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Amazon Journey

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Embark on this 8 day experience showcasing the mighty Amazon River’s treasures. Navigate deep into the wildlife 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 will include 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 : Yanayacu of Yacapana | Piranha Creek | Nauta Creek
Day 3 : Yanayacu of Pacate | Tiger River
Day 4 : Maranon River | San Martin de Tipishca
Day 5 : Maranon River | Pampa Creek | 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


  • 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



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Cattleya cruise adventures At the Parrot Clay Lick Monkey on the branch Exploring the region Pink dolphin in the Amazon

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 will 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 our 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 Yanayacu of Yacapana | Piranha Creek | Nauta Creek

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  • 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 birdwatching in the native kukama reserve (yanayacu of yucapana). This reserve has about 17 black waters lakes, has bountiful
wildlife and is home to Ayacucho and San Juan native communities. This morning 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 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. 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 Pacate | Tiger River

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  • 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 Interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!
Later this afternoon, board your skiff and journey into a beautiful creek, full of colorful birds, such us: Paradise tanager, masked crimson tanager, Wood peckers, awls, scarlet crowned barbet and enjoy the great symphony they create. 

Take a night excursion into Tiger River. 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

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  • 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 community Amazonia 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. 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. You might also spot hoatzins; red capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers. 

Day 5 Maranon River | Pampa Creek | Nauta

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Before breakfast, enjoy some early birdwatching. The Zafiro follows the shoreline, sure to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neo-tropic cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and horned screamers.
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 will give 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, you will listen 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

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  • 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 our presence.

Day 7 Yarapa River | Amazon River

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  • 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, and wood peckers.
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 will introduce the crew members whom you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless Jungle Experiences.

Day 8 Disembark in Iquitos | Transfer to the airport

  • 1 Breakfast
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 at 4:30 pm. Your guides will assist you with the check-in and departure formalities until the time to 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. 


  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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