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7-Night Luxury Machu Picchu Tour & Optional Amazon Cruise Expedition
May 11-18, 2019 Main Tour
(Pre-Amazon Cruise) May 6-11, 2019

From $3599pp (Limited space to 25 participants)

Hosted by Tom Baker, President

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Depart Peru

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Overview

7-Night Luxury Machu Picchu Tour & Optional Amazon Cruise Expedition. May 11-18, 2019 Main Tour with (Pre-Amazon Cruise) May 6-11, 2019. (Limited space to 25 participants). Exclusive Group of LGBT Travelers & Friends-Hosted by Tom Baker, President

Tour Highlights:

  • Fully Operated by Renowned Luxury Tour Company Abercrombie & Kent
  • Hosted by Tom Baker, President of Aquafest & CruiseCenter
  • Most Meals
  • All entrance Fees & 2 Incredible visits to Machu Picchu
  • Optional Hiram Bingham Luxury rail to Machu Picchu $565pp (roundtrip) CLICK HERE
  • 2 Nights JW Marriott Lima (Luxury) CLICK HERE
  • 2 Nights Tambo del Inka, A Luxury collection Hotel at Sacred Valley (Luxury) CLICK HERE
  • 1 Night Sumaq Hotel Machu Picchu (Luxury) CLICK HERE
  • 2 Nights JW Marriott Cusco (Boutique Luxury) CLICK HERE
  • Optional pre-tour 4 night Delfin III Luxury Amazon Cruise (Luxury) CLICK HERE

DETAILED DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY MAY 11-18, 2019

DAY 1- Lima Saturday, May 11th - Welcome to Lima!
Arrive in Lima, where you will be transferred to your 5-star hotel.
Hotel JW Marriott Lima - Deluxe room

DAY 2- Lima Sunday, May 12th B/L/D
You will start the day with a city tour beginning with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, official center of the city and the original site upon which Lima was founded. You will visit the historic Cathedral an architectural masterpiece. From the Cathedral, you will walk past the Presidential Palace where the soldiers guarding the palace offer an excellent photo opportunity, and on to the Church of San Francisco and its library and collection of fine paintings and frescoes. After your trip to the historic center, you will be driven through modern Lima to visit the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro.
Visit Larco Herrera Museum
After you have finished in the historic center, you will be driven across Lima to the Larco Museum where the extensive private collection of pre-Inca ceramics is considered to be the largest of its kind in the world. It showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3,000 years of development of Peruvian Pre-Columbian History. For an unforgettable experience, Larco is one of the few museums in the world where visitors can also choose to enter the storage area with its 45,000 classified archaeological objects.
Lunch at Amoramar restaurant: it adds a personal twist onto classic Peruvian marine cuisine dishes. Located in a beautifully restored republican mansion from the 1900’s, this fine establishment – found in the Barranco district – also boasts a lovely, minimalist patio and bar. Guests are invited to enjoy relaxing meals beneath the trees with fine service and a variety of exciting seafood options.
PM: at leisure.
Tonight, dinner is at Huaca Pucllana restaurant, overlooking the illuminated ruins at Huaca Pucllana, this sophisticated establishment serves a skillfully rendered array of contemporary Peruvian dishes.

Day-3 Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley Monday, May 13th B/L/D
Transfer to Lima’s airport to take the flight to Cusco
Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be met and transferred to your restaurant for lunch.
Lunch at Calle de Medio restaurant: a sprawling restaurant and lounge with Jaime Pesaque’s signature cuisine and pisco infusions lined up behind the bar. One lengthy side of the 2nd level, corner spot looks over the Plaza de Armas. The menu features dishes like trout ceviche and glazed pancetta with figs and aji panca over quinoa.
Transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas: it was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas. Its agreeable climate and fertile plains make a rare fruitful combination for the high Andes. It was also the route to the jungle and therefore an area with access to the fruits and plants of the tropical lowlands. The Sacred Valley served as a buffer zone, protecting Cusco from incursions of the Antis, the fierce jungle tribes who from time to time raided the highlands.
Today the Sacred Valley remains a lush agricultural region supplying the city of Cusco with much of its produce such as maize, fruits and vegetables.
Visit Awanacancha center on route: where South American Cameloids (members of the camel family) – Llamas, Alpacas, Guanacos, and Vicunas – are bred. You will learn about the renowned fibers created from their coats, as well as the ancient weaving techniques which are still used.
Dinner at hotel.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Lodge

