PERUVIAN AMAZON & MACHU PICCHU EXPLORATION

15 DAYS FROM LIMA TO LIMA

Experience the very best of Peru over 15 days of wonder and amazement.


From a deep dive into Lima—the “City of Kings”—to the legendary Machu Picchu, this 15-day cruise/tour is an all-encompassing adventure into the marvels of Peru and the Amazon rainforest.


Your adventure starts in Lima, where you’ll explore the colourful colonial architecture, the bohemian district of Barranco and the San Francisco Monastery. Journey into the Amazon on board the Aria Amazon, a five-star ship designed for your Peruvian adventure. Embark on river skiffs as you explore the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers before setting off to the birthplace of the Amazon River. Admire the diverse flora and fauna in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.


Discover the beauty of the heartland of the Inka Empire, known as the Sacred Valley. Of course, no trip to Peru could truly be complete without a trek to the world famous Machu Picchu. A must-see, this spectacular piece of history has fascinated both historians and archaeologists alike. Your trip ends in the Andes Mountains in Cusco, a perfect blend of Ancient Andean culture and Spanish colonial splendour.
With no shortage of awe-inspiring beauty, this trip is sure to be an unforgettable adventure.

Note: The cruise itinerary will vary depending on water levels.

INCLUSIONS

DINING

  • Meals onboard prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Five-star cuisine with menu by top chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino
  • 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Complimentary house wine and beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, and coffee will be served on the Aria Amazon, between 6am and 11pm throughout the cruise. Onboard lunches and dinner include complimentary house wine and beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Onshore lunches and dinners include complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea

EXCURSIONS

  • 13 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts and naturalist guides

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the luxurious Aria Amazon
  • Lavishly appointed riverview suites with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • 2 nights in Lima at the Country Club Lima Hotel (or similar)
  • 1 night in Urubamba at the Tambo del Inka hotel (or similar)
  • 1 night in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) at The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Cusco at the Belmond Monasterio hotel (or similar)
  • 1 night in Lima at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel at the Lima International Airport (or similar)

EXPERIENCES

  • 1 country: Peru
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
  • Flights included between Lima & Iquitos, Iquitos & Cusco, and Cusco & Lima
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Lima

Arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, a Uniworld representative will be on hand to greet you and escort you to the beautiful Country Club Lima Hotel. Its charm and comfort will offer you the perfect home for your exploration of the city.


DAY 2: Lima

Known as the “City of Kings,” Lima was founded in 1535. A melting pot of cultures, flavours and history, this bustling metropolis has something for everyone, and today you get to discover it all.

Featured Excursions:

Lima City Tour

Casa Aliaga

Barranco Tour


DAY 3: Lima, Fly to Iquitos (Nauta), Embark

You will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Iquitos. Upon your arrival at Iquitos International Airport, a Uniworld representative will be on hand to greet you and escort you to the Aria Amazon.

Featured Excursion:

Marañón River skiff ride

In the evening, you will be welcomed with a reception dinner by Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Famous for his innovative take on Amazonian cuisine, this dinner will be bursting in flavours unique to the Peruvian Amazon.


DAY 4: Yanayacu-Pucate River, Marañón River

Your day starts at the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, the second largest protected natural area in Peru. Kayak, canoe and swim in the black waters of the Yanayacu-Pucate River. In the afternoon, learn about traditional customs of the area at a remote village along the Marañón River. Once the sun sets, we’ll gaze at the night sky, where you’ll have a crystal-clear view of planets and constellations.

Featured Excursions:

Kayak Yanayacu-Pucate River

Village Tour


DAY 5: Samiria River, Nauta Caño (Amazonian Natural Park)

Today we’re exploring the vibrant wildlife and lush greenery thriving in the Amazon. Your naturalist guide will teach you all about the diverse flora and fauna unique to the region before setting off on a guided jungle walk. You’ll finish the day stargazing on the “Enchanted Lake.”

