Authentic Lima & Adventurous Peruvian Amazon Tour

Immerse yourself in captivating contrasts during this tour of Lima and the Peruvian Amazon near Iquitos, a 7-day adventure through urban vibrancy and lush wilderness. Begin in the historic heart of Lima, exploring local markets, colonial architecture, and community projects that reveal the city’s soul. Then, transition to the untamed beauty of the Amazon rainforest, where river journeys, wildlife spotting, and visits to indigenous villages await. This Lima and Peruvian Amazon tour offers a moderate level of difficulty, combining easy urban exploration with adventurous jungle activities. It is ideal for those eager to experience authentic culture and nature’s wonders in one unforgettable trip.

  • Experience the historic charm of Lima while meeting the locals
  • Discover Lima’s hidden gems, including enchanting streets and artisan markets
  • Venture into the Peruvian Amazon Jungle, where wild and beautiful nature awaits
  • Embark on serene river journeys, witnessing the different Amazon ecosystems up close
  • Spot exotic wildlife in their natural habitat, from colourful birds to elusive monkeys
  • Learn from indigenous communities about their traditions and deep rainforest connections

This is a private tour and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide during all the activities and excursions. The activities in Lima are private (only for you) and the excursions in the Amazon rainforest are as part of a small group. The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing. All tours can be tailor-made to suit your interests and requirements.

This tour of Peru is a vibrant combination of culture, history, and natural splendour. Beginning in the bustling metropolis of Lima, this journey takes travellers deep into the heart of Peru’s contrasts, from its colonial past to its thriving present and into the lush, untamed wilderness of the Amazon rainforest.

Lima, with its rich colonial architecture, lively plazas, and bustling markets, pulses with the rhythm of contemporary life alongside ancient traditions. The city’s historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, enchants visitors with its stunning facades and grandiose churches, while the local markets burst with the colours and flavours of Peruvian cuisine. Here, travellers will have the unique opportunity to share a meal with a local family, an experience that offers not just a taste of authentic dishes, but a genuine connection with the local people and their culture. Moreover, the visit to artisan markets and to the ‘wall of shame’ will reveal a city of stark contrasts and resilience, where community spirit prevails.

From the urban exploration of Lima, the tour transitions into the wild heart of Peru: the Amazon rainforest. This vast green expanse is a haven for biodiversity, where every moment is accompanied by the symphony of nature, from the gentle flow of rivers to the calls of exotic birds and monkeys. Travellers will find themselves enveloped in an entirely different world, navigating rivers that offer a glimpse into the rich ecosystems along their banks. The visits to indigenous villages can be profoundly moving, providing insights into the traditions, crafts, and the symbiotic relationship between these communities and their environment.

Amidst the dense foliage and under the vast Amazonian sky, this tour fosters a profound sense of connection — to the land and the people who call it home. From the spirited streets of Lima to the serene and mysterious depths of the Amazon jungle, travellers will leave with not just memories, but stories of adventure, cultural knowledge, and an enduring bond with the essence of Peru.

  • Trying local ceviche during an authentic city tour in Lima, Peru

    Day 1: Welcome to Peru (-/-/-)

    Flight to Lima, the capital of Peru! On arrival, a Spanish-speaking driver will transfer you to a well-located, homey B&B in a colonial building in the Miraflores neighbourhood. The rest of the day is free to relax and to sample Peru's world-renowned cuisine. You can take the opportunity to independently explore the neighbourhoods of Miraflores and Barranco. Miraflores offers stunning ocean views and bustling markets, while Barranco is known for its bohemian vibe, street art, and cosy cafes. Both neighbourhoods are ideal for an evening stroll to soak in Lima's cultural richness and culinary delights.

  • Sampling exotic fruits in a traditional market during a city tour of Lima, Peru

    Day 2: Lima Walking City Tour (B/-/-)

    After breakfast, begin your Lima adventure with a half-day private city tour, starting in the vibrant Surquillo market to sample Peru's exotic fruits. Then, you will ride the "Metropolitano" bus to explore colonial landmarks of the historic center, including the San Martín square, the Jirón de la Unión shop for artisan ice cream, and the majestic Plaza Mayor. Other highlights include the Government Palace, the Municipal Palace, the main Cathedral, and the mysterious catacombs of the San Francisco church. Free afternoon and evening back to the B&B.
    Optional: For dinner, add a private food tour in Barranco starting mid-afternoon, to indulge in traditional Peruvian flavours like ceviche and lomo saltado across eight stops, learning a few culinary secrets from the local chefs and hosts.

  • Exploring the second biggest cemetery in the world, during an authentic city tour of Lima

    Day 3: Authentic Tour of Lima (B/L/-)

    Today you will experience Lima beyond the tourist spots during the private full-day Authentic Lima Tour, which offers a deep dive into local life and culture. Start with a visit to an artisanal fish market and the opportunity to take a short coastal boat ride with local fishermen. Next, explore significant sites like the Christ statue and the Morro Solar, offering panoramic views of the city, and visit the world's second-largest cemetery, showcasing a different side of Lima. Later, you will enjoy a homemade lunch with a local family, gaining personal insights into daily life and the challenges they face. In the afternoon, you will engage with local artisans and learn about community-driven social projects. This authentic and immersive tour focuses on hope, empowerment, and meaningful encounters with the locals. Back to the B&B late afternoon for a free evening.

