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    Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley of the Inca
    At the gate of Sacsaywaman we heard chanting and as we
    came around the huge fortress wall we saw a shaman dressed
    in bright red garments performing a prayer to Pachamama,
    the Earth Mother. The Sacred Valley of the Inca is an earthly
    link between the people and the spiritual universe and it is as
    much a part of life today as in the past.


         Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley
         Detailed Itinerary from Lima
         Daily Year Round
         Privately guided

    We offer a slower paced in-depth        the Incan building technology over
    tour of the Sacred Valley to allow      the later Spanish style. Overnight at
    you a relaxed and intimate visit        Ollantaytambo.(B,L)
    of this truly remarkable area.
    Hotels are smaller, locally owned       Day 5: Sacred Valley                     Includes: 7 nights
    boutique style.                         Full day tour to visit Chinchero,        accommodation, Guided walks            Amazon
                                            Maras and Moray. Famous for its          and tours as described. all            Extension
    Day 1: Lima                             salts, and exploited from Inca times     transfers, meals as noted (BLD =       3 Days/2 Nights
    You will arrive at the airport and      until today, Maras is a fascinating      breakfast, lunch, dinner), all local   Before or after Cuzco you can
    be met by our local representative      visit due to the wonderful show          taxes. Can be modified to suit
                                            of hundreds of salt ponds. Moray                                                easily take a 2 or 3 night trip to
    and transferred to a comfortable                                                 your time and interests. Airfares
    hotel in Lima.                          is located 9 Km away from Maras          not included.
                                                                                                                            the nearest Amazon entry point
                                            and has elliptical irrigation terraces                                          at Puerto Maldonado.
    Day 2: Cuzco                            that were used as an ingenious Inca      Price Per Person Twin Sharing
    A morning flight will take you to       agricultural center. This is a lovely    Private Tour From $2049                Day 1: Arrive bay air to the
    Cuzco. A leisurely day in town          day of mild walking around sites.                                               Amazon port city of Puerto
    where you will be escorted by           (BL)                                                                            Maldonado. From here we
    your guide on a walking orientation                                              Lake Titicaca                          will meet you at the airport
    tour of the areas near your hotel.      Day 6: Machu Picchu
    You can relax today in the ancient      Today you will embark on one
                                                                                     (Puno)Extension                        and after leaving any excess
    Inca capital and adjust to the high     of the most exciting journeys in         3 Days/2 Nights                        luggage at our office, you will be
    elevation. (B)                          the world - the train to Machu             Day 1: This morning begin a          transferred to a river port. Here
                                            Picchu. Not known to exist by the        cross country journey by train or      you board a long motorised
    Day 3: Cuzco                            Spaniards, Hiram Bingham brought         coach along the Andean plateau         canoe with other guests and
    Today will be the day for exploring     Maccu Picchu to world attention in       which features excellent vistas of     travel up the river our lodge.
    ruins with a visit to the Koricancha,   1911 when he was searching for the       the mountains and valleys. See         There will be time today to take
    Tambomachay with their water            last Incan stronghold of Vilacamba.
                                                                                     traditional herders and colourful      a walk with a naturalist into the
    fountains; Kenko, the religious         Guided tour of ruins. (B)
                                                                                     locals while at stops enroute.         forest to start learning about the
    center; Puca-Pucara, the red
    fortress, and finally the fortress      Day 7: Machu Picchu – Cuzco              Tonight in Puno. (BL) Note: train      rainforest. (LD)
    of Sacsaywaman. All thes sites          Today will be a chance to revisit        runs certain days.
