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Svalbard Expedition 2018

Svalbard Expedition 2018

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

Max Group Size: Only 12 participants
Departure: June 3, 2018
Number of days in country: 9
  • Puffin

Svalbard

We have secured M/S Malmo, the smallest ice-strengthen expedition ship navigating the generally calm waters of the Arctic circle, to explore for 9-days the Svalbard Archipelago, the best Arctic wildlife destination on earth today, and also, the best place to observe healthy polar bears and their cubs.

 


Highlights

  • Aboard a 12-guest Ice Strengthen Expedition Vessel.
  • During the Ideal Time of the Year.
  • Led by an NPE Senior Leader and Two Master Naturalist.
  • Explore the Most Wildlife Prolific Area of the Arctic with NPE!

Details in Brief

Duration: 9 days in country

Leader: Jorge Salas

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Departures: June 3, 2018


Expedition Leaders

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 Longyearbyen. Visit the local museum. Transfer to ship. 4 PM Embarkation. Navigate North. Overnight M/S Malmo. Dinner. NOTE: Arriving in Longyearbyen a day earlier is highly recommended.

Days 2 to 8:

Explore the northern sector of the Svalbard Archipelago in search of wildlife and unique experiences. Overnight M/S Malmo. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 9:

8:00 AM Disembark. Transfer to the airport. Fly back home. (Breakfast is included this day)

The Ship – M/S Malmo

 

The M/S Malmö is a classic vessel built in 1943 in Helsingborg for the Swedish National Maritime Administration and has been in service for many years as an ice-strengthens pilot and research ship. It has a lovely patina and has been heritage listed since 2004. It has been totally refitted on 2014 to serve as photography and travel expedition vessel and has all the needed insurances, including P&I Club, the most demanding safety standard. It’s Captain and crew are some of the most experienced in the Arctic waters.

The M/S Malmö carries a maximum of 12 passengers plus three expedition leaders/guides.

There is a total of 6 Guest cabins:

  • One of them is configured as a triple, with two lower beds and one upper. This cabin has private WC/Shower. We have decided to offer this cabin as an upgraded double (Two lower beds and the extra comfort of an empty upper bed).
  • There are 4 double cabins with bunk beds (One lower, one upper), with private WC/Shower.
  • There is one cabin with bunk beds that does not have an ensuite bathroom, but those staying in this cabin will have a private bathroom (WC/Shower), located a few feet away from their cabin. Even though comfortable and a with access to a private bathroom, we are offering it at a discounted price.Malmo also has a dining room, a saloon, and an open stern deck to enjoy the vistas of Svalbard with a drink. It carries two zodiacs and plenty of walking area on the bow decks. The main deck will be used as photographic platform regularly.Malmo is a marvelous piece of maritime history with beautiful brass details and nice wooden decks. With a party of 12 on board, it is like traveling on a private yacht, and it offers an entirely different experience and perspective to that of a larger vessel. No other ship can get deeper into the fjords and closer to wildlife.

Departure

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2018 Prices

Note: All prices are guaranteed for 2018 and include fuel surcharges, exchange rate variations,
and national parks fees. All prices include the Club Members Benefits.
If a Credit Card is used, a 5% surcharge will apply.

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of NPE in-house support team.
  • Complete pre-departure package
  • Services of an NPE Senior Leader (Jorge Salas)
  • Services of two Local Naturalists/Leaders
  • 8 nights accommodations on board M/S Malmo
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Breakfast, lunches, and dinners while on board
  • Multiple zodiac excursions during the expedition
  • Unlimited pottable water
  • Transfers to port on day 1 (With a town stop)
  • Transfer to airport on day 9
  • Port Fees
  • Park entrance fees

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Meals while not on board
  • Transfers if arriving or leaving before or after the expedition
  • Travel, luggage loss, medical, cancellation and evacuation 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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Papua New Guinea 2018

Papua New Guinea 2018 Expedition

The most complete itinerary to explore The Land of Unexpected: Papua New Guinea. Designed to provide you with the maximum exposure not only to the natural wonders of the island but also to the culture of the indigenous peoples.
Max Group Size: Only 16 participants!
Only One Departure: May 15, 2018
  • Birdwatching

Papua New Guinea

In Papua New Guinea you take a time machine back to experience the way our ancestors lived in the Stone Age. The ancient cultures of the highlands have remained nearly unchanged for thousands of years, as they had lived in complete isolation until 1935.

While the culture of the peoples of PNG is considered to be that of the Paleolithic Era, it is fascinatingly complex, with 800 of the world’s 6,000 languages being found in culturally diverse Papua New Guinea. It is also interesting to note that agriculture has been practiced here for the last 9,000 years, and these long years have created the unique stone age cultures and societies that populate the Island today.

 


Highlights:

  • Port Moresby
  • Mount Hagen
  • Tumbuna Sing Sing Tribal Festival
  • Tari Gap
  • Huli Wigmen
  • Ambua Lodge
  • Crocodile Men of the Sepik Headwaters
  • Sepik Spirit Navigation
  • Upper Karawari River & Lodge

Details in Brief:

Duration: 13 days in country

Leader: Jorge Salas

Maximum Number of Participants: 16

Departures: May 15, 2018

Is this the right expedition for you?

New Paths Expeditions has crafted a journey to Papua New Guinea like no other, designed to provide you with the maximum exposure not only to the natural wonders of the island but also to the culture of the indigenous peoples. We will visit the Huli tribe in Tari, arriving by small aircraft chartered flight. The Huli are known as the Huli Wigmen, for their elaborate decorative wigs made from the hair grown by selected tribe’s young men during their initiation period.

Wildlife and natural wonders make PNG – along with Madagascar, the Amazon, and the Congo – one of our planet’s ‘Mega-Diverse Hotspots.’ This Island not only has 10% of the world’s vertebrates, but 7% of the world’s higher (vascular) plants, including some spectacular orchid species. For those who love to discover nature first hand, Papua New Guinea’s rainforest offers you the opportunity to enjoy this unique endemic wildlife. The flying jewels of the forest, the birds of paradise, will astound you with their colorful and flamboyant plumage; 38 of the known 43 species of this bird are found in PNG.

The use of small chartered aircraft will provide an aerial panorama view of the Papua New Guinea forests and mountains. We guarantee they will be a highlight of the expedition.

Our carefully crafted expedition also includes an exploration of the Sepik River Basin aboard the comfortable Sepik Spirit, designed to resemble a native spirit house. Our river journey will give us access to primitive Crocodile Men of the Chambri tribe, who receive scars on their bodies that resemble the scales of these dangerous reptiles.

New Paths Expeditions has been exploring Papua New Guinea for over 15 years, and our expedition will provide you with an experience unlike any other. Travel back in time and witness the origins of men and some of the most incredible natural wonders on earth. Because the group will be limited to only 16 explorers, I urge you to make your reservations early, and I look forward to meeting and joining you on our PNG adventure.


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. Tuesday, May 15: Arrival in Port Moresby

Arrive today in Port Moresby. After clearing immigration and customs and exiting the arrival lounge, you will meet our representatives and check-in at the Airways Hotel, the best hotel in Papua New Guinea, located just 5 minutes from the airport.

Use the rest of the day to rest and recover from your flight. Later, join your Senior Expedition Leader for a cocktail, a complete expedition briefing and orientation followed by dinner at the hotel’s poolside restaurant.

Overnight at Airways Hotel Bacchus Room. Your room will be ready at 2 PM. If you need an earlier check-in please let us know. Extra fees may apply depending on availability. (D)

Day 2. Wednesday, May 16: Port Moresby and Mount Hagen

After breakfast, our introduction to Papua New Guinea will begin right in Port Moresby with a visit to the National Parliament Building, built in the style of a Spirit House. The National Museum will be our next stop where we will be able to see and appreciate the superb collection of artefacts collected from the country’s 800 different tribes.

Port Moresby’s beautiful Nature Park is a wonderful introduction to the flora and fauna of this island paradise. Not only will you meet some of the country’s wildlife such as cassowaries and tree kangaroos, but you will also be introduced to the park’s excellent and extensive orchid collection. A picnic lunch will be held in the Nature Park gardens prior to driving to the airport for our flight to Mount Hagen, the main city in the Papua New Guinea highlands.

Our immediate destination here is the Highlander Hotel, located in the center of the city. Although this is the best hotel in Mount Hagen, please expect slow and irregular services here. This should be accepted as the norm in such a remote place as the Papua New Guinea Highlands.

Overnight at the Highlander Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 3. Thursday, May 17: Birding and More

The diversity of Papua New Guinea’s wildlife is exemplified by one it the country’s greatest treasures – the fantastic birds of paradise. Thirty eight of the 43 known species of this bird are found exclusively in PNG, and today we will have our first encounters with these gems of the natural world.

