As you have come to expect from Jewish Travel Agency Kosher Tours
Totally Deluxe Peru, May 3-10 2017 including Lima, Cusco and Macchu Pichu with
optional AMAZING pre-tour to the Peruvian Amazon Rain Forest, April 30 – May 3
(you can also come to Lima for the Shabbat before if you wish or need to)
Day P1 Sunday April 30th: arrival at Puerto Maldonado (PEM) airport
There is a late Saturday night flight, just before midnight, from JFK via Lima arriving in PEM Sunday 09.30. Those coming from Europe or Israel will need to spend Shabbat in NY or in Lima in order to join this pre-tour.
Puerto Maldonado is a city in Southeastern Peru in the Amazon rainforest 55 kilometres (34 mi) west of the Bolivian border; located at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, the latter of which joins the Madeira River as a tributary of the Amazon. It is the capital of the Madre de Dios Region.
Nearby are the Manú National Park, Tambopata National Reserve, and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, which have been established to protect natural resources. These are some of the most pristine primary rain forests in the world. They include several oxbow lakes and clay licks, where hundreds of birds, including macaws, feed on clay.
Here we will stay at the Inkaterra eco-luxury Reserva Amazonica. Click here for the reviews this place has received. Our tour of the region is based here for 23 unforgettable nights.
Day P2-P4 Monday May 1st – May 3rd:
Amazon Jungle paradise experience
Well, here is a magazine article which gives you a pretty good idea what this pretour is all about:-
The jungle is not naturally hospitable. In Peru, for example, where the lush Amazon Basin comprises more than fifty percent of the country, only five percent of the population calls it
home. Creating a life within the dense tangle of impenetrable rainforest—let alone a luxury eco lodge — isn't easy. But that's the magic of it. It's Pachamama (Mother Earth) in sultry
And that's what makes a stay at the exotic Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, situated at the heart of a 42,000–acre private ecological reserve in one of Peru's remotest territories, just
as magical. Because, while you're busy exploring and learning about the wondrous world of the Amazon and sleeping and dining in pampered style, you're also providing planet–
friendly jobs to locals, helping to fund ethnological and ecological research and supporting vital conservation programs. Good for you. Good for Pachamama.
The adventure began in a garden decorated with rare butterflies, a welcome area close to the small airport where we were to await passage down the Amazon. Butterflies whose wings
looked like Art Deco masterpieces fluttered beautifully. Others resting amid the foliage near the narrow boat docked alongside us.
We motored silently through gray waters, the green muddy banks hiding crocodiles and panthers. The engine cut, and we drifted for a while.
About an hour downstream on the Madre de Dios River, we were greeted by guides in khaki outfits.
Tarantulas hiding in the trees outside were illuminated by bright torches. We made our way in the dusk, clambering across stepping stones through the grass to the huts dotted along
the river bank. It was the time of day when electricity is shut off for a few hours at Reserva Amazónica, the eco lodge that also serves as a research center for Inkaterra, the pioneering Peruvian eco-tourism company. Today the accommodation is much more luxurious than it was back then. It was easily the most romantic place I have ever stayed.
Arriving at the lodge's riverbank staircase, a short trail leads you to the lodge's huge thatched–roof two–story dining and reception building where you are greeted with a cool towel and refreshing tropical juice then escorted to your private cabaña. Lodge porters will have already delivered your luggage. I climbed a handful of steps into my home for a few nights, a beautiful hut half protected by wooden walls and half laid bare to nature with netting for cover. A rocking chair beckoned up front. Two small beds were covered in simple white linen and mosquito nets. The shower was surrounded by a natural wooden cubicle. Such a simple and warm interior with sweet touches like bottles of citronella repellent for mosquitoes and tissues tied in natural bundles with a piece of string.
It may be the jungle, but at Reserva Amazonica you won't have to eschew your creature comforts. Each of the thirty–five spacious thatched–roof cabañas with their high ceilings,
handmade furnishings and fine linens, is tricked out with everything you'd want in an eco luxury getaway. King–size beds with billowing mosquito netting. Fluffy robes and slippers.
Sumptuous towels and signature organic toiletries. And screened decks with comfy lounge chairs and hammocks. They're also outfitted with practical extras like umbrellas, flashlight,
ceiling fan and Kerosene lanterns. What you will not find, however, is air conditioning.
The natural world is the main event at Reserva Amazonica, with complimentary (or private) excursions on tap for every age and interest. Guests can spy on the secret lives of the world's
largest rodent and search for elusive caimans and gigantic tarantulas by flashlight on a twilight river cruise or night walk. Or, team up with explorer guides to hike the reserve trail system
and learn about medicinal plants, animal behavior and jungle life. Climb high above the rainforest on the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway (a network of treetop towers, bridges and platforms) to spot monkeys, toucans, macaws and sloths. And fish for piranha, explore a jungle farm or visit the Inkaterra Butterfly House.
Foodies will appreciate the exquisitely presented and creatively prepared meals made from fresh local ingredients. And the relaxing river's edge ENA Spa, offering an inviting menu of
cooling therapies featuring exotic Amazonian botanical extracts, will appeal to both lodge lizards and fatigued jungle explorers. But perhaps the biggest luxury is the lodge's rich rainforest
soundtrack: the trill of birdsong, the gentle rustle of palm fronds, and cheerful chirps of insects and tree frogs.
