Notes From The Field: Secrets and Spices of the Amazon

This week, our South America Program Director, Gretchen, is taking off on our newest adventure to the Brazilian Amazon: Secrets and Spices of the Amazon! On this gastronomic, island-hoping and community-based journey we explore the world of culinary delights that lies at the mouth of the mighty Amazon River!

Belem

Belem Port

The journey begins in Belem, the capital of Pará. Belem is an experience that you can easily summarize with one word: multisensory. All your senses will be deeply stimulated in this intense city. The beauty of the surrounding waters, the scent of exotic fruit and sizzling dishes coupled with the melodies of live music will entice you as you walk down the historic, cobble-stoned streets lined with mango trees. To visit Belem is to enter a historic stronghold that has been home to Amazonian society through the centuries.

Belem

Market in Belem

Travel enthusiast and chef, Anthony Bourdain, even came to Belem because of its culinary wonders:

“The mighty Amazon is called the last great undiscovered culinary frontier by Chef Ferran Adria.

In the Northern Brazilian state of Para, Anthony Bourdain went to Belem, the capital at the mouth of the Amazon river, to begin his journey. It is there at the Ver-o-Peso market, an “El Dorado” of culinary gold, that he met up with Felipe, a local food enthusiast, and chef Oliviera de Ofir, an expert on indigenous Amazonian cuisine. After sampling many new fruits (including jambu, a flower Tony likens to cocaine for its numbing effects), Tony was led to the fish market, where he was introduced to the massive filhote catfish. He convinced the fishmonger to slice a sashimi-thin piece from the belly and eats it raw, something unheard of in Brazil.

Belem

Famous Acai in Belem Market

Later, taking shelter from the onslaught of rain, Tony settled in at the home of Chef Ofir, who had prepared a spread of indigenous Amazonian food. At the heart of the meal was tucupi, a delicious yellow broth made from cassava. The Chef prepared arube, a complex seafood stew cooked in a clay pot, along with filhote cooked in banana leaves, served with toasted cassava and pickled cherry peppers, freshwater crabs and an aphrodisiac fish stew.” (Read more about Anthony Bourdain’s trip to Belem here.)

Belem

Fish in Belem Market

Belem is easily accessible by land, air and rivers, being one of the main entrance points to the northern region of Brazil. It is a unique city that unites civilization and the mysteries of the forest. The city is surrounded by over 40 different islands, most of which are wild and uninhabitable but many others are easily accessible from the city.

Belem

Cotijuba Beaches

From Belem, we depart from Porto Icoaraci, which is a district known as the Mango tree city, to the island of Cotijuba-1 hour and 20 minutes away by boat. Cotijuba has 11 beaches, adding up to 20km (12 miles) in total. It is the third largest island of the Belem archipelago and the first inhabitants were the Tupinambá Indians, who also named the island. The name Cotijuba, comes from the tupi-guarani language which means golden path (coti = path and juba = yellow or golden).

Belem

Local Host Community on Cotijuba Island

On Cotijuba we meet and stay with a group of women who came together to focus on the development of the Belem islands, the MMIB (the female movement of the Belem islands). Among many of the initiatives and socioeconomic development projects of the islands, such as the production of Ucuuba and Piprioca (plants) to supply to a large Brazilian bio-cosmetic company, women work on several projects including creating bio-jewelry, making paper, managing a tree nursery and now implementing tourism as an alternative income stream. Get ready for a full immersion into a strong, organized and above all, fighter community!

Follow along with the journey and learn more about this stunning region of Brazil!

Want to book your next gastronomic and community-based adventure in the Amazonian islands of Brazil? Contact us!

Your friendly Brazil expert,

Gretchen

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Bucket List Adventures: Lencois Maranhenses

The lagoons are full, it’s the best time to visit this sensational national park!

This year, due to heavy rainfall, the lagoons of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park have been full since March and will probably maintain their water level until October. As this is a landscape of dunes and lagoons, the abundance of water will make your visit an even more enchanting experience. Enjoy swimming in turquoise lagoons, mingling with local communities and watching epic sunsets from atop the dunes!

