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North Pole Cruise

The North Pole is the world’s northernmost point and a prize still zealously pursued by adventurers and explorers today.

North Pole

This amazing trip starts in Murmansk, Russia. There you embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy for a roundtrip voyage to the geographic North Pole. Anticipation heightens as the mighty ship take you smashing through the frozen Arctic Ocean toward your goal.

 


Highlights

  • The 50 Years of Victory. Powered by two nuclear reactors generating 75,000 horsepower and capable of crushing a clear path through multi-year ice up to three meters thick, is the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever built.
  • Cruising aboard this marvel of engineering is an unforgettable experience in itself.
  • You will disembark onto the frozen sea. You are now able to stand at the top of the world.
  • Visit Franz Josef Land Archipelago. This remote wilderness is home to a variety of iconic High Arctic wildlife, including polar bears. In the surrounding icy waters it is possible to spot seals, walrus, and the elusive bowhead whale. 

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Murmansk, Russia (hotel night)

Welcome to the city of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, starting point of our adventure. Upon your arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

Murmansk is easy to reach by regular flights with stopovers in Moscow or Saint Petersburg. You may wish to extend your stop in Moscow.

Day 2: Embarkation in Murmansk

Today we provide a group transfer to the port where we welcome you aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy. Explore the ship and get orientated as we slip our moorings and sail north out of Kola Bay.

Day 3-6: The Voyage North

Nowhere can it be more truly said that “getting there is half the fun”. As we cruise northward through the Barents Sea there is always the possibility of seeing whales. Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to learn about the unique icebreaking capabilities of the ship. You are also treated to a tour of the engine room. As we make our way across the ice cap, you witness firsthand the ship’s awesome power as massive ice blocks give way under the enormous bulk of the spoon-shaped bow. The sensation of being on deck at this time is surreal and unforgettable.         We also take advantage of 24-hour daylight to offer helicopter flightseeing tours. From the air you can observe the ship crushing a path through the ice. You also have a unique vantage point from which to witness the stunning beauty of this vast polar icescape.

Day 7: North Pole

Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to 90 degrees North, we ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea.       Now is the time to experiencing the long-anticipated thrill of standing at the top of the world. Join hands with your fellow passengers and literally walk around the world during our special International Round Dance. You are also treated to a barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water! After our memorable time at the North Pole we turn around and head south. But the adventure is not over yet. The High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land is still to come!

Day 8-10: Exploration of Franz Josef Land

The Franz Josef Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife—such as walruses and some rare whale species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and ivory gulls. We take advantage of 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and helicopter.  Franz Josef Land is home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere.  Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses, and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by our expert lecturers. Tikhaya Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar expeditions. Nearby, the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.

Day 11-12: The Voyage South

After our amazing time in Franz Josef Land we cross back south through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. You may also take advantage of onboard facilities and amenities such as a polar library, volleyball court, gym, two saunas, warm seawater pool, gift shop, and massage treatments. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows.

Day 13: Disembarkation in Murmansk

Our once-in-a-lifetime journey comes to an end. After breakfast we say farewell in Murmansk. We provide you with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

The Ship – I/B 50 YEARS OF VICTORY

The most powerful icebreaker ever built generates 75,000 horsepower and crushes multi-year ice layers three meters thick. After a few days aboard, you’ll feel her sharing power as you together battle your way through the Arctic icecap to 90º north.

I/b 50 Years of Victory is not a tourist ship. Rather, the icebreaker was purpose-built to pilot scientific and cargo ships to hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic and along the Northeast Passage. It is just during the short summer months when adventurers get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel aboard this real working icebreaker to the geographic North Pole.

160 m (525 ft.)

30 m (98 ft.)

21 knots

124

140

Prices

Please call us for details.


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team;
  • Parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi on board.

Not Included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Kayaking;
  • Staff gratuities.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of 25% per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

Read More>

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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

With this special itinerary you can experience the highlights of the South Georgia & Falkland Islands as well as Antarctica. 

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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica. Weather and ice conditions permitting, we also plan to make a continental landing on the Antarctic Peninsula. Each of these destinations is legendary for abundant marine mammals, exceptional subantarctic birdlife, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history.

 


Highlights

  • The waters around the Falkland Islands are home to various species of cetacean including the southern right whale, killer whale, and Peale’s dolphin.
  • The windswept and treeless Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise.
  • The island’s beaches are packed with fur seals and elephant seals jostling for space alongside innumerable king penguins.
  • The island is home to albatross, petrels, prions, skuas, shags, gulls, terns, and the carnivorous South Georgia pintail duck.
  • Witness the breeding behavior of the world’s largest seabird, the wandering albatross.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina (hotel night)

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. The name of the city can be translated as “fair winds” but it is also referred to as the “Paris of South America”. This is an exuberant brew of traditions, languages and different types of culltures.

Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this welcoming city.

Day 2: Embarkation in Buenos Aires

We provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the deluxe expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds.

Day 3-5: South Atlantic Ocean

As we head south, ocean breezes become cooler and seabirds become more abundant. We keep a sharp eye out for cetaceans such as Commerson’s dolphins and southern right whales in these productive southern seas. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough weather. Presentations by our expert naturalists and historians prepare you for our arrival in the Falkland Islands.

Day 6-7: Fakland Islands

Our exploration of the Falklands includes visiting the isolated outlying islands. These bleakly beautiful isles are havens for wildlife. Large colonies of seabirds, perched on windy bluffs overlooking azure seas, are easily accessible by hiking over lush meadows. At this time, black-browed albatross has returned to the islands and are just starting to lay their eggs amongst the tussocks while feisty rockhopper penguins leap up surf-battered cliffs to start building their nests nearby.

On sandy beaches below, gentoo penguins are also starting to lay their eggs while king penguin chicks of all ages look on. They are joined by female elephant seals suckling their newborn pups. Just offshore, you may see Peale’s dolphins and even killer whales patrolling the coasts. A wide range of land birds, including the endemic Cobb’s wren and inquisitive striated caracara, contribute to an abundance of wildlife that will leave nature lovers breathless.

On these days we intend to come alongside the wharf at Stanley, the historic capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, various war memorials, quality gift shops, and charming pubs. Christ Church Cathedral features an impressive whalebone arch and dramatic views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

We also plan to offer an excursion to Gypsy Cove, a national nature reserve where white sand beaches are frequented by numerous bird species, including the endemic Falklands flightless steamer duck. Here you can also see Magellanic penguins, who have just started to lay their eggs in burrows by the seashore.

Day 8-9: Southern Ocean

We sail east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures and presentations by our lecture staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.

Day 10-14: South Georgia Island

The next five days will be devoted to the exploration of the unique and spectacular wilderness of South Georgia, home to some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. This isolated subantarctic island is said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, shags, skuas, gulls and terns. Among these is one of the largest flying birds in the world—the wandering albatross. Here you have the opportunity to see large downy chicks stretching their wings after spending the long Antarctic winter on snowy nests overlooking the wild Southern Ocean.

On South Georgia’s legendary beaches, king penguins are gathered in huge colonies that stretch from sandy shorelines to the foothills of glaciated mountains. Also at this time, hundreds of thousands of macaroni penguins are coming ashore to start their breeding season. Rare birds such as the endemic South Georgia pipit and yellow-billed pintail round out the list of 78 bird species found across the territory. The successfully completed rat eradication program has made this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

South Georgia is also home to staggering numbers of southern elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals. At this time, thousands of massive bull elephant seals are defending and occasionally fighting to maintain their harems of females, who have recently given birth. Meanwhile, male fur seals are just arriving to stake out their mating territories. Once hunted nearly to extinction, large whales are also returning to the bountiful seas surrounding South Georgia. With the whalers long gone, the historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum. Here you will also find the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, heroic polar explorer and leader of the famous Endurance expedition.

In this rugged yet accessible environment, superb wildlife viewing is best complemented by active adventure. There are many opportunities for guided treks through this snowy wilderness, including the famous Shackleton Walk. For sea kayakers, the wildlife-rich waters of South Georgia offer the chance to paddle with hordes of seals and penguins in some of the world’s most scenic waterways.

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our precise route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather in this wild and remote corner of the world. Our experienced captain and expedition leader will continually adjust plans to take maximum advantage of the conditions and circumstances at hand. You can be sure that we will take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this challenging environment.

Day 15-16: Scotia Sea
After our amazing time in South Georgia, we proceed southwest toward Antarctica. We keep a constant lookout for humpback and fin whales along the way. The majestic wandering albatross and other graceful subantarctic seabirds are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks and balconies.
Day 17-21: Scotia Sea

During the next five days, we undertake an in-depth exploration of the islands near the Antarctic Peninsula. This region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and the best wildlife viewing in Antarctica. Sheltered bays and channels sparkle with ice and reflect towering mountain peaks coated in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to huge numbers of marine mammals and seabirds. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large rookeries at special places on land.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will be our primary area of exploration. This wildly beautiful island chain contains many landing sites with historical significance and abundant wildlife. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s Endurance expedition spent the winter of 1916. We continue west to King George Island, home to numerous Antarctic research bases of various nationalities, some with gift shops and post offices.

Weather and ice permitting, we also hope to visit the supremely picturesque Gerlache Strait area of the Antarctic Peninsula, a pristine wilderness of spectacular white landscapes, colossal icebergs, obliging marine mammals and bustling penguin colonies. Here we have a chance to land on the continent of Antarctica.

Throughout this area, we encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, sometimes nesting side by side. At this time of the season, all three species are busy courting and mating. This is a good time to observe the importance of pebbles in penguin culture, as prized nesting material to be stolen from rivals and given to mates. Also at this time, very high concentrations of sea ice provide more opportunities for seals and penguins to congregate on ice floes, a situation that attracts killer whales. Photographers will appreciate the pristine appearance of fresh, undisturbed snow across the landscape in this early summer month.

Antarctica is a true wilderness with unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which will dictate our route and exploration opportunities. With more than 17 hours of daylight per day, we seize every chance to experience excellent wildlife viewing and amazing scenery via Zodiac cruises and shore excursions.

Day 22-23: Drake Passage

It is now time to head north across the Drake Passage toward South America, but the adventure is not quite over. Seabirds are our constant companions and there is always the possibility of whale encounters in these wild waters. This is also the time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slideshow. Finally, as we enter the calm Beagle Channel, we enjoy a night of smooth sailing toward Ushuaia.

Day 24: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After a final delicious breakfast on board, we bid you a fond farewell in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time in Tierra del Fuego. As you look back on your wonderful experience in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next polar adventure!

The Ship – M/V Sea Spirit

The m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

90.6 meters (297 ft.)

15.3 meters (50 ft.)

15 knots

114

72

Prices

Please call us for details.


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team;
  • Parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi on board.

Not Included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Kayaking;
  • Staff gratuities.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of 25% per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

Read More>

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Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Peninsula

This classic voyage to Antarctica departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. The air gets colder and daylight grows longer as we head south across the infamous Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross. This cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is an authentic expedition in a wilderness of epic proportions.

Antarctic Peninsula

Your time in the Antarctic Peninsula region focuses on the Gerlache Strait area, where towering mountains, immense glaciers, and blue icebergs create a picture-perfect setting for incredible penguin and marine mammal encounters. This cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is an authentic expedition in a wilderness of epic proportions.

 


Highlights

  • In the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula you can go ashore at sites where gentoo, chinstrap, and adélie penguins come together in boisterous nesting colonies.
  • The waters of Antarctica are also home to impressive numbers of marine mammals. Humpback and killer whales can be spotted feeding in bountiful seas.
  • The scenery in Antarctica is unique in the world.
  • You will be following in the historic footsteps of early whalers, polar explorers, and scientific expeditions.
  • Have the opportunity to appreciate modern human ingenuity at scientific research stations of various nationalities.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina (hotel night)

Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of our Antarctic expedition! Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to a quality hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the itinerary. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore this vibrant port city and adventure hub.

For an introduction to local history and wildlife, the interesting Museo del Fin del Mundo is worth a visit. If you have time to spare, a variety of nature activities can be arranged to suit all interests and fitness levels, from hiking in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park to wildlife viewing in the Beagle Channel. For dinner, Ushuaia offers a wide range of restaurants featuring Patagonian lamb and delectable Fuegian seafood.

Day 2: Welcome Aboard!

After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to enjoy Ushuaia. Explore the delightful waterfront and savor views of the snowcapped Martial Range, the southernmost peaks of the Andes. Take advantage of shopping for souvenirs or some last-minute necessities such as cold-weather gear. Just remember, you will soon receive your very own parka to keep and waterproof boots to borrow on board the ship. For lunch, the many cafés, parrillas and gelato shops on Avenida San Martín will be sure to satisfy any appetite.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the pier where we will warmly welcome you aboard the luxury expedition vessel M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. After getting underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the scenery and gorgeous evening light as we pass through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3-4: Across the Drake Passage

After passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we turn south to begin our crossing of the Drake Passage. We watch for humpback and fin whales along the way. The majestic wandering albatross and other graceful subantarctic seabirds are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks and balconies. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, bio-security procedures and presentations by our lecture staff prepare you for our arrival in Antarctica. We hope to arrive in the South Shetland Islands on the evening of our second day at sea.

