Machu Picchu & Aria Amazon Cruise
Combine splendid luxury and abundant wildlife on this 5-Day Amazon Cruise which departs from the remote Peruvian outpost of Iquitos. You’ll cruise the world’s greatest river in an elegant floating hotel with three fantastic meals a day and take daily excursions in smaller boats to further explore the diversity of the rain forest. On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure you’ll spy enigmatic pink river dolphins, fish for piranhas and witness countless birds, monkey, mammals and caimans.
Starting from $7,990 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- A day to acclimatize in the Sacred Valley, ancient heartland of the Incan civilization. You will visit the town of Pisac, Incan ruins perched on the hillside above the valley, and enjoy all the luxurious amenities of your hotel.
- A train ride through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
- A guided tour of the breath-taking Machu Picchu, to the most important and fascinating parts of the ruins, where you’ll learn how and why they were constructed.
- Live the high life on a luxurious Amazon cruise with elegant rooms, gorgeous communal areas and three fantastic meals a day.
- Enjoy out-of-this-world sunrises and sunsets from your magnificent floating hotel, surrounded by the endless expanse of the Amazon.
- Search for monkeys, birds, caimans, frogs, and other fascinating wildlife native to the rainforest
- Further explore the most biodiverse habitat on the planet with personalized Amazon excursions by foot and canoe.
- Visit a local Amazonian community to see how locals have learnt to survive in this fecund and treacherous environment.
- Visit the floating village of Belén and take a tour of the Manatee Rescue Center to learn more about these weird creatures.
Welcome to Peru! Today is a transit day, and after a long flight you're probably looking forward to a nice meal and some relaxation. The Costa del Sol hotel is located right across the street from the airport and is the best choice for travelers connecting to Cuzco. But if you arrive to Lima in the early afternoon, you’ll have the time to make your way to a hotel in the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores. If you go for this option, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
In the morning, you’ll board your flight to Cuzco. Your guide will meet you at the airport, and take you on a journey through the spectacular scenery of the Sacred Valley, the agricultural strip that supplied food to the Incan Empire. On the way to your hotel, you will visit the town of Pisac and the Inca ruins perched on the hillside above the valley. When you arrive, you can relax in the peaceful garden surroundings of your country hotel as you settle in and acclimatize to the altitude.
Your guide will take you into the Sacred Valley, a land lost in time amid the mountains, to visit Moray, a circular terraced agricultural site, and the Salinas salt pans. In the afternoon, you'll explore Ollantaytambo with its massive Inca ruins and charming town, before returning to your picturesque hotel.
This morning we will bring you to the Ollantaytambo train station for your journey to Aguas Calientes. This is it! The moment you’ve been waiting for. A bus will carry you to the gates to Machu Picchu. You will then have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu with a guided tour of the Incan citadel. Your guide will take you to the most important parts of the city, and reveal all that’s known about how the city was created. After the tour, you’ll have time to explore the ruins on your own, or sit back and enjoy the magic and tranquillity of Machu Picchu and the breath-taking scenery that stretches away from it. Spend the evening at your exclusive hotel, enjoying with another opportunity to drink in the stunning views.
It’s no stone unturned today, as you return to Machu Picchu to explore its far reaches. The more energetic members of the group can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird’s eye view of the ruins sprawling beneath them. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. In the afternoon, you’ll descend to Aguas Calientes to return to Ollantaytambo on the Vistadome train. We will meet you at the station and bring you back to your hotel in Cuzco by private car.
Enjoy an impromptu wildlife show this morning when you visit a popular dolphin feeding spot, one of the best places to see the famous pink river dolphins. Around noon you'll begin heading down river toward Iquitos, stopping at a lake filled with various types of Amazonian fish. Here you can try to catch some carnivorous piranhas. The day concludes with a farewell dinner.
One of our representatives will collect you from your hotel and drive you to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. (Optional recommended excursion) - Depending on the time of your international flight, you can take the opportunity to squeeze in a private tour of Lima's key sites. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and Miraflores, a picturesque waterfront district.
This morning return to the airport for your flight to Iquitos. Upon arrival, your cruise representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your luxurious Amazon cruise boat. After settling into your cabin, you'll be treated to a special onboard welcome dinner, created by our Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences.
To see the immensity of the Amazon up close, today you'll take two trips up Amazon tributaries in small boats. In the morning, you'll float through a flooded Amazon forest, which is a great place to see monkeys and other wildlife, and in the afternoon, you'll navigate through the Mirrored Forest on Dorado River, returning to your cruise ship at dusk.
The rewards of an early start today are plentiful including a breakfast picnic accompanied by a jungle symphony. Lunch is served back on the boat before the afternoon's excursion up the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins. As night falls, we’ll focus hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.
As you near Iquitos, you'll be able to visit Belén, a town that actually floats on the Amazon River. And although you dock around noon, your adventure is not over yet. You'll spend the afternoon visiting some of main sites in Iquitos, such as the Manatee Rescue Center and Indian Market. When your tour of the town concludes, you'll be taken to the airport for your flight back to Lima.
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