Day one: Arrive Lima and
transfer to our hotel. After a short rest (most flights are overnight
flights) we go directly to the National Museum of History. This
is where the entire trip begins and from which the questions will
never end. The rest of the day we see the sights of downtown Lima.
Day two: Fly to Cusco and spend the day sightseeing and shopping. There
are so many markets and such little time.
Day three: We tour to the ruins near Cusco including my favorite, Sacsayhuaman.
Ever time I stand in this megalithic ruin I think to myself "what were
these guys thinking?" We will walk on and discuss the Inca trail and it's
Day four:Machu Pichu.
Day five:Flight to Arequipa, the White City and tour the Santa Catalina
Day six: We travel by private vehicle to the village of Chivay on the
banks of the Rio Colca. Along the way we will see many vicunas. Last year I
counted 214 for our group. These Andean camelids are not that much different
from our antelope here in Montana, this makes me an experienced spotter. At
a pass on the road to Chivay we stop and discuss a mountain filling the horizon.
From those snows rises the mighty Amazon! At our lodge we have the opportunity
to soak off the road dust in the hot springs and after dinner we are entertained
by a traditional pena.
Day seven: We rise before dawn and soon find ourselves above the great
gorge of the Rio Colca. Drifting on the morning thermals come Andean Condors!
You will not believe how big they are! Return to Arequipa.
Day eight through eleven:We spend these wonderful days exploring
the unspoiled area of the Majes Valley. There are ruins from ancient
cultures and the Spanish. We tour ancient Spanish vineyards and
have the distilling of Pisco (the national liqueur) explained to
us with ample opportunity to sample same. We also go on short hikes
and raft an inspiring stretch of the Majes. We see another local
pena dance and can go for a horseback ride.
twelve:Back to Arequipa and a dinner featuring a traditional
beef asado and a wonderful local red wine.
Day thirteen: Leaving Arequipa we return to Lima and spend the afternoon
in the upscale district of Miaflores.
Day fourteen: Transfer to the airport and begin the journey