$3350.00

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UPCOMING: Aug. 5, 2017

The Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

A Gay Cultural Adventure Tour of Peru

DESCRIPTION

From the depths of the Amazon, to the heights of the Andes, this eye-opening escape will immerse you in the diversity of land and life that define Peru. Get a taste of the big city in Lima, with a chance to explore their cuisine and nightlife. Discover ancient cultures as we journey through the homeland of the Incas on our way to the monumental Machu Picchu. And, to keep you smiling, you’ll even encounter friendly locals at every turn, with it all adding up to an unforgettable trip at an easygoing pace.

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
Starts In: Lima
Ends In: Cusco
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750 USD
Accommodation: 3-Star + Hotels (6 nts), Jungle Lodge (2 nts)
Physical Rating: 2/5
Prices: Based on double occupancy

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

Aug. 5, 2017 to Aug. 13, 2017 - 3350.00 USD
Oct. 7, 2017 to Oct. 15, 2017 - 3350.00 USD
April 21, 2018 to April 29, 2018 - 3350.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Explore Lima's historic centre and world-famous cuisine
• Dance the night away in one of Lima’s gay bars
• Learn the secrets of the Amazon Jungle from a local guide
• Awake to the sounds of an Amazonian animal orchestra
• Wander the atmospheric streets of Cuzco
• Admire the might of the Inca empire in the Sacred Valley
• Stroll geometrically perfect streets in Ollantaytambo
• Meander among the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
• Become versed in the fusion of Incan and Spanish colonial architecture
• See how locals live in the countryside

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ITINERARY:

Hola! Welcome to Peru. We have no activities planned today until our important Group Meeting at 2PM. Here you’ll meet your Group Leader, and your fellow OUT Adventures travellers, to discuss our upcoming adventure. We’ll then head to Lima’s historic centre for a walking tour that celebrates the city’s Spanish colonial architecture. Tonight’s Welcome Dinner is included, and will be held at a local gay-welcoming restaurant, followed by kick-off cocktails (if you’re not too jet lagged, that is).

Today begins with an early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado. We’ll leave most of our luggage behind, aside from a day-pack for two nights, then take a motorized canoe up-river to our jungle lodge. This afternoon we’ll get our first taste of the jungle, when our local guides introduce us to some sensational fauna and flora in their natural habitat. From macaws to monkeys, with thousands of butterflies thrown in, this is biodiversity at its finest.

Here’s your chance to explore the Amazon in-depth with our guide. There will be plenty of activities and opportunities to seek out the local wildlife.

Today we return to Puerto Maldonado by canoe, then board a flight to Cusco (also spelled Cuzco), South America’s oldest continually-inhabited city. In order to adjust to the altitude (3,400m/11,200m), we’ll take it easy this afternoon, with a short orientation walk that includes a visit to the local San Pedro market. This evening you’re free to explore, or you may join the group for an optional dinner.

This morning we’ll head to the Sacred Valley, on the outskirts of town, via private transport. We’ll visit a farming community en route, before we arrive in the town of Ollantaytambo. Take some time to explore, and be sure not to miss the fortress above town, as the entrance fee is included.

Today we’ll ride the rails on the nostalgic Vistadome train, aboard which glass panels in the ceiling ensure you soak in as much of the view as possible. Venturing through the Urubamba Valley, we’ll eventually arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes, which is the closest civilization to Machu Picchu. You could take this afternoon to rest up, as tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu will be a long day, or you could treat yourself to a sneak peak of the ancient citadel before our guided tour tomorrow.

This morning we’ll depart by bus around 5:30AM in order to make our way along the notoriously windy road to Machu Picchu. A private local guide will take us through this ancient site, and you'll also have time to explore on your own, before an optional lunch. Then, we’ll take the Vistadome train back to the Sacred Valley, where we’ll connect with our private transport to Cusco, before we take the rest of the night to relax.