An early morning drive will bring us to Kumul Lodge for breakfast. While this is a fairly basic property, it is also right in the middle of one of the best birding areas. The lodge’s gardens have bird feeders, and the dining room has balconies that act as semi-blinds so that allow you to get a close-up view of avian visitors to the feeders. The feeders are also an ideal distance for photography, and you will be able to observe and photograph brown sicklebills and ribbon-tailed astrapias, both of which are birds of paradise. With a bit of extra luck, we might even be able to see the superb bird of paradise!

After a morning of birding, we will return to Mount Hagen for a visit to a local market before returning to the hotel for lunch and some rest. During the afternoon, a visit to a nearby home will provide us with an insight into how the local people live. (You are certainly welcome to bring some school supplies for distribution to the local children.) If you have ever wondered where the delicious coffee found at Starbucks comes from, you will find out when we visit one of Papua New Guinea’s coffee plantations.

Overnight at the Highlander Hotel – Premium Room. (B, L, D)

Day 4. Friday, May 18: The Tumbuna Sing Sing

Today is one of the highlights of our expedition, and it will surely be one of the most unforgettable cultural experiences of your life. The Tumbuna Sing Sing (Show) is a celebration of the ancestors of the region’s tribes, held annually in the beautiful Paiyagona Valley, just 45 minutes from our hotel.

This gathering is attended by over 100 men and women from more than 10 tribes scattered across the highlands and mainland coastal areas. While this sing sing is relatively small in comparison to others, we will be more than compensated not only by the beautiful setting, including the stunning village location, but also by the absence of crowds of tourists; this will make it a much more meaningful, friendlier, and intimate experience for all of us.

We will be able to watch the participants prepare their bilas, or traditional dress, paint their faces and bodies, and embellish themselves with bird of paradise feathers. The group will be able to mingle with the performers and take their pictures. Once the dancing begins, we will really be able to appreciate these preparations and take part in the festivities.

In true “Tumbuna style”, a big mumu (underground oven) is fired up for lunch, and while the food is cooking the sing sing’s guests are free to explore the village and socialize with the local residents. The Tumbuna Sing Sing is a grand celebration of culture and tradition as the people celebrate ‘Pasin Bilong Tumbuna’ – the Way of the Ancestors.

At the conclusion of this amazing celebration, we will return to our hotel to enjoy dinner, share photographs, and receive a complete briefing about the next leg of our expedition.

Overnight at the Highlander Hotel – Premium Room. (B, L, D)

Day 5. Saturday, May 19: To Tari

Among the highlights of this expedition are the small aircraft flights that will allow us to observe the mountains and forests of Papua New Guinea from the air. After breakfast, we will embark on our first flight towards the Tari Highlands, the territory of the Huli Wigmen.

Depending on the weather, we will either land at Ambua Lodge or at Tari Town. The latter landing will necessitate a drive of 1 ½ hours to the lodge.

The Ambua Lodge is located at 7,000 feet in the Tari Gap region and borders on pristine mid-montane rainforest grading into the valley grasslands. Spring-like temperatures are the norm, as well as magnificent views of the Tari Valley. The forest canopy, a dense mass of interlocking tree tops spreads out like a green carpet with the occasional splash of bright color to provide an exhilarating setting for venturing along the graded nature trails. You’ll have the fun of crossing traditional vine bridges and discovering secluded waterfalls. Your guide will instruct you in the ways the Huli people utilize the abundant natural resources, as well as pointing out the variety of plants and animals in the forest.

The nature walk will also increase your chances of seeing up to 13 species of birds of paradise found in the vicinity of the lodge. Birds of paradise mostly display during the late afternoon, so you may be lucky enough to see the King-of-Saxony, Stephanie’s astrapia, ribbontail astrapia, and sicklebill birds of paradise during this time period.

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

Days 6 & 7. Sunday & Monday, May 20 & 21: Tari, Land of the Huli and Birds of Paradise

The great Tari Basin, with its surrounding mountain slopes, is the home of the Huli clans, one of the largest ethnic groups in the Southern Highlands, and one of the most culturally intact in PNG. Only discovered by the outside world in 1935, the Huli were one of the last indigenous tribes to come under government control. Fierce in warfare and merciless to opposing clans, the Huli dig huge trenches with wooden paddles to delineate clan boundaries, control the movement of pigs, and as secret passageways for warriors during clan battles.

Renowned for their elaborate wigs decorated with everlasting flowers and bird of paradise feathers, the Huli will provide you with a unique and unforgettable cultural experience, and a journey back in time. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with these proud people and experience their traditional way of life, which is still governed by their belief in ancestral spirits and sorcery.

Our two days at the lodge will be filled with early birding excursions, both at the lodge and the Tari Gap, then visits to the Huli Wigmen until it’s time for lunch, when we will return to Ambua. Afternoons can involve nature walks, birding, or more interactions with Huli men and women. And of course, you will always be able to enjoy the amazing views and gardens of Ambua Lodge.

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

Day 8. Tuesday, May 22: To the Headwaters of the Sepik River

We start Tuesday with an amazing morning flight over the highlands, then descend to the tropical rain forest of the Karawari River. Upon landing, we embark on jet boats for travel to the junction of the Karawari and Krosmary Rivers, where we plan to arrive in time for lunch on board the Sepik Spirit. This river cruiser will be our home for the next 3 days and nights. Inspired by the spirit houses of the native tribes, this is a small, intimate, and unique-looking ship, and the only one that allows for exploration of these very remote waterways.

Overnight on the Sepik Spirit. (B, L, D)

Days 9 & 10. Wednesday & Thursday, May 23 & 24: Exploring the Sepik River

We will use these two days to explore, on our jet boats, the remote villages found on the headwaters of the Sepik River. Among the people we meet will be the Crocodile People, who were formerly cannibals. These people scar themselves in a ceremonial process to honor their totem, the crocodile, and also their ancestors. We will even be invited into the most sacred of their places – their spirit houses. If you are an art lover, you will also find traditional art to add to your collection.

Needless to say, birdwatching is fantastic both on the river and in the areas surrounding the clan villages, and we will hopefully see more birds of paradise.

Overnight on the Sepik Spirit. (B, L, D)

Day 11. Friday, May 25: Karawari

After breakfast you will visit the village of Mumeri. Enjoy a jet boat ride to meet with the Sepik Spirit at the Krosmeri Junction for lunch. After lunch a tour to the Mindimbit villages. You will meet up again with the Sepik Spirit while cruising back to the Karawari area. Overnight: SEPIK SPIRIT (BLD)

After a morning jet boat back to Karawari, we will check in at the Karawari Lodge. Standing majestically on a ridge amidst a vast expanse of dense tropical lowland rainforest, you will find yourself in Arambak country, with the Karawari River 300 feet below. This is one of the most remote and unspoiled areas of Papua New Guinea, with the river providing the only way in and out.

After lunch and a chance to rest and freshen up, we will visit a Kundiman village to observe their traditional and ancient culture. The people there make excellent use of the natural resources surrounding them, including using different riverside plants to make baskets for catching fish. You may even enjoy a taste of their staple food made from the sago palm. The spectacular New Guinea sunset coloring the clouds, and the river snaking below makes excellent viewing from the lodge veranda, and you could almost believe that you have stepped into a world newly born.

A farewell dinner, along with a surprise event, is planned for this evening.

Overnight at Karawari Lodge (Basic). (B, L, D)

Day 12. Saturday, May 26: To Port Moresby via Mount Hagen

We say goodbye to the tropical lowland forest and enjoy one more chartered flight back to the highlands of Mount Hagen. Once there, we will have lunch at a local restaurant, then go to the airport to catch our commercial flight to Port Moresby. Upon arrival, we will check in at the comfortable, western-style Airways Hotel to enjoy a farewell cocktail and dinner.

Overnight at Airways Hotel – Bacchus Room. (B, L, D)

Day 13. Sunday, May 27: Fly Back Home

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport, located just 5 minutes away from the hotel, to take your international flight back home.

Accommodations

AIRWAYS HOTEL (Port Moresby)

This is the best hotel in all of Papua New Guinea. Located just 5 minutes from the airport, it not only has modern facilities, but also lovely surrounding vistas. We have blocked rooms in the Bacchus Wing on the ground floor, and these are comfortable rooms with air conditioning, safety deposit box, and modern bathrooms with all the needed amenities. The restaurants and bars on the hotel’s upper floor provide great views and the best food in the country. The Airways includes a gym, and shops where fine and tribal art objects, as well as souvenirs, are available. WiFi is available in the guest rooms and lobby, but it can be slow or fail altogether temporarily.


HIGHLANDER HOTEL (Mount Hagen)

The Highlander Hotel is the finest in Mount Hagen, and provides us with the easiest access to the Tumbuna Sing Sing. Like most accommodations in PNG, the services here can be somewhat unreliable, and you will find the hotel basic, but clean. You will enjoy your stay here as long as you keep an open mind and exhibit patience. The Premier Rooms offer air-conditioning, safety deposit box, hot running water, and cable television. Internet is available in the lobby, but service can be patchy. The food is acceptable and a nice bar and pool are available on the premises.