    are important and fascinating           Machu Picchu on your own before                                                 Day 2: Learn about the
    developments that the pre-              the morning trains come in with the      Day 2: Take a tour today of the        rainforest and the local
    columbian Inca people designed and      tourists (second day entrance fee is     famous floating reed islands on        indigenous people with guided
    built. (BL)                             not included) There are local hikes      Laka Titicaca.(BL)                     excursions all included. (BLD)
                                            you may take and about mid-day
    Day 4: Sacred Valley                    you will be able to return all the
    Full day tour to the Sacred Valley of   way to Cuzco by train where we           Day 3: Transfer to airport etc.        Day 3: Travel to the airport. (B)
    the Inas us visit the Indian Market     will meet you again for a transfer to
    and ruins of Pisac in the morning       your Cuzco hotel. This evening you       Includes: tours, meals as              Includes: 2 nights
    and Ollantaytambo fortress in the       will have a special farewell dinner at   described, train/bus to Puno, 2        accommodation, meals, tours as
    afternoon. This site, including the     a local restaurant. (BD)                 nights accommodation.                  described.
    village at it’s base, exemplifies the
    best of Incan engineering and shows Day 8: Transfer to airport, train,           Price Per Person Twin Sharing          Price Per Person Twin Sharing
    in stark contrast the advantage of    or bus for your onward journey.
                                                                                     Semi Private Tour From $889            Semi Private Tour From $299
                           Eco-Cultural Explorer Peru
Rising thermal drafts from the Colca Canyon lift the condors
up from the valley floor to the heights of the Andes. Inca
herders tread narrow roads with their flocks of alpaca.
Morning begins unchanged, as it has for centuries in Peru.


     Eco-Cultural Explorer Peru
     Detailed Itinerary from Arequipa
     Daily Departure Year Round for Private tours
     Selected Dates for Group Departures (max 16)
     See Website For Current Dates

For those requiring Lima hotel,        Day 4: Colca Canyon, Silustani
airport transfers and internal         and Puno / Lake Titicaca
flight services within Peru, please    A spectacular drive through the
contact us for best options and        high Andes, passing beautiful lakes      where eroded limestone fissures         to you. If time permits you may
availability.                          and huge vistas as we travel on a        have been artfully carved into          wish to explore further to the Inca
                                       newly asphalted road to Juliaca and      zigzag channels, pumas, condors,        bridge, walk back up the Inca Trail
Day 1: Arequipa                        on to our destination of Puno. En        snakes and houses. Bountiful            to the sun gate. We will catch the
You will meet your guide on arrival    route we can take a visit to Silustani   Mummy Niches are found in the           afternoon train to Cusco. (B)
off your flight to the “White City”    ruins, whose fascinating circular        caves. After a picnic lunch we visit
of Arequipa. This is the ideal         burial chambers pre-date the Incas.      our final and most stunning ruin        Day 10: Cusco
place to start acclimatizing to the    (BBL)                                    is the extensive Sacsayhuaman.          A free day to explore Cusco. From
rarefied air of the Andes and a                                                 Although the smaller stones of          the Plaza de Armas, we suggest a
beautiful city to explore. Arequipa    Day 5: Lake Titicaca – Uros and          Sacsayhuaman were used to build         visit to the sun temple, Qoricancha,
boasts a magnificent marble Plaza      Taquile                                  modern day Cusco, the remaining         the Cathedral, a walk up to the San
de Armas, quaint old town streets,     A full day’s boat trip with your         stones are up to 8.5m high and          Blas district and later relax in one
the picturesque Santa Catalina         own private guide and shared rapid       weigh over 360 tonnes. Overnight        of excellent cafes overlooking the
Monastery.(B)                          boat ensure you see all the sights in    in Cusco Hotel. (BL)                    Plaza de Armas. (B)
                                       safety and style. The famous floating
Day 2: Arequipa to Colca               reed islands of Uros and the ancient     Day 8: Sacred Valley To Machu           Day 11: Transfer to airport for
Canyon Driving out of Arequipa         traditions and weavings of Taquille      Picchu                                  ongoing flights.
