Amazon Riverboat Adventure & Machu Picchu Explorer aboard the Amatista

Itinerary

Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time (arrival transfer included).

Overnight in Lima, the nation's capital and largest city.

Private Vehicle
Jorge Chávez International Airport – Lima45m-1h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
18:00Afternoon

Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore — but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

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.

The day begins very early to catch our flight to Iquitos and transfer to the Amazon River boat, our privately chartered home for the next seven days.

Once on board the ship, relax and soak in the natural beauty of the wild rainforest. Step out on deck to watch the riverbanks go by, and keep eyes peeled for wildlife such as gray and pink dolphins.

The ship casts off and wends its way to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers. It is generally (but not universally!) considered that the Amazon River begins here, at least in name.

Over the next five days, explore the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest. 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.

Plane
Lima – Iquitos3hMorning1020km

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Private Vehicle
Iquitos

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Iquitos Orientation Tour
IquitosMorning

Get acquainted with Iquitos on an orientation tour. Explore its unique architecture, which is a 19th-century vestige of the era when European commercial barons held sway over life and culture here. Discover quiet places and shaded retreats amid the hustle and bustle of daily life in this jungle port city.

Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre Visit
IquitosAfternoon

Learn about the efforts of the Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre, an organization focused on rescuing orphaned manatees that were the victims of poaching. The centre helps to rehabilitate and reintroduce these very rare and endangered mammals back into the Amazon Basin. See some manatees and have the opportunity to feed these amazing and lovable animals – be sure to bring your camera!

Riverboat
Iquitos – Río Marañon

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

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.

Over the course of the next few days, the skiff and land excursions will be in the morning and late afternoon, when wildlife is at its liveliest. During the hotter hours of midday, expedition staff will present enthralling lectures on everything from the history and culture of the region to the Amazon’s prolific flora and fauna. There will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the comfort of Amatista's observation deck.

Amazon River Excursion
Río MarañonMorning

Take an excursion by motorized skiff down the Amazon and some of its tributaries to see the wonders of the rainforest. Keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, and a variety of birds while exploring.

Free Time
Río Marañon

Take some time to relax on the deck and enjoy the river.

Ucayali River Walking Excursion
Río UcayaliAfternoon

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.

Riverboat
Río Marañon – Río Ucayali

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

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.

Rise early to visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. 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. Touch upon the spirit realm, paying a visit to a local shaman.

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.

Pacaya-Samiria Reserve Excursion
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.

Free Time
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Take some time to rest after the morning excursion, but don't miss this afternoon's lecture on Shamanism.

Local Shaman Visit
Pacaya Samiria National ReserveAfternoon

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.

Riverboat
Río Ucayali – Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

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

Meet a local family and see the Amazon by night.

Continue to explore the Amazon. Be sure to relax this afternoon, and rest up for a late-night excursion to discover the wildlife that comes out at night in the jungle.

Amazon Jungle Excursion
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.

Meet a Local Indian Family
Pacaya Samiria National ReserveMorning

Be welcomed into the home of a local Indian 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.

Free Time
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Night Time Boat Excursion
Pacaya Samiria National ReserveEvening

Take advantage of this nighttime boat ride in the wild, and watch the Amazon become a different domain at night. Be on the lookout for bats, capybaras, black caimans, poison frogs, and a vast number of other species. See if our flashlights will reflect the ‘red eye shine’ of the black caiman or show the glowing yellow eyes of a jaguar!

Riverboat
Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

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.

After the excursion, return to the riverboat to relax and opt to enjoy a video about the flooded forest.

Take another chance to witness the nocturnal life of the rainforest after dinner this evening, and venture out in small boats onto the Marañon River.

Choroyacu Wildlife Excursion
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

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.

Piranha Fishing
Pacaya Samiria National ReserveMorning

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” (to quote Teddy Roosevelt) – 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.

Swim in Choroyacu Creek
Pacaya Samiria National ReserveMorning

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.

Free Time
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Enjoy some time this afternoon to rest. Sit on deck and watch the jungle as you float by.

Night Time Boat Excursion
Pacaya Samiria National ReserveEvening

Take advantage of this nighttime boat ride in the wild, and watch the Amazon become a different domain at night. Be on the lookout for bats, capybaras, black caimans, poison frogs, and a vast number of other species. See if our flashlights will reflect the ‘red eye shine’ of the black caiman or show the glowing yellow eyes of a jaguar!

Riverboat
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve – Río Marañón

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

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.

During the day, the ship returns to its home port of Iquitos. Before docking, there are a few more unique experiences to look forward to.

In the morning, call on the town of Nauta, where the Ucayali and the Marañon — the major headstreams of the Amazon — join together.

During the evening, celebrate with a farewell dinner and party, complete with live music, aboard the ship.

Nauta Visit
NautaMorning

Pay a visit to the jungle town of Nauta. Ride the local motorcars and browse the local market during this included tour. Try your hand at bargaining and pick up some souvenirs!

Sapisapi River Visit
NautaAfternoon

Visit the Sapisapi River. Keep a look out for turtles along the way!

