Wonders of Peru

Wonders of Peru

From the Amazon’s unspoiled beauty to sophisticated Lima and magnificent Machu Picchu, unforgettable adventures await you on this exciting journey to Peru! Take in the splendid, colonial-era architecture of Lima, tour the temples, palaces and plazas of lofty Machu Picchu, and wander among other impressive Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley and Cusco. During your luxury cruise in the Amazon Basin, skim along on skiff boats for incredible, up-close views of the astonishing biodiversity within one of Peru’s largest wildlife reserves, including macaws, toucans, monkeys, capybaras, pink dolphins and much more!

Trip Itinerary:

April 5 Depart gateway city | Miami, Florida | Lima, Peru

Arrive at Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport. An AHI Travel representative will be waiting there to take you to the Pullman Lima Miraflores.

April 6 Lima

Tour the Larco Museum, which chronicles the development of pre-Columbian societies, and walk through the pottery storeroom where 30,000 exquisite artifacts are displayed. In the UNESCO World Heritage historic center, delight in Plaza Mayor lined with majestic colonial-era buildings. Visit the stately Cathedral, the Monastery of Santo Domingo and Casa Aliaga, an elegant home built in 1535. Tonight, gather at Casa Garcia Alvarado, a historic house, for a Welcome Reception and Dinner. After a tour, savor a home-cooked meal with one of the owners.

April 7 Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley

After breakfast, check out and fly from Lima to Cusco. Once you arrive, take a panoramic drive to the breathtaking Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where farm fields and traditional Andean villages are tucked amid towering mountain slopes. Check in to the Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado.

April 8 Sacred Valley

Today, take in the impressive Ollantaytambo ruins, featuring huge terraces that hug the hillside. Originally a religious complex, Ollantaytambo was employed as a fortress in the 16th century when Inca emperor Manco Inca successfully fought off Spanish conquistadors. Later, visit with the residents of a nearby village and learn about daily life in this challenging mountain environment and their centuries-old weaving methods. Enjoy a wonderful lunch afterward at a family estate that boasts stunning grounds, scenic views and fine art.

April 9 Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu

Journey by train through the scenic Sacred Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes and the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel at the foot of Machu Picchu. Head up further into the Andes to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore its plazas and buildings, including the Temple of the Three Windows, the Sacristy and the Temple of the Sun. Archaeologists believe that this masterfully planned site surrounded by steep agricultural terraces served as a center of worship or a royal estate for Inca emperors.

April 10 Machu Picchu | Cusco

During free time this morning, pursue your own interests or take advantage of the hotel’s amenities. Then travel by train through the beautiful mountain scenery and by motor coach to Cusco. After checking in to the Palacio del Inka, enjoy the evening at leisure. Peru’s cuisine offers a tantalizing blend of eclectic styles and flavors. Your Travel Director can offer suggestions on where to try authentic dishes like ceviche and lomo saltado, a beef stir-fry.

April 11 Cusco

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cusco was the most sacred Inca city. Learn about the Incas’ religious beliefs during visits to the Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Church, built on the foundations of Koricancha Temple. Next, visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, constructed with massive stones precisely fitted together without any mortar. This ancient fortress overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and the spectacular, lush countryside.

April 12 Cusco | Lima | Iquitos | Nauta | Cruising the Amazon Basin

Fly to Lima and connect to your flight to Iquitos, the gateway to the Amazon and accessible only by plane or boat. Admire this lively town filled with colorful tuk-tuks and 19th-century mansions on your way to Nauta. At a private port on the Marañon River, embark the Delfin III. Savor fantastic views from the deck while your naturalist guide provides an overview of your cruise schedule and activities. As you sail by the confluence of three rivers known as Union de los Rios, delight in the vividly colorful evening sky in the Amazon rain forest.

April 13 Cruising the Amazon Basin

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, where the ship cruises, is one of Peru’s largest wildlife preserves with more than 5 million acres of astounding biodiversity. Today, set out aboard skiff boats to explore creeks and lagoons where blue and yellow macaws, toucans, umbrella birds and capybaras hide in the deep rain forest. Lucky travelers may glimpse the endangered charapa turtle, spider monkey or red macaw. Marvel at the pink dolphins, or boto, known for their intelligence and agility.

April 14 Cruising the Amazon Basin

Hike into the rain forest to explore the bountiful flora and fauna with your naturalist guide. Spot squirrel and red howler monkeys, iguanas lazing in the sun and sloths hanging in the upper canopy. You’ll also likely see brilliant parrots, hawks, hummingbirds and “laughing” falcons. In fact, over 1,300 species of birds are found in the Amazon! Later, back on the ship, a local expert explains how modern Peru has been shaped by its past. Celebrate your remarkable Peruvian adventure at tonight’s Farewell Reception.

April 15 Nauta | Iquitos | Lima | Miami, Florida

Disembark the ship in Nauta this morning. Transfer by coach to the Iquitos airport. On your way, visit the Manatee Rescue Center to meet these gentle creatures up close. Fly to Lima and connect to your international flight to Miami, Florida.

April 16 In Transit

Arrive home in your gateway city.


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