AMAZON STAR

Upriver from Iquitos to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

THE MOST SPECIALIZED NATURE CRUISE IN THE AMAZON:
8, 5, or 4 Days itineraries


Navigate
the Amazon and its principal tributaries, the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers.
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Explore the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a protected area of over 5,000,000 acres.
Observe unique wildlife - pink dolphins, sloth and many primates such as squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, pygmy marmosets and tamarins.
Discover birds with incredible names and habitats - Horned Screamers, Hoatzins, Great Potoo, Wattled Jacana and many others.
Visit a local river village and learn about a way of life dependent on the waterways.

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Features / Highlights

  • Your choice of 3 itineraries: 8 Days, 5 Days, or 4 Days.
  • Enjoy the passing scenery from our open-air Bar and Sun Deck.
  • Enjoy daily discussions by our naturalists in the air-conditioned Lecture Room and in the rainforest.
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  • The Dining Room is finished in classic riverboat style with gracious wooden floors and large windows. Tables seating 6-8 guests each allow you to get to know fellow travelers and guides while sampling local delicacies and international favorites.
  • Fully equipped, modern commercial kitchen prepares dishes using fresh, local ingredients.
  • Generous air-conditioned cabins are approx. 220 sq. ft. plus and furnished with either one king-size bed or two beds, two nightstands and a desk. Plus, cabins offer private bath, a closet with ample storage, hair dryer and 110/220 volt outlets.
  • All cabins feature a private balcony with two chairs to enjoy relaxing views.
  • All indoor public areas are air-conditioned.
  • Covered, open-air bar stocks cold bottled water, sodas and local beer.
  • Guided tours & lectures by native naturalists
  • Services of experienced expedition guides
  • Wildlife excursions on land & by skiff in three habitats: varzea, igapó and terra firma
  • Piranha fishing
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  • Excellent birding
  • Local village & school visits
  • Nighttime skiff rides & rainforest walks
  • All meals and snacks while on-board
  • All excursions as described in the itinerary
  • Two expert naturalist English-speaking guides
  • Group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights
  • Beverages: soft drinks, local beer and wine during lunch and dinner.
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fees
  • Use of paddle boards & kayaks
  • City Tour in Iquitos and visit to the Manatee Rescue Center
  • Airport arrival & departure transfers
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2018 RATES & DATES

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Amazon Star Cruise Dates 2018

The Amazon River Cruises include:
• All meals and snacks while on-board
• All excursions as described in the itinerary
• Two expert naturalist English-speaking guides
• Group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights
• Beverages: soft drinks, local beer and wine during lunch and dinner.
• Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fees
• Use of paddle boards & kayaks
• Tips (porters, shaman)
• City Tour in Iquitos and visit to the Manatee Rescue Center
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Not included:
• International air flights, local flights (Lima – Iquitos – Lima)
• Guides and crew gratuities: Suggested US$30 per guest per day to be divided between guides and crew, 8D/7N, total per person US$240. 5D/4N, total per person US$150. 4D/3N, total per person US$120.
• Travel Insurance
• Additional bar consumption
• Laundry service
• Private transfers to/from vessel

NOTES:
• All mentioned rates are in US dollars per person.
• The rates are applicable from January 6th, 2018 to December 31st, 2018.
• Official language on board the Amazon Star is English. Lectures, announcements and guiding will be in English. Most staff are fluent in English and Spanish.
• We reserve the right to change itineraries and/or activities due to weather conditions, high or low water season, technical issues or safety reasons.
• USD$ 500 per person deposit is required to secure a booking within 8 days of confirmation.
• The balance due must be paid 90 days prior to departure day. If the payment is not received by this time, the space(s) will be released.
• Cancellations made 121 days or more before departure: Deposit will be refunded, less a USD$ 100 administrative fee per person.
• Cancellations made 120 to 91 days prior to departure: All deposits are non-refundable.
• Cancellations made 90 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.


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8 NIGHT CRUISE
• Lima - Iquitos on Saturday: LATAM 2240 (10:10AM).
• Iquitos - Lima on Saturday: LATAM 2235 (08:10AM).
5 NIGHT CRUISE
• Lima - Iquitos on Saturday: LATAM 2240 (10:10AM).
• Iquitos - Lima on Wednesday: LATAM 2235 (08:10AM).
4 NIGHT CRUISE
• Lima - Iquitos on Wednesday: LATAM 2240 (10:10AM).
• Iquitos - Lima on Saturday: LATAM 2235 (08:10AM).

