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III Cumbre América del Sur - Países Árabes (ASPA) February 16, 2011 LIMA - PERU

CODE Apo17-ASPA-2-11 Apo18-ASPA-2-11 Apo19-ASPA-2-11 Apo20-ASPA-2-11 Apo21-ASPA-2-11 Apo22-ASPA-2-11 Apo23-ASPA-2-11 Apo24-ASPA-2-11

PROGRAM

DEPARTURE DATES

A View of Cusco Wonders of Cusco Northern Peru: Moche Route: Chiclayo & Trujillo Nazca Lines & Paracas Iquitos & the Amazon Delfin River Cruise–Amazon River Delfin II River Cruise–Amazon River Aqua River Cruise–Amazon River

*Programs could be booked before or after the III ASPA Event

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A VIEW OF CUSCO Apo17-ASPA-2-11 (03 days / 02 nights)

DAY 01

LIMA - CUSCO (D) Upon your arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Coca tea is widely offered at the hotels as it helps relieve altitude sickness. Balance of the morning at leisure to relax and gradually adjust to the altitude. Your comprehensive afternoon tour includes the beautiful Koricancha or Sun Temple, the Cathedral, as well as the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the amphitheater of Kenko. This is followed by a visit to Puca Pucara, a strategically located 'red fortress' that dominates the entire area before visiting Tambomachay, with its two distinctive aqueducts that to this day continue to provide clean water to the area. Welcome dinner show. Overnight (selected hotel).

DAY 02

DAY 03

CUSCO - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO (B,L) In the morning, transfer to the train station of Poroy or Ollantaytambo, to board the train to the marvelous citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival to “Aguas Calientes”, final train stop, we have a short walk in order to catch the bus transfer to Machu Picchu Citadel, starting our guided visit. Lunch will be served at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. At proper time, return the same way to the take train to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel. Overnight (selected hotel). CUSCO - LIMA (B) At proper time, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima.


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WONDERS OF CUSCO Apo18-ASPA-2-11 (04 days / 03 nights)

DAY 01

LIMA – CUSCO (D) Upon arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire Coca tea is widely offered at the hotels as it helps relieving altitude sickness. Balance the morning at leisure to relax and gradually adjust to the altitude. Your comprehensive afternoon tour includes the beautiful Koricancha or Sun Temple, the Cathedral, as well as the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the amphitheater of Kenko. This is followed by a visit to Puca Pucara, a strategically located 'red fortress' that dominates the entire area before visiting Tambomachay, with its two distinctive aqueducts that continue to provide clean water to the area up to date. Welcome dinner show. Overnight (selected hotel).

DAY 02

CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY (B, L) – ONLY TUE – THU - SUN This morning we drive to the Sacred Valley to visit Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. In Pisaq, visitors and people from remote communities dressed in their traditional and colourful attires attend Pisaq market and barter their products. Today, the market also has a tourist element, so there is an opportunity to buy souvenirs. Lunch. Leaving Pisaq, we drive along the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, where the Temple of the Sun (formed of six gigantic monoliths, whose total weight exceeds 50 tons) and the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out. Ollantaytambo is the site where the only successful Inca battle against Spanish conquerors took place and the only town in the area that still maintains its original Inca layout. Return to Cusco. Overnight (selected hotel in the Sacred Valley).

DAY 03

DAY 04

SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO (B,L) In the morning, transfer to the train station of Ollantaytambo, to board the train to the marvelous citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival to “Aguas Calientes”, final train stop, we have a short walk in order to catch the bus transfer to Machu Picchu Citadel, starting our guided visit. Lunch will be served at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. At proper time, return the same way to the take train to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel. Overnight (selected hotel). CUSCO - LIMA (B) At proper time, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima.


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NORTHERN PERU: THE MOCHE ROUTE CHICLAYO & TRUJILLO Apo19-ASPA-2-11 (03 days/ 02 nights)