Day 5-8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

During the next four days, we explore the highlights of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and the best wildlife viewing in Antarctica. Sheltered bays and channels sparkle with ice and reflect towering mountain peaks coated in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to huge numbers of marine mammals and seabirds. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large rookeries at special places on land. Here we also find Antarctic research bases of various nationalities, some with gift shops and post offices.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first area of exploration. This wildly beautiful island chain contains many landing sites with historical significance and abundant wildlife. We will also explore the supremely picturesque Gerlache Strait area of the Antarctic Peninsula, a pristine wilderness of spectacular white landscapes, colossal icebergs, obliging marine mammals and bustling penguin colonies. We hope to pass through the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the narrow channel reflects the image of sheer snowy mountains.

Throughout the islands and on the mainland, we find nesting colonies of gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, sometimes side by side. At this time, penguin eggs are just starting to hatch, causing parents to rush to the sea and back to gather krill for their tiny, helpless chicks. Predatory skuas are quick to capitalize on this new food source. As sea ice continues to recede, humpback whales arrive in great numbers and begin non-stop feeding. Killer whales are also on the hunt for seals and minke whales. Groups of crabeater seals occupy the last of the ice floes while Weddell seals haul out on land. Solitary leopard seals can be spotted patrolling the coast near penguin colonies.

In this rugged yet accessible environment, superb wildlife viewing is best complemented by active adventure. Our knowledgeable guides will offer hiking and hill climbing for an even greater perspective of this raw polar wilderness. For sea kayakers, the wildlife-rich waters of Antarctica offer many chances to paddle with seals and penguins in some of the world’s most scenic waterways. With long daylight hours and the summer’s warmest temperatures, camping is also a great way to make the most of your time on the White Continent.

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our precise route and exploration opportunities will be shaped by weather and ice. Our experienced captain and expedition leader will continually adjust plans to take maximum advantage of the conditions in this challenging polar environment. With nearly 22 hours of daylight per day, we seize every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing and amazing scenery on shore excursions and Zodiac cruises.

Day 9-10: Back across the Drake Passage

It is now time to head back across the Drake Passage toward South America, but the adventure is not quite over. Seabirds are our constant companions and there is always the possibility of whale encounters in these wild waters. This is also the time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slideshow. Finally, as we enter the calm Beagle Channel, we enjoy a night of smooth sailing toward Ushuaia.

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After yet another delicious breakfast on board, we bid you a fond farewell in Ushuaia. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next polar adventure!

The Ship – M/V Sea Spirit

The m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

90.6 meters (297 ft.)

15.3 meters (50 ft.)

15 knots

114

72

Prices

Please call us for details.


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team;
  • Parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi on board.

Not Included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Kayaking;
  • Staff gratuities.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of 25% per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

Read More>

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Svalbard Expedition

Svalbard Expedition Private

This is the ultimate Arctic expedition, on board the ideal ice-strengthen small-ship, and with the most experienced expedition crew in the archipelago.

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Svalbard

This remarkable expedition departs from the far northern settlement of Longyearbyen on the Norwegian Arctic island of Spitsbergen in the famed Svalbard archipelago. You will explore the island’s northwestern coast, home to dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers, and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities.

 


Highlights

  • Svalbard boasts one of the Arctic’s highest concentrations of polar bears.
  • The unique Arctic ecosystem of Spitsbergen is almost entirely protected in a network of nature reserves and national parks.
  • The area of exploration is rich with historical sites including early whaling camps, trappers’ cabins, deserted coal mining operations, and an abandoned polar research station.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (hotel night)

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Svalbard and starting point of our Arctic expedition! At the Longyearbyen airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to a quality hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the itinerary. You will then be free to explore the charming, walkable town center.

We recommend starting your discovery of this fascinating Norwegian High Arctic territory at the excellent Svalbard Museum, where you can also purchase hard-to-find polar books and maps. Afterward, you can enjoy an excellent dinner at one of Longyearbyen’s many delightful restaurants. If you are still awake at midnight, you will notice the sun has not set. In fact, the sun will not set for the entire duration of our time in Svalbard.

Day 2: Welcome Aboard!

After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to enjoy Longyearbyen. Take in the views of icy fjords and glaciated mountains surrounding this historic former coal-mining town. Take advantage of shopping for souvenirs or some last-minute necessities such as cold-weather gear. Just remember, you will soon receive your very own parka to keep and waterproof boots to borrow on board the ship. For lunch, Longyearbyen offers quick and easy meal options including the most northerly pizzas and kebabs in the world.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the pier where we will warmly welcome you aboard the deluxe expedition vessel M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. After getting underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the gorgeous scenery in 24-hour daylight as we pass through the wildlife-rich waters of Isfjorden.

Day 3-11: Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge

The goal for this voyage is a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Along the way, we hope to experience the many facets of this incredible High Arctic territory. Our exact schedule and route will be shaped by weather and ice. At the peak of the summer season, we expect ice conditions to be favorable for a circumnavigation. We also expect there will be enough sea ice around to support ice-dependent animals such as polar bears and walrus. In addition to seeing Spitsbergen from every angle, this itinerary offers the appealing possibility of setting foot on all four of Svalbard’s main islands.

The first of many pristine natural areas on this itinerary is South Spitsbergen National Park, a vast region of varied landscapes including polar deserts and impassible mountain ranges. The centerpiece of this park is Hornsund, a picture-perfect fjord where countless mighty glaciers cascade from soaring mountaintops into icy inlets. The park also includes the southern shores of Bellsund, a picturesque bay where we find the remains of historical whaling operations, including wooden boats, cabins, and thousands of whale bones—a scene from the distant past, literally frozen in time. Throughout the park, there is always a high probability of wildlife sightings. There are also plenty of possibilities for world-class hiking through wild polar landscapes with fascinating geology. Wildflowers will be at their peak during this time.

Next along our route is the wildlife-rich Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve, a pristine and rarely visited wilderness containing hundreds of uninhabited islands. On the large islands of Edgeøya and Barentsøya, we discover broad tundra valleys supporting the territory’s densest population of endemic Svalbard reindeer. We are likely to see rapidly growing reindeer calves at this time of year. The valleys are also important breeding areas for ground-nesting birds such a geese, eiders and sandpipers. Arctic foxes prowl the vast landscape, seeking to provide food for their young cubs, who are just now emerging from their dens. Shallow, murky seas are ideal feeding grounds for walrus, which can be seen resting in large numbers on gently sloping beaches. Historical sites throughout the islands provide glimpses into the region’s bygone era of trapping and hunting.

During this voyage, we expect to encounter significant sea ice concentrations in the enormous Northwest Svalbard Nature Reserve. In this remote and isolated region, ice can persist very late into the summer, giving it a truly polar character. This reserve covers the rugged northwestern parts of Spitsbergen and the entirety of Nordaustlandet, the second largest island in Svalbard. Here we find the massive Austfonna ice cap, part of which meets the sea along the 45-kilometer ice cliff known as Bråsvellbreen—one of the great wonders of the Arctic world. The polar desert environment supports little in the way of vegetation but hosts prodigious numbers of seabirds at breeding sites such as the spectacular sea cliffs of Alkefjellet. The probability of encountering polar bears and walrus in this icy wilderness is very high.

At this time of year, we expect to find the edge of the polar pack ice not too far from Nordaustlandet. We hope to sail along this dynamic boundary between solid sea ice and open ocean. Here we have an unparalleled opportunity to witness the dramatic interplay between polar bears and seals. We will take the ship as close as safely possible to the jumbled and constantly shifting ice floes in the hope of observing polar bears in their preferred habitat.

Finally, we reach Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, the crown jewel of Svalbard’s scenic wonders. Here we find deep fjords flanked by serrated mountain ranges and immense tidewater glaciers calving icebergs into turquoise waters. The skies are filled with millions of murres, guillemots and little auks, whose eggs are just now hatching at countless breeding colonies located on small islands, mountainsides, and sea cliffs within the park. This is also a great time to encounter marine mammals, including beluga whales and various Arctic seals. Set among these incredible scenery and wildlife activity, we also find evidence of Svalbard’s earliest sealers and whalers.

Human habitation along our route can be found at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town and airship base that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements where we find a museum, gift shop and post office.

The ambitious Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge route offer a comprehensive view of the Arctic’s many faces. Every day offers something new and exciting. We will not miss a single opportunity to encounter amazing Arctic wildlife, to witness incredible polar scenery, and to walk in the footsteps of historic expeditions that came before.

Day 12: Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

After filling up with one last buffet breakfast on board, we bid you farewell in Longyearbyen. We provide transfers to the airport or to the town center in case you plan to stay longer in Svalbard. By this time, you may already be making plans for your next amazing trip with us into the polar worlds!

The Ship – M/V Sea Spirit

The m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team;
  • Parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi on board.

Not Included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Kayaking;
  • Staff gratuities.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of 25% per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Award-winning itinerary! The most complete and well-paced expedition to southern and northern coast of Peru, including the history, culture and natural history of the destination. Extensions to the Titicaca Lake, Lima Colonial, Amazon, and Machu Picchu.

Kingdoms of Peru

The expedition will first explore the southern coast of central Peru. Here we will meet the Paracas and Nascas, some of the most advanced ancient civilizations of the planet. You will also experience the Colonial period, the much important Afro Peruvian culture, and the natural history of the area. Superb cuisine, cooking classes and close contact with locals will add much fun to the complete days we have planned.

We will then fly to the northern coast of Peru, the land where the Mochicas and Chimu cultures flourished. It is here that we will find the richest archeological discovery of the Americas, the Lord of Sipan, only comparable to Tutankhamun, and Chan Chan, the biggest mud citadel of the world, which at its peak, housed over 100 000 inhabitants.

The north is covered by the Equatorial Dry Forest, one of the most threatened habitats of the world. A paradise for birders, full of endemics and where the award-winning Chaparri Reserve is located. We will spend two days at Chaparri and will also bird watch at Tinajones and Pomac Forest.

Itinerary in Brief

Getting there:

Your expedition package does not include your international flight ticket. The latest that you should arrive in Lima is during PM on day 1. It is never a bad idea to arrive a day or two earlier. New Paths Expeditions will be glad to arrange extra hotel overnights and activities.

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Most ights from the US land in Lima after 8 pm. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to Casa Andina Private Collection Mira ores Hotel.

We have selected this 5-star hotel because of its location, just blocks away from lively Parque Kenedy, the heart of Mira ores district. A short stroll away you can nd many great restaurants, the wonderful Mercado de Surquillo -where most great chefs buy their fresh products and the best and biggest arts and crafts market in South America.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Mira ores Hotel (Meals aloft)

Day 2: The Southern Coast

After breakfast, the day begins with a drive through the Southern Coastal desert of Peru, crossing fertile valleys and oasis.

After the very interesting 2 hours and 45-minute drive, we will visit El Carmen town, the heart of the Afro Peruvian community of Peru. Afro Peruvians are an important component of Peru’s identity.

Later on, we will enjoy lunch at the beautiful Hacienda San Jose, built during the seventeenth century. This was the heart of Colonial cotton production and of the slave trade of the time, considered as one of the last colonial architectural treasures in the Peruvian coast.

After lunch, we will explore Hacienda San Jose before driving for an hour to the Paracas Bay, where we will lodge at Hotel La Hacienda. A fine dinner with Pisco Sours included follows.

Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D)

Day 3: The Nasca Lines, The Paracas Pre-Inca Culture, Pisco, Paso Fino & more.

After breakfast, we will drive 20 minutes to the Pisco airport to embark in one of the most enigmatic experiences in the world, an overflight over the Nasca Lines.

The lines started to be drawn 4000 years ago by the Paracas pre-Inca culture, but it was 2000 years ago when the descendants of the Paracas, the Nascas used the 12000 square mile desert plateau as a canvas to draw thousands of lines, including 10 mile straight lines, trapezoids, triangles, and spirals. For reasons unknown until now, at the intersections of these lines they draw many zoomorphic complex gures.

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After this unique and unforgettable experience, we will drive 30 minutes to the Julio C. Tello Museum.

We will then continue to the beautiful Tacama vineyard and factory, the best in the country, to learn the secrets of the production of Pisco –the Peruvian traditional spirit, similar to brandy- in a more than beautiful setting. There, we will also enjoy lunch followed by a Peruvian Paso Fino horse show and a Pisco and wine sampling session.

We will then return to the hotel to enjoy the coast of Peru and freshen up before dinner. Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D).

Day 4: Ballestas Islands, Natural History Paradise, and Pachacamac.

We will start the day with a 2-hour speed boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, part of the Paracas National Reserve, Peru’s largest coastal wildlife sanctuary. The Islands are home to thousands of resident and migratory sea birds, including several endangered or threatened South American species. We will be looking for Red-legged Cormorants, Guanay Cormorants, Peruvian Pelicans, Band-tailed Gulls, Inca Terns, Humboldt Penguins, Otters, and South American Sea Lions, among many other species. It is truly a great natural history experience, and this time of the year, blue skies promise superb photographic opportunities.