AMBUA LODGE (Tari Gap)

Located at 7,000 feet in the middle of the cloud forest, Ambua Lodge not only offers beautiful common areas and fantastic food, but is rightfully considered to be the best accommodation in the Tari area. The lodge staff is composed mainly of local people and is known for providing warm and friendly service. The rooms are simple, but come with electricity, electric blankets, and hot running water. There could be temporary power outages, but these do not interfere with the enjoyment of the stay, and generally service is restored quickly. The lodge gardens are simply beautiful and the grounds and nearby nature walks provide excellent birding opportunities.


SEPIK SPIRIT (Sepik River)

The Sepik Spirit is the best, and only, ship that navigates the headwaters of the Sepik River. This is a comfortable ship designed to look like a tribal spirit house, and features artistic, handcrafted woodwork make by the local tribes. Air conditioning is available in all the guest rooms and the common areas. Rooms have comfortable beds, large windows, and ensuite bathrooms with hot running water. The food aboard ship is good and the lounge cozy and relaxing. The Sepik Spirit is equipped with jet boats for exploration (please be aware that jet boat engines are loud and vibrate, so if you have sensitive ears, please include ear plugs in your luggage).


KARAWARI LODGE (Karawari)

Perched high on the banks of the remote Karawari River, and built to resemble a spirit house, the Karawari Lodge includes an impressive collection of tribal art as well as providing beautiful vistas, especially the unforgettable, color saturated sunsets. The lodge rooms are basic, with fans and mosquito nets. Electricity is spotty, and although it is a beautiful property, because of the rusticity of the rooms, we are staying here only one night. However, your stay will be unforgettable in a good way.

Departure

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2018 Prices

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Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
*New Paths Club member prices includes direct wire payment benefit plus additional discounts. If Club Members use a credit card, a 5% surcharge will apply.

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Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • 24/7 services of a Senior Leader (Jorge Salas) 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).
  • 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.
  • Gratuity 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 $1,500.00 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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Colombia Expedition 2018

Colombia Expedition 2018

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: February 18, 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: 11 days in country (Plus a 4-day Extension)

Leader: Jorge Salas / Juan Ortiz

Maximum Number of Participants: 14

Departures: February 18, 2018


Expedition Leaders

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.

Juan Ortiz

Half British and half Colombian, Juan is an expert, and truly passionate, birder and naturalist. Juan has eight years of constant exploration of all corners of Colombia, developing new and groundbreaking routes in the country, in partnership with New Paths Expeditions. Juan is a great wildlife photographer, a superb travel companion and the perfect Master Naturalist for Colombia.

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. 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

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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.

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 24/7 services of a Senior Leader (Jorge Salas) 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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Pantanal Expedition 2017

Jaguar Pantanal Expedition Safari Tour

Pantanal Expedition

Go deep into the Pantanal, to the heart of Jaguar country, in search of the South America ‘Big Six’. Also, one of the best birding destinations of the Planet. Led by Senior Naturalist Leader Cassiano Zaparoli “Zapa” & Helder Brandao.
Small Group Max Size: 12 participants
Departures: September 27, 2017 & October 15, 2017
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Pantanal Expedition

We are proud to present to you one of the greatest wildlife adventures of the world: an expedition to the heart of the Brazilian Pantanal in search of the South America ‘Big Six’ – Jaguar, Giant River Otter, Giant Anteater, Capybara, South American Tapir, and Anaconda. Your chances to enjoy good sightings and photograph all of them are quite high!

With nearly 60,000 square miles, the Pantanal (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is the largest tropical wetland in the world, and harbors some of the most unique wildlife found anywhere.

It lies mainly in Brazil, but also spills over into Paraguay and Bolivia. The Brazilian Pantanal comprises the Mato Grosso (North), and Southern Mato Grosso regions. Both of them are a deep natural experience in an unspoiled and primeval world like no other.

During the main expedition you will explore the Northern Pantanal Wetlands and Rivers as deep as it is possible, using safari vehicles, boats and on foot. Here you will have higher chances to spot all Big 6. Northern Pantanal is today’s Jaguar hotspot!

During the Southern Pantanal Extension, you will find yourself on a private preserve that offers one of the best birding destinations on the planet. The centerpiece of this 14,000 acre preserve is the award-winning Caiman Lodge. The lodge not only offers excellent accommodations (bordering luxury) but is also a supporter of a number of research and conservation efforts designed at preserving this unique ecosystem, including the Hyacinth Macaw Reproduction Project.

New Paths Expeditions have crafted a truly comprehensive Pantanal expedition, and we are proud to announce that the two most experienced naturalists in the Pantanal, Cassiano Zaporoli (Zapa) and Helder Brandao will be leading the NPE Expeditions. Their familiarity with the Pantanal will assure you of a successful and enjoyable expedition.


Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO world largest tropical wetland
  • Superb Wildlife observation looking for “the Big Six.”
  • Jaguars Guaranteed
  • Extensive birding opportunities
  • Many endemics species
  • Accompanied by a Senior Leader and a Head Naturalist Guide
  • Upscale Pre-Extension at the Belmond Das Cataratas in Iguassu Falls
  • Post-Extension at the award-winning Caiman Lodge

Pantanal Main Expedition

Details in Brief

Duration: 9 days in country (Plus a 5 day Extension)

Leader: Helder Brandão, Cassiano Zaparoli

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Is this the right expedition for you?: This involves wildlife excursions by boat and safari vehicles (Easy to board). Short (1-hour) hikes in flat terrain (Possibility for longer hikes available – Terrain could be muddy). Rides on bumpy and dusty roads (Transport vehicles other than boats and safari trucks have air conditioning). Warm temperatures. Unexpected cold fronts are a remote possibility. Short Showers are possible and expected. The accommodations were selected based on their wildlife proximity, but some could as basic. All have air conditioning, are clean and comfortable.


Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive in Cuiaba, Brazil.

Arrive today’s afternoon on a flight from the US (Via Sao Paulo). Meet you Senior Leader and drive to the town of Pocone and then to Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel over the Transpantaneira “Highway”. Multiple stops for wildlife spotting will include abundant Yacare Caimans, Capybara and Jabiru Storks, among many other species. (B,L,D)

Day 2: To Porto Jofre on the Transpantaneira

Enjoy a morning boat excursion on the Pixaim River in search of Giant River Otters. Then drive to the deepest point in the Northern Pantanal, Porto Jofre. Check in at Porto Jofre Hotel (best in the area) and go out on your first wildlife excursion. (B, L, D)

Day 3 to 5: Jaguar and the ‘Big Six’ Search

Using excursion boats explore the Cuiaba, Tres Imaoes and Piguiri Rivers in search of the ‘Big Six’. This is Jaguar territory, and your chances of spotting and photographing this species in the wild are estimated at 95%! Safari vehicle explorations, short hikes, night excursions and top quality lectures by your Senior Leader will also fill up the days. (B, L, D)

Day 6: To Araras Eco Lodge Private Reserve plus Superb Birding

Drive to the Araras Eco Lodge and arrive in time for lunch. Then enjoy some of the best birding in the world at the lodges canopy towers. (B, L, D)

Day 7 & 8: Araras Wildlife Reserve Exploration

The Araras private nature preserve consists of 7,500 acres that include three main ecosystems: wetlands, savanna, and forest. On short hikes and safari vehicle excursions explore the surrounding countryside. Superb birding encounters with Capuchin, Howler, and Marmoset monkeys and even some of the ‘Big Six’ species await you. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Enjoy a Morning Wildlife Excursion – Drive to Cuiaba – Fly Home or Continue with the Upscale Southern Pantanal Extension.

Southern Pantanal Extension (Refugio Caiman)

Details in Brief

Duration: 5-day Extension

Leader: Cassiano Zaparoli “Zapa”

Maximum Number of Participants: 10

Is this the right expedition for you?: Based on award winning Refugio Caiman (Caiman Lodge), the most upscale Eco Lodge in all of South America and the leading one in ecotourism conservation and with the greatest service standards. The extension involves wildlife excursions by boat and safari vehicles (Easy to board). Short (1-hour) hikes in flat terrain (Possibility for longer hikes available – Terrain could be muddy). Rides on bumpy and dusty roads (Transport vehicles other than boats and safari trucks have air conditioning). Warm temperatures. Unexpected cold fronts are a remote possibility. Short Showers are possible and expected.


