(Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cusco)
South America Cruises
(Amazon River Cruise)
Anyone with a keen eye for wildlife, scenery, and adventure will be glad to see a unified experience of the best of South America by land and cruise –the Amazon, Machu Picchu, and the Galapagos.
Explore the Peruvian jungle where all of life is at its most pure, most exotic and most mysterious. Cruise the Amazon River in luxury and delight in the macaws and toucans that soar overhead, and the dolphins that swim alongside your skiff as you navigate the great river’s tributaries. Interact with the riberenos, the river people, and learn how they have sustained themselves for many generations. At night, retire to your luxurious private cabin and watch the banks of the river, teaming with wild night creatures, pass your window. Once back on land, travel inward to the mysterious Inca site of Machu Picchu, an ancient marvel and UNESCO World Heritage Site that was lost for over 400 years. The icing on the cake will be ending with an expedition cruise of the Galapagos, Darwin’s evolutionary mecca. Fall in love with magnificent endemic species like the marine iguana, Galapagos Penguin, and Galapagos Sea Lion. Get up close and experience natural wildlife like never before.
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Welcome to Peru!
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Once the Miraflores César's, Lima’s fondly remembered, original five-star hotel, this modern icon was dramatically transformed in 2008 into the capital’s newest luxury hotel. Its quintessential Limeño flavor reverberates in the exquisite art collection of contemporary local artists and prized colonial-era antiques, in both public spaces and accommodations.
Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Colonial and Modern Lima in the company of your private vehicle, driver and English speaking Guide, passing by outstanding monuments such as the Government Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral (closed on Sundays) at the Plaza Mayor. Visit the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Take a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
After lunch at "La Rosa Nautica" (included in tour) visit the Larco Herrera Museum. Since 1926 this museum holds the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art with a unique assortment of erotic pottery, genuine and rich jewels in gold, silver and semi-precious stones. With more than 45,000 pieces of ceramics plus genuine mummies and marvellous Paracas textiles, this is a great place to visit.
Return to your hotel at day's end.
Fly from Lima to Iquitos. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Your guides await you, as your flight from Lima glides in for landing at Iquitos International Airport. After you’ve claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus for your journey to the river.
Welcome aboard!From the moment you step on board, you will enjoy the atmosphere of low-key luxury. As you settle into your handsomely appointed, over-sized suite, you will feel the vessel begin to move – the beginning of one of the great adventures of your life. Stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view, as your cruise vessel leaves Iquitos behind. Over the next seven days, you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure, to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travelers.
The 130-foot-long M/V Aqua is the first true luxury cruise ship on the northern Amazon River in Peru, custom built by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig in 2007 to offer an extraordinary level of comfort for guests. The M/V Aqua can accommodate a maximum of 24 cruise ship guests plus crew. This luxury cruise ship is the perfect size to sail along the Amazon River, providing extremely comfortable lounge, dining and sleeping accommodations and modern navigation technologies and standards for cruise ship travel and safety on the water. The M/V Aqua’s twelve oversized cruise ship suites, including 4 Master suites, feature en suite sitting areas and generous outward-facing picture-windows with panoramic Amazon river views. Each of the handsomely decorated, air-conditioned cruise ship suites measure between 230 to 240 square feet. Four of these suites can be interconnected, to cater to families.
Be up early to catch your first glimpse of the majestic Amazon River, as you watch the sun rise over this green world filled with wonderful wildlife. This initial contact with Amazonia is only a brief sampling of what the rest of your journey will hold.
This morning you will board one of the comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure, traveling from the Amazon through the Huaysi short-cut canal to explore the Tahuayo black water river. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold potable water will always be available for you on board the skiffs. As you float down the Tahuayo, occasional fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes will give a cheerful greeting. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth share this wonderful environment with us. Upon arrival at Charo Lake, you can bait your hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia’s fearsome piranhas (and other fish as well). As you fish, trained guides will also tell you the story of the lake and its inhabitants.
Locals call the Yacapana Islands the “Iguana Islands,” because of the huge population of these reptiles—like tiny dinosaurs—crawling over the ground and resting in the tree tops. You will pass by in the skiff, giving you a chance to snap good photos. As the sun sets, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and photograph both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. The people of the Amazon believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. Once the sun sets and the jungle is dark, you'll begin the search for caiman, frogs, and different kinds of nightlife.
You have a choice of two excursions for today.Option 1:Travel by skiff from Yanayacu Creek all the way to remote Yarina – Park Ranger Station No. 2. On this excursion, you may see howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds. We will also take you deep into the jungle, where you will encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the important medical value of jungle plants. And we will show you famous Kapok Trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. Enjoy a generous picnic lunch at the Park Ranger Station No. 2, before you begin the journey back to the vessel.
