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Pantanal Private

Pantanal Private

DURATION

9 DAYS

WHEN

Jul-Nov

DESTINATION

Brazil

TYPE

PRIVATE

Pantanal

Go deep into the Pantanal, to the heart of Jaguar country, in search of South America ‘Big Six’. Also, one of the best birding destinations on the Planet.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Visit the UNESCO world largest tropical wetland
  • Superb Wildlife observation looking for “the Big Six.”
  • Jaguars Guaranteed
  • Extensive birding opportunities
  • Many endemics species
  • Accompanied by a Head Naturalist Guide
  • Upscale Pre-Extension at the Belmond Das Cataratas in Iguassu Falls
  • Post-Extension at the award-winning Caiman Lodge
  • The best lodging available
  • Multiple private boat excursions
  • The best naturalist guides
  • The best pricing in the market

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

– John Hemingway

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Cuiaba, Brazil.

Arrive today’s afternoon on a flight from the US (Via Sao Paulo). Meet your Senior Leader and drive to the town of Pocone and then to Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel over the Transpantaneira “Highway”. Multiple stops for wildlife spotting will include abundant Yacare Caimans, Capybara, and Jabiru Storks, among many other species.

(B,L,D)

Day 2

To Porto Jofre on the Transpantaneira

Enjoy a morning boat excursion on the Pixaim River in search of Giant River Otters. Then drive to the deepest point in the Northern Pantanal, Porto Jofre. Check-in at Porto Jofre Hotel (best in the area) and go out on your first wildlife excursion.

(B, L, D)

Day 3 – 5

Jaguar and the ‘Big Six’ Search

Using excursion boats explore the Cuiaba, Tres Imaoes, and Piguiri Rivers in search of the ‘Big Six’. This is Jaguar territory, and your chances of spotting and photographing this species in the wild are estimated at 95%! Safari vehicle explorations, short hikes, night excursions and top-quality lectures by your Senior Leader will also fill up the days.

(B, L, D)

Day 6

To Araras Eco Lodge Private Reserve plus Superb Birding

Drive to the Araras Eco Lodge and arrive in time for lunch. Then enjoy some of the best birding in the world at the lodges canopy towers.

(B, L, D)

Day 7 & 8

Araras Wildlife Reserve Exploration

The Araras private nature preserve consists of 7,500 acres that include three main ecosystems: wetlands, savanna, and forest. On short hikes and safari, vehicle excursions explore the surrounding countryside. Superb birding encounters with Capuchin, Howler, and Marmoset monkeys and even some of the ‘Big Six’ species await you.

(B, L, D)

Day 9

Enjoy a Morning Wildlife Excursion – Drive to Cuiaba

Fly Home or Continue with the Upscale Southern Pantanal Extension.

Lodgings

Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel

We selected this hotel because of its excellent position on the Pixain River. The river is a hotspot for Giant River Otters as well as a plethora of birds. The Mato Grosso Hotel has hot running water, air conditioning, decent food, and clean, basic rooms as well as granting you greater access to wildlife.

Porto Jofre Hotel

You will find that despite its remote location in the heart of the Pantanal that the Porto Jofre Hotel provides comfortable accommodations. The rooms are clean with hot water and air conditioning, and the food is fresh. This is one of the best places to observe the Pantanal wildlife, and there is an excellent chance for Jaguar sightings. You will be able to see Macaws and Toucans right on the hotel grounds. The lodge is the best place to stay when you’re in the heart of the Pantanal.

Araras Eco Lodge

Built-in harmony with the environment, but without renouncing comfort, Araras Eco Lodge rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, and hot running water. The three distinct ecosystems in the adjacent area provide great opportunities for wildlife observation, especially birds. Canopy towers provide access to the upper reaches of the forest, and a boardwalk meanders through the wetlands towards the nearby forest.

Grand Park Hotel

While the Grand Park Hotel is only a stopover between expeditions, it will still provide a memorable stay due to its modern and comfortable rooms, excellent dining facilities, and nearby shopping opportunities. The hotel includes a gym, sauna, and Wi-Fi among its many services. This city hotel has a 4-star rating and it is considered the best in town.

