The North of Peru is the cradle of civilisation in the Americas with some of the most ancient archaeology in the continent, dating back to 3000bC. But there is more: majestic peaks, aristocratic homes, delicious cuisine and lush forests are among the hidden secrets in Undiscovered Peru. If you have already been to Southern Peru, this is totally new!

Host

Marisol Mosquera

Aracari Founder and Conde Nast Travel Specialist

Marisol Mosquera was born in Peru and raised in Barcelona, Spain. After finishing her studies  in Washington DC,  she pursued a career finance in New York and London where she worked for major financial institutions. In 1996 she returned to Peru and founded Aracari Travel, with the goal of reconciling a lifetime passion for travel, art, photography and culture and transforming it into a sustainable business.  For over twenty years she has been researching Peru,  uncovering its hidden gems and acting as a conduit between the worlds of art and culture in Peru and Bolivia and an international discerning clientele. Aracari is the pioneer and the benchmark for sustainable high-end travel in the Andes.

Highlights

  • Embark in a journey of discovery along 5000 years of history, experiencing the most ancient archaeology in the Americas - Caral 3000bC.
  • Admire the most extensive ice covered tropical mountain range in the World, The Cordillera Blanca, crowned by Huascaran, Peru's highest peak
  • Visit the Moche site of El Brujo, and the mummy of The Lady of Cao, the first known Female leader in ancient Peru.
  • Be among the rare few view to visit the 4 UNESCO heritage sites in northern Peru
  • Enjoy behind the scenes visit to sites with resident archaeologists and scholars.
  • Dine at an aristocratic home in Trujillo hosted by its owners.
  • Experience the delicious cuisine of Trujillo, the hub of Peruvian culinary tradition
  • Ride a cable car to pre-inca Kuelap fortress and hike the fifth tallest waterfall in the world, Gocta, nestled in the cloudforest
Aracari is delighted to offer you the unique opportunity of joining Marisol Mosquera, Aracari’s Founder and Conde Nast Travel Specialist for Peru,  on a personally curated 10-day  journey to Northern Peru. During this journey you will have the rare chance of  experiencing sites and destinations few people know about,  enjoying Marisol’s insider view,  the guiding of archaeologists and experts and staying at small, owner-run sustainable lodges in each destination.
The sites you will visit are among the most important in the Americas and visited by few. Long before the Incas in Machu Picchu, the Moche, Chavin, Chimu and Chachapoyas populated Northern Peru as far back as 3000bC. You will visit -led by archaeologists—  their ancient cities, pilgrimage sites, burial complexes and the stunning natural landscapes where they settled.
This is an overland journey that starts in Lima all the way to Trujillo with stops en route continuing with a private flight to Chachapoyas on an exclusively chartered aircraft.
You will be completely off the tourist track. And if you want more, do extend your journey and join Marisol on an amazing  5-day Amazon cruise after the trip. You can also tick your bucket list and go to Machu Picchu on a specially tailor made 4-day extension before or after the trip.
Do not miss this rare opportunity of visiting Undiscovered Peru. If this is your second time to Peru with Aracari we will be happy to offer you a 10% discount. Contact our team at travel@aracari.com or  marisol@aracari.com, before the trip sells out.

Daily Summary 11 Days / 10 Nights

Day 1 Lima - Caral The Oldest City in the Americas Explore the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site of Caral, one of the world’s earliest cities (3000BC)
Day 2 Caral - Chavin de Huantar - Cordillera Blanca Transfer from Caral to Anta with Chavin de Huantar visit en route Visit the capital and ceremonial center for one of Peru’s most sophisticated early cultures, Chavín.
Day 3 Cordillera Blanca Full day visit to Chacas town and Punta Olimpica
Day 4 Cordillera Blanca Llanganuco Lakes & Llanganuco Mountain Lodge
Day 5 Cordillera Blanca - Trujillo Transfer from Cuesta Serena via Cañon del Pato to Trujillo
Day 6 Trujillo Treasures of Trujillo. A full day exploring archaeological sites such as the Temple of the Sun and the ancient mud-brick city of Chan Chan.
Day 7 Trujillo The Moche Route. Visit the archaeological site of El Brujo and the Lady of Cao museum, housing the mummy of the first pre-Columbian female ruler
Day 8 Trujillo- Chachapoyas - Leymebamba Charter flight Trujillo to Chachapoyas. Transfer to Leymebamba visiting Revash Sarcophagi
Day 9 Gocta Kuelap - The Walled City: Ride a cable car to the dramatic pre-Incan fortress of Kuelap, with panoramic valley views from its privileged hilltop position
Day 10 Gocta Hike to Gocta Waterfalls: Walk through the cloud forest to the tumbling waterfalls of Gocta, one of the highest falls in the world.
Day 11 Gocta - Tarapoto - Lima Drive along scenic terrain to Tarapoto airport to return catch flight to Lima.
  • Day 1
    Lima - CaralView on map
    Caral, The Oldest City

