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Our most popular Amazon River boat tours include:

Amazon Frontiers Cruise on the M/V Jungle Discovery or the M/V Arapaima (Iquitos to Leticia/Tabatinga)

Amazon Pacaya Samiria Cruise on the M/V Jungle Discovery or the M/V Arapaima (Iquitos to National Reserve)

Amazon Tapiche Cruise on the M/V Jungle Discovery or the M/V Arapaima (Iquitos to Tapiche River system)

Private Amazon River boat charters and custom rainforest itineraries

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Since 1992, our Amazon River Cruises have opened a way to comfortably explore in the world's largest rainforest.

Our cruise itineraries on the Amazon River offer intimate cultural experience at a great value. Your river boat, departs from Iquitos, Peru, with itineraries up and down river. Different shore excursions and activities are made on the return trip back to Iquitos. Since the ship travels at night and during meals, you will witness new sights and wonders daily!

Amazon River boat cruise travel, ship M/V Rio Amazonas

Jungle nature walks take you deep into the rainforest where knowledgeable, naturalist guides will explain native uses for the various plants, identify wildlife, and reveal fascinating secrets of Amazon lore. You will also visit small villages and learn of their indigenous cultures. Visits with the various peoples along the river will give you insight into man's relationship to the greatest ecosystem on earth and the fate of the Amazon rainforest.

The experience of cruising on the Amazon River is unique in the world of travel. Cruise itineraries take advantage of changing conditions along the river; no two cruises will be exactly alike, but each cruise promises moments which will be forever etched in your memory. You will voyage by night up uncharted tributaries, deep into the jungle to listen to the mysterious sounds of the rainforest and perhaps spot the eyes of a caiman glowing in the dark. You will travel to remote backwater lakes to fish for the legendary piranha, walk nature trails, stroll local villages, and much more!



M/V Jungle Discovery and M/V Arapaima

Your ship is you home in the Amazon for 6 nights, providing a a comfortable base from which to explore the Amazon! The vessels offer ideal accommodations for a wide variety of rainforest cruise experiences. Specifically designed for the waters of the Amazon's various rivers, the ships are about 110 feet long, 25 feet wide, with a draft of less than 4 feet. The ships' designs provides plenty of space on its three decks and has 12 0r 14 passenger cabins, all on the upper decks. All cabins are air conditioned and have private bathrooms with hot water showers. The dining room, where delicious buffet style meals are served, is air conditioned as well. Complimentary coffee, tea, and bottled drinking water are available throughout the day. The ship's bar is well stocked with cold drinks and there is ample deck area, covered and uncovered, with comfortable deck chairs and hammocks for a leisurely look at life on the river. The ship is connected by radio with the main office in Iquitos. The 15 passenger excursion boats used for outings provide a closer look at the Amazon rainforest and its peoples.


 

Amazon Frontiers Cruise on the M/V Jungle Discovery or M/V Arapaima (Iquitos to Leticia/Tabatinga)

Day 1, Friday: Upon arrival in Lima, Peru, you are met at the airport and the local staff personnel will assist with your luggage and then transfer you into town to the colonial-style Hotel Antigua Miraflores for the overnight. (Note: We suggest you consider arriving a day before on Thursday to avoid an next day early morning flight, which will allow for an overnight in Iquitos for a more leisurely start of the tour.)

Day 2, Saturday: An early morning flight across the snow-capped Andes Mountain range and winding rivers of the Amazon, takes you from the urban jungle to the rainforest jungle. Upon arrival in the morning to the rubber-boom era, city of Iquitos, a representative meets and takes you to the dock to board the ship. En route is a short sight-seeing tour to view the Belen Market, Main Square, Plazas, the Eiffel House, and boardwalk area. After settled onboard, your begin the cruise down the Mighty Amazon. Following cabin assignments, an English-speaking naturalist/guide gives a general ship orientation, crew member introduction and ship's safety information while sailing along the city's riverfront commercial area. We depart a few miles downstream on the Itaya River to meet and up with the Amazon River, passing islands, small villages and farms.Later we enjoy a delicious lunch featuring authentic Peruvian dishes followed by a visit to a local sugarcane liquor, or "cachaza", factory at the Yanamono tributary. Late afternoon, we take the expedition boats further downstream to the mouth of the Napo River, where explorer Francisco de Orellana, the Spaniard who in 1541 named the river "Amazonas" for the Amazons of Greek mythology as his expedition encountered fierce female warriors in the area. While we may not see warriors, we may see graceful herons with their slimmer postures reflected on the river, curious pink and gray river dolphins, countless birds and usually a colorful sunset. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight on board. (B, L, D)

