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Peru

Ultimate Wildlife Amazon & Machu Picchu 9-Day

Destinations

  • Tambopata Biosphere Reserve
  • Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
  • Cusco

Highlights

  • See 1,000 macaws and parrots at the world's largest clay-lick in Tambopata Reserve
  • Wild Planet Exclusive: Jaguar River Float - the best way to see jaguars in Peru!
  • Reserved Zone Specialists - Less than 4,000 travelers a year visit these remote wildlife hot-spots
  • Machu Picchu - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cusco's famed artisan weavers community, restaurants, Baroque architecture and ancient Inca ruins
  • Meet an authentic Amazonian shaman
  • Glass-roof train through the Sacred Valley, surrounded by 22,000 ft. snow-capped peaks of the Andes
  • Expert local naturalist guides

 

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Lima
  • DAY 2 Tambopata Reserve - Cultural Zone Boat up the headwaters of the Amazon, meet an authentic Ese'eja shaman, learn about medicinal plants. 
  • DAY 3 Tambopata Reserve - Cultural Zone Hike to a canopy tower. Hike the rainforest in search of 90 species of mammals including 8 species of primates, giant otters. Fish for piranha.
  • DAY 4 Tambopata Reserve - Reserved Zone Macaw clay lick, rainforest wildlife viewing
  • DAY 5 Tambopata Reserve- Reserved Zone Jaugar River Float
  • DAY 6 Sacred Valley Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo Ruins
  • DAY 7-8 Machu Picchu Full-day tour, glass roof train surrounded by the Andes mountains
  • DAY 9 Cusco Historic city, artisan weavers, Baroque architecture, Inca ruins

*Please note that the Tambopata segment is not a private segment, and that you MAY BE added to a group with more passengers for the activity section even if you are on a private tour.  WPA groups never exceed 12 pax.

Ultimate Wildlife Amazon & Machu Picchu 9-Day

This shorter version of our Ultimate Wildlife itinerary is the same as our 13 day trip except for Manu Biosphere Reserve. It includes the world-famous macaw clay-licks at Tambopata, plus Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Piccu. You can extend either of these trips to include Lake Titicaca, Puno, Colca Canyon, Nazca Lines, hike the Inka Trail and more.

*Please note that the Tambopata segment is not a private segment, and that you MAY BE added to a group with more passengers for the activity section even if you are on a private tour.  WPA groups never exceed 12 pax.  

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrival in Lima

DAY 2 Puerto Maldonado / Tambopata Reserve / Meet Shaman / Posada Amazonas

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado, a bustling frontier town at the confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios (Mother of God) and Tambopata Rivers. The principle activities here are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber, agriculture and eco-tourism. We'll enjoy a brief tour of the area during the thirty minute drive from the airport to the Tambopata River port in the community of Infierno. Here we'll board a motorized canoe for a forty-five minute motor boat trip up the Tambopata River to the Posada Amazonas Lodge. We'll enjoy a tasty lunch wrapped in banana leaves on our journey, while birdwatching and wildlife viewing. During our voyage we may see capped heron, jabiru stork, and many species of wildlife typical of the riverside forest.

After a brief welcome at the Lodge, we'll take a twenty-minute boat drive downriver leading us to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have created a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants. Meet with the local shaman, who, with the help of our translator, will answer questions about medicinal healing with the plants of the rainforest as well as his role as the spiritual leader of his community.

A daily presentation on the Infierno eco-tourism project takes place after dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 Tambopata Cultural Zone / Oxbow Lake / Refugio Amazonas

We will be up at dawn for a visit to the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. After an early breakfast we depart, thirty minutes from Posada Amazonas by boat and a 45 minute walk take us to the lake shore. From here we take a long, easy canoe ride around it. We will look for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM. We then transfer by boat from Posada Amazonas to Refugio Amazonas. The one hour and forty-five minute boat ride will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.

After lunch, we take a short hike to a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be seen. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying. Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.

After dinner, we will be out at the river's edge, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflections from caiman eyes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4 Tambopata Cultural Zone/Reserve Zone / Canopy Tower / Tambopata Research Center

A thirty-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25-metre scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.

After breakfast we transfer by boat to Tambopata Research Center. The center lies four and a half hours by boat from Refugio Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve. One and half hours into our boat journey, as we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.