    Tuesday 13 August 2019

    Our guide and driver will meet us at our hotel at 9 am this morning to drive approximately 4 hours north to Caral, 174 kms from Lima. We start our journey north on the Pan American Highway, a main route that stretches along the stunning Peruvian coastline, past small villages and farmland where we can stop en route for refreshments, photo ops and souvenir breaks if required.

    Dating as far back as 2670 B.C., the ancient site of Caral is considered to be the oldest city in the Americas and one of the first civilizations that developed independently in the world. Located in Supe valley approximately 200 kilometers north of Lima, the archaeological complex consists of six excavated and partially excavated pyramids over 65 acres on a terrace above the floodplain.

    Upon arrival to Caral we will transfer to Empedrada Lodge Hotel for check-in and enjoy lunch overlooking the Caral valley before the afternoon’s excursion. We will have the pleasure of sharing lunch in the special company of Ruth Shady, founder and director of the archaeological project at Caral, who will also give us a short lecture on the history and significance of the site.

    Afterwards, explore the large pyramids, a grand sunken circular plaza, and several other smaller buildings as our guide explains the importance of this early culture. Witness ongoing excavation being performed by young archaeologists from San Marcos University as you wander around the city.

    Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel as you discuss your thoughts and feelings about your experience at Caral.

    Overnight at Empedrada Lodge | Located close to the archaeological site of Caral, the boutique Empedrada Lodge provides a space of comfort and service in the rich natural surrounds of the region. We consider this the best accommodation option for visiting the archaeological site of Caral.

    Check-In time: 14:00 hrs / Check-Out time: 12:00hrs

    Accommodation
  • Day 2
    Caral - Callejon de HuaylasView on map
    Drive to Callejon de Huaylas with Chavin de Huantar visit en route

    Wednesday 14 August 2019

    Today we will leave Caral and head towards Anta in the department of Ancash, where some of the highest mountains in Peru can be found. We’ll be collected by our private driver and guide and travel together from Caral, down Route 106 which follows the Rio Supe, before climbing up the mountain roads towards to the town of Chavin, (approx. 5 hours/279 kilometers). En route we will visit the impressive archaeological complex Chavin de Huantar.

    The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chavin de Huantar contains artifacts and ruins from the Chavin people – a pre-Inca civilization, and the structures here are dated to approximately 1200 B.C. The complex includes temples, plazas and a network of underground corridors, some of which visitors can explore.

    A box lunch will be provided and we will have plenty of opportunity to stop and take photographs on route through the mountains.

    After visiting Chavin we will continue on to our hotel in Anta where we will check-in and enjoy dinner together at the hotel.

    Overnight at Cuesta Serena (8,859ft/2,700m) | Located on the slopes of Anta, a 20-minute drive from Huaraz, this boutique hotel has just seven suites which all boast views over the majestic Cordillera Blanca mountains. The lodge is beautifully decorated with Peruvian fabrics, comfortable seating and hammocks that allow you an ideal vista of the mountains.

    Check-In time: 15:00 hrs / Check-Out time: 11:00hrs

    Accommodation
  • Day 3
    Callejon de ConchucosView on map
    Chacas town and Punta Olimpica.

    Thursday 15 August 2019

    Chacas is one of the most beautiful locations in the Cordillera Blanca. To reach it, we will travel along the only paved road that crosses Huascaran National Park, which involves going through Punta Olimpica tunnel, at 4732m/15524 ft above sea level. This tunnel is the longest vehicular tunnel in Peru and the highest in the world going from Cordillera Blanca to Callejon de Conchucos. On crossing the tunnel we will see stunning landscapes and majestic snowcapped peaks (Ulta 5875m/19274ft and Huascaran 6768m/22205ft – Peru’s highest) and glacial lagoons (Cancara and Yanaraju), Italian missionaries have developed provided education and healthcare and established carpentry and crafts workshops where very fine works are carried out. We will be visiting some of these workshops as well as the archaeological museum. Duration of the full day excursion 6.5 hours.

