Peru Private Expedition

  • Trip Type: Private Expedition
  • 9 days | Round-trip Cusco

Optional Extension: Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción

 

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Extend Your Trip: Amazon Rain Forest


Venture into the wilds of the Peruvian Amazon, discovering the fascinating flora and fauna of this complex ecosystem. Explore the rain forest with naturalists on foot and by canoe, from high up in the canopy and while floating down the Madre de Dios River. Learn to make chocolate from the bean, and feast on cuisine inspired by the jungle.

Day 1—Puerto Maldonado/Amazon Rain Forest


Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, transfer to the banks of the Madre de Dios River and board a boat bound for Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and then join an expert naturalist for a walk along the nature trails that wind through the property, learning about the plethora of species that inhabit the primary and secondary rain forest. At dusk, cruise the river in a motorized canoe and discover aquatic ecosystems, nocturnal animal behavior, and constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. After your twilight excursion, sit down in the screened-in dining room for a Peruvian meal surrounded by the jungle.
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción (B,L,D)

Day 2—Amazon Rain Forest


Fuel up at breakfast for a naturalist-led trek into the Tambopata National Reserve. Navigate the mirror-like Lake Sandoval by dugout canoe and watch for endangered giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, black caimans, and other unique wildlife. After lunch back at the lodge, ply the river to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center. Climb nearly 100 feet into the canopy and cross the seven hanging bridges that span the treetops. Enjoy breathtaking vistas and incredible wildlife viewings that might include white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys, and three-toed sloths. This evening, venture into the rain forest after dark with an expert guide to track nocturnal creatures, such as frogs and night monkeys.
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción (B,L,D)

Day 3—Amazon Rain Forest


Following an early breakfast, head to a local farm where workers use traditional methods to cultivate native crops, and sample some of its fresh produce. Continue on to the lodge’s botanical garden to discover medicinal plants that grow in the Amazon. Enjoy lunch and some down time before setting out in a dugout canoe on the property’s cocha, or lagoon. Try your hand at catch-and-release fishing using traditional equipment, and watch for unusual birds, including the prehistoric-looking hoazin. Glide by the wreck of the Fitzcarraldo and hear the fascinating story of how Werner Herzog and Mick Jagger ended up in this wilderness, filming a movie about an infamous 19th-century rubber baron and his ill-fated steamboat.
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción (B,L,D)

Day 4—Amazon Rain Forest


On a private excursion, learn how edible seeds are collected using traditional tools and techniques, and sample fresh Brazil nuts. This afternoon you’ll be treated to an experience exclusively for National Geographic travelers. Take a private tour of the lodge’s cacao plantation to hear how the beans are cultivated, and get a chance to make raw chocolate and cacao bread, a local delicacy. This evening, watch animals flock to one of the area’s famous clay licks, observing them through specially designed blinds that allow for wildlife viewing without disrupting the environment.
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción (B,L,D)

Day 5—Amazon Rain Forest/Cusco/Depart


Enjoy one last breakfast in the jungle before returning to Puerto Maldonado by motorized canoe. Before taking flight, stop by the Inkaterra Butterfly House—a large butterfly garden that flutters colorfully with many of the 1,250-some species found in the region. Fly home via Cusco.
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Rates

Rates
2017
6 people $1,395
4 people $1,495
2 people $1,695


Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single traveler prices are available upon request. For 2018 price inquires please call our reservations specialists. 

Airfare to and from Puerto Maldonado are not included in the expedition cost. 

A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based upon international or local holidays, as well as local events and festivals.


Please call 1-888-732-2379 for details.