Itinerary in Brief

Day 9: Morning Wildlife Excursion – Fly to Campo Grande

Enjoy a morning wildlife excursion at Araras Eco Lodge and then drive to Cuiaba. Fly to Campo Grande (1-hour flight) and drive 20 minutes to the Grand Hotel. Enjoy a night at this modern hotel, considered the very best in town. (B,L,D)

Day 10 to 12: To Caiman Lodge

Drive to Caiman Lodge with multiple, outstanding wildlife sighting stops. Spend the next days exploring the 14000 Acre, award winning, private Reserve in search of its superb wildlife, including top class birding, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and a plethora of plant species. Caiman Lodge accommodations, services and travel operations are really top class. It also supports some of the main conservation projects in Pantanal, including the renowned Hyacinth Macaw reproduction project. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Caiman Lodge Wildlife Excursion and Fly Home

After a last wildlife excursion in the morning, it will be time to drive back to Campo Grande and fly back home.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Accommodations

Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel

We selected this hotel because of its excellent position on the Pixain River. The river is a hotspot for Giant River Otters as well as a plethora of birds. The Mato Grosso Hotel has hot running water, air conditioning, decent food, and clean, basic rooms as well as granting you greater access to wildlife.

Porto Jofre Hotel

You will find that despite its remote location in the heart of the Pantanal that the Porto Jofre Hotel provides comfortable accommodations. The rooms are clean with hot water and air conditioning, and the food is fresh. This is one of the best places to observe the Pantanal wildlife, and there is an excellent chance for Jaguar sightings. You will be able to see Macaws and Toucans right on the hotel grounds. The lodge is the best place to stay when you’re in the heart of the Pantanal.

Araras Eco Lodge

Built in harmony with the environment, but without renouncing comfort, Araras Eco Lodge rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans and hot running water. The three distinct ecosystems in the adjacent area provide great opportunities for wildlife observation, especially birds. Canopy towers provide access to the upper reaches of the forest, and a boardwalk meanders through the wetlands towards the nearby forest.

Grand Park Hotel

While the Grand Park Hotel is only a stopover between expeditions, it will still provide a memorable stay due to its modern and comfortable rooms, excellent dining facilities, and nearby shopping opportunities. The hotel includes a gym, sauna, and Wi-Fi among its many services. This city hotel has a 4-star rating and it is considered the best in town.

Refugio Caiman (Caiman Lodge)

The Caiman Lodge is considered to be the best eco-lodge in South America. You will find that the rooms are charming and modern and are situated in groups of 5 or 6 to provide a more personalized and private atmosphere. The service at the Caiman Lodge is perfect and the food excellent. The tourism operations at the lodge are the best available in the Pantanal. The lodge provides among the best opportunities for wildlife observation in the world.

Departures

 

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2017 Prices

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Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
*New Paths Club member prices includes direct wire payment benefit plus additional discounts. If Club Members use a credit card, a 5% surcharge will apply.
** Domestic Air Prices may change without prior notice due to airlines’ policies.
*** The extension needs 4 guests to depart.

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
  • Accommodations as noted
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions and visits as noted.
  • Group photography fees.
  • 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 and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges, departure fees, and airport taxes.
  • Gratuities for Local Guides; 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:

  • 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.
Download the Complete Expedition Details
Pantanal Expedition 2016 Small Group

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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Madagascar Expedition 2017

Lemur Madagascar Safari Tour Expedition

Madagascar Expedition 2017

The most complete itinerary to explore the Island of endemics, Madagascar. One of the greatest wildlife expeditions on earth. A wildlife photographer’s dream!
Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!
Departures: September 2, 2017 – October 2 & 16, 2017
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Madagascar, the Island of Endemics

Set like a jewel in the western Indian Ocean, the Island of Madagascar holds the World record in endemic species. New Paths Expeditions is proud to bring to you the opportunity to explore it following the most complete itinerary offered today – you will visit the center, south, west, east and north of the island- guaranteeing the greatest possible sightings of the most iconic, and some of the most elusive, wildlife species of Madagascar. The Madagascar Expedition is limited to only 12 participants, has been crafted in detail and will truly amaze wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike.


Highlights:

  • 90% of the Madagascar flora and fauna are endemic.
  • Visit 9 protected areas (national and private) encompassing the most complete Madagascar itinerary available today.
  • Observe over 20 species of Lemurs in their natural hábitat.
  • Superb bird watching with plenty of native species.
  • The biggest diversity of chameleons on earth.
  • Outstanding wildlife photography.
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a truly small group of like- minded, experienced travelers.
  • Escorted by a New Paths Expeditions Senior Leader plus a Local Master Guide.
  • Ideal expedition pacing using the best possible accommodations and first class transport.

Details in Brief:

Duration: 13 days in country (Plus a 5 day Extension)

Leader: Jorge Salas / Renzo Zeppilli / John Parry

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Departures: October 2 and 16

Is this the right expedition for you? The madagascar expedition involves multiple wildlife search hikes that last up to 2 hours, but cover short lengths of terrain. The trails are mostly flat and easy, though at Andasibe, some inclined terrain could be involved. Trails could be muddy.

Rides on bumpy and dusty roads are part of the expedition. The longest one being 4 hours. We use top class tourist busses (With air conditioning) and 4×4’s (With air conditioning). Bottled water is provided throughout the expedition.

There is a combination of warm weather with occasional cold fronts. At Andasibe high humidity and cool nights are expected. Short rains are a possibility as well as unexpected cold fronts. During October, the temperatures are warmer than in September.

Accommodations were selected based on their proximity to top wildlife habitats. Some could be rated as basic. Some have air conditioning and all are clean and comfortable. Do note that Camp Amoureux (1 night) is a basic camp. Hotel Colbert is the best hotel in Antananarivo and we have secured superior rooms for the expedition participants. The Hotel Colbert is a 4-star property.


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 Antananarivomap-mad

Arrive today in Antananarivo from the US. Superior rooms at Hotel Colbert (a 4-star considered the best in town) have been booked for all the expedition participants. (Meals Aloft)

Day 2: Explore Antananarivo

Drive through the city most iconic areas on your way to Lemur Park. A well managed Lemur orphanage project that we support, and a great introduction to the country’s species. In the afternoon enjoy some endemics birding. (B, L, D)

Day 3 & 4: Berenty Private Reserve

A morning flight and then a 4-hour drive will take us to the Berenty Private Reserve, a paradise for Ringed-tail Lemurs and Verreaux’s Sifakas (Dancing Lemurs). Visit both ecosystems during night and day encountering multiple endemic species of lemurs, reptiles, insects and flora. (B, L, D)

Day 5 & 6: Fort Dauphin and Fly to Antananarivo

Drive 4 hours to the Fort Dauphin, in the Southern Malagasy coast. Visit the local market and rest. The next day, visit the Nahampoena Private Reserve to look for new species of Lemurs, including the Bamboo Lemur and then fly to Antananarivo and lodge at a comfortable hotel located close to the airport. (B, L, D)

Day 7: To Kirindy

Fly to Morondava and board 4×4’s to drive one and a half hours to Camp Amourex. The drive takes you through Baobab ‘avenue’. Camp Amourex is a very basic tent camp, where we will stay 1 night (It is the greatest lodging facility in the area). Enjoy a very productive night walk in the reserve looking for the Pygmy mouse lemur, the smallest primate of the world. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Kirindy Nature Reserve and back to Morondava via Baobab Avenue

Spend a full day exploring this fascinating and unique ecosystem that provides superb lemur encounters, several species of chameleons and first class birding. The Kirindy forest is the most threatened habitat, home to the biggest predator of Madagascar, the Foosa. In the afternoon drive back to Morondava going through Baobab avenue at sunset. Cameras ready, please! (B, L, D)

Day 9: A day in Morondava

Enjoy a morning pirogue ride through the nearby mangroves that will finish at a local fishing village. You will stay at very comfortable seaside hotel and will have time to enjoy the beach and explore the town. (B, L, D)

Day 10 & 11: Andasibe National Park

Fly to Antananarivo and then drive three hours to Andasibe. Enjoy an evening wildlife excursion. On day 11, spend the day exploring the Andasibe National Park in search of the Indri Indri, the largest lemur of them all. Many other species abound. Superb lemur, reptiles and flora photography is guaranteed. (B, L, D)

Day 12: To Antananarivo via Chameleons’ Park

After one more excursion at Andasibe, drive back to Antananarivo. On the way, stop at a private park that holds a superb collection of reptiles and amphibians. You will dine and overnight at Hotel Colbert. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Fly Home

Today, after breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly back to the U.S, or continue with the Nosy Be Extension. (B)

Nosy Be Northern Island Extension

Details in Brief:

Duration: 5 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide
Maximum Number of Participants: 12


Itinerary in Brief:

Day 13: Fly to Nosy Be

Today, fly from Antananarivo to Nosy Be Island, located on the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is considered a natural paradise of beautiful beaches, supreme natural diversity -both on ground and underwater, and welcoming locals. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Lokobe Natural Reserve

Lokobe is considered one of the most beautiful and well managed Natural Parks in Madagascar. Spend a full day exploring it in search of unique wildlife, including the endemic Black Lemur and the Panther Chameleon. (B, L, D)

Day 15: Snorkel at Tanikely Marine Reserve

In the morning, take a boat ride to Tanikely Marine Reserve, consider the greatest one in Madagascar, and enjoy top class snorkeling in the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy the afternoon relaxing while enjoying Malagasy hospitality at the hotels beach. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Fly to Antananarivo

After breakfast fly to Antananarivo and check in at the Colbert Hotel. (B, L)

Day 17: Fly back home

Breakfast is included for your convenience. Transfer to the airport and fly back home.


Important Note

The Madagascar 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, specially 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 unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

HOTEL COLBERT

This is considered the best hotel in Tana and offers visitors clean rooms, good food and modern amenities. New Paths Expeditions have secured Superior Rooms to guarantee the best possible comfort for you. This hotel also features a business center, gym, spa, and casino. The two restaurants offer some of the best food in the city, and the outdoors terrace provide great views of the city. Free WIFI is provided in the hotel lobby and plug in internet is available in all rooms.


BERENTY LODGE

Built in harmony with the environment, but without renouncing comfort, Berenty Lodge rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, and hot running water. The Berenty not only provides you with good lodging but gives you the chance to observe Lemurs right outside your door and very close access to two distinct types of forest.


CROIX DU SUD HOTEL

A modern and comfortable small hotel, the Croix du Sud supplies you with clean rooms that include a TV, air conditioning, ceiling fans and hot running water. All rooms look to a small central garden. WiFi is available in the lobby.


RELAIS DE PLATEAUX

This small hotel has been selected due to its close to the airport location. Rooms are comfortable, with air conditioning, hot running water, minibar, kettle for tea or coffee and a hair dryer. A full-service restaurant and dining room are in the hotel, as well as a bar. Rooms also come with a minibar, kettle for tea or coffee and hair dryer.


CAMP AMOUREX

Camp Amoureaux is a very basic camp and provides tents on platforms which are equipped with mattresses. All tents feature a simple, but clean bathroom. Hot water is not available, and electricity is limited to morning and evening hours. Having a flashlight is a must. Food is basic but safe. Service can be slow. This property is the best accommodation available close to Kirindi Reserve.


PALISSANDRE COTE OUEST

You will certainly be delighted with your stay at the Palissandre Cote Ouest, considered one of the best hotels in Madagascar. Located on the beach, with a nice pool, bar and with free WIFI at the lobby, this hotel provides lodgings that are based on the traditional Malagasy style while providing every modern convenience. Bathrooms are quite large and showers are very good.


VAKONA LODGE

Set in the middle of a reserve, Vakona lodging consists of bungalows that provide you with clean comfort. Screens will allow you to keep the windows open for good air circulation. The restaurant provides good food, and you can dine either inside or on the terrace. This is the ideal location to explore the Andasibe National Park.


PALM BEACH NOSY BE HOTEL

Balconies come with all standard rooms in this top level hotel so that you can sit and enjoy the sea breezes. All rooms are modern and equipped with air conditioning, television, and Wi-Fi among other amenities. The Palm Beach Hotel is the perfect spot to enjoy the beach in between excursions.

Departure

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2017 Prices

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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 price variation by the airline.

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader during the expedition.
  • 24/7 services of a Malagasy Naturalist Guide.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions, and visits as noted.
  • Group photography fees.
  • 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 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).
  • 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 Madagascar 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.

Download the Complete Expedition Details
Madagascar Expedition 2017 Small Group

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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Machu Picchu & Cusco Expedition

Award-winning itinerary! The most complete and well-paced expedition to the land of the Incas, including the history, culture and natural history of the destination. Extensions to the Titicaca Lake, Lima & Nazca Lines, Amazon, and Galapagos. Departs every day!

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    Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Expedition

Our Machu Picchu & Cusco Expedition takes you to explore the land of the Incas with the highest quantity and quality of content. Not only you will enjoy the Inca sites, including Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, but you will also have access to the unique wildlife of the destination: Machu Picchu is located in one of the most biodiverse spots of the world! Small groups, daily departures, led by an NPE Leader, the best hotels and transport and the ideal expedition pacing.

Extensions to Lima & Nazca Lines, the Titicaca Lake, the Amazon, and Galapagos are available.

Check this website for more details, download the complete itinerary or call us now to speak with a destination specialist: 888 832 7280


Highlights:

  • Follow the ideal itinerary for altitude acclimatization

  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas

  • Two nights and days at Machu Picchu, with entrances and guides

  • Lodge at award-winning Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel

  • Enjoy birding and botanizing at Machu Picchu’s cloud forest

  • Peruvian Paso Fino show

  • Two nights at Cusco (5-star hotel) with a complete tour, and free time

  • Tons of content

  • Great Peruvian cuisine


Extensions Highlights:

  • Nazca Lines overflight

  • Paracas Pre-Inca Culture

  • Lima City Tour

  • Larco Herrera Museum

  • Huaca Pucllana Pre-Inca Temple

  • Upscale Andean-Explorer train

  • Titicaca lake navigation

  • Amantani and Uros reed Islands

  • Sillustani Pre-Inca Cemetery


Group Size:

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

You may book this expedition as a private trip for two, four, or more.

Itinerary in Brief

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Day 1: To Lima

Arrive in Lima tonight. Overnight at Costa del Sol Wyndham Hotel.

Overnight at Costa del Sol Wyndham Hotel. (meals aloft)

 

Day 2: Cusco, Chinchero, Sacred Valley of the Incas

Fly from Lima to Cusco. After landing drive through the Andes to Chinchero, an old traditional and charming Inca town. Visit Paulino’s home and learn about traditional Inca textile production. Drive down to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with panoramic stops to admire the snow-capped mountains of the Andes. In the Sacred Valley, enjoy lunch at the beautiful Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel. Join your Leader for a complete lecture about the Incas.

Overnight at Aranwa Sacred Valley. (B, L, D)

 

Day 3: Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu

Drive through the Sacred Valley to the Ollantaytambo train station. The train ride down from the Andes to the cloud forest (under two hours) where Machu Picchu town is located. Enjoy lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge and then begin the complete guided exploration of the sacred remains. After the tour, back descend to Machu Picchu town and walk to the award-winning Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu. (B, L, D)

 

Day 4: Full Day in Machu Picchu

Your day at Machu Picchu! Entrance to the Citadel and guide services are included. You may choose to hike to the sun gate, climb Huayna Picchu, birdwatch at the hotel cloud forest, enjoy an orchid garden walk, shop, use the spa, or just relax. Your Leader will help you make the most out of this day.

Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu. (B, L, D)

 

Day 5: Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman

After breakfast take the one-hour and a half train ride to Ollantaytambo. Explore Ollantaytambo in detail with your leader. Enjoy a first class traditional Andean lunch and a Peruvian Paso Fino horse show at Wayra Restaurant. Visit Sacsayhuaman on your way to Cusco. Check-in at the 5-star JW Marriott Cusco. 

Overnight at JW Marriot Cusco. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6: Koricancha, San Blas, Cusco City

Begin the day with a morning walking city tour of the Imperial City. Visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Then walk the streets of Cusco, half of Inca design, half of the colonial period, to San Blas district. Continue to the main square and visit the Cathedral before lunch at Inca Grill restaurant. After lunch, return to the hotel or continue exploring the city with your Leader for shopping and photography. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the best restaurants in town: Cicciolina.
Overnight at JW Marriot Cusco. (B, L, D)

 

Day 7: San Pedro market

After breakfast, visit the San Pedro market, the main one of the city. Return to the hotel and enjoy lunch before driving 30 minutes to the airport to fly to Lima and connect with the international flight back to the US.
(B, L)

Accommodations

Costa del Sol – Wyndham Lima 4-Star

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Most international flights to Lima arrive during late PM. Our Lima Airport hotel is perfect for those taking early flights the morning after their landing. The ability to walk to or from your flight within minutes of the hotel´s front door and avoid the one, to two-hour drive to any other hotel in the city makes of this property the ideal lodging facility when going through Lima to reach other Peru destinations. The hotel includes a full range of leisure facilities: 24/7 restaurant and bar service and 24-hour Spa with massage service. The 192 graciously appointed, non-smoking guest rooms fuse form and function, and all equipped with must-have amenities for today’s busy traveler, and a restful sojourn is assured.


Aranwa Sacred Valley 5-Star

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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the lands of an old colonial hacienda of the 17thcentury, 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.

Enjoy unforgettable days in the suites of Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, and let yourself go with its mystical atmosphere in the Sacred Valley that combines the magical encounter of two periods: the ancient Inca culture and colonial grandeur in one of the most beautiful sceneries of the world. The gardens, restaurant, bars, and Spa are some of the best of the whole country.


Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo 5-Star

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Inkaterra luxury Machu Picchu Hotel is located in a cloud forest beside Machu Picchu town. This is one of the most bio-diverse spots on Earth. Composed of 81-casitas, the hotel resembles an Andean village secluded in 12 acres of exquisite beauty. Follow stone pathways along the terraced hills, melding with the sacred energy of the mountains. Indulge in Inkaterra’s spa services which use sublime natural essences. A first-class restaurant boasts stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River. Natural history activities are included, such as world-class birding excursion, visits to the hotel’s Orchid Garden (The biggest in-habitat orchid garden of the World!), walks through the tea plantation, and much more. The lobby features many fireplaces that make all meetings quite enjoyable.


