Incredible Machu Picchu & Amazon River Tour

Code: with Jack Welch
Sep 25, 2020 - Oct 08, 2020
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Come on an adventure with us! Cruise Lady and Book of Mormon Central are excited to offer an exciting journey to Machu Picchu and an Amazon River tour. Jack and Jeanne Welch are looking forward to sharing this incredible destination with you. Our group will also be accompanied by Steve Densley, one of the Cruise Lady owners. Enjoy many extras such as—a fun buffet dinner and show in Cusco as well as several other meals, the opportunity to attend Sacrament Meeting (also on the Amazon River tour), a stay overnight in Aguas Calientes the night before the Machu Picchu tour (avoids a 4am bus ride from Cusco to reach Machu Picchu), and other enhancements to make this the trip of a lifetime! Space is limited. Book today!  

ITINERARY (Click on each day for details)
5-night AMAZON RIVER TOUR add-on

Friday / September 25

Fly to Lima, Peru. We will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Relax and prepare for the journey. 

Saturday / September 26

After breakfast at the hotel, we will board a morning flight to Iquitos. We will be met at the airport and taken to our hotel in Iquitos. In the afternoon, we will have lunch as a group at the hotel and then enjoy a 4-hour city tour. This is the largest city in the world that does not have any roads leading to or from the city. It can only be accessed by air or boat. We are on our own for dinner, but our guides will advise us on the best choices. (B, L 

Sunday / September 27

Our morning begins with a buffet breakfast followed by a short walk to the local ward to attend Sacrament Meeting. We then transfer to the docks to board our boat for our 25-mile journey down the Amazon River. Our destination is Ceiba Tops, an all-inclusive resort and our home for the next 3 nights. From here we will explore this fascinating area of the world. After lunch, we take an afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rain forest reserve surrounding the lodge which includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes (harmless plants which grow on the trees). After dinner, there may be local flute or guitar music or we can be entertained by the guides as they relate some of the many legends of the Amazon forest. (B, L, D) 

Monday / September 28

In the morning, we head out on the river to try to spot dolphins and to visit a small village of Yagua Indians where our guide explains the local 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. In the afternoon, we have a short 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 (B, L, D) 

Tuesday / September 29

Today we leave very early by boat to the narrow car bridge connecting the Amazon and Napo Rivers and then continue by boat to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. The highlight of the day is the hike to and across the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile). The walkway is connected by tree platforms and reaches a height of over 34 meters (115 feet) but, it is accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, we 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. We return to Ceiba Tops in time to enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner. (B, L, D)

Wednesday / September 30

After breakfast, we have a choice of a walking or boating excursion to further enjoy the rain forest and Amazon River. We then take the boat back up the river to Iquitos and are transferred to the airport for our flights back to Lima to join those on just the Machu Picchu tour for our flights to Cusco. (B) 

MACHU PICCHU

Tuesday / September 29

 

Those not on the Amazon River tour fly to Lima, Peru and are met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Relax and prepare for the journey. Dinner is on our own.

Wednesday / September 30

Those not on the Amazon River tour will have breakfast at the hotel and then join those from the Amazon River tour at the airport to board flights to Cusco. Upon arrival, we will be met and taken to our hotel in Cusco. In the afternoon, we rest and adjust to the altitude or do some shopping. Our guide will help us choose great places for lunch* and dinner. (B) *lunch may be in Lima before flying to Cusco depending on flight times.  

Thursday / October 1

Our morning begins with a buffet breakfast followed by some free time on our own or, you can accompany our guide in exploring the San Pedro Market so he can answer your specific questions about the local foods and products. After lunch on our own, we begin our Cusco City Tour: the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Church of Santo Domingo/Koricancha Temple as well as the surrounding archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q’engo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. This evening we experience the Don Antonio buffet and dinner show as a group before retiring for the evening. (B, D) 

Friday / October 2

After our buffet breakfast, we check out of our hotel and begin a fullday tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas: The village of Pisac, its archaeological site and marketplace. Our trip takes us through the valley with awesome landscapes and Inca buildings and agricultural terraces until reaching the ancient Ollantaytambo village with its amazing archaeological site. Along the way, we enjoy a buffet lunch at a countryside restaurant. From Ollantaytambo, we board the Inca Rail train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village). We arrive early in the evening and check into the hotel. Our guides will recommend places for dinner. (B, L) 

