After a morning briefing, depart the hotel to the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO world heritage site, where you will see the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, and City Hall. Visit the Convent of the San Francisco Monastery, the most significant religious site in Lima, which provides insight into life during Spanish colonial times, and the catacombs, which served as a burial ground until 1808. Continue to the Cathedral which houses the remains of Francisco Pizarro, the founder of Lima.
After, we proceed to the Pueblo Libre District, for an included lunch at the Cafe del Museo, hosed within the Larco Museum complex in a former mansion, itself built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple. Following lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the museum, which offers a vast collection of ceramic, textile and precious metal artifacts. There are also mummies that show off the different ways ancient cultures, including the Incas, preserved their dead.
After the museum visit, enjoy a panoramic drive back to Miraflores through San Isidro to see the sites of “Parque de los Enamorados” (Lover’s Park), and enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. (B/L)
After breakfast, fly from Lima to Iquitos. Upon arrival in Iquitos, you’ll be greeted by members of the ship’s team.
We will start off with a lunchbox as we travel to the city of Nauta, 60 miles away. Nauta is literally the “end of the road” where you will embark the ship. Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at Delfin’s private port along the shores of the Marañon River, where the vessel awaits you.
Later, we gather for cocktails and a celebratory welcome dinner as we make our way out of port and into the Amazon River. (B/L/D/Welcome Reception)
Samiria River/Yanayucu River
This morning, our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river otters, capybaras and more. Our naturalists and their expert eyes pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot, so we won´t be the only one enjoying the plethora of fish below.
After a delicious lunch, you will start cruising through the creeks of Yanayaquillo, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our kayaks. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins! (B/L/D)
Pucate River/Nauta Caño
This morning, cruise through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
After lunch, explore Nauta Caño Creek, known for squirrel and silverback tamarillo monkeys, as well as birds, dolphins, and even sloths! We will skim the riverbanks for small caimans and spiders, as well as insects of all colors, shapes and sizes. (B/L/D)
Fundo Casual/San Francisco
A morning walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest), where your guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises!
Next, we will visit the community of San Francisco. We will include a short skiff ride and jungle walk, too. Here, we meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. (B/L/D)
This morning, we’ll disembark the ship. On our way back to the Iquitos airport, we’ll visit the Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures, and why they are on the endangered species list.
After, we go to the Iquitos airport, where we board a connecting flight through Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Tambo del Inka Luxury Hotel in the Sacred Valley. (B/D)
Urubamba Valley is located in the Andes, close to the Inca capital of Cusco, and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu. Enjoy the morning at leisure – sleep in, visit the spa, or get in a workout. This afternoon takes us on a scenic drive into the mountains to the incredible Saltpans of Maras, which have existed since Pre-Incan times, and the mind boggling archaeological Incan crop research site of Moray. Tonight, we enjoy dinner as a group at the Tambo del Inka hotel. (B/D)
This morning, we explore Ollantaytambo, the predecessor to Machu Picchu, with its huge Incan fortress rising from the edge of town. Once a stronghold of Inca resistance to Spanish colonization, it’s remarkably well-preserved. Following the tour we enjoy a sumptuous included buffet lunch.
After lunch, you have the option to visit the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Workshop and store (directly across from the Tambo del Inka hotel), or return to the hotel to relax.
Dinner tonight is on your own. (B/L)
Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
After breakfast, board the train in Ollantaytambo for the scenic journey to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll enjoy a fortifying lunch prior to venturing to the summit to start our tour of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” A local expert will guide you through the marvelous citadel, the main plaza, the royal quarters, and the Temple of Three Windows before checking into the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. This evening we enjoy dinner together at the hotel. (B/L/D)
This morning, the choice is yours to make a second visit to Machu Picchu mountain in the early morning, or you could opt to climb Huaynapicchu (limited based on availability – advance sign up required). Otherwise, the morning is yours to explore Machu Picchu Village on your own. This afternoon, return to Ollantaytambo by train, and transfer to Cusco. Upon arrival, check-in to the historic Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection Hotel in Cusco and enjoy dinner on your own and an evening at leisure. (B/L)
This morning is free to relax on your own to enjoy the hotel, or take a stroll in the city. Your breakfast is included at the hotel and lunch is on your own. Following lunch we set off on foot for a guided tour including a visit to the Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo. The Convent was built on the Koricancha (site of gold), the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the sun by the ancient Incans. We continue to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas central square, for a visit to the Cathedral, one of the most imposing structures in the city. The Cathedral houses an important collection of gold and silver work from the colonial period as well as a beautiful collection of oil on canvas. This evening, we gather for a pisco tasting and a festive dinner at Republica del Pisco. (B/D)
Following breakfast at the hotel, visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress, one of the emblematic Inca constructions, built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century. It is a huge fortress made of very large stones, and the manner in which they were transported and cut is still a mystery.
Then visit Qenqo, one of the largest huacas (holy places) in the Cusco Region. Many huacas were based on naturally occurring rock formations. It was believed to be a place where sacrifices and mummification took place.
Following our morning tour, we’ll have a special farewell lunch before your transfer to the Cusco airport for your departure flight. (B/L)