Two hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho claylick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) we will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho clay lick probably attracts more large macaws than any other clay lick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of our stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it is raining.

After arrival and lunch at the Center, we make a three to five kilometer hike to an overlook commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey.

After dinner scientists will provide an in depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

DAY 5 Tambopata Reserve / Macaw Clay Lick / Tambopata Research Center

At dawn we will cross the river and enjoy the world's largest macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. The January 1994 issue of National Geographic features an article on Tambopata Research Center that describes the daily spectacle at the clay lick:

"When the morning sun clears the Amazon tree line in southeastern Peru and strikes a gray-pink clay bank on the upper Tambopata River, one of the world's most dazzling wildlife gatherings is nearing its riotous peak. The steep bank has become a pulsing, 130-foot-high palette of red, blue, yellow and green as more than a thousand parrots squabble over choice perches to grab a beakful of clay, a vital but mysterious part of their diet."

You can expect to see ten to twelve members of the parrot family:yellow-crowned Amazons; blue-headed, orange-cheeked and white-bellied parrots; dusky-headed, white-eyed, cobalt-winged and tui parakeets and dusky-billed parrotlets. This show will continue until the macaws sense danger, usually in the form of an eagle, and depart simultaneously in an explosion of sound and color. Around mid-morning, when the most intense clay lick activity is over for the day, we will return to TRC for breakfast.

After breakfast we will hike the 3 mile Floodplain Trail, which covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries.

Enjoy lunch, then ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home.

After dinner, you will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Search for frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

NOTE: Although the peak activity at the clay licks is from mid-August to October, there are different degrees of macaw activity at the swamp year round. In fact, the most exciting time to visit it is from October to March, during the nesting season, when macaws will land on the nests and stand there for several minutes, interacting with other individuals at less then 20 feet from our observation tower. The scenes at the swamp, especially with late afternoon sun in our backs, make prized photo opportunities. After a lazy afternoon with the macaws we will hike back to the lodge for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 Jaguar River Float Trip / Puerto Maldonado / Cusco / Sacred Valley

Wild Planet Adventures Exclusive!

Jaguar River Option Float down river silently at the first sign of dawn, looking for jaguars and tapirs by the riverbanks. We have seen an exceptionally high number of jaguars and tapirs as they visit the river to drink in the stillness of the morning. 

We then retrace our journey back to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to the airport for our flight to Cusco. Arrive to Cusco and immediately transfer to the Sacred Valley. On the way you have visit the colorful Pisac Indian Market. At an elevation of 8,500 feet, the Urubamba Valley, or Sacred Valley of the Incas, is the historic heart of the Inca Empire. We'll stay the evening at Posada Yucay or similar. (Breakfast)

DAY 7 Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Today we'll transfer to the train station for a spectacular sight-seeing train to Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the Incas". The train has ceilings made mostly of glass which allow you to gaze out at the 18,000 foot snow-capped peaks of the Andes and marvel at the Inka ruins around nearly every bend. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu you'll enjoy a fully guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the main square, the royal quarters, the temple of the three windows, the circular towers and the sacred sun dial and burial grounds. Lunch at Hotel Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel or similar. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8 Machu Picchu / Cusco

Today we'll get up early to admire Machu Picchu at sunrise, a truly mystical experience. For hiking enthusiasts, walking up the Huayna Picchu peak overlooking the site is suggested. IMPORTANT NOTE: there is an additional charge for this, and permits must be purchased in advance. This afternoon we'll take the train back to Cusco and enjoy the colorful sunset peaking through the snow-capped Andes. Overnight at Novotel Cusco or similar. (Breakfast)

DAY 9 Cusco / Lima

Today you will be met at your hotel in the morning to explore the city of Cusco and its nearby ruins on this half-day city tour. At the start of your tour you will pass the Cathedral, which is an important monument housing colonial art. From there you will go to the Main Square followed by a visit to the nearby Inca ruins including Kenko, the ceremonial bath of Tambomachay, and the amazing Sacsayhuaman, a huge fortress of massive stones. Also visit the hot springs where the Inca prayed to the Sun God before continuing to Koricancha - the sun and moon temple. On completion of the tour you will be returned to your hotel. At the proper time, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. (Breakfast)

