Amazon Riverboat Adventure & Machu Picchu Explorer aboard the Amatista

From Lima to Lima

Visiting: Lima, Río Marañon, Río Ucayali, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Iquitos, Urubamba, Aguas Calientes, Cusco


Tour Operator: G Adventures

Physical rating: 3 - Average

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Group size: 1 - 28

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of land and river, this adventure is for you. Once you’re on board our comfortable Amazon riverboat, you’ll experience a unique once-in-a-lifetime cruise – including exotic wildlife, local culture and more! But it doesn’t 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, there’s always the chance to enjoy the train.

Highlights

  • icon visit local villages and the G Adventures-supported Women's Weaving Co-op
  • iconExplore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and the G Adventures-supported Women's Weaving Co-op, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu
  • icon Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Your Discover Moment: Lima Your Discover Moment: Cusco. Arrival transfer. 6 nts aboard the Amatista Amazon riverboat. Canopy walkway excursion in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Sacred Valley tour (2-day). Visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco
  • iconExplore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru
  • icon Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Your Local Living Moment: Local Indigenous Family Visit
  • icon take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu
  • icon spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River
  • icon Lamay Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Wellness Moment: Local Shaman Visit
  • icon Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
  • icon explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley
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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Lima

Location: Lima

Arrive at any time (arrival transfer included).

Overnight in Lima, the nation's capital and largest city.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2: Lima/Río Marañon

Location: Lima

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Fly to Iquitos. Take a city orientation tour and visit a manatee rescue centre. Transfer to the boat and cast off onto the Amazon River.

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.

TRANSPORT: MORNING Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: MORNING Get acquainted with Iquitos on an orientation tour. Explore its unique architecture, which is a 19th-century vestige of the era when European commercial barons held sway over life and culture here. Discover quiet places and shaded retreats amid the hustle and bustle of daily life in this jungle port city.

ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON Learn about the efforts of the Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre, an organization focused on rescuing orphaned manatees that were the victims of poaching. The centre helps to rehabilitate and reintroduce these very rare and endangered mammals back into the Amazon Basin. Take this opportunity to observe these amazing and lovable animals – be sure to bring your camera!

TRANSPORT: Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

icon Day 3: Río Marañon/Río Ucayali

Location: Río Marañon

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

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.

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.

ACTIVITY: MORNING Take an excursion by motorized skiff down the Amazon and some of its tributaries to see the wonders of the rainforest. Keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, and a variety of birds while exploring.

FREE TIME: Take some time to relax on the deck and enjoy the river.

ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON Walk along the banks of the Ucayali River to explore the Yucuruchi region of the Amazon, and to have the opportunity to see the Victoria Regia water lily — a gigantic aquatic plant with leaves that measure up to 3m (10 ft) in diameter. Keep a watch out for the Amazon River dolphin, giant otter, and the Amazonian manatee, which all make their home in Ucayali’s waters.

TRANSPORT: Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

icon Day 4: Río Ucayali/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Location: Río Ucayali

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Take a morning skiff excursion into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve for more wildlife viewing. In the afternoon, visit a village to meet a local shaman and discover the mystical world of spiritual healing.

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.

ACTIVITY: Rise early to visit the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, Peru's largest national park and home to more than 200 bird species and 10 primate species. Have the chance to view cocoi and striated herons, macaws, squirrel and woolly monkeys, caimans, and sloths. Follow a route that crosses the tributary waters of the Marañon. Along the way, the guides will point out the interesting wildlife species that inhabit the riverbanks, and unusual fish and vegetation that can be found in the river.

FREE TIME: Take some time to rest after the morning excursion, but don't miss this afternoon's lecture on Shamanism.

ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON Gain rare, firsthand insight into Shamanism in meeting a practicing shaman in a river village. Be introduced to his spiritual healing craft and learn about rainforest plants that indigenous peoples have, for untold centuries, held to possess curative properties.

TRANSPORT: Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

icon Day 5: Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Location: Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Today get off the boat and meet a local family, enjoy a home cooked meal and experience the Indigenous culture. At night take a boat to go search for wildlife that comes active after dark.

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.

ACTIVITY: Go on an early morning excursion to watch the rainforest world wake up. Spot iguanas, river turtles, cormorants, or wattled jacana, and gain insight into another side of the jungle.

ACTIVITY: MORNING Be welcomed into the home of a local Indigenous family. Share conversation over a midday meal, and be introduced to their culture and way of life. Participate in an unforgettable opportunity to gain insight into a new and different world.

FREE TIME: Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

ACTIVITY: EVENING Take advantage of this nighttime boat ride in the wild, and watch the Amazon become a different domain. Be on the lookout for bats, capybaras, black caimans, poison frogs, and a vast number of other species. See if our flashlights will reflect the ‘red eye shine’ of the black caiman or show the glowing yellow eyes of a jaguar!

TRANSPORT: Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

icon Day 6: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Location: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Take a trip to explore Choroyacu, go piranha fishing, and explore the mangroves in a dugout canoe. Opt to go swimming in the Amazon. In the evening, go on another night wildlife excursion.

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.

ACTIVITY: Rise early and set out to explore the impressive biodiversity of the area's unusual ecosystem. Look for a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic breakfast, followed by a trip to explore Choroyacu. Ride up the Nahuapa River for piranha fishing. Visit Choroyacu Creek to have the opportunity to climb in a dugout canoe and explore this scenic area with the locals.

ACTIVITY: MORNING Head out on a fishing trip like no other! Cast your line to see if you can catch "the most ferocious fish in the world” (to quote Teddy Roosevelt) – the piranha. (Piranhas aren't terribly selective about what they eat, making piranha fishing fairly easy.) They are a dietary staple for many of the Amazon rainforest’s indigenous people, and, while fearsome, piranhas also esteemed as some of the best eating fish in South America.

