Classic Peru & the Amazon: Your Way
And then it’s off to the Amazon by way of the charming city of Iquitos, so remote that it can be reached only by air or by water. We’ve suggested a four night Amazon cruise (three and seven-night cruises are also available) on board the deluxe M/V Aqua or M/V Aria. The vessel’s coolly streamlined design recently won plaudits from Architectural Digest – this is high style on the Amazon. During your cruise you’ll travel deep into the protected Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a pristine wilderness area teeming with amazing wildlife and plant life. Highly trained interpreter Amazon River guides will take you on as many as three expeditions a day, aboard comfortable motorized skiffs and point out the multitude of small details that make the region special--a howler monkey hidden in a tree, a vivid butterfly resting on a leaf, a bird, such as the endangered harpy eagle, enjoying the tranquility of the Amazon basin. And when the day’s sightseeing is over, the comforts of your luxurious floating hotel await you.
Sample Itinerary at a Glance
Day 2: Guided tour of Lima: museums and architecture
Day 3: Fly to Cusco & drive to the beautiful Sacred Valley
Day 4: Discover the spectacular sites at Ollantaytambo and Pisac
Day 5: Travel by train to Machu Picchu and explore the "lost city of the Incas"
Day 6: Revisit the site or hike the trail to Huayna Picchu and then by train to Cusco
Day 7: Walking tour of historic Cusco with your private guide
Day 8: Fly to Iquitos and embark on a four-night Amazon Cruise
Day 9: Explore the remote forest to observe the abundant life of the jungle including monkeys and birdlife
Day 10: Enjoy the splendid scenery and a great variety of primates, sloths and parrots
Day 11: Early morning out in the jungle and to the splendid Iquitos "hot spot" for piranhas Day 12: Meet farmers at the riverside community of Belen, visit the floating market and observe manatees at the Rescue Centre
Day 13: Depart Lima
"Peru, Peru. My heart's lighthouse." Steven Patrick Morrissey