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Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Aria Amazon
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Your 15-day adventure starts in Lima to explore the colorful colonial architecture, the bohemian district of Barranco, and the San Francisco Monastery. Journey into the Amazon onboard the Aria Amazon, a five-star ship designed for your Peruvian adventure. Your 15-day rip ends in the Andes Mountains in Cusco, a perfect blend of Ancient Andean culture and Spanish colonial splendor. With no shortage of awe-inspiring beauty, this trip is sure to be an unforgettable adventure.
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  • Explore the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers
  • Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Easy Active

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Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, where a representative greets you and escorts you to the hotel.

Day 2: Lima

Known as the “City of Kings,” Lima was founded in 1535. A melting pot of cultures, flavors and history, this bustling metropolis has something for everyone, and today you get to discover it all.

Day 3: Lima | Fly to Iquitos (Nauta) | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Be picked up at your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Iquitos. Upon arrival at Iquitos International Airport, a representative greets you and escorts you to the Aria Amazon.

In the evening, enjoy a welcome with a reception dinner by Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Famous for his innovative take on Amazonian cuisine, this dinner will be bursting in flavors unique to the Peruvian Amazon.

Day 4: Yanayacu-Pucate River | Marañón River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your day starts at the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, the second largest protected natural area in Peru. Kayak, canoe and swim in the black waters of the Yanayacu-Pucate River. In the afternoon, learn about traditional customs of the area at a remote village along the Marañón River. Once the sun sets, gaze at the night sky, where you’ll have a crystal-clear view of planets and constellations.

Day 5: Samiria River | Nauta Caño (Amazonian Natural Park)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you’re exploring the vibrant wildlife and lush greenery thriving in the Amazon. Your naturalist guide teaches you all about the diverse flora and fauna unique to the region before setting off on a guided jungle walk. Finish the day stargazing on the “Enchanted Lake.”

Day 6: Nauta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the oldest inhabited areas in the Peruvian Amazon, Nauta is nestled between the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers. Explore the town’s market, which is full of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables. From there, it’s a short journey to the birthplace of the Amazon River.

Day 7: Ucayali River | Pacaya River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Experience life as an Amazon River dweller as you cruise along the Ucayali River. Search for the famous pink dolphins and other wildlife lurking just beyond the river. Once the sun sets, you'll take to the Pacaya River, on the lookout for nocturnal beasts.

Day 8: Pacaya River | Ucayali River | Tapiche River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your day starts today with a skiff excursion along the Pacaya River to venture into the rainforest to see some wildlife. Following lunch, participate in a paiche fishing demonstration. The paiche is the second largest fish in the world. End the day watching for the pink river dolphins on the Ucayali River.

Day 9: Clavero Lake | San Jose de Sarapanga Forest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa River or Clavero Lake. In the afternoon, see the unbelievable giant water lilies of the San Jose de Sarapanga forest.

Day 10: Nauta (Disembark) | Fly to Cusco | Urubamba (The Sacred Valley)

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a morning walk through the town of Nauta before disembarking the Aria Amazon. Your guide takes you on a few excursions on your way to the Iquitos airport for your flight to Cusco. Once you’ve landed in Cusco, be taken to the hotel in the Sacred Valley. Enjoy a delicious farm-to-table dinner.

Day 11: Urubamba | Ollantaytambo | Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, explore the heartland of the Inka Empire, known as the Sacred Valley. Your guide takes you to Moray and Ollantaytambo, two historic sights of significant importance. Experience the unique way of living in the Sacred Valley as you meet locals. Finish the day with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, the small villages nestled at the bottom of Machu Picchu. 

Day 12: Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) | Cusco

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A breathtaking, historical sight, Machu Picchu is one of the “must-see” archeological sites. This excellent Inkan Empire site was never found by the Spaniards and was rediscovered during the 20th century. Today, archeologists continue to excavate this ancient city. While many mysteries still surround it, Machu Picchu tells a story of a history that goes back thousands of years. Following your day at Machu Picchu, take a train to Ollantaytambo, and then a motorcoach takes you to the hotel in Cusco.

Day 13: Cusco

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the Andes Mountains, Cusco was the heartland of the Inkan Empire. Today, explore all the wonders of this city as you admire the cobblestone streets, colorful textiles, and art galleries. A perfect blend of ancient Andean cultures with Spanish colonial splendor, Cusco is not to be missed. 

Day 14: Cusco | Fly to Lima

You’re headed back to Lima today. After a brief walk around town, head to the hotel at the Lima International Airport.

Day 15: Lima | Departure

  • 1 Breakfast
Your majestic Peru adventure ends this morning. Your guide walks you from the hotel to the Lima International Airport check-in.


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Averaging 250 sq. ft. Eight suites on the first deck and another eight suites on the second deck, featuring two twin beds convertible into a California King bed, floor to ceiling panoramic windows, air conditioning, en suite sitting area, internal communications system, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer, hot water around the clock and a basket of toiletries.


Included in Cruise Fare:
  • Meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Five-star cuisine with menu by top chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino
  • Complimentary house wine and beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, and coffee
  • 13 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts and naturalist guides
  • 1 country: Peru
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Excluded from Cruise Fare:
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Travel protection plan
  • Extensions or land tours 
  • Losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour
  • Any additional personal expenses
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided on board on the first day of your cruise.


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