Day 3, Sunday: When we arise this morning, the ship will be tied up at the mouth of Palometa tributary, near the village of Pevas. Our tour guide takes us on a motorized canoe excursion to a nearby black water lake, or "cocha", for an exciting early morning bird-watching adventure. Here we have lots of opportunities to look for exotic birds as well as other wildlife. For example, we are likely to encounter the Hoatzin, one of the jungle's most unusual birds, which can mimic the sounds of a number of animals and whose young have claws on their wings. After breakfast, we visit a small Bora or Huitoto Indian community where we receive a warm welcome from the chief and villagers alike. This visit carries us back in time, as these natives live much like their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. We are invited into their traditional building, or "Maloka", made from sticks and palm leaf thatched roof held together with jungle vines, where they perform traditional dances. We also have time to buy, or trade, for the multicolored handicrafts they make using materials from the rainforest. Boras and Huitotos still maintain some of their ancient traditions, values and customs, such as using handmade tools in their everyday lives as yuca or manioc grinders and shakers. After lunch is a nature walk into extensive primary and second-growth forest along the Limon tributary. We are likely to see oriole blackbirds, yellow-headed caracaras, Squirrel and Capuchin monkeys, colored butterflies, leaf-cutter ants, giant trees like the Kapok merging overhead forming a verdant archway, leaves the size of umbrellas, vines with incredible sizes and shapes, and medicinal plants. Along the trail, we learn which plants are edible and which are poisonous (from the guide - not tasting). After dinner, the day ends with a night boat excursion to look for nocturnal wildlife and watch a crowded sky full of stars, while we sail the quiet waters of the Amazon River. (B, L, D)

Day 4, Monday: Early this morning, we explore the rainforest along the banks of the Amazon River in our expedition launches. We should hear and perhaps see monkeys and various birds such as toucans, parrots, kingfishers, and Black-necked Red Cotingas at Alfaro Island. After breakfast, our ship drifts silently downstream while we observe the lush green forest along the river's sides and occasionally a dugout canoe loaded with bags or people with barely an inch of freeboard showing.At mid-morning we visit a typical Amazon jungle village at Paranaquiro to observe how these people live. We continue sailing down the Amazon River, passing a few jungle homes, which are light thatched-roof dwellings with countless natives, especially children, walking along the shoreline. After a lavish lunch, we arrive at the channel of Caballo Cocha Lake. The next hour up the channel is amazing as it is only a hundred feet wide with countless varieties of animal sounds on both sides. Near the mouth of the channel it is usual to spot groups of grey and pink Amazon River dolphins arching silently out of the black water. At mid afternoon, the ship ties up at the village of Caballo Cocha for a short walk around. Afterwards, our guide leads us on a piranha fishing trip, where we use cane poles to catch and examine various fish species. After dinner, a night boating excursion takes us caiman spotting with a flashlight and with practiced skills, our guide will catch an caiman with his bare hands! We enjoy additional opportunities for viewing nocturnal wildlife and Southern constellations while returning to the ship for overnight and continue our journey down the Amazon River. (B, L, D)

Day 5, Tuesday: After cruising all night, we awake this morning on the Amazon River at Santa Rosa Island (Peru). Breakfast is served aboard and then the launches transfer us to the remote and joined cities of Leticia, Colombia, and Tabatinga, Brazil for walking and visiting these two interesting cities at our own pace. We also have time to shop for souvenirs, or just relax with a refreshing cold drink in one of the local bar-restaurants adjoining the main square. Midday, we return to the ship for lunch aboard and sail up the Mighty Amazon River, back towards Iquitos. From the observation deck, we have spectacular views of the forest as ship winds along a narrow section of the Amazon River. Late afternoon, if time permits, we make a brief stop at Micos Island on the Colombian side of the river to spot a great number of monkey species and huge Victoria Amazonica Lily pads which are blooming in an estuary of the river bank. Later, we stop by the Cayaru River where we have chances to see a huge variety of colorful birds, and with luck, three toed Sloths and monkeys. As the ship moves against the river current through the night, from the observation deck, we can observe the stars presenting a marvelous and incredible spectacle of both Southern and Northern constellations. (B, L, D)

