Amazon House
Amazon
September 27–October 6, 2019
Explore the heart of the Earth’s greatest wilderness.

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$6,107
per person, double occupancy

Cruise over 500 miles of the Amazon River and delve into its most pristine areas to experience the world’s largest tropical rain forest and its astonishing wildlife diversity.

Amazon River

SEPTEMBER 27

ARRIVE LIMA

Fly independently to Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to the Swissôtel for the night. (D Aloft)

SEPTEMBER 28

LIMA / IQUITOS / EMBARK / AMAZON RIVER

Fly over the Andes to Iquitos. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about efforts to help these endearing mammals. See how the manatees are cared for and prepared for reintroduction into their natural habitat. Board the elegant riverboat, Zafiro, home for seven nights. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers. (B,L,D)

SEPTEMBER 29

CONFLUENCE OF THE AMAZON RIVER/RÍO UCAYALI

We awake this morning on the Amazon River, seeing some of the ever-changing panorama of jungle life as the Amazon River boat continues upriver. Small villages dot the shoreline, and channels weaving through island mazes provide closeup views of a variety of birds. The confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers is famous as the beginning of the Amazon River in Peru. Amazingly, we are about 2,400 miles from where the river flows into the Atlantic. The river drops only about 350 feet the entire way! On our Amazon Voyage adventure, travel waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where we may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobius, and white-headed marsh-tyrant. We turn into the Río Ucayali, where we’re apt to find gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins cavorting near the boat and along the shoreline. Later we take an excursion into the surrounding rain forest in search of giant water lilies and elusive wildlife such as monkeys and sloths. As dusk approaches, fishing bats begin their night’s foraging. (B,L,D)

SEPTEMBER 30

RÍO UCAYALI/PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE

After a peaceful breakfast along the black-water Sapote Creek, we explore a small tributary of the Ucayali aboard excursion boats. Look for animals, including primates, sloths, and an enormous variety of birds. Our Amazon Voyage adventure continues upriver to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Although scientific studies are far from exhausted, the Pacaya-Samiria is the known home to 450 bird species, 102 species of mammals, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians, and countless plants. This afternoon, an excursion into this largest wetland reserve in the world provides the opportunity to see 13 species of primates, including monk sakis, red howler, saddle-backed tamarin, and squirrel monkeys. Explore Caro Lake, connected to the river by way of a very small stream, where we may find flocks of greater ani, often seen following monkeys in search of insects disturbed by the monkeys’ foraging. We enjoy a nighttime boat excursion for a chance to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs, and other nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)

OCTOBER 1

RÍO PACAYA/PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE

Spend the day exploring this flooded realm, seeing wading birds such as herons, wattled jacanas and horned screamers. Venturing deep into the rain forest, tour an igapo (seasonally flooded forest), where plant life is very different from what we see along the main course of our Amazon cruise, and walk through the forest. Lucky guests may release turtle hatchlings. A delicious lunch energizes us for afternoon excursions with our expert naturalists, where we may find scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks, and red howler monkeys. (B,L,D)

OCTOBER 2

PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE

After an early breakfast, we board excursion boats for access even further into the heart of these vast wetlands. As our Amazon Voyage adventure cruises the narrow waterways, we’ll find birds such as canary-winged parakeets and spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws. Primates also are fairly common, including noisy squirrel monkeys.  Once we arrive at a remote ranger station, enjoy a refreshing swim. Gradually make our way back to the riverboat through the maze of waterways. Enjoy an al fresco lunch and time to relax before our afternoon excursion. (B,L,D)

OCTOBER 3

RÍO UCAYALI

Head back downriver, with a morning wildlife or other activity. Visit a village along the river, with the chance to learn about the lives of the “Ribereño” people who live there. Accompanied by guides who grew up along the river, this is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through gardens while learning about medicinal plants and folklore, visit a school, or join in a game of soccer. The children are especially excited to see their faces on digital cameras and show off their school and sing Peruvian songs. Depending on the villages visited during your Amazon River tour, you may also have the opportunity to see an IE-funded water treatment plant. The clean drinking water provided by these plants is having an enormous positive health impact in remote river villages. Learn about medicinal plants and enjoy a blessing ceremony by a respected village shaman. Aboard the ship, learn to make traditional Peruvian dishes or enjoying an enriching lecture. After dark, go out in excursion boats to listen to the sounds of the rain forest and look for nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)

