Summary : Combine all this wildness of Peru's Pacaya-Samiria Reserve—aboard the Delfin II—with Machu Picchu and the wonders of the Inca on this Wild Peru Escape. The day-to-day itinerary is an outline, but remains flexible in the approach to take advantage of sightings and opportunities for discovery.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
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$7,990 to $11,980
Arrive in Lima, Peru’s thriving capital, and transfer to the convenient Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel.
Arriving in Cusco, drive through the Sacred Valley to Chinchero, a typical Andean village where you join National Geographic Grantee Nilda Callañaupa for lunch and a demonstration of Inca weaving traditions. Continue to Ollantaytambo and board your late afternoon scenic train to Machu Picchu and checkin at your hotel. Stay for two nights at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, with Andean-style casitas set along the in a reserve with 300 species of orchids.
Take the full day to explore Machu Picchu, the Inka royal retreat introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in the April 1913 National Geographic magazine. With both the morning and afternoon to explore, choose to hike to the Sun Gate or tackle Huayna Picchu, which towers over the sanctuary. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.
Return to Ollantaytambo by train and continue to Cusco, where you explore the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral and Plaza de Armas, the sacred Inca Temple of the Sun and other treasures. Check-in at Palacio del Inka in the historic center. Dinner on your own to relax or sample local fare.
After breakfast, fly to Iquitos via Lima and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine.
Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle stretching more than five million acres—and harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. Bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali, these two powerful rivers converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters, known locally as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by the glassy water.
Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably colored saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest, rare pink dolphins, and the famous piranhas.
One of the unexpected joys of traveling in the region is the interaction with the local ribereños, the traditional people who live on the riverbanks. Visit a local community and see the projects supported through the local non-profit Minga Peru, including a program of handcraft development, radio broadcasts, women's health initiatives and efforts in sustainable farming.
Disembark in Nauta, stopping at the Amazon Rescue Center on the way to Iquitos. Fly to Lima, where you visit Museo Larco and celebrate with a farewell dinner before late night flights home. Ask your expedition specialist about options to extend your stay.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Transfers to and from recommended group flights; one pre-voyage hotel night in Lima; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo instructor; all meals onboard ship; meals on land as per itinerary; nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship; non-crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; travel insurance; passport and visa fees; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages and laundry; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Alexandra Daley-Clark; Ralph Lee Hopkins; David Vargas