  • Comfortable, rustic and traditional cabins at Pacaya Samiria Ecolodge in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest

    Day 4: From Lima to Iquitos (B/L/D)

    After an early breakfast, private transfer to the Lima airport for a 1.5-hour flight to Iquitos. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Nauta (approx. 1.5 hours), with a stop on the way to visit San Joaquín de Omaguas and learn about its history at the Samuel Fritz Interpretation Center, which offers insights into the role of evangelical missions during the 17th and 18th centuries. Once in Nauta, you will take a private boat along the Marañon River to the Pacaya Samiria Ecolodge (approx. 40 minutes), arriving in time for lunch. Located in the heart of the Amazon, the Pacaya Samiria Ecolodge was built with a traditional structure and is surrounded by the lush wilderness of the rainforest. After settling into a traditional cabin, you will explore the Ethnobotanical Ecotrail with augmented reality (approx. 30 minutes) and have the rest of the afternoon to rest. Dinner will be served at the lodge. Later, explore the Mythological Ecotrail to encounter five characters from the Amazon mythology, and then the Cosmovision Ecotrail, which offers insights into the local astronomical chart and the deep cultural ties between the Amazonian people and the cosmos, all through augmented reality technology. Finish with a short nocturnal forest walk around the ecolodge, while you hear about Amazonian myths and legends.

  • Discovering wild vegetation during a hike in the Amazon jungle near Iquitos, Peru

    Day 5: Exploring the Pacaya Samiria Reserve - Nauta Caño (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, join a local guide for a 2-hour wildlife tour in the ecolodge’s surroundings, to ignite your sense of adventure and introduce you to the rich biodiversity of the area. The Fauna Ecotrail offers a chance to learn about six groups of species native to the region, enhanced by a virtual narrator. Lunch will be served back at the lodge. In the afternoon, the journey continues to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising through the Jungle of Mirrors in the Nauta Caño area, where the water flawlessly reflects the verdant surroundings, creating a magical atmosphere. You will explore the flooded forests, a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna, providing a closer look at the wildlife thriving in these waters. This experience not only showcases the Amazon's natural beauty but also deepens your appreciation for its ecological significance and the life it supports. Free evening back to the ecolodge.

  • Navigating a river in the Amazon rainforest during a wildlife watching tour in Peru

    Day 6: Exploring the Pacaya Samiria Reserve - Yanayacu-Pucate (B/L/D)

    After a hearty breakfast at the ecolodge, set off for a full day of exploration in the Yanayacu-Pucate zone of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. First, you will visit the January 20th community to see firsthand their conservation efforts in managing natural resources and preserving native species. You will engage in activities like scaling aguaje palms and canoeing to intimately experience their ecological initiatives. Then, venture into the mystical flooded forests for a chance to spot primates, sloths, and a vibrant array of birdlife. Lunch will be served on the boat. In the afternoon, you will learn about traditional Amazonian fishing practices that align with the natural ecosystem. This enriching day concludes back at the ecolodge, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for the Amazon's ecological and cultural richness. Dinner will be served at the ecolodge.

  • Boat trip from the Pacaya Samiria Ecolodge to Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest

    Day 7: From Pacaya Ecolodge to Iquitos (B/-/-)

    After breakfast, you will take a boat tour along the Marañón River to Cocha Shiriyacu for a peaceful artisanal fishing experience. This adventure includes a visit to the San Jorge Community, where you will learn about local customs and traditions directly from community members, deepening your cultural understanding of the Amazon Rainforest. You will also stop at the Center for Kukama Women Crafts Project, which highlights the Kukama women's craftsmanship and promotes cultural preservation. At approx. 1:00 p.m., transfer back to Iquitos by boat and then by car (approx. 2.5 hours), arriving in time to board a 12-hour overnight boat to Leticia in the Colombian Amazon, or to take your flight back to Lima. End of tour.

  • Trip duration: 7 days
  • Countries visited: Peru
  • Level of difficulty: Medium
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a B&B in Miraflores in Lima, 3 nights in a cabin with ensuite bathroom at an ecolodge in the Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve
  • Transport: Internal flight (Lima - Iquitos), car or mini-van, boat
  • Meals included: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Additional information:

    No minimum number of passengers required and you will not be travelling with a group of people you do not know. Prices quoted are per person and based on at least 2 people travelling. Your passport is required at time of booking. For information on visa requirements and health formalities please visit the FCO Travel Advice Website (for UK citizens) and US Travel Advice website (for US citizens).

    This tour of Peru, like most of our adventures through Latin America, has a low level of physical difficulty and participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like.

    What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, walking shoes, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, products against pain/itching from bites and stings, sun glasses and hat, cap or bandana, swimwear, lightweight travel towels, flip-flops, torch or headlamp, reusable water bottle (single-use plastic bottles are not allowed in most National Parks), adapters (Peru uses American-style electrical plugs but 220 volts).

    Cold destinations: Lima can be chilly from May to October, with some occasional showers. In the jungle it can always rain especially from December to March. Bring a wind and waterproof light jacket, a poncho, clothes to layer, socks.

    Hot destinations: The jungle can be hot and humid all year round. Bring comfortable light cotton shirts with long and short sleeves, comfortable trousers made of cotton or a light synthetic material, shorts, rain coat.

  • Best time to travel: April to December, although both Lima and the Amazon can be visited all year round
  • Extra budget recommended: Around £100 / $120 per person to cover meals and all other expenses not included in the itinerary
  • What is included: internal flight (Lima - Iquitos). Overland and river transfers (some may be shared). Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest, museums and national parks mentioned in the itinerary (except from the catacombs in Lima). Guided activities and excursions with English-speaking guides (some private, some as part of a small group). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited. Donation to help in preserving the Amazon rainforest through agro-forestry and education.
  • What is not included: Flights from your country of origin. Boat from Iquitos to Leticia. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs. Entrance fees to the catacombs in Lima.

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