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Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration

Peru & the Amazon Rainforest

This many-splendoured country delights everyone lucky enough to visit. It houses a gorgeous stretch of the Amazon Rainforest, including the birthplace of the Amazon River, as well as the majestic Machu Picchu. While here, make sure to explore Peru’s lively cities, from the colorful capital city of Lima, also known as the “City of Kings” and the unofficial gastronomical capital of South America, to Cusco, the heartland of the Inka Empire.

HIGHLIGHTS

Nature
Amazon River Landscape, Peru

The Amazon Rainforest is a lush jungle environment that spans nine countries, but the most beautiful stretch of all is in Peru. This is thanks to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a protected zone that has kept development and deforestation out of the Peruvian Amazon, leaving flourishing flora and fauna, as well as several Amazonian communities, intact. This area is also known as the “forest of mirrors” for the crystal-clear reflections of the trees and sky cast by its waters.

Wildlife
Black Spider Monkey, Peru

The Amazon is home to over 30% of all the known animal species in the world. With the floor-to-floor, wall-to-wall ceilings featured in every suite aboard the Aria Amazon, you’ll be able to spot rare Amazonian species right outside your window. Keep your eyes out for Amazonian manatees, three-toed sloths, capybara, pink river dolphins, scarlet macaw, and spider monkeys.

Cuisine
Poached Catfish (Sudado de Doncella)

Peruvian gastronomy is respected across the world, with delicious dishes at both the authentic local level and in the world of fine dining. Fish, meats, legumes, corn, quinoa, and rice feature heavily in richly flavorful dishes, along with numerous exotic fruits that are difficult to find outside of the country. Our menus, crafted by Peru’s own celebrity chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, blend various regional cuisines, highlighting popular Peruvian dishes and drawing on ingredients and techniques from the Amazon.

Landmarks
Machu Picchu

Bucket-list sites are everywhere you look in Peru. Besides the Amazon Rainforest, the “lost city” of Machu Picchu is the biggest must-see destination, as well as the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Our tours in Peru also pepper in some unique landmarks, ones that many tourists don’t think to visit, while those who do leave fond memories. In Lima, visit Casa Aliaga, one of the city’s oldest buildings and a home that has been passed down through 17 generations of the same family, for lunch with a member of the Aliaga family.

TRAVEL TIPS

When to go: Weather in the Peruvian Amazon can be divided into two main seasons. Visit in the High Water season (December through May) to find yourself closer to the treetops, where you can spot the many species that make their homes there. Alternatively, the Low Water season (June through November) gives access to jungle paths that are inaccessible at other times of the year.

How to pack: Whether you’re visiting during high or low water season, expect warm and balmy weather. We suggest that you bring comfortable walking shoes, quick-drying and lightweight clothing, lightweight long pants and rain gear, long-sleeved tops for jungle excursions, a wide-brimmed hat, extra socks, and a bathing suit.

High Water

DEC–MAY

Avg. Temp. 86º F / 30º C

Low Water

JUN–NOV

Avg. Temp. 81º F / 27º C

Electricity

Standard 220V

Plug types A and C

Time Zone

Peru Time (PET)

Currency

Peruvian Sol (PEN, S/)

Official Language

Spanish

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