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 a local village 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, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
$2,400 to $3,340
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.
Wet Season Itinerary – November-May:
Awake early to appreciate one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the Clavero Lagoon. Never does nature seem more bountiful than in the tropics, and rising early is always rewarded since wildlife is most abundant and active at dawn. Explore Clavero Lake by aluminum skiff. Enjoy the chance to get deep into the rainforest and experience its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna. As the afternoon begins to heat up, feel free to go for a refreshing swim!
Later, visit Irikawa Caño Creek to spot and learn about native wildlife as well as the biodiversity of the landscape. You will have the chance to enjoy some of the myriad of bird species, colorful butterflies, diverse insects, and noisy monkey troops.
Dry Season Itinerary – June-October:
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!
This afternoon, you will have the chance to do some fishing in the Dorado River for the famous piranha, a delightful and challenging experience you won't forget! When the darkness of the evening arrives, you’ll encounter a whole new world of adventure as your guide takes you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and birds.
Cruise to the heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru’s largest protected area with a mean annual rainfall of nearly 3,000mm. 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. Also keep your eye out for parrots, toucans and kingfishers. Cruise along the shores of the Pacaya River,
spotting huge kapok and mahogany trees, strangler figs, epiphytes such as bromeliads and orchids, palm trees and woody vines.
Wet Season Itinerary – November-May:
You will head by skiff for Belluda Caño Creek, a spectacular tributary within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve where you will most likely get to experience an unforgettable encounter with gray and pink river dolphins. Watch as birds fly gracefully across the Amazon skies.
Later on the Dorado River, you will see abundant wildlife and nature in all of its exuberance while searching for the Amazon River’s transitional forest specialties such as snail kites, festive parrots, endangered scarlet macaws, olive spotted hummingbirds, Amazonian parrotlets and wood creepers, among others. Try your hand at piranha fishing as well during sunset. When the night arrives, you’ll encounter a whole new world of adventure!
Dry Season Itinerary – June-October:
The morning is a perfect time for kayaking along the calm and inspiring rainforest waters if you so choose. Your guide will take you upstream on the Zapote River for a good chance to spot prehistoric looking iguanas that laze in the sun. Squirrel monkeys are very active at this time of the day as they move in large groups among the forest.
After lunch, explore Supay Lake via skiff. The wildlife and biodiversity you will experience will be outstanding. Enjoy the chance to spot some of the myriad of bird species, colorful butterflies, diverse insects, and noisy monkey troops. If you didn’t get a chance to kayak in them morning, this afternoon is your chance!
Visit Puerto Miguel village and its people to experience their culture, traditions, folklore and possibly visit one of their homes.
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.
Guest Lecturer: 7/9/2017, 8/6/2017
Included in the cost. Dr. Jean-Jacques Decoster will present three lectures selected for their relevance to the culture, history and geography of the Amazon including "Incas and chunchos: Relation between the Andes and the Amazon through myth", "Between literature and hell: the rubber boom in history and fiction", and "Ethnicity and the creation of indigenous identity in Latin America". Dr. Decoster has a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring guests during these special cruising experiences. His publications focus on the cultural anthropology of the Andes and explore the relationships between native groups, their environment, and the socioeconomic status of indigenous communities in the region. In addition to his position researching and teaching Inca history and Andean ethnology at the National University of San Antonio Abad in Cusco, Dr. Decoster is a French native who serves as Honorary Consul to Peru on behalf of France.
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, and beer; transfer to/from vessel in Nauta when using recommended Iquitos flights; rubber boots and rain ponchos on loan; entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; additional transportation services; travel insurance; passport and visa expenses; any additional drinks not mentioned as included; items of a personal nature such as massage/spa and boutique purchases; photography program; guide and crew gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.