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My love for South America started when I was living in Lima, Peru, and family and friends came to visit. That year I went to Machu Picchu 5 times! I do not have one drop of Latin blood in me, which is painfully obvious if you see me dance, and yet without realizing it for the past 15 years South America has been my home.
Latin America Specialist
- from $6,871 PP
- 10 Nights
- May – October
- 13 hours from London / 9 hours New York
Exploring the Amazon Rainforest by boat is a once in a lifetime experience. The rainforest covers 40% of South America across nine different countries and is home to the world’s largest and most diverse collection of plant and animal life. Gliding down the river on a luxury boat gives you access to parts of the jungle that are untouched by humans. With your expert guide, you will learn about the area’s incredible biodiversity and wildlife.
You will then continue your trip, flying south to Cusco and taking the train to the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ also known as Machu Picchu. Built in 1450 by Emperor Pachacuti as a retreat, the citadel has a spectacular location high in the Andes Mountains. Spend a day exploring the complex of over two hundred remarkably well-preserved buildings, it is considered one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
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- 4 nights - Luxury Cruise Boat including full board and activities
- 6 nights - Four star accommodation including breakfast
- All transfers as listed in the itinerary
- Return train - Cusco to Machu Picchu
- All activities and entrance fees as listed in the itinerary
- English speaking guide
- Personalized itinerary that can be modified to suit your preferences
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Lima
Welcome to Peru! On arrival at Lima Airport, you will be met by your driver who will assist you with anything you need before transferring you to your hotel in Lima.
Lima is the capital and the largest city in Peru, it is a mix of historic colonial architecture and the sprawl of a modern city. It has also become the gastronomic capital of South America and the perfect place to try Peruvian specialities like ceviche, the national dish of Peru, which is raw fish marinated in citrus juice.
Day 2 Amazon Rainforest
This morning you will be met by your driver and transferred to Lima Airport for your flight to Iquitos. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Port of Nauta for lunch before you board your boat, the magnificent Aria Amazon. The Amazon is the largest rainforest on earth, the Amazon river starts in the Andes Mountains of Peru and travels 4000 miles to the Atlantic Ocean. The rainforest is home to one-third of all animal species in the world and the best way to experience it, is by boat.
The Aria Amazon has 16 suites, each has floor to ceiling windows for spectacular views while you cruise down the Amazon. Onboard there are qualified naturalist guides to show you the beauty of the Amazon. The Aria Amazon was custom built to explore the river in luxury and with minimal impact on the delicate ecosystem. To ensure the boat complies with strict international environmental standards it features a water treatment plant and virtually smoke-free, fuel-efficient engines.
Day 3 - 5 On board the Aria Amazon boat
You will head out in small groups no larger than 8 people with your highly experienced naturalist guide during the day to spot the wildlife, vegetation, and marine life of the area. There are smaller speed boats available so you can search for catfish and piranhas and kayaks to take out onto the river to explore the lagoons of the Pacay River. For guests who enjoy fishing, you can learn to fish for paiche, the second largest fish in the world. Your guide will take you to visit the beautiful Cavero Lake where you can walk along the banks or go for a swim in the lake. You will also visit the San José de Sarapanga forest know for its giant water lilies, as well as the beautiful vegetation of the area.
Your guide will take you to explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve which is a haven for wildlife including red-faced spider monkeys, tapiers, pumas, jaguars, sloths and capybaras. Going out on the boats at dusk gives you the opportunity to search for the nocturnal wildlife and witness the spectacle of the stars over the river.
In between excursions you can take a soak in the jacuzzi, have a massage or do a workout. Alternatively, you can relax in the outdoor lounge and watch the banks of the Amazon pass by, remember to keep an eye out for the famous pink dolphins!
Day 6 Cusco
Today you will disembark and your driver will meet you and take you to the Amazon Rescue Center. The center is a foundation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of manatees. These unusual animals are often described as a combination of a hippopotamus and seal. Manatees are known for their gentle nature and are now classified as vulnerable on the Endangered Species list.
Your driver will then transfer you back to Iquitos Airport with a stop enroute at the artisan market of San Juan. You will board your flight south to Cusco (via Lima), on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cusco to relax ready for your tour the next day.
Day 7 Chinchero
Today you will visit the town of Chinchero where the locals have preserved the Incan traditions, culture and clothes. You will then visit the Living Museum of Yucay where you can see demonstrations of the textile work and pottery used by the ancestors. The museum is also home to llamas and alpacas which you can feed. You will then travel to the town of Ollantaytambo for lunch before you explore the town’s fortress. Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti during the Inca Empire, it was also the hub of the Inca resistance when Spain occupied Peru.
Day 8 Machu Picchu
This morning you will be transferred to the train station to board a train for Aguas Calientes which is the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is known as ‘The Lost City of the Incas’ and was built in 1450 by Emperor Pachacuti as his holiday retreat in the mountains. Just a century later Machu Picchu was abandoned due to the Spanish conquest. The Spanish never found Machu Picchu so it was not destroyed like many other Incan sites. The jungle encroached on the city hiding it from view and it remained undiscovered until 1911.
You will have a guided tour explaining the history of the site and its major landmarks; the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds. You will then return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.
Day 9 Machu Picchu
Today is a free day, you can wake up early to spend another morning at Machu Picchu. We recommend you go to the Huayna Picchu with is 360 meters above Machu Picchu and offers spectacular views.
In the afternoon you will return to the train station and travel back to Cusco. On arrival into Cusco train station, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel.
Day 10 Cusco City Tour
Today you will meet your guide for a city tour. Cusco is the former capital city of the Inca Empire and when the Spanish conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved a great deal of the Inca city. The Spanish built Baroque churches and palaces around the Incan ruins and on top of them.
Your tour will start at the Santo Domingo Convent which the Spanish built over the Inca Coricancha Temple, the foundations of the Inca temple are still there for visitors to see. You will then proceed to the Main Square to view the Cathedral. Your guide will then take you to the hills above Cucso to see the ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the temple of Qengo. Your guide will then take you to explore the Puka Pukara which was an Inca military base, the barracks, bathrooms and towers are still visible for guests to walk through.
Day 11 Depart Cusco
Today you will have breakfast and check out of your hotel before your driver transfers you to Cusco Airport for your flight home.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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