Summary : Immerse yourself in the enchanting biodiversity of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve – the largest reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. Catch glimpses of monkeys, sloths, reptiles, and a tremendous variety of bird species. View the Amazon from high atop the canopy on a rainforest hike across a suspension bridge. Explore vast wetlands and the Ucayali River – famous for the freshwater gray and pink river dolphins. Befriend the local Ribereno people who call the river's edge their home. Practice your Spanish and gain a deeper understanding of how people live in this remote part of the world. Delight in a wide variety of handmade handicrafts and folk art.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking
$4,000 to $4,200
Welcome to the Amazon! Reached only by airplane or boat, the bustling city of Iquitos is the 5th largest city in Peru and the beginning of your Amazon adventure! You will be met at the airport and comfortably transported 2 hours by road to the town of Nauta. Here you will embark a modern and newly built river boat, the M/V Cattleya. Take some time to settle in, relax and have a drink as you get to know your fellow passengers. There will never be more than 8 guests, so you will have the opportunity to make life-long friends. As safety is the priority, you will conduct a safety drill and learn everything you need to know about the M/V Cattleya to have a safe and exhilarating adventure. Savor the first of many authentic freshly prepared dinners by the talented chef as you begin the journey along the Amazon!
After a relaxing breakfast along the black-water of Belluda-Caño Creek / Dorado river, you will have a chance to explore a small tributary of the Ucayali River looking for a variety of primates, colorful and unusual birds unique to the Amazon River basin and a wide variety of primates, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and rainforest plants. Your potential for wildlife sightings and experiences will increase as you continue up river into the Pacaya-Samiria reserve, the largest wetland reserve in the world and home to over 500 species of birds, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians and hundreds of mammals and primates. Have your binoculars and cameras on hand because your guides will expertly identify creatures difficult to spot with an untrained eye. After an invigorating day filled with once in a lifetime experiences, return to relax in comfort aboard the M/V Cattleya for a nourishing dinner and review of the day’s discoveries. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Venturing deep into the rainforest, you will spend the entire day wandering through the island mazes and twisted tunnels of the the igapo (seasonally flooded forest) where the dense plant life is dramatically different than what we see from the river’s edge and harbors a whole new variety of exotic wildlife. As water levels allow, hike through the reserve for close up viewing and discovery lead by your expert and knowledgeable guides. Examine and learn first-hand about the jungle plants and their unique survival tactics as they compete for sun and nutrients in the dense rainforest, the part they play in sustaining the complex balance of life in the jungle and the important medicinal value they offer. Witness a brilliant Amazon sunset as you return to the M/ V Cattleya where you can savor a glass of wine or a pisco sour with your expertly prepared dinner followed by some star gazing on deck before you turn in for a well deserved night’s sleep. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
After an early breakfast, you will further explore the vast wetlands of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Add to your growing list of wildlife and bird sightings. In the afternoon, you will visit a village along the river for a chance to meet and learn about the lives of the “Ribereño” people who call the river’s edge their home. It is an excellent opportunity to ask questions (practice your Spanish if you like!) and gain a deeper understanding of how people live in this remote part of the world. A wide variety of handmade handicrafts and delightful folk art will be available for your viewing and purchase. Experience one of many brilliant Amazon sunsets as you return to the M/V Cattleya. Cruise slowly back toward Nauta, join the crew and all your new friends in a farewell dinner of authentic Peruvian cuisine and a celebration of your Amazon experience. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
In the morning, slowly meander upriver toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers, famous for marking the beginning of the mighty Amazon River. Observe small villages that dot the river’s edge and catch a glimpse of the locals’ activities as they go about their day. As you turn into the Ucayali River, the famous freshwater gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins frequently swim near the boat. You will board your sturdy excursion boats to explore the channels that weave through island mazes so you can get a closer look at the wildlife that abounds such as monkeys, sloths, frogs, and an amazing variety of marsh birds.
After lunch you will meet your transfer to the Iquitos airport or your hotel. Breakfast and lunch are included today.
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.
Transfers to and from the ship on recommended flights to and from the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; non-alcoholic drinks. Subject to change without notice.
Air tickets to and from Iquitos; cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation); alcoholic drinks from the bar and dining room; gratuities to guides and crew; purchases in the boutique or in other locations; any additional excursion; fuel surcharge may apply.