Summary : Covering more than 600 miles on the Amazon and its tributaries, travel deep into the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve and explore three different habitats so you have the best chance of spotting amazing wildlife: monkeys, birds, sloths, pink and gray dolphins and so much more. Daily excursions may include dawn birding, school visits in local villages and even piranha fishing! Drawing on insight from native Amazon travel guides, the villages and tributaries visited are intentionally varied, ensuring you get the most authentic rainforest experience possible on this trip of a lifetime!
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
- Solo travelers pay no single supplement
- $250 discount when you book at least nine months prior to departure
- Offers apply to select dates; conditions may apply
$6,498 to $10,599
Fly independently to Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to your hotel night.
Transfer to the airport and fly over the Andes to Iquitos. Board the elegant riverboat, Zafiro, home for seven nights. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with your local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers.
Spend the next six nights aboard a stylish riverboat navigating deep into the tributaries of the Amazon—a web of forests and lakes that pulsates with a chorus of birdlife, the calls of primates, and flashes of colorful butterflies.
More than 1,300 species of birds, 40,000 plant species and grey and pink river dolphins can be found in this lush, ever-changing rainforest known collectively as “The Amazon.”
Enjoy unprecedented access to three habitats—varzea, igapó and palm-flooded forest—including the deep reaches of the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, for the greatest diversity of wildlife sightings, including spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws, hoatzins and horned screamers. Traverse the waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where you may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant. Nighttime excursions may reveal caimans, capybaras, common pootoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife. Periodically throughout the year, guests may even release turtle hatchlings.
Daily excursions include early morning birding, enriching presentations, school visits in local villages and even piranha fishing! Learn about the lives of the Ribereño people as you visit villages perched along the riverbanks. This is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through their gardens and learn about medicinal plants from a local Shaman. Depending on the villages visited during your voyage, you may also see an IE-funded water treatment tower or home filtration systems provided through its partnership with a local conservation organization.
Pointing out details no guidebook could provide are your IE Expedition Leader and the ship’s team of world-class naturalists, while Zafiro’s attentive crew ensures exceptional service in the wild.
On an early morning excursion to Pilpintuwasi Rescue Center see two- and three-toed sloth, red uakari and even a jaguar which have been rescued. Upon arrival back in Lima late this afternoon, dayrooms are provided until time to connect with independent overnight flights home.
Itinerary is subject to change and may vary based on wildlife sightings, changes in the river, navigability and air schedules. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
One pre-cruise hotel night in Lima; post-cruise dayroom in Lima; transfers between Lima airport/hotel/ship; transfer from Lima airport to dayroom on disembarkation day; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; all meals onboard ship; Peruvian cocktails, soft drinks, local wine, and local beer onboard ship; gear on loan (rubber boots, walking sticks, and rain poncho); limited medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance*. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; travel insurance; passport and visa expenses; airport departure taxes as applicable; gratuities to ship crew and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa charges, and alcoholic beverages not mentioned as included; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © International Expeditions, © Allan Gold (sloth), © Richard Mills (macaw)
*Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency medical coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $25,000 is included in the cost of this expedition, as well as evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000. The policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states. Please note this coverage does not cover you against trip cancellation or for additional days of travel prior to and/or after the expedition trip dates. ExpeditionTrips strongly advises all clients to purchase travel insurance which includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage for the entire duration of your trip.