Day 6, Wednesday: An early wake up call give us time for a cup of coffee or tea before embarking for a bird watching excursion by boat at one of the many oxbow lakes in the area. After breakfast, is an extensive jungle walk through primary and secondary forest nearby the village of San Juan of Camucheros. The guide will show how to survive in the jungle; finding food, water, learn how to make a fire; and point out termite nests, lizards, big trees, medicinal plants, and other type of wildlife. The outing provides a good foundation for understanding how man has adapted to the Amazon ecology. After lunch, we experience a new venture into the virgin rainforest by entering "terra firma" for a jungle hike and chances to spot a great variety of blossoming bromeliads, delicate orchids, ferns, huge Ceiba trees, strangler figs, lianas, vines, medicinal plants, frogs, caterpillars and ants. Then we visit a nearby colpa (clay lick) to watch for blue-and-yellow macaws, white-throated toucans, tanagers, woodpeckers among other birds. As darkness falls, we have chances to observe the distinctive red shining eyes of the black caimans along the narrow shorelines of a stream. Tonight the ship continues sailing up the Mighty Amazon River while we are relaxing and absorbing the sights, sounds and smells of the lush forest from the top deck of the ship. (B, L, D)

Day 7, Thursday: Very early in the morning, we grab our binoculars and set off to a small blackwater lake, home to a myriad of bird species. As we move on the tranquil waters of the Ampiyacu River, we enjoy breathtaking views of the rainforest and spot pink dolphins and exotic birds. Returning from our bird watch, a filling breakfast will be served. After breakfast, we visit a Yagua Indian village to get a firsthand look at the daily lives of these people. The tour through the village lets us see the virtues of rainforest life, and highlights the problems facing a people caught between their own culture and traditions, and the imposing Western way of life. It is an amazing experience to chat with the village chief and his relatives who teach us their unique blowgun hunting techniques and perform some typical dances. It is a good chance to try out our bartering skills with westernized articles (or just buying their handicrafts). Returning to the ship, the breeze on the river is quite comforting once we reach cruising speed, and the views are excellent from the observation deck. After lunch, we go out fishing for black and red piranhas at the Apayacu River, which is also habitat for such other fish species as arawana, sardine, and zungaro catfish. Sunsets are a special time in the Amazon as they can provide an unbelievable myriad of colors, so this last afternoon, have your camera at hand to take pictures as the sun sets behind the trees. (B, L, D)

Day 8, Friday: At mid-morning we arrive in Iquitos. Following breakfast and disembarkation, as your luggage is stored for later, you have time to browse around this exotic town on our own pace. You can explore the city's tourist sights, shop, relax, and take a motorized rickshaw ride. An array of activities like a city tour, visit to the local zoo, and meals at local restaurants, may also be arranged at an additional cost. Unless staying extra nights in Iquitos, the local staff personnel will assist with the late afternoon transfer to the airport and check-in for the flight to Lima connections to late night, USA return flights, arriving back into the USA early Saturday morning. (Notes: Lunch is not included this day to allow the most choices. For an additional $75/pp/dbl, you may overnight in Lima on this Friday night and fly out to Lima the day. For those continuing on our Andean Inca Exploration, an option for this day includes overnighting in Iquitos and flying to Cuzco on Saturday. (B)

2008 Contact us for pricing and dates.


 

Amazon Pacaya Samiria Cruise on the M/V Jungle Discovery or M/V Arapaima (Iquitos to National Reserve)

DAY 1, Friday: Upon arrival in Lima, Peru, you are met at the airport and the local staff personnel will assist with your luggage and then transfer you into town to the colonial-style Hotel Antigua Miraflores for the overnight. (Note: We suggest you consider arriving a day before on Thursday to avoid an next day early morning flight, which will allow for an overnight in Iquitos for a more leisurely start of the tour.)

