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Archeology and Amazon Adventure in Peru


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In July and August 2005 we spent three weeks exploring Peru. We started in Lima and then went to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. Our next stop was five days in the Amazon Basin viewing the wildlife there, including scarlet macaws. Also on the itinerary were a home stay in Lake Titicaca, the “white city” of Arequipa and a trek into Colca Canyon. The highlight of the trip was a visit to Machu Picchu to see the lost city and one of the great archeological finds ever.

Day

Date

Location/Activities

1

29 July 2005

Fly from LA to Lima via Costa Rica

2

30 July 2005

Explore Lima’s plazas and cathedrals

3

31 July 2005

Fly to Cuzco, tour the Sacred Valley

4

1 August 2005

Fly to Puerto Maldonado, boat to Posada Amazonas in the Amazon Basin

5

2 August 2005

Boat to the Tambopata Research Center

6

3 August 2005

Explore the Tambopata Research Center, including nature hikes and view of the scarlet macaw clay lick

7

4 August 2005

Explore the Tambopata Research Center, inlcuding nature hikes and view of the scarlet macaw clay lick

8

5 August 2005

Take a boat to Inotawa Lodge in the Amazon Basin

9

6 August 2005

Boat trip to Puerto Maldonado; Fly to Cuzco

10

7 August 2005

Take a day trip from Cuzco to Machu Picchu, exploring the lost city

11

8 August 2005

Take an all-day train to Puno, on Lake Titicaca

12

9 August 2005

Explore Lake Titicaca, begin home stay on Anapia Island

13

10 August 2005

Complete Lake Titicaca home stay; return to Puno

14

11 August 2005

Rest Day in Puno

15

12 August 2005

Take a six hour bus trip to Arequipa

16

13 August 2005

Begin Colca Canyon trek from Arequipa

17

14 August 2005

View condors in Colca Canyon and then hike down to the villages

18

15 August 2005

Continue Colca Canyon hike and exploring the villages

19

16 August 2005

Complete trek and return to Arequipa

20

17 August 2005

Explore Arequipa historic buildings and monestary; fly to Lima in the evening

21

18 August 2005

Sightseeing in Lima; Fly overnight to Miami

22

19 August 2005

Fly from Miami to LA