Summary

Destinations: South America
  • 11 Days From
    R 43500
  • Trip code: FNQ
  • Activity: Family, Mixed-Activity, Culture, Wildlife, Ages 13 - 16 years, Ages 9 - 12 years, New Family Holidays
  • Min age: 9
  • Group size: 7 - 16

Spectacled bears of northern Peru, awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and fun filled Cuzco 

Venture into dry forests of northern Peru and spend two days exploring Chaparri – the site of Peru’s first wildlife rescue centre designed specifically for Spectacled Bears. The ancient Inca capital of Cuzco is brimming with Spanish churches and Inca fortresses just waiting to be explored – here we enjoy a chocolate making class and an art workshop before exploring the Sacred Valley and visiting an alpaca farm. Finally, visit Machu Picchu – one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, made all the more dramatic by its mountain backdrop of staggering immensity.

Key information
  • 10 nights hotels and lodges
  • Group normally 7 to 16, plus leader and support staff
  • Altitude max. 3400m, average 1950m
  • Travel by minibus, train and 3 internal flights
Activities
  • 10 nights hotels and lodges
  • Group normally 7 to 16, plus leader and support staff
  • Altitude max. 3400m, average 1950m
  • Travel by minibus, train and 3 internal flights

Highlights

* Visit Peru’s first wildlife rescue centre designed specifically for Spectacled Bears * Morning tour of Machu Picchu when it’s at its quietest * Chocolate making class and art workshop in Cuzco * Explore the Sacred Valley and visit an alpaca farm

Dates & Pricing

 
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04 Aug 2019
14 Aug 2019
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R 43500
 
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18 Aug 2019
28 Aug 2019
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R 43500
 
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05 Apr 2020
15 Apr 2020
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R 44400
 
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19 Jul 2020
29 Jul 2020
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R 45300
 
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02 Aug 2020
12 Aug 2020
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R 45300
 
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16 Aug 2020
26 Aug 2020
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R 45300

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Lima; afternoon visit to water fountain park

The tour starts in Lima; those on the group flights arrive in the morning. There are no excursions planned until late afternoon so land only travellers can arrive anytime up until mid-afternoon (please note that hotel check-in times are usually from 3pm). Our hotel is based in the residential Miraflores District, within walking distance of the coast. There will be a group briefing at the hotel this afternoon and then we will go the water fountain park to explore and enjoy the Fantasy Fountain Show, a musical laser light and water show. *Accommodation: Antigua Miraflores Colonial Room (or similar)*

Day 2

Morning Lima city tour; afternoon fly to Chiclayo

This morning we have a tour of colonial Lima and explore the historic downtown area. We will discover the Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral and Government Palace (also known as ‘House of Pizarro’) as we take a short walk around the colonial centre. We also visit the incredible Church of San Francisco, which houses one of the oldest libraries in the Americas and sits on top of a labyrinthine network of catacombs complete with the bones of Lima’s wealthy eighteenth and nineteenth-century residents.  After lunch we transfer to the airport and fly to Chiclayo where we spend the night. *Accommodation: *Costa del Sol Wyndham* (or similar)*

Day 3

Transfer to Chaparri lodge in the dry forests of Lambayeque, northern Peru

This morning we transfer 2-2.5 hrs to Chappari Lodge in the dry forests of Lambayenque.  We’ll arrive in time to get settled in our rooms before enjoying lunch on the open air dining area, hopefully getting our first sight of the Peruvian White-tailed deer and Sechuran foxes who are frequent visitors during mealtimes! The order of activities at Chaparri Lodge may change depending on the weather and other factors. However, there will be a briefing upon arrival at the lodge and you will also usually go for a walk this afternoon along one of the main trails which will provide excellent chances to see the local wildlife and birds. *Accommodation: Chaparri Lodge (or similar)*

Day 4

Full day exploring the Chaparri Reserve in search of wildlife including Spectacled bears.

Today is spent exploring the Chaparri Reserve in search of wildlife. Chaparri is the site of Peru’s first wildlife rescue centre designed specifically for Spectacled Bears. Seven bears that have been confiscated from illegal captivity are currently housed in large semi-wild enclosures that provide the bears a stimulating natural environment in which to live. We will visit some of these enclosures with a local guide to watch these bears in their natural habitat and learn more about these threatened animals. Chaparri also receives a selection of other rescued animals (ocelot, Andean condor, King vulture, Military macaw) which may also be seen. *Accommodation: Chaparri Lodge (or similar)*