Featured Excursions:

Stargazing on the “Enchanted Lake”

Samiria River & jungle walk


DAY 6: Nauta

One of the oldest inhabited areas in the Peruvian Amazon, Nauta is nestled between the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers. You’ll explore the town’s market, which is full of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables. From there, it’s a short journey to the birthplace of the Amazon River.

Featured Excursions:

Nauta market visit

Birthplace of the Amazon


DAY 7: Ucayali River, Pacaya River

Experience life as an Amazon River dweller as you cruise along the Ucayali River. Search for the famous pink dolphins and other wildlife lurking just beyond the river. Once the sun sets, we’ll take to the Pacaya River, on the lookout for nocturnal beasts.

Featured Excursions:

Skiff tour along the Ucayali River

Evening skiff tour on the Pacaya River


DAY 8: Pacaya River, Ucayali River, Tapiche River

Your day starts early today with a skiff excursion along the Pacaya River, where you’ll venture into the rainforest to see some wildlife. Following lunch, you’ll participate in a paiche fishing demonstration. The paiche is the second largest fish in the world. We’ll end the day watching for the pink river dolphins on the Ucayali River.

Featured Excursions:

Paiche fishing demonstration

Skiff tour on the Pacaya River

Skiff tour on the Ucayali River


DAY 9: Clavero Lake, San Jose de Sarapanga Forest

Spend the morning jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa River or Clavero Lake. In the afternoon, see the unbelievable giant water lilies of the San Jose de Sarapanga forest.

Featured Excursions:

Jungle walk in the San Jose de Sarapanga forest

Yarapa River & Clavero Lake


DAY 10: Nauta (Iquitos), Disembark, Fly to Cusco, Urubamba (The Sacred Valley)

Take a morning walk through the town of Nauta before disembarking the Aria Amazon. Your guide will take you on a few excursions on your way to the Iquitos airport for your flight to Cusco. Once you’ve landed in Cusco, you will be taken to the Tambo del Inka hotel in the Sacred Valley. You will be welcomed with a delicious farm-to-table dinner.

Featured Excursions:

Manatee Rescue Center

Nauta town visit

San Juan craft market


DAY 11: Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

Today you will explore the heartland of the Inka Empire, known as the Sacred Valley. Your guide will take you to Moray and Ollantaytambo, two historic sights of significant importance. You’ll experience the unique way of living in the Sacred Valley as you meet locals. We finish the day with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, the small villages nestled at the bottom of Machu Picchu. 

Featured Excursions:

Moray–Agricultural Terraces & Weaving

Ollantaytambo Family Home Tour with Picnic Lunch


DAY 12: Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), Cusco

A breathtaking, historical sight, Machu Picchu is one of the “must-see” archaeological sites in the world. This remarkable Inkan Empire site was never found by the Spaniards and was rediscovered during the 20th century. Today, archaeologists continue to excavate this ancient city. While many mysteries still surround it, Machu Picchu tells a story of a history that goes back thousands of years. Following your day at Machu Picchu, you will take a train to Ollantaytambo and then a motor coach will take you to the Belmond Monasterio hotel in Cusco.

Featured Excursion:

Machu Picchu


DAY 13: Cusco

Located in the Andes Mountains, Cusco was the heartland of the Inkan Empire. Today, you will explore all the wonders of this city as you admire the cobblestone streets, colorful textiles and art galleries. A perfect blend of ancient Andean cultures with Spanish colonial splendor, Cusco is not to be missed. Overnight, you will stay in the Belmond Monasterio hotel.

Featured Excursion:

Cusco city tour


DAY 14: Cusco, Fly to Lima

We’re headed back to Lima today. After a brief walk around town, you’ll head to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel.

Featured Excursion:

San Blas walking tour


DAY 15: Lima

Your majestic Peru adventure ends this morning. Your guide will walk you from the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel to the Lima International Airport check-in.


From $21,599* per person, twin share in an Aria Amazon Suite

*Prices are based on travel in 2023 and are subject to change and availability.

Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

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