Day 2, Saturday: An early morning flight across the snow-capped Andes Mountain range and winding rivers of the Amazon, takes you from the urban jungle to the rainforest jungle. Upon arrival in the morning to the rubber-boom era, city of Iquitos, a representative meets and takes you to the dock to board the ship. En route is a short sight-seeing tour to view the Belen Market, Main Square, Plazas, the Eiffel House, and boardwalk area. After settled onboard, your begin the cruise down the Mighty Amazon. Following cabin assignments, an English-speaking naturalist/guide gives a general ship orientation, crew member introduction and ship's safety information while sailing along the city's riverfront commercial area. We depart a few miles downstream on the Itaya River to meet and up with the Amazon River, passing islands, small villages and farms. A Peruvian-style, welcome buffet lunch is served in the dining room while the ship sails up stream. In the afternoon is a boating excursion into the rainforest to observe the immensity of the trees and the incredible amount of different types of vegetation that surrounds us. At mid-evening, we pass the juncture of the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers that form the Amazon River proper. We continue up the Marañon River to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, which is shaped by this triangular area of river confluence, located about 93 miles from Iquitos. (B, L, D)

DAY 3, Sunday: We awake to the exotic sounds of the dawn chorus and join our naturalist guides for a bird-watching excursion along the Marañon's river edges. We are afforded excellent views and photo opportunities of different species we might see here including jacamars, Ibis, parrots, the spectacular red-and-green, blue-and-gold and Scarlet macaws among the other wildlife that reside within this virgin paradise. After lunch, an optional lecture by the naturalist guide introduces you to more of the rainforest and reserve. By early afternoon, the ship arrives at San Martin Lake, part of the Pacaya/Samiria National Reserve. As the day begins to cool, we board the excursion, small launch boats to head into the jungle once more for exploration. Invisible birds call sporadically to each other in shrill chirps shattering the silence, while our and the naturalist guide's eyes scan directions trying to locate the noisy species. Dinner is served while the ship continues sailing up stream, deeper into the Samiria River. Sunsets are a special time in Amazonia as they can provide an unbelievable myriad of colors! Later, the dark Amazon sky becomes nature's own planetarium with its open expanse of brilliant stars, providing hours of delight! (B, L, D)

DAY 4, Monday: At daybreak, we continue our fascinating cruise program by exploring an Amazon flooded forest and a black water oxbow lake at Ranger checkpoint #2. The lake is often crowded with giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies, whose enormous leaves can exceed five feet in diameter. We also search the jungle surrounding the lake for primitive-looking birds called Hoatzins and a huge variety of colorful birds, Three-toed Sloth, and numerous species of monkeys l After breakfast, our guide teach us how to catch piranhas and other species with just using cane poles. Here, we can see the true variety of the Amazon's edible fishes such as the huge Paiche or Arapaima gigas, for which your ship is named. It is the world's largest scaled freshwater fish. A primitive species that can grow over to over 800 lbs, it has scales so large and rough that Amazonian people use them as rasps and decoration. Tonight, we board the launches and use our flashlights to pierce the darkness and to catch the shining red eyes of the black Amazon caiman, frogs, snakes, and nocturnal birds. (B, L, D)

DAY 5, Tuesday: After breakfast we get an introduction to Reserve's ecosystem. Naturalist guides, educated in biology and ecology, translate for park rangers and native guides. They will explanation the significance of annual rainy season floods to the health of the river, rainforest, and how it effects the lives of the local people as they adapt to changes in water level. As we slowly make our way upstream on the Samiria River and then into even narrower waterways with walls of tropical vegetation lining each side of the river, we are fascinated by the tales our naturalist guides about the region's ecology. The Reserve's region is called "La Selva de los Espejos" (the jungle of mirrors) for its mirrorlike reflections found in the translucent waters of the Reserve's lakes and lagoons. Its 10,800 square miles of seasonally flooded swamp forest is home to some of the most biologically diverse wildlife on earth. The basins of the Pacaya and Samiria rivers have been protected by the Peruvian government since 1940. The area was declared a National Reserve in 1972 and enlarged to its present size of 5,137,000 acres in 1982. The Reserve is the largest in Peru, the second largest in the Amazon region, and the fourth largest in all of South America. The great size of the Reserve assures that it will be ecologically and genetically representative of the region, with an abundance of virtually unchanged areas. It provides for an enormous variety of wildlife and flora, such as 250 species of tree per hectare and 573 species of birds! Although we are literally tripping over plants, the fauna is much harder to locate as each find is a discovery in itself, and usually the result of patient searching. (B, L, D)

