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Amazon Riverboat & Machu Picchu Adventure

If youre looking for the perfect combination of land and river, this adventure is for you. Once youre on board our comfortable Amazon riverboat, youll experience a unique once-in-a-lifetime cruise including exotic wildlife, local culture and more! But it doesnt 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, theres always the chance to enjoy the train.

Latin America

Duration: 16 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: 4 - Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155086
Starts: Lima, Peru Finishes: Lima, Peru
You will visit
  • Lima
  • Lima

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Additional Notes:
Please note: if you booked the Culinary Theme Pack it does not include extra time in Lima – booking pre-trip accommodation is highly recommended. You will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 10:00 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. Return back to the hotel around 13:00.

Hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.


Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer

02

Day 2: Lima/Cusco (1B)

Travel to the airport for the early morning flight to Cusco. Spend the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city.

Our best advice for exploring Cusco is to wear a comfortable pair of shoes. Arm yourself with a city map and set out to explore.

Additional Notes:
Please note: if you booked the Culinary Theme Pack 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. Return back to your hotel around 16:00.

Transport:
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)

03

Day 3: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)

Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs directly from the women who made them.

Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and the small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds from the meal go directly back into the remote community.

Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Go for a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollantaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

Included Activities:
Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

Transport:
Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley, descending in elevation the whole way.
Private Vehicle (95km)

04

Day 4: Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes (1B)

Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu. Enjoy the rest of the day taking advantage of the hikes and hot springs in the area.

Transport:
Train (1.75 hour(s), 30km)

05

Day 5: Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)

Start early to catch the sunrise at the top. Take the bus up to the historic spiritual centre of the Incas, the 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins with an expert guide then explore on your own.

Later, return by train to Ollantaytambo and meet a private vehicle to head back to Cusco.

Included Activities:
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Train (1.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)

06

Day 6: Cusco (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Cusco. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Additional Notes:
If you pre-booked the Peru Culinary Theme Pack, your Cusco cooking class will be today.

07

Day 7: Cusco/Lima (1B)

Head to the airport and fly back to Lima.

Transport:
Plane (1.50-2.00 hours)

08

Day 8: Lima

Enjoy the day exploring the city.

09

Day 9: Lima/Río Marañon (1B, 1L, 1D)

The day begins very early to catch our flight to Iquitos and transfer to the Amazon Riverboat, 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.

Included Activities:
Iquitos Orientation Tour
Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre Visit

Transport:
Plane (3.00 hour(s), 1020km)
Private Vehicle
Amatista Riverboat

10

Day 10: Río Marañon/Río Ucayali (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.


Included Activities:
Amazon River Excursion
Ucayali River Walking Excursion

Transport:
Amatista Riverboat

11

Day 11: Río Ucayali/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Pacaya-Samiria Reserve Excursion
Local Shaman Visit

Transport:
Amatista Riverboat

12

Day 12: Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Amazon Jungle Excursion
Local Indigenous Family Visit
Night Time Boat Excursion

Transport:
Amatista Riverboat

13

Day 13: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Choroyacu Wildlife Excursion
Piranha Fishing
Swim in Choroyacu Creek
Night Time Boat Excursion

Transport:
Amatista Riverboat

14

Day 14: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve/Iquitos (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Nauta Visit
Sapisapi River Visit

Transport:
Amatista Riverboat

15

Day 15: Iquitos/Lima (1B)

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!

Transport:
Plane (3.00 hour(s))

16

Day 16: Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project (full-day), lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, train to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu guided tour, internal flights, all transport between destinations and to/from included activities, 6 nts aboard the Amatista Amazon Riverboat, orientation tour of Iquitos, launches and land excursions with our expert naturalist team
    Accommodation
    • Aboard the Amatista Amazon riverboat (6 nts), hotels (9 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Amazon riverboat, plane, public bus, train
    Group Leader
    • G Representatives in Lima and Cusco, specialist Inca Trail CEO for Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, 2 Certified Amazon Reserve naturalist guide and support staff aboard the Amazon riverboat
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Tour Highlights:
  • Venture to Machu Picchu by train
  • Walk along the coast in Lima
  • Cruise in the Amazon
  • Learn about Peruvian wildlife and ingenious cultures