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Amazon Riverboat & Machu Picchu Adventure
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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: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 161187
  • 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 Bundle 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 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: Machu Picchu/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.

07

Day 7: Cusco/Iquitos (1B)

The day begins very early to catch our flight to Iquitos and transfer to the Amazon River boat. 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 grey and pink dolphins.

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:
Boat Excursion on the Amazon River
Night Time Boat Excursion

Transport:
With a potential stopover in Lima.
Plane
Amatista Riverboat

08

Day 8: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head out into Pacaya-Samiria Reserve on a boat excursion and search for monkeys, sloths and macaws. In the afternoon, take a walk through the jungle and visit a local community to learn about their traditions. After dinner, opt to go on a night excursion to Piranha Creek.

Included Activities:
Pacaya-Samiria Reserve Birdwatching Excursion
Pacaya-Samiria Reserve Wildlife Excursion
Pacaya-Samiria Reserve Land Excursion

Transport:
Amatista Riverboat

09

Day 9: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore the town of Nauta before continuing to cruise down the Amazon River. In the afternoon enjoy a jungle walk and learn about medicinal plants, search for monkeys and keep an eye out for reptiles.

Included Activities:
Nauta Visit
Sapisapi River Visit

Transport:
Amatista Riverboat

10

Day 10: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (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.

Included Activities:
Amazon River Excursion
Ucayali River Walking Excursion

Transport:
Amatista Riverboat

11

Day 11: 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/Lima (1B)

In the morning explore the shoreline by motorized skiff keeping your eyes out for birds, monkeys and sloths. Leave the peacefulness of the river behind en route stop at the manatee rescue centre before catching a flight back to Lima. Enjoy the evening in the city.

Additional Notes:
Please note the order of the activities is sometimes changed due to logistical reasons and the Manatee Rescue Centre may be visited earlier in the trip to allow enough time to enjoy the centre.

Included Activities:
Choroyacu Wildlife Excursion
Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre Visit

Transport:
Amatista Riverboat
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Plane (3.00 hour(s))

14

Day 14: 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
    • Cruise aboard the Amatista Amazon Riverboat (6 nts)
    • Orientation tour of Iquitos
    • Launches and land excursions with our expert naturalist team
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Aboard the Amatista Amazon riverboat (6 nts), hotels (7 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 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
  • Cruise in the Amazon
  • Learn about Peruvian wildlife and ingenious cultures
  • Walk along the coast in Lima