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Explore Peru with Brook & Sarah

Oct 21, 2024 - Oct 28, 2024

Adventure Adventure

$2,995 USD

CONFIRM WITH 25% DEPOSIT

Explore Peru with Brook & Sarah

Oct 21, 2024 - Oct 28, 2024

$2,995  USD

CONFIRM WITH 25% DEPOSIT

Prepare to discover Peru’s Rich Heritage and Natural Wonders on this 8-day adventure hosted by adventure photographers Brook Thate and Sarah Lyndsay. We’ll explore intricate Amazonian forest trails and encounter nocturnal wildlife on a thrilling canoe excursion. We’ll venture into Tambopata National Reserve, navigate Lake Sandoval by traditional canoe, and traverse treetop canopy walkways to discover the vibrant biodiversity of the Amazon.

We’ll visit Cusco and the Sacred Valley and explore Chinchero village, the Maras Salt Pans, and the Ollantaytambo Fortress, uncovering Peru’s ancient ruins and cultural treasures. No Peru adventure is complete without experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Machu Picchu, the awe-inspiring citadel nestled in the Andes. We’ll follow in the footsteps of the Incas on a guided tour, before returning to Cusco for a visit to historic landmarks like Sacsayhuaman and the Cathedral Church.

Join us for an immersive journey through Peru’s natural landscapes, fascinating history and rich culture, filled with incredible photographic opportunities and experiences you’ll cherish for a lifetime!

Monday October 21st 2024

Monday October 28th 2024

8 Days, 7 Nights

Hotels x 7 Nights

See Itinerary

8-12 Guests

Inclusions

Accommodation - Hotels x 7 Nights

Meals - See Itinerary

Group Airport Transfers

Full Day Excursion to Machu Picchu incl Entrance

Machu Picchu Bus Tickets Round Trip

Machu Picchu Train Tickets Round Trip

Half Day Excursion to Sacsayhuman, Cathedral of Cusco & Qoricancha

Full Day Excursion to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Full Day Excursion to Chincheros Weavers, Maras Salt Pans & Ollantaytambo Fortress

Exclusions

International Flights

Return Flights from Lima to Cusco

Travel Insurance (Required)

Arrival Visa / Entry Requirements

Meals Not Mentioned in Itinerary

Personal Expenses (incl Tips)

Your host

Brook Thate

Hi, I’m Brook! After traveling through 36 countries, my two mottos while traveling are simple: Seek the joy of discovery, and savour the moment. The most unexpected and magical experiences of my life have happened when I’ve stepped outside of my comfort zone, been open to new experiences and people, and enjoyed the moments for what they were.

Since I can remember, I’ve had a burning passion for creating art, exploring new places, and connecting with people. Little did I know these passions would become my job one day and lead me around the world. I left my small town in BC Canada and backpacked 22 countries at 18 years old, lived near the Canadian Rocky Mountains for 7 years while hiking avidly, booked a one-way ticket to Europe by myself and moved to London UK for 2 years, before now moving to an island off the West Coast of Canada to seek discomfort further.

From luxury to budget travel, there is joy to be found in every journey, and it’s the people I’ve met along the way that have made every adventure extra special. I hope you’ll consider joining our epic adventure! We can’t wait to welcome you with open arms as we seek the joy of discovery and savour each moment together.

Sarah Lyndsay

Sarah Lyndsay, a seasoned adventurer, and photographer with over a dozen years in the profession, infuses her work with a palpable passion that extends beyond mere vocation into the realization of a dream.

Embracing a vibrant aesthetic, often underscored by her signature yellow dress, she doesn’t just capture images but crafts vivid narratives, aiming to stir emotions and establish a deep rapport with her audience. A devoted adventurer, lover of good coffee, and companion to her Whippet, Ollie, Sarah finds joy in simple pleasures, yet photography remains her ultimate pursuit, allowing her to share tales and passions through her lens.

Currently, her artistic endeavors navigate through the realms of landscape, self-portrait photography, and the burgeoning world of NFT art. Her journey, punctuated with moments of bewilderment, frustration, and reward, is not just about capturing stunning visuals but also imparting her knowledge through photo tours and workshops. Always on a quest for personal growth, Sarah continually explores the boundless potentials of self-expression, inviting others to join her on this remarkable journey through the multifaceted world of Fine Art photography

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Lima

“¡Bienvenidos a Perú!”

Welcome to Lima! We have a private transfer from the airport to the hotel, where we’ll have a chill night meeting each other, maybe doing some Lima sightseeing, and getting excited about our adventure. Rest up, as tomorrow we fly to Puerto Maldonado where the real fun begins!

Accommodation:

  • Casa Andina Standard Benavides

Day 2 Lima to Puerto Maldonado

Today we fly to Puerto Maldonado, and we have a private transfer to the airport. Note that flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado are not included – we will organise these as a group once the trip is confirmed.

Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, we’ll be greeted at the airport and taken on a scenic 25-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River to the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción lodge. Following lunch, we’ll embark on a guided walk through the Concepción trail system, where we’ll delve into the intricacies of primary and secondary forests, their diverse vegetation, human impacts, and global ecological significance.

Later in the afternoon, we’ll venture out on a motorized canoe excursion to discover the nocturnal wonders of the forest. This journey will unveil the unique Amazonian gullies and nocturnal behavior of the forest’s wildlife, capped off by a mesmerizing display of the southern hemisphere’s constellations.

Accommodation:

  • Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion Lodge

Meals:

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 The Amazon - Tambopata National Reserve

In the morning, we’ll embark on a forest trail walk to Lake Sandoval within Tambopata National Reserve. Here, we’ll navigate the lake’s serene waters in a traditional wooden canoe, surrounded by the habitat of endangered species such as giant river otters, red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, and side-necked turtles.

After lunch, we’ll experience a unique treetop adventure by traversing a quarter-mile of the tropical forest canopy via a network of bridges and eight observation platforms. This canopy walk promises opportunities to spot vibrant toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, as well as monkeys, sloths, and other fascinating Amazonian wildlife.

Accommodation:

  • Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion Lodge

Meals:

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, Sacred Valley

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we’ll depart with a 25-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River to Puerto Maldonado. From there, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Cusco. Please note that the flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco is not included – we will organise these as a group once the trip is confirmed.

Upon arriving in Cusco, our team will be at the airport to greet you and escort you to the Sacred Valley.

Accommodation:

  • Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

Meals:

  • Breakfast

Day 5 Chinchero Village, Maras Salt Pans, Ollantaytambo Fortress

This morning, we’ll explore Chinchero village, situated at an altitude of 12,375 feet (3,772 meters), renowned for its stunning textiles and vibrant Sunday fair. Local residents, adorned in traditional attire, journey from surrounding villages to trade their wares. Walking through the village’s quaint alleyways, guided by our expert, we’ll visit the weavers’ workshop of Nilda Callañaupa. Over 28 years ago, Nilda united women who shared her passion for weaving, reviving interest among younger generations. Beginning in her Chinchero home, this initiative grew into the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco in 1996—a pivotal organization preserving and promoting exquisite, high-quality textiles. Nilda herself will enrich our visit with her inspiring story.

Next, we’ll proceed to the Salt Pans of Maras, an ancient salt mine in operation since Incan times. Continuing our journey, we’ll arrive at Ollantaytambo, one of the few remaining Incan towns. This historical site features a formidable fortress that once safeguarded the citadel. As we explore the expansive archaeological complex, we’ll encounter well-preserved structures, including defensive walls and towers used for protection against potential invasions.

Accommodation:

  • Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

Meals:

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 Machu Picchu

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at the designated time and head to the train station. The scenic train journey from there to Aguas Calientes offers breathtaking views along the way.

Upon arrival, we’ll board a bus that will take us to the entrance of the Machu Picchu citadel. Discovered by Hiram Bingham over a century ago, Machu Picchu is revered as one of the seven wonders of the world. Its awe-inspiring architectural design, nestled within a spectacular natural setting, emanates a captivating energy. We’ll follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas during a guided tour of this mystical site.

After our exploration, we’ll enjoy a delightful lunch at a local restaurant. To conclude our visit, we’ll return to the Aguas Calientes train station and board the train back to our departure point.

Accommodation:

  • Los Portales Cusco

Meals:

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Chillihuani, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

In the early morning, we’ll embark on our journey from Cusco, heading south through picturesque Andean villages, surrounded by fields of crops and majestic snow-capped peaks. Our destination is the community of Chillihuani (4600 meters / 15000 feet), where we’ll commence our hike. A 90-minute uphill trek will lead us to the stunning Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (5036 meters / 16518 feet), offering panoramic views that include the nearby Red Valley. After soaking in the breathtaking scenery, we’ll descend back to Chillihuani, where our vehicle awaits.

On our return journey to Cusco, we’ll pause in the village of Cusipata for a satisfying lunch break.

Accommodation:

  • Los Portales Cusco

Meals:

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Sacsayhuman, Cathedral of Cusco, Qoricancha

Today is our last day, but we’re not wasting it!

In the morning, we’ll embark on a half-day excursion through Cusco to explore its prominent historical monuments. Our first stop is Sacsayhuaman, an important archaeological site located just outside the city. This Inca ceremonial fortress is renowned for its massive stone constructions, some of which weigh between 90 and 125 tons. Returning to the city center, we’ll visit the Cathedral Church situated in the Plaza de Armas. This architectural masterpiece combines Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance styles and houses a significant collection of colonial-era mestizo art.

Continuing our tour, we’ll visit the Santo Domingo Convent, built atop the ancient temple of Qoricancha, which was dedicated to the worship of the Sun god during Inca times. Qoricancha is revered for its finely crafted stone walls and was adorned with gold and silver sheets within its various chambers. After the exploration, we’ll transfer you back to your hotel.

In the afternoon, at the designated time, we’ll provide transportation from your hotel to Cusco airport for a fond farewell.

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