    Overnight at Cuesta Serena.

    Accommodation
  • Day 4
    Callejon de HuaylasView on map
    Llanganuco Lakes & Llanganuco Mountain Lodge

    Friday 16 August 2019

    Today is a full day excursion to Llanganuco Lake. En route, we will visit a number of attractions. 15 minutes from Cuesta Serena, we will stop in the small town of Yungay, where in 1974 a major earthquake led to a landslide that covered the entire town and thousands perished. We will stand on the cemetery on a hill,  and look at where the old town was located and learn about the geology of the area. From there we will travel overland to the trail head of the Maria Josefa path, where we will walk on flat to downhill terrain 1.5 hours all the way to Llanganuco Lake. From here we will head overland to the nearby Llanganuco Lodge, where Charlie Good, the owner of the lodge, will give us a warm welcome and show us his lodge. Tea time and biscuits and time to relax with the majestic views of Huascaran. Return to Cuesta Serena for sunset drinks.

    Overnight at Cuesta Serena.

    Accommodation
  • Day 5
    Callejon de Huaylas - TrujilloView on map
    Drive to Trujillo via Cañon del Pato

    Saturday 17 August 2019

    Today we have the chance to experience one of the most magnificent journeys of our trip: the Cañon del Pato (Duck Canyon). The scenery around this area is simply spectacular where the landscape consists of the meeting of the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountains) and Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains) along the Callejon de Huaylas (Corridor of Huaylas), the valley that runs in between the two. Along the valley is the dramatic section of gorge known as the Cañon del Pato. The canyon comprises of a largely unpaved, single lane road with over 30 narrow tunnels and towering cliff faces coming face to face – sometimes at a distance as small as 15 meters!

    The time spent on the road today will be long (from Cuesta Serena to Cañon del Pato 6.5 hours and on to Trujillo 9 hours) but the immense vistas of the sheer rock faces contrasted with the flow of the Rio Santa will make it all worthwhile.

    We will enjoy dinner together at the hotel before a well-deserved rest at Costa del Sol Trujillo Centro.

    Costa del Sol Trujillo Centro |  The best hotel in Trujillo, Costa del Sol has prime position on the main Plaza de Armas with views of the city center’s cathedral and historic buildings from the Spanish colonial era. A restored colonial mansion, the property has been converted into a 73-room hotel with a small outdoor pool in the courtyard, as well as gym and sauna facilities. All rooms offer air-conditioning. Key sites like Chan Chan archaeological site are only a short drive away.

    Check-In time: 15:00hrs / Check Out time: 12:00hrs

  • Day 6
    TrujilloView on map
    Treasures of Trujillo

    Sunday 18 August 2019

    This morning we will head to Huaca de La Luna (Moche c. 100-700 A.D.), a superb archaeological site where excavations are currently underway. The site is known for its magnificent friezes and reliefs which are surprisingly well-preserved. The surrounding communities have played a vital part in the success of the archaeological complex, where they display and sell authentic handicrafts in a traditionally constructed gift shop. We will  meet and be guided by archaeologist and project director Dr. Ricardo Morales.

    Afterwards, visit the laid-back seaside town of Huanchaco where we will enjoy a typical coastal lunch. Here we can admire the use of small traditional reed boats used by fishermen today, exactly as they were by their forefathers hundreds of years ago.

    Finally, we will drive to the ancient mud-brick city of Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the capital city of the Chimu Kingdom which fell to the Incas in the 15th Century. This was the largest city in Pre-Columbian America and it was carefully structured by being split into nine citadels or autonomous units.

    Tonight, we will have the pleasure of enjoying cocktails with friends in their private historic  home located on Trujillo's Main Square.

    Overnight at Costa del Sol Trujillo

    Accommodation
  • Day 7
    TrujilloView on map
    The Moche Route

    Monday 19 August 2019

    This morning we will drive from Trujillo to the village of Cao, where the archaeological site of El Brujo is located. El Brujo opened to the public in 2006. Much like Huaca de la Luna, this site features tiers of polychromatic friezes and also served as a religious and sacrificial complex. Museo Cao is just a short walking distance from the actual site and contains a variety of captivating artifacts including collections of pottery, textiles, and golden regalia, along with the bones of Moche royalty and human sacrifices. Perhaps the site’s greatest discovery was the Moche mummy of the only known female ruler, justifiably referred to as Señora de Cao, whose remains are also on display in the museum.

