Summary : Unlock the mysteries of the Amazon on a journey to the heart of Peru’s largest reserve, Pacaya-Samiria. Your Expedition Leader and experienced Naturalists will help you to see and learn more about the remarkable flora and fauna of the region. Stay aboard the sophisticated Delfin II, a 'boutique' river boat with spacious and light-filled suites, an elegant top deck, and the finest Amazonian-Peruvian gourmet cuisine on the river. Kayaks are available to provide even more accessibility to the lagoons, small tributaries, and creeks of this pristine region.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
$6,690 to $8,260
Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to your conveniently located hotel, Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.
Enjoy a morning tour of Lima, then fly to Iquitos and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Settle into your cabin, and gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine on board. Tonight, step out on deck to gaze at the magnificent Amazon night sky. (B,L,D)
Spend this week exploring the Pacaya- Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle—stretching more than five million acres, and harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. Bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali, these two powerful rivers converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters and is known locally as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by its glassy water.
Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Skim past giant lily pads afloat on black-water lakes, and venture deep into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably colored saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest; rare pink dolphins; and the infamous piranhas.
Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve’s interior. Seek out Victoria Amazonica, a giant water lily that grows in small lagoons. Go on a bird-watching hike, listening for the vocal oropendola and then looking for its telltale yellow tail. Watch the sun set and listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops. Then slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats and other creatures of the night.
Pay a visit to one of the communities on the reserve’s edge and get to know the ribereños, those who live on the riverbanks, and their age-old traditions. Enjoy watching them make jewelry and other local handicrafts. Learn how local subsistence farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. Hear about how the locals find edible fruits and indigenous plants with medicinal properties hidden in the jungle. (B,L,D daily)
Enjoy one last morning excursion by skiff to view wildlife. After lunch, disembark in Nauta, and return to Iquitos overland for a late afternoon flight to Lima. Overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,L)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Lima for your flight home. (B)
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Accommodations aboard ship and in hotel as indicated in itinerary; meals as indicated; non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship; port charges and taxes; transfers from airport/ship if traveling on group flights; services of the expedition leader and expert guides; kayaks available for exploration; rain ponchos and rubber boots are provided before an excursion if deemed necessary. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; extensions; luggage, accident, cancellation insurance; passport and visa fees; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages and laundry; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Richard Maack (Sloth, Sunset Skiff, Birds); © Ralph Lee Hopkins (Ship Sunset, Lily Pad); © Carlos Romero (Squirrel Monkey, Frog, Cayman); © Cindy Manning (Skiff); © Mike Greenfelder (Birds in Tree)