we will enjoy spectacular views of     Island are explained and viewed at       Your guide and minibus are again at
the mountains surrounding the city     your leisure. We will have lunch in a    your disposal for the day. An early      Includes: 10 nights
before climbing high into the Andes    local restaurant before returning to     pick up for the 32 kilometre drive       accommodation, Guided walks
and descending into the amazing        Puno and transferring back to your       out of Cusco to the picturesque          and tours as described. all
Colca canyon. The Colca canyon         Hotel. (BL)                              Andean village of Pisac. Pisac is        transfers, meals as noted (BLD =
is one of the World’s deepest                                                   famous for its Sunday market             breakfast, lunch, dinner), all local
canyons. We over night in the          Day 6: Orient Express Train to           and superb Artisan stalls. Old           taxes. Can be modified to suit
charming Colca Lodge. Soaking in       Cuzco                                    Pisac ruins include Royal buildings,     your time and interests. Airfares
the World class hot-springs is the     Today we will board the luxury           lookouts, terraces, tunnels and          not included, approx. US $350
prime activity here. (BL)              all day train from Puno to Cusco.        irrigation channels. After lunch, a
                                       This classic Orient Express train        short drive down the Sacred Valley       Price Per Person Twin Sharing
Day 3: Cruz del Condor and             journey, recently voted “one of          of the Incas to Ollantaytambo,           Private Tour From $3299
Colca Canyon                           the top ten railway journeys of the      site of the last battle between          Group Tour From $2599
The private guide and minibus are      world” cuts across the formidable        Incas and Spanish. We take the
at your disposal for the day. An       Peruvian Altiplano, whose high           late afternoon train down the            Contact Us for Current Dates
early morning drive to Cruz del        plains are rich with llama herds,        Urubamba River gorge to Machu
Condor is recommended in search        green Ibises and mountain villages.      Picchu town for the night. (BL)
of one of the world’s largest birds,   Please note: the train only operates                                              Peruvian Cuisine
the condor, which nest in the cliffs   four times a week, there is a luxury     Day 9: Machu Picchu Guided               With over 4000 varieties of
of one of the world’s deepest          bus alternative on the other days        Tour                                     potatoes and 2000 fish
canyons. Walking to near-by ruins      following the same route. (BL)           Early this morning we set off to the     species Peru is considered
and a tour of the unique native                                                 fabled “Lost City of the Incas- Machu    by many to be the
culture and weavings in the area       Day 7: Cusco Local Ruins                 Picchu”. A short bus ride takes you      gastronomic capital of the
are also available activities. (B/L)   A 0900 pick up for the ten               direct to the ruins. Once there          Americas. We will be
                                       kilometre drive to the Inca ruin         your guide gives you an extensive        offering specialised culinary
                                       of Tambo Machayand the site of           walking tour of the ruin and explains    focused tours on our new
                                       Puca Pucara. Next we visit Q’enko        the fascinating history of the Incas     website www.slowtours.ca.
 Eco-zone Explorer Amazon: Peru & Bolivia
Countless years pass in the Amazon while a daily cycle
continues deep in the jungle. Every morning, every day, at
precisely the same time, normally shy animals gather at the
clay lick. No one really knows why. Earth and clay to help
assimilate? River water to bathe and to nourish? A social
ritual? This is just one more mystery to explore.


     River of Macaws
     Detailed Itinerary from Puerto Maldonado
     Year Round Daily Departures                                                       River of Mammals
                                                                                       Detailed Itinerary from Puerto Maldonado
Here, well beyond the zone              behind. Within the 700,000                     Year Round Fixed Departures: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
of tourist lodges near Puerto           hectare uninhabited nucleus of
Maldonado, you will experience a        the reserve, sightings of capybara,       On this trip there are more             in the savannah for expansive
natural spectacle. Every morning,       caiman, geese, macaws and other           opportunities to see larger             views, mammal clay licks to look
at the same time, huge flocks           large species will become more            mammals because the region              for nocturnal feeders and several
of macaws, parrots, parakeets,          frequent. Upon arrival the manager        begins to change from forest to         walking trails where guides help
parrotolets descend from the            will present important orientation        savannah. Ecotones are transitional     reveal the many hidden animals and
morning skies above the rainforest      information. After dinner scientists      areas between biomes. They are          their signs. (BLD)
canopy to ingest small amounts          will provide an in depth look at the      richer in biodiversity for their area
of a special clay. The clay lick, as    biology of macaws, their feeding          since they have many opportunities      Day 4: Sandoval Lake
it is known, is an exposed area         habits, the theories for clay lick use,   for plants and animals to mix.          We leave at dawn for the return
of eroded river cliff. This is the      their breeding and feeding ecology,                                               trip downstream. This is peak
world’s largest known clay lick.        population fluctuations and the           Day 1: Puerto Maldonado                 hour for wildlife so we will keep
                                        threats to their conservation.(BLD)   Here we will board a powerful               a sharp eye on the riverbanks,
Day 1: Puerto Maldonado.                                                      motorized dugout canoe and set              often spotting families of Capybara,
On arrival we transfer to first lodge   Days 3, 4: Tambopata                  off to the nearby confluence of the         and perhaps being rewarded with
about 3 hours up river. Here we’ll      Bright and early, join your guide     Tambopata and Madre de Dios                 a rare jaguar sighting, or a tapir
have our first taste of things to       and guests on the beach across        rivers, where we head downstream            swimming across the current. Near
come as we have an orientation          from clay lick to watch the macaw     for approximately three hours               Sandoval Lake we walk 3 km on a
and tour. (LD)                          spectacle. There are spotting         to the Peru-Bolivia border. On              trail to the lake dock and proceed
                                        scopes for close up viewing. A        this Amazon tributary we can                to the lodge across the lake. We
Day 2: Tambopata Reserve                dream location for photographs.       glimpse the diversity of the riverine       may see the lake’s surface broken
There is a canopy tower to view         After breakfast you will join the     environment, forest-capped red-             by a massive Paiche – an Amazon
the wildlife in the treetops and        first of three rainforest walks       earth cliffs, low banks thick with          fish that can reach 100kg/220lbs.
a few minutes hike from the             daily to see what creatures show      Cecropia trees and giant grasses.           Or perhaps Pteronura brasiliensis,
lodge is a beautiful old growth         themselves. You may also enjoy just We will motor for about two more              the Amazonian Giant Otter. After
patch of Brazil Nut forest that         watching the parade of life from the hours with occasional views of               lunch we will head out by canoe.
has been harvested for decades,         lodge as well. (BLD)                  native villages and children splashing      This often allows closer and more
if not centuries. We will be                                                  by the banks, interspersed with             extended encounters with birds
demonstrating the whole process         Day 5: Refugio Amazonas               long, quiet stretches. Tonight an           and mammals than on a typical
of the rain forest’s only sustainably   Another visit to clay lick, then      orientation. (LD)                           forest trail hike. On Lake Sandoval,
harvested product from collection       board motorized canoe back to                                                     monkeys in particular have almost
through transportation to drying.       first lodge. Here you may take any Days 2, 3: Heath River                         lost their fear of humans. (BLD)
Then we continue another 4 to           of the tours available. (BLD)         The lodge, located in the
5 hours by motorized canoe to                                                 Tambopata-Madidi reserve along a            Day 5: Tour and Transfers
a rustic rainforest lodge near          Day 6: Flight Out                     remote section of the Peru-Bolivia          An early morning paddle for one
the clay lick. Here, final traces       Morning tours and transfer back       border, offers a tremendous variety         last look for giant otters before
of human habitation left are far        to Puerto Maldonado and flight        of fascinating tropical adventures.         retracing our way to Puerto
                                        out. (B)                              Each day at the lodge you’ll take           Maldonado and flights.
                                                                              excursions to view wildlife in varied
                                          Includes: all meals at lodges, all  biomes. The lodge is accessible to           Includes: all meals at lodges, all
                                          transfers, up to 3 tours daily from both river and savannah where                transfers, up to 3 tours daily from
                                          lodges guided by English speaking   we may spot herons, hawks,                   lodges. Lodges are rustic.
                                          Peruvian biology students. Lodges cormorants, Orinoco Geese, and
                                          are rustic.                         perhaps a family of Capybaras--              Price Per Person Twin Sharing
                                                                              the world’s largest rodent. There            Fixed Departures From $1039
                                          Price Per Person Twin Sharing is a macaw clay lick where we                      Private Tours From $1299
                                          Daily Tour From $1239               have a floating blind, a tower

								
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