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Embark on this 8-day experience showcasing the mighty Amazon River’s treasures. Navigate deep into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve for a real and safe adventure, in the hands of your expert naturalist guides, to spot the wonderful creatures of the Amazon. Your journey includes jungle walks, fishing, birdwatching, exploring the Yacapana Islands, dolphin sightings, visits to local villages, the “Mirrored Forest”, wildlife safaris by night, and a visit to the Manatee Rescue Center.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Iquitos | Embark on the Amazon River
Day 2 : Pacaya-Samiria Reserve | Maranon River | Nauta Creek
Day 3 : Yanayacu of Pucate | Tiger River
Day 4 : Maranon River | San Martin de Tipishca
Day 5 : Maranon River | Chiriyacu Lagoon | Nauta
Day 6 : Ucayali River | Dorado River | Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 7 : Yarapa River | Amazon River
Day 8 : Disembark in Iquitos | Transfer to the airport

Highlights

  • See the birthplace of the Amazon River, where nature is especially dramatic
  • Take a nocturnal boat ride and enjoy a symphony from the night
  • Meet and interact with Amazonian locals from a riverside village
  • Swim in the mighty Amazon River alongside the famous pink dolphins

Ship

Zafiro

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Looking up the trunk of a giant rainforest tree Monkey on the branch huge lillypads Pink dolphin in the Amazon Zafiro

Day 1 Arrive Iquitos | Embark on the Amazon River

Meet your guides at the airport and transfer all together in your comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the main wharf to board the Zafiro. Once onboard, staff introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities. 

While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck. Salute your journey with the fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences.

After the welcome dinner, enjoy starwatching while you cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, or else relax with live music performed by the band on board playing a varied repertoire of Amazon, national and international music.

Day 2 Pacaya-Samiria Reserve | Maranon River | Nauta Creek

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Catch your first glimpse of the Amazon as you enjoy early birdwatching along the river. 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 comfortable excursion skiffs for your 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 inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and countless colorful birds. Explore the first river that flows into Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Piranha Creek, in search of wildlife. This area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.

Take a late afternoon excursion 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. Your naturalist guides use their eagle eyes to help you spot toucans, parrots and macaws overhead, and iguanas, sloths and monkeys among the soaring trees. On the way back to the Zafiro, the glorious sunset is reflected in these glistening waters. Tonight, take a nocturnal boat ride to enjoy a symphony from the night and constellations, as well as search for caimans, tarantulas, boa constrictors and more.

Day 3 Yanayacu of Pucate | Tiger River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning, 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. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so you won´t be the only one enjoying your meal here. If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of the kayaks. You even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!

Later this afternoon, take a short walk through the forest and over hanging bridges in San Regis (Parque Natural Amazonico) to see a beautiful park full of colorful birds that are native to the area. Following this, have an experience with a native shaman and partake in a tree planting ceremony.

Take a night excursion into Tiger River to a place called Nahuapa. Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flows into the Maranon River. It owns hundreds of other small rivers which flow into the main Tiger River. Explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa to look for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos, and more. 

Day 4 Maranon River | San Martin de Tipishca

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your skiffs skim 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, river others, capybaras, and more. 

Later today, meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca kukama Amazonian community 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 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, as the lake attracts many species which include: blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tigerherons, wattle jacanas, Amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black–collared hawk, black-capped mocking thrush, and yellow-rumped caciques. You might also spot hoatzins, red-capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers.

Day 5 Maranon River | Chiriyacu Lagoon | Nauta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Before breakfast, enjoy some early birdwatching. After breakfast, begin your expedition for fishing the famous piranhas into Shiriyacu stream, and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the Amazon and ancestral traditions. This experience gives us the opportunity to formulate questions to the healer and know a bit more about our former traditions. 

This afternoon, navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers to admire the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, or Victoria regias. Here, become one of a very small number of people who have ever seen these plants bloom. When the night falls, listen to the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as nocturnal animals send their piercing calls across the canopy trees. As you skiff back to the Zafiro, special spotlight torches help your naturalist guides locate caimans, owls, and capybaras. 

Day 6 Ucayali River | Dorado River | Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, 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 your presence.

Day 7 Yarapa River | Amazon River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue exploring waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around your boat. On this excursion observe monkeys such as brown capuchin and saddle-backed tamarin monkeys, and birds such as fly catchers, trogons, woodpeckers, and more.

Enjoy a cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. Learn first-hand about the Amazon cuisine and taste Amazonian culinary art.
After dinner, your naturalist guides introduce the crew members whom you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless experience.

Day 8 Disembark in Iquitos | Transfer to the airport

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Take a last boat excursion into Itaya River, a tributary that flows into the Amazon and where the floating houses of Belen market are located. For a couple hours explore this amazing tributary.

Disembark in Iquitos. 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 their natural habitat. 

Check-in at Iquitos International Airport. Your guides assist you with the check-in and departure formalities until the time to board your flight back to Lima.

Zafiro

Per person starting at
$7,250
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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.
Suite on board the Zafiro
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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.

Notes

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. 

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.

Rates Include: 
  • All meals while on board 
  • All excursions & equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos)
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to Iquitos.
  • Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water; beer (on board the Zafiro)
Rates Exclude: 
  • Air tickets to/from Iquitos
  • Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation)
  • Tipping guidelines. We recommend an amount in the range of US $20 – $30 per passenger per night for the crew (to be divided among all the crew members) and between US $7 –$10 per passenger per night for the guides.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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