Refugio Caiman (Caiman Lodge)

The Caiman Lodge is considered to be the best eco-lodge in South America. You will find that the rooms are charming and modern and are situated in groups of 5 or 6 to provide a more personalized and private atmosphere. The service at the Caiman Lodge is perfect and the food excellent. The tourism operations at the lodge are the best available in the Pantanal. The lodge provides among the best opportunities for wildlife observation in the world.

When to go

The best time to go to the Pantanal is from July to November, when the rainfall is at its lowest and animals cluster around the shrinking oxbow lakes and rivers. 

The last half of July and the first half of August feature an astounding wading bird concentration just 15 minutes south of the town of Poconé at some of the first bridges on the Transpantaneira Road. The Giant Otters tend to be visible daily at close range from early June through Dec. The Jabiru Stork nests are active from July through early November.  The most colorful flowering trees are available in July (the yellow-flowering Voychysia divergens) and August (the pink-flowering and yellow-flowering Tabebuia species). So far, our four years of field research have shown that July through November are the best months to see Jaguars on the rivers.

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Patagonia

Patagonia

DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE

$ 10820.00

WHEN

MAR 19th, 2022

DESTINATION

Argentina-Chile

TYPE

SMALL GROUP 

Epic Patagonia Expedition

It all begins in Punta Arenas-Chile, where you will start a 5-night navigation through the Magellan Strait and the Darwin Mountain Range towards iconic Cape Horn. Then it is up through the Beagle Channel to Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world.

You will then spend two days crossing Tierra del Fuego visiting Gaucho farms and the only colony of King Penguins in the continent before reaching Punta Arenas.

After a night of rest, you will drive to Torres del Paine National Park, the most beautiful on Earth. Your home for 5-nights is the award-winning Explora Hotel, the only one located right in the middle of the park and in front of the Paine Horns mountains. Birdwatching, hiking, trekking, climbing, horseback riding, spa, open bar, and superb meals will allow you to experience the extremes of Patagonia in total comfort. All activities adapt to your interests and activity level.

Extensions to Easter Island, the outstanding Colchagua Wine Valley of central Chile, and the Atacama Desert are available.

Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!

Departure: March 19th, 2022

Guides: Local Guides supplied by the Ship and Explora hotel. An NPE Master Guide will lead the cross of Tierra del Fuego.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Cross Tierra del Fuego to encounter King Penguins, birdwatch, and spend quality time with Gauchos.
  • Cruise the Magellan Straight, the Beagle Channel, and the fjords of the Darwin Mountain Range to the enigmatic Cape Horn.
  • Visit the biggest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the World
  • Possibility to add extra nights at Visa VIK, the most upscale boutique wine hotel in South America.
  • Spend four nights and days at the award-winning Explora Hotel, right in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park (The best location by far)
  • All excursions and activities are included.  The itinerary is flexible and adapts to your interests.
  • The best accommodations, transport, and guidance in Patagonia, guaranteed.
  • Pre or Post extension to Easter Island.
  • Pre or Post extension to Atacama.
  • Post extension to Argentina to visit El Chalten, Perito Moreno Glacier, and return through Buenos Aires.

This must be our greatest travel experience. Setting foot in Cape Horn, enjoying the Darwin Fjords, crossing Tierra del Fuego, enjoying sunsets and sunrises in front of the most beautiful mountains. Fishing, horseback riding, hiking. We did it all!

Charle L. – Boulder. CO

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4-NIGHT NAVIGATION TO CAPE HORN + CROSS TIERRA DEL FUEGO VISITING GAUCHOS AND KING PENGUINS + 4-NIGHTS AT TORRES DEL PAINE LODGGIN AT AWARD-WINNING EXPLORA LODGE. ALL FOR $10820. EXTENSIONS TO EASTER ISLAND, VINA VIK WINERY, AND ARGENTINA EL CHALTEN AND BUENOS AIRES ARE AVAILABLE

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas today. The flight from Santiago is simply beautiful: You will fly right over the Southern Patagonian Ice eld, the 3rd largest freshwater reserve on the planet composed of 220 miles of ice (17,000 cubic miles), forming one of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Cabo de Hornos hotel, located in Punta Arenas Main Square. The rest of the day is yours to recover from the international flights. You can visit the interesting museums (great for learning the history of the now-extinct Patagonia Natives), and enjoy walks along the streets of this, the southernmost former city on the planet.

