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Delve into the lush mystery of the Amazon River Basin and the “Lost City of Incas,” Machu Picchu. This unforgettable journey features a five-night natural history cruise aboard the deluxe Zafiro, two nights in the breathtaking Sacred Valley, one night in legendary Machu Picchu and two nights in the Inca capital of Cuzco. Cruise through our planet’s largest rainforest ecosystem, where the number of butterfly species climbs into the thousands and other species have yet to be even discovered. Led by expert naturalists, explore the boundless diversity of nature’s most wondrous offerings, from flora like delicate orchids to fauna such as transparent glass frogs and pink river dolphins. Visit local villages to observe the traditional way of life of the ribereños (indigenous Amazonian peoples). In the Sacred Valley, visit the terraced Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, tour historic Cuzco and experience Machu Picchu, an enigmatic engineering marvel perched on a peak in the Andes. A special Pre-Program Option to UNESCO World Heritage-designated colonial Lima is offered. This unique program is an exceptional value, and space is extremely limited.


  • Specially curated, 13-day travel program available only through Gohagan & Company, featuring the Amazon River Basin, one of Earth’s most biodiverse natural realms, paired with legendary Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.”
  • Five-night exclusively chartered Amazon River cruise aboard the Zafiro with expert naturalists to guide all excursions.
  • Deluxe expedition vessel—one of a select number to cruise the upper Amazon and its tributaries within the world’s largest rainforest ecosystem.
  • Two nights in the breathtaking Sacred Valley, one night in the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Machu Picchu and two nights in the historic Inca capital of Cuzco, also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Perú domestic air included.
  • Visit with ribereños, native inhabitants of the Amazon River Basin, in remote rainforest villages.
  • Encounter wildlife in blackwater rivers and virgin rainforests.
  • Pre-Program Option in colonial Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Event Itinerary 

Day     Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada/Arrive in Lima, Perú
  2. Lima/Fly to Iquitos/Nauta/Embark Zafiro/Río Amazonas
  3. Río Amazonas/Río Ucayali
  4. Río Amazonas/Río Ucayali/Río Marañón/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
  5. Río Marañón/Río Pucate/Río Ucayali
  6. Río Marañón/Nauta
  7. Nauta/Disembark ship/Iquitos/Fly to Cuzco via Lima/Sacred Valley
  8. Sacred Valley
  9. Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
  10. Machu Picchu/Cuzco
  11. Cuzco
  12. Cuzco/Fly to Lima/Depart for the U.S. or Canada
  13. Arrive in U.S. or Canada
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Nathaniel J. Dominy

Nathaniel J. Dominy is the Charles Hansen Professor of Anthropology and Professor in the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society (EEES) Graduate Program. As an anthropologist and evolutionary biologist, Professor Dominy studies the behavior, ecology and functional morphology of humans and nonhuman primates. He has worked on the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia since 1999 and has received grants and fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Packard Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Explorers Club, and the Royal Geographic Society. His research philosophy is to integrate tropical fieldwork with mechanical, molecular and isotopic analyses to better understand how and why adaptive shifts occurred during primate evolution. In 2010, Professor Dominy was named a "Brillant 10" scientist under the age of 40 by Popular Science magazine. 

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