Peru: Archaeological North Coast9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Lima, Peru
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and transferred to your hotel.Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel - 1 night
Day 2To Trujillo
Early this morning, fly north to Trujillo. Upon arrival, take a brief tour of the gorgeous colonial mansions and ornate churches. Continue to the Moche Valley where you will meet a family living a traditional rural life. Explore the Temple of the Moon before stopping for lunch in the seaside town of Huanchaco.Hotel Libertador - 1 night (B)
Day 3To Chiclayo
This morning, head north to discover the El Brujo pyramid in the Chicama Valley. Rising nearly 100 feet above the surrounding desert, it was built with tens of thousands of adobe bricks. Admire the well-preserved reliefs and explore the site before continuing to Chiclayo.Casa Andina Select Chiclayo - 2 nights (B)
Explore the necropolis of Huaca Rajada, home to the well-known tombs of the Lord of Sipan and Old Lord of Sipan. Continue to the vast archaeological complex of Tucume to survey the remains belonging to a succession of cultures: Mochica, Lambayeque, Chimu and Inca. After a local lunch, visit the Tumbas Reales de Sipan, a fantastic museum shaped like a pre-Columbian pyramid that contains an incredible collection of gold artifacts and excavated tombs. This evening, enjoy a festive dinner.Casa Andina Select Chiclayo (B, L, D)
Day 5To Iquitos / The Amazon
After a morning at leisure to explore Chiclayo, fly northeast to Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. Upon arrival, transfer to the pier to board your cruiser. Just before dusk, celebrate your journey into the rainforest with Peru's national cocktail, a Pisco sour. Finally, amid the beauty of an Amazonian night filled with hundreds of stars, enjoy dinner and live music.M/V Aria - 4 nights (B, D)
Rise early to explore one of the Amazon's great wilderness regions and the largest protected wetland area in the world, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Go out on a bird-watching excursion before returning for breakfast. Later this morning, discover some of the secrets of the rainforest with a guided hike in San Isidro, home to one of the richest habitats on earth, including the giant ceiba or kapok tree as well as a fascinating variety of medicinal plants. After lunch back on board, venture deep into the forest aboard small boats to look for pink and grey river dolphins. This evening, why not indulge in some stargazing from the top deck?M/V Aria (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark to get a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest on the incredible canopy walkway that stretches for more than a third of a mile through the treetops. Return to your cruiser via the Tawampa Lake, home to the giant arapaima, the biggest freshwater fish in the world. This afternoon, cruise in small boats to appreciate the lagoons and small waterways of Nauta Can?o. Fish for piranhas and then embark on a night safari in search of black caimans, night herons and spectacled owls, and fish bats flying over the water scooping up fish.M/V Aria (B, L, D)
Admire the spot where the Ucayali and the Maran?on rivers meet to form the Amazon. Search for pink dolphins and then visit the local community of San Francisco. Stroll around the village and be given a tour of the school by the children and their teacher. After lunch on board, disembark for a jungle hike to learn about termites, giant Amazonian water lilies and cacique birds.M/V Aria (B, L, D)
Day 9To Lima / Depart
Rise early to savor breakfast aboard small boats while exploring the narrow Yarapa River. Back on board, relax before enjoying a last lunch on the river. This afternoon, disembark, visit a center for rescued manatees and have an opportunity to see from up close these beautiful creatures. The rescued manatees are rehabilitated with the hope of reintroducing them into their natural habitat. Fly back to Lima to connect with your onward flight.(B, L)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Currency: Peruvian Sol
Official Language(s): Spanish
Peru offers a superb combination of stunning scenery, fascinating history and colorful local culture. It is a place where the Inca culture feels very much alive, in the wonderfully preserved remains and in the Quechan language and colorful weavings of the Andean people. It also has more than its fair share of unforgettable sights, from the mysterious Nazca lines to colonial cities and pre-Colombian sites.
What To See
First on the list for any visitor to Peru must be the magical Machu Picchu, high up in the Andes and a scenic train journey from Cusco. The industry of the Incas amazes elsewhere as well, with the precise masonry at Sacsayhuaman near Cusco, and the agricultural terraces in the Sacred Valley. Cusco retains a magical atmosphere with its clash of Incan and Spanish colonial architecture. The whole of this region is set against a backdrop of lush green mountains, and is what sets Peru apart from any other Latin America country.
When To Go
In the Andes region, the green season lasts from November to March, though January and February are the wettest months. The rain is not constant or regular but there can be heavy downpours. In the dry season, between April and September, days can be sunny and warm while spring and autumn can be quite mixed, with plenty of sunny days but chance of rain. Nights are cold year round, due to the altitudes. The coast has a dry climate all year round. Cool winds from the coast produce an almost ever present mist, called 'Garua'. Temperatures remain warm throughout the year, although the low cloud can often give the feeling of light drizzle.
Peru: Archaeological North Coast
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