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Amazon Journey

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Join the Zafiro on this 4 day journey down the Amazon River! This great adventure is designed for those nature lovers who do not have much time to travel. Your journey offers a worthy view of life in the Amazon jungle, go piranha fishing, trek into the dense jungle in search of Amazon wildlife and birds, on night safaris and guided trips, visit local villages and learn about wildlife preservation!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Iquitos|Nauta|Embark
Day 2 : Ucayali River|Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 3 : Yarapa River
Day 4 : Disembark Iquitos|City Tour|Transfer to the Airport


  • Visit the “Mirrored Forest” where towering trees reflect in the black water
  • Explore waterways where grey and pink dolphins swim and play
  • Cruise along an amazing black water stream and explore the "Gallery Forest"



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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Macaws in the Amazon Sunset on the Amazon Saki Monkey in the Amazon  Giant lily pads on the Amazon River Amazon river

Day 1 Iquitos|Nauta|Embark

Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport, transfer all together by comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kilometers away. Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you. While the Zafiro begins its initial navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the observation area located on our third deck. Your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey’s schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation to keep your eye out for, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.

Enjoy the Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm. Salute your journey with wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine!

Day 2 Ucayali River|Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, within the vast Amazon flooded forest, cruise along an amazing black water stream, as your guides tell you about the
rainforest. Explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As you float through this tunnel, your
naturalist guides help you to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks. 
On the way back to the Zafiro explore into Tapiche River and begin your jungle walk guided by your guides to learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, snakes, birds and more. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides identify for you the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise the Amazonia’s natural pharmacy.

This evening take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the “Mirrored Forest” to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence. As you make your way back to the vessel, your guides point out caimans and frogs in the water, and fishing bats overhead. 
Return to the Zafiro, followed by a delicious dinner.

Day 3 Yarapa River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. Observe monkeys such as brown capuchin and saddle backed tamarin monkeys, birds such as fly catchers, trogons, wood peckers and more.
Return to the Zafiro and sail down river, toward Iquitos. Enjoy a cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. Learn first-hand about the amazon cuisine.

Day 4 Disembark Iquitos|City Tour|Transfer to the Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
En route to Iquitos airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. See how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for re-introduction into theirnatural habitat. Check-in at Iquitos International Airport. Your guides will assist you with the check-in and departure formalities until you board your flight back to Lima.


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First Deck Suite
21 m2 / 226.04 sq. ft. Panoramic floor to ceiling windows on the first deck.
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Second Deck Suite
21 m2 / 226.04 sq. ft. Panoramic view floor to ceiling windows with separate balcony overlooking the Amazon River on the second deck.
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Master Suites
23 m2 / 247.57 sq. ft. 90-degree front-facing windows, air conditioning with en-suite bathroom and living room.
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Zafiro Suite
44.60m2 / 480.07 sq. ft. 180-degree front facing window with jacuzzi and amazon view located on the second deck.


-All meals while on board
-Beer on board
-All excursions
-Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
-Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee

Not included:
-Air tickets to/from Iquitos
-Guide and crew gratuities
-Bar and boutique purchases.

Please note:
The itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions at certain times of the year. The water levels of the rivers also vary from time to time, as well as the hours of sailing. Excursions may be modified at the discretion of the Zafiro crew.

Single Supplement: 50% in additional to the total adult rate

Child Policy: Children must be a minimum of 7 years old on all departures. Children must be accompanied by one or two adults in the same cabin. 


  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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