We will then drive back to Lima arriving in time for lunch at Hacienda Los Ficus where you will be in contact with nature, with horses being bred in the pasture while enjoying typical Peruvian avors.

After lunch, we will drive only 4 miles to the Pachacamac Pre-Inca and Inca remains in the Lurin Valley. This is a huge adobe citadel, where, in pre-Inca times, the oracle Pachacamac was consulted and later, under Inca conquest, it became the main commercial and administrative city in the coast of South America and where Wiracocha, the sun god was adored. The brand new site museum is superb, and we will also visit the main sites of the 4 square mile remains.

After the visit, we will drive one hour or so to Lima.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L (Dinner on your own. Your leader will propose great options)

Day 5: Culinary and Pre-Inca Lima.

After a leisurely breakfast, we will visit a very well kept market, located over the Lima cli that overlooks the beautiful Lima bay. There we will see and taste and learn about the impressive array of local products including potatoes, fruits, seafood and others that together with local creativity have shaped Peruvian cuisine into one of the nest of the world.

We will then drive for 20 minutes to a private culinary experience local where you will learn to prepare and taste in small portions multiple avors from all over Peru. This is truly a feast!

After the Peruvian cuisine complete experience, you will have free time to shop at the huge Handicraft Market of the city, walk at the heart of the lively Mira ores district, visit LarcoMar shopping mall that overlooks the Lima bay and has superb Alpaca and Vicuna shops, or just relax at the hotel. There are many options at walking distance for you to enjoy thanks to the great location of our 5-star hotel.

Dinner will be enjoyed today at Huaca Pucllana, a beautiful restaurant located overlooking a well restored and beautifully illuminated pre-Inca temple right in Mira ores district. A perfect way to say goodbye to Lima, the “City of the Kings”

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D

Day 6: To Chiclayo, North of Peru.

In the morning, we will drive to the Lima airport and y north, 1 hour, to Chiclayo. The ight is beautiful, providing great views of the “Cordillera Blanca” mountains, a massive that includes Huascaran, the highest peak of Peru. Upon arrival, we will check in at the Hotel Casa Andina Select, the best hotel in town, and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit Tucume, a complex of 26 pyramids of the Lambayeque culture located in the middle of a beautiful Equatorial Dry Forest, one of the most endangered habitats of the world.

Upon arrival we will walk around some of the pyramids, understanding the cultures of Northern Peru. We will also visit the site museum before moving to Horcones Hotel and Restaurant.

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 7: Bosque de Pomac & the Lord of Sipan Museum

Early in the morning, we will drive one hour to Pomac forest, a reserve that combines some of the best-preserved patches of Equatorial Dry Forest, providing great birding for endemics.

The forest is dotted with dozens of ancient pyramids belonging to the Sican culture, descendants of the Moche. The site was rst excavated in 1978 by the Japanese archaeologist and anthropologist Izumi Shimada, but it wasn’t until 1992 that his team discovered a tomb of an elite member of Sican society. From this grave, 1.2 tonnes of precious metals in the form of jewelry and religious artifacts were removed, now stored in the National Sican Museum.

Upon our early arrival to Pomac, we will birdwatch for endemics, including the endangered Peruvian Platcutter, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Fasciated Wren, the delicate Amazilia Hummingbird, and the tiny Tumbes Tyrannulet.

We will then continue with some people to people experiences and crafts shopping. An opportunity to see the Pre-Inca pyramids from an overview point will provide great photographic opportunities.

Back in Chiclayo, we will enjoy lunch at Fiesta Restaurant, considered one of the best in the whole country and Latin America. Some consider that the best ceviche in the world is served here!

Later we will return to the hotel and enjoy time to freshen up before departing to visit the Lord of Sipan Museum.

After the complete Lord of Sipan experience, we will enjoy dinner at a basic but traditional restaurant while enjoying a traditional “Pena Nortea”, our rst exposure to the music and dances of the north coast of Peru. This is a night of fun and celebration!

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 8: Chaparri Reserve.

After breakfast, we will drive two hours to Chaparri Reserve, the greatest communal conservation project in Peru. Along the way, we will stop at Tinajones reservoir where we may nd Great Grebe, Black-faced Ibis, Chilean Flamingo, waders and other water birds.

Upon arrival at Chaparri, we will check in, enjoy lunch and meet the local rangers.

Chaparri is a true natural history highlight of South America. The Ecological Reserve is a private community- owned and managed protected area that encompasses some 38,412 hectares, covering an altitudinal range from 150 m to 1350 m, which contain a range of habitats, including semi-desert, sparse dry forest, lowland Prosopis- dominated forest, and foothill dry forest. It is home to 21 species of mammals, and 126 species of birds – with 46 endemics, being White-winged Guan, feared extinct for nearly a century, the best prize of the reserve.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a comfortable hike along the “Huachuma” trail, where we may nd several Tumbesian endemics and other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and where we will analyze the ora of the unique ecosystem. The walk should be crowned with a good sight of Spectacle Bears.

In the evening, and after dinner, a night birding walk follows, along the main track, looking for Scrub Nightjar, Pacific Pygmy-Owl, West Peruvian Screech-Owl, and endemic insect species.

Overnight Chaparri Ecolodge. B, L, D.

Day 9: Chaparri and back to Chiclayo.

We will start the day near the lodge, watching hummingbirds bath in the stream. After breakfast, we will embark on another hike looking for wildlife and enjoy lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon we will drive back to Chiclayo with birding and panoramic stops along the way. Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 10: Lady of Cao and Trujillo

Today we will drive south, towards Trujillo. Lunch will be enjoyed at the old and charming coastal town of Pacasmayo, one of the countries world famous sur ng spots.

We will then continue crossing deserts and valleys until reaching Cao. It is here that the Lady of Cao was discovered. We will visit the archeological site and first class museum and meet the researchers.

After Cao, we will drive to the colonial city of Trujillo, one of the rst Spanish cities in South America, and where the Spanish Conqueror, Francisco Pizarro, first disembarked. We will check in at the fine Casa Andina Private Collection hotel.

Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel tonight.

Day 11: Trujillo: UNESCO Chan Chan, Arcoiris, Cooking Class and Huanchaco Ree Rafts.

After breakfast, we will visit Chan Chan, the biggest mud citadel of the World, known as the “Machu Picchu of the North”.

We will then continue to Huanchaco beach, where we will enjoy a Cebiche and Pisco Sour cooking class at the best restaurant in town, with great ocean views.

After lunch, we will walk to the beach to meet local shermen and their “Caballitos de Torora”.

We will return to the hotel to freshen up. During the good light hours, we will visit Trujillo main square to photograph the beautiful colonial center (We have arranged a small surprise for you during that time), before dinner at the classic members-only Club Central, where the leading members of Trujillo’s society have been gathering for a century. It is located inside the beautiful Iturregui Palace.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D.

Day 12: Huacas del Sol y la Luna. Farewell Lunch. Transfer to Airport. Fly the US.

In the morning we will visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, remains of the capital city of the Mochicas, the most ancient culture that ruled the north.

We will first visit the small, but well displayed Moche Huacas museum, which has an architectural design that represents the building traditions of the Moche culture.

Then, we will be impressed with the visit to “Huaca de la Luna”. In English “Pyramid of the Moon”, is a masterpiece of human creative genius. Its 12,000 square meters of polychrome murals are an outstanding example of the construction techniques that the Moche mastered.

After the visit, we will enjoy a wonderful lunch of modern Peruvian delicacies before transferring to the airport to fly to Lima and connect with ights back home.

NOTE: Late checkouts have been requested to the hotel and will be confirmed closer to the departure date.

Accommodations

Casa Andina Private Collection – Miraflores, Lima 5*

With a strategic location in the heart of Miraflores, the Private Collection Miraflores has been designed to express the local flavor with all the amenities, facilities and services of a first class hotel. The Private Collection Miraflores provides an unmistakable local style, and includes an exquisite collection of contemporary art, which along with valuable colonial antiques, decorates the rooms and common areas.

La Hacienda Bahia – Paracas: Pisco, Ica 4*

It is located on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Paracas. Luxury and simplicity blend perfectly. Every room has been designed to provide a comfortable stay and the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of life on the bay. The restaurant, o ers the best view of the bay. Multiple activities are available, from a good spa to water adventure sports, including sailing, fishing and much more.

Casa Andina Select – Chiclayo, Lambayeque 3*

This hotel is the refurbished Hotel de Turistas Chiclayo. A landmark of the city, it o ers its visitor center of the city Location, just minutes from downtown and the airport.

This is a modern and functional hotel, with spacious common areas, terrace, pool and event areas. distributed in 7 floors. Internet center, Wi-Fi and ATM are just some of the services that are o ered to customers. AC Included.

Chaparri Eco-Lodge – Chaparri, Lambayeque. Basic Lodge.

Chaparri Ecolodge is located in the dry forests of northern Peru. It provides a tranquil escape in a spectacular landscape of the foothills of the Andes, with excellent wildlife viewing. It is a communal award-winning project. Even though basic, the sta is truly warm. The 6 Rooms available are clean, feature en suite bathrooms, solar hot water, and electricity. Food is served on a simple terrace. A stream pool and hammocks are available. No AC (One night stay).

Casa Andina Private Collection – Trujillo. 5*

This is a hotel with 147 rooms, distributed in 14 levels, that proposes, through its architecture and decoration, the integration of the Pre-Inca culture symbols and the modern design. This five-star hotel has an ideal location at the entrance of the Golf Urbanization, providing our guests with easy access from the airport and the city center. Internet Center, high-speed Wi-Fi, Fitness Center (open 24 hours), swimming pool, hair salon, and spa are part of the amenities. AC included.

Costa del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel Lima.

Most international flights to Lima arrive during the late PM. The Lima Airport hotel makes it easy to take the early flights the next morning. The hotel is only a short walk from the gate, and using this hostelry will spare you a 1 to 2-hour drive to the city. The hotel includes a full range of leisure facilities: 24/7 restaurant, bar, and spa. The rooms are modern and very comfortable.

Aranwa Sacred Valley Cusco 5*

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Spa is built on the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the lands of an old colonial hacienda of the 17th century, just one hour and a half from the city of Cusco, and 30 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu. The hotel rooms are decorated in Colonial, Modern, and Minimalist styles. The gardens, restaurant, bars, and spa are some of the best in the whole country.

Inkaterra Pueblo Machu Picchu 5*

Inkaterra luxury Machu Picchu Hotel is located one of the most bio-diverse spots on Earth. Composed of 81-casitas, the hotel resembles an Andean village secluded in 12 acres of cloud forest. The hotel includes a Spa, first-class restaurant and a large living room filled with fire-places. Natural history activities are included, such as world-class birding excursions, visits to the hotel s Orchid Garden (the biggest in-habitat orchid garden in the world!), walks through the tea plantation, and much more.

Casa Andina Premium – Cusco

Casa Andina Premium Cusco is strategically located and beautiful hotel just a few blocks from the Main Square, ideal place to initiate visits of the surroundings, cultural walks to the tourist places more known like the Cathedral of Cuzco or the convent Santo Domingo and to discover the charms of the historical center. It has 93 rooms that are characterized by a personalized service and all the comforts that our guests may need with free extras like: bu et breakfast, free Wi-Fi, restaurant and bar, concierge service, room service, among others.

Belmond Andean Explorer

There are many different options for train travel in Peru, yet there nothing is quite like the luxury of the Belmond Andean Explorer.

With spacious cabins, decadent furnishings, a piano bar, library and observation carriages (plus delicious food prepared by incredible chefs), it really is something else. As a result, you will experience the best of Peru in utmost comfort, luxury and style.

The Belmond Andean Explorer travels through many di erent areas of Peru including Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and Puno.

Titilaka Lodge

Located on a tranquil bay of Lake Titicaca with some of the most amazing views of the lake, this all-inclusive first-class lodge has only 18 ample suites (booking in advance is important to secure your reservation). Service is impeccable, and all excursions, meals, and beverages are included. The lodge has a spa, multiple terraces, as well as kayaks and bicycles for exploration. Titilaka Lodge is a destination in itself that should not be missed.

Details

Included in Land Cost:
  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete Pre-Departure documents.
  • Services of a NPE Local Guide during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Accommodations as noted (The best available at each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local sta .
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistance and restaurant staff.

 

Not Included:
  • International Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Head Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

 

Deposits and final payments:

To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
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Itinerary in Brief

Getting there

Your expedition package does not include your international flight ticket. We highly recommend that you arrive a day before the expedition begins. NPE will be pleased to arrange for the extra overnights needed.

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

Upon your arrival at Bangalore airport, our tour representative will welcome you at the airport arrival lounge & transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at Gold Finch (Meals Aloft)

Day 2: Bangalore – Mysore

After breakfast drive to Mysore (3 hrs.)

Mysore is the third-largest city in the state of Karnataka, India, and it served as the capital city of the Mysore Princely Kingdom (Kingdom of Mysore) for nearly six centuries, from 1399 until 1947. Mysore is noted for its palaces, including Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city is host to large numbers of visitors.

