As the face of travel continues to evolve, so should the nature and value of enriching travel programs being offered. Peru is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world offering a unique combination of nature, wildlife, archaeology and cultural heritage. This unique program features an immersive river cruise aboard the luxurious Delfin III, which offers some of the most spacious accommodations along the Amazon River. This smartly designed, 44-passenger, colonial-style vessel, provides the ultimate in comfort, with five-star amenities. Our custom designed land program provides authentic, educational, and culturally-enriching explorations daily. Few trips offer as rich an experience of Peru’s diverse natural and cultural treasures.
Amazon River, Peru
Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima, known for its vibrant food scene. Fly to Iquitos where you will embark a luxury riverboat that takes you deep into the rain forest within the Amazon Basin. Home to a staggering array of wildlife, the Peruvian Amazon boasts nearly a thousand species of birds alone. Enjoy fine wine and famous Peruvian cuisine while enjoying the company your fellow LGBT travelers. After disembarkation, we spend two full days exploring the verdant Sacred Valley near the Inca capitol of Cusco. From here, we board a vista-dome train for a scenic journey to Machu Picchu, the mystical stone city built by the Incas in the 15th century. Afterwards return to Cusco, where you’ll enjoy two luxurious nights at the centrally- located Palacio del Inka hotel and guided tours of the most significant Inca sites before departing for your flight home. It’s the perfect combination of inspiring places and rich history in the comfort of an all-gay environment. Virtually all-inclusive rates starting from $5,599 per person.
April 05 to 17, 2020 – USD $6399.00
2 nights hotel accommodations in Lima including welcome reception and daily breakfast.
Guided tour of Lima including welcome lunch.
Domestic flight from Lima to Iquitos, the gateway to the Amazon.
4 night Amazon cruise including all meals. (Guaranteed all-LGBT charter.)
Cruise includes local pisco-based cocktails, local beers, and local sodas with lunch and dinner as well as house wine with dinner.
All excursions during cruise.
Domestic flights from Iquitos to Cusco.
Transfer to Sacred Valley.
3 nights hotel accommodations in the Sacred Valley including daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner.
Guided tours in the Sacred Valley.
Vista Dome train to and from Machu Picchu.
2 visits to Machu Picchu.
One night hotel accommodation in Machu Picchu village including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2 nights hotel accommodation in Cusco, including breakfast, one dinner and one lunch.
Half day city tour of Cusco and half day tour of the the Sacsayhuaman fortress.
Lunches and dinners on land include: two glasses of local beer, house wine or soft drinks.
International flights are not included. Please use these guidelines when booking your flights:
You should schedule your flights to arrive to Lima (LIM) by April 5, 2020. The first scheduled activity will be a welcome reception at approximately 5:30pm.
You should plan your flight home from Cusco (CUZ) on April 17, 2020 at 5:00pm or later (most flights connect via Lima). It may be easiest to book a round trip Lima flight and purchase a separate one-way ticket from Cusco to Lima to connect with your departure flight.
Internet service is available at all land accommodations. You should check with your cell provider to determine if you have coverage in Peru or if you can add coverage for the duration of the trip. Cell service will not be available in all areas, including the Amazon.
Due to the remoteness of the Amazon, no internet service is available on board the Delfin III, and cell services is non-existent or unreliable, however the ship does have a satellite phone on board. In the event of an emergency, the reception desk can facilitate calls, and the associated costs will be billed to your onboard account. Contact information for the ship will be provided in your final travel documents.
Currency & Onboard Account
The official currency on board is the US Dollar. All charges for services and products on board will be placed on the guest’s shipboard account to be settled at the end of the voyage. MasterCard, Visa and US dollars are also accepted for the settlement of guest accounts.
Our culinary team will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 60 days prior to departure of these requests.
The electrical current on board is 220V. For those items that are dual voltage, suites are outfitted with a multi-plug configuration feature. Guests should be sure to bring the appropriate converter for devices that are not dual voltage.
Citizens of the US and Canada are required to have a valid passport, which expires at least 6 months after their last day in Peru. Visas are not required for citizens of these countries. Citizens of all other countries should check with the Peruvian consulate in their home country to verify entry requirements.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. Gratuities for the included portions of this program have been pre-paid. At your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
Switching off lights when leaving your suite/stateroom on board the ship will help reduce the number of insects attracted to your room. While you can expect to encounter insects during the program, most are relatively harmless. Mosquitos are not frequently seen while sailing along the Amazon, but if you plan to be outside during the morning or evening hours, especially when going ashore, it is recommended to apply insect repellent, particularly to ankles and other exposed skin. In your stateroom amenities, you will find an all-natural, non-toxic, locally produced insect repellent that will not damage the local environment. Guests may wish to bring an insect repellent with DEET for use on cruise excursions.
