2018 : From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon with the Nazca Lines & Galapagos Cruise (WAMY) - Delfin III & Treasure of Galapagos
20 Day River Cruise from Lima to Quito
Experience the fascinating Nazca Lines, archaeological treasures, and gastronomic delights of Peru, with the untamed rainforest of the Amazon, on this thrilling river cruise adventure that offers a little something for everyone!
Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima with a guided sightseeing tour, a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, and a special welcome dinner in an ornate family-owned mansion. Fly to Cusco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas for guided tours of the ceremonial site of Kenko, where ancient rituals were performed, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting astonishing Machu Picchu, built around 1450, and sitting majestically above the Sacred Valley. Stand in awe as you witness one of the most majestic images in South America, if not the entire world! Next, you'll embark on a journey to one of the world's vastly unexplored regions where biodiversity is at its greatest-the mighty Amazon. Board one of the world's most luxurious small ships, the Delfin III, and enjoy fine wine, famous Peruvian cuisine, and all-inclusive comfort while venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife. Take naturalist-guided panga rides through the river tributaries, swim with pink dolphins, and visit native communities-all while returning to your plush five-star yacht.
Your unforgettable trip to Peru is not complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds, as well as 70 figures, which include a monkey, whale, hummingbird, shark, spiders, and plants. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth. Wonderful scenery, historical treasures, learning opportunities, and so much more-all are available on this thrilling river cruise vacation to Peru and the Amazon!
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Highlights & Sightseeing
Day 1 Arrive Lima, Peru: welcome to Lima
Day 2 Lima-Paracas: cruise to the Ballestas Islands; Flight over the Nazca Lines with guaranteed window seat
Day 3 Paracas-Lima: return to Lima
Day 4 Lima: walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado
Day 5 Lima-Cusco-Sacred Valley: visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko, visit Awanakancha to see various camelids from the region, and explore Pisac Market
Day 6 Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu: visit the Ollantaytambo ruins; Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; walking tour of Machu Picchu
Day 7 Machu Picchu-Cusco: enjoy a second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return on the Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cusco
Day 8 Cusco: walking tour of Cusco, visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the Cathedral
Day 9 Cusco-Lima-Iquitos-Nauta (Embarkation)-Cruising Peruvian Amazon: fly to Iquitos via Lima; Iquitos orientation tour; board the Delfin III; onboard welcome reception; wildlife viewing excursions during the afternoon and evening
Day 10 Cruising Peruvian Amazon: wildlife viewing excursions during the morning and afternoon; cooking demonstration and Pisco Sour making lesson
Day 11 Cruising Peruvian Amazon: wildlife viewing excursions during the morning, afternoon, and evening; visit Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; endemic fruit presentation; kayaking; piranha fishing; special farewell dinner
Day 12 Cruising Peruvian Amazon-Nauta (Disembarkation)-Iquitos-Lima: disembark the Delfin III; visit the Manatee Rescue Center; fly to Lima
Day 13 Lima-Quito: welcome to Quito
Day 14 Quito: walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, La Ronda Street, a Chocolate factory, and the Equatorial Monument; welcome dinner
Day 15 Quito-Baltra-Galapagos Islands (Embarkation) -Santa Cruz Island: fly to the Galapagos Islands; embark Treasure of Galapagos; visit Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island
Day 16 Galapagos Islands Cruising: Santiago & Bartolome Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 17 Galapagos Islands Cruising: North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 18 Galapagos Islands Cruising: South Plaza & San Cristobal Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 19 Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation) -San Cristobal Island-Quito: disembark Treasure of Galapagos; visit San Cristobal Interpretation Center; fly to Quito
Day 20 Quito: your vacation ends this morning
Arrive In Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima where you will be met by your Local Guide.