Day 5

Transfer back to Chiclayo; fly to Cuzco via Lima

We have a very early start this morning, leaving the lodge around 4am, in order to transfer back to Chiclayo in time for our morning flight to Cuzco, via Lima.  We should arrive in Cuzco by lunchtime and the rest of the day is free to relax. Set amidst hills in the altiplano, the Imperial City of the Incas, Cuzco was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present-day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles. It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3400m). *Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel (or similar)*

Day 6

Morning orientation tour (on foot) followed by the chance to learn to make chocolate!  Afternoon free for optional activities or to explore Cuzco

This morning we have an orientation tour of Cuzco to discover its historic buildings and winding streets, then we will visit the chocolate museum to learn all the chocolate making process starting from the cocoa tree from the Peruvian jungle. We will have the chance to make our own chocolates today, filled the way you like them, which are yours to take home. The rest of the afternoon has been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America’s most beautiful cities. The Plaza de Armas is a fantastic spot for people watching, and Qorikancha – Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery are worth a visit. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves. *Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel (or similar)*

Day 7

Morning art workshop; afternoon free for optional activities such as paddle-boarding, mountain biking or zip-lining in the Sacred Valley

This morning we will participate in an art workshop featuring both colonial glass ceramics and acrylic painting in cusquenian colonial guild. Learn about the process of making glasses ceramics by crafting both a traditional torito (little bull) and caballito (little horse) of Pucará. These ‘Andes Guardians’ are yours to keep and make a wonderful souvenir of your time in Cuzco! The afternoon has been left free to enjoy Cuzco. If you fancy something more active then there is an array of optional activities available from Cuzco. These include paddle-boarding on Lake Piuray, mountain biking in the Sacred Valley between Maras and Moray, or a combination of via ferrata and zip-lining in the Sacred Valley. For some activities, a minimum number of participants is required. *Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel (or similar)** *

Day 8

Sacred Valley tour including visit to an alpaca/llama farm; afternoon to Aguas Calientes

This morning, we head out of Cuzco into the Sacred Valley. Along the way we visit an alpaca farm where we will have the chance to learn about alpacas and llamas, maybe getting the chance to feed them, and seeing the different techniques used for weaving and dyeing the wool. We will then continue on to the colourful handicraft market at Pisac, at the entrance to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After some free time to browse the stalls, we will drive to Ollantaytambo to have lunch. We should have time for an optional tour of the nearby ruins before catching our train to Aguas Calientes. *Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Mapi (or similar)*

Day 9

Early morning guided tour of Machu Picchu; return to Cuzco

In order to beat the day-trippers arriving from Cuzco and reach the ruins as early as possible, a very early start is required to queue for Machu Picchu; only government-registered buses can make the 30-minute drive up the winding road to the site entrance and during high season (May-October) queues can be hours long. Machu Picchu is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world and what makes it all the more dramatic is its mountain backdrop of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records of it, and so Machu Picchu remained a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. New regulations for visiting Machu Picchu are now fully enforced; of the three possible visiting slots, we will purchase the morning slot from 06:00 until 12:00 (unless unavailable), you will be limited to a maximum of four hours within the site and must be accompanied by a guide. There will also be three set routes to follow around Machu Picchu; Exodus selects the most comprehensive route. We catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (1hr 30 mins) and continue by private bus to Cuzco (2hrs 30 mins). *Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel (or similar)*

Day 10

Free day in Cuzco for shopping or activities

Today has been left free to relax and enjoy the many attractions of Cuzco. Again, your leader can help to arrange optional excursions and activities for you – please see the Optional Activities section of the Trip Notes for more details. *Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel* *(or similar)*

Day 11

End Cuzco.

Our adventure ends this morning after breakfast. Those who have booked a flight inclusive package from London will be transferred to the airport in the afternoon for the overnight international flight back to London via Bogota.

Included

* All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival and departure transfers

Food

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included in the price of the tour. 

Peruvian cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality and it’s well worth trying out a few of the local delicacies. Amongst these are ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and various hearty soups such as the delicious quinoa soup. Other dishes include roasted cuy (guinea pig), alpaca steak, and to drink, the national beverage: Pisco Sour.

Drinking water is provided. The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; boiled and filtered drinking water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your leader will buy large water containers for you to refill your bottle from.

Hotel breakfasts are normally simple buffet-style affairs, usually including bread/toast and jam, cereal, sometimes eggs or a cooked dishes, sometimes fruit, tea/coffee and fruit juice. Regrettably, we cannot guarantee that wheat/gluten-free products will be available for breakfast in all locations – if you have an intolerance you may wish to bring your own breakfast food.

Where lunch and dinner is not included we’ll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

Trip Notes

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