Amazon Riverboat Adventure & Machu Picchu Explorer

16 days,Lima to Lima

Take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and the Planeterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op.


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If you’re looking for the perfect combination of land and sea travel, this adventure is for you. Once you’re on board our comfortable Amazon riverboat, you’ll experience a unique once-in-a-lifetime cruise – including exotic wildlife, local culture and more! But it doesn’t stop there – after the jungle, Machu Picchu awaits. The “lost city of the Incas” will provide majestic ruins and striking views of the Peruvian mountain. Choose to take part in an optional hike up the Inca Trail, or if you prefer something a little more relaxing, there’s always the chance to enjoy the train.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer. Sacred Valley tour (2-day). Visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village. Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu. 6 nts aboard the Queen Violeta Amazon riverboat. Canopy walkway excursion in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. All meals on board. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow USD250-400 for meals not included.)
  • Aboard the Queen Violeta Amazon riverboat (6 nts), comfort hotels (9 nts).
  • Amazon riverboat, bus, train, plane, walking.
  • Certified Amazon Reserve naturalist guide and support staff on board the Amazon riverboat. Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout. Local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 28 on riverboat, max 15 on land portion
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Get an up-close look at your Amazon riverboat, the 30-passenger Amatista.

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Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Iquitos & Amazon Riverboat (1B,1L,1D)

Fly to Iquitos. Included city tour, visit to a manatee rescue centre and transfer to the boat. Cast off on the Amazon River.

Day 3 - 7 Exploration of the Amazon, Marañon and Ucayali Rivers (5B,5L,5D)

Spend the first day sailing to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers, considered to be the point where the Amazon River begins. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, sloths, a variety of birds and the famous pink dolphin. Over the next five days, you'll explore the wonders of Amazon rainforest. Your expert guides will lead jungle walks, give lectures and point out unique species of bird and marine life as you explore the smaller tributaries of the river. Two days of excursions in the Pacaya–Samiria National Reserve will provide remarkable wildlife viewing opportunities, and a chance to interact with the locals. Meet a local shaman and discover the mystical world of spiritual healing. Go piranha fishing and explore the mangroves in a dugout canoe. Take the opportunity to go swimming. Attend a jungle cooking lesson to sample local cuisine and learn how to make traditional dishes. Spot nocturnal wildlife. Visit the Sapisapi River to look for charapas and turtles. Visit the port town of Nauta and visit a local market to gain a deeper understanding of how people live in this remote part of the world.

Day 8 Iquitos & Lima (1B)

Disembark at Iquitos, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Lima. Free afternoon to explore the capital of Peru.

Day 9 Lima (1B)

Enjoy a free day in the Peruvian capital also known as the 'City of Kings'. Take an optional city tour, visit one of the many museums of ancient history or enjoy the fresh seafood in one of the cities many restaurants.

Day 10-11 Sacred Valley (2B,1L,1D)

Early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to spend two days exploring with a local guide. Visit the Ccaccaccollo community and the Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op. Also, visit the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village for lunch. Explore the Pisac and Moray ruins and visit the local handicraft market. Visit the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras and the Ollantaytambo and Moray ruins and enjoy a traditional Pachamanca-style dinner of local specialities.

Day 12 Aguas Calientes (1B)

Early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and catch the scenic train journey to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market. Those who have chosen the option in advance for the '1-day Inca Trail' hike will disembark the train at 104 km and trek to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu before re-joining the group at Aguas Calientes for the night.

Day 13 Machu Picchu/Cuzco (1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

Days 14 Cuzco (1B)

Free day to explore Cusco's historic streets, museums and local markets. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking.

Day 15 Lima (1B)

Fly back to Lima for the final evening.

Day 16 Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.