Experience one of the greatest voyages in natural history as you navigate more than 500 miles of the Amazon and its tributaries, where you’ll witness an exciting variety of animals and birds and come to understand traditional village life.

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Amazon River Cruise

Round-trip from Lima

10 days from $5,345

Experience one of the greatest voyages in natural history as you navigate more than 500 miles of the Amazon and its tributaries, where you’ll witness an exciting variety of animals and birds and come to understand traditional village life.

or Call 855-330-1542

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TOUR BROCHURE

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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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Overview

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. (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)

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

*Day 9 — Iquitos / Cuzco / Urubamba

Fly to Cuzco. Drive into the historic Urubamba Valley. Stop at Sacsayhuamán — a huge fortress of massive stones which zigzags across the side of the mountain. Browse and shop for Andean handicrafts and alpaca sweaters at Pisac Market. *Starts on Day 9 of the main program. Sonesta Posada Yucay (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Urubamba / Machu Picchu

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. Sonesta Posada Yucay (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Urubamba / Cuzco 

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 archaeological wonder of Ollantaytambo, where temples and fortresses were built to protect the Sacred Valley. After a Paso Fino horse show at Wayra Ranch, continue across the valley toward Cuzco. Costa del Sol Cuzco Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 12 — 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. Costa del Sol Cuzco Hotel  (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Cuzco / Lima / Depart

Fly to Lima. Enjoy a lunch of local delicacies before an afternoon at leisure. Day rooms are available until you transfer to the airport for your flights home. (B,L)

Day 14 — Arrive in the U.S.

Arrive in the U.S. and connect with your flight home.

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

2018 Machu Picchu Post-Program Option — 8 Days, 7 Nights 

*Day 9 — Disembark / Iquitos / Lima 

Lima and overnight at the hotel.  *Starts on Day 9 of the main program. Costa del Sol  (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Lima / Cusco / Urubamba Valley

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

Days 11 & 12 — 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 hotel. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (2B,2L,2D)

Day 13 — 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 Aranwa Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 14 — Cusco

Stroll the streets of Cusco, 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 featuring Andean fare. Aranwa Cusco Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 15 — Cusco / Lima

After a morning at leisure fly back across the Andes to Lima. Relax in your dayroom until time to transfer to the airport this evening for flights home. Costa del Sol (B,L)

Day 16 — Arrive in the U.S.

Arrive in the U.S. and transfer to your connecting flights home. 

  • 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.

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.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

2018 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart U.S. / Arrive in Lima, Peru

Fly independently to Lima, Peru where you'll be met upon arrival and transferred to the Swissôtel for the night. (D)

Day 2 — Lima / Iquitos / Embark Amazon Riverboat

Fly over the Andes to Iquitos, where we enjoy an encounter at the Manatee Research Center and survey the history of local tribes at a small museum. Board the riverboat, your home for seven days. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with your local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers. (B,L,D)

Days 3-8 — Amazon River and Tributaries

Spend the next six nights aboard a comfortable riverboat navigating deep into the tributaries of the Amazon — a web of forests and lakes that pulsate with a chorus of birdlife, far-off calls of primates and flashes of butterflies.

More than 1,300 species of birds, 40,000 plant species and grey and pink river dolphins can be found in the lush, ever-changing jungle we know simply as the Amazon. Enjoy unprecedented access to three habitats: varzea, igapó,and palm-flooded forest, including the deep reaches of the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, for the greatest diversity of wildlife sightings.

Night excursions may reveal caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife. Periodically throughout the year, guests may even release turtle hatchlings. Daily excursions include pre-dawn birding, enriching presentations, school visits in local villages and even piranha fishing! Learn about the lives of the Ribereño people as we visit villages perched along the riverbanks. This is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through their gardens learning about medicinal plants from a local Shaman. Depending on the villages visited during your voyage, you may also see a water treatment tower or home filtration systems. Pointing out details no guidebook could provide are your team of world-class naturalists and a local expedition leader, while an attentive 21-member crew ensures exceptional service in the wild. (6B,6L,6D)

Day 9 — Iquitos / Lima / Depart for the U.S.

After a morning excursion and lunch return to Lima. Dayrooms are provided until you connect with independent overnight flights home. (B,L) 

Day 10 — Arrivals

Arrive in the U.S. and connect with your flight home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)