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Swimming among the dunes in Lencois Maranhenses

Check out several different ways to experience these magnificent dunes and fresh-water lakes:

Lencois Maranhenses

Trekking through the dunes of Lencois Maranhenses

1) Trekking the dunes, lagoons and desert trails

Unlike other tours, this expedition explores the park on foot and stays overnight in its heart. The landscape of white sand dunes and crystalline water lagoons under the sunlight or the moon is really spectacular. For three days we will walk about 15km on mostly flat surfaces above the desert sand dunes. On our way we will find many lagoons of crystalline blue water where we will refresh ourselves and feel directly in the skin the natural magic of this destination. We will also have the opportunity to share with the local community to get to know them and learn from them.

Lencois Maranhenses

Exploring the best of Lencois Maranhenses

2) Hidden pools and Dunes

This time we will do the tour on a 4WD. Off the road, crossing trails of loose sand amidst the vegetation, passing by small rivers giving us the feeling of being in a car-boat, we will be able to enjoy the landscape. Besides making a historical city tour through Sao Luis de Maranhao, we will take a boat trip on the Preguiças River, visit the lighthouse and stop in Caburé, a beautiful place located on the peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Rio Preguiças, pleasant corner to rest, swim in the sea or in the river. There will be 4 days of amazing nature with activities that will show us the best of the Park. If interested, please ask us for the complete itinerary.

Lencois Maranhenses

4×4 Adventure through Lencois Maranhenses

3) Driving the inspirational Emotion Trail

This route crosses some of the best landscapes of the Brazilian northeast. The area, which is still little known by tourists, has a spectacular beauty and at the same time an amazing tranquility. We will visit São Luis de Maranhão, with its colonial buildings and façades covered with Portuguese tiles. Then we will enter the National Park of the Lençóis Maranhenses, where the landscape of dunes and lagoons with crystalline water in the light of the sun and moon is really spectacular. We will continue our route in a 4WD crossing the state of Piauí, passing through the great Parnaíba Delta, finally arriving at Jericoacoara, one of the best beaches in the country. If interested, please ask us for the complete itinerary.

Want to start planing your next epic adventure to Brazil? Contact us!

Your friendly Brazil expert,

Gretchen

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Rafting in El Chalten, Argentina!

If you’re looking for an adventure in El Chalten, don’t miss a half day rafting in the northern region of Los Glaciares National Park with Mt Fitz Roy shining in the background! You will first navigate 4 km of calm and meandering waters to practice paddling techniques, then the fun begins! Enjoy 8 km of glorious rapids that culminate in an additional 2 km of calm waters to end the ride.

Rafting Chalten

Rafting El Chalten, Argentina

This activity is ideal for the arrival or departure day in town.

Want to add this activity onto your next journey in Argentine Patagonia? Check out these itineraries to pair this new adventure with:

Don’t see what you want? Have questions? Contact us!

Your friendly Argentina expert,

Gretchen

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Chilean High Mountain Expeditions

Climbing a mountain or a volcano and reaching peaks of more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet above sea level) is a unique experience. Preparing to go up to the Licancabur volcano is a challenge for every mountain lover; and even more so considering its inevitable attractiveness and its sacred nature for the Atacameño people. This 7-night program has been specifically designed including trekking and hikes to different mountains and volcanoes before reaching the Licancabur’s summit, also known as the people’s mountain.

Licancabur Atacama

Licancabur, Atacama, Chile/Bolivia

LICANCABUR ADVENTURE (5.000-6.000 m.a.s.l./ 16,400 – 19,600 f.a.s.l.)

Climbing over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet above sea level) is an unforgettable experience and also a challenge for your body, which must gradually get used to altitude. At greater heights there is less oxygen. Hence the importance of the acclimation process on the days prior to climbing the Licancabur volcano.

This program has been designed so that travelers can explore at different altitudes and climb progressively. This reduces the common impacts of altitude sickness, including dizziness, headaches and fatigue, which are different in every person.

Staying hydrated and eating healthy is crucial during acclimation. We recommend drinking 4 liters (135 oz) of water every day, healthy meals and avoiding alcohol. Also very important is for travelers not to overexert themselves during the first days and to breathe slowly so as to make the most out of each inhalation.

