• Eksotiese Natuurtoer: Peru & Pantanal

Peru, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca, Cusco, Puerto Maldonado, Brasilië & Die Pantanal

10 – 26 September 2020

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Seagull nooi u saam met ons om Pantanal – die grootste vleiland in die wêreld te besoek – sien die Jaguars.

Paracas –‘n eiland soos die Galapagos eilande, amper klein Galapagos, die Condors in Colca en nog vele meer.

Wees een van die 10 vriende en kom toer saam!

Reisprogram

Day 1: 10 September 2020

Johannesburg – Sao Paulo

Meet your tour leader, at O R Tambo International Airport for your flight to Sao Paulo.

Overnight Aircraft

Day 2: 11 September 2020

Sao Paulo – Lima

The City of the Kings welcomes you! At our arrival, our guide will meet us at the airport and escort us to the hotel.

In the afternoon, we visit the Colonial part in the historical Centre. The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas (Main Square) of Lima, is the birthplace of the city of Lima, as well as the core of the city. Located in the Historic Centre of Lima, it is surrounded by the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Cathedral of Lima, Archbishop’s Palace of Lima, and the Municipal Palace (City Hall) as a symbol of Colonial times on 16th Century.

We then continue with the Santo Domingo Monastery and its famous paintings and antiques books from the colonial Times. We continue to the neighbours of San Isidro (The Financial Center), San Isidro Golf Course and the Olive Grove Park, to end in Miraflores

We travel to Barranco to enjoy this magic and bohemian district. We walk through parks and old streets where we will find a coffee shop, where we will taste one of best coffees in the world.

After pleasant walking to the main square we pass by the “Peruvian Gellateria” where we will choose our favorite Peruvian flavor, and what a difficult choice it will be!
Transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Casa Andina Premium Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: 12 September 2020

Lima – Paracas

Today, after breakfast we depart to Paracas. Upon arrival we are assisted during check in procedures for our lodging.

The rest of the morning will be at leisure. Here we have the opportunity to explore the hotel facilities, enjoy lunch or an optional flight over the Nazca Lines (weather permitting).

The Nazca lines are geoglyphs located in an arid coastal area of Peru that cover around 170 square miles. The lines are etched into the ground and there are literally thousands of different designs depicting creatures from both the natural world and the imagination. These designs feature animals such as the spider, hummingbird, monkey, lizard, pelican and a whale. There are plants such as trees, flowers and geometric shapes such as wavy lines, triangles, spirals and rectangles. The lines are geoglyphs or drawings on the ground made by removing rocks and earth to create an image. The desert floor has weathered over thousands of years so when the upper rocks were removed, they reveal a light sand-coloured rock. This light-coloured rock is how we see the lines. Because of the dry climate, the lines have been preserved for more than 500 to 2000 years. Scientists believe the lines were made by the Nazca people, around AD 10 to 700.

Tonight we have dinner on our own.

Overnight Hacienda Bahia Paracas Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4: 13 September 2020

Paracas – Nazca

Our day starts with enjoying the sunrise at one of the most scenic bays in Peru. We then take part in a fantastic voyage to the Islas Ballestas (Crossbow Islands). This is a nature reserve and excellent place to observe the largest concentration of guano-producing birds and sea lions on the Peruvian coast, up-close! Along the way, we will be able to see the mysterious Candelabro (a candlestick-shaped figure etched on a sandy hillside, associated with the Nasca Lines).

As we approach the islands, we are welcomed with thousands of birds. Among them are the Peruvian Boobies and Guanay Cormorants, which will drown out all other sounds with their peculiar honks and quacks. Sea lions will take a short break from bumping around on the protruding rocks, or fighting over territory, and will slip beneath the waves to approach your ship in a friendly manner.

Later we are transferred from Paracas to Nazca. If time permits it, we will stop at Huacachina Lagoon in Ica and enjoy the contrast of this green lagoon in the middle of the dessert.

We continue to Nazca and arrive in the city where we will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight Hotel Majoro Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: 14 September 2020

Nasca – Arequipa

We make our way to Arequipa with stops on the way to see different landscapes. It is a long drive all along the Pacific Ocean on the left with the desert view on the right. On arrival we will check in and have dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight Hotel Casa Andina Premium Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: 15 September 2020

Arequipa – Colca

In the morning we will be briefed about the highlights of the well-known “White City”. It is called the ”White City” due to the historic centre and most of the old colonial houses that were built with “sillar” white volcanic stone.

The first stop is Santa Catalina Convent, founded in 1579. Walking into the adobe building is like going back 400 years in time, walking down narrow streets, courtyards, chapels, small squares, as well as utilitarian areas. Our next stop is the Colca Canyon. At first we will be in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, whose rugged plains are home to vast herds of Guanaco, Alpaca, and Vicuña. We will continue the journey as we ride along the edge of the crater of the Chucura Volcano, until we reach the Mirador de los Andes (Lookout Point of the Andes) in Patapampa.

