Little Gourmet Adventure to Peru 2014
A CULINARY TRIP TO PERU FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
DAY 1: Sunday March 16th 2014 – Arrival to Lima, ON Hotel Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
DAY 2: Monday March 17th 2014 – Refugio Amazonas
8:35 AM Flight to Puerto Maldonado, arriving in Puerto Maldonado at 11:15 AM to depart to Refugio Amazonas Refugio Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom lodge four hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport. It is ideal for soft adventurers and families, and has a rainforest trail designed especially for children, the only one in the Peruvian Amazon.
Arrival & Reception by Kids Guide, a naturalist with a feel for kids will be assigned to the group. Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.
Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.
Transfer Boat – Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.
Orientation Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome us and brief us with important navigation and security tips.
Circle of fire The first night, as a prelude to the upcoming activities that will take place with our guide, we head towards the circle of fire. A series of burners lights the path that leads through the forest and meets at the circle of fire. This is where Tawa, the ancient healer, house is with all its instruments and magic potions and extracts prepared from plants of the forest. There we sit and listen to our guide through the story “Ania and the Voice of the World” and learn the story and characters. It is the starting point for the adventure that awaits us in the coming days.
DAY 3: Tuesday March 18th 2014 – Refugio Amazonas
Canopy Tower, A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.
The Children’s Rainforest Playground We play the “game of seeds” and learn all the powers that the seeds of the forest have. Together with our guide we learn how to collect seeds in our walks, which will help find special powers and thus better able to seek the “Treasure of ANIA.” Each seed represents a different level, we pass the 5 levels: Pona: Truth, Huasai: Friendship Cashapona: Courage, Huayruro: Freedom, Yarina: Love.
The Children’s Rainforest Trail: Ania & The World´s Voice An exciting journey designed for children ages 4 to 10 years, we travel with our guides on a challenging (but short) walk, where we follow maps, solve riddles and find clues that will lead to the “treasure of ANIA.” The path includes a visit to the houses of ANIA and TAWA , the grandfather of the woods. Searching for the “lost Brazil nut”, the city of ants and other fun games teaches children how people live in the rainforest, why keep it and leave a valuable message ANIA: “A child born into the jungle to fill our hearts with hope.” The concept, history and the way are all registered in the name of ANIA, a nonprofit organization with a mission to create 100,000 acres of “Land of Children” – private, protected areas managed for children.
Night walk You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
DAY 4: Wednesday March 19th 2014 – Refugio Amazonas
Oxbow Lake Visit We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
Ethnobotanical Tour Along this trail we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.
Rainforest Tattoo At the lodge, we will prepare a paste from the fruit of huito and achiote to draw dark blue and red tattoos on ourselves. They last several days.
Caiman Search We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.
DAY 5: Thursday March 20th 2014 Refugio Amazonas
Parrot Clay Lick A fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.
Mammal Clay Lick Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.
Farm Visit Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops – just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose.
Tambopata National Reserve Lectures Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve. B/L/D
DAY 6: Friday March 21st 2014 – PUERTO MALDONADO – CUSCO
Transfer Boat – Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port
Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters
Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.