DAY 6, Wednesday: We have another fascinating full day of exploring in the Reserve. An outstanding feature of the Reserve's waters is the large population of both Gray and Pink Amazon River Dolphins, which often seen cavorting near the ship and along the shoreline. We will search for primates, such as Capuchins, Pygmy Marmosets, and black monkeys, sloth, and colorful birds. We can expect to see trees in a mind-numbing variety of shapes, sizes, colors and configurations, with vines hanging and weaving amongst them, and a wide variety of orchids and bromeliads. After dinner is a another nighttime adventure for Cayman and wildlife spotting. The launch boats will take us into shallow marshy areas looking for the red eyes of the caimans along the riverbanks and to listen to the jungle's night sounds. During the night, we start our cruise out of the Reserve back to the Marañon River. (B, L, D)

DAY 7, Thursday: Today, we hope to reach another region of flooded forest and small jungle lakes where we have the chance to spot the prehistoric Hoatzin bird. We can also fish for giant armored catfish, sardines, and piranhas. If you catch your own, the chef will be happy to cook them for you. We later stop at the Nauta Caño tributary to hike into the forest and stretch our legs. This also gives us a chance to see things we might not see from the river. This area is famous for its high concentration of wildlife and with luck we may see many rare and endangered species. During the afternoon, we visit a village at the Yarapa River to barter and shop for souvenirs and to witness and learn how the local people live in conjunction with their environment. Tonight, we bid a good-bye to our captain and crew at a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 8, Friday: At mid-morning we arrive in Iquitos. Following breakfast and disembarkation, as your luggage is stored for later, you have time to browse around this exotic town on our own pace. You can explore the city's tourist sights, shop, relax, and take a motorized rickshaw ride. An array of activities like a city tour, visit to the local zoo, and meals at local restaurants, may also be arranged at an additional cost. Unless staying extra nights in Iquitos, the local staff personnel will assist with the late afternoon transfer to the airport and check-in for the flight to Lima connections to late night, USA return flights, arriving back into the USA early Saturday morning. (Notes: Lunch is not included this day to allow the most choices. For an additional $75/pp/dbl, you may overnight in Lima on this Friday night and fly out to Lima the day. For those continuing on our Andean Inca Exploration, an option for this day includes overnighting in Iquitos and flying to Cuzco on Saturday. (B)

2008 Contact us for pricing and dates.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserverainforest tour pacaya samiraia peru

Located in Peru's Amazon region, 93 miles from Iquitos, the Reserve is a triangular shaped area between the Maranon and Ucayali rivers. These rivers intersect at the northeastern tip of the Reserve, marking the beginning of what is considered the Amazon proper. The basins of the Pacaya and Samiria rivers have been protected by the Peruvian government since 1940. The area was declared a National Reserve in 1972 and enlarged to its present size of 5,137,000 acres (2,080,000 ha) in 1982. The Reserve is the largest in Peru, the second largest in the Amazon region, and the fourth largest in all of South America. The great size of the Reserve assures that it will be ecologically and genetically representative of the region, with an abundance of virtually unchanged areas. With future protection and conservation, its location and great extension, assures the preservation of the most representative flora and fauna of the humid tropical forest.

The approximately 70,000 people who live in the Reserve mostly are located in villages along the edge of the Reserve. Only a few villages are found in the interior of the Reserve. The reserve is located in a region called Lower Jungle (which most seasonally floods), characterized by an exceptional variety of animals and plants. It is considered one of the most interesting areas for scientific study and evolution of the flora and fauna, because of its great biodiversity. In the basin of the Pacaya River, there are more than 20 lakes of regular dimensions in the basin of the Samiria River there are more than 40. In the shores of both rivers there are also wide areas of swamps where cane and other plants grow. The forest is predominantly high and dense, with trees of 50 m in height, whose trunks, in many cases are 3 m in diameter. There are, among other plants, 22 species of orchids and 600 species of passionflowers alone. There also grows the "uña de gato", whose medicinal properties are well known all over the world. The water fauna is the most important protected resource, among it are the paiche, an enormous fish with delicious meat, as well as turtles that hatch their eggs in the river shores, the pink and the black dolphin, countless fish species and even manatee. Among the most important fauna ones are the 132 species of reptiles, of which we can mention the legendary anaconda, crocodiles like the white and the black crocodile, as well as colonies of iguanas, over 300 species of birds, including the rare Harpy Eagle. There are over 132 species of mammals including rare giant river otters and tapirs, and 13 species of primates. The black spider monkey, the orange-chested spider monkey, the woolly monkey, the Saki, the Uakari, and the howler monkey are all considered endangered and are rarely seen in much of today's Amazon Rainforest. There is much to protect in the Reserve!


