Amazon Riverboat Adventure & Machu Picchu Explorer aboard the Amatista

16 days,Lima to Lima

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, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of land and river, 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 1-day 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
  • 6 nts aboard the Amatista Amazon riverboat
  • Canopy walkway excursion in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
  • 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
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow USD250-400 for meals not included.)
  • 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
  • Aboard the Amatista Amazon riverboat (6 nts), comfort hotels (9 nts).

Add to Your Experience

Peru Culinary Bundle

Enjoy two half-day cooking activities in both Cusco and Lima. Visit local markets, pick out ingredients and enjoy learning and eating unique Peruvian dishes influenced by such faraway places as China, Italy, West Africa and Japan.

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Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time (arrival transfer included).

Day 2Lima/Río Marañon(1B, 1L, 1D)

Fly to Iquitos. Take a city orientation tour and visit a manatee rescue centre. Transfer to the boat and cast off onto the Amazon River.

Day 3Río Marañon/Río Ucayali(1B, 1L, 1D)

Begin to explore with a boat excursion on the Amazon River and some of its tributaries to see the wonders of the rainforest. After lunch, enjoy a presentation on the Amazon River then walk along the shores of the Ucayali River.

Day 4Río Ucayali/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve(1B, 1L, 1D)

Take a morning skiff excursion into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve for more wildlife viewing. In the afternoon, visit a village to meet a local shaman and discover the mystical world of spiritual healing.

Day 5Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve(1B, 1L, 1D)

Meet a local family and see the Amazon by night.

Day 6Pacaya Samiria National Reserve(1B, 1L, 1D)

Take a trip to explore Choroyacu, go piranha fishing, and explore the mangroves in a dugout canoe. Opt to go swimming in the Amazon. In the evening, go on another night wildlife excursion.

Day 7Pacaya Samiria National Reserve/Iquitos(1B, 1L, 1D)

Return to Iquitos with en-route stops at the Sapisapi River and the port town of Nauta.

Day 8Iquitos/Lima(1B)

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

Day 9Lima(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, or enjoy the fresh seafood in one of the cities many restaurants.

Day 10Lima/Urubamba(1B, 1L)

Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to visit the Ccaccaccollo community and Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco.

Day 11Urubamba(1B, 1D)

Visit the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Ollantaytambo and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional Pachamanca-style meal of local specialities.

Day 12Urubamba/Aguas Calientes(1B)

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market.

Day 13Aguas Calientes/Cusco(1B)

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

Day 14Cusco(1B)

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

Day 15Cusco/Lima(1B)

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital.

Day 16Lima(1B)

Depart at any time.

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