Laundry service is available on board the ship. Costs will be listed in each suite’s directory, and charged to the guest’s account. Self-service laundry facilities are not available on the ship. Laundry service is also available at all land properties at an additional cost.
All shore excursions during your 13-day travel program are led by expert guides, and guests are divided into three groups, guaranteeing there are never more than 15 passengers touring together. Electronic listening devices are complimentary to all guests in order to ensure that guests are able to hear their guides, without disturbing nearby wildlife.
Aboard the Delfin III, attire is casual and comfortable during the day, with resort-style clothing, and comfortable, but sturdy, footwear for excursions. Evening wear consists of open-neck shirts, trousers, skirt, or similar attire. Footwear is always required in all public areas, and when navigating stairs on board.
The comfort and safety of our guests is our first priority. Smoking is not permitted in the suites or enclosed, public areas on board the Delfin III. There is a designated smoking area on the Sun Deck. Land properties will have designated smoking areas.
Vaccination & Health Information
There are no required vaccination requirements for citizens of most countries entering Peru. However, we suggest each guest make an appointment with a Travel Medicine Specialist to discuss your individual needs and health concerns. For more information, US citizens should consult the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) website for health and vaccination recommendations: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/peru Citizens of other countries may consult their own governments disease control agency for requirements or recommendations.
Visitors on Board
Only guests who possess tickets for passage are allowed on board. Security services are provided on board to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the journey.
Please do not drink the tap water while on board or on shore, or use it for brushing your teeth. The ship’s water supply comes from the river after passing through a sterilization process. This water is suitable for showers and baths, but should not be consumed. In each stateroom and suite, your water carafe will be replenished twice daily, and on request, with fresh, mineral water. Each guest will also receive a reusable water bottle, which can be refilled at any time and carried on excursions.
Brand g Vacations has chartered the 22-cabin Delfin III. While cruising the Amazon, you will explore one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world. Smartly designed, this vessel provides the ultimate in comfort, with five-star amenities.
All suite accommodations
Floor-to-ceiling windows in every suite
Soft, luxurious spa robes & slippers
Natural, therapeutic bath amenities
Fine cotton bed linens & pillow menu
Individual climate control; in-room safe
Makeup mirror, hair dryer, iPhone dock
Generous closet & under-bed storage
44 guests pampered by 29 crew
Expert naturalists travel with the ship
Spa services with signature treatments
Daily enrichment & nightly entertainment
Daily housekeeping; nightly turndown
The services of a cruise director throughout
Transfers to/from Iquitos Airport (IQT)
All meals included
Welcome reception onboard the ship
Complimentary coffee, tea, water, soft drinks, local beer and pisco-based cocktails
Free flow house wine at dinner
In-suite bottled mineral water and ice
Daily excursions led by expert naturalists
Amiable, English-speaking local guides
Deluxe, 15-person skiff excursion boats
Water resistant boots for wet landings
State-of-the-art portable listening devices
Refreshments on longer excursions
Post-excursion reception & services
Huayna Picchu Climb – April 15
Machu Picchu – Optional
$50 per person
For many trekkers, climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights of a visit to Machu Picchu. The views of the Citadel and surrounding landscape are extraordinary from the top and well worth the climbing effort.
From a distance Huayna Picchu looks like a technical climbing endeavor, but is in fact just a steep hike with some sections that will require the use of both hands and feet to scramble upwards, but no technical skills or climbing tools. There are sections that include railings and cables for support.
Anyone with a decent level of fitness and moderate constitution for heights can climb Huayna Picchu (if you are afraid of heights or susceptible to vertigo then this climb is probably not for you). There are areas that are exposed to steep drops, so caution should be taken throughout the climb, keeping a good distance between climbers in front and behind you. This is particularly true if the trail is wet.
The total ascent is just over 1,000 feet (360m) with the summit at a steep angle above the city. As Huayna Picchu is so close to the city complex it provides a fantastic birds-eye view, and the climb itself provides brilliant vistas of the city from various angles. This perspective is very difficult to appreciate whilst walking within the Citadel.
From the summit, the scale and ingenuity of Machu Picchu and its various structures and terraces is fully revealed. The sheer magnitude and complexity of the site provides for a humbling view. There are also terraces and temple remnants that crown the mountain’s summit, and will leave you questioning how the Inca managed to build these structures.