The city also lends its name to the Mysore style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore Pak, the Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban), and the garment known as the Mysore silk sari.

Late afternoon visit to Mysore Palace, which is one of the finest Royal Palaces in India. Mysore Palace is a magnificent and beautiful building. It is especially impressive when its façade is illuminated on Sundays and festive occasions. The interior of the Palace is equally extraordinary with its spacious halls, called Mantaps, paintings, and overall architectural beauty.

Mysore Palace is an excellent example of Indo-Saracenic architecture; the domes and the outside construction show

Muslim influence, but the interior of the Palace is a fine example of Hindu architecture. Together, it is a delightful aesthetic blend of Hindu and Muslim artistic styles.

Although the present palace is only a little over a century old, there is clear evidence showing that a royal structure existed at the present location even before the two Yadu dynasty princes, Yaduraya and Krishnaraya, came to Mysore in 1399 A.D.

Overnight at Royal Orchid Metropole (B, L, D)

Day 3: Mysore – Kabini (Nagarhole)

Early morning excursion to Ranganathithu bird sanctuary. Ranganathittu covers an area of less than 1 sq. km, but has a very high density of bird populations, making this a premium viewing site. The most common birds in the sanctuary are painted storks, spoonbills, white ibises, egrets, herons, and partridges. Most of the birds stay on tiny islands within the river and can be approached by boat.

The Kaven River, which runs through the sanctuary, is also home to a few crocodiles.

Later drive to Nagarhole National Park (2 hrs.)

Nagarhole is the perfect getaway for bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike; a place rich in forests, little streams, undulating valleys, and fascinating waterfalls. Nagarhole is a haven for many wild animals and is one of the last safe asylums for Asian elephants. Visiting Nagarhole would undoubtedly be an ethereal experience – a trip to paradise and back, and one never to be forgotten.

The misty Brahmagiri Mountains form a perfect backdrop to the natural sounds of the jungle, and the murmuring of the streams and rivers. The snake-like river that winds through the forests is the source of the name of the reserve; ‘Naga’ signifying snake and ‘Hole’ meaning river, it is derived from the Kannada language of the region. Nagarhole is a place of never-ending enchantment, due to the extensive number of species found there including four-horned antelope, panther, warblers, hornbills, spotted deer, mouse deer, pangolin, gaur, and giant flying squirrel among many others.

Overnight at The Serai (B, L, D)

Day 4: Nagarhole

Morning Jungle Safari in the park via shared jeep or canter. Later enjoy a short coracle ride on the Kabini River. A coracle is a small, maneuverable country boat which is ideal for game viewing in this park.

Night Trails: As night descends upon the Kabini landscape, a whole world of nocturnal life emerges. Those of you not lured by after-dinner television can explore nature around the resort at night, armed only with flashlights and a spirit of adventure. Naturalists will escort you around the areas just outside the resort, and close to the Kabini’s shoreline. This is where you will encounter the fascinating nocturnal world of beetles, spiders, owls, moths, lizards, and even plants as you

partake in this unusual nighttime expedition. Overnight at The Serai (B, L, D)

Day 5: Nagarhole

Morning Nature Walk: A guided Nature Walk is one of the best ways to explore the treasures of nature. A naturalist will unravel the beauty of birds, insects, trees, and wildflowers on this expedition. The walk would take you along the banks of the Kabini river, and then through the scrub and fields along the nearby village roads.

During the afternoon, you will cruise through the serene backwaters of the Kabini River on a motorboat, viewing sleepy crocodiles and chirpy birds, busy with their morning catch. You will have the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife, including elephants, coming to the river for a bath or a drink.

Overnight at The Serai (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kabini – Bandipur National Park

After your leisurely breakfast, we will drive to Bandipur National Park (2 hrs.)

Serai-Bandipur, unlike any other resort in the region, is situated very close to the Bandipur National Park. Because Serai- Bandipur rubs shoulders with the Bandipur National Park, it provides an experience quite unlike anything you’ve ever

experienced. It isn’t uncommon to hear the calls of wild animals and the trumpeting of elephants as they pass by the resort.

Among other things, the Serai -Bandipur offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the magnificent Nilgiris Mountains. Look out of your bedroom window, and you’ll be presented with a perpetually changing view of the Nilgiris. Bandipur National Park teems with wildlife and provides a safe haven to a wide variety of animals, including the four-horned antelope, gaur, Asiatic elephant, leopard, sloth bear, black napped hare, black leopard, and a host of bird species like the barbet, babbler, warbler, and the Indian peafowl.

Upon arrival in Bandipur, check in to the hotel. Overnight at The Serai (B, L, D)

Day 7: Bandipur National Park

Morning and afternoon shared jeep/canter in search of the wildlife in this beautiful park. You will have the option to hire a bicycle from the resort to go on cycle trails around the resort and enjoy bird watching. For those who enjoy staying up a bit later, there is stargazing in the evening under the clear skies.

Overnight at The Serai (B, L, D)

Day 8: Bandipur – Wayanad

After an early morning Safari and a delicious breakfast, drive to Wayanad (2 hrs.)

The Tranquil Resort comprises 400 acres of private coffee and spice plantation nestled in the lush forest of Wayanad; this is an exotic location in Kerala. The name says it all, the Tranquil Resort is a small private estate that offers a luxurious homelike experience surrounded by an environment of exquisite ecological beauty and unending relaxation.

The elegant suites & tree villas enjoy a panoramic overview of the coffee plantation. This resort offers you your own personal and private sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life. In addition to simply relaxing, you can also enjoy leisurely walks and bird watching in and around the plantation. The main cropping season for coffee and areca nut is between mid-January – mid-March, and at this time, the plantation buzzes with activity.

In addition to a pool and Ayurvedic massages, the Tranquil Resort also offers nature walks. You can choose from 12 different routes ranging from “Braveheart” to “Teaser” walks. Guests are provided with walk maps and the routes are well marked out with signboards.

Overnight at Tranquil Resort (B, L, D)

Day 9: Wayanad

Full day free to enjoy activities in and around Wayanad .

Afternoon activities include a coffee plantation visit. Wayanad has a successful spice cultivation program, and visiting those who grow spices in the area is now a part of the district’s development plan. The idea of the spice tour was conceived as an alternative source of income for small scale farmers and planters in Wayanad. Spice tours are also arranged to provide an introduction to the spice growers’ lifestyle to travelers.

Cooking class followed by dinner. Overnight at Tranquil Resort (B, L, D)

Day 10: Wayanad – Cochin

After breakfast drive to Kochi (7 hrs.)

Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as ‘God’s Own Country’. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

In the evening visit Kathakali Dance theatre for a live performance of the famous Kathakali dance show. Kathakali is a traditional dance form of Kerala, and the impressive facial expressions, hand gestures, and dance moves that will leave one spellbound.

Overnight at Eighth Bastion (B, L, D)

Day 11: Cochin

Morning sightseeing tour of Cochin city visiting Bolghatty Palace, St Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue (remains closed on Friday & Saturday), Dutch Palace (Mattancherry) (remains closed on Friday).

You will also get to see the iconic Chinese fishing nets, Cheenavala, that are unique to this city. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, not in China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood using these massive nets, with a whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen being dotted with them.

Your tour concludes with a visit to Fort Cochin – a small community in itself. Since it is a natural harbor
and one of the most important trade centers in the south of India, Kochi Fort of Kerala is one of the most significant towns in the state. One can see a unique blend of Dutch and Portuguese influences in Fort Cochin, due to colonial occupation of Cochin for many years

Cooking class followed by dinner. Overnight at Eighth Bastion (B, L, D)

Day 12: Cochin – Houseboat

After breakfast drive to Alleppey (1 hr.) to board Houseboat, on arrival check-in at Houseboat.

Sail along with the meandering network of Kerala backwaters, witness the exceptional water world and experience its countless gems. Just before sunset, Houseboat ties up for the night & dinner is served onboard.

Overnight onboard Houseboat (B, L, D)

Day 13: Houseboat – Kumarakom

Following breakfast onboard, drive to Kumarakom (1 1⁄2 hrs.). On arrival in Kumarakom, check-in at the hotel, Kumarakom Lake Resort.

Overnight at Kumarakom Lake Resort (B, L, D)

Day 14: Kumarakom & Fly home

After breakfast on time transfer to Cochin airport to connect flight for onward destination. (B)

IMPORTANT NOTE

Using decades of experience, and with the help of our local partners, we have crafted this itinerary in detail to create a program that maximizes opportunities for exploring sites, and to facilitate wildlife encounters. Our expeditions use the best accommodations available. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays, or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site.

These events or realities are out of our control and are an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities arise to improve cultural or wildlife experiences.

Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to force majeure reasons. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

The Rwanda Extension

Details in Brief:

Duration: 4 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide
Maximum Number of Participants: 12


Itinerary in Brief:

Day 1 – To Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

Today we leave Uganda behind us as we have a scenic drive through the Switzerland of East Africa to Kinigi in Rwanda. We travel via the Kanaba Gap, Kisoro, and the Cyanika border into Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills. We arrive at Volcanoes National Park and Five Volcanoes Lodge. “In the heart of Central Africa, so high that you shiver more than you sweat,” wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, “are the great old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet and heavily covered in rich, green rainforest – the Virungas”.

The Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen, bamboo forests, open grassland, swamp, and heath. Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is situated in north-western Rwanda. It borders Virunga National Park in the Demographic Republic of Congo And Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. It is a 90-minute drive for Kigali, the Capital of Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo). The park was first gazetted in 1925 and was the first national park in Africa.

Volcanoes National Park was the base for the famous American Naturalist, Dian Fossey to carry out her research on gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre. Dian Fossey is widely credited with saving the gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the international community. Dian Fossey was later murdered by unknown assailants and she is buried near the research center.

Best known for the mountain gorillas, other mammals that reside in the park are the golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena and bushbuck. There are 178 recorded bird species with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and the Rwenzori Mountains.

Overnight at Five Volcanoes Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 2 – Gorilla tracking day

After breakfast, we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes between 2300-3500 meters above sea level. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located, all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain in a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including a waterproof bag for cameras and film. Please note: plastic (e.g. carrier/shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda.

Overnight Five Volcanoes. (B, L, D)

 

Day 3 – Drive to Park Headquarters & Golden Monkey Trekking

After breakfast, we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of golden Monkey trekking lunch at the lodge afternoon drive to Kigali.

Overnight at Hotel Des Mille Collines (B, L, D)

 

Day 4 – Return Home

This morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight (B)


Important Note

Using decades of experience and with the help of our local partners we have crafted this itinerary in detail and have created a program that maximizes the opportunities for exploring sites and to facilitate wildlife encounters while using the best accommodations available. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to force majeure reasons. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

HOTEL NO. 5

Hotel No. 5 is a stylish boutique hotel nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Uganda. Ideally located 10 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, Hotel No. 5 may be located in Uganda’s second largest city, but the peaceful hotel grounds will provide an escape from the buzz and activity of Entebbe.

 


BAKER’S LODGE

The lodge provides a thatched central lounge, bar and dining area which is raised with wooden decks all around, allowing guests to savor the morning sunrise for breakfast, sunset in the evening and 180-degree river views throughout the day. Laundry, open bar (Imported brands at an extra charge) and wifi in the main building are included.


NDALI LODGE

The lodge is perched 100m (328ft) directly above Nyinambuga Crater Lake and has eight individual cottages set on the hillside. Designed to blend with the landscape, the lodge was built using all local materials such as traditional mud render and thatching, providing the lodge with its key qualities of light, space, simplicity, and openness to nature. Each cottage consists of an airy bedroom with en-suite bathroom (containing bathtubs and showers, plenty of hot water and flushing WC) and private veranda. Includes complementary laundry and wifi in the main house.


KYAMBURA GORGE LODGE

The main lodge building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively restored to create a stunning and contemporary living space, balancing the history of the building with a series of distinct luxurious spaces for guests to relax. Laundry, open bar (Imported brands at an extra charge), wifi in the main building and 1 massage per guest are included.


MAHOGANY SPRINGS LODGE

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team.


THE FIVE VOLCANOES BOUTIQUE HOTEL

All services ranging from high-end accommodation with heated rooms, fully fledge spa services, modern restaurant etc. to packed lunch and refreshment packages to non-resident guests – as the only facility in that region and is situated 10 minutes from park HQ.

 


HOTEL DES MILLE COLLINES

This is a 4-star hotel situated in the middle of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The hotel boasts 112 exclusive rooms, which have all been completely refurbished and upgraded to a high standard. All of the rooms have their own balcony and access to wireless internet. The hotel will be having its Grand reopening in February 2011.

Departure

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of an NPE Senior Leader during the expedition.
  • Local Guides
  • Comfortable, modern, 4X4 vehicles, customized for maximum viewing with open roof hatches. These are usually Toyota Land Cruisers or comparable vehicles.
  • Professional, experienced drivers, and guides, who are knowledgeable in all aspects of Uganda and Rwanda Safaris.
  • All accommodations and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • Emergency International communications available.
  • Books available in the vehicles to help identify the flora and fauna.
  • Umbrellas, bean bags, and blankets in the vehicles.
  • A courtesy bag which includes tea, coffee, biscuits, and paper napkins.
  • Coolers in our vehicles
  • Bottled water in vehicles
  • Laundry included in several of our lodges.

