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Join the Zafiro on this 5-day luxury cruise exploring the wonderful Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon rivers! Skiff through its tributaries towards the Sapote River, a buffered zone of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. As you enter into one of the greatest flooded forests of the world, you will see extraordinary wildlife, many species of primates, hundreds of exotic and colorful birds and groups of pink and gray dolphins only after a single day! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Iquitos|Embark|Amazon River
Day 2 : Yanayacu of Yacapana|Pirana Creek
Day 3 : Yanayacu of Pucate|Creek Perdida|Tiger River
Day 4 : Maranon River|San Martin De Tipishca
Day 5 : Pampa Creek|Nauta|Disembark


  • Visit where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the Amazon
  • Paddle board and swim with the famous Amazon Pink Dolphins
  • Meet and visit with locals and learn about life on the Amazon River



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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

A monkey clings to the tree Tree frog spotted in the Amazon Pink dolphin in the Amazon Cattleya cruise adventures

Day 1 Iquitos|Embark|Amazon River

Arrive in Iquitos, where your guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport. Transfer all together in your comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the main wharf to board the Zafiro. Staff will introduce you to your suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck.

This evening, salute your journey with fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine. After the welcome dinner, enjoy starwatching while you cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, or relax with live music performed by your band on board. Enjoy a varied repertoire of Amazon, national and international music.

Day 2 Yanayacu of Yacapana|Pirana Creek

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board your comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold drinking water are always available for you on board the skiffs. Enjoy early birdwatching in the native kukama reserve (yanayacu of yucapana). This reserve has about 17 black waters lakes, bountiful in wildlife and home of Ayacucho and San Juan native communities. Observe monkeys, parrots, macaws and learn more about nature.

After breakfast, the Zafiro skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Board your skiffs for an expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks! Explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: piranha creek, in search of wildlife. This area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.

Enjoy an afternoon excursions to Nauta Creek within Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, which is known as the mirrored forest, which makes perfect sense as you gaze upon its glistening black water lagoons. Our naturalist guides use their eagle eyes to help you spot toucans, parrots and macaws overhead and iguanas, sloths and monkeys among the soaring trees. 

*Optional Nocturnal boat ride to enjoy the symphony from the night and constellations, as well as search for caimans, tarantulas, boa constrictors and more.

Day 3 Yanayacu of Pucate|Creek Perdida|Tiger River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so you won´t be the only one enjoying a happy meal here. 
Interact directly with the waters of the Amazon and go out on a paddle board. In addition, swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!
This afternoon, travel by skiff into Creek Perdida which is full of colorful birds, such us: Paradise tanager, masked crimson tanager, Wood peckers, awls, scarlet crowned barbet and enjoy the great symphony they create. 

Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flow into the Maranon Rivers because hundreds of other small rivers flow into the main Tiger River. Explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa and look for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons great
potoos and more. Wildlife is always active early in the morning, late afternoon and night, turning this into an amazing experience.

Day 4 Maranon River|San Martin De Tipishca

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your skiff skims the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as
blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more.

This afternoon, meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewelry. Tipishca Lake formed over 100 years ago by the Las Piedras River cutting through the neck of a sharp meander. Lake Tipishca harbors good fish stocks, including piranha and catfish. Bird life on the lake is plentiful, the lake attracts many species which include, blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tiger-herons, wattle jacanas, amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black–collared hawk, black capped mocking thrush and yellow-rumped caciques. 

Day 5 Pampa Creek|Nauta|Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, as you follow the shoreline, enjoy the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neo-tropic cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and our favorite horned screamers. Later this morning, enjoy your expedition to fish for the famous piranhas in Shiriyacu stream, and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the amazon and ancestral traditions.

This afternoon, disembark. On your way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will also have the chance to pet and feed these kind manatees.  

Our land personnel will wait you at the airport to deliver your boarding passes and assist you with departure formalities.


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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. 


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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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