Lima-Paracas. Ballestas Islands Cruise & Nazca Lines
Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the NAZCA LINES, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil-some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the "astronomical calendar" of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima where you will have free time to explore. (Breakfast)
This morning, join your Local Guide on a WALKING TOUR that focuses on Lima's colonial heritage in the old quarter of the city. Start at the Plaza de Armas, boasting the city's original colonial architecture from over four centuries ago. See the Government Palace, where Peru's president resides, as well as the Renaissance/Baroque-style cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, visit the LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art in the world. This evening, enjoy a special Local Favorite and welcome dinner at one of Lima's finest historic mansions, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO. Hosted by the home's owner and your Tour Director, toast the exciting start of your vacation with your fellow traveling companions and enjoy some typical Peruvian food. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Fly to Cusco, the ancient Andean city that was once capital of the Inca Empire. Spend the day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, starting with a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. With its massive stones weighing up to 300 tons, this 15th-century fortress is one of the best displays of the Incas' impressive stonework. While most believe it was a religious temple, Sacsayhuaman was also site of one of the most violent battles between the Spanish and the Cusqueños. The Spanish were ultimately victorious in 1536, disassembling part of the site to build homes in Cusco and leaving behind the ruins we find today. Next, stop at the ceremonial site of KENKO, where ancient rituals were performed-perhaps, even sacrifices. Nearby, see Puca Pucara, thought to be a rest stop, weapons storage, or guard post used by the Incas and their soldiers. At AWANAKANCHA, encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and learn the difference between these South American camels and their importance in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of PISAC, home to a huge Indian market where you will have free time to shop for local wares such as alpaca sweaters, blankets, and handmade jewelry. This evening at a PERUVIAN PASO HORSE SHOW, learn about (and even take a ride on) the horses bred here specifically for the terraced landscape. Top off the day with some wine and an Andean-style dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu
In the small village of OLLANTAYTAMBO this morning, visit the Inca fortress followed by the opportunity to visit a native Inca's HOME and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes. From here, take the winding road up to legendary MACHU PICCHU, known as the "Lost City of the Incas,", hidden so well that the invading Spaniards never found it. High above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle, a Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, stay at the foot of the mountain where Machu Picchu is found and enjoy an exquisite dinner prepared from regional Peruvian ingredients. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
If you choose, rise early today using your second included entrance to MACHU PICCHU and see the sunrise over the ruins. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning as you wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. Explore the terraces or perhaps venture up to see the Sun Gate, once used as the ancient entrance to the Sanctuary. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Set out on a guided Cusco walking tour with a Local Guide to learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards. Visit the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, originally called Koricancha and built by the Incas as a Temple of the Sun. Today you can still see the impressive Inca masonry that provided a foundation to the Baroque church the Spanish built on top of the Inca temple. Continue to Cusco's Plaza de Armas to visit the imposing colonial CATHEDRAL before enjoying the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at one of Cusco's most elegant restaurants, featuring wine and food inspired by Peru's eclectic mix of cultures. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Cusco-Lima-Iquitos (Embarkation)-Cruising: Peruvian Amazon
Bid farewell to your Tour Director in Lima when you board a flight north to Iquitos. Upon arrival, enjoy an Iquitos CITY TOUR. Explore the areas of this bustling river city that flourished during the "rubber boom" in the early 19th century. See some of the ornate homes of the rubber barons, including the Iron House, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Next, transfer to the Amazon Discovery, your luxurious, floating home for the next three nights. On board, settle in to your spacious suite before meeting your onboard Naturalist and Cruise Director at a welcome cocktail hour. Learn about the animals you'll encounter, the native villagers you'll meet, and the astonishing plant life you'll see-like the giant water lily, with flowers the size of soccer balls and leaves that can grow up to eight feet in diameter and support the weight of a human! Later, sit down to an unforgettable dinner featuring Peruvian cuisine with the freshest local ingredients. Later tonight, local entertainers from the ship's crew will light up the night with music and dance! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The ship's itinerary may vary according to water levels, National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
Cruising: Peruvian Amazon
If you're an early riser, your first glimpse of the majestic Amazon as the sun creeps up over the horizon will be truly breathtaking. The sights-and the sounds- will stay with you forever. After breakfast, board pangas that will take you down one of the Amazon's tributaries in search of the region's freshwater pink dolphins. Get your cameras ready, as this is a favorite feeding spot for these rare dolphins. While here, you even have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in this unique area of the Amazon. This afternoon, back on board, a special treat is in store when the ship's chef invites you to a hands-on cooking demonstration to learn about native fruits, vegetables, and fish. After lunch, head out with your Naturalist in search of the Amazonian wildlife on the water and on shore. We are on the lookout for monkeys, including capuchin, howler, tamarin, and spider monkeys, as well as iguanas, sloths, and a wide variety of birdlife. You will also learn about the tropical flora found in the Amazon as you walk along the shores with your Naturalist, who points out epiphytes, orchids, and indigenous jungle vegetation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Cruising: Peruvian Amazon
