The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Wonders of Peru

Sept. 12 – Sept. 23, 2019

Details

From Machu Picchu in the cloud forest to a cruise in the Amazonian rain forest, join us as we discover the best of Peru! No single supplement!

Tap into your sense of adventure and take the journey of a lifetime to Peru and the Amazon rain forest. From the modern capital of Lima to the ancient capital of Cusco and Machu Picchu to the Amazon basin, experience the richness of Peruvian culture. See Lima’s colonial architecture, and savor a home-cooked Peruvian dinner at a landmark home. Explore Incan history at Cusco, Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley. Take a train ride into a cloud forest to the breathtaking sight of Machu Picchu, and cruise into the rain forest aboard the exclusively chartered Delphin iii. Glide in skiffs on wildlife-watching excursions and hike in the jungle. Visit a manatee rescue center. This 10-night journey includes all internal flights and train ride; a three-night deluxe cruise; specially selected accommodations in Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. No single supplement!

Tour highlights and included features

  • Two nights in Lima, Peru, at the Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe
  • Three nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe Delfin III
  • Two nights in Sacred Valley at Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado
  • One night in Machu Picchu at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Two nights in Cusco at Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
  • All transfers in the Land/Cruise Program: flights, train and deluxe motor coaches, including baggage handling
  • Extensive meal program including ten breakfasts,nine lunches and six dinners, including Welcome and Farewell Dinners; wine with dinner
  • Discovery excursions highlight the local culture, heritage and history
  • Expert-led Enrichment programs enhance your insight into the region
  • Free time to pursue your own interests
  • Clearly hear your English-speaking guide with your own VOX headset
  • Tipping of guides and drivers

Dates Sept. 12 – Sept. 23, 2019

Cost $5,995* (From Price. Airfare from select gateway cities is included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land and Cruise

Region South America

Activity level

Host

Operator

Contact Laura DeRose
derose.25@osu.edu
614-292-2372 or
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2

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Experiences

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Itinerary

AHI’s air passengers depart for Lima, Peru. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city.

Arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI’s air passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land/Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.

Transfer to the Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe and check in. Please note if you arrive at the hotel before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Accommodation - Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe
Meals - Appropriate in-flight meal service

Each morning during your journey, start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast.

Discovery: Highlights of Lima. Visit the Larco Museum, housed in an 18th-century viceroy mansion and enclosed by beautiful gardens. It offers a fascinating account of more than 5,000 years of pre-Columbian Peruvian history. The museum’s pottery storeroom is one of a select few in the world that is open to the public, where you can view over 35,000 exquisite pottery artifacts.

Continue to the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the City of Kings, Lima was the heart of Spain’s South American empire for 300 years, and its historic area reflects this legacy of elegance and culture. Visit Plaza Mayor, which was the stage for Peru’s 1821 declaration of independence.

Enjoy lunch at leisure.

Surrounding the Plaza are the President’s Palace, City Hall and the Cathedral of Lima. Visit the Cathedral to see its stunning interior. Then step inside the lemon-colored 17th-century Monastery of San Francisco, a fascinating complex that contains a church decorated with Spanish and Moorish influences, a library housing an impressive collection of 25,000 antique volumes and bone-filled catacombs beneath the chapels.

Enrichment: Meet the People. This evening, gather for a private Welcome Reception and Dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado. This elegant residence was declared a National Historical Building in January 2005. After enjoying pisco sours and hors d’oeuvres served in the drawing room, take a tour of the historic house. Then enjoy a typical Peruvian home-cooked meal, all in the company of one of the present owners of the home.

Accommodation - Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe
Meals - Breakfast and dinner

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Transfer to the Lima airport for your flight to Iquitos, the gateway to the Amazon and accessible only by plane or boat.

Discovery: Iquitos. Journey through streets of Iquitos on a panoramic tour where much of the city’s historical flavor can be seen in rickshaws, colorful tuk-tuks and 19th-century mansions financed by the rubber boom. Originally inhabited by Amerindian hunter-gatherers, Iquitos was established as a port city during the Spanish Colonial era. In the late 19th century, an increase in demand for rubber drew large numbers of European immigrants to the area. While this “rubber boom” brought great wealth and commercial development, it also had a devastating effect on the native populations.

After the tour, travel to Nauta, a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River. Along the way, see the vibrant “terra firma” (non-flooded forest) and various aspects of daily jungle life. Upon arrival in Nauta, embark the Delphin III at a private port along the shores of the Marañon River.

Discovery: Marayali. Your first excursion by skiff boats takes you to a special location favored by iguanas and sloths and now also popular with anteaters. Bird lovers will likely spot yellow-rumped caciques and elegant egrets.