Licancabur, Atacama

Licancabur, Atacama

DAY TO DAY

Days 1 -3 |Acclimation

Day one begins with Kamur, an exploration at the same height as San Pedro de Atacama, at 2,500 m.a.s.l. (8,200 f.a.s.l). On day two, we go over 3,000 m.a.s.l. (9,840 f.a.s.l) following the exploration Ruta del Agua (within the Puritama Natural Reserve) and on day three, we reach 4,000 m.a.s.l. (13,100 f.a.s.l.) with Kulamar, a full day exploration in the Andean highlands.
Days 4-5 Final Preparation

Once over 4,000 m.a.s.l.(13,100 f.as.l.), days four and five we carry out high mountain explorations at more than 5.000 m.a.s.l. (16,400 f.a.s.l.) Saciel Volcano, Toco Mountain and Corona Volcano were the explorations selected to prepare travelers before reaching the base camp.
Day 6 | Base Camp

Licancabur, Atacama, Chile

Licancabur, Atacama, Chile

We cross the Chile – Bolivia border (Cajón Milestone) to settle in the base camp of the Licancabur Volcano, at 4,633 m.a.s.l. (15,200 f.a.s.l) -8 kilometers (5 miles) away from the border. On this day and depending on the lighting conditions, we take the last trekking before dinner, scheduled for 19:30.
Day 7 | Licancabur Volcano

We start before dawn to ascend the Licancabur Volcano and reach the summit. The return to Explora Atacama is scheduled for 17:00, reaching the hotel at about 19:00.

*This exploration needs to be confirmed with at least 60 days in advance to arrival in Explora. Minimum 2 travelers. A visa is required to enter Bolivia. Explora keeps the right to modify or remove parts or the entire itinerary of expeditions to protect the safety of travelers in case of bad weather conditions.

Want to add this epic adventure into your next trip? Check out these itineraries that work well with this volcano climb:

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Your friendly Chile expert,

Gretchen

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Brazilian Foodie Treasures: Moqueca!

When discussing Brazilian cuisine, one of the country’s most cherished and delectable dishes is Moqueca!

Brazil Cuisine

Moqueca

As presented on the Brazilian Foodie Blog, Moqueca was originally created by the native people of Brazil. This seafood stew is slowly cooked and simmered in a clay-pot and made with some of the freshest and best ingredients Brazil has to offer.

The dish evolved during Brazil’s colonial era when the Portuguese brought coconuts to the country (and planted the coconut trees all along the coast replacing the prime wood that was taken) and the African slaves introduced Palm Oil.

There are two variations of this dish: Moqueca Baiana (from the northeast State of Bahia) and Moqueca Capixaba (from the Southeast State of Espirito Santo), the main difference being that coconut milk and palm oil are only used in the Baiana recipe.

Paraty Brazil

Paraty Cooking School

On a recent visit to Paraty, a quaint colonial town along the Brazilian Green Coast, my family and I took part in a cooking class at the Paraty Cooking School and learned how to make the following Moqueca recipe. The Paraty Cooking school is run by a wonderful Brazilian/American couple that host guests in their colonial home while teaching them how to make some of Brazil’s most famous dishes and drinks and discussing the incredible history of local gastronomy; once finished, everyone sits down and enjoys the fruits of their labor over a five-course meal! It is a relaxed environment and a great place to meet other travelers as well (each class consists of a maximum of 8 guests).

(Please note: this dish can easily be made vegetarian by substituting the fish stock for vegetable stock and adding palm heart instead of fish. This vegetarian alternative is also vegan.)

Paraty Brazil

Getting goofy in the kitchen: Paraty Cooking School

Seafood Moqueca Paraíso Tropical

Serves 8

Seafood

1/2 pound mussels, washed and debearded

2–3 pounds fish filets (hake, king fish, monk fish, tile fish)

1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 pound sea scallops, washed

Juice of 2 limes

12 teaspoons salt, divided

8 teaspoons pepper

Moqueca

1 cup coconut milk

1 fresh green coconut or 2 cups bottled coconut juice

2 cups peeled and julienned onions

3 large red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut in julienne

1 pound tomatoes, peeled, and seeded, and cut in julienne or 1 (16-ounce) can tomatoes

1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro

1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley

1/2 cup coarsely chopped scallions

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup palm oil

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro, divided

1 bay leaf, crumbled

Pepper to taste

3 cups fish stock, divided

3 tablespoons palm oil, preheated in the microwave for 1 minute or in boiling water for 3 minutes

Seafood

1 Place the mussels on a tray and refrigerate.

2 Place the fish filets, shrimp, and scallops on a deep platter. Sprinkle with lime juice, 6 teaspoons salt, and 4 teaspoons pepper, and marinate for 1⁄2 hour. Strain before using.