 

Peru Lodging

Our Ultimate Wildlife itinerary specializes in small, one-of-a-kind rainforest and jungle lodges, many of which have been featured on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and in top travel magazines such as Travel & Leisure and Conde Naste Traveler. Great care has gone into our selection of lodging partners, with particular emphasis on lodges that offer outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities. Our partners in Tambopata are recipients of Conservation International Ecotourism Excellence Award and Conde Nast Traveler Magazine's Best Ecotourism Award. Our Manu partners are recommended by Lonely Planet, Insight Guides of Discovery Channel, Moon Handbooks, and Conde Naste Traveler raves: "hands down the most intense wildlife experience I've had in the Amazon....."

Note: The lodges below are representative samples, but specific lodges are not guaranteed. Wild Planet Adventures reserves the right to substitute lodges based on conditions, logistics and availability.

LIMA

Costa del Sol Ramada

By far the most convenient hotel to begin your Peru Ultimate Wildlife Amazon & Machu Picchu Adventure. Located just steps from the Lima International Airport, the hotel features a 24-hour restaurant with local and international cuisine, a 24-hour spa for relaxing massages, as well as a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Connect to your friends and family using the free Wi-Fi Internet access. Cool off and go for a swim in the indoor pool. We have been using the Costa del Sol Ramada since it opened with consistent great reviews from our travelers.

TAMBOPATA - CULTURAL ZONE

Posada Amazonas

Posada Amazonas stands in a 2,000 hectare reserve set aside by the indigenous Amazonian Ese'eja community to protect primary forest and wildlife. The lodge is a joint venture with the Ese'eja community, who take home 60 percent of the profits, have an equal say in all decisions, and enjoy training and jobs at the lodge. The lodge is a model of sustainable operating practices; it was built using only local materials with modern, low-impact, eco-lodge technology. There are ample opportunities for cultural interaction with the Ese'eja during daily wildlife-viewing excursions to oxbow lake to see giant river otters, clay licks to see macaws, and rainforest trails to see 8 species of primates.

Refugio Amazonas

Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom lodge four hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport. It is ideal for soft adventurers and families, and has a rainforest trail designed especially for children, the only one in the Peruvian Amazon. Refugio is located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. Refugio Amazonas partners with local families to ensure that they share in the benefits of eco-tourism.

TAMBOPATA - RESERVED ZONE

Tambopata Research Center

Featured in National Geographic magazine, the Tambopata Research Center (TRC) one of the most remote rainforest lodges in South America, 46 miles upstream from Posada Amazonas, deep within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve of Tambopata Reserve. This area is visited by less than 3,500 travelers/year (compared to the Cultural Zone where most commercial tourism takes place, which has over 35,000 visitors/year.)

 

In this isolated and uninhabited part of the Tambopata Reserve, wildlife is dramatically more abundant, the rainforest is pristine, and populations of wild animals are all at carrying capacity. The world's largest macaw & parrot clay lick is less than 500 meters from the lodge, and is the star attraction. Sightings of monkeys, tapir, and other large mammal species are also much more frequent in this area. Jaguars are sometimes seen near the river bank,  your odds of seeing jaguar increase with Wild Planet's exclusive "Jaguar Kayak Float" ; we'll float silently downriver at dawn, at the right time and place where most sightings have occurred.

 

The forests around Tambopata Research Center offer excellent probabilities of seeing primates such as Brown Capuchin, Squirrel, Dusky Titi, Red Howler Monkeys, Saddleback Tamarins and Spider Monkeys. Other mammals such as Tayra and Agouti are seen almost daily around the TRC clearing. Tapir are seen recurrently from the beach in front of the clay lick where they often cross the river. The TRC clearing is almost as good as the surrounding trails for encounters with foraging agouti, tayra, nocturnal pacarana, and ocelot.

 

The world's largest macaw & parrot clay lick is less than 500 meters from the lodge, and is the star attraction. The clay lick is a huge, 50 meter tall cliff of reddish clay with high concentrations of minerals that extends for 500 meters along the west bank of the Tambopata River. On most clear mornings of the year, depending on the season, hundreds of parrots and macaws flock to the lick as well as guans, tapir, capybara, and monkeys.