    After our visit, we will enjoy dinner at Club Central, Trujillo's prestigious private Club.

    Overnight at Costa del Sol Trujillo Centro.

    Accommodation
  • Day 8
    ChachapoyasView on map
    Trujillo - Chachapoyas

    Tuesday 20 August 2019

    This morning we will be driven to Trujillo  airport for our 50 minute private charter flight to Chachapoyas to begin our adventure in the cloud forest. We have chartered the 19 passenger Beechcraft 1900 propeller plane as there are no commercial flights covering this route.

     On arrival in Chachapoyas airport, we will be met by our new guide who will be with us for our entire journey through that region. From the airport, our journey to Leymebamba takes approximately five hours but offers a scenic route through valleys and mountains.

    We will stop off to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then continue on as the route follows the Marañon River briefly and then the Utcubamba River for most of the journey. Depending on time available there are several opportunities to stop along the way to stretch your legs, take photos of the scenery which includes rivers, waterfalls and hidden pre-Inca tombs in the cliffside. If we do decide to stop off at the Tombs of Revash, our expert guide will lead us on an interesting excursion into Peru’s past, witnessing collective tombs for the wealthy and powerful of society.

    In the afternoon we will arrive at Kentitambo Lodge we will have chance to check-in and freshen up before visiting the Leymebamba museum which houses mummies, relics and artifacts from the burial tombs of the pre-Inca Chachapoya civilization, that were salvaged by the NGO Centro Mallqui.

    As Aracari guests we will have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to areas of the museum not usually open to the public, including the special climate-controlled depository where the famous mummies are kept and laboratories where bio-archaeologists are still carrying out important conservation and cataloging of the Laguna de los Condores artefacts.

    Overnight at Kentitambo Lodge (Altitude: 5,906ft/1800m) | Kentitambo Lodge (translated from Quechua as Hummingbird Inn) is a relaxing guest house with a sustainable ethos and a welcoming environment. Originally a hummingbird observation lodge, Kentitambo has preserved its natural style to ensure the birds are welcomed in the area.

    Check-In time: 15:00 hrs / Check-Out time: 13:00hrs

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  • Day 9
    ChachapoyasView on map
    Kuelap Visit and drive to Gocta

    Wednesday 21 August 2019  

    For our day at Kuelap, we’ll be collected in the morning from our hotel in Leymebamba by our private vehicle and driver, for the hour-long drive to the Kuelap cable car ticket office. After a 10-minute shared bus ride to the station, we’ll take a cable car ride to the site entrance, enjoying a scenic journey with incredible views on the way up. Once at the top and entrance to the site, there is an approximately 30-minute walk to the archaeological site, via a paved uphill path, with horses available to ease the journey.

    Now we have the chance to enjoy a full tour of the impressive pre-Columbian site of Kuelap led by our expert private guide. Built by the pre-Inca Chachapoya civilization, known as the ‘warriors of the clouds’, Kuelap is one of the biggest ancient stone complexes in the western hemisphere. With its surrounding walls up to 20 meters high, Kuelap is commonly described as a fortress, but the complex includes not only military structures, but religious, civil and domestic features too. As our guide will explain, it is estimated that up to 3,000 people lived here at its height. There are multiple levels within the complex and over 400 constructions, most of which are cylindrical, with some friezes and decorative patterns remaining.

    During the visit, we will pause to eat a box lunch that was prepared by the hotel.

    At the end of our visit to Kuelap, we’ll continue onwards to our next destination – Cocachimba village near Gocta Waterfall.

    Two nights at Gocta Natura Cabins (Altitude: 5,906ft/1800m) | Gocta Natura Cabins have been created to make the most of the natural environment and give back to both the flora and fauna of the area and the local community. Waking up at this stunning location is a real treat and each of the rooms (bar one) have been designed to enjoy the view of the Gocta falls.

    Check-In time: 15:00hrs / Check-Out time: 10:00hrs

    Accommodation
  • Day 10
    ChachapoyasView on map
    Hike to Gocta Waterfalls

    Thursday 22 August 2019 

    The path to the waterfall begins straight from our hotel and is well generally well maintained and scenic throughout. Some sections have steep inclines, and horses can be hired for part of the journey to the falls or can be pre-arranged for the way back. The walk starts through farmland, before changing to lush cloud forest with jungle-like vegetation. Engulfed by the sounds, sights and smells of the cloud forest, we’ll enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna along the way, including the famous endemic Spatuletail hummingbird, butterflies, flowers, and occasional toucans and occasionally monkeys. The path crosses small streams and gorges spanned by short bridges.

