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 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 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.
After breakfast, 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.
Enjoy a lecture about the Taricaya Turtles in the air-conditioned lounge. Your naturalist guides recount the history of these adorable creatures along the Amazon, their near extinction and the recent efforts that are successfully growing the turtle population in the Pacaya-Samiria Nature Reserve.
Take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the “Mirrored Forest” to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths undisturbed by your presence. Make your way back to the boat as your guides point out caimans and frogs in the water, and fishing bats overhead.
Undertake a full-day excursion along the Pacaya River, observing and exploring the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. Sail among a wide variety of wildlife, from birds including large parrots, macaws, herons and storks to many species of primates like capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys, who can be very entertaining to observe. Visit some of the most beautiful lakes in the protected reserve and meet some of the friendly local people who take care of the reserve’s natural resources. Your guides will discuss the natural resource management of Amazonia. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route and on your return, see the famous Ceiba tree, the highest in the Amazon.
Keep an eye 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 the great Ucayali River, observing the flora and fauna along the way. Visit a riverside community known for actively protecting their forest’s natural resources and practicing their ancestral customs. Head back to your boat, watching for iguanas and examples of the area’s 200 species of birds
Following lunch, 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.
Once back on board, the ship continues downstream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night. 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.
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 that supports the entire Peruvian Amazon. Local people throughout the region sell and purchase goods here.
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. Guided transfer to airport for flight to Lima.
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.