This lookout point, at 16,100 ft (4,900 m) above sea level, will offer spectacular views of the snow- capped peaks of the various volcanoes surrounding Arequipa, including the Hualca Calca, the Sabancaya, and the Ampato. Next, we head to the town of Chivay (close to where the Colca Valley begins) to catch a glimpse of the platforms and terraces built by the ancient Collagua and Cabana inhabitants. After lunch, we will make our way to the hotel.

We have the rest of the day at leisure to take advantage of the hotel’s facilities.

Overnight Aranwa Colca Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7: 16 September 2020

Colca – Arequipa

Early in the morning, we travel to the Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor (Condor Cross Lookout).

It is considered the best spot in the world to see the majestic Andean Condor in flight.
With a little luck, we will enjoy a truly awe-inspiring experience as we watch this awesome bird soar, ever higher into the infinite blue sky.
Here, we will appreciate the world’s deepest canyons (13,650 feet [4,160 m] deep at the northern end and 11,800 feet [3,600 m] deep on its southern end). Immediately after, we are transferred to Arequipa’s airport for boarding the flight to Lima.

We arrive in Lima and are transferred to our hotel.

Overnight Hotel Casa Andina Premium Breakfast

Day 8: 17 September 2020

Arequipa – Cusco – Puerto Maldonado

After breakfast we are transferred to the airport to board our flight to Puerto Maldonado. We arrive in Puerto Maldonado and transfer to our hotel.

Our journey to Puerto Maldonado begins, where the staff will welcome us and provide us with all the necessary information for our stay. We then navigate our way by outboard motorized canoe, along the Madre de Dios River to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción for approximately 25 minutes.

Lunch with organic ingredients and native flavours is on the menu today! After lunch, we take a walk through CONCEPCION TRAILS (inside the property of the nature trails), where we discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world. At dusk we navigate our way on an outboard motorized canoe, on the TWILIGHT RIVER excursion. By sailing on the Madre de Dios River, we will learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behaviour, and the southern constellations. In the evening we enjoy a nice dinner in the Casa Grande ́s dining room.

Overnight Hacienda Inkaterra Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: 18 September 2020

Puerto Maldonado

New experiences are ahead and after taking a nutritious buffet breakfast, we get ready for a long trek through terra firma into the Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Here we learn about why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of Peru, while learning about the Reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. We then navigate our way on a dugout canoe across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche (Arapaima gigas). We break for lunch at the lodge, and later on, we have the INKATERRA CANOPY WALKWAY & ANACONDA WALK that awaits us!

We will take a 20-minute ride by an outboard motorized canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center. Here we learn about its construction and the conservation projects of ITA- Inkaterra Asociación (NGO). We ascend in one of the two 98-foot towers (30 m.) and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 91 ft. high (28 m). Breathtaking vistas and the chance to watch white-throated toucans (Ramphastos tucanus), woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) and the three-toed sloth (Choleopus hoffmani) are enjoyed from this vantage point. After descending we experience the feeling of the incredible primary rainforest’s energy, going along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the swamps (aguajales). We will also learn about the fauna and flora of this flooded ecosystem. At night we get ready for an adventure during the RAINFOREST BY NIGHT excursion, where we will explore the Amazon rainforest that gives way to nocturnal animals that display intriguing behavior patterns, and enhanced senses as adaptation mechanisms. We listen to nocturnal living nature sounds, and penetrate this hidden world.

We conclude our day with a lovely dinner.

Overnight Hacienda Inkaterra Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 10: 19 September 2020

Puerto Maldonado – Lima

We have an early rise for bird watching on the clay wall, where birds come to feed for the necessary minerals at sunrise. The brightly coloured macaws of the Amazon basin in Peru display an unusual behaviour where they gather in the hundreds on steep walls of red clay for a salty snack. It’s one of the most dazzling sights, especially for bird lovers.

We have time to freshen up before we depart to Puerto Maldonado. Here we will visit THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE and learn about the fascinating transformation of these colourful insects.

We are then transferred to the airport to board our flight to Lima. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel.

Overnight Hotel Casa Andina Premium Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11: 20 September 2020

Lima – Sao Paulo

We enjoy breakfast and are transferred to the airport for boarding the flight to Sao Paulo.
Upon arrival we are transferred to the Mercure Guarulhos hotel. Have your purses handy! Lima’s International Airport offers the best shopping in Peru, items such as coffee, chocolates, silver and Al Paca products can be purchased.
We arrive in Sao Paulo where we are met and transferred to our hotel for a well-deserved rest before our next adventure starts.

