Amazon River Cruise


Experience one of the greatest voyages in natural history as you navigate more than 500 miles of the Amazon and its tributaries.

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TOUR BROCHURE

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This trip was exactly what we were looking for - a good introduction to the nature, history and culture of the Amazon Basin in Peru. It served to whet our appetite for more explorations into the vibrant, colorful watery jungles of the Amazon. 


Barbara T.

We loved the naturalists, the crew, the local food, and are convinced the boat was the best on the Amazon. Truly an unforgettable experience!


Carol M.

Our trip to the Amazon River was far greater than we expected! Not only did we get to learn a lot about wildlife and Peruvian culture, but also enjoyed delicious fresh food and an exceptional service!


Arianna B.

The trip exceeded my expectations. I chose Smithsonian because my friend and travelling companion had been with them on a trip down the Nile, but I had no idea how wonderful this trip would be.


Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

The staff on the trip are the best I have ever encountered, and I have been to Antarctica, Galapagos, Alaska, in the Mediterranean.


Joan S. & Peter T.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Lima Pre-Program Option — 3 Days, 2 Nights

Day 1 — Arrive in Lima

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

Day 2 — Colonial Lima

Tour historic Lima, visiting Casa Aliaga, a private home dating back to the Conquistadors. See the Cathedral, where Francisco Pizarro is entombed, and Plaza de Armas. Before lunch, tour the monastery and vast catacombs of the Iglesia de San Francisco. Enjoy lunch at Restaurant Huaca Pucllana, which is nestled within the compound of a 1,500 year old adobe pyramid. (B,L)

Day 3 — Lima

Browse at the Indian Market. Later, enjoy a guided visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, where we can view 3,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Dinner is at the Café del Museo in the museum. (B,L,D)

Cusco and Machu Picchu Post-Program Option — 7 Days, 6 Nights (2016 Only)

Day 1 — Iquitos, Lima *Starts on Day 9 of the main program

Fly from Iquitos to Lima. Overnight at Costa Del Sol Wyndham Airport. (B,L)

Day 2 — Lima, Cuzco, Urubamba Valley

Fly to Cuzco — the heart of the Inca Empire. Drive into the historic Urubamba Valley, stopping in Chinchero to browse and shop for Andean handicrafts and alpaca sweaters. Visit the Urubamba Market. Overnight at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 3— Machu Picchu

Board the train to Machu Picchu, where we spend the afternoon exploring the ruins with our guide. Check into the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Machu Picchu

Return to Machu Picchu in the morning, perhaps climbing to the Sun Gate. Enjoy some birding in the abundant gardens surrounding our hotel, home to 16 species of hummingbirds. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuamán, Cuzco

Travel back to Cuzco via train. Explore the archaeological wonder of Ollantaytambo, where ancient temples and fortresses were built to protect the Sacred Valley. After a Paso Fino horse show stop at Sacsayhuamán — a huge fortress of massive stones which zigzags across the side of the mountain. Overnight at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Cuzco

Stroll the streets of Cuzco, exploring the Koricancha — also known as Santo Domingo, Santa Catalina Convent and the Cathedral. The afternoon is free to explore on your own before a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Cuzco, Home

Fly to Lima. Enjoy a lunch of local delicacies before an afternoon at leisure. Dayrooms are available at the Swissôtel Lima. Transfer to the airport this evening for flights home. (B,L)

Single and double occupany fees exclude airfare and park fees:

  • In-Country Airfare: (Lima, Iquitos, Lima) = $386
  • Park Fees: $185 (2016), $175 (2015)

Machu Picchu Post-Program Option 6 Days, 5 Nights (2017 Only)

Day 1 — Disembark / Iquitos / Cusco / Urubamba *Starts on Day 9 of the main program

After disembarking La Estrella Amazonica, board connecting flights to Cusco. Drive into the historic Urubamba Valley. The valley is dotted with picturesque Andean markets, impressive churches and Inca ruins. Stop at Sacsayhuamán — a huge fortress of massive stones which zigzags across the side of the mountain. The stones forming Sacsayhuamán are cut so precisely that a piece of paper will still not fit between them. After browsing at Pisac Market, check into our home for the next two nights, the Sonesta Posada Yucay. (L,D) 

Day 2 — Urubamba / Machu Picchu / Urubamba

Board the train to Machu Picchu, where we spend the day exploring the ruins with our guide. The citadel lies between two peaks — Huayna Picchu (Young Peak) and Machu Picchu (Old Peak). The steep terrain is part of the reason that less than half of the ancient site has been examined. Catch the evening train back to the Sacred Valley. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Urubamba / Cusco 

Enjoy early morning birding in the Andean forests and meadows of Abra Malaga, home to endemic Inca wren, creamy-crested spinetail, white antpita and a variety of other birdlife. 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 across the valley toward Cusco. Spend the next two nights at the Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Cusco 

Stroll the streets of Cusco, exploring the Koricancha — also known as Santo Domingo, Santa Catalina Convent and the Cathedral. After lunch, the afternoon is free to explore on your own before a farewell dinner featuring Andean fare. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Cusco / Lima / En Route 

After breakfast, fly back across the Andes to Lima. Enjoy a superb lunch of local delicacies before an afternoon at leisure. Dayrooms are available at the Costa del Sol Wyndam Airport Hotel until you transfer to the airport for your independent flights home. (B,L)

Day 6 — Arrive Home

Connect with your flight home. (Meals Aloft)

Single and double occupancy fees exclude airfare and park fees

  • In-Country Airfare: (Lima, Iquitos, Lima) = $399
  • Park Fees: $185 

Pre- and Post-Program Options and Optional Excursions are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation.