Amazon Rainforest Cruise
Voyage into the world’s largest river basin and explore the Peruvian Amazon
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
The Amazon: one of the wildest, most remote corners of Earth. For those drawn to the natural beauty of our planet it’s the ultimate adventure, which is why we’re so excited to announce our new eco-cruise along the “River of Life.”Voyage into the world’s largest river basin, an unparalleled biological reservoir on this thrilling adventure along the mighty Amazon River in Peru. Come face to face with pink dolphins, playful monkeys, sleepy sloths, giant butterflies and a myriad of other rare creatures in the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Travel in high style aboard the Amazon’s only luxury ship enjoying all the comforts of a 5* hotel, the Zafiro. Disembark for guided moonlight safaris, canoe excursions, nature walks and piranha fishing. Amazonian cultural encounters are aplenty in Ribereño villages, receive a blessing from a Shaman and learn ancient customs with the locals. Complete with certified naturalist guides, outdoor jacuzzi, cooking class, pre-cruise hotel in Lima, internal flights and more, this is as once-in-a-lifetime as it gets.Aboard this luxury Amazon River cruise, you’ll create a lifetime of memories. Drawing on insight from our native Amazon travel guides, we intentionally vary the villages and tributaries we visit, ensuring you get the most authentic rainforest tour experience possible.
* Guided tours & lectures by native naturalists
* Services of experienced expedition leader
* 8 nights’ accommodation
* All meals and drinks on cruise
* Visit to Ranger Station used for scientific study
* Tips to porters & waiters for included meals
* Arrival & departure transfers
* Internal Flights
Fly independently to Lima, Peru.
Fly independently to Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to our overnight hotel.*Accommodation*: Swissôtel Lima
Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for
endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued.
Fly over the Andes to Iquitos. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about efforts to help these endearing mammals. See how the manatees are cared for and prepared for reintroduction into their natural habitat. Board the elegant riverboat, Zafiro, home for seven nights. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers.*Accommodation:* The Zafiro
The confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers is famous as the beginning
of the Amazon River in Peru.
We awake this morning on the Amazon River, seeing some of the ever-changing panorama of jungle life as the Amazon River cruise ship continues upriver. Small villages dot the shoreline, and channels weaving through island mazes provide close-up views of a variety of birds. The confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers is famous as the beginning of the Amazon River in Peru. Amazingly, we are about 2,400 miles from where the river flows into the Atlantic. The river drops only about 350 feet the entire way! On our Amazon Voyage adventure, travel waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where we may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant. We turn into the Río Ucayali, where we’re apt to find gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins cavorting near the boat and along the shoreline. Later we take an excursion into the surrounding rainforest in search of giant water lilies and elusive wildlife such as monkeys and sloths. As dusk approaches, fishing bats begin their night’s foraging.*Accommodation:* The Zafiro
The Pacaya-Samiria is the known home to 450 bird species, 102 species of
mammals, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians, and countless plants.
After a peaceful breakfast along the black-water Sapote Creek, we explore a small tributary of the Ucayali aboard excursion boats. Look for animals including primates, sloths and an enormous variety of birds. Our Amazon Voyage adventure continues upriver to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Although scientific studies are far from exhausted, the Pacaya-Samiria is the known home to 450 bird species, 102 species of mammals, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians, and countless plants. This afternoon, an excursion into this largest wetland reserve in the world provides the opportunity to see 13 species of primates, including monk sakis, red howler, saddle-backed tamarin and squirrel monkeys. Explore Caro Lake, connected to the river by way of a very small stream, where we may find flocks of greater ani, often seen following monkeys in search of insects disturbed by the monkeys’ foraging. We enjoy a nighttime boat excursion for a chance to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife.*Accommodation:* The Zafiro
Spend the day exploring this flooded realm, seeing wading birds such as
herons, wattled jacanas and horned screamers.
Spend the day exploring this flooded realm, seeing wading birds such as herons, wattled jacanas and horned screamers. Venturing deep into the rainforest, tour an igapo (seasonally flooded forest), where plant life is very different from what we see along the main course of our Amazon cruise, and walk through the forest. Lucky guests may release turtle hatchlings. A delicious lunch energizes us for afternoon excursions with our expert naturalists, where we may find scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks and red howler monkeys.*Accommodation:* The Zafiro
The narrow waterways, we’ll find birds such as canary-winged parakeets and
spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws.
After an early breakfast, we board excursion boats for access even further into the heart of these vast wetlands. As our Amazon Voyage adventure cruises, the narrow waterways, we’ll find birds such as canary-winged parakeets and spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws. Primates also are common, including noisy squirrel monkeys. Once we arrive at a remote ranger station, enjoy a refreshing swim. Gradually make our way back to the riverboat through the maze of waterways. Enjoy an al fresco lunch and time to relax before our afternoon excursion.*Accommodation:* The Zafiro
A fantastic opportunity to stroll through gardens learning about medicinal
plants and folklore, visit a school, or join in a game of soccer.
Head back downriver, with a morning wildlife or other activity. Visit a village along the river, with the chance to learn about the lives of the “Ribereño” people who live there. Accompanied by guides who grew up along the river, this is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through gardens learning about medicinal plants and folklore, or join in a game of soccer. The children are especially excited to see their faces on digital cameras and to show off their school and sing Peruvian songs. Depending on the villages visited during your Amazon River tour, you may also have the opportunity to see a water treatment plant. The clean drinking water provided by these plants is having an enormous positive health impact in remote river villages. Learn about medicinal plants and enjoy a blessing ceremony by a respected village shaman. Aboard the ship, learn to make traditional Peruvian dishes or enjoying an enriching lecture. After dark, go out in excursion boats to listen to the sounds of the rainforest and look for nocturnal wildlife.*Accommoadtion:* The Zafiro
Wake up early for a morning birdwatching excursion along the Yarapa River.
Wake up early for a morning birdwatching excursion along the Yarapa River. After breakfast, try your hand at piranha fishing in Ubos Lake. Piranha are very common in the slower-moving water. With luck, we may catch red-breasted, white or black piranha, and feast on our catch this evening at dinner. Once back aboard your luxury Amazon River cruise ship, we enjoy a farewell dinner.*Accommodation:* The Zafiro
Upon arrival back in Lima late this afternoon, dayrooms are provided until
time to connect with independent overnight flights home.
On an early morning excursion to Pilpintuwasi Rescue Center, see two- and three-toed sloth, red uakari and even a jaguar which have been rescued. Upon arrival back in Lima late this afternoon, dayrooms are provided until time to connect with independent overnight flights home.*Accommodation:* Standard Hotel