Well, this time next week Ben and I will safely on the ground near Iquitos, Peru! It has a been a whirlwind of trip planning, shots, meds, etc., over the past few weeks but I am definitely ready to get this Tropical Forest Amazon trip on the road (or boat and plane, as the case may be)!
Here is our rough itinerary from Amazonia Expeditions:
Fly from Pittsburgh to Lima, overnight in Lima
Fly to Iquitos.
After clearing baggage security in Iquitos Airport, Speedboat transfer (note--is 4 hours) up the Amazon, then theTahuayo tributary to our lodge.
Guided excursions in and around the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve. Activities inlcude: Canoeing, hiking, wildlife viewing and photography, visit native villages, canopy exploration on ziplines, swimming with pink dolphins, special studies in native culture with Dolores Beaver, special studies with research director and primatologist Michael Pereira, camping or jungle survival training, orchid and epiphyte investigations
Transfer to Iquitos, Fly to Lima, Fly to Cusco
Afternoon guided excursion to Sacsahuaman and some other sites
Sacred Valley excursion, Ollantaytambo, Pisaq ruins and Pisaq market
Transfer to train station; Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Guided interpretation of the ruins. Buffet lunch in El Sanctuario. Afternoon optional climb up Wayna Picchu or hike to the gate of the sun (Inti Puncu).
Afternoon Vistadome train departs late afternoon arrives Cusco in evening. Supper usually served on train
free day in Cusco- Maybe Lake Tititcaca on the border of Bolivia!
Transfer out, fly to Lima
Fly Home to Pittsburgh!