    Thanks to the power of the falls, we will hear Gocta before we see it! As we advance the volume increases as does the anticipation. With about a third of the way to go, the vegetation opens up, and finally we get a glimpse of the falls. For the rest of the walk the incredible thunderous flow of water is in sight, until we arrive at the base of the falls, stretching our necks into the sun to see the top. At a special vantage point with a view of the waterfalls we’ll stop take a break and enjoy snacks and a refreshing drink laid out by our guide. After taking in the views, and maybe cooling off in the pool at the base of the falls, we’ll return via the same path to our hotel to enjoy lunch.

    Time permitting, we will also visit the mysterious Sarcophagi of Karajia (huge stone coffins of ancient wise men that are displayed above ground). Set high into the side of a cliff, each sarcophagus is around 2.5 meters high. Archaeologists believe that one of the Sarcophagi of Karajia is the mummy of the highest Chief of Kuelap.

    Dinner in the gardens finishes off an epic day.

    Overnight at Gocta Natura Cabins

    Accommodation
  • Day 11
    Chachapoyas - Lima View on map
    Transfer from Cocachimba to Tarapoto airport

    Today we say goodbye to the falls, to our lovely lodge and we set off on our overland journey to Tarapoto. Today involves a very early start (7 am) and a full day drive on a paved road, and we will be arriving in Tarapoto airport in the early afternoon for our flight to Iquitos (for those joining the cruise) or to Lima (for those ending the trip here). The route from Cocachimba to Tarapoto is very scenic: throughout the journey we traverse cloud forests, mountains, grasslands and Amazonian jungle, stopping en route for a boxed lunch and plenty of photography spots.

    Once we arrive at Tarapoto airport, we will check-in, and board our respective flights, some to Iquitos, others to Lima. On arrival to Lima you will be transferred to your hotel.

    For those not coming to the cruise extension: END OF THE JOURNEY

     

Machu Picchu Extension
Discover Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

  • Before or after base itinerary
  • 4 Days / Nights
  • Day 1
    Sacred Valley

    Cusco Airport to Sacred Valley Transfer

    Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be welcomed by our representative and immediately transferred to the Sacred Valley. The valley is located at a lower elevation than Cusco, enjoys a mild climate and offers you a chance to acclimatize to the region in a less physically demanding environment. Surrounded by varied and dramatic landscapes, it has become a prime tourist destination in Peru.

     

    Guided visit to Awanacancha

    Along the way, stop for a short visit of Awanacancha, where you will have the opportunity to see the different camelids that live in the Andes such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. Alpacas have thick wool commonly used for textiles while the vicuñas are smaller and have delicate fur that is considered the finest in the world.

     

    Guided Visit to Pisac Market

    Following your visit to Awanacancha continue on to Pisac where you will be explore the town’s vibrant market with a variety of handcrafts and fresh products.

     

    Lunch at Huayoccari

    Tucked away in the Sacred Valley, off the main tourist trail, lies the traditional estate of Hacienda Huayoccari. This is owned by the prestigious Lambarri family, one of the oldest land-owning families in Cusco. A visit here is an exclusive opportunity to understand the rich history of the rural area, and enjoy lunch in attractive surrounds. Drive through cultivated fields and eucalyptus forests to reach the estate, where you can enjoy a tour of the Hacienda’s private art collection. An array of pre-Columbian, Incan, colonial and contemporary works of art are on display in different rooms. This is followed by a three-course meal in the historic and elegant wood-paneled dining rooms, with views out over the Valley. Peruvian flavors are used to make classic, hearty dishes with sophisticated presentation, made with fresh ingredients sourced from the valley and from the grounds of Hacienda Huayoccari.

    Accommodation

    We adore this stunning and environmentally-integrated hotel, one of our most highly recommended in all of Peru. The standard bungalows all have comfortable beds and ample amenities and are well decorated and appointed. The sophisticated casitas are ideal for those looking for an extra grade of intelligent luxury, with meticulous attention to detail and ample amenities. The property boasts two exceptional restaurants, and the spacious grounds and inviting outdoor swimming offer lots of space to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Sacred Valley.
    Check-In time: 11:00 hrs. / Check Out time: 10:00 hrs.

