Amazon Expedition – High 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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  • $6,650

Summary : Explore the diverse environments of the Amazon aboard a luxurious riverboat during the high water season. Experience the Amazon River’s three powerful tributaries: the Marañon, the Ucayali, and the Puinahua, as well as hidden several 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. After dark, search the jungle discovering exotic wildlife such as caimans and frogs.

Day 3
Marañon River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

You will have two options for the day. Option 1 spends the full day at remote Yarina Park Ranger Station looking for howler and capuchin monkeys and tropical birds. Watch for alligators and keep your binoculars ready to observe many of the 200 bird species that are found here. 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.

Option 2 includes opportunities to learn from park rangers about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. Visit a project where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. In the afternoon, cruise along the Amazon and look for wildlife including rare pink dolphins, 13 species of monkeys, alligators and birds.

Day 4
Birthplace of the Amazon / Puerto Miguel Village / Nauta Caño

In the morning, sail along the vast Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon Basin. View a great spectacle of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over 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 Miguel village and, with guides as interpreters, meet the local people and learn their way of life along the river. Navigate through a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers to discover the world’s largest aquatic plant, the Victoria Regias giant water lily.

Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Nauta Caño, part of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Known as a mirrored forest, due to its glistening black water lagoons, here you can observe toucans, parrots, macaws, and iguanas. On your return to the ship, experience a glorious sunset reflected in the waters of the mirrored forest.

Day 5
Ucayali, Yanallpa and Dorado Rivers

In the morning, board the skiffs to explore this amazing black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest. Discover what scientists call a “gallery forest,” creating a tunnel of leaves due to its narrow vegetation. Navigate the tunnel observing parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys.

In the afternoon, take a magical journey and experience towering trees reflecting in the black water river while spotting dozens of enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, and monkeys. En route to the vessel observe caimans, frogs and bats.

Day 6
Puinahua River / Hatum Posa Lake / Yanayacu Lake

Rise early to cruise Hatum Posa, a beautiful ox-bow lake. View monkeys and birds amongst the flooded forest. Visit native communities practicing subsistence farming and discover how they cultivate wild plants and trees.

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
Puinahua and Pacaya Rivers / Carocurahuayte Lake

Explore the river viewing parrots, macaws, toucans, monkeys and possibly dolphins. Visit splendid Carocurahuayte Lake where you will be certain to catch some of the 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin. Leaving the peace and beauty of the jungle behind, enjoy a farewell dinner together swapping stories about the wonderful experiences shared on the river.

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. Guided transfer to airport for flight to Lima.

Notes

What to Expect in High 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 high water season, when the Amazon Basin’s rivers and streams are approximately 23 feet higher than lower water season, more rivers, creeks and lakes are navigable. Flooded waterways put travelers much closer to the Amazon jungle canopy making it very likely to see many more mammals, including monkeys, and birds. The average temperature is slightly cooler (about 86 degrees Fahrenheit). During high season, areas to walk and hike are sometimes limited, you may encounter more mosquitoes, and fishing in the Amazon River can be more limited—though you still have close to a 50:50 chance of making a catch.

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.