You have an opportunity to participate in this unique once-in-a-lifetime experience on the morning of your second day at Machu Picchu. Only a certain number of permits are issued for this excursion and they fill quickly. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any space until it is officially reserved. If you are interested, we encourage you to sign up early.
DATE AND TIME OF EXCURSION: Your day begins with departure from the hotel at 5:30am and the actual climb will begin at 7:00am, on your second day at Machu Picchu. You will be back down from the mountain by approximately 11:30am.
Hilton Miraflores, Lima
Situated in the heart of Lima, Hilton Miraflores is within walking distance of Ricardo Palma Cultural Center, Kennedy Park, and Calle de las Pizzas. Also nearby are Miraflores Central Park and Larcomar. The air-conditioned guestrooms include minibars and safes. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas and a computer station is located on site.
Tambo del Inka Luxury Hotel
The luxurious Tambo del Inka has one of the top-rated locations in Urubamba. The elegant rooms feature native fabrics and local design, and have private balconies with views of the natural surroundings. All feature an LCD TV, iPod docking station, and exclusive marble bathrooms.
Hawa restaurant serves delicious New Andean cuisine made with organic, homegrown ingredients. Kiri bar and terrace serves light snacks and cocktails, and guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet.
Enjoy the pool or get in a workout in the modern gym, and unwind afterwards with a natural massage. Then relax in the cozy lounge, featuring a classic billiards table and variety of board games.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a family-owned, luxury hotel. Sumaq’s exclusive service is dedicated entirely to allowing its guests to forget all their worries while concentrating on the beautiful landscapes, with lush vegetation, soaring mountains, descending valleys, ancient trails, and an amazing waterfall. In a privileged location in the Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, and on the banks of the Vilcanota River, Sumaq is a 10-minute walk to the Aguas Calientes Train Station.
Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection
Designed to showcase a centuries-old, magical blend of pre-Columbian, Inkan, Spaniard, Colonial, and modern cultures—Palacio del Inka presents a captivating variety of rare opportunities and state-of-the-art amenities that guarantee an enriching and memorable stay in Cusco.
Presently, avenues, centuries-old passageways, cobblestone side streets, and alleys traverse the city, each leading to the Palacio del Inka. Situated in the center of the city, the hotel is encircled by Inka foundations topped with colonial constructions, museums, storied archeological sites, premier restaurants, and vibrant local markets.
Free Wi-Fi in public areas, full service spa and a business center are among the many amenities of the Palacio del Inka.
After, we proceed to the Pueblo Libre District, for an included lunch at the Cafe del Museo, housed within the Larco Museum complex in a former mansion, itself built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple. Following lunch, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the museum, which offers a vast collection of ceramic, textile and precious metal artifacts. There are also mummies that show off the different ways ancient cultures, including the Incas, preserved their dead.
After the museum visit, enjoy a panoramic drive back to Miraflores through San Isidro to see the sites of “Parque de los Enamorados” (Lover’s Park), and enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. (B/L)
We will start off with a lunchbox as we travel to the city of Nauta, 60 miles away. Nauta is literally the “end of the road” where you will embark the ship. Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at Delfin’s private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you.
Later, we gather for cocktails and a celebratory welcome dinner as we make our way out of port and into the Amazon River. (B/L/D/Welcome Reception)
After a delicious lunch, you will start cruising through the creeks of Yanayaquillo, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our kayaks. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins! (B/L/D)
After lunch, explore Nauta Caño Creek, known for squirrel and silverback tamarillo monkeys, birds, dolphins, and even sloths! We will skim the riverbanks for small caimans and spiders, as well as insects of all colors, shapes and sizes. (B/L/D)
Next, we will visit the community of San Francisco. We will include a short skiff ride and jungle walk, too. Here, we meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. (B/L/D)
After, we go to the Iquitos airport, where we board a connecting flight through Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Tambo del Inka Luxury Hotel in the Sacred Valley. (B/D)
After lunch, you have the option to visit the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Workshop and store (directly across from the Tambo del Inka hotel), or return to the hotel to relax.
Dinner tonight is on your own. (B/L)
Then visit Qenqo, one of the largest huacas (holy places) in the Cusco Region. Many huacas were based on naturally occurring rock formations. It was believed to be a place where sacrifices and mummification took place.
Following our morning tour, we’ll have a special farewell lunch before your transfer to the Cusco airport for your departure flight. (B/L)
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