espacio Cultural Origenes. This restaurant has a large stage where they put on a colorful, high-energy dance show featuring traditional dances from Sucre and Bolivia.

Overnight at Mi Pueblo Samary Boutique Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Fly to La Paz

After breakfast, we will drive to Sucre airport and fly to La Paz.

After our arrival, we will enjoy lunch at a fine local restaurant and later check-in at our La Paz hotel, the most upscale in the city.

We have left this afternoon free for you to relax, or if you prefer to explore the city and try one of its excellent restaurants.

Overnight at Hotel Casa Grande. (B, L)

Day 10

La Paz City Tour

Today enjoy a complete tour of La Paz.

The tour includes visits to the Gold, Murillo, and Costumbrista museums and a stop at “Mirador de Killi Killi” to enjoy magnificent views of the city.

Later we will explore various street markets, including a traditional one dedicated to the commerce of Andean agricultural products such as quinoa, tunta, chuño (dehydrated potato), and oca (sweet tuber).

At night, and after time to rest at your hotel, we will enjoy an 8-course dinner at Gustu Restaurant.

Overnight at Hotel Casa Grande. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Visit Tiwanaku Pre-Inca Remains – Drive to Puno

Today we will drive 1.5 hours towards Titicaca Lake to visit the remains of the Tiwanaku’s capital city to be awed by the Kalasasaya Temple, the Sun Gate, multiple monoliths the Akapana pyramid.

After this fascinating archeological experience, we will drive four hours to Puno, in Peru, a city located at the shores of Titicaca Lake. The drive is quite scenic and includes going through immigration and enjoying the sights of multiple colonial Andean towns.

Once we reach Puno, we will check-in at the Premium Casa Andina Hotel, right in front of the Titicaca Lake Puno bay.

Overnight at Casa Andina Premium Puno. (B, L)

Day 12

Uros and Taquile Island

After an early breakfast, we will board our private speedboat to navigate the Titicaca Lake waters to Taquile Island.

To provide you with a more intimate experience, we have selected a remote corner of the Island for our visit. By visiting this secluded section of the Island, we will avoid the tourist masses and strenuous uphill walks.

Once we reach the Island, we will visit the community of Huayllano, whose members will show you their uses and customs, crafts, farming activities, and traditions. After this time of sharing, you will enjoy a picnic lunch and then sail to the famous Uros Islands, a set of human-made reed islands in the middle of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve.

In the late afternoon, we will be back at our bayside hotel. 

Overnight at Casa Andina Premium Puno. (B, L)

Day 13

Diablada demonstration. Sillustani Tour. Drive to Juliaca. Fly back home.

This morning enjoy a demonstration of “Diablada,” a traditional dance named after the devil’s masks colorful costumes used by the performers.

After the unique experience, we will drive to Sillustani cemetery, one of the most enigmatic archeological sites in South America and the World. Located beside a gorgeous Lake, Sillustany is a cluster of Chullpas (Stone build tower-like burial vault tombs). 

Afterward, we will drive to Juliaca airport and fly to Lima, Peru, where you will connect with your flight back home.

(B, Box Lunch)

Lodgings

San Pedro de Atacama: Desertica Hotel

Located in San Pedro de Atacama, Hotel Desertica has free bikes and a garden, as well as free Wi-Fi. All guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area.

Each room comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. It also includes a wardrobe. The daily breakfast offers à la carte and American options.

Hito Cajón: Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva

Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva is a simple and rustic yet comfortable Andean hotel. The unique architecture – the hotel is built into a rock – is inspired by the wondrous desert surroundings and stones of all shapes and sizes. All twelve rooms have electricity and heating, plus private bathrooms with hot water. The amenities are basic but the rooms are one-of-a-kind for the region, with exposed stone and natural colors that blend well with the environment. The restaurant and bar area includes a cozy fireplace to warm up during cold nights.

Colchani: Palacio de Sal Hotel

Built out of salt bricks and also featuring salt furniture, Palacio de Sal offers guests accommodations with free WiFi and a complimentary buffet breakfast in Potosí.

Rooms at Palacio de Sal feature private bathrooms and the restaurant offers a regional menu with a wide variety of salty dishes like llama meat, lamb, and chicken.

Guests can enjoy the game room or request luggage storage services.

Sucre: Mi Pueblo Samary Hotel Boutique

In a colonial mansion with pieces of local artwork, the hotel offers rooms with private balconies and views of the charming interior patios and Spanish galleries.

Rooms at Mi Pueblo Samary, Hotel Boutique are styled with sculpted wood details, decorated bedsteads, and colorful tapestries. All rooms have flat-screen cable TVs, mini-bars, and private bathrooms with toiletries. A Continental breakfast with cereals, eggs, cheese, and fruits can be enjoyed daily. A traditional breakfast including Api, purple cornbread baked in the oven is also available.