DAY 01 LIMA - CHICLAYO (L) Arrive in an early morning flight from Peru’s capital to the northern city of Chiclayo, and after some rest time we start our visit to the mud-brick pyramid that made world headlines in 1987 with one of the most sensational discoveries of recent archaeology, known as Huaca Rajada” -- the “Cracked Pyramid” and its Site Museum. We return to Chiclayo for a delicious lunch of Peru’s northern-style cuisine. After these sensational experiences we continue on to Lambayeque, to visit the Royal Tombs of the Sipan Museum. This modern building, representing the style of a Moche pyramid, was built to house the stunning and priceless objects unearthed at Sipan. We will be able to appreciate the incredible array of precious symbols and images, stones and shell necklaces, ear-plugs and headdresses that were worn and displayed at Moche ceremonies, and also learn what is known of their meaning. This astonishing visit ends at an “animated waxworks” exhibit of the lords and retinue of the Moche court, allowing us to glimpse and imagine the world of an unfamiliar but dazzling civilization that thrived here at a time when Europe was sliding into the Dark Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire. We return to Chiclayo for an overnight stay. DAY 02 CHICLAYO - TRUJILLO (B/L) In the morning, departure to an oasis of calm at “Túcume”. Here we will be able to watch the chronological sequence that followed the fall of the Moche, at a site where their descendants, the “Sicán” culture, continued to amass millions of adobe bricks for the building of mighty pyramids -- including the longest of its kind in the world, at more than 700m/2,300ft -- but were now influenced by highland tribes, and began to abandon their old ways. We can also visit the small, intimate and low-tech site museum, to enjoy the excellent collection of excavated objects, dioramas of daily life, and models of the pyramids. On our way, we continue to the archaeological site of El Brujo: This site was featured in National Geographic magazine after the sensational discovery of the mummy of a tattooed priestess buried with a variety of ceremonial and military accoutrements. An extraordinary array of multicolored murals dating from seven or more phases of


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construction depicts both scenes from the daily lives of the Moche, and gory rituals of sacrifice. We continue to Trujillo and arrive to Huanchaco, where we will have a chance to try the superb seafood of Trujillo at one of the restaurants, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We will then visit the great “Chimú” center of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city ever built. It was, in fact, an elite settlement, a series of nine enormous palaces belonging to successive rulers of the “Chimú” realm. At the Tschudi palace enclosure we enter a labyrinthine series of courtyards lined with clay friezes of fish and ocean birds, and walled in places with an open meshwork adobe building style believed to represent fishing nets. We visit inner patios, residences, administrative buildings, temples, platforms and storehouses, and a huge reservoir where “sunken gardens” may have produced specialized crops for the “Chimú” nobility. Overnight in Trujillo at selected hotel. DAY 03 TRUJILLO - LIMA (B/L) We begin our day visiting the “Huaca de la Luna”, and the “Huaca del Sol”, two huge flat-topped pyramids built by the Moche culture between 0 and 600A.D. The “Huaca de la Luna” is an extraordinary demonstration of what patient long-term archaeology can achieve. Here, at a site that has been well known and frequently looted for centuries, excavations have revealed layer upon layer of ancient construction, uncovering wall after wall of colorful friezes that were intentionally buried by the Moche, and had not seen the light of day for one-anda-half thousand years. Bloodthirsty fanged deities and exotic gods in the form of spiders, snakes felines, octopi and other marine creatures rub shoulders with lines of dancers, warriors and naked prisoners, as well as scenes of ritual combat. Visit to the Site Museum of de Moche's “Huacas”, a modern museum that serves as center of interpretation of the “Huaca de la Luna” (Pyramid of the Moon) and of one of the principal cities of the Moche Culture. Meeting artisans of the Moche Valley. We will enjoy a delicious lunch at a Restaurant located near the “Huacas” or Pyramids of the Sun and of the Moon in which we will be offered typical Peruvian northern food. In addition we will appreciate a spectacular view of the performance of the Peruvian Paso Horses. Return to Trujillo for a short City Tour through the historic center of Trujillo, a city whose heart still pulses with colonial splendor. We visit the immense main square and the spacious mansions built by Spanish and Creole gentry during the 17th and 18th centuries. At proper time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima.


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NAZCA LINES & PARACAS MARINE RESERVE Apo20-ASPA-2-11

(02 days / 01 night) DAY 01 LIMA / PISCO (D) Morning private transportation to Pisco. Travel by tourist bus along the Peruvian coast (03 hours). Upon arrival in Pisco you will be transferred to the hotel and after check in continue to the airport for a flight over the Nazca Lines (approximately 1.30 minutes). Rest of the day is at leisure. Welcome dinner show. Overnight (selected hotel). DAY02 PARACAS / LIMA (B)

Early morning transfer to Paracas Bay where you will take a boat ride to the Ballestas Islands (approximately 2 hours). Famous for its great variety of wildlife, there are huge colonies of sea lions and unusual marine birds, such as - Humboldt’s Penguin, cormorants, Peruvian booby and Peruvian pelican. On the way back will stop to have a look to the Candelabro, a giant figure marked in the sand. At proper time, private transportation back to Lima. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to the airport or your hotel.