Amazon Star River Cruise map

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See below (after cruise itineraries) for a 4-Day / 3-Night, Pre-cruise adventure featuring Ceiba Tops and the Canopy Walkway


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AMAZON STAR CRUISE ITINERARY - 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS, Starting/Ending in Iquitos


DAY 1 - SATURDAY
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Upon arrival in Iquitos, the largest inland city in the world with no roads leading to it, you will be met by your naturalist guide and we will board our air-conditioned bus. Our first stop will be at the CREA Manatee Rescue Center located outside of Iquitos where one of the manatee caretakers will explain how their conservation program rescues, rehabilitates and returns these majestic mammals to the wild. After returning to the bus, we will continue towards Iquitos and enjoy a box lunch while our guide gives us a brief introduction to the history and the present-day reality of Iquitos, the capital of the Peruvian Amazon. There are more than 40 indigenous groups in the greater region, and the famous rubber boom of 1880-1914 brought great wealth into the area. We will stop at the Museum of Indigenous Cultures; take a short walk around the Plaza de Armas to see the “Iron Building” designed by Gustave Eiffel and stop at the “Casa Morey”, an example of the opulence of rubber boom architecture, and the “Ayapua” steamship which once transported rubber but is now a museum dedicated to the time period. After this afternoon of adventures in Iquitos, we will continue to the private docking area of the Amazon Star where we will board ship and begin our cruise on the Amazon River. After an orientation session, safety briefing and crew introduction, we will enjoy a welcome drink followed by dinner. Every night, before retiring we will be briefed on tomorrow’s adventures.

2day

DAY 2 - SUNDAY

For those eager to wake at dawn, there will be a bird-watching session from the ship’s bar deck. This is the perfect time to see some of the exotic birds native to the Amazon waterways. After a hearty buffet-style breakfast in the dining room, we will explore by skiffs on the very scenic Amazon River passing its picturesque villages while learning about the flora and fauna from the expert naturalists who will accompany us. We will pass the confluence of two powerful rivers, the Marañón and Ucayali, which meet to form the Amazon, now considered the longest river in the world. The full length of the Amazon is 4,345 miles when measured from its origin in a small stream in the Peruvian Andes to the mouth of the river in the Atlantic Ocean. After lunch our naturalist guide will talk to us about life in the Amazon rainforest and how the people live in rhythm with the mighty river. In the afternoon we will explore the beautiful black-water Yarapa River, which because of the presence of tannins from decaying vegetation is acidic and darkly stained, resembling tea or black coffee. In this area we have a good chance of observing many species of birds, monkeys, bats, and sloths. Before dinner there will be a musical presentation by the crew followed by dinner where we will enjoy a buffet of Peruvian and local regional specialties.

3day

DAY 3 - MONDAY

Before breakfast we will set off to explore the pristine forest in the Yanallpa area inside the 5,000,000 acre Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. After breakfast, we will visit a local river village and its school where we will interact with the children and their teachers. As we walk through the village we will meet local people and see their farms and homes and learn about their unique lifestyle, without any connection by roads to the outside world. There will also be an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind handicrafts made by the village artisans. Our buffet lunch today will be served in open-air on the upper deck of the Amazon Star, where we can enjoy the breeze and the scenery as we travel through this breathtaking reserve. After lunch, our naturalist guide will tell us more about the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest protected area in Peru, with its incredible biodiversity and multiple conservation efforts led by the Peruvian government and its allies. In the late afternoon, we will explore along the Dorado River where we will enjoy the sunset. After dark, we will stargaze and listen to the night’s symphony of sounds, with possible sightings of caiman, fishing bats, frogs, and night birds such as the Common Potoo, Great Potoo, nightjars and night herons, as well as other nocturnal wildlife of the Amazon rain forest. Once again a wonderful dinner will await us on board.