Jw Marriott Cusco

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An extraordinary travel experience awaits you in Peru at the JW Marriott El Convento Cuzco, ranked among the top 10 hotels in South America by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2015. Built atop ancient Incan ruins and situated around a 16th-century convent, our resort is a veritable museum in the historic city of Cuzco. The 153 luxury guest rooms and suites feature amenities like sumptuous marble bathrooms and plush bedding. Guests will find it easy to wander the remarkable grounds; the two exhibition halls showcase Peruvian artifacts, and daily tours of San Agustín Convent are available. Enjoy a signature pisco sour at our Qespi Bar, or visit the Pirqa Restaurant for one of Cusco’s finest dining experiences. Located just steps away from the historic Plaza de Armas, the hotel offers a superb location from which to explore the city and beyond. Modernity and history combine for dazzling results at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco.

Departures

Guaranteed departures every day of the year
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Prices from:

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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 price variation by the airline.

Prices are subject to change depending on availability.
Talk to an expert for more information.


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.

  • 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 in each destination).

  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.

  • Group photography fees.

  • 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:

  • Flights.

  • Excess baggage charges.

  • Gratuity for Local Head Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader.

  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.

  • Trip cancelation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.

  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • US$ 500.00 at the time of booking.

  • The remaining balance is due 90 days before the expedition.

Download the Complete Expedition Details
Machu Picchu and Cuzco Private Expedition

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!”
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“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
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Woolly Monkey - Amazon - Pacaya Samiria - Peru. Machu Picchu and Amazon tour

Machu Picchu & Amazon Expedition

Complete Peru! The three natural regions and main highlights in one trip: Pacific Coast with Nazca Lines, the Andes with Machu Picchu, and a four-day cruise on the Amazon.
This is the ultimate Peru experience!
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    Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu & Amazon Expedition

 

Peru is one of the few megadiverse countries of our Planet, thanks to its three rich natural regions: The arid Pacific coast, the Andes, and the Amazon rain forest. This expedition gives you the opportunity to explore it in detail, learning all about the history, natural history and the culture of all the mentioned regions, in just ten days (14 if taking the Nazca pre-extension)

At Cusco, the capital of the Incas, you will first explore the Sacred Valley, then spend two days and nights at Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco City for two nights to explore it in detail with your Master Guide. This is the ideal altitude acclimatization itinerary. (Spending the first night in Cusco is simply a mistake)

Most visitors to Machu Picchu only concentrate on the Inca history, but few know that they are visiting one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet. With NPE, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the flora and fauna with included natural history excursions.

You will then fly to the Amazon and embark the Delfin II, the best upscale Expedition Vessel in all of the Amazon (28 Guests). You will navigate to the origin of the Amazon, use skiffs to access thePacaya Samiria Reserve, the biggest protected wetland of the World. We have crafted the itinerary to maximize your chances to watch and photograph the big monkeys, observe unique bird species (The bird list of the route surpasses 750 species!), look for anacondas, pink dolphins, poison dart frogs, fish for piranhas, and gain close contact with Amazon locals.

During the Nazca Extension and the Cusco & Machu Picchu portion, you will travel in first class vehicles and will be led by NPE’s Master Guides. While on board the 28 guest Delfin II you will enjoy the services of the best Naturalists in the Amazon.

Hotels are top class, most of them 5-star, and the ones at Machu Picchu and Cusco have won several awards. Food is fantastic throughout the expedition and meals, bottled water and snacks are included (Alcoholic drinks while on board the Delfin II also).

This is the most complete Peru experience one can have in 10 days (13 if you add the Nazca extension) and is very popular among our regular explorers. We highly recommend that you give us a call soon to secure your spaces.Private departures are available.

Check this website for more details, download the complete itinerary or call us now to speak with a destination specialist: 888 832 7280


Highlights:

  • Combine the best Machu Picchu itinerary with a voyage to the origin of the Amazon
  • While at Cusco, follow the ideal itinerary for altitude acclimatization
  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Two nights and days at Machu Picchu, with entrances and guides
  • Enjoy birding and botanizing at Machu Picchu’s cloud forest
  • Two nights at Cuzco (5-star hotel) with a complete tour, and free time
  • Enjoy four days exploring the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, the heart of the Amazon
  • Three nights on board the Delfin II, the best expedition vessel to navigate the Amazon
  • Go deep into the reserve on board skiffs and (optionally) kayaks, always accompanied by the best naturalist guides
  • Follow a route that maximizes wildlife encounters and close contact with locals
  • Tons of content
  • Great Peruvian cuisine

Pre-Extension Highlights:

  • Nazca Lines overflight
  • Paracas and Nazca Pre-Inca Cultures
  • Lima City Tour
  • Larco Herrera Museum (The best in South America)
  • Huaca Pucllana Pre-Inca Temple

Group Size & Guides:

The expedition is limited to 10 participants.

While in Cusco and Machu Picchu, you will be led by an NPE Master Guide. During the Amazon Expedition Cruise, you will have two certified Naturalists leading the group.


A Private Expedition for You:

This expedition may be operated as a private departure.

No extra charges for 4 or more participants.

For 2 or 3 participants an extra fee applies. Please check the Dates & Rates section of this web page.

Please check the Dates & Rates section of this web page, or download the Expedition Details Booklet.

Main Expedition

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Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima tonight. Overnight at Costa del Sol Wyndham Hotel.

Overnight at Costa del Sol Wyndham Hotel. (meals aloft)

Day 2: The Sacred Valley of the Incas

Fly from Lima to Cusco. After landing drive through the Andes to Chinchero, an old traditional and charming Inca town. Visit Paulino’s home and learn about traditional Inca textile production. Drive down to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with panoramic stops to admire the snow-capped mountains of the Andes. In the Sacred Valley, enjoy lunch at the beautiful Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel. Join your Leader for a complete lecture about the Incas.

Overnight at Aranwa Sacred Valley. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Machu Picchu

Drive through the Sacred Valley to the Ollantaytambo train station. The train ride down from the Andes to the cloud forest (under two hours) where Machu Picchu town is located. Enjoy lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge and then begin the complete guided exploration of the sacred remains. After the tour, back descend to Machu Picchu town and walk to the award-winning Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Your day at Machu Picchu

Your day at Machu Picchu! Entrance to the Citadel and guide services are included. You may choose to hike to the sun gate, climb Huayna Picchu, birdwatch at the hotel cloud forest, enjoy an orchid garden walk, shop, use the spa, or just relax. Your Leader will help you make the most out of this day.

Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Ollantaytambo and Cusco

After breakfast take the one-hour and a half train ride to Ollantaytambo. Explore Ollantaytambo in detail with your leader. Enjoy a first class traditional Andean lunch and a Peruvian Paso Fino horse show at Wayra Restaurant. Visit Sacsayhuaman on your way to Cusco. Check-in at the 5-star JW Marriott Cusco. 

Overnight at JW Marriot Cusco. (B, L, D)

Day 6: The Imperial City of Cusco

Begin the day with a morning walking city tour of the Imperial City. Visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Then walk the streets of Cusco, half of Inca design, half of the colonial period, to San Blas district. Continue to the main square and visit the Cathedral before lunch at Inca Grill restaurant. After lunch, return to the hotel or continue exploring the city with your Leader for shopping and photography.Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the best restaurants in town: Cicciolina.

Overnight at JW Marriot Cusco. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Fly to Iquitos. Board the Delfin II Ship. Start Navigating

After breakfast, drive to the airport and fly to Lima (1 hour)  and connect with a flight to Iquitos (1 hour and 20 minutes), the main city of the Peruvian Amazon (Even though we have programmed for a flight that does not require changing planes in Lima, please note that the airline could change the flight schedule, forcing a change of planes and even a layover in Lima).

After landing in Iquitos, drive to Nauta (1.5 hours) and board the Delfin II and start navigating. Enjoy a welcome briefing, cocktail, geographic orientation lecture, and a first class welcome dinner.

Overnight on board the Delphin II. (B, D)

Day 8: Terra Firma Forest Hike and Dorado Wildlife Excursion, Including Piranha Fishing in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve

In the morning, join your Naturalists and disembark at a Terra Firma patch of primary forest. Here you will enjoy an easy walk looking for poison dart frogs, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. Your naturalists will share tons of content about the flora and fauna of this kind of ecosystem before returning to the ship.

Just before lunch, you will reach the confluence of the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers, the origin of the Amazon.

Once you reach the Dorado River, you will board the speed boats and enter the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. This is a great River to look for multiple endemic species of birds, including the White-chinned Jacamar, Amazon Kingfisher, Scarlet Macaws and the prehistoric looking and multicolored Hoatzin. It is also a great area to look for Squirrel monkeys, Tamarin monkeys, and the rare Pygmy Marmoset.

Once we reach a beautiful shade, you will have the chance to fish for piranhas, an experience you won’t forget!