 

There are also outstanding photographic opportunities in the nearby palm swamp, where blue-and-gold and red-bellied macaws nest during the breeding season (November to March). A 65 foot tower with an open platform allows for eye-to-eye observation and outstanding photographs of nesting macaws from just 20 yards away.

SACRED VALLEY

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley (Alternate Lodge)

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is a refuge in the mountains, with fabulous views of the Andes from all rooms. This is a cozy hotel and has a local inspired design with rustic details. Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley has 85 rooms and 7 Andean Cottages, which allows visitors to enjoy the peace and energy of the Sacred Valley while enjoying the view of the Andes. Casa Andina's services include complimentary WiFi Internet (in public areas), Internet center, meeting room, fitness center, sauna, and spa.

Hotel Sol y Luna (Alternate Lodge)

Winner of the 2013 Trip Advisor Traverler's Choice "Top 25 Lodges in the World" and "Number 1 Lodge in South America", Sol Y Luna is a truly special lodge. Their founding philosophy is to respect the natural environment and live in harmony with the local culture. Sol y Luna has achieved such prestige by blending hard work with a passion for high quality, giving travelers a unique, genuine, and transcendant experience.

 

Sol y Luna offers a variety of large bungalows where luxury is exquisite rather than ostentatious and in each detail breathes the Sacred Valley, its villages, people and nature. The clay murals of the artist Federico Bauer - inspired by the surroundings - recreate an atmosphere of magic and contemplation. The wide entrance hall, living room and independent bedroom, all decorated with folk art, and the terrace with its jacuzzi, complete the poetry of the premium bungalows. These luxurious spaces come with  personalized service, a private reception, marvelous gardens and preferential access to Sol & Luna's services, such as its exclusive Yacu Wasi spa, Killa Wasi restaurant, as well as the offers made by Wayra like the wine cellar, the chef's table, our own Peruvian-Paso-horse ranch and numerous outdoor activities.

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

This ancient former monastery is located in the middle of the Sacred Valley, at 8,600 feet. It was built in the colonial style of the eighteen century, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and the spectacular foothills of the Andes. Enjoy the relaxing ambiance with warm weather, sunshine and fresh air year round. Local artisans often display their art and crafts in the central square, just as they did when it was a monastery. Posada Yucay is an ideal stopover whether you're exploring the famous Pisac and Chincheros markets, Salt mines of Maras, the town of Moray, Ollantaytambo ruins or the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu.

MACHU PICCHU

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a collection of comfortable small and charming cottages located at the lower part of the Machu Picchu mountain, very close to the ancient ruins. It is surrounded by more than 12 acres of private ecological tropical gardens and trails with many orchids and a large variety of colorful birds. We've been using this lodge for many years, to rave reviews from our travelers. We think its the best lodge and best location in Machu Picchu.

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (Alternate Lodge)

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a luxury family hotel with a passion for superior service. The staff at Sumaq offer a warm and friendly atmosphere, with precise attention to your needs. Sumaq is committed to protected the environment and local peoples and its sustainability practices have been verified by the Rainforest Alliance.

 

In addition to its exclusive service, Sumaq offers a privileged location in the Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, on the banks of the Vilcanota River near the main tourist attractions. Staying at Sumaq means enjoying Machu Picchu's most beautiful landscapes, where you will find lush vegetation, enormous mountains, valleys, the Vilcanota River, a waterfall and ancient trails.

CUSCO

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (Alternate Lodge)

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco is located in a beautiful eighteenth century building, recently refurbished, with 5 stately colonial courtyards, only 4 blocks away from Cusco's Main Square. Its design aims to capture the local flavors while offering the facilities and services of a first class hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi internet, internet center, ATM and massage spa. Its 93 rooms are distributed over 2 floors. Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco's strategic location is ideal for our Cusco segment, and we often use it as an alternative to the Novotel.

Hotel Monasterio by Orient-Express (Upgrade Option)

Located in the vibrant heart of Cusco, this five-star Orient Express hotel perfectly combines historic grandeur with modern elegance. Originally built in 1595, Hotel Monasterio sits on the site of Inca Amaru Qhala's palace. Three year's later, the Spanish took it over and founded the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. An earthquake seriously damaged the building in 1650, and upon restoration the beautiful Chapel was added. In 1965, the building was remodeled as a hotel. Hotel Monasterio is now a national historic landmark, protected by Peru's National Institute of Culture.

