Summary : Get a taste of the most biodiverse rainforest in the world aboard a luxurious riverboat during the high water season. Begin your journey in Iquitos, a rustic city which is the beating commercial heart of the Peruvian Amazon. This itinerary focuses on the Marañon, the Amazon River’s largest tributary, as well as other neighboring waterways, the Yarapa and Yanayacu-Pucate. Discover the habitats of these nutrient-rich waterbodies and how they—and the lush jungle around them—support a vast array of wildlife.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
Just-Released Offer Solo travelers pay no single supplement
$3,525 to $4,200
Meet at Iquitos International Airport then enjoy lunch with the group at a local restaurant or you will be served a box lunch en route, depending on the flight arrival time. The afternoon continues with an introduction to this historic city and the opportunity to meet an indigenous Amazon community. At 6:00 p.m. you will board the Aria Amazon. Settle into your generously proportioned 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, you will 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 the Amazon'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 to explore a 'lost river' 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, and learning more about the different rainforest stratas. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River while you look for legendary pink river dolphins. Focus a hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations. This evening before dinner, gather to meet some of the crew members working "behind the scenes" to ensure countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon.
This morning, visit the local fresh market with your guides who can identify the day’s catch by the fishermen of the Amazon and the region’s exotic fruits. Return to the Aria Amazon for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases them back into the wild. Stop for a visit to the 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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