Summary : Explore with veteran expedition leaders and local guides indigenous to the region. Enjoy motorized skiff outings for either a landing to walk in the rainforest among towering tropical trees or to cruise into remote tributaries. Three-toed sloths, piranhas, squirrel monkeys, tamarins, and white-throated toucans. The tell-tale snort of a pink river dolphin makes all eyes turn to see it glide through mysterious tannin-rich waters. You may see hundreds of birds roosting and feeding along the riverbanks. The wildlife of Amazon is remarkable in its abundance and staggering diversity. Each day you will set out in search of new creatures in this unique habitat.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
- Free roundtrip air between Iquitos/Lima
- Combine with select Galapagos or Peru trips, and save 10% off
- Offers may not be combinable; conditions may apply
$7,410 to $12,780
Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to your conveniently located hotel, Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.
After breakfast, fly to Iquitos and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Settle into your cabin, and gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine on board. Tonight, step out on deck to gaze at the magnificent Amazon night sky.
Spend this week exploring the Pacaya- Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle—stretching more than five million acres, and harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. Bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali, these two powerful rivers converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters and is known locally as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by its glassy water.
Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Skim past giant lily pads afloat on black-water lakes, and venture deep into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably colored saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest; rare pink dolphins; and the infamous piranhas.
Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve’s interior. Seek out Victoria Amazonica, a giant water lily that grows in small lagoons. Go on a bird-watching hike, listening for the vocal oropendola and then looking for its telltale yellow tail. Watch the sun set and listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops. Then slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats and other creatures of the night.
One of the unexpected joys of traveling in the Upper Amazon of Peru is the interaction you can have with the local ribereños, the traditional people who live on the riverbanks. Visit one of the local communities and see the projects that is support through a local non-profit, including a variety of handcrafts, women's health initiatives and sustainable farming.
Disembark in Nauta, stopping at the Amazon Rescue Center on the drive to Iquitos. Fly to Lima, where you will visit Museo Larco and celebrate with a farewell dinner. Overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Lima for your flight home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
National Geographic Photographer Onboard: 3/7/2020, 3/14/2020, 3/20/2021, 3/27/2021
These special departures will have a National Geographic Photographer onboard. They’re at your side, on deck and in the field, inspiring and advising. They share their secrets and tips, and actively lead special photo walks on shore or Zodiac cruises to help photographers of every skill level capture the best shots possible. They give informative presentations, interesting whether you’re a photographer or simply a fan of the images in National Geographic magazine. In addition, they participate in one-to-one critiques, and sociable laptop gallery events where everyone is invited to display their expedition shots.
One pre-voyage hotel night in Lima; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo instructor; gear on loan (ponchos, rubber boots); all meals onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; travel insurance; passport and visa fees; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages and laundry; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Alexandra Daley-Clark (Kids); Ralph Lee Hopkins (Lizard, Hoatzin Birds, Village, Ship Sunset, Lily Pad); Richard Maack (Sloth); Cindy Manning (Skiff with Travelers); Michael S Nolan (frog); David Vargas (Jungle)