Amazon Low Water River Cruise and Machu Picchu Extraordinaire

Starts in
Lima
Duration
12 Days
Price from
Route
Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes

Embark on a 12-day odyssey through Peru's diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage! Begin your adventure in Lima, where colonial charm meets modern sophistication. Then, set sail on a captivating 4-night Amazon River cruise via Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon, immersing yourself in the lush rainforest and encountering exotic wildlife at every turn. Next, journey to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, where cobblestone streets and Incan ruins await. Explore the Sacred Valley, where picturesque villages and majestic mountains create a stunning backdrop for cultural discovery. Finally, experience the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu, as you uncover the mysteries of this ancient citadel nestled amidst mist-shrouded peaks. With expert guides, luxurious accommodations, and unforgettable experiences, this journey promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of Peru's most iconic destinations.

Land and Cruise Program
Scheduled departures:
2024 – June 29; July 6, 13, 20; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 31; Dec 7, 14, 21
2025 – July 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Sep 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8; Dec 13, 20, 27

12-day/11-night package featuring Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & a 4-Night Luxury Amazon River cruise on Aqua Expeditions’ Aria Amazon. Includes 2 nights in Lima, 4 total nights in Cusco, and 1 night in Aguas Calientes at the accommodation of your choice, 4-Night Amazon River Cruise, sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary, all meals on board the cruise and private arrival and departure transfers.

Includes

  • Meals as per itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D)
  • Keytours 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Cruise Cabin accommodation: at category shown in the itinerary
  • Private arrival and departure transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours and/or activites of your choice

Excludes

  • Items of a personal nature
  • All other items not mentioned as included
  • Domestic flights; please inquire with your Keytours travel consultant
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance; please inquire with your Keytours travel consultant

Itinerary

Day

1

Arrival - Lima

Welcome to Lima! Upon arrival at Jorge Chavez International Airport, you will be met by your private driver and English-speaking assistant and driven approximately 45 minutes to an hour to the accommodation of your choice. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day

2

Lima

Nestled along the Pacific coast, Lima, the vibrant capital city of Peru, is a fascinating blend of history, culture, and culinary delights. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the city as you explore its colonial architecture, ancient ruins, and modern neighborhoods. Indulge your taste buds with the renowned Peruvian cuisine, from ceviche to lomo saltado, while sipping on a refreshing pisco sour. Stroll along the picturesque Miraflores boardwalk, take in breathtaking views of the ocean, and visit the fascinating Larco Museum to uncover the secrets of Peru's ancient civilizations. With its warm climate, friendly locals, and a lively arts and music scene, Lima promises an unforgettable experience for every traveler. 

Day

3

Lima - Iquitos – Nauta – Embarkation – Marañon River

Cruise Line: Aria Amazon or similar cruises

Check out of your hotel and meet your private driver and English-speaking assistant for the approximate 45 minute to an hour transfer to the Jorge Chavez International Airport where you will check-in for your flight to Iquitos. Upon arrival, you will receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our Aqua Expeditions crew. Board our private transfer to downtown Iquitos, for a panoramic city tour and a welcome lunch. Then transfer to Nauta port for embarkation. Settle into your generously sized suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aria Amazon’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. (L,D) 

Day

4

Marañon River - Yanayacu Pucate River

Cruise Line: Aria Amazon or similar cruises

Get an early start to the day with a birdwatching excursion along The Marañon River. After breakfast, explore the black waters of Yanayacu Pucate River with a possibility to see sloths, great egrets, parrots, and Taricaya turtles. Visit an Amazon village to witness a demonstration of Aguaje palm harvesting. After lunch, go fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas and for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife. (B.L,D) 

Day

5

Samiria River - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Cruise Line: Aria Amazon or similar cruises

The rewards of our early start today are plentiful, including a picnic lunch under the Amazonian shade, orchestrated to the sound of the jungle symphony. Go fishing along the black waters of Samiria River and choose to go on a jungle walk, canoeing, kayaking, or swimming inside the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Later, cruise along the Ucayali River and enjoy the sunset. (B.L,D) 

Day

6

Puerto Prado Forest - Amazon River

Cruise Line: Aria Amazon or similar cruises

After breakfast, embark on a morning skiff excursion on the Marañon River. Make sure to bring along your binoculars as we try to spot sloths and birds along this majestic river. In the afternoon, we sail along the river to go to Puerto Prado, an indigenous village where there’ll be an opportunity to see giant water lilies. (B.L,D) 

Day

7

Nauta Town – Manatee Rescue Centre – Cusco

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon. Return to Aria Amazon for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild. Upon arrival at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco, you will be met by your private driver and English-speaking assistant and driven approximately half an hour to the hotel of your choice. (B) 

Day

8

Cusco

Cusco is the vibrant heart of Peru and the gateway to the mesmerizing wonders of the Inca civilization. Nestled in the Andes Mountains, this enchanting city blends colonial charm with ancient heritage. Lose yourself in the narrow cobblestone streets lined with colorful buildings and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture that permeates every corner. Explore the grandeur of the Plaza de Armas, visit the awe-inspiring Qorikancha Temple, and wander through the captivating San Blas neighborhood, known for its bohemian vibe and local artisans. From vibrant markets brimming with traditional crafts to mouthwatering Peruvian cuisine, Cusco offers a sensory feast for all who visit. No matter your reason for visiting, Cusco's charm and charisma will leave an indelible mark on your travel memories.  

Day

9

Sacred Valley

 Step into the enchanting embrace of the Sacred Valley in Peru, a place where nature's beauty intertwines with ancient Inca heritage. This breathtaking valley, nestled amidst majestic mountains and dotted with charming traditional villages, offers a serene escape from the bustling world. Explore the awe-inspiring ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, where history whispers through the stone structures. Immerse yourself in the vibrant markets brimming with colorful textiles, intricate crafts, and aromatic spices. In the Sacred Valley, tranquility, cultural richness, and natural wonders converge to create an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe. 

Day

10

Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

After checking out of your hotel, meet your private driver and English-speaking assistant for the approximate hour and a half transfer to the Ollantaytambo Railway Station. You will embark on a captivating journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of Peru aboard Inca Rail's 360 train. With its panoramic windows, this elegant train offers an unparalleled opportunity to soak in the breathtaking beauty of the Peruvian Andes, verdant valleys, and meandering rivers. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, a small town situated at the base of Machu Picchu, you will be met by your English-speaking guide who will accompany you up the mountain via a shared transfer where you will enjoy a 3-hour tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. This awe-inspiring Inca citadel captivates travelers with its mystical aura, awe-inspiring architecture, intricately crafted stone structure and precision in engineering, not to mention the breathtaking panoramic views of lush green mountains and steep valleys. After your exploration of Machu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes with your English-speaking guide via a shared transfer. 

Day

11

Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Check out of your hotel and enjoy Aguas Calientes before making your way to the Railway Station to board Inca Rail's 360 train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, you will be met by your private driver and English-speaking assistant and driven approximately an hour and a half to the hotel of your choice in Cusco. 

Day

12

Cusco - Departure

Check out of your hotel and meet your private driver and English-speaking assistant for the approximate 20 to 30-minute transfer to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport where you will check-in for your onward flight. 

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