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 local villages 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, Triple/Quad Cabins
$3,100 to $4,350
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.
Belluda Cano Creek:
Early in the morning, you will head for this spectacular tributary spot within the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in the skiffs where you will also experience an unforgettable encounter with gray and pink river dolphins. As well, the day’s birds will be out and active, flying gracefully across the Amazon skies.
This afternoon, wildlife will greet you and the biodiversity you will experience will be outstanding. You will have the chance to enjoy some of the myriad bird species, colorful, butterflies and other diverse insects, and noisy monkey troops, and when the night shift strikes, you’ll encounter a whole new world of adventure.
The morning is a perfect time for kayaking along the calm and inspiring rainforest waters. Your guides will take you upstream; this will be a good chance to spot prehistoric looking iguanas that laze in the sun while you travel along the shoreline searching for whatever the jungle has to offer us. Squirrel monkeys are very active at this time of the day, when they move in large noisy troops at mid to upper levels of primary and secondary lowland forest. As you float and paddle down the river, see if you can spot some elusive creatures on your own!
This morning, you will have reached the main goal, the Pacaya River at the very heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru’s largest protected area with a mean annual rainfall of nearly 3,000 millimeters, by far the largest protected wetland reserve in the world. Filled with lakes, palm swamps, and streams, the reserve becomes a flooded forest in the rainy season and is sure to be one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. You will also have the chance to swim in one of the pristine Amazon lagoons in this wonderful region!
After breakfast, you will begin an exploration at Clavero Lake on board an aluminum skiff, where you will have the chance to get deep into the rainforest and its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna.
Yarapa River / Puerto Miguel:
Next you will venture along the Yarapa River, where you can explore the tributary in the kayaks and listen closely for the sounds from within the mysterious jungle. Venture out on board the skiffs where you will visit the community of Puerto Miguel to meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. You may step into a typical schoolhouse where the children will be very happy to have visitors, and then stop by an area to see the women of this community who have a most amazing arts & craft market.
The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA):
On our way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) 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 these kind manatees.
Land personnel will wait for you at the airport and give your boarding passes and help you check in. Staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage and check in at the Airport in Iquitos. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru. At the security gate, your guide will say goodbye.
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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
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.
Cabin accommodations on board vessel; guided excursions as mentioned in the itinerary; meals while on board vessel; natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water; beer, house cocktails, and house wines with lunch and dinner; transfer to/from vessel in when arriving on recommended Iquitos flights; entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; rubber boots and rain ponchos on loan; kayaking; guests in Master Suites receive one free 30-minute spa treatment per guest. 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; guide and crew gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.