DAY-4 Sacred Valley Tuesday, May 14th B/L/D
Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley:
Located down a rough, unpaved road about 10km off the main road to Maras, are the Salineras de Maras, pools on the mountainside that have been used for centuries to collect salt. A saline underground stream reaches the surface and is diverted into hundres of pools which are then sealed off and through the process of evaporation, leave the salt. Each pool is owned by a separate family who collect the salt for personal use and to sell. The hundreds of white terraces along the mountainside juxtaposed with the green of the hillside foliage and the blue sky creates a unique panorama.
Continue with the visit of Moray, a very different Inca site, only about 7km beyond Maras and was a creative agricultural experimentation center. Created in the form of concentric circles atop terraces at different elevations, each circle was the growing bed of various new or different crop strains. Because the geographical position of Moray is unique, the temperature of the different terraces can vary significantly, featuring a range of climatic conditions with a very small acreage area. The Incas took advantage of these conditions to plant and moderate different crop strains and how they performed.
Visit Ccor Ccor: The Village of Beautiful flowers
This is a visit to the magical and inspiring world of Quechua highlanders, in which we learn how traditional people live today in the Andean countryside.
We participate in the daily activities of this place that they call the village of beautiful flowers, visiting the kitchens to see a colorful variety of local foods on display, under preparation, and being cooked upon wood-fired mud-brick stoves.
Then, after a short walk with our village companions to the accompaniment of flutes and drums, we enter the heart of the Andean agricultural cycle -- as vital today as it was in Inca times -- as our Quechua hosts show us how they hand-turn the soil on the mountainsides, and invite us to join them in blessing their earth, their animals, and the new-plowed land.
Lunch at Rancho Wayra with a Peruvian Paso Horse Exhibition.
You will witness a spectacular equestrian exhibition. The Paso horses will amaze you with their graceful gait and impress you with their elegant look, prancing to the rhythm of live Marinara music, played and danced by a group of first-rate artists.
As you enjoy your appetizers and drinks, the dishes you’ve received on your table —local tamales, anticucho kebabs, roast lechon (sucking pork) and baby chicken and salmon trout baked with local herbs, to be then served at your table, cooked to your taste, with abundant house salad made with products from our organic garden.
This service provides a fun and casual experience. You will savor a selection of the choicest cuts of beef, pork, chicken and rainbow trout. These will be grilled over hot coals and served with native potatoes, together with the best cold meats, vegetables, delicate sauces and fresh salads. This pleasant event concludes with delicious pastries.
Dinner at hotel.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Lodge

DAY-5 Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu (1st visit) Wednesday, May 15th
This morning visit Ollantaytambo Fortress: constructed of large rose-colored granite blocks so tightly set one against the other without mortar that even today a sheet of paper cannot slip into the joints. These enormous blocks were stacked sideways and upward, creating massive terraces, ending at the top of a peak.
Below the fortress lies a complete Incan town, also called Ollantaytambo, which is still inhabited and maintains its original architecture and site layout, despite the weathering centuries. After the excursion, walking transfer to the train station to board the train Vistadome to Machu Picchu.

OPTIONAL: Luxury Rail with the Belmond Hiram Bingham $565pp roundtrip
Travel on the exclusive and luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train and enjoy the elegant dining car, the bar car, and the observatory, where you can take in the unmatched scenery in the open air while sipping on a traditional Peruvian cocktail and listening to live local music.
Once onboard, the maître will invite you to a brunch and gourmet lunch. Return by train with a gourmet dinner, drinks, and live music!