Riverboat
Río Marañón – Iquitos

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

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.

Once arriving in Lima, you will be met by a G Adventures representative and transfer to the hotel.

Spend a final night in the City of Kings and enjoy a Pisco Sour or try some Peruvian ceviche!

Plane
Iquitos – Lima3hMorning

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Free Time
LimaAfternoon

Enjoy your last night in Peru with some free time to explore or to hit one of the trendy fusion restaurants.

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.

Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle, the Lima activity will be included today. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00am and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 13:00.

Free Time
LimaFull Day

Enjoy a free day exploring the Peruvian capital.

Optional Activities

Lima City Tour
Lima

Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day tour. Continue exploring at the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

Lima Paragliding
Lima

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

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.

Plane
Lima – Cusco1h30m-2h572km

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Private transfer to the Lima airport to catch a flight to Cusco.

Private Vehicle
Cusco – Urubamba6h-7h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Calca

Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped to create through the Planeterra Foundation in 2005, enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.

Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Pisac2h-3h

Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Lamay

Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosco, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures along with the Planeterra Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

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.

Moray Ruins Guided Tour
Moray

Explore the ancient site of Moray, which archeologists believe was used to conduct agricultural experiments. Climb down to the bottom of the great circular depressions and notice how the temperature shifts with the depth—sometimes as much as 15 °C (27 °F)!

Las Salineras Pre-Incan Salt Pans Guided Tour
Urubamba

Visit the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras—still in use today. Marvel at the terraced pools set amongst the beauty of the Sacred Valley.

Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
Ollantaytambo

Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site – it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

Traditional Pachamanca Dinner
Urubamba

The thousand year-old tradition of Pachamanca involves baking an assortment of meat and vegetables in an oven of hot stones, earth, and grass. Meat is usually seasoned with local spices and wrapped in a banana leaf before it’s placed on the hot stones and can include lamb, pork, chicken or guinea pig. Savour this traditional meal prepared by an experienced chef.

Private Vehicle
Urubamba7h-8h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

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.

For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning.

Please bear in mind that the town has several amenities, but is also geographically remote meaning services are sometimes more basic than one would assume. As the only option for travellers visiting Machu Picchu, the development of infrastructure has happened quite quickly, much without proper planning, and the focus on providing quality service may not be up to the standards experienced in other parts of the country.

Those who have chosen the option in advance to hike the "1-day Inca Trail" will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the trek. The trail rises steeply up into the mountains and will take hikers past the archaeological sites of Wiñay Wayna and Inti Pata, where the local guide will provide insights into the fascinating culture of the Incas en route to the trek's culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon with a chance for a preliminary exploration of Machu Picchu before the guided tour on Day 5. Transfer by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel. If time permits, take an optional visit to the nearby hot springs to soak your sore muscles.
1-day Inca Trail option:
Approximate Distance: 7km
Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Private Vehicle
Urubamba – Ollantaytambo1h-2h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Train
Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes1h30m-2h

Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

Optional Activities

Butterfly House Visit
Aguas Calientes

Learn about the four stages of a butterfly’s life at this learning centre and breeding project. Observe varied species of butterflies, some unique to the area.

Hot Springs Visit
Aguas Calientes

Soak sore muscles in local hot springs for which the town, Aguas Calientes, was originally named.

Machu Picchu Visit
Machu Picchu

Just can’t wait to be awestruck? Opt for an independent visit to Machu Picchu before your group tour.

Mandor Gardens Visit
Aguas Calientes

This botanical garden boasts a beautiful waterfall, varied wildlife and lush scenery. Walk along one of the trails and admire the many orchids.

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.

Local bus
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu30m

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Machu Picchu

Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

Train
Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo1h30m-2h

Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

Private Vehicle
Ollantaytambo – Cusco1h-2hEvening

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Optional Activities

Inca Bridge Visit
Machu Picchu

Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way.

Day 14Cusco(1B)

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

Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle, on day 6 you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00.

Free Time
CuscoFull Day

Take in the sights on horseback or rent a motorbike for a more thrilling ride. Looking to learn more about Cusco? Head to one of the many museums in the city.

Optional Activities

Cusco City Tour
Cusco

Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

Horseback Riding
Cusco

Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco’s archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour – no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

Paragliding
Cusco

Admire the Sacred Valley and surrounding mountains from a unique perspective. Take off from the Wayllabamba viewpoint for a breathtaking flight lasting from 15 to 45 minutes depending on weather conditions.

Quad Biking
Cusco

Ready for a wild ride? Learn how to operate an ATV and set off for a fun filled ride around Lake Pumamarka. Enjoy stunning views of the Inca Valley as you travel along gravel roads.

Day 15Cusco/Lima(1B)

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

Plane
Cusco – Lima1h30m-2h572km

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Private transfer to the Cusco airport to catch a flight to Lima. Private transfer to the Lima hotel.

Optional Activities

Lima City Tour
Lima

Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day tour. Continue exploring at the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

Lima Paragliding
Lima

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

Day 16Lima(1B)

Depart at any time.

Your CEO can help arrange an optional transfer to the airport.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.