Hotel Novotel Cusco

This 4-star hotel has 99 rooms, all inside a 16th century former monastery. There are two types of rooms: the original Colonial rooms which have been renovated into superior accommodations, and a newer, modern wing of international standard rooms. The spectacular courtyard features the original 16th century Spanish architecture, with dozens of intricate arches topped with a glass pyramid, and is one of the hotel's best features. The Novotel is an ideal location close to the central Plaza de Armas and cathedral, (but not so close as to be noisy) and only 10 minutes from the airport.

 

Peru Activities

At a Glance

  • Wildlife viewing, birding, hiking and kayaking in a remote Amazon Reserve.
  • View macaws and parrots by the hundreds at clay licks.
  • Explore oxbow lakes for giant otters, hoatzin, and 13 species of primates.
  • Machu Picchu full tour, including Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
  • Sight-seeing train through 18,000 ft. snow-capped peaks of the Andes.
  • Visit with an Infierno shaman and tour a medicinal garden.

Exclusive Wildlife Activities

We've included a wide variety of adventure and cultural activities in 3 distinct regions of Peru designed to educate, inspire, and bring out the wonder in you. This is a well-rounded tour with a strong wildlife emphasis, while also featuring Peru's most famous cultural sites. All of our activities are flexibly designed to accommodate different skill levels and interests, while exposing you to a variety of unique eco-systems in order to see the most amount of wildlife. And did we mention fun?

Jaguar Kayak Float

Highly recommended by our clients! Requires adding 1 extra day in the Tambopata Reserved Zone. Kayak downriver silently at the first sign of dawn, looking for jaguars and tapirs by the riverbanks. We have seen an exceptionally high number of jaguars and tapirs as they visit the river to drink in the stillness of the morning. Enjoy a few hours on the river until the motorized canoe catches up to us for the ride back.

Other Activities

Tambopata Reserve

Boat up the headwaters of the Amazon River. View 5 species of Macaws and nearly 20 species of parrots and parakeets as the flock to clay licks in search of the minerals that help their digestion. Wildlife viewing at an oxbow lake, a canopy tower, and hiking rainforest trails. Visit an Infierno shaman and tour a medicinal garden.

Cusco

Tour the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, including the Santo Domingo Convent Monastery - the legendary Qurikancha "Site of Gold", the most important temple devoted to worship of the sun and whose walls were plated with sheets of gold; the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral.

Sacred Valley

Explore the countryside outside Cusco and visit some of the remarkable Inca ruins in the area including the cultural center of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheater of Kenko, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara. Enjoy breathtaking views as we come down the mountain into the Sacred Valley. Travel aboard a spectacular sight-seeing train to Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the Incas". The train has ceilings made mostly of glass which allow you to gaze out at the 18,000 foot snow-capped peaks of the Andes and marvel at the Inka ruins around nearly every bend.

Machu Picchu

Fully-guided tour of this marvelous citadel, visiting the main square, the royal quarters, the temple of the three windows, the circular towers and the sacred sun dial and burial grounds. Machu Picchu is a World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved archeological ruins of spiritual significance.

 

Peru Wildlife

Prolific Sightings

Peru offers unparalleled access to the deepest parts of the Amazon, with astounding wildlife viewing opportunities. Our "Ultimate Wildlife" adventures are specially designed to increase the odds of encountering wildlife, especially rare and endangered species. No other Peruvian itinerary will expose you to so much wildlife! Local naturalist guides, wildlife and natural habitat education, special night hikes for nocturnal animals and other unique features make this truly the ultimate in wildlife adventure travel.

