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Post-Trip, 5 Days

Extend your Andes cultural adventure with a journey to the Amazon—the wild side of Peru! Travel by boat to a lodge deep in the jungle, and spend several fun-filled days with your family exploring this paradise of biodiversity. Discover an astonishing array of flora and fauna on rainforest hikes by day and, if you dare, in the mysterious dark of night. Search for rare wildlife species while paddling a dugout canoe along the shores of a beautiful mirror lake. Follow a suspension trail high in the forest canopy, peering into a pristine world only recently seen by humans. Throughout your adventure, stay at a beautiful eco-lodge that provides an ideal base for exploring this magical and vital corner the planet.

Itinerary - 5 Days

Day 1 — Cusco

This is Day 7 of the main Peru Family Expedition.
Delve deeper into the city’s historic center, and discover the architectural details of stately neighborhoods and secret courtyards. Shop for colorful textiles, alpaca wool sweaters, or silver jewelry in the crafts markets, and watch local artisans at work in their shops. This evening, dinner on your own and then prepare for the next leg of your journey.
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Day 2 — Puerto Maldonado/Inkaterra Reserva

This morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Puerto Maldonado. Drive to a wharf along the Madre de Dios River, a headwater tributary of the mighty Amazon, and board a motorized canoe ride to the lodge, our base for exploring the magic of the rainforest and the Amazon basin. Settle into a private cabaña at this beautiful eco-property situated at the heart of a vast private ecological reserve, adjacent to Tambopata National Reserve. The lodge offers many opportunities to explore the incredible biodiversity of the area on foot and by boat. After lunch at the lodge, meet your local Inkaterra guide, who will accompany you throughout your adventure, sharing a wealth of knowledge about this natural wonderland. Get acquainted with the rainforest on a guided walk along the lodge’s extensive trail system. In the evening, return to the river by canoe to witness the jungle’s transformation at sunset. Listen to the cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals and birds calling out across the treetops, and keep an eye out for unusual insect species, which our guide will help to identify.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica or Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción
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Day 3 — Tambopata National Reserve

After breakfast, journey to Sandoval Lake—a stunning, oxbow mirror lake located in Tambopata National Reserve. Explore the lake by dugout canoe, and watch for endangered river otters, along with side-neck turtles, anacondas, black caimans, and boisterous red howler monkeys—appropriately named for their distinctive cry. Keep a lookout in the trees along the shore for flashy, red-bellied macaws. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll take to the treetops along one of South America’s longest canopy walkways, an extraordinary network of hanging bridges, towers, and platforms stretching more than a quarter mile above the jungle. The walkway offers amazing views into a world that, until recently, only a few scientists had ever witnessed. During our expedition, keep an eye out for diverse wildlife including colorful toucans, woodpeckers, monkeys, and sloths. Learn about the flora and fauna of the forest, and pause with your cameras on the observation decks. Return to the lodge for a nature presentation to learn more about the species we’ve encountered, followed by dinner.
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Day 4 — Inkaterra Reserva

This morning, travel upriver by motorized canoe to a winding, deep-water creek that is home to caimans, turtles, and an array of colorful birds. Get immersed in the sights and sounds of the jungle as we glide along the water. On our return, stop at a local farm to learn how fruits and vegetables are grown in the region. After lunch back at the lodge, take a walk through the lovely botanical gardens of Hacienda Concepción, home to more than 200 tropical species. Next, climb into a dugout canoe for an exploratory excursion to look for turtles, sun-grebes, nightjars, and exotic herons. Later this evening, head out on a guided adventure along the trails surrounding the lodge to experience the mystery of the rainforest after dark. Listen to the nocturnal serenade of the forest, and spot elusive species that only emerge at night.
(B,L,D)

Day 5 — Puerto Maldonado/Lima/U.S.

After breakfast, return by motorized canoe to Puerto Maldonado and stop at the Inkaterra Butterfly House near the airport, which showcases many of the estimated 3,800 butterfly species of Peru. Then fly to Lima, saying adiós to Peru as you connect with your overnight flight home.
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