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8 Night Upper Amazon Cruise and Machu Picchu Cruise and Land Tour from Lima

Ship: Delfin II
Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Sailed:  Saturday, Feb 10, 2024 from Lima, Peru
Ended: Sunday, Feb 18, 2024
The itinerary information below reflects the original day-by-day port of call schedule for the Saturday, Feb 10, 2024 departure of the Delfin II. If Lindblad Expeditions modified this itinerary for weather or operational reasons after departing , the modified schedule would not be reflected here.
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Day by Day Summary and Map

Day 1 - Saturday - Feb 10, 2024
Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru      
Arrive in Lima, Peru's thriving capital, and transfer to the convenient Wyndham Costa del Sol, connected to the airport. Most international flights arrive in the late evening. Opt to arrive early for a Lima pre-voyage extension staying at the iconic Country Club Lima Hotel. The extension adds just a day to the expedition and gives you a chance to rest, relax, and see this UNESCO World Heritage-designated city.
Day 2 - Sunday - Feb 11, 2024
Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru      
Air Travel      
Cusco, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Chincheros, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Ollantaytambo, Peru      
Train Travel      
Aguas Calientes, Peru      
Arriving in Cusco, drive through the Sacred Valley to Chinchero, a typical Andean village where we join National Geographic Grantee Nilda Callanaupa for lunch and a demonstration of Inca weaving traditions. We continue to Ollantaytambo and board our late afternoon scenic train to Machu Picchu and check into our hotel. We stay for two nights at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, with Andean-style casitas set along the river in a reserve with 300 species of orchids. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Monday - Feb 12, 2024
Aguas Calientes, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Machu Picchu, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Aguas Calientes, Peru      
Take the full day to explore Machu Picchu, the Inka royal retreat introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in the April 1913 National Geographic magazine. With both the morning and afternoon to explore, choose to hike to the Sun Gate or tackle Huayna Picchu, which towers over the sanctuary. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Tuesday - Feb 13, 2024
Aguas Calientes, Peru      
Train Travel      
Ollantaytambo, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Cusco, Peru      
Return to Ollantaytambo by train and continue to Cusco, where we explore the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral and Plaza de Armas, the sacred Inca Temple of the Sun, and other treasures. Check into the Palacio del Inka in the historic center. Dinner on your own to relax or sample local fare. (B,L)
Day 5 - Wednesday - Feb 14, 2024
Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru      
Air Travel      
Lima, Peru      
Air Travel      
Iquitos, Peru      
Bus Travel      
Cruise Begins      
Nauta, Peru      
After breakfast, fly to Iquitos via Lima and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Thursday - Feb 15, 2024
Pacaya Samiria Reserve, Peru      
Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle stretching more than five million acres-and harboring some of the Amazon's most fascinating flora and fauna. Bordered by the Maranon and the Ucayali, these two powerful rivers converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters, called Jungle of Mirrors for reflections created by the seasonal glassy water. Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably colored saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon's largest, rare pink dolphins, and the famous piranhas. One of the unexpected joys of traveling in the region is the interaction with the local riberenos, the traditional people who live on the riverbanks. Visit a local community and see the projects that we support through the local non-profit Minga Peru, including a program of handcraft development, radio broadcasts, women's health initiatives, and efforts in sustainable farming. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Friday - Feb 16, 2024
Pacaya Samiria Reserve, Peru      
Day 8 - Saturday - Feb 17, 2024
Pacaya Samiria Reserve, Peru      
Day 9 - Sunday - Feb 18, 2024
Nauta, Peru
Nauta, Peru      
Cruise Ends      
Bus Travel      
Iquitos, Peru      
Air Travel      
Lima, Peru      
Disembark in Nauta, stopping at the Amazon Rescue Center on the way to Iquitos. Fly to Lima, where we visit Museo Larco and celebrate with a farewell dinner before late night flights home. (B,L,D)