Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima, known for its vibrant food scene. Fly to Iquitos where you will embark a luxury riverboat that takes you deep into the rain forest within the Amazon Basin. Home to a staggering array of wildlife, the Peruvian Amazon boasts nearly a thousand species of birds alone. Enjoy fine wine and famous Peruvian cuisine while enjoying the company of other LGBT travelers. After disembarkation, we will continue on to the Sacred Valley near the Inca capitol of Cusco. From here, we board a vista-dome train for a scenic journey to Machu Picchu, the mystical stone city built by the Incas in the 15th century. Afterwards return to Cusco, where you’ll enjoy two luxurious nights at the centrally- located Palacio del Inka hotel and guided tours of the most significant Inca sites before departing for your flight home.
As the face of travel continues to evolve, so should the nature and value of enriching travel programs being offered. Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world offering a unique combination of nature, wildlife, archaeology and cultural heritage.
Brand g Vacations is pleased to introduce our second of two Amazon and Machu Picchu programs in 2020. The cruise portion is operated aboard the luxurious Delfin III, which offers some of the most spacious accommodations along the Amazon River. This smartly designed, 44-passenger, colonial-style vessel, provides the ultimate in comfort, with five-star amenities.
We have chartered the 22-cabin Delfin III. While cruising the Amazon, you will explore one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world. Smartly designed, this vessel provides the ultimate in comfort, with five-star amenities.
– All suite accommodations
– Floor-to-ceiling windows in every suite
– Soft, luxurious spa robes & slippers
– Natural, therapeutic bath amenities
– Fine cotton bed linens & pillow menu
– Individual climate control; in-room safe
– Makeup mirror, hair dryer, iPhone dock
– Generous closet & under-bed storage
– 44 guests pampered by 29 crew
– Expert naturalists travel with the ship
– Spa services with signature treatments
– Daily enrichment & nightly entertainment
– Daily housekeeping; nightly turndown
– The services of a cruise director throughout
– Transfers to/from Iquitos Airport (IQT)
– All meals included
– Welcome reception onboard the ship
– Complimentary coffee, tea, water, soft drinks, local beer and pisco-based cocktails
– Free flow house wine at dinner
– In-suite bottled mineral water and ice
– Daily excursions led by expert naturalists
– Amiable, English-speaking local guides
– Deluxe, 15-person skiff excursion boats
– Water resistant boots for wet landings
– State-of-the-art portable listening devices
– Refreshments on longer excursions
– Post-excursion reception & services
Hilton Miraflores, Lima
Hilton Miraflores (Lima) Situated in the heart of Lima, Hilton Miraflores is within walking distance of Ricardo Palma Cultural Center, Kennedy Park, and Calle de las Pizzas. Also nearby are Miraflores Central Park and Larcomar. The air-conditioned guestrooms include minibars and safes. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas and a computer station is located on site.
Tambo del Inka Luxury Hotel
The luxurious Tambo del Inka has one of the top-rated locations in Urubamba. The elegant rooms feature native fabrics and local design, and have private balconies with views of the natural surroundings. All feature an LCD TV, iPod docking station, and exclusive marble bathrooms.
Hawa restaurant serves delicious new Andean cuisine made with organic, homegrown ingredients. Kiri bar and terrace serves light snacks and cocktails, and guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet.
Enjoy the pool or get in a workout in the modern gym, and unwind afterwards with natural massage. Then relax in the cozy lounge, featuring a classic billiards table and variety of board games.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a family-owned, luxury hotel. Sumaq’s exclusive service is dedicated entirely to allowing its guests to forget all their worries while concentrating on the beautiful landscapes, with lush vegetation, soaring mountains, descending valleys, ancient trails, and an amazing waterfall. In a privileged location in the Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, and on the banks of the Vilcanota River, Sumaq is a 10-minute walk to the Aguas Calientes Train Station.
Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection
Designed to showcase a centuries-old, magical blend of pre-Columbian, Inkan, Spaniard, Colonial, and modern cultures—Palacio del Inka presents a captivating variety of rare opportunities and state-of-the-art amenities that guarantee an enriching and memorable stay in Cusco.
Presently, avenues, centuries-old passageways, cobblestone side streets, and alleys traverse the city, each leading to the Palacio del Inka. Situated in the center of the city, the hotel is encircled by Inka foundations topped with colonial constructions, museums, storied archeological sites, premier restaurants, and vibrant local markets.