When the night shift strikes, you’ll encounter a whole new world of adventure, and your guide will take you on a night safari in search of caimans, night birds and amphibians. There will be a stop to listen to the sounds of the forest.

Overnight on board the Delphin II. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Zapote Creek and Supay Lake

Early in the morning, you will have the option to Kayak on the tranquil waters of the Zapote Creek, inside the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Then, your Naturalists will take you upstream on board the speedboats. The Zapote Creek is one of the most pristine areas accessible to visitors in the Reserve. It is here that you have high chances to encounter Monk Saki Monkeys, Great Black Hawks, Night Owl Monkeys, Tucans, Macaws, Kingfishers and many other icons of the Amazon.

After lunch on board Delfin II, you will explore Supay Lake. Wildlife will greet you and the biodiversity you will experience will be outstanding. You will have the chance to enjoy some of the myriad bird species, colorful butterflies, other diverse insects, and noisy monkey troops. If you didn’t get a chance to kayak in the morning, this afternoon is your chance!

Overnight on board the Delphin II. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Puerto Miguel Community & Transfer to Iquitos Airport; Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) – Fly back to the US.

A journey on board our skills will bring us to the community of Puerto Miguel. There you will meet the local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. You will be greeted by the children at a typical village schoolhouse (they will be thrilled to meet you), and then you can visit the local arts and crafts market which has been organized by the women of Puerto Miguel.

After enough time to prepare for the departure, you will drive from Nauta to the Iquitos airport. Along the way, you will stop at the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees.

Once we reach the airport, you will fly back to Lima and connect with your flight back to the US with the assistance of our representatives.

(B, L)

The Pre-Extension: Lima and Nazca Lines

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima tonight. Transfer and check-in at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel.

Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel. (meal aloft)

Day 2: Lima

Enjoy a Lima city tour. Lunch at Cafe del Museo. Visit the Larco Herrera Museum. Visit Huaca Pucllana Pre-Inca Temple. Dinner at La Huaca Restaurant.

Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Nazca Lines

Drive to Paracas and enjoy an overflight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Visit a Pisco vineyard. Lunch will be served at the vineyard. Visit the Paracas private museum. Overnight at La Hacienda Paracas.

Overnight at La Hacienda Paracas. (B, L)

Day 4: Paracas and Ballestas Islands

Navigate to the Ballestas Islands to see myriads of Nazca boobies, Cormorants, Humboldt Penguins and several species of Fur seals. Drive to Lima with lunch en route. Visit a handicraft market before driving to the airport hotel. Overnight at Costa del Sol Airport Hotel.

Overnight at Costa del Sol Airport Hotel. (B, L)

Day 5: Fly to Cusco

Join the Machu Picchu & Amazon main expedition.

(B)


Important Note:

This Expedition has been crafted in detail, following the ideal pacing for the destination. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancelations, 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 Guide might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Regarding the Amazon itinerary, the one presented here is just an example. The Amazon is an unpredictable area, and the itinerary is highly dependent on weather and the level of water, which could fluctuate up to 40 feet. Access to creeks and lakes may change overnight. All activities mentioned in these document will be done, but the order of the activities and the Rivers, Lakes and villages mentioned could change.

Accommodations

THE SHIP: DELFIN II

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Delfin II has 14 large guest suites include 4 Master Suites with 180° panoramic windows, and 10 Suites, 4 of which can be interconnected to accommodate families. Each with movie screen sized windows and natural elements, they offer all the comforts provided by world class lodging yet with the spirit of casual and refined elegance while you sail in the Peruvian Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

The ship is equipped with speedboats for excursions that are ideal for wildlife observation excursions, kayaks, and paddle boards.

Facilities: The ship features a panoramic dining room for up to 32 passengers that offers top class Peruvian cuisine, using many exotic Amazon ingredients. There is an indoors lecture room & lounge as well as a Spa and Exercise room.

A complete bar (A selection of drinks are free of charge) and a tastefully decorated open-air lounge deck complete the common areas of the ship.

The dress code is casual for all excursions and meals.

Master Suites (4 units): Located at the front of the vessel, with 180° panoramic windows, king sized bed and exquisite sheets and bedspread of 100% 280-thread Peruvian cotton. All-cotton towels and bathrobes, the finest organic amenities, the most wonderful views, and individual reading lights create the epitome of calm luxury and enjoyment. NOTE: Master Suites require the payment of a surcharge.

Suites (10 units): They have extra large windows that offer you the most breathtaking views. 4 Suites interconnected to cater especially to families. All Suites are designed with casually elegant interiors that create a welcoming and relaxing environment for those who want to get away from it all, yet enjoy indulgent comfort.

All Suites come with:

  • Air-conditioning
  • King or 2 double beds with bedding of 100% Peruvian Pima cotton
  • Indoors sitting area
  • Native design elements and handicrafts
  • Large Lavatory
  • Hot water showers with organic toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe box


COSTA DEL SOL – WYNDHAM Lima 4-Star

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Most international flights to Lima arrive during late PM. Our Lima Airport hotel is perfect for those taking early flights the morning after their landing. The ability to walk to or from your flight within minutes of the hotel´s front door and avoid the one, to two-hour drive to any other hotel in the city makes of this property the ideal lodging fascility when going through Lima to reach other Peru destinations. The hotel includes a full range of leisure facilities: 24/7 restaurant and bar service and 24-hour Spa with massage service. The 192 graciously appointed, non-smoking guest rooms fuse form and function, and all equipped with must-have amenities for today’s busy traveler, and a restful sojourn is assured.

ARANWA SACRED VALLEY 5-Star

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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the lands of an old colonial hacienda of the 17thcentury, 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.

Enjoy unforgettable days in the suites of Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, and let yourself go with its mystical atmosphere in the Sacred Valley that combines the magical encounter of two periods: the ancient Inca culture and colonial grandeur in one of the most beautiful sceneries of the world. The gardens, restaurant, bars, and Spa are some of the best of the whole country.

INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO 5-Star

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Inkaterra luxury Machu Picchu Hotel is located in a cloud forest beside Machu Picchu town. This is one of the most bio-diverse spots on Earth. Composed of 81-casitas, the hotel resembles an Andean village secluded in 12 acres of exquisite beauty. Follow stone pathways along the terraced hills, melding with the sacred energy of the mountains. Indulge in Inkaterra’s spa services which use sublime natural essences. A first-class restaurant boasts stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River. Natural history activities are included, such as world-class birding excursion, visits to the hotel´s Orchid Garden (The biggest in-habitat orchid garden of the World!), walks through the tea plantation, and much more. The lobby features many fireplaces that make all meetings quite enjoyable.

JW MARRIOTT CUSCO 5-Star

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An extraordinary travel experience awaits you in Peru at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, ranked among the top 10 hotels in South America by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2015. Built atop ancient Incan ruins and situated around a 16th-century convent, our resort is a veritable museum in the historic city of Cusco. The 153 luxury guest rooms and suites feature amenities like sumptuous marble bathrooms and plush bedding. Guests will find it easy to wander the remarkable grounds; the two exhibition halls showcase Peruvian artifacts, and daily tours of San Agustín Convent are available. Enjoy a signature pisco sour at our Qespi Bar, or visit the Pirqa Restaurant for one of Cusco’s finest dining experiences. Located just steps away from the historic Plaza de Armas, the hotel offers a superb location from which to explore the city and beyond. Modernity and history combine for dazzling results at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco.

Departures

  • JUNE: 6, 13, 20
  • JULY: 4, 11
  • AUGUST: 15
  • SEPTEMBER: 26
  • DECEMBER: 19

Please call for availability: 888-832-7280


 

Prices from: 

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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. 

Prices are subject to change depending on availability.
Talk to an expert for more information.

 


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 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 in each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Group photography fees.
  • 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.
  • Domestic flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Local Guides, Ship Crew, and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancelation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • US$ 500.00 at the time of booking (Nonrefundable)
  • The remaining balance is due 120 days before the expedition.

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Machu Picchu and Amazon Private Expedition

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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Wild Mongolia Expedition 2017

Wild Mongolia with Rural Naadam

 A complete view of Mongolia, including the best nature and culture that the country offers and the authentic Rural Naadam festival. The pacing of this award-winning expedition is simply ideal. Led by an NPE Senior Leader and a Local Master Guide.
12 days in-country. Led by Jorge Salas. Departs on June 9, 2017
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Wild Mongolia Expedition

Our Wild Mongolia Expedition takes you to explore the country in detail, led by an NPE Senior Leader, a Local Head Guide, and local Naturalists and Culture Guides.

We have included the best National Parks and the most emblematic cultural sites. You will also have the chance to experience the Naadam Festival at the Gobi, a more authentic and intimate experience than the busy and commercial Ulaanbaatar Naadam, while lodging at the award-winning Three Camel Lodge.

