Amazon River Expedition

Amazon River Cruise

  • Delfin I
  • River Boat
  • 8 Capacity
  • 5 Days
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Summary : Experience an ideal combination, natural wonders and native cultural history, aboard a comfortable and modern river boat. The Amazon rainforest constitutes over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests. Explore the river that carries the highest volume of water into the ocean; more than the top ten largest rivers combined. Discover Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest protected flooded forests in the world. Visit local villages and learn about native peoples' lifestyle and culture. More than 1/3 of all species recorded on earth are found in the Amazon Basin, constituting the largest collection of living plant and animal species in the world. Keep an eye out for dolphins, monkeys, toucans, parrots, sloths and butterflies which can be found in the Amazon's numerous tributaries.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Iquitos / Nauta

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 Peruvian cuisine on your first evening surrounded by the sounds of the Amazon.

Day 2
Belluda Cano / Dorado River

Wet Season Itinerary December - May:
Board a skiff and explore the rainforest on a black water stream with a knowledgeable guide. Discover Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and its amazing wildlife. Spot parrots, macaws, hawks, Morpho butterflies, Monk Saki monkeys and perhaps Tamarin monkeys, whose high chirping notes sound like a flock of birds.

Dry Season Itinerary June - November:
Enjoy a morning walk through the rainforest spotting transitional species such as the snail kite, black tailed ant bird, manikins, tanagers, hummingbirds, and woodpeckers. Observe tall trees filled with epiphytes, woody vines and many varieties of palm trees. After an hour, arrive at a lovely lagoon where two dugout canoes await. Paddle its waters in search of Paiche, the largest fish in the Amazon Basin weighing up to 170 lb. Watch for unique Crested Hoatzin birds with their olive plumage.

Year Around:
In the afternoon, travel by skiff further into Pacaya-Samiria Reserve and encounter grey and pink dolphins. Enjoy a unique opportunity to swim among these amazing creatures. Back aboard the skiffs, experience abundant wildlife and nature in all its exuberance while searching for snail kites, festive parrots, endangered scarlet macaws, olive spotted hummingbirds, and wood creepers. As the night sky’s millions of stars begin to appear, lounge on the upper deck enjoying the warm breeze and musical sounds of the jungle.

Day 3
Atun Poza / Pacaya River

Wet Season Itinerary December - May:
Cruise in skiffs along Atun Poza Lake watching for egrets, herons, hawks, and long-legged cormorants. Explore black water lagoons where a wide variety of spiders, grasshoppers, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, and beetles live amongst the grass and lily pads.

Dry Season Itinerary June - November:
Hike through pristine rainforest identifying emergent trees and canopy trees reaching up to 55 meters in height. Many trees have buttress roots extending high up the trunks. Biologically, the Amazon rainforest is one of the richest habitats on Earth abundant with unique plant and animal species. Observe a large diameter kapok tree and possibly spot otters which nest in a small internal forest stream forest.

Year Around:
Cruise to the heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru’s largest protected area with a mean annual rainfall of nearly 3,000mm. Discover its beautiful lakes, palm swamps and streams aboard a comfortable skiff. Explore the rainforest while searching for different species of monkeys, such as red howler monkeys, the largest in the Amazon basin with bright rust colored fur and long prehensile tails. After sunset, as the fireflies light up the jungle, join a night safari in search of herons, spectacled owls, bats flying over the water scooping up fish and caimans.

Day 4
Caro Curahuayte / Yanallpa

Wet Season Itinerary December - May:
Cruise to a remote lake and fish for some of the 25 different species of piranha including black, white and red-bellied.

Dry Season Itinerary June - November:
Cruise by skiff spotting shore birds along the white sand of river islands that emerge during low water season. These seasonal ecosystems support sandpipers, terns, black skimmers, egrets, wood storks, and kingfishers.

Year Around:
Visit Yanallpa’s riverside community and interact with local villagers. Learn about their unique way of life, the fruit trees that sustain them and how they are harvested. Enjoy and evening slideshow with a knowledgeable naturalist while smoothly sailing downstream. Relax on the upper deck with a cocktail and reminisce with fellow passengers to the sounds of the jungle’s nocturnal symphony.

Day 5
Puerto Miguel / Nauta / Iquitos

Visit Puerto Miguel village and its people to experience their culture, traditions, folklore and possibly visit one of their homes. Disembark in Nauta and stop in at the Manatee Rescue Center to learn about their important rehabilitation work in the area. Delight in these amazing creatures, touch them and even feed them by bottle if desired.

Transfer to Iquitos Airport.

Notes

Please note that the day-to-day schedule must be considered approximate. The exact order of the days and specific features may be altered due to navigational considerations.

Kayaking:
Please check with your naturalist about the weather conditions regarding the usage of free kayaks. If the water level and forecast permits, you will be able to sign up for optional kayaking sessions. These sessions will be conducted in calm waters where catch and release fishing and paddling are ideal. Our kayaks are good for two passengers and your group will always be in the company of an experienced naturalist.

Included:
Cabin accommodations; guided excursions; all meals while onboard; all bar consumptions except premium brands; house wines with all meals; transfer to/from vessel in Nauta when using recommended Iquitos flights; entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Not Included:
Airfare to and from Iquitos; cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation); travel insurance; departure taxes; passport expenses; visa fees if applicable; mini bar consumptions; items of a personal nature; guide and crew gratuities ($120 suggested per guest); fuel surcharge may apply.