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Discover Amazon & Machu Picchu

Voyage to the Mighty River's Headwaters & Explore the Fabled Lost City of the Incas
10 Days
~12
From $8495 (+internal air)

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Aboard a luxury riverboat, cruise to the headwaters of the Amazon River for an immersion in primeval rain forest. Deep within the most biodiverse region of the Amazon Basin, explore the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, one of South America's largest wildlife sanctuaries. It's home to a staggering array of species, including 13 different primates, pink river dolphins, and rainbow-hued macaws—the Peruvian Amazon boasts nearly a thousand species of birds alone! West into the jungle-shrouded peaks of the Andes lies another marvel, this one of human origin: Machu Picchu, the mystical stone city built by the Incas in the 15th century, and below, the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, replete with myth and ruins. Discover it all on a diverse, seamlessly integrated adventure combining Peru's most astounding natural and archaeological wonders.
    An indigenous woman weaves on a loom, Awanacancha Weavers Cooperative, Sacred Valley, PeruAn alpaca stands on a hillside above Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, PeruVistadome train, Sacred Valley, PeruAN indigenous woman carries a baby on her back, Pisac, Sacred Valley, PeruA view of Machu Picchu, PeruA guide shows a traveler a birding book, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, PeruA capuchin monkey walks along a tree branch, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, PeruA traveler looks for wildlife through binoculars, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, PeruA pink river dolphin swimming in the Amazon River, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, PeruA guide sits in a boat traveling along the Amazon River, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, PeruA scarlet macaw flying in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, PeruThe Delfin II cruises along the river, Nauta, Peru

Trip Highlights

  • An Ideal Combination ItineraryBenefit from our seamless coordination to experience the Amazon rain forest and the archaeological wonders of Machu Picchu on a single adventure
  • Private Cruise to the Amazon HeadwatersSearch for jungle wildlife from a small luxury ship designed for exploring this legendary river of adventure, with naturalist-guided excursions ashore
  • A Personalized Tour of Machu PicchuThere’s no hiding that Machu Picchu can be crowded, but with our small group and expert guide, you’ll have an in-depth and insightful private encounter 

Machu Picchu & the Amazon Together—the Perfect Peru Combo

Plenty of tour operators offer trips to Machu Picchu and the Amazon. But we doubt you’ll find one that offers the level of insight, authenticity, personalized discovery and luxury that Nat Hab provides, not to mention an optimally integrated itinerary. Learn what sets our grand Peru adventure apart:

  1. A Small Group Means More Meaningful Nature and Cultural Encounters
    We take a maximum of just 12 guests. That’s a big contrast to larger bus tours that visit Machu Picchu, or ships that carry 100 or more passengers on lower stretches of the Amazon River. You’ll have plenty of time for one-on-one conversations with our Expedition Leader. Observe wildlife in silence and seclusion. And enjoy intimate visits with the local ribereños who live in riverside villages.
  2. Cruise Aboard One of Best Small Luxury Vessels on the Amazon 
    Comfort in the remote and steamy reaches of the Amazon is important, and that’s why we sail aboard one of the newest and finest vessels on the river. The 135-foot Delfin II is the perfect size for nature exploration, carrying just 30 guests in 14 air-conditioned suites, plus a full complement of staff and crew. 
  3. We Travel Farther…All the Way to the Amazon Headwaters
    Many Amazon cruise options exist, and they vary widely. Our focus is on the best wildlife regions, so we head far upriver to the confluence of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, at the headwaters of the world’s greatest water artery. By skiff and on foot, we explore the WWF-supported Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, which encompasses the headwaters region, to search for abundant wildlife. You won’t find a more remote rain forest experience. 
  4. Distinctive Luxury Accommodations
    From a grand colonial-style hotel in Cusco ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top hotels in South America to a charming private bungalow at the base of Machu Picchu surrounded by orchid gardens, our accommodations are anything but standard. Each property is carefully selected to enhance your authentic experience of Peru. 
  5. Our Expedition Leader Is with You the Entire Way
    Our professional naturalist Expedition Leader is with you from the start of your adventure to the final day, ensuring personalized attention to every detail. You'll gain a wealth of information, compared to travelers who must rely only on hit-or-miss local guides. Nat Hab Expedition Leaders average 15 years of guiding experience and receive further training and resources from WWF’s top scientists. Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  6. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Peru Adventure
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
  7. Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  8. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat Adventures its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us very proud!

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