Horseback rides, Bactrian camel rides, easy kayak River floating, window seats guaranteed, the best 4×4’s that exist in the country, the best ger camps, NPE’s content and operation standards and a group of no more than 12 participants. All this guarantees the best expedition experience in Mongolia.


Highlights:

  • Rural Naadam at the Gobi (Less tourists, authentic experience)
  • Complete exploration of Ulaanbaatar
  • Przewalski’s Horses and great birding at Hustain Nuruu National Park
  • Two nights at Hovsgol Lake
  • Horseback riding at Hovsgol lake
  • Gun Galuut National Park with wildlife search and easy kayak floating
  • Three nights at the Gobi, lodging at award-winning Three Camel Lodge
  • Explore the Yol Valley National Park
  • Look for fossils at Flaming Cliffs
  • Bactrian (Two-humped) camel ride at Gobi dunes
  • Ideal expedition pacing with less driving on bumpy roads
  • Explore with local naturalists each National Park
  • Led by an NPE Senior Leader and a Master Local Head Guide
  • Multiple endemics including Argali sheep, White-naped Crane, Siberian Ibex, and many more endemics.
  • The best Ger Camps available.
  • 5-star hotel at Ulaanbaatar, just a block away from the main square.
  • Window seats guaranteed when using 4×4.
  • Throat singers and traditional dances show during farewell dinner.
  • The best Culture and Nature in the country, with the best services and NPE high operations and content standards.
  • Altai Golden Eagle hunters post-extension available!

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.


Group Size:

The expedition is limited to 14 participants, and will be led by an NPE Senior Leader and a local Master Head Guide.

Itinerary

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Day 1: To Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Meet and greet by your local Head Guide and Expedition Leader, and transfer to check in at the centrally located Best Western Tuushin Hotel , Deluxe room. Meals Aloft.

Day 2: Full day in Ulaanbaatar

Explore Ulaanbaatar in detail, including the Gandan Monastery, the National History museum and the Bogd Gegen Palace, before our welcome dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Hustain Nurru National Park

Drive one hour to Hustain Nurru National Park, stopping for birding along the way. Once at the Park, look for Przewalski’s or Takhi Horses and other wildlife, accompanied by a local naturalist. Overnight at Ger Camp. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Murun, Lake Hovsgol, Uushiggin Deer Stones

Drive to Ulaanbaatar and fly to Murun (1.5 hours). Drive 2 and a half hours to the beautiful Lake Hovsgol stopping along the way to visit the Uushiggin Deer Stones and for wildlife observation. Enjoy a short and easy hike at the lake to look for more wildlife, analyze the amazing local flora and meet nomad families. Overnight at a Lake side Ger camp. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Sariday Mountains, Blue Pearl Lake

Horse trek (optional) through the breathtaking Sariday Mountains and gain super overviews of the Blue Pearl lake. Meet a local family, enjoy a boat ride on the lake and then participate in a Ger building demonstration. We will be looking for a local shaman also. Overnight at Lake side Ger camp. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Wildlife in Murun, Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum

Drive back to Murun stopping for wildlife observation and then fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum and then enjoy dinner at a fine restaurant. Overnight at the Best Western Tuushin Hotel, Deluxe Room. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Gun Galuut Nature Reserve, Kherlen River

Enjoy a full day exploration of the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve. Start with an easy hike to look for the endangered Argali sheep, Whitenaped Crane, and many others. Enjoy lunch and then float on the Kherlen River, looking for wildlife and cultural encounters. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Gobi, Yol Valley National Park, Three Camel Lodge

In the early morning, fly to the Gobi (1.5 hour flight). Upon arrival, drive to the Yol Valley National Park to look for Argali Sheep, Siberian Ibex and a series of endemic bird species. Drive to the award winning Three Camel Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge after a complete lecture about the Gobi.  (B, L, D)

Day 9: Rural Naadam Festival

Full day enjoying one of the highlights of the expedition, the Rural Naadam Festival of the Bulgan county. This is one of the greatest experiences one can have in Mongolia. Wrestling, archery and horse races will fill up the day. We have arranged unique photo opportunities. Overnight at Three Camel Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Flaming Cliffs, Moltsog Els

Early drive to the famous Flaming Cliffs, where we will board two humped camels and ride towards some of the best archeological sites (It is here that Dr. Roy Chapman discovered the first dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen). Then continue to Moltsog Els, one of the few areas fully covered by sand in the Gobi. Overnight at Three Camel Lodge  (B, L, D)

Day 11: Ulaanbaatar

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and check in at the hotel. Enjoy some free time in the city (our hotel is centrally located) to photograph, shop, and visit some cultural sites. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with Mongolian dances and Khoomi (throat) singers. (B, D)

Day 11: Fly home

Transfer to the airport and fly back home.

 

Altai Eagles Itinerary

Day 1, June 20, Tuesday: Ulaanbaatar / Ulgii / Tsengel Khairkhan Mountain

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Ulgii, capital of Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia’s westernmost province (3 hour flight).
Dominated by the Mongolian Altai Mountains, Mongolia’s highest, this isolated area has preserved the language, culture, and traditions of the Kazakh people who settled here centuries ago.
Upon arrival, continue driving towards the Sagsai River (3 to 4 hours), site of a Turkish stone man, past ancient Mongolian burial mounds. Continue to snowcapped Tsengel Khairkhan Mountain, stopping to visit an Uriankhai family.
Spend the afternoon hiking the foothills of Tsengel Khairkhan for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. There will be an opportunity to visit local Kazakh eagle hunter family to experience true falconry culture in Mongolia.
Overnight in tents near the Kazakh eagle hunter family. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 2, June 21, Wednesday: Tolbo Lake

After an early breakfast, ride with an eagle hunter through the surrounding area of Tsengel Khairkhan Mountain to experience the eagle training techniques of the Kazakh people.
After lunch and a short rest, drive through spectacular mountain valleys to crystal-clear Tolbo Lake (3-4 hours), set dramatically below the Altai peaks. Spend the late afternoon exploring the lakeshore and visiting traditional Kazakh families. You will have the opportunity to experience traditional rug making techniques by a local family ger.
Overnight in tents near Kazakh eagle hunter family. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3, June 22, Thursday: Ulgii / Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, drive to the airport (1.5 – 2 hours) to take the morning flight to Ulaanbaatar (3 hours). Upon arrival, transfer to our centrally located 5-star hotel. Lunch and Dinner are independent.
Overnight: Deluxe Room, Best Western Tuushin Hotel. Breakfast.

Day 4, June 23, Friday: Departure

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Breakfast.

 


Important Note

The Wild Mongolia 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, specially 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 unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, you will stay in one of the best 5-star hotels, with your meals served in the hotel and local restaurants. During the expedition, we spend 5 nights in Ulaanbaatar.

When away from Ulaanbaatar we stay at non-permanent ger camps. They offer an authentic experience of Mongolian culture.

Gers are domed tents constructed of latticed walls covered by felt and canvas and supported by poles. This is the traditional home of herdsmen who must move with their animals and therefore need an easily transportable abode that withstands harsh winters. Gers are heated by wood stoves with a smokestack through a hole in the center of the roof. In the summer, some of the layers of felt on the walls are removed. The beds are comfortable, with mattresses on elevated wooden frames, clean sheets, pillows and blankets. Meals are served in a camp dining room.

Please note that the Ger camps in Hustain Nuruu National Park (1 night), and Lake Hovsgol (2 nights), use shared bathrooms.

While in the Gobi, we will stay at the award-winning Three Camel Lodge, undoubtedly the best ger camp in Mongolia. We have secured Deluxe Gers for all expedition participants. These gers do include ensuite bathrooms. We will enjoy three nights at this wonderful property.

Departures

 

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2017 Prices

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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 price variation by the airline.
*New Paths Club member prices includes direct wire payment benefit plus additional discounts. If Club Members use a credit card, a 5% surcharge will apply

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*New Paths Club member prices includes direct wire payment benefit plus additional discounts. If Club Members use a credit card, a 5% surcharge will apply

Important Note: This expedition will be led by Jorge Salas if the number of participants is 4 or more. If the number of participants is 3 or less, it will be led by our Olgii Head Guide.

 


Details

Included in Land Cost:
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Leader during the expedition.

  • Services of English-speaking local head guide.

  • Services of local guides.

  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers)

  • Window seats guaranteed when using 4×4’s.

  • Accommodations as noted.

  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.

  • Group photography fees.

  • 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.

  • Gratuity for Local Guides; Driver and Expedition Leader.

  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.

  • Trip cancelation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.

Deposits and final payments:

To book, contact us at contact@npexpeditions.com or call us at 888 832 7280.

A deposit of US $1,500.00 per guest is required at the time of booking. The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

Using your deposit, New Paths Expeditions will purchase your domestic air tickets to guarantee your seats in the needed flights. Please note that even though New Paths Expeditions will purchase your domestic air tickets, these 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. The cost of the ticket will be deducted from the deposit.

Download the Complete Expedition Details
Mongolia Expedition 2017 Small Group

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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