Digital nomads should be forewarned that Reserva Amazonica is a total disconnect vacation. There is no cellular or Wi–Fi coverage at the lodge; and limited Internet access is only
available upon request. Also, this is the rainforest where it rains—a lot—and humidity can make electronics go wonky. Protect your gizmos with Ziplocs, dry sacks, or a waterproof
daypack and throw in a moisture–absorbing silica gel packet or two.
The bottom line: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is an exotic, adventurous and unforgettable Amazon experience.
On Wednesday we head back to Lima to start the Main Tour!!
Day 1 Wednesday May 3rd
Welcome to Lima, Peru!
Whenever you arrive, we will be waiting for you.
Dinner and overnight at the most famous hotel in the city with its rooftop pool from which can you watch a magnificent sunset; Miraflores Park Hotel
Day 2 Thursday May 4 Lima
Lima is one of the most beautiful cities in South America, and there's plenty to do and see here.
First, we’ll visit colonial Lima to see all the main sights. Then we head to the modern section of Lima to visit the district of Miraflores with its iconic shopping mall, built on a spectacular cliff
overlooking the Pacific, and the traditional “Parque del Amor”.
Lunch and dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 3 Friday May 5 Lima - Cusco
We transfer to Lima airport for our early morning flight to Cusco. This is the region's oldest continuously inhabited city, built on Inca foundations and dominated by beautiful colonial
Over Shabbat there will be time to acclimatize to the high altitude (3,450 m) but for now we’ll just enjoy a pre-Shabbat treat: fun for all at a chocolate making workshop in the town’s
chocolate museum highlighting the Peruvian cocoa bean and its products.
Then back to prepare for Shabbat in our spectacular hotel, Palacio Nazarenas.
Lunch, Tefilla and Erev Shabbat dinner will be at the hotel. Candles 17.13!!
Day 4 Shabbat May 6 - Cusco
Bearing in mind the altitude, we’ll take it easy today. Our hotel is right in the center of the city, so we’ll go on a guided tour, through the main square and local market.
All meals and Tefillot are at the hotel. After Havdala and dinner we’ll be off to party!
Day 5 Sunday May 7 - Cusco
This morning you we’ll see the Sacsayhuaman fortress which overlooks Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. Legend has it that it took over 10,000 workers 50 years to build. Sacsayhuaman was long thought to be a fortress, but the layout and the architecture suggest a great sanctuary and temple to the sun, which rises exactly opposite the place previously believed to be the Inca’s throne.
After this visit, lunch will be in the hotel. In the afternoon we’ll see more of Cusco and even be able to do some shopping, or you could enjoy the hotel’s pool or spa facilities until it is time for dinner.
Day 6 Monday May 8 – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu
We head out after Shacharit and breakfast in the hotel.
On the way to the Sacred Valley we’ll enjoy amazing views and receive a good insight of Inca history from our guide. The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation channels.
We’ll also learn about the local handcrafted production of textiles known for their great quality around the world.
We’ll visit Ollantaytambo, a town built over an ancient Inca town. This is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning and one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
From here we catch the 13.30 Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. This train ride is one of the most beautiful journeys that visitors can experience anywhere in the world.
It first passes the Sacred Valley of the Incas and then starts to descend gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River, until it finally reaches the cloud forest.
On arrival, we’ll hop onto one of the buses that will take us to the entrance of Machu Picchu where THE world-famous Sanctuary Lodge hotel is located.
Lunch, brought from our Cusco hotel, will be eaten during the train ride.
Dinner is at Sanctuary Lodge.
Day 7 Tuesday May 9 – Machu Picchu - Cusco
Machu Picchu was long thought to be mythical. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon its remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. It’s worth getting up to see the sunrise!!
Early in the morning, we start with the Lost City of the Incas. Our guide will show us the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector and the agricultural sector among others. If someone wants to do extreme sports –there’s white water rafting here too!!
There is time to explore before taking the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to Poroy train station where our private transportation will pick us up and take us back to our hotel in Cusco.
Day 8 Wednesday May 10
Our last day before heading to Cusco airport for flights to Lima and homeward bound!!
Prices: Main Tour - $9,950 sharing
single room supplement: $2,950
Pre-Tour - $4,500 sharing
Upgrades available on request
Teudat Kashrut: Rabbanut Efrat
Mashgiach Tmidi: Rabbi Menachem Fogel
Meat: Glatt Milk and Milk products – stam – as approved
All food will be cooked fresh by the chefs with Rabbi Fogel in attendance.
3 times a day, with Sefer Torah if there is a Minyan (be”H) as we anticipate.
Informal – no dress code any day of the week
Flight specialist and travel insurance specialists available
Tour Cost includes:
Accommodation (double/ sharing room) in 3 fabulous hotels as shown
All train journeys and transportations by a/c luxury bus as per program
Local English speaking guides
All entrance fees
All entertainments, activities as shown
Tour Cost excludes:
Airport taxes (NO VISAS REQUIRED)
Tips ($300 pp recommended)
Please note – program can change for any reason at any time