Aria Amazon jungle cruise | Peru | South America
FROM: R120,900

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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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Cruise Boat

Trip Highlights

Amazon Cruise - explore the most famous jungle on Earth in style on a 4 day luxury cruise
Swim, canoe or kayak in the Amazon's Yanayacu-Pucate River looking out for the legendary pink river dolphins
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
Spot wildlife on a jungle walk across suspended bridges deep into the high Amazon rainforest and go fishing for piranhas
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

Included

10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 3 dinners
4 day/3 night luxury Amazon cruise aboard the deluxe Aria Amazon Cruiser. Design suite with en suite bathroom. All Inclusive with soft drinks and premium selected wines and beer
Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 11
Perurail Lake Titicaca train to Puno
Full day Sacred Valley tour, half day Cusco city tour, guided tour of Machu Picchu and full day Lake Titicaca motorboat excursion on a shared basis (private touring available for a supplement)
7 nights superior hotels (deluxe available on request)
Services of local English-speaking specialist guides
Return Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
All Amazon off-boat excursions led by expert bilingual naturalist guides. Use of sports equipment for excursions including kayaks and bikes
Entrance fees

Not Included

International flights and visa
Items of a personal nature, additional meals and drinks
Domestic flights: Lima - Iquitos, Iquitos - Cusco and Puno - Lima. South American airpasses are available with LATAM and other airline carriers when booked in conjunction with international flights, can offer significant savings on domestic flights. Please ask a member of the team for more information.
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

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. Perhaps explore the historic city centre and see the Government Palace - the seat of power in Peru.
Overnight: Lima

Day 2

Iquitos Amazon cruise

Lima - Iquitos (Amazon). This morning you’ll fly to Iquitos, gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. Explore the historic port city and meet an indigenous Amazon community before you board the luxurious Aria Amazon cruise ship for the start of your three night jungle cruise. After settling in, enjoy delicious Amazonian cuisine created by Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant is one of the top-ranked in Lima.
Overnight: Amazon cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Amazon cruising

Today you’ll explore the Amazon's Yarapa River in skiffs – small local boats. Look out for Amazonian wildlife including tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. Fish the river for ferocious piranhas and learn about the Amazonian ecosystem from your guide. As darkness falls, enjoy an evening stargazing on the waters of Nauta Cano.
Overnight: Amazon cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Exploring the Amazon

Catch the sunrise today and explore a ‘lost river’ along the Maranon River, the mainstem source of the Amazon. Then take a walk through the deep jungle and across suspended bridges high in the trees. You’ll have the opportunity to swim, canoe or kayak in the Yanayacu-Pucate River and may even spot rare pink river dolphins. In the evening, use hi-tech telescopes to identify planets and constellations in the night sky. Back onboard the Aria Amazon, spend the evening at leisure listening to the chorus of noise produced by the Amazon wildlife at night.
Overnight: Amazon cruiser  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Manatee Rescue Centre

Iquitos - Cusco. Early this morning you'll visit the local market in the town of Nauta, where your guide will identify the day’s fish catch and the region's local fruit. Return to the Aria Amazon for breakfast before you disembark 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. Following a stop at the San Juan craft market, bid farewell to the Amazon and transfer to the airport where your onward flight will take you to the ancient city of Cusco.
Overnight: Sacred Valley  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

The Sacred Valley

Enjoy a scheduled 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.

The next stop is 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. Following your tour, return 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

Puno by train

Cusco - Puno. Travel to Puno by train, passing through scenic countryside as you travel towards Lake Titicaca, stopping at several sightseeing spots on the way. From here 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

Puno

Today your Peruvian adventure comes to an end. You will be transferred to Puno's Juliaca airport. There are a number of flights from Puno to Lima available for you to purchase.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, travelling in low season and staying in superior hotels and a deluxe cruise ship (deluxe hotels are available upon request). The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms/cabins are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Peru & Iquitos Amazon Cruise - 11 days
R120900
R34900

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Aria Cruise , Iquitos and the Amazon

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Cruise

Designed by innovative Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, this cruise boat offers a luxury experience on the waters of the Amazon. Its suites are set across the first and second decks and feature polished timber flooring with a wall of floor to ceiling glass facing the river. Amenities include individual air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with rain showers and the latest eco-sensitive technology. Guests can enjoy Amazonia-inspired cuisine in the dining area, as well as generous lounge areas, a massage room, observation deck and an outdoor Jacuzzi.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Lima
Ends
Lima
Departs
Thursdays - year round
Hotel Rating
Deluxe cruise & superior hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 8, Dinner: 3
Visiting
Lima, Iquitos and the Amazon, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Puno, Lake Titicaca (Peru)
Countries
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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