Dates: March 10 - March 21, 2019
Total Duration: 12 days
Cost: From approx. $10,990 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
History of Art
Vehicle: Delfin III
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Central And South America
In the company of Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of the History of Art, and local expert Wiggie Andrews, explore Peru's dazzling natural beauty, rich cultural traditions, and intriguing pre-colonial empire with a four-night cruise on the Amazon River. Begin in the capital city of Lima with some of the very best of Peru, including the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima's most celebrated hotel and spa; the amaZ restaurant, where you can make an Amazon-inspired plantain ceviche; and the Larco Herrera Museum, a privately owned museum that showcases 4,000 years of pre-Columbian art. Then cruise for four nights along the Amazon aboard the beautiful Delfin III riverboat. Keep watch for manatees, pink Amazon River dolphins, caimans, and more than 1,500 species of birds. Enjoy kayaking on the river and night expeditions in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, rich in biodiversity.
Leaving the river, fly to Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Visit a weaving demonstration in Chinchero and the Inca site of Moray, meet master ceramicists at a pottery workshop, and attend a demonstration of the paso fino horse, renowned for its distinctive natural gait. Spend a morning in Ollantaytambo, an ancient Inca archaeological site, before boarding the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to ascend to Machu Picchu.
Visit this astonishing 15th-century Inca citadel in the late afternoon and the next morning from Belmond's Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only property adjacent to the entrance of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Depart for Cuzco, once capital of the Inca Empire and known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Visits to the Sacsayhuaman citadel and Cuzco's historic Plaza de Armas, and a festive farewell dinner, complete this unique Peru and Amazon adventure.