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Peru by Land and Water

Enjoy the Machu Picchu and a luxurious Amazon River Cruise. 15D/14N From only $4767 per person

Enjoy your Peruvian experience combining two of the favorite’s sites in the country, Machu Picchu and the Amazon. On this 14 day journey, you will be amazed by the largest national park in Peru, enchanted from the flavors of the jungle and astonished by the pink dolphins on the Amazon River. Interact the local community and enjoy intricacies of Amazon. Also, by the end of trip you will visit the Capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, and visit the town markets for some souvenirs. At last, the majestic Machu Picchu comes in scene to finish your trip on the best way possible.

Day 1 : Lima

Upon arrival in Lima you will be met and escorted to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel, located adjacent to the terminal. Breakfast included. 

Day 2 : Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Following your flight to Cusco, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel, located in the Sacred Valley.

Overnight at the Sol y Luna Hotel, daily breakfast included - 2 nights. 

Day 3 : Pisac Ruins, Market & Ollantaytambo

Depart with your private guide for a full-day excursion to the village and ruins of Pisac. After exploring the ruins you will visit the colorful Pisac market where you'll be able to trade with locals for a variety of handicrafts, including woolen sweaters and ponchos. Lunch is included and will be served in Urubamba, followed by a tour of the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Day 4 : Urubamba - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cusco

You will be transferred to Ollantaytambo Station for your scenic train ride to Machu Picchu.

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu Station in Aguas Calientes, you'll set off with your guide and depart on the 25-minute 'zig-zag' shuttle bus to Machu Picchu. Explore the walls, stairways, temples and terraces of Machu Picchu. After a buffet lunch served at the Sanctuary Lodge, you'll be free to explore this enchanting place on your own. For the more energetic, a moderate 2-mile hike up to the Sun Gate offers fabulous views overlooking Machu Picchu.

After your tour you will be dropped off at your Aguas Calientes hotel.  Overnight at the El MaPi Hotel, breakfast included. 

Day 5 : Machu Picchu - Cusco

In the morning you are free to visit the ruins on your own or explore Aguas Calientes, where there are some small restaurants, a market and some hikes. Those in good physical shape (and a strong head for heights) may wish to hike the very steep trail to the top of Huayna Picchu for outstanding views of the entire region.

In the afternoon, return to the Machu Picchu train station for departure to Cusco. From the train station, you will be transferred to your hotel in the the center of the vibrant and historical city of Cusco.

Overnight Aranwa Cusco Hotel, daily breakfast included - 2 nights. 

Day 6 : Tour of Cusco and the nearby ruins

Set off with your guide on a half-day tour of Cusco and the nearby Inca ruins. Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent, was the capital of the Inca Empire and is considered by many Quechua peoples to be the spiritual center of the world. Much of colonial Cusco was built on Inca foundations, and your guide will point out Inca stonework along the many streets. Visit the main square, the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, as well as a first introduction to Inca stonework at the ruins of Puka-Pukara, Qenqo, Tambo Machay, and the renowned fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cusco and the surrounding valley.

Day 7 : Cusco - Lima 

Morning at leisure.  You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel, located in the Miraflores district.

Overnight at the San Agustin Exclusive, breakfast included.

Day 8 : Lima - Iquitos

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iquitos.

You will be met at the Iquitos Airport upon arrival by cruise staff. Start with an orientation tour of Iquitos. You will see the famous houses dating from the rubber boom era, such as Iron House, Belen Market and more. Continue with a visit to the Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre. Afterward you will transfer approximately 1½ hours to the pier in Nauta. Board the Amatista and check in to your cabin. Lunch will be served on board followed by a brief orientation. The ship sets sail toward the Marañon River. Afternoon boat excursion to the junction of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers, where the Amazon River is formed. On this first outing you will spot birds, iguanas, the beautiful pink dolphins and much more. Return to the ship for dinner and live music. All transfers, meals and excursions are included. During the next 7 days you will be exploring the heart of Amazon River on board of the Amatista River boat. Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru, dine on food fresh from the jungle, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, interact with members of the local community, and learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife.

Take a city orientation tour and visit a manatee rescue center upon arrival. Transfer to the boat and cast off onto the Amazon River. During the next days you will visit: Río Marañon/Río Ucayali, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, visit a village to meet a local shaman and discover the mystical world of spiritual healing, night walks, Sapisapi River and the port town of Nauta.

During the next 7 days you will be exploring the heart of Amazon River on board of the Amatista River boat. Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru, dine on food fresh from the jungle, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, interact with members of the local community, and learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife.

Day 9 : Rios Marañon and Ucayali 

After breakfast, boat excursion on the Amazon River and its tributaries. You will spot plenty of wildlife such as macaws, three toe sloths, monkeys, pink dolphins and much more.

