PERU 2016 fully booked
Dates around March 22 - April 11, 2016
Leader: Hary Jans
Price: In the region of £4,950 per person, single supplement £350. Machu Piicchu tour is an additional £450 per person, single supplement £75
Following on from the highly successful first AGS tour in 2014, a return trip is scheduled in 2016. This tour will take in some of the areas visited on the last tour (see the issue of The Alpine Gardener that accompanies this newsletter) as well as exploring new territory.
Peru, well-known as the land of the Incas, awakens the imagination for many tourists. It boats the cultural capital of South America, Cusco; the lost city of Machu Picchu; the Colca Canyon, the deepest in the world; Arequipa and Lima, both World Heritage cities; and the Cordillera Blanca, a hiking paradise.
This tour is designed for the nature and plant lover. Peru has three major ecosystems: coast, highlands and jungle, and over 80 micro-ecosystems. Its geographic position in the Central Andes means it has a huge number of plant species, around 15,000. Still many species remain to be discovered.
This tour includes three highlights of the Andean region: Arequipa and the Colca Canyon; Cusco and the Sacred Valley with the option to visit Machu Picchu; and a four-day visit to the Cordillera Blanca. Expect to see the most fantastic landscapes and plants such as cushions, ground rosettes, giant bromeliads, colourful gentianellas in boglands and plenty of others.
The botanical exploration will combine nature and the cultural elements of Peru. Almost very day will involve the exploration of remote areas by four-wheel drive vehicle. Most of the roads are paved but in places like Huascaran National Park and Colca Canyon you will travel over some bumpy gravel roads. Hotel accommodation will include breakfast, lunch and dinner.