 

Not Included:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuities for Local Master Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader (may be added to your final invoice, if desired).
  • Gratuities for optional treks guides.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

 

Deposits and final payments:

  • In order to guarantee your space on the Uganda Expedition, a deposit of $1,500 is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining cost will be charged 120 before the expedition begins.
  • Using these funds, New Paths Expeditions will make a deposit of 30% of the cost of your domestic air tickets to guarantee your seats in the needed flights. Please note that even though New Paths Expeditions will make the mentioned deposit, the domestic air tickets are not included and their cost will be added to your final invoice. In case you cancel your expedition, due to airline policies, we will not be able to refund the cost of the tickets, nor we will be able to transfer them to another expedition participant.
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We will then fly to the northern coast of Peru, the land where the Mochicas and Chimu cultures flourished. It is here that we will find the richest archeological discovery of the Americas, the Lord of Sipan, only comparable to Tutankhamun, and Chan Chan, the biggest mud citadel of the world, which at its peak, housed over 100 000 inhabitants.

The north is covered by the Equatorial Dry Forest, one of the most threatened habitats of the world. A paradise for birders, full of endemics and where the award-winning Chaparri Reserve is located. We will spend two days at Chaparri and will also bird watch at Tinajones and Pomac Forest.

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Group Size:

The expedition is limited to 12 participants, and will be led by an NPE Senior Leader and a local Master Guide.

Itinerary in Brief

Getting there:

Your expedition package does not include your international flight ticket. The latest that you should arrive in Lima is during PM on day 1. It is never a bad idea to arrive a day or two earlier. New Paths Expeditions will be glad to arrange extra hotel overnights and activities.

Day 1. January 9: Arrive in Lima

Most ights from the US land in Lima after 8 pm. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to Casa Andina Private Collection Mira ores Hotel.

We have selected this 5-star hotel because of its location, just blocks away from lively Parque Kenedy, the heart of Mira ores district. A short stroll away you can nd many great restaurants, the wonderful Mercado de Surquillo -where most great chefs buy their fresh products and the best and biggest arts and crafts market in South America.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Mira ores Hotel (Meals aloft)

Day 2. January 10: The Southern Coast

After breakfast, the day begins with a drive through the Southern Coastal desert of Peru, crossing fertile valleys and oasis.

After the very interesting 2 hours and 45-minute drive, we will visit El Carmen town, the heart of the Afro Peruvian community of Peru. Afro Peruvians are an important component of Peru’s identity.

Later on, we will enjoy lunch at the beautiful Hacienda San Jose, built during the seventeenth century. This was the heart of Colonial cotton production and of the slave trade of the time, considered as one of the last colonial architectural treasures in the Peruvian coast.

After lunch, we will explore Hacienda San Jose before driving for an hour to the Paracas Bay, where we will lodge at Hotel La Hacienda. A fine dinner with Pisco Sours included follows.

Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D)

Day 3. January 11: The Nasca Lines, The Paracas Pre-Inca Culture, Pisco, Paso Fino & more.

After breakfast, we will drive 20 minutes to the Pisco airport to embark in one of the most enigmatic experiences in the world, an overflight over the Nasca Lines.

The lines started to be drawn 4000 years ago by the Paracas pre-Inca culture, but it was 2000 years ago when the descendants of the Paracas, the Nascas used the 12000 square mile desert plateau as a canvas to draw thousands of lines, including 10 mile straight lines, trapezoids, triangles, and spirals. For reasons unknown until now, at the intersections of these lines they draw many zoomorphic complex gures.

Our 1 hour and 30-minute flight will take us to enjoy good sightings of the most elaborated gures of the Nasca and Palpa plateaus. At the last, you will be able to observe the anthropomorphic gures -believed to be drawn in the early stages- including that known as the astronaut.

After this unique and unforgettable experience, we will drive 30 minutes to the Julio C. Tello Museum.

We will then continue to the beautiful Tacama vineyard and factory, the best in the country, to learn the secrets of the production of Pisco –the Peruvian traditional spirit, similar to brandy- in a more than beautiful setting. There, we will also enjoy lunch followed by a Peruvian Paso Fino horse show and a Pisco and wine sampling session.

We will then return to the hotel to enjoy the coast of Peru and freshen up before dinner. Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D).

Day 4. January 12: Ballestas Islands, Natural History Paradise, and Pachacamac.

We will start the day with a 2-hour speed boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, part of the Paracas National Reserve, Peru’s largest coastal wildlife sanctuary. The Islands are home to thousands of resident and migratory sea birds, including several endangered or threatened South American species. We will be looking for Red-legged Cormorants, Guanay Cormorants, Peruvian Pelicans, Band-tailed Gulls, Inca Terns, Humboldt Penguins, Otters, and South American Sea Lions, among many other species. It is truly a great natural history experience, and this time of the year, blue skies promise superb photographic opportunities.

We will then drive back to Lima arriving in time for lunch at Hacienda Los Ficus where you will be in contact with nature, with horses being bred in the pasture while enjoying typical Peruvian avors.

After lunch, we will drive only 4 miles to the Pachacamac Pre-Inca and Inca remains in the Lurin Valley. This is a huge adobe citadel, where, in pre-Inca times, the oracle Pachacamac was consulted and later, under Inca conquest, it became the main commercial and administrative city in the coast of South America and where Wiracocha, the sun god was adored. The brand new site museum is superb, and we will also visit the main sites of the 4 square mile remains.

After the visit, we will drive one hour or so to Lima.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L (Dinner on your own. Your leader will propose great options)

Day 5. January 13: Culinary and Pre-Inca Lima.

After a leisurely breakfast, we will visit a very well kept market, located over the Lima cli that overlooks the beautiful Lima bay. There we will see and taste and learn about the impressive array of local products including potatoes, fruits, seafood and others that together with local creativity have shaped Peruvian cuisine into one of the nest of the world.

We will then drive for 20 minutes to a private culinary experience local where you will learn to prepare and taste in small portions multiple avors from all over Peru. This is truly a feast!

After the Peruvian cuisine complete experience, you will have free time to shop at the huge Handicraft Market of the city, walk at the heart of the lively Mira ores district, visit LarcoMar shopping mall that overlooks the Lima bay and has superb Alpaca and Vicuna shops, or just relax at the hotel. There are many options at walking distance for you to enjoy thanks to the great location of our 5-star hotel.

Dinner will be enjoyed today at Huaca Pucllana, a beautiful restaurant located overlooking a well restored and beautifully illuminated pre-Inca temple right in Mira ores district. A perfect way to say goodbye to Lima, the “City of the Kings”

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D

Day 6. January 14: To Chiclayo, North of Peru.

In the morning, we will drive to the Lima airport and y north, 1 hour, to Chiclayo. The ight is beautiful, providing great views of the “Cordillera Blanca” mountains, a massive that includes Huascaran, the highest peak of Peru. Upon arrival, we will check in at the Hotel Casa Andina Select, the best hotel in town, and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit Tucume, a complex of 26 pyramids of the Lambayeque culture located in the middle of a beautiful Equatorial Dry Forest, one of the most endangered habitats of the world.

Upon arrival we will walk around some of the pyramids, understanding the cultures of Northern Peru. We will also visit the site museum before moving to Horcones Hotel and Restaurant.

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 7. January 15: Bosque de Pomac & the Lord of Sipan Museum

Early in the morning, we will drive one hour to Pomac forest, a reserve that combines some of the best-preserved patches of Equatorial Dry Forest, providing great birding for endemics.

The forest is dotted with dozens of ancient pyramids belonging to the Sican culture, descendants of the Moche. The site was rst excavated in 1978 by the Japanese archaeologist and anthropologist Izumi Shimada, but it wasn’t until 1992 that his team discovered a tomb of an elite member of Sican society. From this grave, 1.2 tonnes of precious metals in the form of jewelry and religious artifacts were removed, now stored in the National Sican Museum.

Upon our early arrival to Pomac, we will birdwatch for endemics, including the endangered Peruvian Platcutter, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Fasciated Wren, the delicate Amazilia Hummingbird, and the tiny Tumbes Tyrannulet.

We will then continue with some people to people experiences and crafts shopping. An opportunity to see the Pre-Inca pyramids from an overview point will provide great photographic opportunities.

Back in Chiclayo, we will enjoy lunch at Fiesta Restaurant, considered one of the best in the whole country and Latin America. Some consider that the best ceviche in the world is served here!

Later we will return to the hotel and enjoy time to freshen up before departing to visit the Lord of Sipan Museum.

After the complete Lord of Sipan experience, we will enjoy dinner at a basic but traditional restaurant while enjoying a traditional “Pena Nortea”, our rst exposure to the music and dances of the north coast of Peru. This is a night of fun and celebration!

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 8. January 16: Chaparri Reserve.

After breakfast, we will drive two hours to Chaparri Reserve, the greatest communal conservation project in Peru. Along the way, we will stop at Tinajones reservoir where we may nd Great Grebe, Black-faced Ibis, Chilean Flamingo, waders and other water birds.

Upon arrival at Chaparri, we will check in, enjoy lunch and meet the local rangers.

Chaparri is a true natural history highlight of South America. The Ecological Reserve is a private community- owned and managed protected area that encompasses some 38,412 hectares, covering an altitudinal range from 150 m to 1350 m, which contain a range of habitats, including semi-desert, sparse dry forest, lowland Prosopis- dominated forest, and foothill dry forest. It is home to 21 species of mammals, and 126 species of birds – with 46 endemics, being White-winged Guan, feared extinct for nearly a century, the best prize of the reserve.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a comfortable hike along the “Huachuma” trail, where we may nd several Tumbesian endemics and other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and where we will analyze the ora of the unique ecosystem. The walk should be crowned with a good sight of Spectacle Bears.

In the evening, and after dinner, a night birding walk follows, along the main track, looking for Scrub Nightjar, Pacific Pygmy-Owl, West Peruvian Screech-Owl, and endemic insect species.

Overnight Chaparri Ecolodge. B, L, D.

Day 9. January 17: Chaparri and back to Chiclayo.

We will start the day near the lodge, watching hummingbirds bath in the stream. After breakfast, we will embark on another hike looking for wildlife and enjoy lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon we will drive back to Chiclayo with birding and panoramic stops along the way. Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 10. January 18: Lady of Cao and Trujillo

Today we will drive south, towards Trujillo. Lunch will be enjoyed at the old and charming coastal town of Pacasmayo, one of the countries world famous sur ng spots.

We will then continue crossing deserts and valleys until reaching Cao. It is here that the Lady of Cao was discovered. We will visit the archeological site and first class museum and meet the researchers.

After Cao, we will drive to the colonial city of Trujillo, one of the rst Spanish cities in South America, and where the Spanish Conqueror, Francisco Pizarro, first disembarked. We will check in at the fine Casa Andina Private Collection hotel.

Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel tonight.

Day 11. January 19: Trujillo: UNESCO Chan Chan, Arcoiris, Cooking Class and Huanchaco Ree Rafts.

After breakfast, we will visit Chan Chan, the biggest mud citadel of the World, known as the “Machu Picchu of the North”.

We will then continue to Huanchaco beach, where we will enjoy a Cebiche and Pisco Sour cooking class at the best restaurant in town, with great ocean views.

After lunch, we will walk to the beach to meet local shermen and their “Caballitos de Torora”.

We will return to the hotel to freshen up. During the good light hours, we will visit Trujillo main square to photograph the beautiful colonial center (We have arranged a small surprise for you during that time), before dinner at the classic members-only Club Central, where the leading members of Trujillo’s society have been gathering for a century. It is located inside the beautiful Iturregui Palace.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D.

Day 12. January 20: Huacas del Sol y la Luna. Farewell Lunch. Transfer to Airport. Fly the US.

In the morning we will visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, remains of the capital city of the Mochicas, the most ancient culture that ruled the north.

We will first visit the small, but well displayed Moche Huacas museum, which has an architectural design that represents the building traditions of the Moche culture.

Then, we will be impressed with the visit to “Huaca de la Luna”. In English “Pyramid of the Moon”, is a masterpiece of human creative genius. Its 12,000 square meters of polychrome murals are an outstanding example of the construction techniques that the Moche mastered.

After the visit, we will enjoy a wonderful lunch of modern Peruvian delicacies before transferring to the airport to fly to Lima and connect with ights back home.

NOTE: Late checkouts have been requested to the hotel and will be con rmed closer to the departure date.

Accommodations

Casa Andina Private Collection – Miraflores, Lima 5*

With a strategic location in the heart of Miraflores, the Private Collection Miraflores has been designed to express the local flavor with all the amenities, facilities and services of a first class hotel. The Private Collection Miraflores provides an unmistakable local style, and includes an exquisite collection of contemporary art, which along with valuable colonial antiques, decorates the rooms and common areas.