4day

DAY 4 - TUESDAY

This morning there will be an early wake-up call and we will depart the ship in small skiffs to travel farther along the beautiful Dorado River, taking a picnic breakfast to enjoy along the way. We’ll try fishing here for the infamous piranha and other species of tropical fish. The diversity of fish in the Amazon River and its tributaries is amazing, with more species found here than in the entire Atlantic Ocean. After lunch back on the Amazon Star, our chef will lead a cooking class for those interested in learning how to make a traditional Amazonian “juane”, a preparation of rice and chicken wrapped in a local leaf called “bijao”. In the afternoon we will explore another tributary named Supay Creek in search of the pygmy marmoset, one of the smallest primates in the world. Kayaks and paddleboards will be available for those of us who want to paddle on our own to discover along this river. We’ll be looking for large raptors, such as the Great Black Hawk and Black-collared Hawk, as well as different varieties of egrets and herons. We will return to the ship for dinner.

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DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY

After breakfast we will visit a traditional open food market in the city of Nauta where we will see a colorful display of many rainforest products, fruits, vegetables, fish and spices, as well as many local people doing their daily shopping. After lunch our naturalist guide will share tales of the Amazon, stories and myths of the local culture. In the afternoon, we will explore along Pawachiro Creek, a tributary of the Marañon River. We hope to see night monkeys along this creek as well as many additional species of colorful birds. This evening we will be treated to a special musical performance by the crew before our dinner.

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DAY 6 - THURSDAY
We will depart early this morning with a picnic breakfast to explore in the Yanayacu-Pucate River Basin stopping first at the ranger station to sign in before entering this very important area of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This is a perfect place to see macaws flying overhead and to spot pink and gray freshwater dolphins in the river. We will also have the opportunity to swim in this blackwater tributary. After lunch back on board the Amazon Star, our guide will teach us more about the Amazon River, its source and its course before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. In the afternoon we will go along the Nauta Caño Creek to search for sloth, marsh birds and dolphins sharing the waterway with us. Kayaks will again be available for those interested in discovering on their own. After dark we will return to Nauta Caño to enjoy the stars, night sounds and to try to spot nocturnal wildlife.

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DAY 7 - FRIDAY

After breakfast, we will visit Puerto Prado, a small river village where a local resident will take us along a terra firme primary rainforest trail through their community reserve. Our naturalists will show us some of the incredible biodiversity of the forest as we search for poison dart frogs, various insects, and snakes, many of which are unique to this environment. We may also see saddleback tamarins, small primates that travel in groups, shaking the vegetation as they jump through the highest branches of the trees. At Puerto Prado we will see a lake covered with giant Victoria Regia lilies and visit a shaman who will explain his traditional healing using medicinal plants and spiritual practices. The shaman will perform a traditional blessing for those who are interested in taking part in this ceremony. Before we leave, a women’s artisan group from the village will show us their exquisite handicrafts for purchase, including birds and animals fashioned from “chambira” palm fibers. After lunch on the Amazon Star, our chef will hold another cooking class for those interested in learning how to make the traditional Amazonian fish dishes of “patarashca” and Peruvian ceviche. There will also be an opportunity to learn towel origami from one of the cabin stewards. This afternoon, on our last excursion on the Amazon River, we will celebrate our journey with a sunset champagne toast. A special farewell dinner is planned for us tonight with a musical presentation by the crew.

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DAY 8 - SATURDAY

Our final breakfast on board will be early. Following breakfast, we will disembark from the ship for the airport for departure flights or to the city of Iquitos.

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AMAZON STAR CRUISE ITINERARY - 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS, Starting/Ending in Iquitos

1day

DAY 1 - SATURDAY

Upon arrival in Iquitos, the largest inland city in the world with no roads leading to it, you will be met by your naturalist guide and we will board our air-conditioned bus. Our first stop will be at the CREA Manatee Rescue Center located outside of Iquitos where one of the manatee caretakers will explain how their conservation program rescues, rehabilitates and returns these majestic mammals to the wild. After returning to the bus, we will continue towards Iquitos and enjoy a box lunch while our guide gives us a brief introduction to the history and the present-day reality of Iquitos, the capital of the Peruvian Amazon. There are more than 40 indigenous groups in the greater region, and the famous rubber boom of 1880-1914 brought great wealth into the area. We will stop at the Museum of Indigenous Cultures; take a short walk around the Plaza de Armas to see the “Iron Building” designed by Gustave Eiffel and stop at the “Casa Morey”, an example of the opulence of rubber boom architecture, and the “Ayapua” steamship which once transported rubber but is now a museum dedicated to the time period. After this afternoon of adventures in Iquitos, we will continue to the private docking area of the Amazon Star where we will board ship and begin our cruise on the Amazon River. After an orientation session, safety briefing and crew introduction, we will enjoy a welcome drink followed by a delicious buffet dinner. Every night, before retiring we will be briefed on tomorrow’s adventures.

