Amazon Riverboat Adventure & Machu Picchu Explorer aboard the Amatista

Comfort, Lima to Lima

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Recharge: Local Shaman Visit, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Local Living: Local Indigenous Family Visit, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Hands-on: Piranha Fishing, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • 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

Highlights

  • Explore 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

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima Overnight in Lima, the nation's capital and largest city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours)
Day 2 Lima/Río Marañon (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Iquitos Orientation Tour Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre Visit Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s), 1020km) Private Vehicle Amatista Riverboat
Day 3 Río Marañon/Río Ucayali (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Amazon River Excursion Ucayali River Walking Excursion Transport: Amatista Riverboat
Day 4 Río Ucayali/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Pacaya-Samiria Reserve Excursion Local Shaman Visit Transport: Amatista Riverboat
Day 5 Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Excursion Local Indigenous Family Visit Night Time Boat Excursion Transport: Amatista Riverboat
Day 6 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Choroyacu Wildlife Excursion Piranha Fishing Swim in Choroyacu Creek Night Time Boat Excursion Transport: Amatista Riverboat
Day 7 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve/Iquitos (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Nauta Visit Sapisapi River Visit Transport: Amatista Riverboat
Day 8 Iquitos/Lima (1B) 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: Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Lima (1B) 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 Notes: 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.
Day 10 Lima/Urubamba (1B, 1L) 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. Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Pisac Ruins Guided Tour Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours) Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours, 95km)
Day 11 Urubamba (1B, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Moray Ruins Guided Tour Las Salineras Pre-Incan Salt Pans Guided Tour Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Traditional Pachamanca Dinner Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 12 Urubamba/Aguas Calientes (1B) For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning. Additional Notes: 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: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 13 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B) 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. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 14 Cusco (1B) Explore Cusco's historic streets, museums and local markets. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking. Additional Notes: 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.
Day 15 Cusco/Lima (1B) Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital. Transport: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 572km)
Day 16 Lima (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Your CEO can help arrange an optional transfer to the airport. Included Activities: Departure Day
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