Overnight: Hotel Cabo de Hornos. No Meals.

Day 2

Free morning in Punta Arenas – Board Australis

After breakfast, you will have some free time to explore Punta Arenas before boarding your first class ship, the M/V Stella Australis.

Check in at 1398 Costanera del Estrecho Ave. (Arturo Prat Port) in Punta Arenas between 13:00 and 17:00 (1-5 PM) on the day of your Australis cruise departure.

Board the vessel at 6 PM. After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night you cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as you enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Overnight: M/V Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar.

Day 3 

Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets

By dawn, the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. You go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.

Leaving our Ainsworth Bay tour behind, you sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, you board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor.

Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar

Day 4

Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley

Overnight you sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel, and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, the Australis cruise tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning you are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a Pia Glacier tour. After disembarking you take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.

No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king.

Back on board the ship, you continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries — Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain, and France.

Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.

Day 5

To UNESCO Cape Horn, the legendary “end of the world”, and Wulaia Bay

During the morning you cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

In the afternoon you navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where human history is just as compelling as the natural environment.  This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of di culty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these, you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.

Overnight: O/N Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar.

Day 6

Disembark-Tour The Estancia-Rio Grande City

Early in the morning, you will say goodbye to Stella Australis and disembark at Ushuaia, Argentina. Meet your Argentinian Guide and drive to Estancia Las Hijas. Enjoy a delicious lunch and a tour of the Estancia. If you desire you can birdwatch. After this, you will drive to Rio Grande City and check in at Grande Hotel.

Overnight: Grande Hotel. B, L.

Day 7

King Penguin Park – Tierra del Fuego

After breakfast, you will drive to the Chilean Border, then you will arrive at the King Penguin Park, a private reserve wherein 2011, a king penguin colony established itself; this is the only one found outside of South Georgia and Antarctica. You will enjoy close sightings of this species, arguably the most beautiful penguin on earth. You will enjoy lunch at Porvenir. Check-in in your hotel.

Overnight Hotel Cabo de Hornos. B, L.

Day 8

Torres del Paine National Park – Explora

You will be picked up and travel to UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park. This is a drive-on comfortable van, that will be broken up by lunch, and panoramic stops.

Torres del Paine is one of the world’s most spectacular national parks. It is an unrivaled landscape of jagged peaks, impossibly blue lakes, iceberg-loaded rivers, and pampas filled with guanacos. It has the highest density of Andean condors and South American pumas in the world. Its unique microclimate creates high temperatures up to 82 F, but part of its beauty is that one can experience the four seasons every day.

Once in the park, you will travel to its heart, where the award-winning Explora hotel is located. Explora, our home for the next four nights, is recognized as one of the best expedition hotels in the world, by far the finest in the area, and a winner of so many awards it would be hard to mention them all here. Food is great and services are exceptional. Staying at Explora is a true highlight of the expedition. Please check the accommodations sections of this booklet for more details.

You will arrive in time to enjoy, and photograph, one of the greatest sunsets you have ever seen.

Overnight Explora Patagonia. B, L, D, and Open Bar

Day 9, 10 & 11

Torres del Paine – Explora Base

Torres del Paine is big, the activities are plenty, and its weather is unpredictable. That is why we suggest four nights and days in the park for a complete and memorable experience.

Also, and for the same reasons, we have selected Explora hotel, the only upscale property located in the middle of the park. With Explora we have secured the shortest drives to each destination, thus maximizing the time to explore and enjoy. Also, Explora is right in front of Pehoe Lake and the Paine Horns. Sunsets and Sunrises are spectacular.