Free Wi-Fi in public areas, full service spa and a business center are among the amenities of the Palacio del Inka.
Huayna Picchu Climb – April 29
Machu Picchu – Optional
$50 per person
For many trekkers, climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights of a visit to Machu Picchu. The views of the Citadel and surrounding landscape are extraordinary from the top and well worth the climbing effort.
From a distance Huayna Picchu looks like a technical climbing endeavor, but is in fact just a steep hike with some sections that will require the use of both hands and feet to scramble upwards, but no technical skills or climbing tools. There are sections that include railings and cables for support.
Anyone with a decent level of fitness and moderate constitution for heights can climb Huayna Picchu (if you are afraid of heights or susceptible to vertigo then this climb is probably not for you). There are areas that are exposed to steep drops, so caution should be taken throughout the climb, keeping a good distance between climbers in front and behind you. This is particularly true if the trail is wet.
The total ascent is just over 1,000 feet (360m) with the summit at a steep angle above the city. As Huayna Picchu is so close to the city complex it provides a fantastic birds-eye view, and the climb itself provides brilliant vistas of the city from various angles. This perspective is very difficult to appreciate whilst walking within the Citadel.
From summit the scale and ingenuity of Machu Picchu and its various structures and terraces is fully revealed. The sheer magnitude and complexity of the site provides for a humbling view. There are also terraces and temple remnants that crown the mountain’s summit, and will leave you questioning how the Inca managed to build these structures.
You have an opportunity to participate in this unique once in a lifetime experience on the morning of your second day at Machu Picchu. Only a certain number of permits are issued for this excursion and they fill quickly. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any space until it is officially reserved. If you are interested, we encourage you to sign up early.
DATE AND TIME OF EXCURSION: Your day begins with departure from the hotel at 5:30am and the actual climb will begin at 7:00am, on your second day at Machu Picchu. You will be back down from the mountain by approximately 11:30am.
– 2 nights hotel accommodations in Lima including welcome reception and daily breakfast.
– Guided tour of Lima including welcome lunch.
– Domestic flight from Lima to Iquitos, the gateway to the Amazon.
– 4 night Amazon cruise including all meals.
– Cruise includes local pisco based cocktails, local beers, and local sodas with lunch and dinner as well as house wine with dinner.
– All excursions during cruise.
– Domestic flights from Iquitos to Cusco.
– Transfer to Sacred Valley.
– 3 nights hotel accommodations in the Sacred Valley including daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner.
– Guided tours in the Sacred Valley.
– Vista Dome train to and from Machu Picchu.
– 2 visits to Machu Picchu.
– One night hotel accommodation in Machu Picchu village including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
– 2 nights hotel accommodation in Cusco, including breakfast, one dinner and one lunch.
– Half day city tour of Cusco and half day tour of the the Sacsayhuaman fortress.
– Lunches and dinners on land include: two glasses of local beer, house wine or soft drinks.
Highlights and Sightseeing
– Lima: sightseeing with a local guide; visit Archbishop’s Palace, Government Palace, San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrara Museum.
– Iquitos: visit the Manatee Rescue Center.
– Cruise: 4 night cruise in a deluxe, outside suite cruising the Peruvian Amazon River aboard the Delphin III. Welcome cocktail & dinner; guided sightseeing each day with a local naturalist by skiff boats during the day and evening; native village visit.
– Sacred Valley: visit Ollantaytambo with its huge Incan fortress rising from the edge of town.
– Machu Picchu: board the train for the scenic journey to Aguas Calientes; sightseeing of the ruins with a local guide.
– Cusco: sightseeing with visits to Santo Domingo Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman fortress and the Pre-Columbian Art Museum.
Arrive at the Jorge Chavez International Airport, where you will be greeted by a local representative and transferred to the centrally located Hilton Miraflores (Lima).
After a morning briefing, depart the hotel to the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO world heritage site, where you will see the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, and City Hall. Visit the Convent of the San Francisco Monastery, the most significant religious site in Lima, which provides insight into life during Spanish colonial times, and the catacombs, which served as a burial ground until 1808. Continue to the Cathedral which houses the remains of Francisco Pizarro, the founder of Lima.
