Summary : Experience the diverse environments of the Amazon aboard a luxurious riverboat during the high water season. Fish for piranhas in hidden black water lakes. Explore the jungle and venture into the Amazon wilderness to see the unparalleld diversity of life and meet indigenous people. Observe monkeys, toucans, caimans, iguanas, sloths and possibly 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
$4,640 to $5,300
Arrive in Iquitos and transfer to Nauta, 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.
Within the vast Amazon flooded forest, cruise along an amazing black water stream, as your guides tell you about the rainforest. Explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As you float through this tunnel, your naturalist guides help you to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks.
Following lunch on board, explore the Marañon River. This is an excellent time of day to observe wildlife activity up until sunset, including friar apes, monkeys capuchin and howler monkeys. As the sun sets, you will hear the second symphony of the Amazon rainforest, as other nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the treetops. En route back to the boat, you can see nocturnal creatures, including, perhaps, huge caimans and alligators.
Your naturalist guides lead your jungle walk while introducing you to some of the sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. Visit one, where villagers plant palms to obtain oil. Go deeper still into the jungle, where you encounter more wildlife and learn about the Amazon’s natural pharmacy of medical plants. Wander under a canopy of kapok trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin.
Enjoy an excursion to Nauta Caño following lunch and siesta. Nauta Caño is part of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, also known as the forest of mirrors due to its dark lagoons, which reflect the beautiful scenery. In this area, observe toucans, macaws, and iguanas, among many other species. As you make your way back to the boat, you may also see alligators, frogs and fishing bats.
Sail along the Marañon River, watching the different species of flora and fauna as you approach the Casual community where you will hike on land. Here you will see a plethora of wildlife, so keep your binoculars ready to observe tanagers and orioles as well as various reptiles and amphibians. Keep an eye out for the beautiful and eye-catching but poisonous frogs along this fascinating trail, as well as trees and medicinal plants.
Enter the Tahuayo River. As you float down the river, you'll see occasional fishermen paddling in their canoes. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, tropical songbirds, pipites, black collared hawks and sloth share this wonderful place with us. After arrival at a particular spot, you may use hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish species.
As the ship navigates downstream towards Iquitos, enjoy a briefing with a recap of your itinerary and wildlife sightings. After dinner, your naturalist guides introduce the very important crew members whom you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless experience.
Visit an animal rescue center where monkeys and birds receive much needed care from experts in the management and recovery of wildlife species.
Following lunch and disembarkation, 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. Later, stop at the Amazonian Indian Market San Juan, where you may wish to shop for local crafts. Transfer to the airport for flights.
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.
Cabin accommodations; all meals while onboard; excursions; non-alcoholic beverages plus select wine and beer only; group transfers to / from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; Pacaya Samiria entrance fee.
Airfare to and from Iquitos; private transfers; 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.