After lunch there will be a Ucayali River Walking Excursion. Walk along the banks of the Ucayali River to explore the Yucuruchi region of the Amazon, and to have the opportunity to see the Victoria Regia water lily — a gigantic aquatic plant with leaves that measure up to 3m (10 ft) in diameter. Keep a watch out for the Amazon River dolphin, giant otter, and the Amazonian manatee, which all make their home in Ucayali’s waters.

Return to the ship. Dinner on board.

Day 10 : Rio Ucayali / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Rise early to visit the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, Peru's largest national park and home to more than 200 bird species and 10 primate species. Have the chance to view cocoi and striated herons, macaws, squirrel and woolly monkeys, caimans, and sloths. Follow a route that crosses the tributary waters of the Marañon. Along the way, the guides will point out the interesting wildlife species that inhabit the riverbanks, and unusual fish and vegetation that can be found in the river. Once back on board, gather for breakfast followed by a presentation on the life, history, and culture of the Amazon's main tribes.

After lunch, listen to an introductory discussion about shamanism to help understand the traditions of the people living in the rainforest. Gain rare, firsthand insight into Shamanism in meeting a practicing shaman in a river village. Be introduced to his spiritual healing craft and learn about rainforest plants that indigenous peoples have, for untold centuries, held to possess curative properties.

Shamanism is practiced around the globe, and is universally distinguished by a trance state called shamanic ecstasy. In these "out of body" travels, the shaman enlists denizens of the spirit world to help him with a variety of duties, from healing the sick to assisting a deceased person's soul into the afterworld — all the while, the shaman remains conscious. Gain rare insight into the complexities of this phenomenon when you meet an actual practicing shaman in a river village. He'll introduce the group to his spiritual healing craft and talk about rainforest plants that indigenous peoples have, for untold centuries, held to possess curative properties.

Day 11 : Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Go on an early morning excursion to watch the rainforest world wake up. Spot iguanas, river turtles, cormorants, or wattled jacana, and gain insight into another side of the jungle.

Visit the home of a local Indigenous family. Share conversation over a midday meal and be introduced to their culture and way of life. Participate in an unforgettable opportunity to gain insight into a new and different world.

Afternoon at leisure.

After dinner take a nighttime boat ride in the wild and watch the Amazon become a different domain. Be on the lookout for bats, capybaras, black caimans, poison frogs, and a vast number of other species. See if your flashlight will reflect the ‘red eye shine’ of the black caiman or show the glowing yellow eyes of a jaguar!

Day 12 : Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Choroyacu Wildlife Excursion - rise early and set out to explore the impressive biodiversity of the area's unusual ecosystem. Look for a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic breakfast, followed by a trip to explore Choroyacu. Ride up the Nahuapa River for piranha fishing. Visit Choroyacu Creek to have the opportunity to climb in a dugout canoe and explore this scenic area with the locals.

Head out on a fishing trip like no other! Cast your line to see if you can catch "the most ferocious fish in the world” – the piranha. (Piranhas aren't terribly selective about what they eat, making piranha fishing fairly easy.) They are a dietary staple for many of the Amazon rainforest’s indigenous people, and, while fearsome, piranhas also esteemed as some of the best eating fish in South America.

Take a plunge into the river for a swim, perhaps sharing the water with some pink or grey river dolphins – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed.

The remainder of the afternoon at leisure on board.

Farewell dinner on board. After dinner there will be another nocturnal wildlife excursion. The ship will sail to Nauta.

Day 13 : Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - Iquitos

Return to Iquitos with stops at the Sapisapi River and the jungle port town of Nauta where the Ucayali and Marañon meet . Ride the local motorcars and browse the local market during this tour.

During the evening, celebrate with a farewell dinner and party.

Day 14 : Iquitos - Lima

After breakfast on board, disembark in Iquitos. Transfer to Iquitos Airport for your departing flight.

Upon arrival in Lima you will be met and transferred to your Miraflores hotel.  Overnight at the San Agustin Exclusive, breakfast included.  

Day 14 : Int'l Departure

Transfer to Lima Airport for your departing flight.

Price from $4,767.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 15
Nights 14
Includes:

1 night Wyndham Costa del Sol Hotel Lima Airport

2 nights Sol y Luna Hotel

1 night El Mapi Hotel

2 nights Aranwa Cusco Hotel

2 nights San Agustin Exclusive Hotel

6-night M/V Amatista Amazon Cruise (includes transfers, Main Deck cabin, meals and guided excursions)

Pisac Ruins, Market & Ollantaytambo excursion with lunch

Vistadome train service Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu-Cusco

Half-day Machu Picchu tour with lunch

BTC Cusco Tourist Ticket

Daily breakfast at all hotels

Airport/hotel/train station transfers

 

 

Excludes:

Domestic airfare

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