After, we proceed to the Pueblo Libre District, for an included lunch at the Cafe del Museo, hosed within the Larco Museum complex in a former mansion, itself built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple. Following lunch enjoy a guide tour of the museum, which offers a vast collection of ceramic, textile and precious metal artifacts. There are also mummies that show off the different ways ancient cultures, including the Incas, preserved their dead.
After the museum visit, enjoy a panoramic drive back to Miraflores through San Isidro to see the sites of “Parque de los Enamorados” (Lover’s Park), and enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.
After breakfast, fly from Lima to Iquitos. Upon arrival in Iquitos, you’ll be greeted by members of the ship’s team.
We will start off with a lunchbox as we travel to the city of Nauta, 60 miles away. Nauta is literally the “end of the road” where you will embark on the ship. Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at Delfin’s private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you.
Later we gather for cocktails and a celebratory welcome dinner as we make our way out of port and into the Amazon River.
This morning, 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.
After a delicious lunch you will start cruising through the creeks of Yanayaquillo, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our kayaks. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins!
This morning, cruise through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
After lunch explore Nauta Caño Creek, 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.
A morning walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (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!
Next we will visit the community of San Francisco. We will include a short skiff ride and jungle walk too. Here we meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations.
This morning, we’ll disembark the ship. On our way back to the Iquitos airport, we’ll visit the Rescue and 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.
After we go to the Iquitos airport, where we board a connecting flight through Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival we transfer to the Tambo del Inka Luxury Hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Urubamba Valley is located in the Andes close to the Inca capital of Cusco, and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu. Enjoy the morning at leisure – sleep in, visit the spa, or get in a work-out. This afternoon takes us on a scenic drive into the mountains to the incredible Saltpans of Maras which have existed since Pre-Incan times and the mind boggling archaeological Incan crop research site of Moray. Tonight we enjoy dinner as a group at the Tambo del Inka hotel.
This morning, you’ll again have time to relax and unwind at the beautiful Tambo del Inka hotel or perhaps take in some optional adventure activities such as horseback riding, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding.
This afternoon, we visist a local restaurant for an included buffet lunch. Following lunch, explore Ollantaytambo, the predecessor to Machu Picchu with its huge Incan fortress rising from the edge of town.
Dinner tonight is on your own.
After breakfast, board the train in Ollantaytambo for the scenic journey to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll enjoy a fortifying lunch prior to venturing to the summit to start our tour of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” A local expert will guide you through the marvelous citadel, the main plaza, the royal quarters, and the Temple of Three Windows before checking into the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. This evening we enjoy dinner together at the hotel.
This morning the choice is yours to make a second visit to Machu Picchu mountain in the early morning, or you could opt to climb Huaynapicchu (limited based on availability-advance sign up required). Otherwise, the morning is yours to explore Machu Picchu Village on your own. This afternoon, return to Ollantaytambo by train, and transfer to Cusco. Upon arrival, check-in to the historic Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection Hotel in Cusco and enjoy dinner on your own and an evening at leisure.
This mornings tour takes us on a guided tour of Cusco’s Plaza de Armas central square for a visit to the Cathedral, one of the most imposing structures in the city. The Cathedral houses an important collection of gold and silver work from the colonial period as well as a beautiful collection of oil on canvas. Continue with a visit to the Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo. The Convent was built on the Koricancha (site of gold) the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the sun by the ancient Incans. Following the walking tour, you’ll have free time for lunch and independent exploration. This evening we gather for a pisco tasting and a festive dinner at Republica del Pisco.
Following breakfast at the hotel, visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress, one of the emblematic Inca constructions, built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century. It is a huge fortress made of very large stones, and the manner in which they were transported and cut is still a mystery.
Then visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, which contains a large collection of pieces from different cultures that inhabited the Peruvian territory. From the coast to the mountains, the museum exhibits works in wood, shell, bone, silver and gold, rescuing the beauty and skill of the anonymous pre-Columbian craftsman. Following our morning tour we return to the hotel for a farewell lunch before your transfer to the Cusco airport for your departure flight.
It’s the perfect combination of inspiring places and rich history in the comfort of an all-gay environment. Virtually all-inclusive rates starting from $5,599 per person.
13-day all-inclusive Peruvian adventure including an Amazon River cruise and culminating with a comprehensive Machu Picchu experience.
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