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Pleasures of Peru

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises debuts two new South American Journeys

Uniworld’s recently added river cruise routes through the Peruvian amazon offer travelers a trip of discoveries in the most biodiverse rainforest and river system on earth. Joined by naturalist guides, the once-in-a-lifetime journeys uncover lush flora and fauna, native wildlife, and village locals. Two new itineraries are supported by Uniworld’s Aria Amazon, an eco-friendly, all-suite river boat with such top-deck features as a jacuzzi, indoor lounge and bar, outdoor observation deck, and fivestar cuisine by top chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration

Nauta: Birthplace of the Amazon As one of the oldest inhabited areas in the Peruvian

Amazon, Nauta is nestled between the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers—where the mighty Amazon River is found. Take in the lush greenery and the giant water lilies growing in the river basin.

Machu Picchu As you tour this active archeological site, your guide will share stores about the Incan civilizations, the site’s discovery, and theories surrounding this piece of history.

Cusco City Tour Located in the Andes Mountains, Cusco was the heart of the Incan Empire. Spend the day exploring all the wonders of the city, like Sacsayhuamán—the Incan ceremonial fortress dedicated to “Inti” (the Sun)—and the San Pedro market, home to colorful stands of fruits, vegetables, spices, and local products.

Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery

Stargazing on Enchanted Lake Deep in the Amazon, guests will experience some of the darkest, clearest skies in the world—a black sky illuminated by thousands of stars. As travelers float on Enchanted Lake, guides will point out constellations and planets.

San Jose de Sarapanga Forest Spend the afternoon surrounded by the dense San Jose de Sarapanga Forest. As trekkers get close to the basin of the river, giant water lilies will appear. The lily leaves can grow up to 18 inches and hold nearly 300 pounds.

Kayak Yanayacu-Pucate River Kayak, canoe, and swim the famous black waters of the Yanayacu-Pucate River, located in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, the second largest protected area in Peru. If you’re lucky, you may see the legendary pink dolphin, native to the Amazon River.

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