12:00 PM Flight to Cusco – time to start drinking coca leave tea to help us acclimatize when we arrive. 12:45 PM arrival to Cusco, then travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas through Sachayhuaman, picnic light lunch at fortress with its enormous blocks of rock, weighting 125 tons and joined perfectly without using mortar. Visit Quenko and Tambomachay. Enjoy a Coca Leave Tea and Lemonade with Muna that will help you acclimatize. Then continue our Journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas Check in at Casa Andina Private collection Valle Sagrado. B/L
DAY 7: Saturday March 22nd 2014 A FARM TO TABLE DAY AT THE ALBERGUE
Local produce, agriculture, learn about potato harvest, local agriculture, interaction with local farmers, All day dedicated to local agriculture and local cuisine. Visit Ollantantaimbo.ON Casa Andina Private collection Valle Sagrado B/L
DAY 8: Sunday March 23rd 2014 MACHU PICCHU Early wake up for a Train departure at 6:30 AM boarding Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes Visit Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas Since its discovery in 1911, Machu Picchu has not ceased to arouse the interest and admiration of people from all over the planet. Few works made by mankind fit into their natural surroundings so harmoniously. Only on few occasions has the human ingenuity achieved such heights. From here, the epithet “marvelous” falls short when applied to this work of the Inca Civilization and to the beauty of its imposing natural scenery. Lunch at Santuary Lodge buffet. Return to Ollanta in the afternoon , walk and relax in Ollantaytambo, return to hotel then Dinner at El Huacatay with Chef Pio ON Casa Andina Private collection Valle Sagrado B/L/D
DAY 9: Monday March 24th 2014 MARAS – PIURAY – CUSCO Visit to Maras, a picturesque town, and its closer salt mines from the Inca era that are still worked today. Then visit archaeological site of Moray composed of a series of concentric agricultural terraces, some as deep as 150m. This is thought to have been a large agricultural laboratory where the Incas were able to create different microclimates to grow a large variety of crops. We will enjoy a Pachamanca for lunch at Piuray Lagoon with a local family. Then travel to Cusco a mythical and legendary city that makes you recover the lost pleasure of walking aimlessly, of watching people, of imagining mysterious events in remote times. Check in Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco Hotel B/L
DAY 10: Tuesday March 25th 2014 CUSCO
Cuzco – Koricancha – Santo Domingo, the spectacular Cathedral and the Church of La Compañía (Order of the Society of Jesus) Guided tour. Free afternoon and evening. ON Casa Andina Private collection Cusco B
DAY 11: Wednesday March 26th 2014 CUSCO-LIMA
AM Flight to Lima, then Lunch at Huaca Pucllana with Chef Marilu Madueno, check in at Casa Andina Private Collection in Miraflores. Free afternoon then 8 PM optional Dinner at AMAZ or MALABAR , with Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of “World’s 50” Best Restaurants ON Casa Andina Private Collection B/L (Dinner optional)
DAY 12: Thursday March 27th 2014 LIMA
AM Visit of Mercado de Surquillo, Optiona l Lunch at LA 73 learn about Ceviche with Chef Alvaro Raffo, Optional Dinner at IK, one of the newest restaurants in Lima seeking a Michelin Star Rating ON Casa Andina Private Collection B/ (Lunch and Dinner Optional)
DAY 13 Friday March 28th 2014 LIMA
Free Day. ON Casa Andina Private Collection B
DAY 14 Saturday March 29th PACHACAMAC
Breakfast at Hotel 9AM departure to the temple of Pachacamac, an archaeological site 40 km southeast of Lima, in the Valley of the Lurin river. Most of the common buildings and temples were built c. 800-1450 CE, shortly before the arrival and conquest by the Inca Empire. To date, several pyramids have been uncovered; archaeologists have identified at least 17 pyramids (many of them irreversibly damaged by the El Nino weather phenomenon). Lunch with Chef Eduardo Navarro at Eco Restaurant Chaxras Today you will have the opportunity to meet Chef Duarte’s extensive family and his uncles, The Duarte Brothers, Enrique, Raul, Ricardo, Luis and Juan Carlos, Olympic basketball players, According to U.S. Olympic Committee historian Bill Mallon, the Tritschlers are the only trio of U.S. athletes to make an Olympic team, but that was when a horde of gymnasts represented the United States. Three January brothers Charles, John and Tom — played soccer in the 1904 Games, but those teams were club teams, not a unified U.S. team. Also, four Duarte brothers — Enrique, Luis, Raul and Ricardo — all played together on the 1964 Peruvian basketball team, Enrique is Jose’s father. Then return to Miraflores, free evening. ON Casa Andina Private Collection B/L
DAY 15 Sunday March 30th LIMA
Return to USA
Option to return to USA Monday March 31st, will cost additional hotel night at CA Private Miraflores
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