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IQUITOS & THE AMAZON Apo21-ASPA-2-11 (04 days / 03 nights)

DAY 01 LIMA - IQUITOS - LODGE (L, D) Reception at the airport, brief city orientation and transfer to the dock. Twenty-five mile journey down the Amazon River to Ceiba Tops where private rooms with air conditioning and hot water provide all of the comforts of home. Afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops which includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes. After dinner there may be local flute or guitar music at the El Toucan Bar or the guides are always ready to relate some of the many legends of the Amazon forest. Overnight. DAY 02 LODGE (B/L/D) Morning boat ride, spotting for dolphins, to visit a small village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain the Yagua Indian culture and how it was affected by the arrival of Europeans and the passing of time. There will also be an opportunity to see some of the local crafts and for a demonstration of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. Afternoon walking excursion to the neighboring town of Indiana. Originally a Franciscan mission, Indiana has grown into a large river community with its own market, high school and small hospital. Overnight. DAY 03 LODGE (B/L/D) Early morning departure from Ceiba Tops by boat to the narrow motorcar crossing connecting the Amazon and Napo Rivers to continue by boat to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. Hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, visit the "ReNuPeRu" Ethnobotanical Garden where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. Return to Ceiba Tops in time to enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner.


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Overnight. DAY 04 IQUITOS / LIMA (B/L) Your choice of a morning walking or boating excursion to further enjoy the rainforest and Amazon River or time to relax by the pool until departure time. Afternoon transfer to Iquitos and to the airport. (Lunch if departure flight permits).


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CRUISES IN THE AMAZONAS DELFIN I RIVER CRUISE – AMAZON RIVER Apo22-ASPA-2-11 (04 days / 03 nights, Departure: FRI / MON)

DAY 01 LIMA - IQUITOS – NAUTA (D) After arriving at the Iquitos airport, you will be escorted for a trip by coach for about 1 ½ hours, heading northwest toward Nauta (the oldest city in the department of Loreto). Nauta lies between Iquitos and the Marañon River, where the Delfin is waiting for you. This new river cruiser with just 14 air-con cabins is furnished in natural woods with private bathrooms and high quality beds. Just before dusk as the ‘Delfin’ starts its journey to the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve with five million acres of protected, flooded forest, roughly the size of a small Central American country. A world of flora and fauna waits for you. The barman & staff will provide a wide variety of drinks and cocktails. Later on you have your first dinner on board. Peru’s gastronomy is considered one of the world’s finest, making the country an attractive culinary destination. Before the relaxing with after dinner drinks your guide holds a short briefing about next day’s program. Overnight. DAY 02 YANALLPA – DORADO RIVER (B,L,D) After a rich buffet and freshly squeezed fruit juices you board the two well-equipped and comfortable excursion skiffs. Being February within the rainy season (Dec – May) We will have the opportunity to explore the Belluda Stream. Aboard the skiffs, we will explore this black water stream and start learning about the rainforest. You are now in the Pacaya-Samiria national reserve,


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where you will have the chance to see its amazing wildlife. From the skiff you can easily spot parrots, macaws and monkeys, such as the monk Saki monkey with its gray and black body, naked face and long shaggy tail. You might also see the saddle-back tamarin monkey, whose high chirping notes can easily be confused with those of a flock of birds. It’s also a good spot to see the beautiful morpho butterfly that flaps lazily along open corridors through forest or along river edges of lowland forest on sunny days. Different species of hawks will also be found and, if we, are lucky we’ll see the noisy ‘laughing falcon’ named after its loud falsetto call as it sits solitary in secondary forest and plantations. Overnight. DAY 03 PACAYA RIVER – ATUN POZA LAGOON (B,L,D) This morning we will start very early and breakfast on board the skiffs, in order to see as much wildlife as possible in one of the earth’s greatest wilderness - the very heart of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Pacaya is Peru’s largest protected area and by far the largest protected wetland reserve in the world. An early rise is very rewarding: you’ll see a variety of macaws and monkeys. Breakfast will be served as we float amidst a favored dolphin feeding spot. You can jump in the water for a very refreshing morning swim, a once in a lifetime experience in the beautiful setting of dark, clean and warm water, deep blue skies, and a light breeze. While returning to Nauta, lunch will be served aboard the Delfin. In the afternoon you will be brought with the skiffs to Lake Atun Poza. Here you’ll see kingfishers, black collared hawks, southern swallows, white winged swallows, and manikins. Aside from the large variety of birds you will observe some scarce species of butterflies, dragonflies and spiders. DAY 04 YARAPA RIVER – PUERTO MIGUEL VILLAGE – NAUTA - IQUITOS – LIMA (B,L) After breakfast on board our skiffs we will stop at the village of Puerto Miguel to meet local villagers. You will have the chance to learn about their culture, traditions and folklore. You may also visit one of the villager’s homes, to see how they live, the simplicity of their lifestyle and purchase some of the handcrafts they make. After visiting the village, we will explore the Yarapa River, where there’s a good chance that you’ll see squirrel and capuchin monkeys, herons, egrets and green iguanas. We will reach a beautiful lagoon called Uvos, named after a fruit that grows wild along it shores. Pink river dolphins ply its waters in search of fish. The forest also boasts abundant flora including a variety of bromeliads and orchids. Monkeys love these surroundings. Farewell lunch. Today the chef will treat you to a real feast of flavors and colors, having designed a sophisticated menu featuring the best of Amazonian haute cuisine. Afterwards a comfortable air conditioned bus will be waiting here to bring you straight to Iquitos airport to board your flight back to Lima. IMPORTANT Itinerary may vary based on wildlife sightings, water levels, navigability and air schedules. Due to rainy season from December to May the itinerary will slightly vary. WEATHER  The Amazon is tropical, hot and humid with an average temperature of 28ºC (80°F). The average humidity ranges from 60% to 80%, and rainfall occurs approximately 250 days out of the year. Most showers occur in late afternoon or evening and are short in duration. The ‘high water’ period is from December to May and the ‘low water’ period lasts from June to November.