This morning you’ll have the option to visit the archaeological sites of Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo & Tambomachay via private transport (price will depend on number of participants). While these sites may not be as mesmerizing as Machu Picchu, they remain historically significant, and are still worth a visit. This evening we’ll gather one last time, at a gay-welcoming restaurant, to share some fond memories over our Farewell Dinner.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure.

• Arrival transfer to accommodation booked through OUT Adventures 
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour 
• 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
• Lima orientation walking tour 
• Flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, and on to Cuzco 
• Cuzco orientation walk

• Visit to a community in the Sacred Valley
• Guided Amazon Jungle walks
• Private, guided tour of Machu Picchu
• Train trip between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo on the Vistadome train
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss.

• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary

• Gratuities for Group Leader ($45-$90 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)

RATING:

Don R

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

This was my third trip with Out Adventures, and I am still not sure how they do it, but they always have the best guides, activities and itineraries. Peru was amazing, and this tour gives you a great overview of this beautiful and friendly country. This will certainly not be my last Out Adventures tour - highly recommend the tour company and this trip!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Ted R

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

Awesome trip, we had fun, very concise, all the important places to see in Peru were included in this tour. Our tour leader, Ale made it easy for everyone in our group, Pedro the Amazon guide and Carolina, the Machu Picchu guide were very knowledgeable in their respective areas. Now I'm looking at other destinations with Out Adventures, a trustworthy company to book your tours with!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Barry G

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

This tour was an incredible experience. I would definitely do the entire itinerary again, and be excited about it.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Evan F & Lonnie M

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

The trip was great. We planned the trip because we wanted to go to Machu Picchu. But the itinerary planned for us included so much more of Peru, including the Amazon and Cusco, and it was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this trip to others.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Mike G

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

This trip should be on everyone's bucket list! A fantastic combination of stunning scenery, welcoming cultures, and significant history. Don't overpack, as you will be on planes, trains, and buses. Don't under pack, as you will need rain gear, hiking shoes, shorts for the jungle and warm clothes for the Andes. Our guide, Maritza, was incredible. The accommodations were great and the food delicious! Highly recommended!!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Tom A.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

Amazing destination and amazing guide.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Marc Z.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

Amazing attention to detail at every (literally) every step we took

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Wayne S.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

This is much more than a vacation, it is an adventure. From sea level to 11K feet. Planes, long narrow river boats, private tour busses sized just for the small group, trains, all of which are arranged for you along with Sebastian who grew up around Cusco and giving you an intimate insight to the history, culture, and current times. The itinerary ranges from sophisticated cities with immaculate streets and beautiful plazas, fine food, four start hotels, and a deep dive into a central market that will shock and enlighten you; to an environmentally sensitive jungle lodge and the re-establishment of tribal benefits and preservation filled with howling monkeys and squawking macaws. Absolutely the most varied tour of a country I've taken to date and all of it managed for you by people that love Peru, have been there, and had selected the itinerary personally. Kudos Out Adventures, the very best.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Wayne C.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

Just do it! The adventure of a lifetime

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Ken E.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

One of the top trips I've ever taken (and I've traveled a lot.) Ale made the trip . . . having a tour guide throughout was essential. Machu picchu was FANTASTIC.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 4/5

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John R.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

Overall the trip exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed every adventure.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Ian M.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

It exceeded my expectations. Not only was it a fun vacation but it was also an ecologically- and culturally-responsible vacation.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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John C.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

Great advice during the planning phases resulted in an EXTREMELY well planned itinerary. And I can't say enough good things about Ali Jei!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Bryan F.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

Adventurous, organized, refreshing, challenging, well-planned, educational, fun!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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LeeMichael M.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu

I would never have visited the rain forest lodge if not for Robert's suggestion and it ended up being a significant highlight of the trip! It was truly special and I really appreciated having help in planning the trip for this and so many other reasons. OUT made it easy and their suggestions were excellent.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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