Day 1 Lima Overnight in Lima, the nation's capital and largest city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
Iquitos Orientation Tour
Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre Visit
Plane (3.00 hour(s), 1020km)
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.
Amazon River Excursion
Ucayali River Walking Excursion
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.
Pacaya-Samiria Reserve Excursion
Local Shaman Visit
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.
Amazon Jungle Excursion
Local Indigenous Family Visit
Night Time Boat Excursion
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.
Choroyacu Wildlife Excursion
Swim in Choroyacu Creek
Night Time Boat Excursion
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.
Sapi Sapi Lake Visit
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!
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.
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.
Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
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.
Moray Ruins Guided Tour
Las Salineras Pre-Incan Salt Pans Guided Tour
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
Traditional Pachamanca Dinner
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.
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
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.
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
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.
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.
Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 572km)
Day 16 Lima (1B) Depart at any time.
Your CEO can help arrange an optional transfer to the airport.