Moqueca

3 Cook and serve the moqueca in the same pan. Use an earthenware or braiser pan.

4 If you are using a fresh green coconut, make a hole with a sharp knife. Pour the coconut water into a container and reserve. (If you are not using immediately, keep refrigerated.) Open the coconut in half and scoop out all the white pulp with a spoon and place in a bowl. Blend the juice with the pulp and reserve.

5 If using bottled coconut juice, whisk it with the coconut milk. Reserve.

6 In a large bowl, toss the onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and the coarsely chopped cilantro, parsley, and scallions. Reserve.

7 In a large pan or braiser, heat the vegetable oil with the palm oil and sauté the chopped onion for 2 minutes; add the garlic and 1⁄3 of the finely chopped cilantro and stir well. Add the bay leaf, season with 6 teaspoons salt and 4 teaspoons pepper, and add 1 cup of the fish stock. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

8 Make layers, alternating the vegetables and herbs with the fish, shrimp, and scallops, ending with the vegetables, mussels, and herbs.

9 Pour the coconut mixture and 1 cup of fish stock around the layers. The liquid should barely cover the fish and vegetables. Cook, covered, over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Check the seasonings and adjust if necessary. Add preheated palm oil evenly around the pan. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for another 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining cilantro.

10 Serve at once with white rice, Palm Oil Farofa, and Malagueta Hot Pepper Sauce.

Want to add Paraty Cooking School to your next Brazil adventure? Check out the following itineraries where this can easily be included:

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Your friendly Brazil expert,

Gretchen

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NEW TRIP: 3-Day Unique Amazon Bungalow Adventure

Explore the Brazilian Amazon with your family or group of friends while staying at the unique Manati Bungalow Lodge, run by a charming local family. Experience what living in a traditional Amazon bungalow is like. Perfect for small groups of friends or families, this five-bedroom adventure hub is the perfect place to use as a base for your next Amazon adventure. Each day and night set out canoeing, wildlife spotting, trekking, swimming with pink dolphins or visiting local communities as you discover the surrounding jungle!

Brazil Amazon

Manati Lodge, Brazil Amazon

3-Day Unique Amazon Bungalow Adventure

ITINERARY:

Sloth Amazon

Sloth Amazon

Day 1 : Transfer from Manaus to Amazon Lodge

Visiting: Amazon

Leave Manaus at 08:30 AM by car and drive for 1h on the AM070 highway, crossing the famous Rio Negro Bridge. We then continue by boat, for 45 minutes (or 1.5 hours, if during dry season). Upon arrival at Manati Lodge you will be shown to your room and around the lodge. At noon, we will leave by canoe to explore the igapós. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in one of the lodge’s numerous hammocks, swimming or relaxing until dinner at 7PM. After dinner we set out in boats to search for caiman!

  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Manati Lodge
pink dolphin amazon

Pink Dolphin Amazon

Day 2 : Exploring the Amazon

Visiting: Amazon

Breakfast will be served at 7:30 am. Then depart the lodge for trekking in the Rainforest! Return to the Lodge for lunch and then set out in motorized canoes to try your hand at fishing. Dinner will be served at the Lodge. This evening enjoy the sounds of the jungle at leisure relaxing.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Manati Lodge
Brazil Amazon

Ocelot, Manati Lodge, Brazil Amazon

Day 3 : Return to Manaus and departure

Visiting: Amazon

Rise early and witness one of the world’s most spectacular sunrises while floating along the Rio Negro. Breakfast will be served back at the lodge. After breakfast, paddle off in canoes to visit the pink dolphins nearby. Finally head back to the lodge for lunch and then return to Manaus for departure or onto your next destination.

  • Meals: BL

This itinerary is easily paired with the following Brazil adventures:

9-Day Sao Paulo, Paraty and Rio de Janeiro

3-Day Iguazu Falls Discovery

4-Day Rio de Janeiro Essentials Adventure

4-Day Hidden Pools and Dunes of Lencois Maranhenses

Want to book your next Brazil adventure? Contact us!

Your friendly Brazil expert,

Gretchen

 

 

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South America Luxury Deals For 2017

Looking to upgrade your next South America adventure for a lower cost? Take a look at the following deals coming up in 2017 at some of the top luxury accommodations in South America!

CHILE

Awasi Atacama

Awasi Atacama

AWASI ATACAMA

Guests can take advantage of Awasi Atacama’s Stay 4 Pay 3 offer, where they can book a minimum three night stay and receive one complimentary night. Valid only until 30 September 2017, in a double room only.

