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 colorful 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 splendor.
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.
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.
Known as the “City of Kings,” Lima was founded in 1535. A melting pot of cultures, flavors and history, this bustling metropolis has something for everyone, and today you get to discover it all.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Hotel Tambo del Inka in the Sacred Valley. You will be welcomed with a delicious farm-to-table dinner.
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.
Please note: You are only allowed one 11 lb piece of luggage on the train to Aguas Calientes. All other luggage will be taken to your hotel in Cusco.
Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), Cusco
A breathtaking, historical sight, Machu Picchu is one of the “must-see” archeological sites in the world. This remarkable Inkan Empire site was never found by the Spaniards and was rediscovered during the 20th century. Today, archeologists 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 Hotel Monasterio in 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 Hotel Monasterio.
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 Hotel at the Lima International Airport.
Your majestic Peru adventure ends this morning. Your guide will walk you from the Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel to the Lima International Airport check-in.