2day

DAY 2 - SUNDAY

For those eager to wake at dawn, there will be a bird-watching session from the ship’s bar deck. This is the perfect time to see some of the exotic birds native to the Amazon waterways. After a hearty buffet-style breakfast in the dining room, we will explore by skiffs on the very scenic Amazon River passing its picturesque villages while learning about the flora and fauna from the expert naturalists who will accompany us. We will pass the confluence of two powerful rivers, the Marañón and Ucayali, which meet to form the Amazon, now considered the longest river in the world. The full length of the Amazon is 4,345 miles when measured from its origin in a small stream in the Peruvian Andes to the mouth of the river in the Atlantic Ocean. After lunch our naturalist guide will talk to us about life in the Amazon rainforest and how the people live in rhythm with the mighty river. In the afternoon we will explore the beautiful black-water Yarapa River, which because of the presence of tannins from decaying vegetation is acidic and darkly stained, resembling tea or black coffee. In this area we have a good chance of observing many species of birds, monkeys, bats, and sloths. Before dinner there will be a musical presentation by the crew followed by dinner where we will enjoy a buffet of Peruvian and local regional specialties.

3day

DAY 3 - MONDAY

Before breakfast we will set off to explore the pristine forest in the Yanallpa area inside the 5,000,000 acre Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. After breakfast, we will visit a local river village and its school where we will interact with the children and their teachers. As we walk through the village we will meet local people and see their farms and homes and learn about their unique lifestyle, without any connection by roads to the outside world. There will also be an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind handicrafts made by the village artisans. Our buffet lunch today will be served in open-air on the upper deck of the Amazon Star, where we can enjoy the breeze and the scenery as we travel through this breathtaking reserve. After lunch, our naturalist guide will tell us more about the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest protected area in Peru, with its incredible biodiversity and multiple conservation efforts led by the Peruvian government and its allies. In the late afternoon, we will explore along the Dorado River where we will enjoy the sunset. After dark, we will stargaze and listen to the night’s symphony of sounds, with possible sightings of caiman, fishing bats, frogs, and night birds such as the Common Potoo, Great Potoo, nightjars and night herons, as well as other nocturnal wildlife of the Amazon rain forest. Once again a wonderful dinner will await us on board.

4day

DAY 4 - TUESDAY

This morning there will be an early wake-up call and we will depart the ship in small skiffs to travel farther along the beautiful Dorado River, taking a picnic breakfast to enjoy along the way. We’ll try fishing here for the infamous piranha and other species of tropical fish. The diversity of fish in the Amazon River and its tributaries is amazing, with more species found here than in the entire Atlantic Ocean. After lunch back on the Amazon Star, our chef will lead a cooking class for those interested in learning how to make a traditional Amazonian “juane”, a preparation of rice and chicken wrapped in a local leaf called “bijao”. In the afternoon we will explore another tributary named Supay Creek in search of the pygmy marmoset, one of the smallest primates in the world. Kayaks and paddleboards will be available for those of us who want to paddle on our own to discover along this river. We’ll be looking for large raptors, such as the Great Black Hawk and Black-collared Hawk, as well as different varieties of egrets and herons. We will return to the ship for dinner.

