Amazon Expedition – Low Water Season

Amazon River Cruise

  • Red Howler Monkey
    Red Howler Monkey
  • Three-Toed Sloth
    Three-Toed Sloth
  • Great Egret
    Great Egret
  • Black Spider Monkey
    Black Spider Monkey
  • Macaw
    Macaw
  • Caiman
    Caiman
  • Aqua
  • River Boat
  • 24 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Explore the diverse environments of the Amazon aboard a luxurious riverboat during the low water season. Experience the Amazon River’s three powerful tributaries: the Marañon, the Ucayali, and the Puinahua, as well as hidden black water lakes. Explore the jungle and venture into the Amazon darkness to witness caimans in their natural habitat. Observe monkeys, toucans, iguanas, sloths and possibly pink dolphins during expeditions with highly knowledgeable naturalist guides. Enjoy incredible wildlife on one of the most luxurious and exciting journeys of a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Iquitos / Amazon River / Embark

Arrive in Iquitos, the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Settle into your suite and enjoy the views as you embark on your Amazon adventure. Enjoy fine South American wine and world-class cuisine on your first evening surrounded by the sounds of the Amazon.

Day 2
Amazon / Charo Lake / Yacapana

Get up early to catch the first glimpse of the majestic Amazon River. Travel from the Amazon through the Huaysi Canal to explore the black waters of Tahuayo River. Watch for terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys and sloths, as well as the occasional fisherman paddling in his canoe. Bait your hook at Charo Lake and try to catch one of Amazonia’s infamous piranhas!

In the afternoon, visit Yacapana Island – known as the "Isle of the Iguana.” As the sun sets, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and photograph both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. Amazonian people believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men and pretty women from their villages during celebrations.

Day 3
Marañon River / Pacaya – Samiria National Reserve

Learn from park rangers about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. Visit a project where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. Go deep into the jungle to encounter wildlife and learn about the important medical value of jungle plants. View the famous Kapok Trees, the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin.

In the afternoon, cruise along the Amazon and look for wildlife including rare pink dolphins, 13 species of monkeys, alligators and birds. Photo opportunities abound with possible sitings of caimans, tree boas, tarantulas, frogs and more than 200 species of birds.

Day 4
Yucuruche Lake / Puerto Prado Village / Nauta

Travel by early morning skiff along the Ucayali River to Yucuruche Lake. Walk into the jungle and discover the world’s largest aquatic plants, Victoria Regias giant water lilies. View the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon Basin. Board the skiffs to view a great spectacle of the Southern Hemisphere: the birthplace of the Amazon River. Here the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form the world’s greatest waterway. Watch for large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, exotic short-tailed parrots, and dozens of other birds. Visit Puerto Prado native village to meet native Cocama Indians.

In the afternoon, visit Nauta to experience life in a large river community. The oldest town in the state of Loreto, Nauta is where the locals come to sell their produce.

Day 5
Ucayali River / Magdalena Village / Puinahua Canal

Set out early to explore Ucayali River, Amazon’s largest tributary. Sightings may include slow-moving three-toed sloths, iguanas, orioles, horned screamers, and many other birds. Walk through the jungle and visit Madgalena village, a small community of ten families.

In the afternoon cruise the majestic Ucayali River and meet native fishermen who will demonstrate their skill and let you see their catch—including a type of “armored” catfish with a shell-like skin. Watch for rafts drifting down the river to market loaded with hundreds of banana clusters.

Day 6
Puinahua River / Hatum Posa Lake / Pacaya River

Visit native communities practicing subsistence farming and learn how they cultivate wild plants and trees. Explore with knowledgeable guides and discover the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.

In the afternoon, head to Yanayacu Lake. You may see saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and heavy howler monkeys leaping long distances from tree to tree. As the sun sets, hear ferocious warning signals made by howler monkeys marking their territories. When night falls, listen to the second movement of the symphonic Amazon rainforest, as nocturnal animals send calls across the tree tops. Use special spotlight torches to locate night creatures, including, perhaps, huge caimans.

Day 7
Pacaya River / Puinahua Village

In the bright morning light, observe parrots, macaws, toucans, and many different types of monkeys. Visit dolphin feeding spots along the Pacaya River. Bait your hook and catch some of the 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin. Enjoy a visit to a riverside village followed by a farewell feast to celebrate your journey.

Day 8
Iquitos / Disembark / City Tour

Weather and time permitting, enjoy a morning excursion to the Amazon community of Belen where the houses and shops actually float on the river during some months. Observe the bustling food market of the entire Peruvian Amazon. All local people throughout the region sell and purchase goods here. In the afternoon, visit Iquitos' Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees. Learn how the manatees are rehabilitated before re-introduction back into their natural habitat. Transfer to airport for flight to Lima.

Notes

What to Expect in Low Water Season:
The Amazon River in Peru has essentially two seasons; a high water season (Dec through May) and a low water season (Jun through Nov). Whichever season you choose, you will see spectacular wildlife and plant life. During the low water season, trails and jungle paths flooded from December to May are now easily accessible, allowing groups to explore deep in the jungle by foot. Fishing is at its best, and you will have the chance to see dozens of species of migratory birds in flight, something you would completely miss during the high water season. Lower water levels on the Amazon River and its tributaries make many of the creeks and lakes inaccessible, and temperatures average about 98 degrees Fahrenheit.

Included:
Cabin accommodations; all meals while onboard; excursions; non-alcoholic beverages plus select wine and beer only; transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights; Pacaya Samiria entrance fee.

Not Included:
Airfare to and from Iquitos; travel insurance; departure taxes; visa fees if applicable; items of a personal nature such as boutique purchases; guide and crew gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.