Wonders of Peru
From magnificent Inca ruins to sophisticated Lima and the lush Amazon Basin, explore the richness of Peru! Delight in a luxury cruise through the Amazon rain forest and discover the astonishing diversity of its wildlife on guided skiff boat rides and jungle hikes. In the Sacred Valley and Cusco, delve into Peru’s remarkable Inca heritage, and ride by train through the Andes to explore the temples, palaces and plazas of magical Machu Picchu.
- Pricing from
Air included from Miami. Call 800-323-7373 or click here to reserve.
- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages, International River Voyages
- Departure Dates
Sep 12, 2024 - Sep 23, 2024
CANCELLATION-All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI Travel.
– Cancellation received up to 90 days prior to trip departure will incur a $300 per person administrative fee.
– Cancellation received 89 to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person.
– Cancellation received 59-45 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 50% of the entire cost of the trip per person.
– Cancellation received 44 days prior to departure to the time of departure (or no show) will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip.
TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE AND RECOMMENDED. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE.
Miami, Florida | Lima, Peru
Depart Miami for Lima, Peru. Upon arrival, transfer to the Pullman Lima Miraflores.
Highlights of Lima. At the Larco Museum, view collections of pottery, jewelry and other artifacts that span more than 5,000 years of pre-Columbian Peruvian history. Head next to Lima’s Plaza Mayor, lined with majestic, colonial-era buildings. After lunch, see the splendid interior of the Cathedral of Lima and visit the beautiful Monastery of Santo Domingo, featuring relics of important Peruvian saints. Then, tour Casa Aliaga, a delightful gem built in 1535 and still occupied by descendants of the Aliaga family. See its grand rooms richly adorned in wood and the serene courtyard. AHI Connects: Meet the People. Gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado, a National Historical Building. Take a tour of the stately house, and then sit down to a home-cooked Peruvian meal with one of the owners.
Transfer to the Lima airport and fly to Iquitos, the gateway to the Amazon, accessible only by plane or boat. Travel to Nauta, a small town on the Marañon River. Along the way, see the vibrant “terra firma” (non-flooded forest) and other aspects of daily jungle life. Embark the Delfin III at a private port in Nauta.
Cruising the Amazon Basin
Set out aboard skiff boats, anticipating each day’s astounding and unexpected wildlife encounters! The region in which you are cruising, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, is Peru’s largest wildlife preserve, boasting more than five million acres of rich biodiversity. Skim along rivers and cruise through creeks, peeking into lagoons and other waterways, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rain forest, such as blue and yellow macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, capybaras and more. You may catch glimpses of the endangered charapa turtle, spider monkey or giant river otter. See pink dolphins, known as boto, swimming nearby!
Cruising the Amazon Basin
Never does nature seem more bountiful than in the tropics, and rising early is always rewarding since wildlife is most active at daybreak. With your expert guide, hike into the rain forest to explore the fantastic flora and fauna. Sharp eyes may spot squirrel and red howler monkeys, iguanas lazing in the sun and sloths hanging in the canopy. You’ll also likely see brilliant parrots, hummingbirds and “laughing” falcons. In fact, over 1,300 species of birds are found in the Amazon!
After breakfast, disembark the ship in Nauta and transfer via coach to the Iquitos airport. Manatee Rescue Center. On your way to Iquitos, visit this conservation center to see these gentle, endangered creatures up close. Board your flight for Cusco via Lima. After arriving in Cusco, take a scenic drive to the stunning Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then check in to the Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado.
Sacred Valley. Explore Ollantaytambo, the ruins of an Inca fortress notable for a series of huge terraces that hug the hillside. Originally built for religious purposes, the site was used by the forces of Inca emperor Manco Inca in the 16th century to successfully fight off Spanish conquistadors. After exploring there, visit a mountain village to learn about life in this challenging environment and ancient weaving methods. Enjoy a wonderful lunch later at a family estate that boasts gorgeous grounds, spectacular views and a collection of fine art.
Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
Take in lovely vistas as you travel by train through the Sacred Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes. Check in to the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel. Machu Picchu. Nestled in a cloud forest high in the Andes, the Lost City of the Incas is regarded as the most important archaeological site in the Americas. Archaeologists believe that this masterfully planned site served as a center of worship or a royal estate for Inca emperors and nobility. Surrounded by steep agricultural terraces at an elevation of 7,972 feet, the complex’s many buildings testify to the Incas’ exceptional design and construction skills. With your guide, explore the stone temples, grassy plazas, palaces and workshops.
Free Time: Your morning is at leisure. Travel by train through the mountain scenery and then by motor coach to Cusco. Check in to the Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. Free Time: Select a nice spot for dinner on your own tonight. Your Travel Director can assist with planning.
Cusco, Ancient Inca Capital. Located 11,152 feet above sea level, this sacred city was the Inca Empire’s religious and administrative center. Enjoy guided visits to the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Church, which was built on the foundations of the Koricancha Temple, the Incas’ principal religious building dedicated to the worship of the sun. Break for a delicious lunch after your excursion. Sacsayhuaman. Marvel at this site’s structures, constructed from massive stones (one weighs 125 tons!), which were precisely cut and fitted together without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. Celebrate your journey at tonight’s Farewell Reception.
Enjoy free time in Cusco this morning and lunch in town. Depart for the airport and fly to Lima. Connect to your return flight to Miami, Florida.
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