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Luxury Amazon Cruise and Machu Picchu

Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lima & Amazon Cruise
9 days / from $ 3,889
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Experience the perfect balance between adventure and comfort, as you cruise on the Amazon River after visiting the enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu. Travel with expert guides and witness the dense canopies pass by displaying the peak of unencumbered nature.
PRESENTED BY KIM MACQUARRIE, PERU EXPLORER & FOUR-TIME EMMY WINNER

From the clouds forests of Machu Picchu to the weaving Amazon River, this itinerary will show you Peru’s best natural and ancient sites. Your adventure begins in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas. You’ll tour the Sacred Valley and observe how the Andean landscape transforms into a dense jungle. After touring the Sacred Valley and Cusco’s best sites, you’ll take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. After touring the mystical Lost City of the Incas, you’ll fly to Iquitos to begin your multi-day cruise into the heart of the Amazon. There you’ll see pristine Amazonian habitats and the animals that call this river home.

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Fly from Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, you’ll be met by Our Inca Expert representative who will go through your travel program and give you all your needed tickets.

Today, you’ll go on a private walking tour through the top sites in the city of Cusco. You’ll have the option to visit the bustling San Pedro Market, where your guide will point out the locally-grown fruits and vegetables. See sights such as the San Blas neighborhood to watch artisans work, where you’ll have the chance to purchase some unique Peruvian souvenirs.

High above Cusco, your guide will take you to the Inca ruins of Q’enqo and Sacasyhuamán that watch over the city. Explore these enigmatic sites with your private guide, who will point out important details and little-known facts about these fascinating sites.

Your Ince Expert Travel Advisor will be glad to share personalized restaurant recommendations and tips for how to spend your free time in the evening.



After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, your private tour guide will meet you to take you through the cobblestone streets of Cusco and into the scenic Sacred Valley. Watch the landscapes roll by as they turn from nearby lush fields to distant snow-capped mountains.

After spectacular views of the Andes Mountains, you’ll stop at 3 highly impressive Inca ruins starting with the incredible Pisac ruins and famous Pisac Market. You’ll learn about the Sacred Valley and its history and importance to the Incas before making your final stop of the day at Ollantaytambo.

Visit the last Incan stronghold, Ollantaytambo fortress, where you’ll see some of the most impressive functioning series of aqueducts and fountains out of all the Incan ruins in Peru. Afterward, your guide will drop you off at your hotel for a free afternoon of resting.



An early morning will reward you with a momentous day of exploring the “Lost City of the Incas”. Your private tour guide will take you through the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu, discussing the mystery and skill of its construction as you absorb the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin.

Return to Aguas Calientes before your journey back to Cusco. Take in the final views of the Sacred Valley while you travel back. Your driver will be waiting at the station to take you back to your hotel for some much-deserved rest.

Upgrade options: Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for bird’s-eye views of the ruins or add an extra day in Machu Picchu.



Enjoy a final delectable breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Our Inca Expert representative will meet you in time to transfer you to the airport to begin your journey back to Lima before traveling to the heart of the Amazon.

If arriving early to Lima, take a scenic walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco for views of Lima’s gorgeous coastline, or dine at one of the many gourmet restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.



Meet your guide and begin with a half day private tour through Lima’s modern districts including Miraflores and San Isidro. You’ll also stop at the Parque del Amor overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the 4th century Huaca Pucllana. Next, continue to the UNESCO-recognized Historic Center, stopping at Plaza San Martin with its old mansions and balconies and then at the Plaza de Armas to see the Presidential Palace and the Lima Cathedral. You'll also enter the San Francisco church and visit the catacombs.

After your tour spend the rest of the day at your leisure.



Your jungle adventure begins with a flight to Iquitos. Here the cruise staff will greet you upon arrival, and transfer you to your point of departure where you’ll safely store large luggage items, and board the cruise. Keep your eyes peeled for the first sightings of birds, reptiles, and animals along the banks of the Amazon River.

Spend the afternoon with your naturalist guide doing some light exploration as you acclimate to the humid rainforest environment.

Cruise guides will brief you on activities, itineraries and stops on land as you depart for you first day on the Amazon River’s waters.



Try kayaking in the calmer parts of the Amazon River as you keep your eyes peeled, even try your hand at piranha fishing with equipment provided by cruise staff. All the while enjoy deliciously prepared meals that highlight amazonian cuisine.

Embark on small excursions with the cruises skiffs where you’ll witness beautiful river life such as piranhas, expertly camoflauged caimans and the enigmatic paiche fish that can reach up to 15 feet.



Visit native communities and wildlife refuges as you cruise along the Amazon river watching monkeys, sloths, hoatzins and toucans thrive in the riverbanks.

Watch tribal rituals as you learn how these communities have survived for hundreds of years. You will learn about the differnet jungle plants and their uses, and how these communities hunt and grow different kinds of food.



Enjoy a final morning on the Amazon River before heading back to Iquitos for your return flight to Lima. Our zinca Expert representative will meet you in time to transfer you to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s world wonders.

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Price per person from:

Luxury Superior Comfort
Double $ 7,129 $ 6,389 $ 3,889
Single $ 9,969 $ 9,879 $ 5,989
  • 2 nights in Cusco, 1 night in the Sacred Valley, and 2 nights in Lima at U.S. certified quality hotels
  • 3 nights onboard an Amazon River cruise ship
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • All meals at the Amazon lodge
  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

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