 

Amazon Tapiche Cruise on the M/V Jungle Discovery or M/V Arapaima (Iquitos to Tapiche River system)

DAY 1, Friday: Upon arrival in Lima, Peru, you are met at the airport and the local staff personnel will assist with your luggage and then transfer you into town to the colonial-style Hotel Antigua Miraflores for the overnight. (Note: We suggest you consider arriving a day before on Thursday to avoid an next day early morning flight, which will allow for an overnight in Iquitos for a more leisurely start of the tour.)

Day 2, Saturday: An early morning flight across the snow-capped Andes Mountain range and winding rivers of the Amazon, takes you from the urban jungle to the rainforest jungle. Upon arrival in the morning to the rubber-boom era, city of Iquitos, a representative meets and takes you to the dock to board the ship. En route is a short sight-seeing tour to view the Belen Market, Main Square, Plazas, the Eiffel House, and boardwalk area. After settled onboard, your begin the cruise down the Mighty Amazon. Following cabin assignments, an English-speaking naturalist/guide gives a general ship orientation, crew member introduction and ship's safety information while sailing along the city's riverfront commercial area. We depart a few miles downstream on the Itaya River to meet and up with the Amazon River, passing islands, small villages and farms. A Peruvian welcome buffet lunch is served in the dining room while the ship sails upstream during the middle of the day, stopping in the afternoon for a boating excursion at a black water lake and a closer look at the rainforest. (L, D)

DAY 3, Sunday: Early morning we reach the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, the point where the Amazon River takes its name and its waters flow over 2,000 miles downstream to the Atlantic Ocean. We continue cruising up the Ucayali River. Occasional fisherman paddling canoes and children living in villages along the bank greet us with a smile. While motoring, we have chances to observe a wide variety of birds, such as orioles, jacanas, ibis, egrets and eagles, that can be spotted in the trees and overhead. After lunch and a lecture about the vast Amazon rainforest and local culture, we will visit a nearby village on the Sapuenillo tributary for a short jungle walk. Afterwards, we continue sailing on the Ucayali River to the Tapiche River, a refuge for Amazon wildlife. (B, L, D)

DAY 4, Monday: We awake to the exotic sounds of the dawn chorus and join our naturalist guide for a bird-watching excursion at the Aleman tributary. We are afforded excellent views and photo opportunities of different bird species such as jacamars, Ibis, parrots, the spectacular red-and-green, blue-and-gold and Scarlet macaws among other the wildlife that reside within this virgin paradise. Near the ship, it is common to spot groups of pink and grey dolphins arching silently out of the black waters. After lunch is an optional lecture gives us more insights to the ecology. Around mid-afternoon we arrive at the small village of Galacia, where our naturalist-guides lead us into the Amazon rainforest for an extensive jungle hike. We can marvel at the sudden changes in the vegetation as we observe different species of huge trees, colorful flowers, lianas (vines), and wildlife. When the day again cools, we get back into excursion boats to head into the jungle once more for exploration. Invisible birds call sporadically to each other in shrill chirps shattering the silence, while our eyes scan all directions, trying to locate the sources of the noisy creatures. After sunset is a night excursion for the South American crocodile, known as caiman. Guides using flashlights shine a bright light on the reeds of the distant shore, and the eyes of caimans light up like bicycle reflectors. They might pick up smaller caimans for a closer look and then subsequently return to the waters. While dinner is served and through much of the night, the ship continues sailing further up the Tapiche River. (B, L, D)