Later, while the Delphin III begins its initial navigation, savor the fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation area on the third deck, and enjoy an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. Then listen as your naturalist guide provides an overview of your journey’s schedule and activities, the wildlife and vegetation that you are likely to see, geographical and historical information and other useful details. Delight in your first lovely sunset in the Amazon rain forest as you sail by the confluence of three rivers, known as “Union de los Rios.”

Accommodation - Delfin III
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Discovery: Amazonas Jungle Walk. After breakfast, head out on a thrilling walk through the jungle. Stop at a small village along the way, then sit around a crackling campfire and listen to Amazonian legends shared by your guides.

Discovery: Yanayacu. This afternoon, skim through the Yanayacu River in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Here, you’ll see brilliant parrots, hummingbirds, hawks and “laughing” falcons. Spot pink and grey dolphins swimming below and red howler monkeys in the canopy above. Zoom in on exotic spiders, dragonflies, butterflies and tarantulas. You may perhaps even catch glimpses of the endangered charapa turtle, spider monkey, giant river otter or red macaw. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins!

Enrichment: Contemporary Peru. Learn how modern Peru has been shaped by the events of its past.

Accommodation - Delfin III
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Discovery: Samiria River. After breakfast, journey aboard skiffs on the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rain forest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, river otters, capybaras and more.

Discovery: Fundo Casual. Hike into one of the most biologically diverse rain forests on earth, where canopy trees, such as the Kapok (ceiba pentandra) reach up to 55 meters (180 feet) in height. During the walk, an expert guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises!

Accommodation - Delfin III
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast, say goodbye to the Amazon as you disembark the Delfin III in Nauta. Transfer via coach to the Iquitos airport.

Discovery: Manatee Rescue Center. En route to the Iquitos airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, the site of a conservation program to protect this endangered species, involving the Association for the Conservation of Amazonian Biodiversity-Dallas World Aquarium Zoo (ACOBIA-DWAzoo). Meet these gentle creatures up close, learn about the rescue efforts and even feed them with a bottle of milk.

Board your flight for Cusco via Lima. Upon arrival in Cusco, enjoy lunch and then take a panoramic drive to Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Check in to the Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado. Savor Andean specialties at dinner in the hotel tonight.

Accommodation - Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Discovery: Sacred Valley. Begin your explorations of the Sacred Valley of the Incas at Ollantaytambo, a massive fortress which successfully withstood Spanish attack in the 16th century. Built on top of an Incan settlement, the current town of Ollantaytambo is the sole surviving example of Inca town planning.

Conclude with a visit to a remote village seemingly frozen in time. Learn about the ancient agricultural methods they have used for centuries to support themselves in this challenging Andean mountain environment. While in town, visit with local citizens to learn about their cuisine and daily life in this remote area. Later, visit a ranch for lunch and equestrian demonstration.

Accommodation - Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado
Meals - Breakfast and lunch

Take a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes and the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. The town and the hotel sit at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Discovery: Machu Picchu. Nestled in a cloud forest, the Lost City of the Inca arguably is the most important archaeological site in the Americas. Surrounded by steep agricultural terraces, this masterfully planned site once was a center of worship, astronomical observatory and private retreat of the Inca ruler Pachacútec. Wander through stone temples, grassy plazas, palaces and workshops with an expert guide. Explore the Temple of the Three Windows, the Sacristy, the Hitching Post of the Sun and the Temple of the Sun (7,972 feet).

Free Time: The afternoon is at leisure to pursue your own interests or relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel.

Accommodation - Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Free Time: The morning is at leisure. You may wish to walk through Machu Picchu, hike part of the Inca Trail or explore the hotel’s organic tea plantation and the orchid garden with more than 300 native species.

This afternoon, travel to Cusco and check in to the Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco.

Accommodation - Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
Meals - Breakfast

Discovery: Cusco, the Ancient Incan Capital. This sacred city is perched 11,152 feet above sea level. Cusco’s name, the Inca word for navel, indicates its position at the center of the Incan Empire. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, noted for its colonial art; and the Santo Domingo Temple (or Koricancha), a Dominican Church and convent built on the foundations of the Koricancha or ‘place of gold,' the Incas’ principal religious building, dedicated to the worship of the sun.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Discovery: Sacsayhuaman. Just outside of Cusco, visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, constructed with massive stones (one weighs 125 tons!) and a testament to Incan architectural skills. You are challenged to try to slip a piece of paper between the cracks of these blocks, cut and fitted together with incredible precision without any mortar to hold them in place. The site of a fierce battle between the Spanish and Incas in 1536, this ancient fortress overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and the spectacular lush countryside.

Accommodation - Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
Meals - Breakfast and lunch

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After breakfast, depart for Cusco’s airport and fly to Lima.

In Lima, conclude your Peruvian adventures with a Farewell Reception at the Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe. Transfer to the Lima airport for your international flight home.

Meals - Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

Arrive home in your gateway city.

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Laura DeRose at Ohio State Alumni Tours:
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2
Email: derose.25@osu.edu

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