Primates: brown capuchin monkey, squirrel monkey, dusty headed titi monkey, red howler monkey
Birds: blue and gold macaw, scarlet macaw, red and green macaw, chestnut-fronted macaw, red-bellied macaw, toucan, and dozens more
Other: capybara, giant river otter, tyra, brown agouti, sloth

Likely Sightings

Primates: spider monkey, night monkey, saddleback tamarin, wooly monkey
Other: neotropical otter, white-lipped peccary, collared peccary, olingo, kinkajou
Weird & Wonderful: pygmy marmoset, emperor tamarin, monk saki, tapir

Rare or Endangered Possible Sightings

Primates: Goeldi's monkey
Cats/Predators: jaguar, jaguarundi, puma, ocelot, bush dog
Birds: harpy eagle
Other: silky anteater, giant anteater

 

Peru Guides

Fiorella Caleni

After studying tourism at the Americana Institute in Cusco, Fiorella Caleni started guiding at Tambopata National Reserve in Puerto Maldonado. After working for 3 years at Tambopata National Reserve, she began guiding in Manu National Park. In order to get more experience as a naturalist guide, she traveled to several countries such as Panama, St. Andrew Island, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Caribbean Islands such as Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and Martinique.

Jose Luis Avendano Medina

Jose Luis studied at Khipu Institute and graduated as a Professional Tourist Guide in 2006. He first went to Puerto Maldonado to start guiding as a naturalist tour guide in the Tambopata National Reserve. Jose currently leads groups of bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts in Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve, where he is an expert in its flora, fauna, and birds. Additionally, Jose regularly guides traditional tours in Cusco and other regions of Peru.

 

Peru Departures

Peru-Ultimate Wildlife Amazon & Machu Picchu 9-Day

May 10, 2017 - May 18, 2017 9-days $3,998
Jun 21, 2017 - Jun 29, 2017 9-days $3,998
Jul 19, 2017 - Jul 27, 2017 9-days $3,998
Aug 02, 2017 - Aug 10, 2017 9-days $3,998
Aug 16, 2017 - Aug 24, 2017 9-days $3,998
Sep 06, 2017 - Sep 14, 2017 9-days $3,998
Sep 27, 2017 - Oct 05, 2017 9-days $3,998
Oct 11, 2017 - Oct 19, 2017 9-days $3,998

*Pricing in blue reflects peak week/high season departure.

 

Peru FAQ

Peru Facts for Visitors

Official Name

Republic of Peru

Population

29 million

Capital City

Lima, population 7.6 million

People

45% Amerindian, 37% Mestizo (mixed Indian descent and European), 15% White and 3% Black, Japanese, Chinese, and other

Languages

Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Spanish is the official language of Peru; Quechua and Aymara are spoken in many highlands regions by indigenous groups. During your travels in Peru you will find that most people working in the travel industry (airlines, hotels, et cetera) speak English as a second language. You should have little trouble getting around most of the common tourist locations; however, knowing a little Spanish goes a long way. If you don't know any Spanish, it's a good idea to bring along a phrasebook.

Religion

81% Roman Catholic, 12% Evangelical, 6% other

Time

5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

Electricity

220V, 60Hz is standard voltage in Peru, but many four and five-star hotels also have 110V power available. Our system of rainforest lodges also use 220V; keep this in mind when bringing recharging equipment.

Major Industries

Pulp, paper, coca leaves, steel, chemicals & minerals, tourism

Telephone Codes

51 - country code
01 - city code for Lima
84 - city code for Cusco
54 - city code for Arequipa
74 - city code for Chiclayo

Visas & Departure Tax

A valid passport and proof of onward passage are required. Citizens from USA, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia do not require a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your date of arrival. All visitors are required to fill out a tourist card. These short applications are provided on your flight to Peru or at border crossings. Upon arrival in Peru, you will receive a copy of this card from Peruvian Immigration stating the length of approved stay, usually ninety days. While traveling in Peru, keep your copy with your passport and present it to authorities when departing the country. Please visit the Embassy of Peru website (www.embassyofperu.org) for the most current visa information.

The international departure tax ($31 as of 2012) may be paid with US dollars, its equivalent in soles or a combination of both.

Money / Currency

Peruvian currency is known as the NUEVO SOL, written as (S/). It comes in bills of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 nuevo soles, and coins of 5, 10, 20, and 50 centimos, 1 sol, and 5 soles. The latest exchange rates can be found at http://www.xe.com/. At the airport and in the larger cities and towns, you can exchange travelers' checks and US dollars to soles. When changing U.S. dollars, use new or undamaged bills, as torn or heavily crinkled bills are not accepted. Some of the larger banks will have ATMs that can withdraw funds using Visa cards - be sure you know your PIN number. Credit cards are becoming more widely accepted, however not in remote areas, and should not be relied on. If you plan to use a credit or debit card, remember to call your bank in advance of your trip and let them know you will be using the card internationally. If you don't do this, banks will sometimes flag your account for fraudulent activity when you use your card abroad and it can be difficult to have the fraud alert lifted quickly.