Arrive to Aguas Calientes train station and transfer to the bus station, in order to take the bus up to Machu Picchu citadel (25 minutes).
Accompanied by your guide, explore the city's ruins, and feel its pulse as you visualize the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this seemingly uninhabitable citadel. Excavations at the site have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. The same precision of assembled stones exists here as in other Incan sites. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of vines and trees atop the mountain, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold its secret of its destruction, the Incas left no written record . In the afternoon you will bus down the hill until you arrive at Aguas Calientes town.
Dinner at hotel if not retuning by Hiram Bingham Rail
Hotel Sumaq Machu Picchu-Deluxe room

DAY-6 Machu Picchu (2nd visit)/ Cusco Thursday, May 16th B/L/D
This morning, enjoy a second visit to Machu Picchu with the possibility to hike the Huayna Picchu Mountain. The trek leads to a view point overlooking the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The trail loops around the very top of the mountain, where architectural vestiges such as altars, narrow staircases tunnels and terraces can be found. Buffet lunch at Tinkuy restaurant: Sanctuary lodge hotel. Deluxe Train Hiram Bingham: the dinner is included on board. Hotel JW Marriott Cusco- Classic Inca room

DAY-7 CUSCO Friday, May 17th B/D
This morning you will discover Cusco by a city tour that includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in the Americas. Its construction was influenced by the great Spanish cathedrals of the era, reflecting Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. Another ornate church is Santo Domingo, a 16th-century Dominican church and convent built on the foundations of the Koricancha, the Incas' principal religious building. Next you explore the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill. Compiled of massive stones, the walls were cut and placed together with incredible precision and without a sinle drop of mortar to hold them in place. This ancient fortress, where the greatest battle between the Spanish and Incas took place, overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and the spectacular lush countryside.
Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at the fabled MAP Cafe .
With a varied and select house menu, showcases the flavors, products and customs of our country, giving it a character which reflects the vibrancy of modern Peru. All of the regions of Peru featured in the Museum exhibits are also represented in the Museum Café’s menu, demonstrating that Peru is indeed an extraordinary gastronomic destination.
Hotel JW Marriott Cusco- Classic Inca room

DAY-8 Cusco/Lima/Depart Peru Saturday, May 18th B
Transfer to Cusco’s airport for the flight to Lima.
Flight Cusco – Lima (quoted separately)
Arrive at Lima’s airport and one of A&K’s representatives will be assisting you for your international flight.

END OF MAIN TOUR

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PRE TOUR OPTION- 5 NIGHT LIMA/AMAZON CRUISE ON THE LUXURIOUS DELFIN III May 6-11, 2019

DAY 1- Arrive Lima Monday, May 6th - Fly into Nairobi and overnight at the Lazizi Premier Hotel

DAY-2 Lima/Iquitos Tuesday, May 7th B/L/D - A&K Assistance in Lima for the connecting flight Lima – Iquitos.

Arrive to the Amazon city of Iquitos: Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport, then transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle. We will start you off with a lunchbox as we begin the journey to Nauta.

Arrive to Nauta port: A small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at our private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you.

Embarkation: Aboard Delfin, you will be served by our qualified staff who will introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers are all framed with a spacious private terrace we are sure you will enjoy to the fullest.

Happy Hour and orientation:
While the Delfin begins its initial navigation, you will enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation area located on our third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you with an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. Then, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey’s schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation to keep your eye out for, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.

The third deck features an entertainment center which offers use for film presentations, as well as extensive literature about the area (fauna, flora, etc.) There is also a completely equipped bar so you can test any combination of regional and international liquors and aromas that the bartender will be happy to provide for you to enjoy under the spell of the beautiful Amazonian afternoons and night, and the sweet breeze of the rainforest. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always fully at your service.

DAY-3 Samiria River/Yanayacu Pucate Wednesday, May 8th

Samiria River: Our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more. Our naturalists and his expert eye pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won’t be the only one enjoying the plethora of fish below.

Yanayacu Pucate: You will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins!

DAY-4 Yanayacu Picate/Nauta Cano Thursday, May 9th B/L/D

Yanayacu Pucate: You will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins!

Nauta Cano: Nauta Caño Creek is known for squirrel and silver back tamarillo monkeys, birds, dolphins, and even sloths! We will skim the riverbanks for small caimans and spiders, as well as insects of all colors, shapes and sizes.

DAY-5 Fundo Casual/San Francisco Friday, May 10th B/L/D

Fundo Casual: The walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on “Terra Firma” (non- flooded forest) where your guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises!

San Francisco: Next we will visit the community of San Francisco will include a short skiff ride and jungle walk to meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. Here we will visit a market featuring amazing arts and crafts from the local women. Following this visit will be a jungle walk with our guides to search for nocturnal creatures.

