Summary : Experience an ideal combination – natural wonders and native cultural history – aboard a brand new 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. Learn of the amazing work being carried out at the Manatee Rescue Center. Explore Monkey Island which is dedicated to the protection and preservation of orphaned monkeys. Visit a local village 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 pink river dolphins, monkeys, toucans, parrots, sloths and butterflies which can be found in the Amazon's numerous tributaries.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Dedicated Solo Cabins
$3,000 to $5,400
Iquitos is a bustling river city, and the largest city in the Peruvian Rainforest, with 600,000 people living in its four districts. During the 20th century, the city attracted many Europeans immigrants who contributed to a period of great wealth, commercial, and social development.
Please note that the group transfer/pickup and touring is based on flight LA2380 (LIM-IQT).
Upon arrival in Iquitos, enjoy a panoramic city tour of the farthest inland port that serves ocean vessels in the world. Pass the historic area of the city, where many of the wonderful houses of the 20th century “rubber barons,” including the famous Casa de Fierro (the Iron House). Next, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a fantastic project committed to saving orphaned manatees and reintroducing them into the wild. Learn about their importance to the world’s ecosystem, and why they so endangered in this part of the Amazon.
Transfer by coach to the Itaya River for embarkation. After a short orientation and welcome reception, enjoy a traditional welcome dinner on board.
**Note: Conditional on the arrival time of recommended inbound flight LA2380 on “Day 1” (LIM-IQT), part or all of “Day 1” touring (and boxed lunch) may me moved to “Day 7”.
This morning there is the chance to search for the elusive, freshwater, pink river dolphin. This area is a favorite feeding spot for these medium-sized dolphins with little or no dorsal. You may also have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim in this pristine area.
Enter another tributary of the Amazon River this afternoon. Teeming with tropical flowers, you will explore its shores and small creeks in search of rare and unusual Amazonian wildlife, including species of monkeys, birds, and iguanas not seen elsewhere.
This morning you awake at the birthplace of the Amazon River; the convergence of the Ucayali & Marañon Rivers. After exploring the area, visit the San Francisco village, where you will be greeted by happy smiles from the villagers. After taking time to stroll around the village, visiting the local people’s homes and observing their daily lives, you'll have an opportunity to visit the local school (when in session), and ask the teacher any questions you may have. Your visit ends with a time to shop the village’s arts and crafts market, where all items are made by the local women and children.
This afternoon enjoy a hike through the pristine and unique terra firme ecosystem, passing through a tropical rainforest with emergent and canopy trees reaching 55 meters in height, many with buttress roots extending high up the trunks. Palms are abundant, and many of them have stilt roots. This type of forest is one of the most bio-diverse habitats on earth, supporting the largest number of plant and animal species, per unit area, on earth. Your naturalists will introduce you to the giant ceiba, or kapok tree, as well as local medicinal plants encountered during the hike. This area of the jungle is also teeming with exotic birds, including the bluish-fronted jacamar, collared trogon, red-capped cardinals, and many other colorful species.
This morning you will have the chance to explore one of the most spectacular sites of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; the black water river of Yana Yacu Pucate. Aboard skiffs, explore deep into the rainforest, admiring its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna, including a myriad bird species, colorful butterflies and other diverse insects, noisy monkey troops, and active pink and grey river dolphins.
This evening, explore Nauta Caño, its lagoons, and its dynamic, stunning panoramas. Cruising is the best way to experience the diversity of the wildlife that populates the rivers and their jungle habitats, quietly exploring marshes, streams and oxbows. Back aboard the excursion skiffs, head to a beautiful lake, with a spectacular piranha fishing spot. There are 25 different species of piranha in the Amazon basin, and contrary to popular legends, they feed on the flowers, fruit, and outer covering of the trees standing in shallow water. Once darkness begins to envelope the Amazon basin, the jungle comes alive with the cacophony of night herons, pauraques, spectacled owls, and more than a dozen species of frogs along the river’s edge. Powerful spotlights will allow you to embark on a night safari, searching for the sources of the various sounds, and possibly catching a glimpse of bats flying over the water, scooping up fish for their dinner. This is also a perfect time for stargazing, while fireflies light up the jungle around you.
This morning enjoy a talk on the medicinal plants in the region and take part in cooking lessons learning how to make Juanes. Later in the afternoon you'll have a chance to interact with the local village residents of Santa Ana. During this time, visit a shaman for a small ceremony before returning to the ship.
In the morning embark on a short skiff ride to your next port of call, El Fundo Guerra, where Armando a local sugar cane farmer creates sugarcane rum and local spirits in his very own authentic vintage distillery. He'll take you through the process from start to finish ending with a brief tasting session.
In the afternoon navigate downriver from Iquitos to an island dedicated to the preservation and protection of orphaned monkeys. Many of the monkeys on the island were found in local markets and donated to the non-profit organization that manages the island and cares for the seven different species of monkeys currently living here.
Disembark after breakfast, and transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Please note that the group transfer is based on flight LA2381 (IQT-LIM).
**Note: Conditional on the arrival time of recommended inbound flight LA2380 on “Day 1” (LIM-IQT), part or all of “Day 1” touring (and boxed lunch) may be moved to “Day 7”.
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.
Cabin accommodations on board vessel; transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to Iquitos; guided excursions as mentioned in the itinerary; meals while on board vessel; rain boots and poncho on loan; coffee, tea, water, local soft drinks, and local beer. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; additional transportation services; travel insurance; passport and visa expenses; port fee surcharge; 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.