    Notes:
    • Morning flight to Cusco (Not included)
  • Day 2
    Machu Picchu

    Guided Visit to Ollantaytambo Town & Fortress

    Today visit the fabulous town of Ollantaytambo and its ruins. The town is unique in that it still preserves its original Inca plan, with people living in traditional cancha enclosures once occupied by the Inca elite. The archaeological compound found here is a remarkable spectacle, and a site of great historical significance. It was here that one of the greatest battles of the Conquest was fought, and one of the few where the Incas defeated the Spaniards.

    Afterwards, you will be escorted to the Ollantaytambo Station and board the train to Machu Picchu.

     

    First Class Train – Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

    Inca Rail’s First Class Train offers oversized, leather seats, panoramic windows with anti-impact UV protection and freshly prepared meals to make the journey to Machu Picchu an enjoyable part of the experience. This train service, with no more than 30 passengers per car, provides guests with a selection of natural beverages and teas, a welcome pisco sour cocktail, and a delicious lunch made with local ingredients. There is also an observatory-lounge car, with a bar, live music and balcony for enjoying the scenery. The journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes is approximately 1.5 hours.

    **The luggage allowance for this service is one hand luggage (bag or backpack) with a maximum weight of 8kg/17pounds and a maximum size of 50cm/19in (length), 40cm/15in (width), 25cm/10in (height).

    Upon arrival to the town of Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu, you will be taken by bus up to the citadel.

     

    A day at the Ruins

    Afternoon tour accompanied by expert guide | “Magnificence” is the only word to describe the scene, as you gaze upon the ruins of Machu Picchu. The main destination on many travellers’ lists, the ‘lost city of the Incas’ is a man-made marvel that has become a symbol for the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive empires in Latin American history. Only a century ago were the incredible ruins uncovered; a two year-excavation led by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham and the National Geographic Society of Washington DC allowed Machu Picchu to gain the prominence that it deserves.

    Its fascination is due in part to its position, high on a mountain ridge and 2,430m/7,972ft above sea level. Believed to be an Inca settlement built to control the economies of neighboring communities, it is associated with being the royal estate of Pachacuti, the great Inca who sparked the expansion of the empire. Enjoy a two to three hour guided visit of Machu Picchu before spending the remainder of the afternoon exploring the ruins after the majority of visitors have left the site.

     

     

    Accommodation

    Carefully set in high tropical cloud forest, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an excellent accommodation for a visit to Machu Picchu. It is located in Aguas Calientes, only a short bus ride to the famed archaeological site, and features 85 bungalow-style rooms are scattered throughout 12 acres of lush gardens along the Vilcanota River.
    Check-In time: 13:00 hrs. / Check-Out time: 11:00 hrs.

  • Day 3
    Machu Picchu

    Second Day at Machu Picchu

    Accompanied by an expert guide | This morning, take an early bus back to Machu Picchu for an activity-filled day at the ruins. Depending on your interests, there are a variety of excursions available.

    •  Hike to the Inca Bridge – This is a nice, 40-minute round-trip walk. It starts from the site itself and takes you on a narrow Inca road amidst lush vegetation to a stone Inca bridge. Grade: Easy
    • Hike to IntiPunku or “Sun Gate” – IntiPunku is the original Gateway into Machu Picchu when approaching the site along the the Inca Trail. IntiPunku is the first point in the Inca Trail where the ruins of Machu Picchu are visible. The views of the site and surrounding landscape are superb. The approximate total time for this excursion is 2 ½ hours (1 ¼ hours there, and 1 ¼ hours return). Grade: Moderate
    • Hike up to Huayna Picchu* – Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. This hike is strenuous and is only recommended for people who are not scared of heights and who have a good fitness level as a fair amount of climbing is required. There are fabulous views of Machu Picchu from the top. You may want to extend your visit and go to the Moon Temple as well, which is close to Huayna Picchu. This will add an extra hour total to this excursion. The approximate total time for this excursion is 2 ½ hours, or 3 ½ hours if you visit the Moon Temple. Grade: Rigorous
    • Hike up to Machu Picchu Mountain* – The hike starts at the site itself. It is strenuous and steep and takes you up to 3050metres (10,007 feet). The approximate total time for this excursion is 3-4 hours. Grade: Rigorous

    *Please note that the treks to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain must be booked well in advance, as there is a limit to the amount of people allowed to enter and due to their popularity.

    Following your visit to Machu Picchu, you will take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes to catch the first class train back to Ollantaytambo.

     

    Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco

    Upon arrival at the Ollantaytambo train station, you will be welcomed by an Aracari representative and transferred approximately 2 hours to your hotel in Cusco.