La Paz: Casa Grande Hotel

Casa Grande Hotel offers accommodation in La Paz, in a great location. This modern hotel features designer décor, 2 bars, and spa and fitness facilities. The hotel has elegant rooms with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a private balcony. Some have a private balcony with city views and a bathroom with a bathtub with a shower.

The hotel also houses a restaurant serving local and international cuisine. At guests’ disposal there is a huge indoor swimming pool.

Puno: Casa Andina Premium

This 4-star hotel features a restaurant that has an expansive glass wall with stunning views of the lake and garden. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The rooms at Casa Andina Premium Puno have panoramic views of the lake or mountains.

Offering a blend of historic décor and stylish furnishings, each room is fitted with a satellite TV. The restaurant, Alma, serves delicious local specialties and seafood dishes, made fresh with fish from Lake Titicaca.

Expedition Leader

Jorge Salas

Jorge Salas-Guevara has 30 years leading expeditions on all continents. He designed and pioneered this Atacama-Uyuni-Titicaca route over 20 years ago in response to the altitude problems that guests previously suffered. Since then, Jorge has led over 40 Atacama-Uyuni-Titicaca Expeditions. He guarantees access to the very best that the destinations offer.

Jorge is also an author and photographer published by Smithsonian, WWF, Nature Conservancy, among many others.

Jorge is the Founder and President of NPE and proud father of Josefina.

Jorge Salas-Guevara Senior Expedition Leader New Paths Expeditions

Angel Cardenas

Angel was born and raised in the high Andes. Since his early years, he developed a passion for the complex natural history, history, and culture of his homeland.

For two decades, he guided and led English-speaking travelers through the Andes and the Amazon, becoming one of the most recognized guides of the region. For the last ten years, he has been a key member of the team formed by the founders of NPE, leading expeditions all around South America.

His charisma, organization skills, and attention to the individual needs of our Guests guarantee the delivery of unparalleled travel experiences.

Angel is a dedicated birdwatcher and photographer and father to two beautiful daughters.

Angel Cardenas New Paths Expeditions Senior Expedition Leader

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

16 May, 2023

PRICE

$9625

Single Supplement

$1653

Domestic Air

$234*

MORE INFO
RESERVATION

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airline.
**The expedition and extension need 4 guests to depart.

Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete Pre-Departure documents.
  • 24/7 services of an NPE Senior Expedition Leader during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Accommodations as noted (The best available at each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Water during included meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistance, and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Head Guide, Driver, and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
  • The expedition is limited to 14 participants. There are just a few spaces left and we highly recommend requesting your spaces well in advance. To do so call us now at 888 832 7280, or email us at contact@npexpeditions.com

Recommended Expeditions

Kingdoms of Peru

Kingdoms of Peru

DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE

$ 7390.00

WHEN

JAN 9th, 2022

DESTINATION

Peru

TYPE

SMALL GROUP 

Peru

Another of our pioneering expeditions. Explore the coast of Peru to meet the fascinating Pre-Inca Cultures including sites like the Pyramids of Tucume & Museum, the Lord of Sipan Museum, the biggest mud citadel of the world Chan Chan, the archeological site of the Lady of Cao, the temples of the Sun and the Moon in Trujillo, the private museum of our hotel in Paracas, the biggest ancient religious site of the Americas, Pachacamac, and fly over the Nasca Lines (Optional)

Enjoy superb wildlife encounters at Ballestas Islands and look for endemic birds and Spectacle bears at Chaparri Reserve. Birdwatch with renowned ornithologist Fernando Angulo Pralongo at Bosque de Pomac.

Learn about the colonial times in Chincha, experience firsthand the Afro Peruvian culture through its music with the Ballumbrosio family, taste the superb and quite diverse Peruvian cuisine every day, and enjoy three unique culinary experiences.

Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!

Departure: January 9th, 2022

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Meet Luminaries & scientists in the field
  • Access to Back-of-the-house Collections
  • Close Contact with Locals
  • Culinary Experiences
  • 5 & 4 Star Hotels & 1 Basic Lodge
  • Optional 12 pax Airplane Overflight
  • Meet Walter Alva, the discoverer of the Lord of Sipan -the Tutankamon of the Americas, and see the undisplayed pieces and mommies of the lady of Cao during a private tour with the leading field archeologist

If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.

– John Hemingway

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Lima

Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel.

A short stroll away you can find many great restaurants, the wonderful Mercado de Surquillo -where most great chefs buy their fresh products and the best and biggest arts and crafts market in South America.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel (Meals aloft)

Day 2

The Southern Coast

After breakfast, the day begins with a drive through the Southern Coastal desert of Peru, crossing fertile valleys and oasis.