Option 2:This morning your Park Ranger will tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. In the afternoon, you'll set out looking for the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins—including the unusual pink ones—found in the Amazon. Later, keep your eyes directed toward the jungle canopy, where you can spot at least several kinds of primates—among the 13 species of monkeys resident in the National Park. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of tamarins and howlers, dusky titi monkeys and pigmy marmoset monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more than 200 species of birds.
This morning, your ship skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Rise early and be on your skiffs at 8:00 a.m. to view one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the Amazon River. Here—where the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form the world’s greatest waterway—nature is at its most dramatic. Your dawn excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in small boats past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds.
You'll travel by skiff to Puerto Miguel native village, where you can meet and interact with local villagers from this most remote part of the world, andlearning a bit more about their culture, traditions, and folklore. On the way back to the the ship, a connector canal will be navigated, between the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, where you will have a chance to see the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies or “Victoria Regias.”
Nauta Caño is also part of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. It is known as the mirrored forest, due to its glistening black water lagoons. You will certainly enjoy observing different species, such as: toucans, parrots, macaws, iguanas, and more. On the way back to the ship you will see a glorious sunset reflected in the waters of the mirrored forest.
This morning you will board the skiffs to explore this amazing black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest. Your guides will tell you about the rainforest and its dynamic life, as you explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation, creating a tunnel of leaves. Floating through this tunnel, it is easy to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys, very close to the skiff.
This afternoon you will take a magical journey through the “Mirrored Forest,” seeing towering trees reflected in the black water river, while spotting dozens of enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, and a great variety of primates and sloths enjoying nature unperturbed by our presence. As you make your way back to the vessel, you will also have the chance to see caimans and frogs and fishing bats.
This morning you will rise early to cruise this beautiful and intricate ox-bow lake. Following its shore, you will almost certainly surprise several kinds of monkeys and many types of birds, including terns, neo-tropic cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and your favorite horned screamers. You'll also take the skiff into other black water lakes linked to this huge lake in the flooded forest.
On this walk, your guides will introduce you to native people doing subsistence farming, and will tell you how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm income. Deep in the primary forest, your guides will also show you the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.
In the late afternoon, board the skiffs along the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where you can see the abundant life that is hidden in the deep rainforest. This time of day was chosen to give you a chance to see the late afternoon activity of the rainforest animals, including fluffy monk saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and the easy-to-spot howler monkeys. As the sun sets, listen for the loud, ferocious-sounding warning signals made by howler monkeys marking their territories. When night falls, you will hear the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as other nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the tree tops. As you take the skiffs back to the ship, you'll use special spotlight torches to locate night creatures, including, perhaps, huge caimans.
Back on the river as the sun rises, you will see a treasure trove of wildlife, including parrots, macaws, toucans, and many kinds of monkeys—as well as some “surprise” species that you have never seen before. Enjoy a “bag breakfast” of light sandwiches and fresh juice. Since you will stop near a popular dolphin feeding spot, you will see quite a show as you enjoy your meal.
This afternoon, you will travel to the splendid “hot spot” called Carocurahuayte Lake, where you will be certain to catch some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon basin. Your key focus will be on piranhas, those small, carnivorous fish with a big reputation for being scary. Your guides will be able to help with technique as well as assist with landing or unhooking your catch,
Weather and time permitting, this will be the last opportunity to see how people live along the Amazon—by visiting the lively riverside community of Belen, in Iquitos, by skiff. Here, where the houses and shops actually float on the river during some months, you will see the bustling food market for the entire Peruvian Amazon. All local inhabitants throughout the region sell and purchase goods here.
You'll disembark from your vessel back in Iquitos today.
Join the group transfer to the Iquitos airport for your flight back to Lima.
Direct flight from Iquitos to Lima. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Includes assistance at the airport with a local representative in between flight connections or to a hotel located right at the airport.
Fly from Lima to Cusco. Flight duration is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Our local representative will meet you for a transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Transfer time is approximately 2 hours
Take the rest of the day to acclimatize and enjoy time at leisure surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley.
Nestled in the Sacred Valley, located 2 hours from the city of Cusco, Tambo del Inka is the best hotel in Peru from which travelers can reach Machu Picchu, the mystical Inca citadel. The hotel features 128 elegantly designed rooms and suites with mesmerizing views of the Andes and the Vilcanota river. Peruvian cuisine, recognized as one of the best in the world, may be appreciated in the spectacular Hawa restaurant, designed with a perfect balance of indigenous elements such as woods and textiles. It offers a unique opportunity to explore new flavours. Unwind and relax in their luxurious spa where you can choose from a stunning array of pampering massages and exclusive therapeutic treatments featuring ancestral Incan ingredients, all surrounded by sweeping views of the Andes.
