Summary : Embark a luxurious riverboat with modern comforts for a journey among two tributaries, Marañon and Ucayali, that give the Amazon River its life. This all-encompassing high water itinerary offers the best of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, from hidden lakes and lagoons to amazing jungle trails. Fish for piranhas; stargaze on the black waters of Nauta Caño; swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as you look for legendary pink river dolphins; and venture into the Amazon wilderness with highly knowledgeable naturalist guides to scout for incredible wildlife, see the famous kapok tree, and meet indigenous people.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
Just-Released Offer Solo travelers pay no single supplement
$8,225 to $9,800
Meet your group at Iquitos International Airport then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (or enjoy a box lunch en route, depending on flight arrival time). The afternoon continues with an introduction to this historic city and the opportunity to meet an indigenous Amazon community. Embark the vessel at 6:00 p.m. and settle into your suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to your naturalist guides, you will gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by your Executive Chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences.
Aboard a comfortable skiff, set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Keep your binoculars ready to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks, and sloths. You'll go fishing for Amazonia's notoriously ferocious piranhas while your naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo. As the sun sets, head off on an evening’s wildlife excursion with extraordinary stargazing on the black waters of Nauta Caño.
Rise with the sun for early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River. After breakfast, take a jungle walk on the firm soil forest “Casual” while looking for flora and fauna which include medicinal trees, insects, and poison dart frogs as you learn more about the different rainforest stratas. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as you look for legendary pink river dolphins. Later, focus a hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.
This morning, visit the local fresh market with guides who can identify the day’s catch and the region’s exotic fruits. In the afternoon, you will witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the birthplace of the Amazon River. Tonight, meet new passengers who have signed on for the ship's four-night trip, as you start your journey together along the Marañon River.
By skiff, you will explore the black waters of the Yanallpa River, disembarking to walk deep into the Amazonian rain forest. Later, board the skiffs again to cruise along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife.
The rewards of an early start today are plentiful, including a full day excursion by skiff along the Pacaya River, going deeper into pristine landscape shared with great egrets, capuchin monkeys and taricaya turtles. After lunch, attend a paiche fishing demonstration, the second largest river fish in the world. Later, venture out by skiff on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.
Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Visit a remote Amazonian village in the afternoon. This evening before dinner, meet some of the crew members whom you may not have met, working 'behind the scenes' to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon.
At the Bellavista Nanay morning market along the Nanay River, sample exotic snacks from the Peruvian Amazon like 'Suri'—Amazon caterpillars that are considered especially appetizing. Return to the ship for breakfast and packing. Before saying goodbye, you will make one last memorable stop at the Manatee Rescue Center, a special kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees. You will also visit San Juan craft market en route to the airport.
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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
What to Expect in High Water Season:
The Peruvian Amazon has essentially two seasons: a high water season (Nov through May) and a low water season (Jun through Oct). Whichever season you choose, you will see spectacular wildlife and plant life. The key highlight of high water season is the dramatic panorama of the flooded forest—the Amazon Basin's rivers and streams are approximately 23-feet higher than in low water season and more easily explored by boat than on foot. Flooded waterways may put travelers closer to a kaleidoscope of endemic monkeys and bird species; however, most species can be spotted throughout the year. The average temperature is slightly cooler (around 86 degrees Fahrenheit). On the flip side, areas to walk and hike are sometimes limited, mosquitoes become more prevalent (especially on jungle trails), and fishing requires more patience.
Group transfers to/from vessel when arriving/departing on recommended flights; shipboard accommodations; Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee; all excursions; use of bicycles; all meals onboard the ship; beverages (non-alcoholic, select premium wines, and national beer). Subject to change without notice.
Airfare to/from Iquitos; private transfers to/from vessel; travel insurance (highly recommended); departure taxes; visa and passport fees; items of a personal nature such as boutique purchases and spa services; guide and crew gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.
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