Saturday / October 3

We begin our day very early with breakfast at the hotel and then head up to Machu Picchu where we enjoy a guided tour in small groups of 10-12 before exploring on our own. We can enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge at our leisure. In the late afternoon, we board the train again to return to Ollantaytambo and then drive back to the Sacred Valley where we check in to our hotel for the evening and enjoy dinner together. (B, L, D) 

Sunday / October 4

After breakfast, we are driven to a nearby ward for Sacrament Meeting. After the meeting, we will take a half-day tour of Maras and Moray which are terraced agricultural areas and a salt mine. Lunch will be together at Para de Moray. In the afternoon, we drive back to Cusco and check in to our hotel and spend free time on our own that evening. (B, L) 

Monday / October 5

We have another buffet breakfast to start our day before heading out early to board the bus for our journey to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Along the way, we will tour the Chapel at Andahuaylillas and visit the Raqchi Temple. We also will have a wonderful buffet lunch at Sicuani. When we arrive in Puno, we will relax at our nice hotel and have an independent dinner. (B, L)

Tuesday / October 6

After breakfast, we will enjoy a full-day tour of Lake Titicaca and Uros. Uros is a group of floating small islands made completely from reeds. The people who live on them are Aymara Uros peoples. Among them is Nielson’s island. He is a member of the church. We ride on the small boats also made entirely of reeds as we travel from island to island. We also enjoy a motorized boat ride on the beautiful lake. After the tour, we can either transfer from the dock to the city center and enjoy dinner on our own downtown or be transferred back to the hotel and enjoy dinner on our own there instead. (B, L) 

Wednesday / October 7

Our last day begins with breakfast and then we are transferred to the airport for our flights to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, we load our luggage on the bus and then have a short stop for lunch* before beginning a city tour of Lima including a photo stop at the La Molina Temple. In the evening, we enjoy dinner together at a fun restaurant before heading to the airport for our late night/early morning flights. (B, D) * Lunch may be in Puno depending on our flight times. 

Thursday / October 8

Arrive Home.

TOUR COSTS:

Machu Picchu Only: $2985 based on double occupancy and check payment ($3075 for credit card payments). $720 single supplement. 

Amazon River Tour AND Machu Picchu: $3918 based on double occupancy and check payment. ($4035 for credit card payments). $880 single supplement. 

INCLUDED
Lectures with Jack Welch
Cruise Lady Escort
All breakfasts plus lunches and dinners as indicated
Hotel Accommodations
Bus ride from Cusco to Puno (no added flight costs and great way to see the country)
Use of a receiver to better hear the narrative and instructions above the background noise.
Entrance Fees & Activities
Transfer to/from the Airport
Transportation in a Deluxe Air-conditioned Coach SPACE IS LIMITED to ONE BUS so BOOK NOW!
NOT INCLUDED
Meals not indicated (3 lunches and 6 or 7 dinners (6 for Machu Picchu only and 7 w/Amazon)
Air Round trip to/from Lima and other internal flights as indicated in the description (group air may be available including Round trip air from/to LAX to Lima. Details will be available closer to the tour date.)
Personal Items
Trip Cancellation Protection
Payment Schedule for Machu Picchu Only
  • Deposit of $500 per person
  • Final Payment due June 25, 2020 (nonrefundable July 25, 2020)
Payment Schedule for Machu Picchu AND Amazon River Tour add-on
  • Deposit of $700 per person
  • Final Payment due June 25, 2020 (nonrefundable July 25, 2020)
CANCELLATION POLICY
  • $30.00 per person after deposit is received
  • $500 per person after June 25, 2020
  • 100% cancellation penalty after July 25, 2020

A minimum number of participants is required so call before booking your air.

Minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions or changes to flight options.

Passports are required and should be valid through April 2021.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Due to the nature of these tours, you must be able to climb steps and walk unassistedNO EXCEPTIONS.

Price:Starting at $2,985.00