     

    Accommodation

    This colonial manor house was perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco built over an Inca complex and later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and their descendants. Operating like a private grand home as opposed to a commercial enterprise, the 11-room hotel’s serene ambience is backed by its reassuring eco credentials.
    Check-In time: 13:00 hrs. / Check Out time: 11:00 hrs.

  • Day 4
    Cusco

    In and Around Cusco

    4-hour tour accompanied by one of our expert guides | Cusco (3,400m/11,155ft) is without a doubt the most beautiful town in Peru and arguably in South America. It was considered the navel of the earth and was the capital of Tahuantinsuyo (the Inca Empire), an empire that, at its peak, stretched northwards to the south of Colombia, southwards to northern Chile and Argentina, and eastwards across the Andes to the Amazon basin. After being transported from your hotel, begin your visit in the Plaza de Armas in the city center. Make your way around the city as you are filled in with all of the enriching history and important moments that took place in the streets and buildings before you. Visit the renaissance-style Cathedral, certainly one of the most imposing structures in the city, and admire the exquisite stonework of Koricancha, or the Inca “Sun Temple.” You’ll also get to walk around the bustling, open-air San Pedro market, where you will be mesmerized by the variety of unique fruits and potatoes, before sojourning to the outskirts of the city to view the important Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Following this series of most informative visits, you will be returned to your Cusco accommodations.

     

    Transfer from hotel in Cusco to airport

    An Aracari representative will meet you at your hotel 2 hours before your flight departure and escort you to the airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival in Lima you will connect to your international departure flight.

    Notes:
    • Late afternoon flight to Lima (Not included)

Luxury Amazon Cruise Extension
Explore the Amazon on board the Delfin III

  • 23-27 August 2019
  • 5 Days / Nights
  • Day 1
    August 23rd

    Flight Tarapoto to Iquitos

    You will take your flight 3115 with Star Peru to Iquitos departing at 16:25 arriving in Tarapoto at 17:45 Upon arrival at the Iquitos airport, you will be welcomed by an English-speaking Aracari representative and will be driven to your hotel.

    Accommodation

    Located on the main square, Plaza de Armas, the Double Tree by Hilton is one of the best hotels in the Amazonian port city of Iquitos. Its central location puts it in walking distance to the most interesting sites such as the Cathedral. The outdoor pool and bar is ideal for soaking up the sun. All of the 71 rooms at the hotel are modest yet comfortable, as to be expected from the international hotel brand, and other amenities include a gym, wellness center with massages, restaurant, and Wi-Fi.
    Check-In Time: 14:00 hrs / Check-Out Time: 12:00 hrs

  • Day 2
    August 24th

    Time allowing in the morning, we will be able to enjoy a visit of Iquitos, a unique and interesting jungle city. The Delfin crew will meet us at the our hotel in Iquitos and we’ll transfer by private vehicle approximately 1½ hours to Nauta, a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River. Upon arrival at Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at a private port where the Delfin III will be waiting.

    As we embark the Delfin III the experienced staff will help us settle in and orient ourselves on board. We’ll explore our comfortable cabins; enjoy fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly-outfitted observation area and sip exotic cocktails made with regional fruits and pisco (the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru) by the barman. Next, our naturalist guide will give us an overview of the journey’s schedule, explaining the activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.

    The ship’s expert culinary team will then present us with dazzling creations prepared from local ingredients, each dish infused with flavors and inspiration from the rainforest around us.

    Accommodation

    The Delfin III is a ship that has been designed to offer comfort, convenience and service along with impeccable views throughout the journey. The suites are stylish and well-equipped while the communal areas are all comfortable and welcoming. The third deck features an entertainment center, library, sundeck with plunge pool, a spa and gym, and of course the bar. The vessel has an open bridge policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the captain at any time. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, the guides are always fully at your service.

  • Day 3
    August 25th

    Samiria River and Yanayacu Pucate

    This morning, we’ll explore Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river otters, capybaras and more. Our naturalist (with their expert eye) will happily pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we will not be the only one enjoying the plethora of fish below.

    After emerging from the depths of the forest, we will be treated to a world-class gourmet meal. The innovative chef will surprise your sophisticated palate, while introducing you to the pleasures of Peru’s haute cuisine. The menu features delectable fresh fish and other local delicacies, all prepared with an Amazonian flair and a personal touch.

    After lunch, we will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. If you fancy it, get out on one of the ship’s paddle boards to enjoy an even more intimate experience of the Amazon. We may even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins!