PERU

Explora Sacred Valley

Explora Sacred Valley

EXPLORA SACRED VALLEY

Offer your guests the unforgettable opportunity to explore the Sacred Valley and its surrounds with Explora Sacred Valley’s special offer of a 40% discounted stay.

  • Only valid for new reservations
  • Offer valid for stays between 01 May and 31 October 2017
  • Subject to availability
  • This discount is not applicable to for groups of over 5 rooms

ECUADOR/GALAPAGOS

Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Safari Camp

GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP

From September 20 to December 15, Galapagos Safari Camp is offering a fantastic saving on its of 4-night/5-day Classic Safari, for groups of 6 guests or more, which will receive a complimentary night at the property.

  • No fixed arrival/departures dates
  • Includes guided tours on Santa Cruz Island
  • Boat excursions to nearby island
  • VIP Service at the airport in Galapagos, on arrival and departure
  • All meals and equipment

Want to book your next South America luxury experience? Contact us!

Your friendly South America expert,

Gretchen

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5 Reasons Why Muyuna Lodge and Iquitos Are a Must For Your Next Peru Adventure!

Deep in the rainforest, up the Amazon River, outside of the jungle city of Iquitos, one finds the Muyuna Lodge!  This is a small rainforest lodge, secluded, intimate, that GUARANTEES the observation of monkeys, birds, sloths, pink dolphins, fish, caimans, and more, in their own habitat.

Sloth Amazon

Sloth Amazon

The bungalows are comfortable, with en suite bathrooms and terraces facing the river.  As the lodge is small, the personalized service quality is comparable with luxury hotels, always maintaining respect for the local environment.

Muyuna works in conjunction with the local neighboring village and community.

For your next Peru adventure, here are five reasons why you should consider adding Muyuna Lodge and Iquitos to your itinerary!

1. Iquitos is the only place in Peru where you can see the authentic AMAZON RIVER.

2. Iquitos is much less visited by large groups of tourists than Cusco and Puerto Maldonado.  Indeed, the service is more personalized in Iquitos area.  GROUPS ARE SMALLER.  For example, in Muyuna one guide is the responsible for only six passengers at a time maximum.

pink dolphin amazon

Pink Dolphin Amazon

3. Muyuna offers an activity to have breakfast on board with the PINK DOLPHINS playing around the boat.  After this, you can swim with them.  In fact, the pink dolphins live only in the Amazon River (Inia geoffrensis).

4. The VICTORIA REGIA only exists here.  This is the largest aquatic plant in the world.  It can grow up to two meters wide!

Muyuna Lodge

Muyuna Cabanas

5. You can COMBINE a night in Iquitos and then go to the jungle.  In Iquitos there are basic hostals to 5 stars hotels, plus many local activities to take part in: tropical parties, the famous Belen Market selling all kinds of oddities and wonderful items from all over the Amazon, a gourmet floating restaurant, butterfly farm, Manatee Rescue Center and more!

Want to add Iquitos to your next trip to Peru? Contact us!

Your friendly South Amercia expert,
Gretchen

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Why AWR is the Best Kilimanjaro Guide Company

Summit of Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a once in a lifetime vacation, and you want to have the very best experience possible.  Your guide company will be the biggest factor in achieving your goal of climbing Kilimanjaro.

These are the main areas to look at when selecting a Kilimanjaro guide company:

  1. Safety & Experience
  2. Guides
  3. Equipment
  4. Food
  5. Responsible Travel
  6. Customer Service
  7. Price

With Adventures Within Reach, safety is our highest priority.  Our guides, equipment, food, and customer service are of a higher standard than our competition.  We offer all this at a competitive price.  This combination results in very high summit success rates.

Note that the areas that we do not have control over are 1) your preparation (training and gear), 2) weather, and 3) factors out of our control (lost luggage, cancelled flights, etc.).  These can all impact your trip, but we can help minimize some of these issues.

1. Safety & Experience

AWR has been offering Kilimanjaro treks for over 17 years.  Our sales staff has climbed Kilimanjaro on multiple routes, so we can answer your questions.

All treks have a pulse oximeter, which measures pulse rate and oxygen saturation.  Your guide will test your oxygen levels at least twice a day.  This measurement is one way to see how well you are acclimatizing on the trek.

Our Kilimanjaro guides are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR).  They receive ongoing training in first aid and acute mountain sickness (AMS) so that they are up-to-date on the best ways to treat injuries and sickness.

All guides carry a phone for emergency use.  Oxygen and hyperbaric bags are available to rent on your trek.


