A two and a half hour flight from Lima brings you to Iquitos, the epitome of a steamy Amazon city. Hemmed in by lakes, rivers and dense forest on all sides, the only way in or out is by boat or plane.
Cruises from Iquitos vary in duration from three to seven nights and will commonly include stops for guided rainforest walks in the pristine Pacaya Samiria Reserve and a fascinating visit to an indigenous community, as well as excursions in smaller boats to explore narrow channels teeming with wildlife.
Itineraries will usually cover a short section of the famous Amazon river itself, but in reality the best wildlife is to be found on the tributaries such as the Uyacali and Marañon.
Our suggested Peru cruising itineraries
Each of these itineraries features an element, big or small, of experiencing Peru by boat. As we’ve discovered, cruising lets you slow the pace and gain a different — sometimes exclusive — perspective on a destination. As with all our itineraries, treat these as just inspiration for your uniquely created trip.
Boats and ships selected by our specialists
Ranging from luxurious floating hotels to far simpler options, the selection of Peru cruise vessels you can choose from all have one thing in common: they offer unparalleled access to sights well off the beaten track.