This morning, wake up under the serenade of early morning birdsong at a historic place, the confluence of two powerful tributaries, the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, which gives birth to the mighty Amazon! An early morning outing here allows you to witness the activity of exotic birds like trogons, macaws, parrots, falcons, and jacamars, to name a few. Nearby, visit a native VILLAGE, where you'll stroll around their community, visiting the people, their homes, and a school. Spend time with the locals, learn about their culture, traditions, and folklore, and even visit a small handicraft market-a great place to pick up some authentic souvenirs. This afternoon's excursion is a local favorite that takes you to a river community to visit a SHAMANIC HEALING CLINIC. A local shaman introduces you to the world of hallucinogenic and medical plants, all found in the Amazon. After dark, embark on a night safari in search of caiman, frogs, bats, boas, and a variety of nocturnal wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning, say goodbye to the Amazon Discovery and return to Iquitos for your flight to Lima. En route to the airport, stop at the MANATEE RESCUE CENTER, where your visit will teach you about the endangered Amazon manatees and conservationists' efforts to save them. During this visit, you will even be able to bottle feed these gentle giants! (Breakfast)
Fly from Lima to Quito. (Breakfast)
Included sightseeing showcases Quito's colonial history and treasures including the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, and the Jesuit's LA COMPANIA CHURCH with its stunning golden altars. Next, take a walk down one of Quito's oldest streets, La Ronda, which is home to many artist's workshops and galleries. Here, you will have the chance to meet some of the local artists and talk with them about their work before visiting a CHOCOLATE FACTORY to learn why Ecuador is considered one of the finest chocolate producers in the world. After seeing the chocolate-making process, a tasting is a must! Top off your day with a photo in front of the EQUATORIAL MONUMENT in the "Middle of the World." Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres simultaneously and test the effects of the earth's rotation through different experiments like balancing an egg on a nail. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Quito-Baltra-Galapagos Islands (Embarkation)-Cruising: Santa Cruz Island
Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, embark the Treasure of Galapagos for five days of CRUISING among various Galapagos Islands. Each day, travel ashore to the remote islands with your expert Naturalist, who introduces you to the unique fauna living free and fearless of man. After lunch, join your Naturalist for a visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galapagos' natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing program and see many of the various islands' tortoises. Later, on board the ship, join a briefing on the next day's adventure, followed by a Captain's welcome cocktail and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The ship's itinerary may vary according to Galapagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
Galapagos Islands Cruising: Santiago & Bartolome Islands
After breakfast, you will find yourself anchored in the western-central part of the archipelago where volcanoes are still active, attributing to the dramatic scenery. Join your Naturalist for an exploration of SULLIVAN BAY on SANTIAGO ISLAND, where you will walk on newly-formed (less than 100 years ago) lava flows reminiscent of the lunar landscape. Keep your eye out for lava lizards, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and even the Galapagos penguin. This afternoon at BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND, hike to the summit for one of the best panorama views of the region with two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. End your visit with a chance to snorkel or swim off the beach with the playful sea lions, Pacific green turtles, harmless whitetip reef sharks, and if you are lucky-the Galapagos penguins! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands Cruising: North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet
Disembark at NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND, where your Naturalist will point out colonies of blue-footed boobies, Magnificent and Great Frigate Birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and lava herons. This is one of the few spots where you can compare the Magnificent and the rarer Great Frigate Bird breeding next to each other. The shores teem with sea lions and marine iguanas, and are a good spot for snorkeling. In the afternoon, visit MOSQUERA ISLET, a sandy island with one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago. A walk on the white coral beach reveals shorebirds like the endemic lava gull, waders like the yellow-crowned night heron, and intertidal hunters, such as the striking reddish-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands Cruising: South Plaza & San Cristobal Islands
At SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, and hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result of a cross between land and marine iguanas). Also known for its prolific birdlife, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon's shearwaters, and many other species. This afternoon, visit the first site Charles Darwin visited in the Galapagos, CERRO BRUJO on SAN CRISTOBAL. Admire the stunning views of Kicker Rock before visiting a lagoon home to many migratory birds such as pelicans, black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and the great blue heron. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation)-San Cristobal-Quito
After breakfast, disembark the boat in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for a visit to the SAN CRISOTBAL INTERPRETATION CENTER. Here, you will learn about the islands' volcanic genesis, their remoteness, ocean currents, special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment. Next, head to the airport for your flight to Quito, where you will have free time this evening to prepare for your return flight home tomorrow. (Breakfast)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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- Cruise Line
- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 20 Days
- Cruise Ship
- Delfin III
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|Day 5||Sacred Valley|
|Day 6||Machu Picchu|
|Day 9||Peruvian Amazon|
|Day 10||Peruvian Amazon|
|Day 11||Peruvian Amazon|
|Day 15||Santa Cruz Island|
|Day 16||Galapagos Islands Cruising: Santiago & Bartolome Islands|
|Day 17||Galapagos Islands Cruising: North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet|
|Day 18||Galapagos Islands Cruising: South Plaza & San Cristobal Islands|
Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway, starting at $2,144 (based on Miami, departure in January, 2018) and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Iquitos; Iquitos/Lima; Lima/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Quito. Air prices were effective on April 5, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
The Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value) is additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.
Price is per person, based on double room occupancy.
Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.
Single Room Supplement:
from $4,615 to $4,925
Triple rooms are not available
Extra Nights per person in Lima:
in single room $183; in twin room $98
Extra Nights per person in Quito:
in single room $206; in twin room $108
Prices shown include cruise in Suite. Upgrades to Upper, Corner, or Owner's Suites are available.
2019 prices and itineraries are subject to change.
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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