DAY 5, Tuesday: At daybreak, we continue our fascinating cruise program by exploring the surroundings at Garza Lake, near the village of Iberia. Here we explore an Amazon flooded forest in search of primitive-looking birds called Hoatzins, and the huge variety of colorful birds, three-toed sloth, and numerous species of monkeys like Squirrel and Capuchin. While on the lake, or cocha, the guides teach us how to catch piranhas and other species of fish like sardines and catfish with just a cane poles. After lunch, our naturalist guides, of whom many were born and grew up in nearby river villages, lead us on a jungle nature walk. They will point out which plants are for medicinal and healing purposes and how to look for the leaves, vines and pieces of wood used to build homes. Naturalists will discuss the fascinating rainforest creatures we observe while moving through the dense forest. Following dinner, the top deck is a great place to keep an eye out for wildlife while the ship makes her way to our next destination. (B, L, D)

Day 6, Wednesday: Early morning we arrive at the village of San Pedro, where after breakfast we have a chance to visit, talk and enjoy the company of the local villagers. Children are especially intrigued and pleased by our visit, an opportunity that provides excellent photo possibilities. The guides are always on hand to escort guests, to identify and discuss the thousands of plants and animal species we may find around the villages, and to answer questions about village life in the Amazon rainforest. After lunch, an optional lecture gives us chances to interchange our experiences in the village. In the afternoon, an easy-paced hike through the forest for about three hours gives us time to study and photograph the wilderness and wildlife all around us. After this adventure-filled day, we return to the M/V Arapaima to relax in one of the hammocks on the sun deck or just take a hot shower preparing ourselves for a fantastic dinner while we start our cruise back to the Ucayali River. (B, L, D)

Day 7, Thursday: Early morning is the perfect time for exploring the rainforest because it is the most active time for birds and animals. After mid-morning, because of the heat, the wildlife tend to sleep or to rest. So the ship will drop anchor in Ucayali River while we travel in the excursion boats up a tributary as daylight slowly dawns. Sunrise in the jungle usually provides an amazing nature experience, allowing us to see pairs of parrots flying overhead, their distinctive squawks piercing the jungle air, along with other species such as tinamous, herons, vultures, kingfishers, ibis, kites, woodpeckers, flycatchers and many, many more. Following a hearty lunch, the naturalist conducts a lecture and discussion. During this talk we are taught about the fishes, plants, birds, the fascinating life of river dolphins, and details about weather patterns of the Amazon region. The rest of the afternoon brings time to explore for wildlife, by taking an optional short jungle hike, or just relax in a hammock overlooking breathtaking panoramic views along the river. Before sunset, a brief stop at village of Libertad gives us a chance to better understand how people live in the Amazon and maybe buy some of the handicrafts they make. (B, L, D)

Day 8, Friday: After cruising all night down the Ucayali River, we awake this morning on the mighty Amazon River. After breakfast, the M/V Arapaima moors at the Yanaquillo tributary for a boating excursion to see Victoria Amazonica water lilies, which can be several feet across and adorned with basketball-size flowers, in addition to other wildlife along river shores. We arrive in Iquitos midday and enjoy the afternoon at our leisure. You can walk or taxi through the streets of this exotic city, or have a cold drink and meal at one of the local restaurants around the main plaza and boulevard area. Unless staying extra nights in Iquitos, the local staff personnel will assist with the late afternoon transfer to the airport and check-in for the flight to Lima connections to late night, USA return flights, arriving back into the USA early Saturday morning. (Notes: Lunch is not included this day to allow the most choices. For an additional $75/pp/dbl, you may overnight in Lima on this Friday night and fly out to Lima the day. For those continuing on our Andean Inca Exploration, an option for this day includes overnighting in Iquitos and flying to Cuzco on Saturday. (B)

2008 Contact us for pricing and dates.


Please note: These daily itineraries are a guideline and it is important to allow room for the unpredictable and unexpected surprises that make each trip unique. We will find it is more satisfying to let the jungle, the weather and our naturalist guides lead the way. We trust the expert guides to modify the itinerary for the best interest and safety of the group. Flexibility is important during an Amazon expedition cruise!



Private River Boat Charters

For families and small private groups (best with 10 or more participants) we can arrange for your own ship and custom itineraries to suit your interests. Imagine a private party on the Amazon River!

For an "upscale" experience, we also arrange cruises on the luxury ships; the Aqua, the Aria, the Delfin I and Delfin II.


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