Summary : Embark on a journey of discovery in the Peruvian Amazon aboard a comfortable, 10-passenger river cruise vessel. Experience the unique biodiversity of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve – the largest reserve in Peru and the second largest in the Amazon. Travel by excursion boat from Yanayacu Creek to the remote Yarina Cocha, where you will enjoy a rainforest hike and experience the huge biodiversity of the region. See the rainforest from its canopy from a 1/3 mile suspension bridge. Look for monkeys, sloths, tree frogs, iguanas, pink and gray river dolphins, and a tremendous variety of bird species. Meet a local shaman and take part in a traditional healing ceremony. Connect with locals and learn more about the artisinal craft tradition of the region.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking
$3,150 to $3,300
Fly from Lima to Iquitos in the afternoon. You will be greeted upon arrival and transported to the M/V Cattleya riverboat. Upon arrival, take some time to settle in, relax and have a drink as you get to know your fellow passengers. There will never be more than 8 guests, so you will have the opportunity to make life-long friends. You will conduct a safety drill and explain everything you need to know about the M/V Cattleya to have a safe and fun adventure. Savor the first of many wonderful dinners by the talented onboard chef as you begin your journey along the Amazon.
Enjoy breakfast as you cruise along the Marañón River. Board your excursion boat for a day-long excursion in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest reserve in Peru and the second largest in all the Amazon. Travel by excursion boat from Yanayacu Creek to the remote Yarina Cocha. Enjoy a rainforest hike and experience the huge biodiversity that the rainforest is known for. Watch for monkeys, sloths, tree-frogs, iguanas, pink and gray river dolphins, and many varieties of bird species. Examine and learn first-hand about jungle plants and their unique survival tactics as they compete for sun and nutrients in the dense rainforest. Discover the part they play in sustaining the complex balance of life in the jungle and the important medicinal value they offer. After a day filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, return to the M/V Cattleya for dinner and a relaxing evening with friends. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
In the morning, depart for your next adventure – a spectacular tour of the rainforest from its canopy. Take a short hike to the canopy walkway on a suspended bridge spanning over 1/3 of a mile, connected by platforms in the rainforest treetops. Experience a unique view of the rainforest flora and fauna from heights reaching 115 feet. After this breathtaking experience, enjoy lunch and some free time aboard the M/V Cattleya. In the afternoon you will visit one of the local villages to gain a deeper insight into how people live in the Amazon. Meet a local shaman and participate in a traditional ceremony of spiritual healing. Before you depart, you will have the opportunity to view and purchase some of their handicrafts and delightful folk art. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
As you cruise slowly back down the Maranon River, you will come to the confluence of the Maranon and Ucayali – where the 'true' Amazon River begins. After lunch, transfer to Iquitos airport or to your hotel.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions – and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Transfers to and from the ship on recommended flights to and from the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; non-alcoholic beverages. Subject to change without notice.
Air tickets to and from Iquitos; cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation); alcoholic drinks from the bar and dining room; gratuities to guides and crew; purchases in the boutique or in other locations; any additional excursions; fuel surcharge may apply.