During your days at Explora Torres del Paine, you will have a varied menú of small-group activities to choose from (No more tan 6 participants), all guided by well trained Explora local guides: From birdwatching, soft walking, horseback riding (The horse operation is top class) hiking, and even demanding hiking (You may even choose to climb to the base of the Paine Towers). It doesn’t matter what your level of fitness is, you will find the right excursions to explore the highlights of the park, at your pace.

You have included, every day, two half day excursions or one full day. All activities are planned daily based on the weather conditions and the guests interests. The hotel also has an indoors pool (With incredible vistas), hot tubs, lecture rooms (Daily lectures are offered) and a great lounge with several fireplaces.

All meals are included, and you will be amazed at the quality of them. They are served paired with an assortment of Chilean wines (included), and you will also have access to the open bar. Your days at Torres del Paine using Explora as your base will remain in your memory as some of the most beautiful and rewarding of your life.

Overnight Explora Patagonia. B, L, D and Open Bar

Day 12

Drive to Punta Arenas and fly back to the US

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive from Torres del Paine back to Punta Arenas, and then fly to Santiago de Chile and connect with your flight back home.

B, L.

Lodgings

Explora Hotel

On the shores of Lake Pehoe and beside the Salto Chico waterfall, right in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers. Its construction is based around essential luxuries, allowing the traveler to inhabit the remote location in its essence without distractions. Explora Patagonia has won several architecture and tourism awards since 1996.

The Ship: M/V Stella Australis

Built in 2010, the M.V. Stella Australis has 100 outside-facing cabins and was made specifically to cruise the spectacular Patagonian waterways. All cabins are the same size and feature a large window, an ensuite bathroom, and individual temperature controls. Cabins are available on three levels: Category A on the second level, Category AA on the third level, and Category AAA on the fourth level. Facilities aboard include an open deck, three lounges, a library, a game room, an exercise room, a single seating dining room, and an infirmary. 

Hotel Cabo de Hornos

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).

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Mar 19, 2022

PRICE

$10820

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$10820

STATUS

OPEN

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Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Services of English-speaking certified guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers).
  • Accommodations as noted, including three nights onboard the first-class Stella Australis and 4 nights at Explora hotel.
  • Open bar available at these properties.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water included meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.

Not Included:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges, departure fees, and airport taxes.
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, baggage loss, and medical insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • 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.

 

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Amazon Cruise 7N High Water

DURATION

7 Nights

PRICE FROM

$ 8219

WHEN

Nov-May 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 

Saturday: IQUITOS / AMAZON RIVER

Arriving on a morning flight*, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our crew and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon continues with an introduction to the historic city of Iquitos and the opportunity to visit an indigenous Amazon community.

In the early evening, embark on the Aqua Nera and settle into your generously sized suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, ámaZ, is one of Peru’s most renowned dining establishments.

Day 2

Sunday: YARAPA RIVER / CLAVERO LAKE

Aboard our comfortable skiffs, we set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Ready your binoculars for tropical songbirds, black collared hawks, and sloths. Line-fish for Amazon’s notoriously ferocious piranhas as our naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo.

In the afternoon, we sail on to Lake Clavero where villagers rely on traditional dugout canoes to get around. Swim in the lake’s calm waters or visit native residents of Amazonia who welcome you to their community with open arms.

Day 3

Monday: YANALLPA RIVER / DORADO RIVER

We explore the black water tributaries of the Yanallpa River by skiff, disembarking to walk deep into the wildlife-rich Amazonian rainforest. Later, we board the skiffs again to cruise along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal creatures.

Day 4

Tuesday: 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

Wednesday: YANAYACU-PUCATE RIVER / LISBOA TOWN

Rise with the sun for early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River and enjoy breakfast in the middle of the jungle. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as we seek the legendary pink river dolphins. In the afternoon, visit a local village and interact with the native people and visit local schoolchildren.