    To wind down from the day’s activities, dine together on some more sumptuous cuisine before heading to the third deck to stargazing under the dark Amazonian night sky.

    Accommodation
  • Day 4
    August 26th

    Fundo Casual, San Francisco Community, Nauta Caño

    This morning the walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take us deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) where our guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises!

    After a tasty lunch we will visit the community of San Francisco which involves a short skiff ride and relaxing jungle walk to meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. Here we will visit a market featuring amazing arts and crafts that have been created by local women. Following this visit will be a jungle walk with our guides to search for nocturnal creatures.

    Later in the evening we have the chance to visit, and perhaps kayak in, the Nauta Caño Creek. Alternatively, we can try fishing for the famous piranha, a delightful and challenging experience! As night approaches, our guide will take us on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds.

    Leaving the wildlife behind, we will continue enjoying the service a discerning traveler deserves with a special farewell dinner and another night of stargazing on the deck.

    Accommodation
  • Day 5
    August 27th

    Disembark at Nauta

    With heavy hearts we say our goodbyes to the exceptional staff on board the Delfin III and disembark at the port of Nauta. From here, the ground crew will be waiting to take us by private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos.

    If we wish, we can stop off at the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) on the way from Nauta back to the Iquitos airport. Here we have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list.

    Upon arrival at the Iquitos airport, the Delfin III staff will help you with check in procedures, and we’ll say our final goodbyes.

    Accommodation
Pricing for Undiscovered Peru Trip 13-23 august 2019 - US$5,551
  • Price for land services per person in double occupancy for Northern Peru Trip 13-23 August 2019, based on a group of 15 people.
  • Charter Flight Trujillo / Chachapoyas - US$ 1,127 p/person
  • Flight Tarapoto / Lima - US$ 242 p/person
  • Single Supplement: $2410
Price for Machu Picchu Extension 4 days/3 nights - US$2,987
  • Price quoted is per person in double occupancy.
  • Single Supplement: $1440
  • Flight Tarapoto - Iquitos: $97
  • Flight Iquitos - Lima: $242
Price for Amazon Extension 5 days/4 nights - US$2,987
  • Price quoted is per person in double occupancy.
  • Single Supplement: $1440
  • Flight Tarapoto - Iquitos: $97
  • Flight Iquitos - Lima: $242

What's Included?

  • Specialist hosting
  • English speaking guiding throughout
  • Domestic Flights (quoted separately)
  • All ground transportation
  • Accommodation on a full board basis
  • All entrance tickets
  • A customized detailed itinerary which includes historical information about the places you will visit, tips for the traveler, where to eat and where to shop, maps of the places you will visit, and a comprehensive reading list

What's not Included?

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, spa services etc)
  • IMPORTANT: Please be aware that airfares are subject to change until payment is made. Domestic flights (within Peru) booked are non-refundable and can be flexible according airline policies with a surcharge starting at US$100.00 per person per route.
  • COMMENTS: All prices in this quotation are per person, NET and non-commissionable. Please check carefully that this quotation matches what you have requested. We will be providing the exact services that are included in this quotation. If you request different services at later stage, there will be additional charges. We offer private services with private guides except: on flights, at lodges, and on cruises in the Amazon (unless private services are requested). All flights (International and Domestic flights within Peru) are only as a reference. International flights are not included. Domestic flights are quoted separately. We recommend you travel with a passport that is valid 6 months after your return date. On domestic scheduled flights in Peru, luggage allowance is restricted to a maximum of 23 kg per person. Extra per kg costs approximately U$5.00 or according the local airline policies. Only small carry-ons are allowed as cabin luggage (maximum 5 kg per carry-on). In general, soft luggage is encouraged for the duration of your trip. Please check with the nearest Peruvian consulate or embassy in your country for the most up-to-date information about Visa requirements as it varies by country and entry requirements are subject to regular change. For most countries, a 183 day tourist visa is issued upon arrival in Lima, but it is important that you check before you depart for Peru to ensure that you have no issues with entry.
  • METHOD OF PAYMENT: Payment by Credit Card: Available through our website (http://www.aracari.com/payments/). For safety reasons, the maximum amount per transaction is $3,000.00 (for VISA) and $8,000.00 (for AMEX and Master Card). Please advise your bank that you authorize this charge to your Credit Card, before making a payment. Payment by Wire Transfer: This is how most of our clients pay and most can do an electronic transfer through their online account.
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