River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Get ready for a very busy tour exploring the best of Peru in a week. We recommend booking a pre-night in Lima (in particular if your flight arrives into Lima in the evening) to recover from international flights and rest up before the excitement.
Day 2 Lima/Urubamba
Board an early flight to Cusco then head to the Sacred Valley. Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties. (B, D)
Day 3 Urubamba
Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”). An exclusive experience for Journeys travellers and part of G Adventures for Good, you'll walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, explore the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo. (B, L)
Day 4 Urubamba/Aguas Calientes
Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with the option to visit the market.
For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning. (B)
Day 5 Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Get free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train. (B)
Day 6 Cusco
Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. This evening, take in a different view of the night sky at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use their telescopes to admire the stars.
Please remember that star gazing is completely weather dependent and sometimes there can be cloudy skies. (B)
Day 7 Cusco/Iquitos
Catch an early morning flight to the bustling jungle port town of Iquitos. Enjoy an orientation of the town, then travel by boat to a unique floating restaurant specializing in local Amazonian cuisine.
Feel free to bring your bathing suit to the restaurant as they have a pool to cool off in. (B, L)
Day 8 Iquitos
Enjoy a morning excursion by boat to the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly farm and learn about butterflies and their importance to the Amazonian eco-system. Also visit a non-profit Wildlife Rescue Center, dedicated to protecting animals affected by poaching and trafficking. After, transfer to the riverboat, our home for the next two nights. Settle into your comfortable cabin and enjoy a briefing from the ship crew. The river exploration begins with an evening boat excursion by motorized skiff with our expert guide. Watch as the jungle comes alive with nocturnal species at nighttime.
Relax and soak in the natural beauty of the wild rainforest onboard the Amazon Riverboat. Step out on deck to watch the riverbanks go by, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as grey and pink dolphins. Naturalist guides will lead jungle excursions by skiff and on foot, give lectures, and point out unique species of bird and marine life as you explore the smaller tributaries of the river. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Head out into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve on a boat excursion and search for monkeys, sloths, and macaws. In the afternoon, take a walk through the jungle and visit a local community to learn about their traditions. After dinner, opt to go on a night excursion to Piranha Creek. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve/Lima
In the early morning explore the shoreline by boat, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. Leave the peacefulness of the river behind and visit a manatee rescue centre on the way to catching your flight back to Lima. Enjoy the evening in the city. (B)
Day 11 Lima
Depart at any time. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley with our expert guide
Meet local artisans in a local village
Take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu
Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru
Dine on food fresh from the jungle
Spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River
Interact with members of the local community
Learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife
All This Included
Combine two amazing adventures in one unforgettable 11-day trip that takes in the wonder of Machu Picchu and the mystical Amazon River. Ride the scenic train to the famous Inca ruins, then venture deep into the rainforest on a riverboat, spotting wildlife along the way. From the pinnacle of a fascinating civilization to the depths of pristine wilderness, this journey will ignite your passion for adventure.
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Wildlife Rescue Centre and Butterfly Farm, Iquitos Your G for Good Moment: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your Discover Moment: Cusco
Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Pisac ruins and pre-Inca salt pans
Traditional pachamanca-style dinner
Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu
Three-day (2 nts) aboard the Amatista Amazon Riverboat
Orientation tour of Iquitos
Launches and land excursions with our expert naturalist team
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Hotels (8 nts)
Amatista Amazon Riverboat (2 nts)
10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners.
Transportation: Minibus/van, train, plane, walking.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Accommodations on this Tour
Hotels (8 nts)
Aguas Calientes, Peru: Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu (or similar)
Lima, Peru: San Agustin Exclusive Hotel (or similar)
Iquitos, Peru: Victoria Regia Hotel (or similar)
Lima, Peru: Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar)
Urubamba, Peru: Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)
Cuzco, Peru: Hotel Taypikala (CEO with Group) (or similar)
Amatista Amazon Riverboat (2 nts)
Small group experience; Max 16 (land), Max 28 (riverboat).
Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.