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 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 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
$4,440 to $4,640
Arrive in Iquitos and transfer to Nauta, the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Settle into your suite and take in the view 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.
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.
Today offers two options to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Amazon. Explore the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. Sail among a wide variety of wildlife, birds including large parrots, macaws, herons and storks and many species of primates like the capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys, who can be very amusing to watch. Enjoy the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful lakes in the protected reserve and to meet some of the friendly local people who take care of the reserve’s natural resources. Your nature guides will discuss natural resource management of Amazonia. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route and on your return, you can see the famous Ceiba tree, the highest in the Amazon.
Some guests may opt to explore the Pacaya black water river. As you sail, the occasional fisherman will paddle past in their homemade canoes. Keep your binoculars ready to spot terns, tropical songbirds, black hawks, monkeys and sloths necks that share this enchanted place with us. You may use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas of the Amazon. As you fish, trained naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and its inhabitants.
Following lunch, keep your eyes out for two different kinds of freshwater dolphins but especially the unusual pink dolphins found in the Amazon River. Spot arboreal lizards, iguanas and look up to catch a glimpse of some of the area’s 200 bird species.
Sail on to Lake Clavero where villagers paddle in their traditional dugout canoes. You may wish to swim in the lake’s calm waters and visit the community to interact with your Amazonia neighbors who will be pleased to welcome you.
After lunch, sail along the great Amazon River, observing the flora and fauna, then stop at a riverside community that actively conserves the forest’s natural resources and their own ancestral customs.
As the ship sails downstream to Iquitos, enjoy a recap of your trip, wildlife sightings and a review of your wildlife checklist with your naturalist guides. Following dinner, enjoy a presentation by the crew, where your naturalist guides introduce you to the very important crew members that have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless experience.
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. Local people throughout the entire 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.
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.
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.
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.