Day 6

Thursday: SAMIRIA RIVER

The rewards for our early start today are plentiful: a full day excursion including a picnic lunch accompanied by the jungle symphony, and fishing on the black water of the Samiria River. On the way back to the Marañon River after lunch, we venture out by skiffs alongside the banana boats transporting jungle products, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Day 7

Friday: NAUTA CAÑO RIVER / JUNGLE WALK IN CASUAL

As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the extraordinary black water Nauta Caño River.

In the afternoon, we will take a jungle walk on the firm soil forest of Casual while looking for flora and fauna which may include medicinal trees, insects, and poison dart frogs. Learn more about the different rainforest strata and ecosystems. At night, focus our hi-tech telescope on the sky to identify the stars, planets, and the milky way.

Day 8

Saturday: ARRIVAL IN IQUITOS / MANATEE RESCUE CENTER / TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

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.

Return to the Aqua Nera for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

The Ship

Aqua Nera

Embrace distinctive Amazon style and luxury aboard our brand-new river cruise ship

Setting a new standard for luxury river cruising on the Amazon, Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical black water lagoons and bears the hallmarks of contemporary style and generous interiors that Aqua Expeditions cruise ships are known for.
 
Aboard the Aqua Nera, award-winning architects Noor Design crafts every space to perfection. The vessel’s 20 spacious Design Suites convey a sense of Amazon tranquility, while the social spaces showcase refined elegance with a touch of drama. Tastefully woven into the design are accents and details from the rubber boom era and the colorful cultures of Portugal, Spain, and Peru.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

15 Sep 2021

PRICE

$9950

Single Supplement

$1782

STATUS

OPEN

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DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE

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WHEN

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DESTINATION

Colombia

TYPE

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Colombia

Colombia – a country associated with color, beauty, tropical warmth, and endless bounty. The natural riches found within its borders aren’t found here by chance, however. It’s Colombia’s rugged, broken and unique geography that makes it one of the world’s most diverse countries, a literal treasure trove of biological evolution, where this same geography has created many restricted-range species, found across Colombia’s 5 main geographical regions – Andean, Pacific, the Caribbean, Llanos (plains) and Amazon.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Explore Bogota in full, including the Gold Museum, Botero Museum and a welcome dinner at Cerro Monserrate, overlooking the city, during sunset.
  • Travel deep, by plane and 4×4, to the heart of the Colombian Llanos in search of South American mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds by boat, 4×4 and on horse (Optional).
  • Return to Bogota for a deeper immersion in the Colombian culture. Gourmet coffee tasting included.
  • Climb to the recently-opened-to-travelers Santa Marta Highlands for superb panoramas, a coffee plantation experience, and to bird watch at one of the most important habitats on earth.
  • Travel down to the Caribbean coast, to the beautiful Tayrona National Park, for more impressive birding, and to interact with the Kogi tribe. Leisure time on this remote piece of paradise is included.
  • Spend three amazing days in colonial Cartagena, one of the greatest UNESCO sites in South America.
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Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Bogota.

Arrive in Bogota (8530 ft). Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in guaranteed. Rest. 2 PM Detailed brie ng and geographic orientation by your Leader. Visit the impressive Gold Museum. Visit Cerro Monserrate for sunset photographs. Early welcome dinner.

Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (Dinner) NOTE: If you wish to arrive a day early, your room will be ready and paid for, but extra transfer charges may apply.

Day 2

Fly to Yopal & Wildlife observation in Llanos Savannah.

Early AM commercial flight to Yopal. Full morning 4×4 transfer with packed breakfast to the lodge, in route we will penetrate very remote territories in the Llanos savannah with wildlife that can be spotted at any time. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Boat ride (2-3 hrs), and Safari. Sunset over Llanos + introductory talk. Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3 

The Llanos Wildlife.

4×4 Wildlife search excursion (Horseback riding available if desired). Typical lunch at the lodge. PM: at leisure to relax. Nighttime wildlife excursion. Dinner at the lodge followed by folklore show.

Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

Birding & Visit to La Aurora original farmhouse

Possible fishing if wished. Lunch at the lodge. Early PM: Transfer to Yopal and flight to Bogota. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L)

Day 5

Bogota City Tour

Bogota city tour; Botero Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, and La Candelaria walking tour. Upscale coffee sampling included. PM: short rest time followed by a visit to Usaquen township for arts, crafts, and local culture. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 6

Fly to Santa Marta – Birding time at Mica on route to the lodge

Morning transfer to the airport. Fly to Santa Marta and transfer to the Lodge (5 hrs). This drive climbs from sea level to over 7217 ft asl up a winding mountain road. Along the way, stop for a picnic lunch at a co ee plantation, and to learn all about Colombian coffee. Check-in and rest at the lodge. PM: Late birding for endemics in the reserve. Dinner.

Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7

Cuchilla de San Lorenzo

Drive up to the Cuchilla de San Lorenzo gap, for more birdwatching, nature walks, and outstanding views. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Leisure birding around the lodge or enjoy a nature walk and panorama photography. Dinner.

Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8

To a Remote Corner of the Caribbean

AM: Optional early AM birding for those interested. After a leisure breakfast, drive down to the coast, arriving at our beach and jungle hotel for lunch. Evening at leisure to enjoy the beautiful setting. Short lecture followed by dinner.

Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)

Day 9

Tayrona National Park and the Kogi Tribe

At 7.30 AM, transfer to Tayrona National Park for morning birding. Return to the hotel for lunch and then visit a Kogi settlement and interact with this fascinating human group. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)

Day 10

The Caribbean Coast and Cartagena

7 AM: Transfer to Cartagena along the coast highway (5 hrs). Lunch. PM: City tour part 1. Free time to explore and photograph Cartagena.

Overnight at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (B, L, D)

Day 11

Cartagena

Complete Cartagena tour including Barrio Manga, Popa Monastery, Saint Philip Castle, The Vaults. Farewell dinner in a cozy upscale restaurant.

Overnight at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (B, L, D)

Day 12

Fly Home

Time to further explore Cartagena until your transfer to the airport to catch the flight back to the US (B)

Lodgings

Bogota: The B.O.G. Hotel

A new and very stylish luxury hotel located in the heart of Bogota’s Chico sector and between the Zona ‘T’ and Zona ‘Rosa’ nightlife districts which o er the very best regarding restaurants, bars, and shopping centers.

Your comfortable room offers a wide space including a work desk, hydro-massage shower, 500 thread count bedding, and subtle details that help create the perfect balance to live the B.O.G. Hotel experience. Wi wireless is available from the commodity of your room.

La Aurora: Juan Solito Lodge

This lodge, part of a working ranch and private wildlife reserve, o ers very basic accommodations given its location at over 5 hours from the nearest city (Yopal). There is no hot water here, but temperatures dictate that nobody complains about the lukewarm showers. Bathrooms are private, and furniture is basic. Everything is very clean. Mosquito nets are provided for each bed. Food is full board.

Due to its remote location, no wi-fi is available.

Santa Marta: El Dorado Lodge

This is Colombia’s most beautiful location for a lodge. We have selected rooms, which are small and basic, but clean and with great views. Rooms are in a wood cabin type building with amazing views over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and the Caribbean Sea can be seen on a clear day. The rooms are cool, given the lodge’s altitude.

They also have “The Kogihabs” their new constructions with morning panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada itself. Even though we love the Kogihabs, they are located at about a 15 minutes inclined walk from the main house of the lodge. Because of this, we have only blocked 4 of the Kogihabs. Please let us know if you would like to enjoy the beautiful Kogihabs (If you are a hiker, this rooms would be perfect for you)

Free wi-fi access is available in the social parts of the Lodge, though service could fail.

Tayrona: Villa Maria Lodge

Villa Maria combines natural beauty with the comfort of a luxurious resort and the intimacy of your personal country retreat. Surrounded by lush jungle overlooking the Caribbean ocean. A 5-minute walk through a jungle path takes you to the virgin, white sand beach. All rooms are quite beautiful, with AC. This is the best hotel close to Tayrona National Park, and we have selected ocean view rooms for all our guests. Wi is available, though, due to the remoteness of the lodge, service could fail. Please also note that the beach, even though particularly beautiful, may provide choppy waters.


Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Feb 2022

PRICE

$6995

Single Supplement

$1370

STATUS

OPEN

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Included in Land Cost:

  • 24/7 services of a Senior Leader during the expedition.
  • Services of an English-speaking Local Head Naturalist.
  • Services of local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) if arriving on day one, and leaving on the last day (If you arrive before day 1, or leave after the expedition ended, extra charges for airport transfers may apply).
  • Safari vehicles excursions.
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuities for Local Guides; Drivers 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.

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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

DURATION

21-23 DAYS

PRICE FROM

$ 13995

WHEN

2021 & 2022

DESTINATION

Antarctica 

TYPE

SMALL GROUP

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica. Weather and ice conditions permitting, we also plan to make a continental landing on the Antarctic Peninsula. Each of these destinations is legendary for abundant marine mammals, exceptional subantarctic birdlife, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • The waters around the Falkland Islands are home to various species of cetacean including the southern right whale, killer whale, and Peale’s dolphin.
  • The windswept and treeless Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise.
  • The island’s beaches are packed with fur seals and elephant seals jostling for space alongside innumerable king penguins.
  • The island is home to albatross, petrels, prions, skuas, shags, gulls, terns, and the carnivorous South Georgia pintail duck.
  • Witness the breeding behavior of the world’s largest seabird, the wandering albatross.

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– John Hemingway

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Buenos Aires, Argentina (hotel night)

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. The name of the city can be translated as “fair winds” but it is also referred to as the “Paris of South America”. This is an exuberant brew of traditions, languages, and different types of cultures.

Upon your arrival at the airport, we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore this welcoming city.

Day 2

Embarkation in Buenos Aires

We provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the deluxe expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds.

Day 3-5

South Atlantic Ocean

As we head south, ocean breezes become cooler and seabirds become more abundant. We keep a sharp eye out for cetaceans such as Commerson’s dolphins and southern right whales in these productive southern seas. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough weather. Presentations by our expert naturalists and historians prepare you for our arrival in the Falkland Islands.

Day 6-7

Falkland Islands

Our exploration of the Falklands includes visiting the isolated outlying islands. These bleakly beautiful isles are havens for wildlife. Large colonies of seabirds, perched on windy bluffs overlooking azure seas, are easily accessible by hiking over lush meadows. At this time, black-browed albatross has returned to the islands and are just starting to lay their eggs amongst the tussocks while feisty rockhopper penguins leap up surf-battered cliffs to start building their nests nearby.

On sandy beaches below, gentoo penguins are also starting to lay their eggs while king penguin chicks of all ages look on. They are joined by female elephant seals suckling their newborn pups. Just offshore, you may see Peale’s dolphins and even killer whales patrolling the coasts. A wide range of land birds, including the endemic Cobb’s wren and inquisitive striated caracara, contribute to an abundance of wildlife that will leave nature lovers breathless.

On these days we intend to come alongside the wharf at Stanley, the historic capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, various war memorials, quality gift shops, and charming pubs. Christ Church Cathedral features an impressive whalebone arch and dramatic views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

We also plan to offer an excursion to Gypsy Cove, a national nature reserve where white sand beaches are frequented by numerous bird species, including the endemic Falklands flightless steamer duck. Here you can also see Magellanic penguins, who have just started to lay their eggs in burrows by the seashore.

Day 8 & 9

Southern Ocean

We sail east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and presentations by our lecture staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.

Day 10-14

South Georgia Island

The next five days will be devoted to the exploration of the unique and spectacular wilderness of South Georgia, home to some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. This isolated subantarctic island is said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, shags, skuas, gulls, and terns. Among these is one of the largest flying birds in the world—the wandering albatross. Here you have the opportunity to see large downy chicks stretching their wings after spending the long Antarctic winter on snowy nests overlooking the wild Southern Ocean.

