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
$4,700 to $4,900
Arrive in Iquitos and be greeted at the airport and transferred by private vehicle to Nauta, the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Embark the vessel, settle into your suite and begin enjoying the view on your Amazon adventure. Dine on authentic Peruvian cuisine surrounded by the sounds of the Amazon. After dinner, head up to the third deck where you can enjoy stargazing as you cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest.
Awake early to appreciate one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) where your guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises!
In the afternoon, cruise through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, exploring different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of the paddle boards. You may even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins!
Begin your morning with an adventurous visit to a private reserve complete with 8 hanging bridges high up in the rainforest canopy. To get there, you will walk through primary forest and paddle slowly through tranquil Tahuampa Lake, a black water lagoon with giant arapaima fishes (known locally as paiche). With luck, you might hear them jumping up to breathe the crisp dawn air. The suspension bridges will give you a peek into rainforest canopy life for many of the Amazon's animals. A symphony of sounds will surely enchant your ears.
After lunch, explore Nauta Caño, a small creek and tributary where you will have the chance to do some kayaking. Also, go fishing for the famous piranha, a delightful and challenging experience you won't forget! As night approaches, your guide will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds.
Along the Yarapa River, you will get to thoroughly explore this tributary. You may choose to start your morning with light paddle in one of the kayaks and listen closely for the sounds from within the mysterious jungle.
In the afternoon, further explore the Yarapa River and its unparalleled biodiversity even more extensively via skiff. You’ll see why the Peruvian Amazon jungle has earned its title as one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth!
Cruise by skiff to visit the community of San Francisco and meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. You may step into a typical schoolhouse where the children will be very happy to have visitors, and then stop by an area to see the women of this community who have a most amazing arts & craft market.
Back at the port of Nauta, disembark the vessel and be transported by private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos for your departure homeward. On the way, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will also have the chance to pet and feed the manatees.
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.
Optional, weather permitting and included in price. 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. Kayaks are ideal for two passengers and your group will always be in the company of an experienced naturalist.
Optional, weather permitting and included in price. Because of the calm, often ripple-less waters of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, paddleboarding is a great activity for all ages. The coolness of the river waters over your feet while you brush past the bank spotting wildlife is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Cabin accommodations on board vessel; guided excursions as mentioned in the itinerary; all meals while on board vessel; natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer and house cocktails; house wines with lunch and dinner; transfer to/from vessel in Nauta when using recommended Iquitos flights; entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; rubber boots and rain ponchos on loan; kayaking and paddleboarding. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; additional transportation services; travel insurance; passport and visa expenses; any additional drinks not mentioned as included; mini-bar consumptions; items of a personal nature such as boutique purchases; guide and crew gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.