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Wild Peru Escape: Amazon & Macchu Picchu

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There seems to be a pulse to the Amazon - a kind of undercurrent. Spend unforgettable days in a seldom-seen, cathedral of green, along inky waters that at once relax and invigorate. Wild bird calls echo in the air while clamoring monkeys shake leafy branches. Join the luxurious Delfin II to discover the pristine upper reaches of the legendary Amazon on this 9-day voyage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lima, Peru
Day 2 : Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley
Day 3 : Machu Picchu
Day 4 : Sacred Valley | Cusco
Day 5 : Cusco | Iquitos | Embark
Days 6-8 : Upper Amazon
Day 9 : Nauta | Disembark | Iquitos | Lima

Highlights

  • Explore with veteran expedition leaders & indigenous local guides
  • Get out daily to explore by skiff or walk through the glorious rainforest
  • Make personal kayak explorations
  • Discover a profusion of wildlife, including the famed pink river dolphin

Ship

Delfin II (LI)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Llama at Machu Picchu ruins Colorful Peruvian dancers at a parade See the Amazon by riverboat excursions Swimming with pink dolphins Get up close and personal with the Amazonian vegetation

Day 1 Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to our conveniently located hotel, Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.

Day 2 Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving in Cusco, drive through the Sacred Valley to Chinchero, a typical Andean village where we join National Geographic Grantee Nilda Callañaupa for lunch and a demonstration of Inca weaving traditions. Continue to Ollantaytambo and board our late afternoon scenic train to Machu Picchu and check-in at your hotel. Stay for two nights at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, with Andean-style casitas set along the in a reserve with 300 species of orchids.

Day 3 Machu Picchu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take the full day to explore Machu Picchu, the Inka royal retreat introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in the April 1913 National Geographic magazine. With both the morning and afternoon to explore, choose to hike to the Sun Gate or tackle Huayna Picchu, which towers over the sanctuary. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. 

Day 4 Sacred Valley | Cusco

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Return to Ollantaytambo by train and continue to Cusco, where we explore the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral and Plaza de Armas, the sacred Inca Temple of the Sun and other treasures. Check-in at Palacio del Inka in the historic center. Dinner on your own to relax or sample the local fare.

Day 5 Cusco | Iquitos | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, fly to Iquitos via Lima and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine.

Day 6-8 Upper Amazon

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle stretching more than five million acres—and harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. Bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali, these two powerful rivers converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters, known locally as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by the glassy water.
 
Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably colored saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest, rare pink dolphins, and the famous piranhas.
 
One of the unexpected joys of traveling in the region is the interaction with the local ribereños, the traditional people who live on the riverbanks.  Visit a local community and see the projects that we support through the local non-profit Minga Peru, including a program of handcraft development, radio broadcasts, women's health initiatives and efforts in sustainable farming. 

Day 9 Nauta | Disembark | Iquitos | Lima

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in Nauta, stopping at the Amazon Rescue Center on the way to Iquitos. Fly to Lima, where we visit Museo Larco and celebrate with a farewell dinner before late-night flights home. 

Delfin II (LI)

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Palacio del Inka

Wyndham Costa del Sol

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$7,990
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Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.
Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

Please Note: Charter flights between Lima and Iquitos are not included in your cruise fare. Please contact us for current rates.

Included in Fare:
  • Accommodations aboard ship and in hotel
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalists and a medical assistant
  • Port charges and service taxes
Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items
  • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew
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