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DELFIN II RIVER CRUISE – AMAZON RIVER Apo23-ASPA-2-11 (04 days / 03 nights, Departure: SUN / WED)

DAY 01 LIMA - IQUITOS – NAUTA (D) After arriving at the Iquitos airport, you will be escorted for a trip by coach for about 1 ½ hours, heading northwest toward Nauta (the oldest city in the department of Loreto). Nauta lies between Iquitos and the Marañon River, where the Delfin II is waiting for you. This new river cruiser with just 14 air-con cabins is furnished in natural woods with private bathrooms and high quality beds. Just before dusk as the ‘Delfin II’ starts its journey to the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve, with five million acres of protected, flooded forest, roughly the size of a small Central American country. A world of flora and fauna waits for you. The barman and staff will provide you with a wide variety of drinks and cocktails. Later on you have your first dinner on board. Peru’s gastronomy is considered one of the world’s finest, making the country an attractive culinary destination. Before the relaxing with after dinner drinks your guide holds a short briefing about next day’s program. Overnight. DAY 02 YANALLPA – DORADO RIVER (B,L,D) After a rich buffet and freshly squeezed fruit juices you board the two well-equipped and comfortable excursion skiffs.


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Being February within the rainy season (Dec – May) We will have the opportunity to explore the Belluda Stream. Aboard the skiffs, we will explore this black water stream and start learning about the rainforest. You are now in the Pacaya-Samiria national reserve, where you will have the chance to see its amazing wildlife. From the skiff you can easily spot parrots, macaws and monkeys, such as the monk Saki monkey with its gray and black body, naked face and long shaggy tail. You might also see the saddle-back tamarin monkey, whose high chirping notes can easily be confused with those of a flock of birds. It’s also a good spot to see the beautiful morpho butterfly that flaps lazily along open corridors through forest or along river edges of lowland forest on sunny days. Different species of hawks will also be found and, if we, are lucky we’ll see the noisy ‘laughing falcon’ named after its loud falsetto call as it sits solitary in secondary forest and plantations. Overnight. DAY 03 PACAYA RIVER – ATUN POZA LAGOON (B,L,D) This morning we will start very early and breakfast on board the skiffs, in order to see as much wildlife as possible in one of the earth’s greatest wilderness - the very heart of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Pacaya is Peru’s largest protected area and by far the largest protected wetland reserve in the world. An early rise is very rewarding: you’ll see a variety of macaws and monkeys. Breakfast will be served as we float amidst a favored dolphin feeding spot. You can jump in the water for a very refreshing morning swim, a once in a lifetime experience in the beautiful setting of dark, clean and warm water, deep blue skies, and a light breeze. While returning to Nauta, lunch will be served aboard the Delfin. In the afternoon you will be brought with the skiffs to Lake Atun Poza. Here you’ll see kingfishers, black collared hawks, southern swallows, white winged swallows, and manikins. Aside from the large variety of birds you will observe some scarce species of butterflies, dragonflies and spiders. Overnight. DAY 04 YARAPA RIVER – PUERTO MIGUEL VILLAGE – NAUTA - IQUITOS – LIMA (B,L) After breakfast on board our skiffs we will stop at the village of Puerto Miguel to meet local villagers. You will have the chance to learn about their culture, traditions and folklore. You may also visit one of the villager’s homes, to see how they live, the simplicity of their lifestyle and purchase some of the handcrafts they make. After visiting the village, we will explore the Yarapa River, where there’s a good chance that you’ll see squirrel and capuchin monkeys, herons, egrets and green iguanas. We will reach a beautiful lagoon called Uvos, named after a fruit that grows wild along it shores. Pink river dolphins ply its waters in search of fish. The forest also boasts abundant flora including a variety of bromeliads and orchids. Monkeys love these surroundings. Farewell lunch. Today the chef will treat you to a real feast of flavors and colors, having designed a sophisticated menu featuring the best of Amazonian haute cuisine. Afterwards a comfortable air conditioned bus will be waiting here to bring you straight to Iquitos airport to board your flight back to Lima.


