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Amazon Adventure

  • Route:
  • London
  • Lima
  • Arequipa
  • Puno
  • Cusco
  • Amazon Jungle
  • Lima
  • London
4 NIGHTS from £654pp

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Lake Titicaca
  • See the ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Explore the Colca Canyon
  • Inca Fortress at Ollantaytambo
  • and more...
Extension from £654pp
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Amazon Adventure

Adventure into one of the world's most biodiverse rainforests, the lush Peruvian Amazon, to witness a truly unique 'country-within-a-country'. Offering phenomenal wildlife-spotting, vast untamed forests and indigenous communities, a stay in the famous amazon is a once in a lifetime experience.

Day 1: UK to Lima

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Lima, via Bogota, Colombia.

    Day 2: Lima

    On arrival in Lima, you will be met by your local representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

      Day 3: Lima to Arequipa

      Known as the 'City of the Kings', today's tour combines the culture of historic downtown Lima with the modern district of Miraflores. You will first visit the main square to see the Cathedral, Government Palace and City Hall. Next see one of the best-preserved monasteries in Lima, the beautiful Santo Domingo Convent and then on to Miraflores, a bustling shopping area with stupendous views of the Pacific Ocean. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa to spend the night.

      • Breakfast

      Day 4: Arequipa

      With its large traditional square and colonial buildings, Peru's second largest city Arequipa has a very Spanish feel. Known as the 'Cuidad Blanca' (White City) and set against the backdrop of the misty volcano, Arequipa offers some truly wonderful cultural and historic sites including the Church of the Society of Jesus, the frescoes of America's Sistine Chapel at the San Ignacio Dome and the labyrinth Santa Catalina Convent. The tour ends with a relaxed walk around the local areas of Cayma and Yanahuara. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

      • Breakfast

      Day 5: Arequipa & Colca Canyon

      Today the tour moves on to the open plains of the Pampa Canaguas and Salinas where you will see llamas, alpacas, and guanacos roaming in the wild. The wetlands are teeming with different species of birdlife, and Patapampa, a high point offers stunning vistas of volcanoes. After about a five hour drive you arrive at Chivay, your base for the night where dinner is included.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 6: Colca Canyon to Puno

      An early start from Chivay sets you up for a spectacular scenic tour of the Colca Canyon with its terraced fields, hanging tombs and deep gorges, all culminating with a chance to see the majestic condors as they rise deep from within the canyon. You will then make your way back to the hotel and after lunch, commence your journey to Puno, arriving in the evening where dinner at your hotel is included.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 7: Puno

      Today's highlight is a trip to Lake Titicaca, the highest and largest navigable lake on earth. The views from Taquile Island that, on a clear day, can stretch to Bolivia are stunning and well worth the hour or so walk to the top from the port. Have a 'coca tea' break half way up before lunch is taken in a simple restaurant that overlooks the lake. Later you will walk back down to the port and board a boat for a brief visit to one of the floating reed islands to visit a local family home. Overnight is in Puno.

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Day 8: Puno to Cusco

      This morning you will travel from Puno to Cusco and be able to appreciate the surrounding valleys' wonderful landscapes en route. The journey includes a stop at La Raya pass, 4,300 metres above sea level, from where you will be able to take in some amazing vistas of the Andean snow-capped mountains. You will also stop at the Raqchi ruins, known as the Temple of the God Wiracocha, and Andahuaylillas village where there is a beautiful church from the 17th century. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before arriving in Cusco and transferring to your hotel.

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Day 9: Cusco to The Sacred Valley

      Today the tour heads for Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where one of the highlights is a visit to the imposing Inca Fortress at Ollantaytambo. En route you will visit a camelid compound to see these unique animals at close quarters as well as the colourful Pisac market where local Indians display and sell their handmade artefacts. Lunch is in a comfortable restaurant then the journey continues to reach your hotel for an overnight stay in the valley.

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Day 10: The Sacred Valley to Cusco

      Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and this morning you will be taken to the station to board the Vistadome train to start your adventure to this incredible site. The train will take you to the city of Aguas Calientes where you disembark and board a bus to the archaeological site. Constructed on a saddle between two Andean peaks, Machu Picchu was one of the greatest achievements of South American civilisation. After a guided tour of this 550-year-old citadel, there is some free time for you to explore and absorb the awe-inspiring atmosphere. You will then descend back to Aguas Calientes for lunch, then catch the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cusco by coach.

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Day 11: Cusco

      This morning's city tour of Cusco will introduce you to this amazing colonial city built on the foundation of Inca palaces. Visit the 'Temple of the Sun' where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Later you will drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, then to the underground cave and temple of Kenko - one of the largest wak'as (holy places) in the region. Experience a panoramic view of Puca Pucara and, finally, stop at the living art workshop, 'Inka's Expression' to admire how the local artisans create wonderful silver pieces, paintings and wood carvings.

      • Breakfast

      Day 12: Cusco to the UK

      Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to the UK via Bogota, Colombia.