OCTOBER 4

AMAZON RIVER

Wake up early for a morning bird-watching excursion along the Yarapa River. After breakfast, try your hand at piranha fishing in Ubos Lake. Piranha are very common in the slower-moving water. With luck, we may catch red-breasted, white or black piranha, and feast on our catch this evening at dinner. Once back aboard your luxury Amazon River boat, we enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

OCTOBER 5

IQUITOS/LIMA/DEPART

On an early morning excursion to Pilpintuwasi Rescue Center, see two- and three-toed sloth, red uakari and even a jaguar that has been rescued. Upon arrival back in Lima late this afternoon, dayrooms are provided until time to connect with independent overnight flights home. (B,L)

OCTOBER 6

ARRIVE HOME

Arrive Sunday and connect with flights home. (Meals Aloft)

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Lima

Lima

SEPTEMBER 25-27—Pre-Tour Extension

Wednesday, September 25 - ARRIVE LIMA

Arrive in Lima, Peru, where you are met and transferred to the Swissotel.

Thursday, September 26 - COLONIAL LIMA

Tour historic Lima, visiting Casa Aliaga, a private home dating back to the Conquistadors. See the Cathedral of Lima, where Francisco Pizarro is entombed, and Plaza de Armas. Before lunch, tour the monastery and vast catacombs of the Iglesia de San Francisco. (B,L)

Friday, September 27 - LIMA

Begin your morning by browsing the vibrant Indian Market. Enjoy a guided tour of the Larco Herrera Museum, housed in an 18th-century vice-royal mansion built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The museum was founded in 1926 and has the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru. The galleries provide an overview of 3,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Dinner tonight is at the museum. (B,L,D)

$798
Double Occupancy
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu and Cusco

OCTOBER 6-12, 2019—Post-Tour Extension

Saturday, October 5- IQUITOS / LIMA

Fly from Iquitos to Lima and overnight at the Costa Del Sol, Lima Airport. (B,L)

Sunday, October 6 - LIMA / CUSCO / URUBAMBA VALLEY

Fly to Cusco—the heart of the Inca Empire. Drive into the historic Urubamba Valley, stopping in Chinchero to browse for Andean handicrafts. Visit the Urubamba Market and spend tonight at the Aranwa Hotel. (B,L,D)

Monday & Tuesday, October 7 & 8 - MACHU PICCHU

Board the train to Machu Picchu, where we spend the afternoon exploring the ruins. A full day is available to return to Machu Picchu or explore our hotel’s extensive orchid gardens. Spend the next two nights at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. (B,L,D Daily)

Wednesday, October 9 - OLLANTAYTAMBO /SACSAYHUAMÁN / CUSCO

Catch the morning train back to the Sacred Valley. Explore the mighty archaeological wonder of Ollantaytambo, where ancient temples and fortresses were built to protect the Sacred Valley. After a Paso Fino horse show at Wayra Ranch, continue to Cusco. We stop at Sacsayhuamán—a huge fortress of massive stones, which zigzags across the side of the mountain. Spend two nights at the Palacio del Inka. (B,L,D)

Thursday, October 10 - CUSCO

Stroll the streets of Cusco, exploring the Koricancha—also known as the Santo Domingo church and convent—along with Santa Catalina and a cathedral. The afternoon is free to explore on your own before a farewell dinner featuring Andean fare. (B,L,D)

Friday, October 11 - CUSCO / LIMA / EN ROUTE

Fly back across the Andes to Lima. Check into the airport hotel until time for our evening flights home. (B,L)

Saturday, October 12 - ARRIVE

Arrive and connect with your flight home. (Meals Aloft)

$3,499
Double Occupancy

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