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Pisac ruins located on the top of a hill overlooking the Vilcanota (Urubamba) river, a series of terraces, canals, houses, food storage and temples can be seen in very good shape. The most notable is the “Intihuatana” or solar calendar made out of a big piece of red stone. Continue to visit the Pisac Market where artisans from all over the area congregate to sell their crafts. Buffet lunch in a countryside restaurant and visit to Ollantaytambo, a fortress built during the Inca Empire, excellent sample of military architecture. 8 hours in duration
Includes tourist ticket and entrance fees.
Enjoy a full day biking adventure to Maras. This is an excellent tour to do in one day, combining the Andean landscapes, archaeological sites, local culture and traditional villages. Moray has four circular terraces into the earth like an artificial crater. Maras is one of the most important salt mines of the region. Beautiful scenery!
Tour Itinerary: Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley and drive you to the village of Chequerec (Chinchero), which is where we start our ride. Passing the lagoon of Huaypo we arrive to the Arqueological Park of Moray, where we stay for more or less 20 minutes to enjoy the beauty of nature and archaeology. This part of the tour is very attractive because of its permanent ups and downs. Continuing our trip we arrive to Maras where a tasty picnic is waiting for us. After this great lunch you have new energies to continue for a 1 hour downhill ride that lets us feel the peace of the andean countryside. Enjoy the freedom! We then start again a downhill ride of about 40 minutes until we reach the town of Tarabamba, where we end our magnificent bike tour and you are driven back to your hotel. Helmets are included. NOTE: At any point during your biking adventure you may choose to jump back on the van should you feel you want to take a break or just continue by car.
You will be met at the hotel lobby by our local representative, and transferred by private vehicle and professional driver from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to the Ollantaytambo Train Station.
Includes transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and local representative to the Ollantaytambo train station in the Sacred Valley. Transfer time is approximately 2 hours.
Upon arrival at the train station, board the Vistadome train for a 2 hour journey to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu. En route to Machu Picchu the train travels along the Urubamba River with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon.
Please note that your guide will travel with you onboard the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. This guide will also provide the private tour of Machu Picchu. After the tour the guide will explain all the necessary information and provide you with any entrances or tickets required for the rest of your time at Machu Picchu (evening and following day). The guide will return to Cuzco that evening.
Note: When staying overnight at Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes the following day will be at leisure, with no guide (unless otherwise specified). If you would like to have a guide please speak with your sales consultant about adding this service.
Note: Due to limited storage space on the train, passengers are asked to bring only one small piece of luggage. The rest of your luggage will be stored safely at your hotel and returned to you, either in Cuzco or Sacred Valley. Hand luggage on the train is limited to 11 pounds or 5 kgs.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the bus (shared service) up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 30 minutes and once you get there you will enjoy a private guided tour of Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel lies between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu (“Young Peak” and “Old Peak”). The Inca Pachacutec built the Citadel using sharp stone blocks, fitted together perfectly. Houses, temples, a public square are all connected by narrow roads and steps cut into the mountainside. There are many theories as to the purpose of Machu Picchu; a temple to the sun? A fortress against jungle inhabitants? A sanctuary for the Incas? The mysterious lost city awaits you!
After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Please note: For itineraries including an overnight stay at the Sanctuary Lodge (instead of Aguas Calientes) you will simply return to the lodge after your tour.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu enjoys the privacy of 12 acres of lush vegetation and land in Aguas Calientes. The 85 rooms are well-appointed, with local decorative effects accented by contemporary fabrics. Traditional Andean alpaca blankets and terra cotta tile mark the appearance of this Peruvian retreat. A talented kitchen staff and chef are responsible for scrumptious, fusion-style Andean cuisine. Delve into this region by taking hikes, walks, and bird watching. Otherwise, spend some time at the spa and pamper yourself with relaxing treatments and aromas.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is provided for your convenience.
For your convenience, the entrance fee for the hike to Wayna Picchu is included.We will confirm the 7:00am hike,there is the option of doing the later hike, so if you would like the later hike (10:00am) please let us know.
The eternal guardian of the Sanctuary, Wayna Picchu (meaning “Young Mountain’ in Quechua) towers over the Incan city, and an amazing view can be appreciated from the top. The route to the top of the mountain is treacherous, with very narrow pathways, and to conquer the summit is truly a rewarding experience! Along the route and at the top of the mountain are sacred structures and eye-catching terraces, built right against the slope’s edge. Depending on each person's hiking pace, this activity may take up to 3 hours. This activity is on your own; please speak to your sales agent about organizing a guide to accompany you.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
Take train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco on the Vistadome service on your own (no guide). The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 3:25pm* and takes 2 hours to return to Cusco. Snacks are served on board. *Note train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
Enjoy a private transfer with a local representative from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cuzco. Approximate transfer time is 2 hours.
