Zafiro Amazon Cruise | Peru | South America
FROM: AUD $10,995 pp
Peru & Iquitos Amazon Cruise - 11 days map

Delve deep into the Amazon Rainforest in northern Peru on a luxury 4 day cruise, searching for three-toed sloths, toucans and endangered pink dolphins. Travel onwards to the majestic 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu, explore the Sacred Valley and meet the islanders of Lake Titicaca on this 11 day tour.

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Trip Highlights

Amazon Cruise - Explore the most famous jungle on Earth in style on a 3 night luxury cruise
Spot extraordinary wildlife in the Amazon, including the legendary pink river dolphins and visit the Manatee Rescue Centre
Cusco - Enjoy a guided tour of Cusco's main highlights, including the bustling Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the Incan Empire and the renaissance style Cathedral
Sacred Valley - Barter at the Pisac markets, marvel at the Inti Watana ruins and visit the ancient fortress of Ollantaytambo
Explore the Amazon, Ucayali and Yanalipa Rivers and cruise deep into Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest in Peru
Machu Picchu - Discover the “Lost City” of the Incas high in the mountains and gaze at the fantastically preserved settlement
Lake Titicaca - Marvel at the floating reed islands of the Uros people who have maintained their traditions and culture for centuries


10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners
4 day/3 night luxury Amazon cruise aboard the deluxe Zafiro Cruiser - 1st deck suite
Services of local English-speaking specialist guides
Return Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
All Amazon off-boat excursions led by expert bilingual naturalist guides
Entrance fees
7 nights 4 star hotels. (5 star prices available, please enquire)
3 domestic economy flights: Lima - Iquitos, Iquitos - Cusco and Puno - Lima
Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 11
Perurail Titicaca Train from Cusco to Puno
Full day Sacred Valley tour, half day Cusco city tour, guided tour of Machu Picchu and full day Lake Titicaca motorboat excursion

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture


Day 1


Bienvenido a Peru! Welcome to Lima and the beginning of your Peruvian adventure. You’ll be transferred to your hotel to enjoy the rest of today at leisure.
Overnight: Lima

Day 2

Iquitos Amazon cruise

Lima - Iquitos - Nauta. Very early this morning you’ll fly to Iquitos, gateway to the Peruvian Amazon and transfer to the city of Nauta, where you will board the luxurious Zafiro Amazon Cruise ship for the start of a three night jungle cruise. Enjoy a cocktail in the bar or breathtaking views from the indoor and outdoor lounge. After settling sail the naturalist guides will give an overview of the cruise itinerary before you enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.
Overnight: Amazon cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Amazon cruising

Early this morning head out on a skiff (small boat) to explore the remarkable Yanalipa area of the Ucayali River in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Look out for Amazonian wildlife including parrots, makaws and saki monkeys. Return to the boat for breakfast and then go in search of more wildlife on the Tapiche River. Back on the boat there's a cooking demonstration before lunch and then a talk about the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. In the afternoon take a skiff through 'the jungle of mirrors', where you can see tall trees reflected in the black water of the Dorado River, fish using local techniques and spot primates and sloths. As darkness falls, enjoy a nighttime outing in search of caimans, tarantulas and other nocturnal species.
Overnight: Amazon cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Amazon cruising

After a tasty breakfast set out to explore the Yarapa River where the famous pink and gray river dolphins swim and play in its black waters. Also observe monkeys such as the capuchin and marmoset and birds such as flycatchers, trogons and carpenters. Back on the Zafiro see the confluence of the Ucayali and Maranon rivers, which give rise to the Amazon River and cruise downstream towards Iquitos. After lunch take a skiff out on the Amazon River to visit the Huaysi community, experience local life and learn about their customs. You can also take a dip in the Tahuayo River before heading back to the boat. In the evening enjoy live music on board before a farewell dinner.

