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Embark on an 11-day journey of discovery to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu and the mysterious depths of the Amazon River Basin. Experience traditional Andean culture and cuisine in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, then take a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu and roam the mountaintop Inca ruins. Next, venture to the remote reaches of the Amazon rain forest—home to a stunning array of wildlife—on a riverboat cruise you’ll never forget.
Visit a rural agricultural community in the Sacred Valley, observing the weaving and cultural traditions of the Andes.
Gaze up at the southern sky through powerful telescopes at the Cusco Planetarium.
Visit the Inca ruins of Pisac, and take in the splendor of Machu Picchu with a local guide.
Explore the Amazon rain forest on hikes and river safaris, encountering the caimans, sloths, monkeys, and a variety of birds.
Itinerary - 11 Days
Day 1 — Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Days 2 & 3 — Sacred Valley of the Inca
Board an early flight to Cusco, then continue to the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Visit the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”), an experience exclusive to National Geographic Journeys travelers and part of G Adventures for Good. Walk through this network of six rural agricultural communities with a local guide and learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo. Discover the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal. (2B, 1L, 1D)
Day 4 — Aguas Calientes
Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. (1B)
Days 5 & 6 — Machu Picchu/Cusco
Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Then explore on your own or take an optional hike to the Inca Bridge. Later, return to Cusco by train. Spend the next day exploring historic Cusco, with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. This evening, glimpse the night sky through the telescopes of the Cusco Planetarium. (2B)
Day 7 — Iquitos
Take an early morning flight to the bustling port town of Iquitos. Meet our local CEO for an orientation walk and dine at a restaurant specializing in Amazonian cuisine. (1B, 1D)
Day 8 — Iquitos/Amazon Cruise
Visit the renowned Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, which has replicated the natural environment of 17 different butterfly species. Hear about their work and the importance of butterflies to the Amazon ecosystem. 70% of all the butterflies they breed are released into the wild. Then visit the Pilpintuwasi Wildlife Rescue Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting animals affected by poaching and trafficking. Learn about the work this center does in saving animals and educating local communities on wildlife conservation. After, transfer to the riverboat, our home for the next two nights. Settle in to your cabin and relax on board before attending a briefing with the ship’s crew. Our exploration begins with an evening excursion by motorized skiff. Glide along serene waterways and watch as the jungle comes alive with nocturnal species. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Day 9 — Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Glide into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve on a boat excursion, searching for monkeys, sloths, macaws, and much more. This afternoon, take a walk through the jungle and visit a local community to learn about the everyday life of the people who live along the banks of the Amazon. After dinner, opt to go on a night excursion to Piranha Creek. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Day 10 — Lima
Explore the shoreline by boat, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife and a variety of birds. In the afternoon, we leave the peacefulness of the river behind and visit a manatee rescue center en route to Lima. Enjoy the evening in the city. (1B)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. Optional experiences are at an additional cost
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.