Amazon River

The Amazon River, which is the largest river in the world based on volume of water discharged, winds its way across South America through the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon River and Rainforest are home to more than a third of all known animal species, many of which you’ll spot from the deck of your river ship. Amazon River cruise packages typically feature a short cruise along the Peruvian section of the river, with daily guided sightseeing tours, accompanied by an extensive land program. Featured below are some of the highlights you can experience when cruising the Amazon River and touring the nearby regions of South America:

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Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Explore Machu Picchu with the help of a local guide. Located high above the surrounding jungles, Machu Picchu wasn’t “rediscovered” until 1911, but many mysteries still remain for you to discover.
     
  • Head to the Manatee Rescue Center in Iquitos, Peru to learn about (and feed!) endangered Amazon manatees. Find out what you can do to aid in the conservationists’ efforts to protect these peaceful creatures.
     
Amazon River Spider Monkey
  • Cruise along the Amazon River while an expert guide identifies some of the surrounding wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, lizards and birds. For certain excursions you’ll board a smaller craft to head further up the river’s extensive tributaries to visit local villages.
     
  • Visit Yacapana, the “Isle of the Iguanas,” to walk amongst these incredible reptiles. You could even go fishing for piranhas before enjoying some Peruvian cocktails.
     
Sacsayhuaman Ruins in Cusco, Peru
  • Tour the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco, Peru. During the day you can visit the Incan Temple of Sacsayhuaman, a stone fortress perched on a hill, or Kenko, an ancient site for public ceremonies, and possibly sacrifices.
     
  • Enjoy a Peruvian Paso horse show where you will learn how horses are bred and trained to handle the steep and terraced terrain of Peru.
     

 

Connect with nature on an Amazonian adventure along the vast Amazon River. You’ll be immersed in cultures unlike any other and discover species of plants and animals not found anywhere else in the world. Contact our river cruise experts to start planning your Amazon River cruise.

 

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