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AQUA RIVER CRUISE – AMAZON RIVER Apo24-ASPA-2-11 (04 days / 03 nights, Departure: SAT)

DAY 01 LIMA - IQUITOS - AMAZON RIVER (D) As you arrive at Iquitos International Airport your guides await you and bring you to the M/V Aqua. As you settle into your over-sized suite, your vessel will start on its journey toward the Yanayacu River, deep in the heart of Amazonia.

Before dinner we will perform a routine safety drill. Following, your Cruise Director and Guides will give a brief orientation talk about life on board, where you will go and what you will see on your Amazon journey. Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world’s best. Here it is presented with a touch of European flair, and a vegetarian dish is always available. Raise a glass of fine South American wine to toast the beginning of a beautiful journey, then look out the window and watch the river go by as you experience your first wonderful meal aboard the M/V Aqua.


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Perhaps enjoy a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring. Overnight. DAY 02 AMAZON - TAHUAYO RIVERS - CHARO LAKE (B,L,D) After catching your first glimpse of the majestic Amazon River the sumptuous daily breakfast buffet awaits you and features a wide choice of traditional breakfast plus Peruvian specialties and fresh-squeezed fruit juices. This morning you will board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure, traveling from the Amazon through the Huaysi short-cut canal to explore the Tahuayo black water river. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold potable water will always be available for you on board the skiffs. As we float down the Tahuayo, occasional fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes will give us a cheerful greeting. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth share this wonderful environment with us. Upon arrival at Charo Lake, you can bait your hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia’s fearsome piranhas (and other fish as well). Icy cold towels await you, as you transfer from your skiffs into the M/V Aqua. As the vessel continues up the Amazon River, you have some time to relax, or perhaps even take a nap, before lunch. You will enjoy lunch in our air-conditioned dining room.


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Subsequently you visit the Yacapana Islands which are called by the locals the “Iguana Islands,” because of the huge population of these reptiles—like tiny dinosaurs—crawling over the ground and resting in the tree tops. We will pass by in the skiff, giving you a chance to snap good photos. As the sun sets, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and photograph both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. We will return to the M/V Aqua vessel and continue our journey upstream, toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali, Marañon, and the Amazon Rivers merge.

Perhaps sip a pre-dinner Pisco-/Camu-Camu sour on the Upper Deck, while you watch the sun set.

Overnight. DAY 03 MARAÑON RIVER - PACAYA-SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE (YANAYACU-PUCATE) / (NAUTA CAÑO – YANAYACU/YARINA – PUCATE) (B,L,D) This morning your Naturalist Guide will tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of these projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. Your Guide may also show you the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle eggs. Then we will take you deep into the jungle, where you will encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the important medical value of jungle plants. And we will show you famous Kapok Trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin.


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In this late afternoon skiff excursion, you are likely to see howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, and a vast variety of birds. You are also apt to see the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins—including the unusual pink ones— found in the Amazon. As the sun sets and our searchlight comes on, keep your eyes out for caimans, tree boas, tarantulas, and frogs. After this night adventure, the M/V Aqua will start sailing downstream on the Marañon River, back toward the headwaters of the Amazon.


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Overnight. DAY 04 IQUITOS – LIMA BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMAZON - YUCURUCHE LAKE/VILLAGE VISIT - Nauta – IQUITOS – LIMA (B, L) This morning, the M/V Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Rise early and be on your skiffs at 8:00 a.m. to view one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the Amazon River. Your dawn excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in small boats past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds.

We will then travel by skiff to a native village, where you will meet and interact with the hospitable native Indians. They will share their culture, traditions, and folklore with you, and you will have the opportunity to purchase some of their handicrafts and delightful folk art. Back on the vessel you can share a last lunch with your fellow passengers and talk about the experiences you have made during this picturesque journey. Finally, as our last excursion, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have seized from local people and fishermen. You will also see how the manatees are cared for and are prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat. To facilitate the whole process at the Airport, your guides will help you with check-in, and will stay with you until you have boarded your flight back to Lima.

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