On South Georgia’s legendary beaches, king penguins are gathered in huge colonies that stretch from sandy shorelines to the foothills of glaciated mountains. Also at this time, hundreds of thousands of macaroni penguins are coming ashore to start their breeding season. Rare birds such as the endemic South Georgia pipit and yellow-billed pintail round out the list of 78 bird species found across the territory. The successfully completed rat eradication program has made this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

South Georgia is also home to staggering numbers of southern elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals. At this time, thousands of massive bull elephant seals are defending and occasionally fighting to maintain their harems of females, who have recently given birth. Meanwhile, male fur seals are just arriving to stake out their mating territories. Once hunted nearly to extinction, large whales are also returning to the bountiful seas surrounding South Georgia. With the whalers long gone, the historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum. Here you will also find the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, heroic polar explorer, and leader of the famous Endurance expedition.

In this rugged yet accessible environment, superb wildlife viewing is best complemented by active adventure. There are many opportunities for guided treks through this snowy wilderness, including the famous Shackleton Walk. For sea kayakers, the wildlife-rich waters of South Georgia offer the chance to paddle with hordes of seals and penguins in some of the world’s most scenic waterways.

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our precise route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather in this wild and remote corner of the world. Our experienced captain and expedition leader will continually adjust plans to take maximum advantage of the conditions and circumstances at hand. You can be sure that we will take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this challenging environment.

Day 15 & 16

Scotia Sea
After our amazing time in South Georgia, we proceed southwest toward Antarctica. We keep a constant lookout for humpback and fin whales along the way. The majestic wandering albatross and other graceful subantarctic seabirds are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks and balconies.

Day 17-21

Scotia Sea

During the next five days, we undertake an in-depth exploration of the islands near the Antarctic Peninsula. This region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and the best wildlife viewing in Antarctica. Sheltered bays and channels sparkle with ice and reflect towering mountain peaks coated in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to huge numbers of marine mammals and seabirds. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large rookeries at special places on land.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will be our primary area of exploration. This wildly beautiful island chain contains many landing sites with historical significance and abundant wildlife. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s Endurance expedition spent the winter of 1916. We continue west to King George Island, home to numerous Antarctic research bases of various nationalities, some with gift shops and post offices.

Weather and ice permitting, we also hope to visit the supremely picturesque Gerlache Strait area of the Antarctic Peninsula, a pristine wilderness of spectacular white landscapes, colossal icebergs, obliging marine mammals, and bustling penguin colonies. Here we have a chance to land on the continent of Antarctica.

Throughout this area, we encounter Gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguins, sometimes nesting side by side. At this time of the season, all three species are busy courting and mating. This is a good time to observe the importance of pebbles in penguin culture, as prized nesting material to be stolen from rivals and given to mates. Also at this time, very high concentrations of sea ice provide more opportunities for seals and penguins to congregate on ice floes, a situation that attracts killer whales. Photographers will appreciate the pristine appearance of fresh, undisturbed snow across the landscape in this early summer month.

Antarctica is a true wilderness with unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which will dictate our route and exploration opportunities. With more than 17 hours of daylight per day, we seize every chance to experience excellent wildlife viewing and amazing scenery via Zodiac cruises and shore excursions.

Day 22 & 23

Drake Passage

It is now time to head north across the Drake Passage toward South America, but the adventure is not quite over. Seabirds are our constant companions and there is always the possibility of whale encounters in these wild waters. This is also the time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slideshow. Finally, as we enter the calm Beagle Channel, we enjoy a night of smooth sailing toward Ushuaia.

Day 24

Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After a final delicious breakfast on board, we bid you a fond farewell in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time in Tierra del Fuego. As you look back on your wonderful experience in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next polar adventure!

The Ship

M/V Sea Spirit

The m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears, or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 114
Crew: 72

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

9 Jan, 2022

PRICE

$7390

Single Supplement

$1684

STATUS

OPEN

MORE INFO
RESERVATION

Details

Included:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa Hotel;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals onboard throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location right after disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi onboard.

Not included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Kayaking, camping;
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

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