After the very interesting 2 hours and 45-minute drive, we will visit El Carmen town, the heart of the Afro Peruvian community of Peru. Afro Peruvians are an important component of Peru’s identity.

Later on, we will enjoy lunch at the beautiful Hacienda San Jose, built during the seventeenth century.

After lunch, we will explore Hacienda San Jose before driving for an hour to the Paracas Bay, where we will lodge at Hotel La Hacienda. A fine dinner with Pisco Sours included follows.

Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D)

Day 3 

The Nasca Lines, The Paracas Pre-Inca Culture, Pisco, Paso Fino & more.

After breakfast, we will drive 20 minutes to the Pisco airport to embark on one of the most enigmatic experiences in the world, an overflight over the Nasca Lines. Our 1 hour and 30-minute flight will take us to enjoy good sightings of the most elaborated figures of the Nasca and Palpa plateaus.

After this unique and unforgettable experience, we will drive 30 minutes to the Julio C. Tello Museum.

We will then continue to the beautiful Tacama vineyard and factory. There, we will also enjoy lunch followed by a Peruvian Paso Fino horse show and a Pisco and wine sampling session.

Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D).

Day 4

Ballestas Islands, Natural History Paradise, and Pachacamac

We will start the day with a 2-hour speed boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, part of the Paracas National Reserve, Peru’s largest coastal wildlife sanctuary. The Islands are home to thousands of resident and migratory sea birds, including several endangered or threatened South American species. 

We will then drive back to Lima arriving in time for lunch at Hacienda Los Ficus.

After lunch, we will drive only 4 miles to the Pachacamac Pre-Inca and Inca remains in the Lurin Valley.

After the visit, we will drive one hour or so to Lima.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L (Dinner on your own. Your leader will propose great options)

Day 5

Culinary and Pre-Inca Lima

After a leisurely breakfast, we will visit a very well-kept market. There we will see and taste and learn about the impressive array of local products including potatoes, fruits, seafood, and others that together with local creativity have shaped Peruvian cuisine into one of the nests of the world.

We will then drive for 20 minutes to a private culinary experience local where you will learn to prepare and taste in small portions multiple flavors from all over Peru. This is truly a feast!

After the Peruvian cuisine complete experience, you will have free time to shop at the huge Handicraft Market of the city, walk at the heart of the lively Miraflores district, visit LarcoMar shopping mall that overlooks the Lima bay and has superb Alpaca and Vicuna shops, or just relax at the hotel. 

Dinner will be enjoyed today at Huaca Pucllana, a beautiful restaurant located overlooking a well restored and beautifully illuminated Pre-Inca temple right in Miraflores district. A perfect way to say goodbye to Lima, the “City of the Kings”

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D

Day 6

To Chiclayo, North of Peru.

In the morning, we will drive to the Lima airport and fly north, for 1 hour, to Chiclayo. Upon arrival, we will check-in at the Hotel Casa Andina Select, the best hotel in town, and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit Tucume, a complex of 26 pyramids of the Lambayeque culture located in the middle of a beautiful Equatorial Dry Forest, one of the most endangered habitats of the world.

Upon arrival we will walk around some of the pyramids, understanding the cultures of Northern Peru. We will also visit the site museum before moving to Horcones Hotel and Restaurant.

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 7

Bosque de Pomac & the Lord of Sipan Museum

Early in the morning, we will drive one hour to Pomac forest.

Upon our early arrival to Pomac, we will birdwatch for endemics.

We will then continue with some people to people experiences and crafts shopping. 

Back in Chiclayo, we will enjoy lunch at Fiesta Restaurant, considered one of the best in the whole country and Latin America. Some consider that the best ceviche in the world is served here!

Later we will return to the hotel and enjoy time to freshen up before departing to visit the Lord of Sipan Museum.

After the complete Lord of Sipan experience, we will enjoy dinner at a basic but traditional restaurant while enjoying a traditional “Peña Norteña”, our first exposure to the music and dances of the north coast of Peru. This is a night of fun and celebration!

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 8

Chaparri Reserve

After breakfast, we will drive two hours to Chaparri Reserve, the greatest communal conservation project in Peru.

Upon arrival at Chaparri, we will check in, enjoy lunch and meet the local rangers.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a comfortable hike along the “Huachuma” trail, where we may find several Tumbesian endemics and other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and where we will analyze the ora of the unique ecosystem.

In the evening, and after dinner, a night birding walk follows, along the main track, looking for Scrub Nightjar, Pacific Pygmy-Owl, West Peruvian Screech-Owl, and endemic insect species.

