Get ready for adventure on this 10-day Northern Peru tour, where you will explore incredible historical sites and hike to one of the tallest waterfalls in the world in the cloud forest region of Chachapoyas, and enjoy thrilling excursions deep within the Amazon rainforest aboard a luxury Amazon river cruise.
Kingdom of the Cloud Warriers
After an energizing overnight at the airport hotel in Lima, you’ll take the early morning flight north to the city of Jaén. Enjoy the incredible scenery as you travel from there to your remote eco-lodge surrounded by the cloud forest and waterfalls of Chachapoyas, once home to an ancient and fearsome indigenous culture known as the Warriors of the Clouds.
From your accommodations you’ll experience exquisite views of one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, Gocta Falls, and will indeed spend a day hiking through lush cloud forest for a closer look. Indulge in exotic birdwatching and wildlife spotting along the way, as the region is famed for its endemic hummingbirds and Andean Cock-Of-The-Rock, the national bird of Peru. Gocta Falls has only recently begun receiving visitors, making you one of the first to experience its sheer size and natural beauty up close.
In the days that follow, you’ll explore some of the most remarkable archaeological ruins in all of Peru, including incredible mausoleums built into sheer cliff faces and a visit to the spectacular mountain-top fortress city of Kuelap, renowned as the ‘Machu Picchu of the North’. Another highlight of your North Peru tour will be learning about the Chachapoya culture at the Leymebamba Museum, home to over 200 mummies.
Realm Of The Jaguar
A flight to Iquitos puts you square in the Amazon Rainforest, the realm of the jaguar, where you will board the Delfin III, your 5-star luxury floating accommodations for the next three nights. The Delfin III is a 170-foot ship and comfortably accommodates guests in large air-conditioned suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows for spectacular views. For a splurge, why not reserve the largest one, the Owner’s Suite, which gives you 600 square feet of comfort and luxury.
Your journey will tantalize all your senses, whether it be the sights and sounds of the remarkable wildlife you’ll spot along the way with the help of expert naturalist guides, taking a dip in the plunge pool on the upper deck, unwinding with an indulgent spa treatment, or savoring the sumptuous and exotic gourmet meals prepared by the talented onboard chef.
Exciting excursions abound during your Amazonian adventure, as you embark on skiff explorations, wildlife tours, and nature walks, fish for the ferocious piranha, or seek out the famous pink river dolphins. You’ll also have a unique chance to visit a mystical shaman, a healer and spiritual guide for the local indigenous communities.
To conclude your Northern Peru tour you’ll be transferred back to Iquitos for your flight to Lima, but not before stopping at the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals to meet baby manatees.