Climate / Best Time to Go

Amazon: The Amazon watershed begins at the peaks of the Andes, but the rainforest area termed the eastern lowlands begins at an elevation of about 1200 feet and slopes down gently northeastward to 300-400 feet. The eastern lowlands are covered with dense tropical rainforest. It is always hot and humid in the jungle regions, with two seasons. In the dry season from May to October, sunny days heat up to the high 80s, with occasional cold fronts bringing rain in the southern Peruvian Amazon. Daily rain showers characterize the rainy season from November to April; at this time it may be difficult to get around in the jungle.

The Andes: Known as the backbone of South America, the Andes consist of two parallel ranges, the eastern and western cordilleras, extending from the northwest to the southeast, and comprise the second highest mountain range in the world. 160 miles inland from the Pacific, the Andes jut up to heights of 20,000 feet. Most of Peru's Andes lie between 9,840 feet to 13,120 feet, with peaks separated by deep canyons. The weather in the high sierra separates into two defined seasons: in summer, from May to October, days are sunny; nights are cold and rain scarce. Rainfall is abundant from December to March. Temperatures in the highlands fluctuate between 35 degrees F and 68 degrees F.

Vaccinations

You should visit your doctor or travel medicine clinic 4-6 weeks prior to your departure date to get vaccines or medicines you may need for your trip. You can read more detailed, country-specific information on vaccinations and health in Peru on the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov. Specific questions on anything pertaining to tropical diseases and their prevention should be addressed to them. You must check the CDC web site in advance of your trip to be sure you are current.

Required

At the time of writing there are no vaccination requirements for entry into Peru.

Recommended

Routine vaccines: Measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus, and varicella (chickenpox).

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid vaccines

Malaria: The Amazonian areas you will be visiting in Peru have a risk of malaria, however the risk is low. It is possible, although unlikely, to get malaria while visiting these areas of the country. Talk with your doctor or travel medicine clinic to decide if taking an anti-malarial medication is the right choice for you.

Yellow Fever: The Amazonian areas you will be visiting in Peru have a risk of yellow fever. Talk with your doctor or travel medicine clinic to decide if a yellow fever vaccine is right for you.

Best Eats/Must Tries

Cuy - aka guinea pig, a delicacy in the highlands

Lomo Saltado - a kind of stir-fried beef dish with onions, vinegar, ginger, chili, tomatoes and fried potatoes, served with rice (found on every menu)

Papas Rellenas - stuffed baked potatoes, delicious and found in the highland regions on just about every street corner

Ceviche - a must try along the coastal areas. Can be made with either shrimp or sea bass. One of the most authentic Peruvian dishes

Palta Rellena - avocado stuffed with chicken salad. An excellent appetizer

Choclo con queso - corn on the cob with cheese

Caucau - a stew made with tripe, potatoes, peppers and parsley (especially popular in the Colca Canyon region)

Rocoto Relleno - a spicy bell pepper stuffed with beef and vegetables

Cocada al Horno - for the sweet tooth, made with coconut, egg yolk, sesame seeds, wine and butter

Picarones - cassava flour fritters made with eggs, deep fried and served in honey

Tejas - a sugar candy wrapped in waxed paper, pecan flavor is the best

Drinks

Chicha Morada - our favorite Peruvian drink, Chicha Morada is made from the juice of purple corn, with a chai-like blend of spices and laced with bits of pineapple. It all comes together in a vibrantly refreshing and very tasty drink

Inca Cola - you've got to try it! Its a yellow soda pop that tastes like fizzy bubble gum or a little like vanilla

Pisco Sour - even though it comes from the village of Pisco, you can drink one just about anywhere in Peru. It's very similar to a Tom Collins and is made with white grape brandy

Mate de Coca - a tea made from coca leaves, good to drink if you feel the signs of altitude sickness setting in

Cuzquena and Arequipena - good local beers available in both larger bottles and as dark varieties

Guinda - a sweet cherry brandy

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