The Palacio del Inka Hotel is located opposite to the Temple of the Sun or “Koricancha”, and walking distance to the main square. From here, you can visit one of the new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu, a place that will be steeped in the memory of every traveller. A stay at Palacio de Inka Luxury Collection is more tan a refined visit; it’s the key that unlocks authentic locales for today’s seasoned global explorers.
Direct flight from Cusco to Lima. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.Please note: Flights' rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
Fly from Lima to Quito. (Flight duration 2hr 25 min). Flight times are subject to changes based on availability and seasonaility.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Quito with a professional driver.
Explore the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical centre in the Americas; visit some of its most important churches such as the majestic La Compañía and iconic San Francisco, guardians of a stunning multi-ethnic artistic and cultural heritage. Drive through the traditional neighborhood of San Juan. Finish the morning at the "Panecillo" hillside with its breathtaking views of the old and modern city. At a distance of approximately 11miles (18 km) north of Quito is the "Middle of the World City" complex. Visit the monument of the equatorial line or parallel 0, latitude 0° 0’0”. Afterwards enjoy a delicious lunch (Included) in a typical restaurant where flavors from across the country can be savoured.
Experience unmatched elegance at the JW Marriott Quito Hotel in Ecuador, the gateway to the Galapagos Islands and Andean Mountains. Located in the heart of the city, the JW Marriott is located on the famous Amazonas Avenue and features an amazing atrium lobby where you can enjoy a martini or espresso while enjoying the view. Amenities include spacious guest rooms and suites with magnificent views, high-speed Internet access, in-room safe and luxurious bedding. On-site restaurants offer innovative Ecuadorian and international cuisine while the tropical gardens and resort-style pool offer the perfect backdrop for some relaxation. There is also a fitness centre as well as full spa onsite.
Meet your fellow travellers for a group transfer to the airport.
Fly from Quito to Galapagos via Guayaquil today. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours. Please note: Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
The $100 entrance fee to the Galapagos Islands Park and the $10 Tourist card are included in your booking. Please note that the itinerary is a guide only - the route and program vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety precautions and wildlife encounters.
Welcome aboard! Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. Your expedition begins shortly.
A stop at Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) will give you an opportunity to see some of the area's Galapagos Land Iguanas.
The 100-guest Silver Galapagos is the newest addition to Silversea's fleet of ultra-luxury ships. With sleek lines and a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galápagos Islands, she is naturally suited for in-depth explorations of this spectacular region. She offers all the intimate conviviality and elegant sophistication that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today's discerning travellers. All accommodations are ocean-view suites, most feature private balconies – and all offer the personalised services of a professional butler. Relax completely and leave the unpacking to your butler as you sail away on your unforgettable adventure. Like-minded guests from across the globe are your travelling companions, and the intimate ambience is much like a country club where conversations flow as easily as the complimentary drinks.
Making your way to Genovesa, you'll cruise to the cliff-lined Bahia Darwin (Darwin Bay) which was formed by the collapse of a volcanic caldera's wall.
Continue to El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps), a very steep path along the bird cliffs of a vibrant seabird colony.
Arriving to North Seymour Island today, you'll notice a large population of blue-footed boobies. The island hosts one of the largest frigatebird populations.
Observe giant tortoises in the wild today at Santa Cruz's El Chato Tortoise Reserve.
Your morning stop at Punta Pitt today puts you amidst all three types of Boobies, as well as both types of Frigatebirds. An exceptional stop for birders.
You'll continue to El Junco Lagoon this afternoon, surrounded by ferns, it is the only permanent freshwater lake in the Galapagos.
This morning you'll visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal, explaining the natural processes which created such a unique natural environment for the Galapagos Islands.
This afternoon you'll get to explore Frigatebird Hill, featuring both Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds in the same colony.
This morning you can enjoy the lovely beach of Gardner Bay, which typically attracts a number of Galapagos Sea Lions.
The varied bird life of Punta Suarez will dazzle you this afternoon.
Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where the Interpretation Center encourages conservation of this unique environment. You'll visit here this morning.
The small South Plaza Island will be your stop this afternoon, renowned for incredible flora, and its large number of fauna species, including a large Galapagos Land Iguana colony.
This morning you'll disembark your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Fly direct from Galapagos to Guayaquil. The flight duration is approximately 2 hrs. Please note that flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Guayaquil airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Conveniently placed in Ecuador, a strategic point in South America, the Hilton Colon Guayaquil hotel combines excellent service and a laid-back resort feel with a convenient location only few minutes from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. With 294 fully renovated rooms and suites, you can enjoy your spacious guest room and stay connected with wireless internet access. Get to work at the desk or just relax with a movie on the flat screen TV. Connecting rooms are perfect for those travelling as a family. Step up to an Executive Room or suite and benefit from extra space, a range of special touches and exclusive access to the Executive Lounge where complimentary snacks and refreshments are served.
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