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
  • Aria
  • River Boat
  • 32 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • 2014 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Dec 26 Fri
  • Price from
  • $7,000

Summary : Experience the diverse environments of the Amazon aboard a luxurious riverboat during the high water season. View one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the Amazon River. Fish for piranhas in hidden black water lakes. Explore the jungle and venture into the Amazon wilderness to see the famous Kapok Trees and meet indigenous people. Observe monkeys, toucans, caimans, iguanas, sloths and possibly pink dolphins during expeditions with highly knowledgeable naturalist guides. Enjoy incredible scenery on one of the most luxurious and exciting journeys to the Amazon.

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 / Yanayacu / Yacapana / Yarapa

Wake up early and head to Yacapana Island – known as the "Isle of the Iguana.” Cruise aboard launches for photo opportunities of unique flora and fauna. Bait your hooks and try to catch one of Amazonia’s infamous piranhas! 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
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 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
Marañon River / Choroyacu

Board the skiffs to explore part of the vast Amazon flooded forest. Knowledgeable guides explain about the rainforest and its dynamic life. Float through the forest spotting parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys. Walk through the jungle and meet natives practicing subsistence farming. Hear how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees. Deep in the primary forest, observe the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.

Day 6
Tacsha River / Pacaya Samiria / San Martin De Tipishca

Today you can choose between two options. Option 1 boards a skiff and cruises deep into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, along the Samiria River. Watch for howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, saddleback tamarin monkeys and bird species such as blue, yellow and scarlet macaws. Arrive at the PV2 Tacsha watch-post and follow a path deep into the rainforest. Option 2 will go deep into the jungle encountering wildlife and learning first-hand about the important medicinal value of jungle plants. Discover mighty Kapok Trees, the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin.

In the afternoon skiff excursion, keep your eyes on the jungle canopy to spot some of the 13 species of monkeys residing in the National Reserve. Watch for alligators and keep your binoculars at the ready to observe more than 200 species of birds. As the sun sets and the searchlight comes on, keep your eyes out for caimans, tree boas, tarantulas, and frogs.

Day 7
Yanayaquillo / Tahuayo / Charo Lake

Sail on the river as the sun rises experiencing a treasure trove of wildlife, including parrots, macaws, toucans, many kinds of monkeys and dolphins. Observe fishermen paddling in their canoes. Enjoy abundant wildlife: sparrows, hawks, monkeys and sloths. Fish for piranhas and other species at Lake Charo. In the evening, 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.