ACTIVITY: MORNING Take a plunge into the river for a swim, perhaps sharing the water with some pink or grey river dolphins – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed.

FREE TIME: Enjoy some time this afternoon to rest. Sit on deck and watch the jungle as you float by.

ACTIVITY: EVENING Take advantage of this nighttime boat ride in the wild, and watch the Amazon become a different domain. Be on the lookout for bats, capybaras, black caimans, poison frogs, and a vast number of other species. See if our flashlights will reflect the ‘red eye shine’ of the black caiman or show the glowing yellow eyes of a jaguar!

TRANSPORT: Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

icon Day 7: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve/Iquitos

Location: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Return to Iquitos with en-route stops at the Sapisapi River and the port town of Nauta.

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.

ACTIVITY: MORNING Pay a visit to the jungle town of Nauta. Ride the local motorcars and browse the local market during this included tour. Try your hand at bargaining and pick up some souvenirs!

ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON Visit the Sapi Sapi lake, a small lake where you can spot turtles and the giant arapaima fish.

TRANSPORT: Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

icon Day 8: Iquitos/Lima

Location: Iquitos

Meals: BREAKFAST

Disembark at Iquitos. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Lima. Free afternoon to explore the capital of Peru.

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: MORNING Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Enjoy your last night in Peru with some free time to explore or to hit one of the trendy fusion restaurants.

icon Day 9: Lima

Location: Lima

Meals: BREAKFAST

Enjoy a free day in the Peruvian capital also known as the 'City of Kings'. Take an optional city tour, visit one of the many museums, or enjoy the fresh seafood in one of the cities many restaurants.

Additional Information: Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle, the Lima activity will be included today. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00am and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 13:00.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Enjoy a free day exploring the Peruvian capital.

icon Day 10: Lima/Urubamba

Location: Lima

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to visit the Ccaccaccollo community and Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.

ACTIVITY: Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

ACTIVITY: Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

icon Day 11: Urubamba

Location: Urubamba

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Visit the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Ollantaytambo and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional Pachamanca-style meal of local specialities.

ACTIVITY: Explore the ancient site of Moray, which archeologists believe was used to conduct agricultural experiments. Climb down to the bottom of the great circular depressions and notice how the temperature shifts with the depth – sometimes as much as 15°C (27°F)!

ACTIVITY: Visit the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras – still in use today. Marvel at the terraced pools set amongst the beauty of the Sacred Valley.

ACTIVITY: Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

ACTIVITY: The thousand year-old tradition of pachamanca involves baking an assortment of meat and vegetables in an oven of hot stones, earth, and grass. Meat is usually seasoned with local spices and wrapped in a banana leaf before it’s placed on the hot stones and can include lamb, pork, chicken or guinea pig. Savour this traditional meal prepared by an experienced chef.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 12: Urubamba/Aguas Calientes

Location: Urubamba

Meals: BREAKFAST

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market.

For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning.

Additional Information: Please bear in mind that the town has several amenities, but is also geographically remote meaning services are sometimes more basic than one would assume. As the only option for travellers visiting Machu Picchu, the development of infrastructure has happened quite quickly, much without proper planning, and the focus on providing quality service may not be up to the standards experienced in other parts of the country. Those who have chosen the option in advance to hike the "1-day Inca Trail" will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the trek. The trail rises steeply up into the mountains and will take hikers past the archaeological sites of Wiñay Wayna and Inti Pata, where the local guide will provide insights into the fascinating culture of the Incas en route to the trek's culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon with a chance for a preliminary exploration of Machu Picchu before the guided tour on Day 5. Transfer by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel. If time permits, take an optional visit to the nearby hot springs to soak your sore muscles. 1-day Inca Trail option: Approximate Distance: 7km Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

icon Day 13: Aguas Calientes/Cusco

Location: Aguas Calientes

Meals: BREAKFAST

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

TRANSPORT: EVENING Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 14: Cusco

Location: Cusco

Meals: BREAKFAST

Explore Cusco's historic streets, museums and local markets. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking.

Additional Information: Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle, on day 6 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. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Take in the sights on horseback or rent a motorbike for a more thrilling ride. Looking to learn more about Cusco? Head to one of the many museums in the city.

icon Day 15: Cusco/Lima

Location: Cusco

Meals: BREAKFAST

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

icon Day 16: Lima

Location: Lima

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart at any time.

Additional Information: Your CEO can help arrange an optional transfer to the airport.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Aboard the Amatista Amazon riverboat (6 nts), comfort hotels (9 nts).

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    Meals

    15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu

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    Your Discover Moment: Lima

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    Your Wellness Moment: Local Shaman Visit, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

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    Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village

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    6 nts aboard the Amatista Amazon riverboat

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    Canopy walkway excursion in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

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    Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo

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    Your Local Living Moment: Local Indigenous Family Visit, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

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    Arrival transfer

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    Your Hands-On Moment: Piranha Fishing, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

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    Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Wellness Moment: Local Shaman Visit, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Your Local Living Moment: Local Indigenous Family Visit, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Your Hands-On Moment: Piranha Fishing, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Your Discover Moment: Lima Your Discover Moment: Cusco

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    Your Discover Moment: Cusco. Arrival transfer. 6 nts aboard the Amatista Amazon riverboat. Canopy walkway excursion in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Sacred Valley tour (2-day). Visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village. Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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    Sacred Valley tour (2-day)

Accommodation

Aboard the Amatista Amazon riverboat (6 nts), comfort hotels (9 nts).

Transport

Amazon riverboat, bus, train, plane, walking.

Meals Included

15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Group Size

28 on Amazon Riverboat, 16 on land portion
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