Overnight Chaparri Ecolodge. B, L, D.

Day 9

Chaparri and back to Chiclayo.

We will start the day near the lodge, watching hummingbirds bathe in the stream. After breakfast, we will embark on another hike looking for wildlife and enjoy lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon we will drive back to Chiclayo with birding and panoramic stops along the way.

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 10

Lady of Cao and Trujillo

Today we will drive south, towards Trujillo. Lunch will be enjoyed at the old and charming coastal town of Pacasmayo.

We will then continue crossing deserts and valleys until reaching Cao. We will visit the archeological site and first-class museum and meet the researchers.

After Cao, we will drive to the colonial city of Trujillo, one of the first Spanish cities in South America, and where the Spanish Conqueror, Francisco Pizarro, first disembarked. We will check-in at the fine Casa Andina Private Collection hotel.

Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel tonight.

Day 11

UNESCO Chan Chan, Arcoiris, Cooking Class and Huanchaco Ree Rafts.

After breakfast, we will visit Chan Chan, the biggest mud citadel of the World, known as the “Machu Picchu of the North”.

We will then continue to Huanchaco beach, where we will enjoy a Cebiche and Pisco Sour cooking class at the best restaurant in town, with great ocean views.

After lunch, we will walk to the beach to meet local fishermen and their “Caballitos de Totora”.

Dinner will be enjoyed at Club Central.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D.

Day 12

Huacas del Sol y la Luna. Farewell Lunch. Transfer to Airport. Fly the US.

In the morning we will visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, remains of the capital city of the Mochicas, the most ancient culture that ruled the north.

We will first visit the small, but well-displayed Moche Huacas museum.

Then, we will be impressed with the visit to “Huaca de la Luna”. 

After the visit, we will enjoy a wonderful lunch of modern Peruvian delicacies before transferring to the airport to fly to Lima and connect with flights back home.

NOTE: Late checkouts have been requested to the hotel and will be confirmed closer to the departure date.

Lodgings

Casa Andina Private Collection – Miraflores

With a strategic location in the heart of Miraflores, the Private Collection Miraflores has been designed to express the local flavor with all the amenities, facilities, and services of a first-class hotel. The Private Collection Miraflores provides an unmistakable local style and includes an exquisite collection of contemporary art, which along with valuable colonial antiques, decorates the rooms and common areas.

La Hacienda Bahia – Paracas

It is located on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Paracas. Luxury and simplicity blend perfectly. Every room has been designed to provide a comfortable stay and the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of life on the bay. The restaurant, o ers the best view of the bay. Multiple activities are available, from a good spa to water adventure sports, including sailing, fishing, and much more.

Casa Andina Select – Chiclayo

A landmark of the city, it offers its visitor center of the city Location, just minutes from downtown and the airport.

This is a modern and functional hotel, with spacious common areas, terrace, pool, and event areas. distributed in 7 floors. Internet center, Wi-Fi, and ATMs are just some of the services that are offered to customers. AC Included.

Chaparri Eco-Lodge – Chaparri

Chaparri Ecolodge is located in the dry forests of northern Peru. It provides a tranquil escape in a spectacular landscape of the foothills of the Andes, with excellent wildlife viewing. It is a communal award-winning project. Even though basic, the sta is truly warm. The 6 Rooms available are clean, feature en suite bathrooms, solar hot water, and electricity. Food is served on a simple terrace. A stream pool and hammocks are available. No AC (One night stay).

Casa Andina Private Collection – Trujillo

This is a hotel with 147 rooms, distributed in 14 levels, that proposes, through its architecture and decoration, the integration of the Pre-Inca culture symbols and the modern design. This five-star hotel has an ideal location at the entrance of the Golf Urbanization, providing our guests with easy access from the airport and the city center. Internet Center, high-speed Wi-Fi, Fitness Center (open 24 hours), swimming pool, hair salon, and spa are part of the amenities. AC included.

Costa del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel – Lima

Most international flights to Lima arrive during the late PM. The Lima Airport hotel makes it easy to take the early flights the next morning. The hotel is only a short walk from the gate, and using this hostelry will spare you a 1 to 2-hour drive to the city. The hotel includes a full range of leisure facilities: a 24/7 restaurant, bar, and spa. The rooms are modern and very comfortable.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

9 Jan, 2022

PRICE

$7390

Single Supplement

$1684

STATUS

OPEN

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Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete Pre-Departure documents.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader/Lecturer during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Accommodations as noted (The best available at each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Water at included meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistance, and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Head Guide, Driver, and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

  • This special and by the invitation-only expedition is limited to 14 participants. There are just a few spaces left and we highly recommend that you book very soon. To do so call us now at 888 832 7280, or email us at contact@npexpeditions.com

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