La Hacienda Bahia – Paracas: Pisco, Ica 4*

It is located on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Paracas. Luxury and simplicity blend perfectly. Every room has been designed to provide a comfortable stay and the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of life on the bay. The restaurant, o ers the best view of the bay. Multiple activities are available, from a good spa to water adventure sports, including sailing, fishing and much more.

Casa Andina Select – Chiclayo, Lambayeque 3*

This hotel is the refurbished Hotel de Turistas Chiclayo. A landmark of the city, it o ers its visitor center of the city Location, just minutes from downtown and the airport.

This is a modern and functional hotel, with spacious common areas, terrace, pool and event areas. distributed in 7 floors. Internet center, Wi-Fi and ATM are just some of the services that are o ered to customers. AC Included.

Chaparri Eco-Lodge – Chaparri, Lambayeque. Basic Lodge.

Chaparri Ecolodge is located in the dry forests of northern Peru. It provides a tranquil escape in a spectacular landscape of the foothills of the Andes, with excellent wildlife viewing. It is a communal award-winning project. Even though basic, the sta is truly warm. The 6 Rooms available are clean, feature en suite bathrooms, solar hot water, and electricity. Food is served on a simple terrace. A stream pool and hammocks are available. No AC (One night stay).

Casa Andina Private Collection – Trujillo. 5*

This is a hotel with 147 rooms, distributed in 14 levels, that proposes, through its architecture and decoration, the integration of the Pre-Inca culture symbols and the modern design. This five-star hotel has an ideal location at the entrance of the Golf Urbanization, providing our guests with easy access from the airport and the city center. Internet Center, high-speed Wi-Fi, Fitness Center (open 24 hours), swimming pool, hair salon, and spa are part of the amenities. AC included.

Costa del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel Lima.

Most international flights to Lima arrive during the late PM. The Lima Airport hotel makes it easy to take the early flights the next morning. The hotel is only a short walk from the gate, and using this hostelry will spare you a 1 to 2-hour drive to the city. The hotel includes a full range of leisure facilities: 24/7 restaurant, bar, and spa. The rooms are modern and very comfortable.

Aranwa Sacred Valley Cusco 5*

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Spa is built on the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the lands of an old colonial hacienda of the 17th century, just one hour and a half from the city of Cusco, and 30 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu. The hotel rooms are decorated in Colonial, Modern, and Minimalist styles. The gardens, restaurant, bars, and spa are some of the best in the whole country.

Inkaterra Pueblo Machu Picchu 5*

Inkaterra luxury Machu Picchu Hotel is located one of the most bio-diverse spots on Earth. Composed of 81-casitas, the hotel resembles an Andean village secluded in 12 acres of cloud forest. The hotel includes a Spa, first-class restaurant and a large living room filled with fire-places. Natural history activities are included, such as world-class birding excursions, visits to the hotel s Orchid Garden (the biggest in-habitat orchid garden in the world!), walks through the tea plantation, and much more.

Casa Andina Premium – Cusco

Casa Andina Premium Cusco is strategically located and beautiful hotel just a few blocks from the Main Square, ideal place to initiate visits of the surroundings, cultural walks to the tourist places more known like the Cathedral of Cuzco or the convent Santo Domingo and to discover the charms of the historical center. It has 93 rooms that are characterized by a personalized service and all the comforts that our guests may need with free extras like: bu et breakfast, free Wi-Fi, restaurant and bar, concierge service, room service, among others.

Belmond Andean Explorer

There are many different options for train travel in Peru, yet there nothing is quite like the luxury of the Belmond Andean Explorer.

With spacious cabins, decadent furnishings, a piano bar, library and observation carriages (plus delicious food prepared by incredible chefs), it really is something else. As a result, you will experience the best of Peru in utmost comfort, luxury and style.

The Belmond Andean Explorer travels through many di erent areas of Peru including Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and Puno.

Titilaka Lodge

Located on a tranquil bay of Lake Titicaca with some of the most amazing views of the lake, this all-inclusive first-class lodge has only 18 ample suites (booking in advance is important to secure your reservation). Service is impeccable, and all excursions, meals, and beverages are included. The lodge has a spa, multiple terraces, as well as kayaks and bicycles for exploration. Titilaka Lodge is a destination in itself that should not be missed.

Departure 

January 9, 2021


 

Prices from:


Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.

Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to price variation by the airline.


Details

Included in Land Cost:
  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete Pre-Departure documents.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader/Lecturer during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Accommodations as noted (The best available at each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local sta .
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistance and restaurant staff.

 

Not Included:
  • International Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Head Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

 

Deposits and final payments:

To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

This special and by invitation only expedition is limited to 14 participants. There are just a few spaces left and we highly recommend that you book very soon. To do so call us now at 888 832 7280, or email us at contact@npexpeditions.com

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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Recomended Programs

Colombia Private Expedition

Colombia Private Expedition 

Colombia, a country associated with color, beauty, tropical warmth and endless bounty. One of the world’s most exciting emerging wildlife watching destinations.

  • Prime Cathedral of Bogota

Colombia

Colombia – a country associated with color, beauty, tropical warmth and endless bounty. The natural riches found within its borders aren’t found here by chance, however. It’s Colombia’s rugged, broken and unique geography that makes it one of the world’s most diverse countries, a literal treasure trove of biological evolution, where this same geography has created many restricted-range species, found across Colombia’s 5 main geographical regions – Andean, Pacific, the Caribbean, Llanos (plains) and Amazon.

 


Highlights:

  • Explore Bogota in full, including the Gold Museum, Botero Museum and a welcome dinner at Cerro Monserrate, overlooking the city, during sunset.
  • Travel deep, by plane and 4×4, to the heart of the Colombian Llanos in search of South American mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds by boat, 4×4 and on horse (Optional).
  • Return to Bogota for deeper immersion in the Colombian culture. Gourmet coffee tasting included.
  • Climb to the recently-opened-to-travelers Santa Marta Highlands for superb panoramas, a coffee plantation experience, and to bird watch at one of the most important habitats on earth.
  • Travel down to the Caribbean coast, to the beautiful Tayrona National Park, for more impressive birding, and to interact with the Kogi tribe. Leisure time on this remote piece of paradise is included.
  • Spend three amazing days in colonial Cartagena, one of the greatest UNESCO sites in South America.
  • 4-Day extension to the Colombian & Peruvian Amazon for superb wildlife encounters.

Itinerary in Brief

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Day 1: Arrive in Bogota.

Arrive in Bogota (8530 ft). Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in guaranteed. Rest. 2 PM Detailed brie ng and geographic orientation by your Leader. Visit the impressive Gold Museum. Visit Cerro Monserrate for sunset photographs. Early welcome dinner. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (Dinner) NOTE: If you wish to arrive a day early, your room will be ready and paid for, but extra transfer charges may apply.


Day 2: Fly to Yopal & Wildlife observation in Llanos Savannah.

Early AM commercial flight to Yopal. Full morning 4×4 transfer with packed breakfast to the lodge, in route we will penetrate very remote territories in the Llanos savannah with wildlife that can be spotted at any time. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Boat ride (2-3 hrs), and Safari. Sunset over Llanos + introductory talk. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 3: The Llanos Wildlife.

4×4 Wildlife search excursion (Horseback riding available if desired). Typical lunch at the lodge. PM: at leisure to relax. Nighttime wildlife excursion. Dinner at the lodge followed by folklore show. Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 4: Birding & Visit to La Aurora original farmhouse.

Birding. Visit of La Aurora original farmhouse. Possible fishing if wished. Lunch at the lodge. Early PM: Transfer to Yopal and flight to Bogota. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L)


Day 5: Bogota City Tour.

Bogota city tour; Botero Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, and La Candelaria walking tour. Upscale cofee sampling included. PM: short rest time followed by a visit to Usaquen township for arts, crafts and local culture. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L, D)


Day 6: Fly to Santa Marta. Birding time at Mica on route to the lodge.

Morning transfer to the airport. Fly to Santa Marta and transfer to the Lodge (5 hrs). This drive climbs from the sea level to over 7217 ft asl up a winding mountain road. Along the way, stop for a picnic lunch at a co ee plantation, and to learn all about Colombian coffee. Check-in and rest at the lodge. PM: Late birding for endemics in the reserve. Dinner. Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 7: Cuchilla de San Lorenzo.

Drive up to the Cuchilla de San Lorenzo gap, for more birdwatching, nature walks, and outstanding views. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Leisure birding around the lodge or enjoy a nature walk and panorama photography. Dinner. Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 8: To a Remote Corner of the Caribbean.

AM: Optional early AM birding for those interested. After a leisure breakfast, drive down to the coast, arriving at our beach and jungle hotel for lunch. Evening at leisure to enjoy the beautiful setting. Short lecture followed by dinner. Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)


Day 9: Tayrona National Park and the Kogi Tribe.

At 7.30 AM, transfer to Tayrona National Park for morning birding. Return to the hotel for lunch and then visit a Kogi settlement and interact with this fascinating human group. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)


Day 10: The Caribbean Coast and Cartagena.

7 AM: Transfer to Cartagena along the coast highway (5 hrs). Lunch. PM: City tour part 1. Free time to explore and photograph Cartagena. Overnight at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (B, L, D)

(B, L)


Day 11: Cartagena.

Complete Cartagena tour including Barrio Manga, Popa Monastery, Saint Philip Castle, The Vaults. Farewell dinner in a cozy upscale restaurant. Overnight at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (B, L, D)


Day 12: Fly Home

Time to further explore Cartagena until your transfer to the airport to catch the flight back to the US (B)

The Extension

Details in Brief:

Duration: 4 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide


Itinerary in Brief:

Day 11: Fly to Leticia. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. PM: Transfer to Tanimboca Nature Reserve for wildlife watching.

Arriving in Leticia, the main city of Colombia’s Amazon region, you’ll be met by the transport that will take you to the hotel. You’ll then head out to the private Tanimboca Reserve. Here at the reserve, we’ll begin to search for wildlife typical of the Amazon region. You’ll head back to the hotel for dinner, ready for an early start the next day.

Overnight at the Waira Suites Hotel – Standard room (B, D)

Day 12: Discover the Marasha Nature Reserve.

Today you’ll head out on a private launch to the excellent reserve of Marasha for a full morning’s birding and wildlife watching. Lunch at the reserve before you’ll head out again by boat to your accommodation for the night – a wonderful jungle lodge in its reserve – Calanoa Amazonas. Dinner at Calanoa.

Overnight at Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (B, L, D)

Day 13: Wildlife watching and meeting with the local Tikuna indigenous group.

Today will begin with a relatively short boat ride to the Amacayacu River. Along the river, we’ll be looking for Red Howler-Monkey, Yellow-handed Titi, soaring raptors that dominate the skies and those that also perch typically by the riverside such as the massive Black-collared Hawk and Laughing Falcon. Lunch will be had at a local restaurant before heading out to one of the Colombian Amazon’s main attractions – Tarapoto Lake. You’ll make your way across the ‘Correo’ canal into the lake looking out for species of monkey, bird and if fortunate, river otters. Upon arrival at the lake, the main headline species here are the Pink River Dolphins. Dinner at Calanoa.

Overnight at Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (B, L, D)

Day 14: Morning birding at Calanoa Nature Reserve and y back to the U.S.

This morning will be dedicated to exploring the 40 hectares of primary forest that make up this reserve. An early lunch will be had at the reserve, and the private boat will head back to Leticia for the flight back to Bogota and onward connection to the US. (B, L)


Important Note

The Colombian Expedition has been crafted in detail, following the ideal pacing for the destination. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Master Local Guide might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the Master Local Guides and hotels could change without notice due to conditions beyond our control. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

Bogota: The B.O.G. Hotel – Superior room (3 nights)

A new and very stylish luxury hotel located in the heart of Bogota’s Chico sector and between the Zona ‘T’ and Zona ‘Rosa’ nightlife districts which o er the very best regarding restaurants, bars, and shopping centers.

Your comfortable room offers a wide space including a work desk, hydro-massage shower, 500 thread count bedding, and subtle details that help create the perfect balance to live the B.O.G. Hotel experience. Wi wireless is available from the commodity of your room.



La Aurora: Juan Solito Lodge – Standard room (2 nights)

This lodge, part of a working ranch and private wildlife reserve, o ers very basic accommodations given its location at over 5 hours from the nearest city (Yopal). There is no hot water here, but temperatures dictate that nobody complains about the lukewarm showers. Bathrooms are private, and furniture is basic. Everything is very clean. Mosquito nets are provided for each bed. Food is full board.

Due to its remote location, no wi-fi is available.



Santa Marta: El Dorado Lodge – Standard room (2 nights)

This is Colombia’s most beautiful location for a lodge. We have selected rooms, which are small and basic, but clean and with great views. Rooms are in a wood cabin type building with amazing views over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and the Caribbean Sea can be seen on a clear day. The rooms are cool, given the lodge’s altitude.

They also have “The Kogihabs” their new constructions with morning panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada itself. Even though we love the Kogihabs, they are located at about a 15 minutes inclined walk from the main house of the lodge. Because of this, we have only blocked 4 of the Kogihabs. Please let us know if you would like to enjoy the beautiful Kogihabs (If you are a hiker, this rooms would be perfect for you)

Free wi access is available in the social parts of the Lodge, though service could fail.