Confluence of the 3 Rivers: Better known as the “Unión de los Ríos” we will toast and witness the distinguished colors of the 3 rivers. It is known that the Ucayali River, which in turn confluences with the Marañón River upstream of Iquitos, Peru, to form what countries other than Brazil consider to be the main stem of the Amazon River. Great photo opportunity as you witness your first Amazon Rainforest Sunset.

Our vessels all have an open bridge policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always fully at your service. After dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy stargazing while we cruise in to the depths of the Amazon Rainforest.

DAY-6 Iquitos/Lima Saturday, May 11th

Disembarkation: With heavy hearts, the boats staff will wish you farewell as you begin your departure.

At the port of Nauta, our ground crew will be waiting to take you by our private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 95 kilometers journey by paved road.

The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA): on our way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list.

You will also have the chance to pet and feed these kind manatees. As well, there are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture for the intention of being turned into pets and other threatening conditions. We welcome you to donate to this ambitious organization and education center as you wish.

A box lunch will be served during the transfer to the airport.

Arrival in Lima and begin the MAIN TOUR.

Recommendations

Itinerary: The itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions at certain times of the year. The water levels of the rivers also vary from time to time, as well as the hours of sailing. Excursions may be modified at the discretion of the Delfin III crew.

Weather: The weather in Iquitos is warm and humid and the temperature varies between 33C (90F) and 21C (70F).

  • The rainy (high water) season is from November to May.
  • The dry (low water) season is from June to October.
  • Each season boasts dramatic difference in plants, animals, and weather.

Clothing: light and fresh pieces, blouses, long-sleeved shirts, swimwear, shoes with soft rubber sole for the boat (rubber boots and rain ponchos are provided by us), cardigan or long-sleeved shirts, wind resistant jackets. The days are hot and humid while the night breeze is fresh.

Insects & Mosquitoes: We recommend taking Vitamin B or B-15 a few days before arrival to the jungle. These vitamins are the best natural repellent against insect bites. As well, do not forget to bring conventional repellent and cream for bites.

Other items: We suggest bringing sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, binoculars (very important for enjoying the fauna and flora. Preferably 1 per person), camera, and extra batteries.

Connectivity: There is no Wi Fi Internet or phone signal coverage on Delfin III.

Tips: Tips for both the crew and the guides are not included and are expected, as is customary on cruises around the world. The amounts are distributed equally between your entire vessel’s crew, and we hope their service is valuable and insightful to your experience aboard Delfin III. From past experience an average of US $15.00 per passenger, per day is suggested, and envelopes will be provided in your suite.

*Optional AMAZON CRUISE add-on (May 6-11, 2019): VIDEO

BOOK BY February 14, 2018 AS CRUISE SPACE IS LIMITED

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AQUAFEST TOUR COST

  • $3099 additional per person Double occupancy – STANDARD SUITE
  • $3299 additional per person Double occupancy – UPPER DECK SUITE

Single Occupancy is 50% More for the Amazon Cruise

Main Tour Fare

  • $3599per person double occupancy
  • $4899 per person Single occupancy

Optional Hiram Bingham Luxury Train to Machu Picchu

  • $565 per person roundtrip

Domestic Flights (added cost) Price per person, Subject to vary

  • Lima-Cuzco-Lima Approx. $365 pp
  • Lima-Iquitos-Lima-Cuzco-Lima Approx. $275 pp

Deposit Requirements:

  • $1000 per person due at time of booking payable with check
  • 2nd deposit of $1000 per person due August 1, 2018 payable with check
  • Final payment due December 15, 2019 payable with credit card

Cancellation Policy:

Reservations that are cancelled, reduced in length of stay or reduced in numbers (hereinafter collectively called a CANCELLATION) are subject to Cancellation fees.

  • $500 per person non- refundable after deposit
  • $1,000 per person non- refundable after September 1, 2018
  • 120-90 days prior to departure 50%
  • 90 days or less 100%

What’s Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • Tour guides, Cruise Staff & Hotel Personnel Tips
  • Alcoholic Beverages where not listed
  • Travel Insurance

Insurance

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which can reimburse you for unexpected trip cancellation and expenses related to travel delays or lost/delayed baggage. LINK

Passports and Visas

  • Traveling to select destinations requires use of a valid passport with at least 6 months of validity upon date of travel. In addition, please check with the appropriate consulate or embassy for the latest visa requirements.

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