Overnight Mercure Guarulhos Hotel Breakfast

Day 12: 21 September 2020

Sao Paulo – Cuiaba – Araras Lodge

We enjoy breakfast before our transfer to the airport to take our flight to Cuiaba Marechal Rondon Airport (CGB) in North Mato Grosso.

Arrive CGB airport in Pantanal and check in at Araras Lodge
Day 1 – Araras Lodge: Photo-safari through Transpantaneira Park road and an introduction walk.

We meet at Cuiaba airport. After a briefing on our trip, we will depart at 13h20 or 17h00, depending on our flight schedule. This transfer is divided into two different stages. The first is a journey on a paved road along farms and cattle ranches. After reaching Poconé – we take the Transpantaneira Park Road at km “0” (108 km / 67.1 mi. from Cuiaba). This is a park road at its best, allowing us to drive above the water level, watching the flora and fauna of the Pantanal ecosystem – we enjoy a photo safari along the 146 km dirt road with several stops along the way for photos and information. We have a welcome drink on arrival at the lodge. Later, the guide will lead us into an introductory walk through the surroundings of the lodge, explaining their concepts and many conservation projects. We continue to the Great Egret Lookout, which is a 12 m / 39 ft. high observation tower.

After dinner, we enjoy a night walk under the Southern Hemisphere sky.

Overnight Araras Lodge Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13: 22 September 2020

Araras Lodge (Pantanal)

Day 2 – Pantanal: Canoeing and trekking

After breakfast, we take a photo safari through the private dirt roads towards the Clarinho River.

Reaching its banks, we board a canoe and paddle down the river, exploring the forest that grows by the riverbanks and mangroves. Here lives a colony of “ariranhas” – giant river otters. With some luck, we may spot a family playing with their babies and teaching them how to swim and fish. The chances of fishing the elusive piranha, is not an easy task, but a lot of fun.

We enjoy a barbecue lunch under the shadow of the trees (*). Hammocks are available to enjoy a “siesta”.

We return to the Lodge in time for the afternoon tea. Later on, we trek the Howler Monkey trail to the Howler Monkey Tower, our highest observation point – 25 m high -, for a magnificent view of the sunset.

After dinner, we join a night drive in search of nocturnal animals. If the Sentinela Camp is not accessible (depending on the weather and terrain conditions), this canoeing tour will take place on the Corixo River. In that case, we will return to the lodge for lunch.

Overnight Araras Lodge Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14: 23 September 2020

Araras Lodge (Pantanal)

Day 3: Araras Eco Lodge – horseback riding and trekking

After breakfast, we enjoy a horseback ride, which will allow us to explore the diversity of the Pantanal landscape including some flooded areas of the Pantanal plain. The Pantaneiro horses are docile and has adapted, through the centuries, to eat with its nose underwater. In this region, the horse is the Pantaneiros’ best friend, a daily companion during work and leisure. We return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we trek to the Rondon Trail towards the 13m high Jabiru Stork Tower, where we can watch a Jabiru Stork nest.

We return to Araras Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight Araras Lodge Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: 24 September 2020

Araras Lodge (Pantanal)

Day 4: Pantanal – Jaguar express

After breakfast, we depart for Cuiabá River at the end of Transpantaneira, It is 115km that will take approximately 2h30.

We join one of our boats for a 6 hour safari looking for the elusive and admired Jaguar. We will be exploring Cuiabá river, Piquiri, Three brothers riverbanks, bays and channels. The jaguar is the 3rd biggest feline in the world, and is unique in the way that it bites their prey in the skull, to paralyze it instantly.

Our lunch will be a lunchbox with fruits and sandwiches prepared by the Lodge, in order not to miss a unique chance of meeting this magnificent predator.

We will return to Jofre region around 17h00.

Thereafter we will board our safari vehicle back to the lodge, and meet for dinner.

Overnight Araras Lodge Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: 25 September 2020

Araras Lodge (Pantanal) – Sao Paulo

Day 5: Departure from Araras to Cuiabá

An early rise for us to witness the spectacular awakening of the Pantanal at dawn.
Breakfast and departure will be at 7h30 or 12h30 to Cuiaba, with stops along the Transpantaneira Park Road for photos and a last glimpse of this unique ecosystem.

Note: The order of the activities may be modified according to the program at the lodge and weather or terrain conditions. The Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge team are committed to providing us with the full enjoyment and experience of the Pantanal Flood Plains, making it an unforgettable stay.

We transfer to Sao Paulo airport for boarding the international flight to Johannesburg

Overnight Araras Lodge Breakfast & meals on-board aircraft

Day 18: 26 September 2020

Johannesburg

We arrive back home at OR Tambo International Airport after a memorable holiday!

BON VOYAGE!

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