Tayrona: Villa Maria Lodge – Superior room with sea view (2 nights)

Villa Maria combines natural beauty with the comfort of a luxurious resort and the intimacy of your personal country retreat. Surrounded by lush jungle overlooking the Caribbean ocean. A 5-minute walk through a jungle path takes you to the virgin, white sand beach. All rooms are quite beautiful, with AC. This is the best hotel close to Tayrona National Park, and we have selected ocean view rooms for all our guests. Wi is available, though, due to the remoteness of the lodge, service could fail. Please also note that the beach, even though particularly beautiful, may provide choppy waters.



Leticia: Waira Suites Hotel – Standard room (1 night)

Located in Leticia, the capital of the Colombian Amazon, the lung of our planet and meeting point of three different cultures is Waira Suites Hotel, a mixture of paradise, elegance, comfort and sublime images, bathed by magical Amazon River for the enjoyment of all visitors, making your stay an unforgettable experience.

This hotel is a new and modern option in Leticia, which provides a clean, comfortable and efficient service. All rooms have air conditioning, local hot water, safe boxes and cable TV.



Amazon: Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (2 nights)

This architecturally wonderful hotel is the result of an initiative started by the two owners to integrate artwork, conservation, scientific investigation and sustainable tourism altogether. Cabins are maloka-like designs and typical of the region. A perfect place to relax and listen to the sounds of the jungle around you. The visitors’ cabins have a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a loft, with a capacity for six people each. The cabins are fully covered with mosquito screen, and each bed has its own mosquito net for extra protection from bugs. A board path connects the cabins with the dining/social pavilion and has an observation platform ideal for birds and monkeys watching.

No wi-fi at the hotel.

Departure

This expedition can depart on the day of your preference.
Because we use the best hotels, booking in advance is highly recommended.

Prices from:

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy. 2019 prices are estimated at the moment.

If prices increase more than 5% over what is advertised here, registered participants may cancel without penalties. 

Call your Travel Agent or us for details.

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 24/7 services of a Naturalist guide during the expedition.
  • Services of an English-speaking Local Head Naturalist.
  • Services of local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) if arriving on day one, and leaving on the last day (If you arrive before day 1, or leave after the expedition ended, extra charges for airport transfers may apply).
  • Safari vehicles excursions.
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuities for Local Guides; Drivers and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of US $1500.00 per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Uganda Expedition 2020 & 2021

Uganda Expedition 2020 & 2021

Even though mountain Gorillas are the main objective of travelers to Uganda, the country is much more than that, with a concentration of the classic African wildlife in a small territory of impressive landscape. Our expedition is designed to let you experience it all, the diverse wildlife, the primates, and the unique local culture.
Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!
Departures: February 19, 2020 & September 1, 2020 – September 15, 2021

Uganda & Rwanda

Even though mountain Gorillas are the main objective of travelers to Uganda, the country is much more than that, with a concentration of the classic African wildlife in a small territory of impressive landscape. Our expedition is designed to let you experience it all, the diverse wildlife, the primates, and the unique local culture.

 


Why chose NPE:

  • 4 National Parks
  • More wildlife
  • Less driving on bad roads
  • 3 Small plane flights
  • The most beautiful drives are included
  • Window seats guaranteed during drives
  • The best lodging available
  • Gorilla, Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys
  • Close contact with local culture
  • Multiple private boat excursions
  • The best naturalist guides
  • NPE Senior Leader with you
  • Rwanda Extension with Gorillas and Golden Monkeys
  • The best pricing in the market

Details in Brief:

Duration: 11 days in country (Plus a 4-day Extension)

Leader: Jorge Salas (only for 2020)

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Departure: February 19, 2020, September 1, 2020 and September 15, 2021

 


Expedition Leader

Jorge Salas, a Senior Leader with over 25 years of experience leading expeditions in all continents. Jorge is a great lecturer, a passionate wildlife and travel photographer, and a favorite among our guests. He has been published by Smithsonian, WWF, Nature Conservancy and many other international media.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 – Arrive in Entebbe

Upon your arrival in Entebbe, you will be met by NPE representatives and taken to the upscale Hotel No. 5. You will be able to rest and relax after your journey at this centrally located hotel, which is considered the best in town. Enjoy a complete pre-departure and geographic orientation briefing by your Senior Leader and Local Head Guide followed by a welcome dinner tonight. Overnight at Hotel No. 5. Meals aloft.

Overnight at Hotel No. 5 (B)

 

Day 2 – Murchison Falls National Park
This morning we start our journey in Uganda transferring to the airport and taking a scheduled flight to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, with an area of 3840km2. It lies in the core of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. This impressive park protects a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile. The dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below, strikes an exhilarating impression on all 5 senses. Murchison Falls is occupied mainly by lush grasslands. The highest diversity of wildlife is found on the open plains north of the Nile, where elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a vast variety of antelope are regularly encountered. The Nile itself boasts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill.

We will enjoy game drives in this fascinating park. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 3 – Game Drive at the Top of the Falls & Private Boat Descend

Today we get to explore the wonders of this magnificent park, by safari vehicle and a private boat. Enjoy a morning game drive and visit the top of the falls. The private boat trip takes us along the Nile to the bottom of the falls. Murchison Falls National Park is said to be the best game park in Uganda. During a typical game drive, you can be expected to see a large number of antelope species, including the bushbuck, the waterbuck, and the dik-dik to name but a few. Larger herbivores, such as giraffe and elephant are present in the park in great numbers and often the lumbering giraffe will cross the roads right in front of you. MFNP is the most accessible park in Uganda to see the giraffe. Huge groups of buffalo are a common sight whilst exploring the park on a game drive. Primates, such as the baboon and the patas monkey, stare at you as you pass by and if you are a bird lover then Murchison Falls National Park will not disappoint.

Overnight at Baker’s Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 4 – Victoria Nile River Delta Boat Excursion & Game Drive

This morning we go for a private Delta boat trip and then game drive in the northern sector of the park, most of the game is to be found in the area north of the Victoria Nile River and East of the Albert Nile and Lake Albert. This is where part of the movie The African Queen was filmed. Game is now returning quite rapidly and game drives can be very exciting. Game often seen includes elephant, oribi, giraffe, waterbuck, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard, mongoose, hyena, jackal, and bat-eared fox.

Overnight at Baker’s Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 5 – To Kibale Forest via Kasese

This morning we take a scheduled flight to Kasese and then drive to Ndali Lodge. We will enjoy a nature walk at the impressive nearby crater lake.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 6 – Chimpanzees, Local Flavors & Culture of Kibale

This morning we get the opportunity to spend a full day in the life of Chimpanzees. Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species, and a guided forest trek will be taken in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher than 90%. You will go on a forest walk in search of primates. While trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by birdsong and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primates, most probably the grey-cheeked mangabey and the red-tailed monkey and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. For lunch we will visit Tinka’s home, a local community leader, to sample a variety of traditional Ugandan dishes. Tinka will advise on the preparation and cooking process of all of the foods. During the afternoon we will enjoy a cultural walk around the Bigodi village.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 7 – The Great African Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park Impressive Biodiversity

This morning we will enjoy a Bigodi swamp walk.

In the afternoon we gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s greatest savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978km2. It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps, and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result, it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 species of birds. (Approx. 3hrs)

Overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 8 – Queen Elizabeth National Park Impressive Biodiversity

This morning we head out onto the northern savannahs of QENP for a game drive. After lunch, we will drive to the Kazinga Channel and take a private boat ride along the river (2hrs). The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is one of the most popular activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It provides a fantastic chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh river breeze while observing a large selection of animals. Those species commonly seen along the riverbank are elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, and Ugandan Kob. On occasion, visitors will also see the giant forest hog, leopard, and lion. The waterbirds in the area are plentiful; in particular, water thick-knee, yellow-billed stork, various plovers, white pink-backed Pelicans, and white-bellied cormorants, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period. You will also view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world {reported to be about 30,000}.

Overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 9 – Tree Climbing Lions and to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Land of Gorillas

Today we drive through the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha region. Game drive in search
of tree climbing lion (75% success rate). We leave behind the lush savannah grass plains of QENP and drive to Buhoma/ Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The Bwindi forest is a magnificent luxuriant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age
– is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa with at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for its Mountain Gorillas population, slightly more than half the world’s mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 280 – 320 individuals living in 15 groups. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is an extremely special privilege and an encounter unparalleled in most likely the whole of Africa.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 10 – Gorilla Tracking Day (And optional activities)

Today we will enjoy one of the greatest natural history experiences of our planet, Gorilla tracking.

Those participants that will not participate in the demanding hike will enjoy an easy walk in the forest and visit a local community.

Tonight we will celebrate not only the Gorilla trek but also we will say goodbye to Uganda.

The Gorilla Trek: After breakfast, we take a short drive to the Park Headquarters and meet with highly experienced local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where
the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes, not more than 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking unforgettable. Once the gorillas are located, all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided, and it is essential to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 11- Return Home or Continue to Rwanda

Those that choose not to participate in the Rwanda Extension will enjoy a morning at leisure before driving to Kihihi airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Entebbe. Once in Entebbe and with the assistance of our representatives, you will check in for a day-use at the Protea Hotel (Check-out of the hotel is 9:00 pm). At the appropriate time, you will be escorted to the airport to connect with your international flight back home. (B, L)

Those who participate in the Rwanda Extension will drive to the Uganda-Rwanda border and after taking care of the formalities, will continue to Volcanoes National Park, where the American Naturalist Dian Fossey did her famous research on gorillas.

 

The Rwanda Extension

Details in Brief:

Duration: 4 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide
Maximum Number of Participants: 12


Itinerary in Brief:

Day 1 – To Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

Today we leave Uganda behind us as we have a scenic drive through the Switzerland of East Africa to Kinigi in Rwanda. We travel via the Kanaba Gap, Kisoro, and the Cyanika border into Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills. We arrive at Volcanoes National Park and Five Volcanoes Lodge. “In the heart of Central Africa, so high that you shiver more than you sweat,” wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, “are the great old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet and heavily covered in rich, green rainforest – the Virungas”.

The Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen, bamboo forests, open grassland, swamp, and heath. Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is situated in north-western Rwanda. It borders Virunga National Park in the Demographic Republic of Congo And Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. It is a 90-minute drive for Kigali, the Capital of Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo). The park was first gazetted in 1925 and was the first national park in Africa.

Volcanoes National Park was the base for the famous American Naturalist, Dian Fossey to carry out her research on gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre. Dian Fossey is widely credited with saving the gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the international community. Dian Fossey was later murdered by unknown assailants and she is buried near the research center.

Best known for the mountain gorillas, other mammals that reside in the park are the golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena and bushbuck. There are 178 recorded bird species with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and the Rwenzori Mountains.

Overnight at Five Volcanoes Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 2 – Gorilla tracking day

After breakfast, we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes between 2300-3500 meters above sea level. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located, all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain in a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including a waterproof bag for cameras and film. Please note: plastic (e.g. carrier/shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda.

Overnight Five Volcanoes. (B, L, D)

 

Day 3 – Drive to Park Headquarters & Golden Monkey Trekking

After breakfast, we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of golden Monkey trekking lunch at the lodge afternoon drive to Kigali.

Overnight at Hotel Des Mille Collines (B, L, D)

 

Day 4 – Return Home

This morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight (B)


Important Note

Using decades of experience and with the help of our local partners we have crafted this itinerary in detail and have created a program that maximizes the opportunities for exploring sites and to facilitate wildlife encounters while using the best accommodations available. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to force majeure reasons. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

HOTEL NO. 5

Hotel No. 5 is a stylish boutique hotel nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Uganda. Ideally located 10 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, Hotel No. 5 may be located in Uganda’s second largest city, but the peaceful hotel grounds will provide an escape from the buzz and activity of Entebbe.

 


BAKER’S LODGE

The lodge provides a thatched central lounge, bar and dining area which is raised with wooden decks all around, allowing guests to savor the morning sunrise for breakfast, sunset in the evening and 180-degree river views throughout the day. Laundry, open bar (Imported brands at an extra charge) and wifi in the main building are included.


NDALI LODGE

The lodge is perched 100m (328ft) directly above Nyinambuga Crater Lake and has eight individual cottages set on the hillside. Designed to blend with the landscape, the lodge was built using all local materials such as traditional mud render and thatching, providing the lodge with its key qualities of light, space, simplicity, and openness to nature. Each cottage consists of an airy bedroom with en-suite bathroom (containing bathtubs and showers, plenty of hot water and flushing WC) and private veranda. Includes complementary laundry and wifi in the main house.


KYAMBURA GORGE LODGE

The main lodge building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively restored to create a stunning and contemporary living space, balancing the history of the building with a series of distinct luxurious spaces for guests to relax. Laundry, open bar (Imported brands at an extra charge), wifi in the main building and 1 massage per guest are included.


MAHOGANY SPRINGS LODGE

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team.


THE FIVE VOLCANOES BOUTIQUE HOTEL

All services ranging from high-end accommodation with heated rooms, fully fledge spa services, modern restaurant etc. to packed lunch and refreshment packages to non-resident guests – as the only facility in that region and is situated 10 minutes from park HQ.