Please note: the cruise itinerary is dependent upon the river water level, weather conditions and accessibility to locations so may vary.
Overnight: Amazon cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Manatee Rescue Centre

Iquitos - Cusco. Disembark after breakfast today and visit the Manatee Rescue Centre - a fantastic facility where orphaned manatees are rescued, rehabilitated and eventually released back into the wild. Discover the important work the centre does and come face to face with this extraordinary creature. Transfer to Iquitos airport for your onward flight to Cusco where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast

Day 6

The Sacred Valley

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Sacred Valley today. The tour begins at the famous Inti Watana ruins at Pisac, which include the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an inti watana - a volcanic ritual stone used as an astronomic clock or Inca calendar to define the change seasons. Continue to the bustling Pisac markets and barter with the local merchants for their colourful textiles and souvenirs.

After a tasty buffet lunch continue on to the famous Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, constructed to protect the entrance of the valley from invading jungle tribes. The archaeological site includes a series of superimposed terraces and stunning finely carved stone blocks located on the upper terrace or Temple of the Sun. Explore the ruins and take a stroll through Ollantaytambo, which is known as a “live Inca town” because inhabitants still live according to customs and traditions inherited from their ancestors.
Overnight: Sacred Valley  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Machu Picchu

This morning, take a picturesque train journey through the Andean highlands to the town of Aguas Calientes, before you travel by bus up to Peru’s most famous site, Machu Picchu - the spectacular “Lost City” of the Incas. Peru’s Spanish invaders never discovered the city, and it was forgotten by humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. The Incan builders of this extraordinary place left no written records, and the mystery surrounding the city adds to the beauty of the site. Your guided tour will explore the incredibly preserved Main Plaza, the Sacred Sun Dial and the mysterious Royal Quarters. In the afternoon travel to Cusco by train and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Cusco city tour

Explore the ancient city of Cusco on a half day guided tour this morning, visiting famous sites including the beautiful Santo Domingo church, the 17th century cathedral and the Plaza de Armas - former heart of the Incan Empire. Then explore the impressive Sacsayhuaman Inca fortress, which offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city. Visit the ruins of the Qenqo Amphitheatre, Tambomachay and Puka Pukara. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore Cusco further at leisure. Consider exploring the neighbourhood of San Blas, home to many artists and sculptors or visit the Chocolate Museum to learn about the history of chocolate production in Peru.
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Titicaca Train to Puno

Cusco - Puno. Travel aboard the Titicaca train to Puno today, along one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. The train has an outdoor observatory wagon for you to soak up the spectacular scenery, accompanied by live music and traditional dancing. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel on the shores of majestic Lake Titicaca - the highest navigable lake in the world.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Lake Titicaca

An early start will be rewarded with an exciting motorboat excursion across the waters of Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives. The 2,200 inhabitants of this island have developed unique social systems, and you’ll see their fine hand weaving techniques, which have been passed down through the generations. The boat will then take you to the peninsula of Chucuito where you’ll enjoy traditional cuisine at the rural Aymara community of Luquina, on the banks of Lake Titicaca.

The final stop on your full day excursion will be the floating reed islands of the Uros. The ancient inhabitants of these islands have built them almost exclusively from Tortora reeds, which grow only around Lake Titicaca. As well as living on them, the Uros use these reeds to build their homes and their boats, and they even eat them.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11


Today your Peruvian adventure comes to an end. You will be transferred to Puno's Juliaca airport for your flight back to Lima.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

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At a Glance

Trip Type
Tuesdays - year round
Group Size
Min 2 / Max N/A
Hotel Rating
4 star & 4 days Deluxe Amazon Cruise
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 7, Dinner: 3
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
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Dep. Transfer
Monkey in a tree in the Amazon jungle near to Iquitos
Monkey in a tree in the Amazon jungle near to Iquitos
Monkey in a tree in the Amazon jungle near to Iquitos
Monkey in a tree in the Amazon jungle near to Iquitos
The impressive mountain views of the Sacred Valley in Peru
The impressive mountain views of the Sacred Valley in Peru
Looking out across the rooftops around the Plaza de Armas in Cuzco with the Andean mountains in the
An aerial view of Puno city on the banks of Lake Titicaca in Peru
Traditional reed boats on the water of the Lake Titicaca
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