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DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY

We will depart by skiff very early this morning to the town of Nauta where our air-conditioned bus will take us along the Iquitos-Nauta road to the airport in Iquitos. Construction of the 61 mile road to Nauta began in the 1970’s but was not paved until 2004. Along the way we will have a box breakfast as we pass rural villages as well as unique white sand forests where a number of new species of birds and plants, previously unknown to science, have been discovered in recent years. The ride from Nauta to Iquitos is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

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AMAZON STAR CRUISE ITINERARY - 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS, Starting/Ending in Iquitos

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DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY

Upon arrival in Iquitos, the largest inland city in the world that can only be accessed by air or water, you will be met by your naturalist guide and we will board our air-conditioned bus. Our first stop will be at the CREA Manatee Rescue Center located outside of Iquitos where one of the manatee caretakers will explain how their conservation program rescues, rehabilitates and returns these majestic mammals to the wild. After returning to the bus, we will continue towards the town of Nauta where the Amazon Star awaits us. Construction of the 61 mile road to Nauta began in the 1970’s but was not paved until 2004; it is the only road that departs Iquitos. Along the way we will have a box lunch as we pass rural villages as well as unique white sand forests where a number of new species of birds and plants, previously unknown to science, have been discovered in recent years. Upon arrival to Nauta, crew from the Amazon Star will meet us and we will take a short skiff ride to the ship where a short orientation session and safety briefing will preface the start of our adventures. Later in the afternoon we will explore along Pawachiro Creek, a tributary of the Marañon River. We hope to see night monkeys along this creek as well as many species of colorful birds. This evening we’ll have a special musical performance by the crew before our delicious buffet dinner.

2day

DAY 2 - THURSDAY

We will depart early this morning with a picnic breakfast to explore in the Yanayacu-Pucate River Basin stopping first at the ranger station to sign in before entering this very important area of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This is a perfect place to see macaws flying overhead and to spot pink and gray freshwater dolphins in the river and to fish for the infamous piranha and other species of tropical fish. The diversity of fish in the Amazon River and its tributaries is amazing, with more species found here than in the entire Atlantic Ocean. We will also search for a quiet area for swimming in this blackwater tributary. After lunch back on board the Amazon Star, our guide will teach us more about the Amazon River, its source and its course before reaching the mouth at Belem, Brazil. In the afternoon we will explore along the Nauta Caño Creek to look for sloth, marsh birds and to enjoy the dolphins sharing the waterway with us. Kayaks will be available for those interested in discovering on their own. After dark we will return to Nauta Caño to stargaze and enjoy the night’s symphony of sounds, with possible sightings of caiman, fishing bats, frogs, and night birds such as the Common Potoo, Great Potoo, nightjars and night herons, as well as other nocturnal wildlife of the Amazon rain forest. Upon return to the ship, we’ll enjoy another wonderful dinner on board.

3day

DAY 3 - FRIDAY

After breakfast, we will visit Puerto Prado, a small river village where a local resident will take us along a terra firme primary rainforest trail through their community reserve. Our naturalists will show us some of the incredible biodiversity of the forest as we search for poison dart frogs, various insects, and snakes, many of which are unique to this environment. We may also see saddleback tamarins, small primates that travel in groups, shaking the vegetation as they jump through the highest branches of the trees. At Puerto Prado we will see a lake covered with giant Victoria Regia lilies and visit a shaman who will explain his traditional healing using medicinal plants and spiritual practices. The shaman will perform a traditional blessing for those who are interested in taking part in this ceremony. Before we leave, a women’s artisan group from the village will show us their exquisite handicrafts for purchase, including birds and animals fashioned from “chambira” palm fibers. After lunch on the Amazon Star, our chef will hold a cooking class for those interested in learning how to make the traditional Amazonian fish dishes of “patarashca” and Peruvian ceviche. There will also be an opportunity to learn towel origami from one of the cabin stewards. This afternoon, on our last excursion on the Amazon River, we will celebrate our journey with a sunset champagne toast. A special farewell dinner is planned for us tonight with a musical presentation by the crew.

4day

DAY 4 - SATURDAY

Our final breakfast on board will be early. Following breakfast, we will disembark from the ship for the airport for departure flights or to the city of Iquitos.
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PRE_CRUISE EXTENSION

4-Days & 3-Nights with overnights at the Ceiba Tops Lodge and visit to the Canopy Walkway

Ceiba Tops Lodge has cabin rooms with air-conditioning and private baths. In addition to a beautiful rainforest setting, the lodge has a swimming pool and WIFI. The cost is $890 (in 2018) per person in double occupancy. Two suites are available for a surcharge.
CLICK HERE for more photos and information about the lodge.

DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY
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Upon arrival in Iquitos, the largest inland city in the world with no roads leading to it, you will be met by your Explorama naturalist guide and we will board our air-conditioned bus to travel through the city. Our guide will point out the many motorized rickshaws, locally called motorcars, and we will pass by the local market of Belen where fresh fruits and fish are sold daily. We will go around the Iquitos Main Square before reaching Explorama’s private dock where we will board a speedboat to travel downriver on the Itaya and Amazon Rivers, enjoying a box lunch en route to Ceiba Tops rainforest lodge. In the afternoon at Ceiba Tops we’ll walk along a rainforest trail to the towering Ceiba (kapok) tree for which the Lodge is named, where we will see many huge trees festooned with epiphytic plants. We’ll continue along this trail to a small lake with a gazebo where we can watch for birds and hope to spot the large paiche fish which inhabit the lake. This evening our buffet dinner will be served in the main dining room at Ceiba Tops.

DAY 2 - THURSDAY OR MONDAY
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This morning there will be an early excursion for those of us interested in birdwatching at dawn, one of the best times of day to look for birds. After breakfast we will board our speedboat to go further down the Amazon to Explorama Lodge. We’ll walk along the "Bushmaster Trail" where scientific studies by the Missouri Botanical Gardens have discovered one of the world's highest biodiversity of trees per square hectare. We’ll continue on to visit a small historical Yagua village where our guide will explain their culture and how it has been affected by the passing of time. There will be an opportunity to trade for or purchase their local crafts, and a demonstration of the use of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. After lunch we will visit a clinic run by an American doctor for local residents and learn about health issues for the Amazonian residents. We will also stop at a river home where the owner has a “corner store” and sugar cane rum and molasses factory. A horse is used here to turn an antique sugar cane press, extracting the juice which is distilled to what local people call “aguardiente” -- literally, "burning water." Before returning to Ceiba Tops, we’ll stop at the CONAPAC library where children in the neighboring rainforest villages come to read and learn. CONAPAC’s library is the only one on the Amazon River in all of Peru!

DAY 3 - FRIDAY OR TUESDAY
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Today we’ll awake early and board boats to travel down the Amazon and up the Napo River to the small Sucusari Stream which leads to the ExplorNapo Rainforest Reserve and ExplorNapo Lodge. After breakfast, there will be a 45 minute hike through pristine forest to the Canopy Walkway, a suspended bridge spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) above the ground. Here there will be time to observe the rainforest from a vantage point rarely seen by humans but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. We will return to ExplorNapo for lunch and then continue on the Sucusari Stream to visit the only other residents on this tributary, the indigenous Maijuna in the community of Sucusari. The Maijuna-Kichwa Regional Conservation Area, adjacent to ExplorNapo’s Reserve, encompasses almost 1,000,000 acres of rainforest spread between four Maijuna communities that oversee its conservation. We will visit the Maijuna Cultural Center and learn about their history and their sustainable rainforest projects. After visiting the Maijuna, we will return to Ceiba Tops in time for a swim in the pool or to swing in a hammock while gazing out over the mighty Amazon River.

DAY 4 - SATURDAY OR WEDNESDAY
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This morning we’ll depart Ceiba Tops at midmorning to return to Iquitos. On the way we will stop at Monkey Island, a private reserve where more than five species of tropical primates including small tamarins, saki, titi and large woolly monkeys are protected. We’ll learn more about this important project and have an opportunity to take some great photos before returning to our speedboat to continue on to Iquitos. In Iquitos we will pass through town to meet our Amazon Star Cruise companions who are arriving at the airport and continue with them to the “CREA” Manatee Rescue Station located outside of Iquitos. The manatee caretakers will explain how their conservation program rescues, rehabilitates and returns these majestic mammals to the wild. From here we will continue with our newly met fellow adventurers on our Amazon Star Cruise itinerary.
Due to the ever changing nature of the rainforest, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions.

* For photos and more information about the lodge, CLICK HERE for our Ceiba Tops page.