      • Breakfast

      Amazon Adventure - Extension Starts

      Day 13: Cusco to the Amazon Jungle

      Departing Cusco after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Here you will be welcomed by the friendly staff and transferred to the nearby wharf where you will board a motorised canoe. Journeying along the beautiful Madre de Dios River, marvel at the never-ending forests and abundant wildlife that is home to this area with some of the richest biodiversity in the world. Upon reaching your lodge and getting back onto dry land you will enjoy lunch before taking a stroll through the property's nature trails to learn about primary and secondary rainforests in the region. When dusk falls, an exciting twilight river excursion awaits you. A motorised canoe will again take you along the Madre de Dios River where your guide will explain about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals inhabiting the area and the southern sky's stellar constellations. Return to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 14: Amazon Jungle

      This morning you will prepare for a long trek deep into the Tambopata National Reserve and towards the sparkling, palm-fringed Lake Sandoval. Navigating across the tranquil, oxbow lake by dugout canoe you may be able to spot one of the many species of wildlife that call the area home, such as the endangered giant river otters, macaws, red howler monkeys and one of the world's biggest freshwater scaled fish, the paiche. After returning to the lodge for lunch you will take a 20-minute canoe ride to a canopy walkway where you can cross the seven hanging bridges connecting the treetops at a height of 90 feet before to gain a birds-eye appreciation of the vast jungle. Descend to walk along the 650-foot wooden bridge over the swamps which are home to the legendary anaconda. This evening get ready to further explore the nocturnal activity of the Amazon rainforest with an excursion into the surrounding jungle areas where you will listen to the sounds of nature and observe the intriguing behaviour patterns of the wildlife found here.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 15: Amazon Jungle

      Rising early after daybreak, visit a native farm to learn local techniques of cultivation and even sample some of the products. Continuing on to the botanical gardens, discover the immense variety of medicinal plants considered part of the 'natural pharmacy' and used by the locals in the Amazon region. This afternoon you will take a dugout canoe ride on the lake by your lodge to try your hand at the native 'catch and release' fishing technique whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 16: Amazon Jungle to Lima

      Today journey back to Puerto Maldonado by motorised canoe and transfer to the airport there to board your flight to Lima. On arrival, you will be met and transferred your hotel to spend the evening.

      • Breakfast

      Day 17: Lima to UK

      After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to the UK.

      • Breakfast
      Your Meals
      • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
      • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

      Important Information

      Visas

      No visa is required for this tour of Peru.

      Insurance

      You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

      Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
      Up to 17 days cover£42£79£135

      For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

      Payment

      If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

      Flight Information

      Your flight is to Lima Airport with Avianca (AV), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2.
      Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage providing the exterior dimensions (height x length x width) do not exceed 115cm and 10kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that check-in should be three hours before your flight departure time.

      Health and Vaccinations

      It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

      Physical Accessibility

      This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

      Group Size

      There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

      Tour Guide

      A Tour Leader will be with you on your trip starting in Arequipa on Day 3, ending in Puno on Day 12. Day 1, Day 2, Day 11 and Day 12 in Lima do not include a tour leader, however, transfers will be provided by a local English speaking guide.

      Currency Information

      The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, the symbol is S/. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you depart US Dollars are widely accepted in Peru should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

      Personal Expenses

      You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

      Tour Dates & Prices

      Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
      22 Feb 201809 Mar 2018£619pp£1999pp£2618pp
      08 Mar 201823 Mar 2018£619pp£2099pp£2718pp
      12 Apr 201827 Apr 2018£649pp£2099pp£2748pp
      26 Apr 201811 May 2018£619pp£2199pp£2818pp
      10 May 201825 May 2018£619pp£2199pp£2818pp
      24 May 201808 Jun 2018£609pp£2249pp£2858pp
      07 Jun 201822 Jun 2018£609pp£2249pp£2858pp
      21 Jun 201806 Jul 2018£639pp£2149pp£2788pp
      19 Jul 201803 Aug 2018£629pp£2179pp£2808pp
      16 Aug 201831 Aug 2018£619pp£2349pp£2968pp
      06 Sep 201821 Sep 2018£769pp£2149pp£2918pp
      20 Sep 201805 Oct 2018£679pp£2149pp£2828pp
      27 Sep 201812 Oct 2018£609pp£2149pp£2758pp
      11 Oct 201826 Oct 2018£629pp£1999pp£2628pp
      25 Oct 201809 Nov 2018£589pp£2049pp£2638pp
      08 Nov 201823 Nov 2018£579pp£2049pp£2628pp
      22 Nov 201807 Dec 2018£569pp£2099pp£2668pp

      Travelling alone?

      We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single use where no single supplement will need to be paid. But hurry, these spaces are limited and subject to availability. If however once all the places are sold out and you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner.

      Private Tours:

      If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

      Hotel Change

      Please note that in 2017 the hotel in the Sacred Valley will be changed to the Hacienda del Valle.

      Fact File

      • Currency: Nuevo Sol
      • Average Flying time: 16 Hours
      • Minimum temperature: 16°C
      • Maximum temperature: 28°C
      • Spoken Language(s): Spanish

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