 


HOTEL DES MILLE COLLINES

This is a 4-star hotel situated in the middle of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The hotel boasts 112 exclusive rooms, which have all been completely refurbished and upgraded to a high standard. All of the rooms have their own balcony and access to wireless internet. The hotel will be having its Grand reopening in February 2011.

Departure

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of an NPE Senior Leader during the expedition.
  • Local Guides
  • Comfortable, modern, 4X4 vehicles, customized for maximum viewing with open roof hatches. These are usually Toyota Land Cruisers or comparable vehicles.
  • Professional, experienced drivers, and guides, who are knowledgeable in all aspects of Uganda and Rwanda Safaris.
  • All accommodations and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • Emergency International communications available.
  • Books available in the vehicles to help identify the flora and fauna.
  • Umbrellas, bean bags, and blankets in the vehicles.
  • A courtesy bag which includes tea, coffee, biscuits, and paper napkins.
  • Coolers in our vehicles
  • Bottled water in vehicles
  • Laundry included in several of our lodges.

 

Not Included:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuities for Local Master Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader (may be added to your final invoice, if desired).
  • Gratuities for optional treks guides.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

 

Deposits and final payments:

  • In order to guarantee your space on the Uganda Expedition, a deposit of $1,500 is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining cost will be charged 120 before the expedition begins.
  • Using these funds, New Paths Expeditions will make a deposit of 30% of the cost of your domestic air tickets to guarantee your seats in the needed flights. Please note that even though New Paths Expeditions will make the mentioned deposit, the domestic air tickets are not included and their cost will be added to your final invoice. In case you cancel your expedition, due to airline policies, we will not be able to refund the cost of the tickets, nor we will be able to transfer them to another expedition participant.
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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Colombia Expedition with Patricia Schultz

Join Patricia Schultz, author of the NY Times #1 Bestseller “1000 Places To See Before You Die” in this exclusive Small Group Expedition.

The most complete itinerary to explore Colombia – a country associated with color, beauty, tropical warmth and endless bounty. One of the world’s most exciting emerging wildlife watching destinations.

Max Group Size: Only 14 participants
Departures: March 21, 2018
  • Prime Cathedral of Bogota

Colombia

Colombia – a country associated with color, beauty, tropical warmth and endless bounty. The natural riches found within its borders aren’t found here by chance, however. It’s Colombia’s rugged, broken and unique geography that makes it one of the world’s most diverse countries, a literal treasure trove of biological evolution, where this same geography has created many restricted range species, found across Colombia’s 5 main geographical regions – Andean, Pacific, the Caribbean, Llanos (plains) and Amazon.

 


Highlights:

  • Explore Bogota in full, including the Gold Museum, Botero Museum and a welcome dinner at Cerro Monserrate, overlooking the city, during sunset.
  • Travel deep, by plane and 4×4, to the heart of the Colombian Llanos in search of South American mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds by boat, 4×4 and on horse (Optional).
  • Return to Bogota for a deeper immersion in the Colombian culture. Gourmet coffee tasting included.
  • Climb to the recently-opened-to-travelers Santa Marta Highlands for superb panoramas, a coffee plantation experience, and to bird watch at one of the most important habitats on earth.
  • Travel down to the Caribbean coast, to the beautiful Tayrona National Park, for more impressive birding, and to interact with the Kogi tribe. Leisure time on this remote piece of paradise is included.
  • Spend three amazing days in colonial Cartagena, one of the greatest UNESCO sites in South America.
  • 4-Day extension to the Colombian & Peruvian Amazon for superb wildlife encounters.

Details in Brief:

Duration: 12 days in country (Plus a 4-day Extension)

Maximum Number of Participants: 14

Departures: March 21, 2018

Itinerary in Brief

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Day 1: Arrive in Bogota.

Arrive in Bogota (8530 ft). Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in guaranteed. Rest. 2 PM Detailed brie ng and geographic orientation by your Leader. Visit the impressive Gold Museum. Visit Cerro Monserrate for sunset photographs. Early welcome dinner. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (Dinner) NOTE: If you wish to arrive a day early, your room will be ready and paid for, but extra transfer charges may apply.


Day 2: Fly to Yopal & Wildlife observation in Llanos Savannah.

Early AM commercial flight to Yopal. Full morning 4×4 transfer with packed breakfast to the lodge, in route we will penetrate very remote territories in the Llanos savannah with wildlife that can be spotted at any time. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Boat ride (2-3 hrs), and Safari. Sunset over Llanos + introductory talk. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 3: The Llanos Wildlife.

4×4 Wildlife search excursion (Horseback riding available if desired). Typical lunch at the lodge. PM: at leisure to relax. Nighttime wildlife excursion. Dinner at the lodge followed by folklore show. Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 4: Birding & Visit to La Aurora original farmhouse.

Birding. Visit of La Aurora original farmhouse. Possible fishing if wished. Lunch at the lodge. Early PM: Transfer to Yopal and flight to Bogota. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L)


Day 5: Bogota City Tour.

Bogota city tour; Botero Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, and La Candelaria walking tour. Upscale cofee sampling included. PM: short rest time followed by a visit to Usaquen township for arts, crafts and local culture. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L, D)


Day 6: Fly to Santa Marta. Birding time at Mica on route to the lodge.

Morning transfer to the airport. Fly to Santa Marta and transfer to the Lodge (5 hrs). This drive climbs from the sea level to over 7217 ft asl up a winding mountain road. Along the way, stop for a picnic lunch at a co ee plantation, and to learn all about Colombian co ee. Check in and rest at the lodge. PM: Late birding for endemics in the reserve. Dinner. Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 7: Cuchilla de San Lorenzo.

Drive up to the Cuchilla de San Lorenzo gap, for more birdwatching, nature walks, and outstanding views. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Leisure birding around the lodge or enjoy a nature walk and panorama photography. Dinner. Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 8: To a Remote Corner of the Caribbean.

AM: Optional early AM birding for those interested. After a leisure breakfast, drive down to the coast, arriving at our beach and jungle hotel for lunch. Evening at leisure to enjoy the beautiful setting. Short lecture followed by dinner. Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)


Day 9: Tayrona National Park and the Kogi Tribe.

At 7.30 AM, transfer to Tayrona National Park for morning birding. Return to the hotel for lunch and then visit a Kogi settlement and interact with this fascinating human group. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)


Day 10: The Caribbean Coast and Cartagena.

7 AM: Transfer to Cartagena along the coast highway (5 hrs). Lunch. PM: City tour part 1. Free time to explore and photograph Cartagena (B, L)


Day 11: Cartagena.

Complete Cartagena tour including Barrio Manga, Popa Monastery, Saint Philip Castle, The Vaults. Farewell dinner in a cozy upscale restaurant. Overnight at Casa La Fe (B, L, D)


Day 12: Fly Home

Time to further explore Cartagena until your transfer to the airport to catch the flight back to the US (B)

The Extension

Details in Brief:

Duration: 4 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide
Maximum Number of Participants: 14


Itinerary in Brief:

Day 11: Fly to Leticia. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. PM: Transfer to Tanimboca Nature Reserve for wildlife watching.

Arriving in Leticia, the main city of Colombia’s Amazon region, you’ll be met by the transport that will take you to the hotel. You’ll then head out to the private Tanimboca Reserve. Here at the reserve, we’ll begin to search for wildlife typical of the Amazon region. You’ll head back to the hotel for dinner, ready for an early start the next day.

Overnight at the Waira Suites Hotel – Standard room (B, D)

Day 12: Discover the Marasha Nature Reserve.

Today you’ll head out on a private launch to the excellent reserve of Marasha for a full morning’s birding and wildlife watching. Lunch at the reserve before you’ll head out again by boat to your accommodation for the night – a wonderful jungle lodge in its reserve – Calanoa Amazonas. Dinner at Calanoa.

Overnight at Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (B, L, D)

Day 13: Wildlife watching and meeting with the local Tikuna indigenous group.

Today will begin with a relatively short boat ride to the Amacayacu River. Along the river, we’ll be looking for Red Howler-Monkey, Yellow-handed Titi, soaring raptors that dominate the skies and those that also perch typically by the riverside such as the massive Black-collared Hawk and Laughing Falcon. Lunch will be had at a local restaurant before heading out to one of the Colombian Amazon’s main attractions – Tarapoto Lake. You’ll make your way across the ‘Correo’ canal into the lake looking out for species of monkey, bird and if fortunate, river otters. Upon arrival at the lake, the main headline species here are the Pink River Dolphins. Dinner at Calanoa.

Overnight at Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (B, L, D)

Day 14: Morning birding at Calanoa Nature Reserve and y back to the U.S.

This morning will be dedicated to exploring the 40 hectares of primary forest that make up this reserve. An early lunch will be had at the reserve, and the private boat will head back to Leticia for the flight back to Bogota and onward connection to the US. (B, L)


Important Note

The Colombian Expedition has been crafted in detail, following the ideal pacing for the destination. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Master Local Guide might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the Master Local Guides and hotels could change without notice due to conditions beyond our control. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

Bogota: The B.O.G. Hotel – Superior room (3 nights)

A new and very stylish luxury hotel located in the heart of Bogota’s Chico sector and between the Zona ‘T’ and Zona ‘Rosa’ nightlife districts which o er the very best regarding restaurants, bars, and shopping centers.

Your comfortable room offers a wide space including a work desk, hydro-massage shower, 500 thread count bedding, and subtle details that help create the perfect balance to live the B.O.G. Hotel experience. Wi wireless is available from the commodity of your room.



La Aurora: Juan Solito Lodge – Basic room (2 nights)

This lodge, part of a working ranch and private wildlife reserve, o ers very basic accommodations given its location at over 5 hours from the nearest city (Yopal). There is no hot water here, but temperatures dictate that nobody complains about the lukewarm showers. Bathrooms are private, and furniture is basic. Everything is very clean. Mosquito nets are provided for each bed. Food is full board.

Due to its remote location, no wi-fi is available.



Santa Marta: El Dorado Lodge – Kogihab (2 nights)

This is Colombia’s most beautifully location for a lodge. We have selected rooms, which are small and basic, but clean and with great views. Rooms are in a wood cabin type building with amazing views over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and the Caribbean Sea can be seen on a clear day. The rooms are cool, given the lodge’s altitude.

They also have “The Kogihabs” their new constructions with morning panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada itself. Even though we love the Kogihabs, they are located at about a 15 minutes inclined walk from the main house of the lodge. Because of this, we have only blocked 4 of the Kogihabs. Please let us know if you would like to enjoy the beautiful Kogihabs (If you are a hiker, this rooms would be perfect for you)

Free wi access is available in the social parts of the Lodge, though service could fail.



Tayrona: Villa Maria Lodge (2 nights)

Villa Maria combines natural beauty with the comfort of a luxurious resort and the intimacy of your personal country retreat. Surrounded by lush jungle overlooking the Caribbean ocean. A 5-minute walk through a jungle path takes you to the virgin, white sand beach. All rooms are quite beautiful, with AC. This is the best hotel close to Tayrona National Park, and we have selected ocean view rooms for all our guests. Wifi is available, though, due to the remoteness of the lodge, service could fail. Please also note that the beach, even though particularly beautiful, may provide choppy waters.


Cartagena: Ananda Hotel (2 nights)

The Ananda Hotel Boutique is a colonial boutique hotel in the city of Cartagena, located right in the heart of the Old Town. The luxurious rooms at this boutique hotel are totally air-conditioned and come equipped with a mini-bar and a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a DVD player. The spacious bathrooms feature free toiletries.



Leticia: Waira Suites Hotel – Standard room (1 night)

Located in Leticia, the capital of the Colombian Amazon, the lung of our planet and meeting point of three different cultures is Waira Suites Hotel, a mixture of paradise, elegance, comfort and sublime images, bathed by magical Amazon River for the enjoyment of all visitors, making your stay an unforgettable experience.

This hotel is a new and modern option in Leticia, which provides a clean, comfortable and efficient service. All rooms have air conditioning, local hot water, safe boxes and cable TV.



Amazon: Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (2 nights)

This architecturally wonderful hotel is the result of an initiative started by the two owners to integrate artwork, conservation, scientific investigation and sustainable tourism altogether. Cabins are maloka-like designs and typical of the region. A perfect place to relax and listen to the sounds of the jungle around you. The visitors’ cabins have a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a loft, with a capacity for six people each. The cabins are fully covered with mosquito screen, and each bed has its own mosquito net for extra protection from bugs. A board path connects the cabins with the dining/social pavilion and has an observation platform ideal for birds and monkeys watching.

No wi-fi at the hotel.

Departure

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Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airline.
**The extension needs 4 guests to depart.


Details

Included:

  • Services of an NPE Senior Leader throughout the expedition.
  • Services of Local Guides and Naturalists.
  • All ground transportation.
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Drinking water included during transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters and restaurants staff.

Not Included:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Visa or tourist card.
  • Gratuities for your Senior Leader, Local Guides, and Drivers.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of US $1500.00 per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
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“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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