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Amazon Star Ship Specifications
Built: 2013
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Vessel Registry: Peru

Length: 139ft / 42.4m

Beam: 30ft / 9.1m

Draft: 7ft / 2.1m

Capacity: 31 passengers
• Solo Cabin: 175 sq. ft.
• Double Cabin: 217 sq. ft.
• Suite/Triple Cabin: 261 sq. ft.
• Dining Room: 1,000 sq. ft.
• Lecture Room: 765 sq. ft.
• Fitness Room: 162 sq. ft.

Generator: 2 X Perkins 90 kW

Engine: 2 X Volvo Penta 235 HP

Cruising Speed: 8 - 10 knots

Water: 2 x 820 Gallon fresh water tanks

Water Treatment: 2 Aerobic Biofilter Plants

Crew: 14 + 2 Naturalist Guides
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Communication: Radio HF, Satellite phone for emergencies, and limited Wifi internet

Navigation: GPS, Radar, Sonar

Launch Boats: 2 motorized open skiffs with four-stroke engines and safety equipment for up to 18 passengers each

Kayaks: For expedition use upon request and availability

Safety: Ship built following SOLAS and MARPOL international guidelines, exceeding Peruvian safety standards. A monitored camera system in common areas. Emergency drill planning and training for guests.

International environmental standards for all ship system designs and operations, making this the most environmentally responsible boat on the Amazon.

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The Amazon - A Wonder of Nature
This Amazon River Cruise provides the secret and foundation for good wildlife spotting - excellent guides and placing you in remote habitats in the various ecosystems that exist in the region!

The Amazon River, originating in Peru, is a world of mystery, grandeur and romance. Its towering forest and rushing waters harbor such an incomparable diversity of life that scientists are still working to classify it all:

• 2,000 species of fish, more than those in the Atlantic Ocean.
• 4,000 species of birds, including 120 hummingbirds.
• 60 species of reptiles such as the caiman and anaconda, the world´s largest non-poisonous snake.
• Mammals like the marmoset, anteater, tapir, capybara and pink dolphin.

At its widest point in Brazil, the mighty Amazon River is 40 miles across. Oceangoing vessels can sail the 2,300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean upriver to Iquitos, Peru`s major port on the Upper Amazon.

The Amazon River is arguably the largest river in the world rivaled only by the mighty Nile in Africa. The Amazon River’s headwaters in South America originate in Peru with the Upper Amazon area in Peru consisting of a series of major river systems that flow North and South into the Marañón and Ucayali (major Amazon River tributaries) and the Amazon River.

At its widest point the Amazon River is 11 km/7 miles wide during the low water season, but during the high water season, when the Amazon floods the surrounding plains, the Amazon River can be up to 45km/28 miles in breadth.


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FAQs

What kind of visas are required for travel to Peru?
Bring a valid passport. We recommend that your passport remain valid for at least six months after your departure date. Visas are not required for US or Canadian citizens.

What vaccinations are required for cruise?
No inoculations are required to enter Peru or to return to the US after visiting Peru. The CDC recommends malaria pills and the yellow fever shot; however, you should consult with your personal physician and we will send more detailed information.

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What about electrical adapter plugs?
The Lima hotels accommodate 110/120 voltage appliances, and a hairdryer and iron is in each room. The voltage in hotels outside of Lima and on the riverboat is 220 volts. The outlets are typical of what is found throughout North America, with two parallel pins. It is “Type A” on http://electricaloutlet.org/type-a.
Two 110volt convertors and a surge protector power strip with USB connections is provided in each cabin on the Amazon riverboat. If you feel you will need additional power supplies for electronic equipment, you may also want to travel with an international power convertor kit that included a current convertor and a set of adapter plugs. The electrical output on vessels and in some hotels can surge and affect appliances that are plugged into outlets. It is best to leave appliances plugged in only when in use, or for the minimum time required for recharging.

What kind of weather can you expect during your Amazon Cruise?
The Iquitos area is located a few degrees south of the Equator and is characterized by strong tropical sun and rainforest. Average temperatures range from the upper 70° to upper 80°F year-round during the day, to the lower 70s at night. It can be coolish on the river at night or on overcast days. There is very little seasonal variation between winter and summer temperatures. The average humidity ranges from 60-80%, and rainfall occurs approximately 250 days out of the year. Most showers occur in the late afternoon or evening and are of short duration.

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Explore the Amazon rainforest of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve