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Durango, CO, United States, 2007/07/26 - Greentracks Cuzco & Machu Picchu tour and Amazon Riverboat Cruise can be combined into a two-week trip that will reveal the awe-inspiring mountain-top Inca site of Machu Picchu with the splendors of the Amazon river and rainforest.
This exciting Greentracks package combines the mystery and incredible sights of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, with the grandeur of the mightiest river in the world, the Amazon. Experience diverse geography, culture and history in one unforgettable trip.
Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire is now a modern small city that has retained much of its colonial charm. The tour of the city will include visits to the Cathedral of Cuzco, the Inca Temple of the Sun, the nearby ruins at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress and the Inca Bath at Tambomachay. Cuzco is an excellent place to purchase wonderful arts and crafts. Plan on picking up some of the local Alpaca wool sweaters.
The Legendary "Lost City of Machu Picchu" is without a doubt the most important attraction in Peru and one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. It was recently voted to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Built bythe Incas on the summit of Machu Picchu (Old Peak), over- looking the deep canyon of the Urubamba River in a semi-tropical area 120 Km. (75 miles) from the city of Cuzco at 8,000 feet above sea level. It is thought to have been a sanctuary or temple inhabited by high priests and the "Virgins of the Sun".
Years of experience exploring the Amazon allows GreenTracks to offer a unique cruise experience. The GreenTracks Amazon Riverboat Expedition Cruise is an ecotour adventure. There will be several excursions daily off the riverboat, led by GreenTracks-trained, bilingual Naturalist Guides. Using small excursion boats explore the creeks and oxbow lakes in search of wildlife. After dark do the same in search of caiman and colorful frogs and hear the incredible night sounds of the jungle. There will be hikes on rainforest trails in search of interesting animals, multicolored butterflies, bizarre insects, exotic flowers and gigantic trees. Ethnobotany (use of plants by people) will be explained by the guides.
These are 6 day/5 night cruises departing from Iquitos, Peru, on scheduled dates. Group size is always small, typically 8 - 12 people. The Amazon riverboat has plenty of room to spread out and relax. Each cabin is air conditioned and has private bath & shower. There is an enclosed air-conditioned dining room and an outdoor bar area. Meals of both international and regional cuisine are served buffet-style in the air-conditioned dining room.
A GreenTracks eco-adventure cruise is fun, stimulating and educational. With over 16 years of operation GreenTracks has provided memorable experiences of the Amazon for thousands of travelers.
Prices start at $2674 for the two week trip. The Cuzco/Machu Picchu segment can be a 4, 5 or 7 day tour. The Combination Trip can start with any of the scheduled Riverboat Expedition dates and continue to Cuzco and Machu Picchu the following week.