2. Guides

Kilimanjaro GuidesAs on any trip, the guide really makes the difference in an amazing experience.  Our guides are selected on their history of experience, safety, trek management, mountain knowledge, leadership abilities, and personality.

Our treks have 1 lead guide and 1 assistant guide for every 4 people (a 1:2 ratio).

Kilimanjaro guides are trained and certified by the Kilimanjaro National Park. They start out as porters and work their way up to assistant guide. When they are ready to advance to a lead guide, they go through the national park certification process.  Our guides also go through additional training like Wilderness First Responders (WFR), first aid, acute mountain sickness (AMS), and customer service.


3. Equipment

Tents and dining tent on KilimanjaroWe take our equipment very seriously and make sure everything is in good working order.

  • Tents: 3-person dome-style 4-season mountain tents for 2 people (Mountain Hardware or similar) with 4 poles to withstand high winds.
  • Sleeping pad (non-inflatable 2-inch pad with nylon cover)
  • Oximeter (1 per group)
  • Spacious dining tent, dining table, and stools
  • Cooking utensils, equipment, and supplies
  • Eating dishes and utensils
  • Wash basins and soap

Equipment is selected to provide a comfortable experience on the trek.


4. Food

Meals on KilimanjaroOn the mountain, you are served breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.  All meals are hot, including lunches if the weather allows.  We use fresh, local food that is plentiful and delicious.  It is resupplied mid-trek. Our chef is continually improving the menu to offer variety and nutrition including ample protein.  We cater to special diets including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.

Water is boiled in the morning and evening to refill your water containers with safe water to drink.


5. Responsible Travel

Sustainable TravelAdventures Within Reach is a partner of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP).  This is an independent non-profit that oversees the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro (wages, clothing, weight limits, food, shelter, etc.).  We strongly believe in taking great care of our staff!

We also believe in the principles of Leave No Trace.  It benefits all of us to be environmentally and socially responsible on the mountain and everywhere we travel.


6. Customer Service

Porters putting up tents on KilimanjaroIn the end, a good travel experience is all about the people.  We try to respond to all requests and questions within 24 hours.  We can accommodate special requests (special diets, customized itineraries, celebrations, etc.).  We have options to fit your budget — lower cost group treks up to luxury Kilimanjaro treks.

AWR has been offering Kilimanjaro treks for over 17 years.  Our sales staff has climbed Kilimanjaro on multiple routes, so we can answer your questions and tell you honestly what is it really like.


7. Price

Climbing Kilimanjaro is not a cheap trip, so you want to have the best experience without overpaying.

Adventures Within Reach is a mid-priced operator — not the cheapest and not the most expensive — but we are a great value for the price.  There is no need to pay double the price for the same services.  Low priced operators will cut corners on safety, equipment, food, and often treat porters very poorly.  We offer a great value for the price!

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Tips About New Machu Picchu Limited Time Shifts

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

The Ministry of Culture have decreed that as of July 1st 2017, the entry to Machu Picchu citadel will now be split into two separate time shifts:

Morning Shift: 06:00-12:00

Afternoon Shift: 12:00-17:30

It has been agreed that the time spent in the citadel of Machu Picchu will be held to a maximum of 4 hours from the hour of entry. Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain will remain the same as they are; they have not been modified.

The implementation of this new regulation will go through a 4-month transition period, during which authorities will act accordingly with discretionary flexibility until gradually enforcing the totality of the new ruling.

Today 70% of daily visitors stay between 06:00 to 10:00, while only 11% visit during 12:00 to 16:30. The adjustments will ensure a better flow and experience for tourist visits and ultimately greater conservation of the Incan ruins.

The new tickets sales commenced on Monday 29 May, 2017.

AWR Notes on this new decree:

  • For group guided tours, they will now all have to be during the morning
  • Guided visits in the afternoon must be done on a private basis
  • If guests want to stay for part of the afternoon, they need to buy another entrance ticket.  However, it IS permitted to do a guided tour in the morning and then climb Huayna Picchu or hike to IntiPunku, and run over the “noon deadline” for the time being.
  • We are highly encouraging our travelers to extend their Machu Picchu visit to two days now, so that they have one day to get there and have the second day with a full morning at Machu Picchu.
  • Inca Trail Trek schedules are not effected

Want to plan your next adventure to Machu Picchu? Contact us!

Your friendly Peru experts,

Gretchen and Barb

 

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