From Lima to the legendary Machu Picchu, a 15-day cruise/tour is an all-encompassing adventure into the marvels of Peru and the Amazon rainforest brought to you by luxury river cruise operator, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.
Your adventure starts in Lima, where you’ll explore the colorful colonial architecture, the bohemian district of Barranco, and the San Francisco Monastery. Known as the “City of Kings,” Lima was founded in 1535. Journey into the Amazon onboard the Aria Amazon, a five-star ship designed for your Peruvian adventure. Maxing out at only 32 passengers and 27 staff, the Aria is designed to explore the Peruvian Amazon in luxury and comfort, and is an all-suite ship with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving you a full view of the majestic rivers and rainforest. The top deck features a jacuzzi, indoor lounge & bar, and an outdoor observation deck. With all-inclusive amenities and five-star cuisine by top chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, this luxurious ship is guaranteed to give you an intimate and immersive experience.
Just some of the excursions you’ll enjoy will be:
MARAÑÓN RIVER SKIFF RIDE: One of the most important water sources in Peru, and a main Amazon tributary, the Marañón River is abundant in animal and plant life. Be on the lookout for one of the 64 rare bird species or pink dolphins.
KAYAK YANAYACU-PUCATE RIVER: Enjoy a state-of-the-art skiff ride on the Yanayacu-Pucate River. Famous for its black water, you’ll have the chance to kayak, canoe, and swim in these legendary waters.
VILLAGE TOUR: You’ll set off on the Marañón River where you’ll meet the locals of a remote village and learn about their culture, which goes back centuries.
SAMIRIA RIVER & JUNGLE WALK: Start your day on a skiff as you cruise along the Samiria River, where you’ll have the option to spend some time fishing. Afterward, you’ll take to the land and venture out for a jungle walk across the high Amazon.
STARGAZING ON THE “ENCHANTED LAKE”: Deep in the Amazon, look up to the darkest and clearest sky you’ve ever seen. You’ll spend the evening floating on the “Enchanted Lake,” gazing at constellations and planets.
NAUTA MARKET VISIT: Discover some of the exotic fruits unique to the area, such as Camu Camu or Maracuya. Meet local fishermen and see what the catch of the day is. Maybe even indulge your taste buds in an unfamiliar treat.
BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMAZON: Despite centuries of exploration, the Amazon River remains a fascinating destination, shrouded in mystery. Journey to where this mighty river is born, where the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers join. While all the lush greenery is breathtaking, you’ll especially be amazed at the giant water lilies growing in the river basin.
SKIFF TOUR ALONG THE UCAYALI RIVER: Running 907 miles through Peru, the Ucayali River is the longest in the country. Boarding state-of-the-art skiffs, you’ll spend the afternoon admiring the diverse flora and fauna of the region.
PAICHE FISHING DEMONSTRATION: One of the largest freshwater fish in the world, the paiche can grow up to 400 pounds. Adored for its large size and tasty meat, the paiche has been feeding Amazonian tribes for thousands of years. You’ll meet up with some Amazonian fishermen for a demonstration. They might even get lucky and catch a paiche fish in front of you.
JUNGLE WALK IN THE SAN JOSE DE SARAPANGA FOREST: Spend the afternoon surrounded by the dense San Jose de Sarapanga forest. Near the basin of the river, you’ll see giant water lilies, a true Amazon beauty. The lily leaves can grow up to 18 inches and hold close to 300 pounds.
After disembarking the Aria, you’ll 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 a truly unforgettable adventure.
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