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
$6,990 to $8,690
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)
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.
Special Photo Expedition: 5/5/2018
Join National Geographic photographer, Jonathan Irish on board for this special photo expedition. Jonathan specializes in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures abroad. Jonathan has photographed on all seven continents, and has shot a variety of assignments in Antarctica, Patagonia, and beyond. His photography has appeared in National Geographic and The New York Times, on BBC, CNN, and elsewhere. For the 2016 centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, Jonathan was on a year-long road trip with an Airstream visiting and photographing all 59 of America’s national.
Special Photo Expedition: 1/20/2018, 1/27/2018
Join National Geographic photographer, Krista Rossow on board for this special photo expedition. Krista's specialty of travel photography has allowed her to travel the globe photographing everything from people and cultures to wildlife and landscapes. She sees the camera as a tool for understanding new cultures, meeting the locals, and exploring the natural world. She shoots nationally and internationally for travel publications such as National Geographic Traveler. Her latest assignments had her bumping down potholed dirt roads exploring a surfer’s paradise in Costa Rica and visiting a Zulu farm in the stunning countryside near Durban, South Africa.
Accommodations as indicated per the itinerary; meals as indicated per the itinerary; port charges and taxes; services of the expedition leader; use of kayaks; rain ponchos and rubber boots on loan. 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; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: © Richard Maack (Sloth); © Ralph Lee Hopkins (Lizard, Hoatzin Birds, Village, Ship Sunset, Lily Pad); © Cindy Manning (Skiff with Travelers); © David Vargas (Jungle); © Michael S Nolan (frog); © Alexandra Daley-Clark (Kids)