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Explore the Amazon River and its tributaries on a river cruise with Adventure Life. Float silently down meandering Amazon tributaries spotting monkeys, tropical birds and taking hikes through some of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Iquitos Peru is the primary port for cruises in the Amazon basin, though it's also possible to cruise the upper Amazon basin out of  Ecuador on the Anakonda or Manatee river boats, or downriver out of Brazil on the Amazon Odyssey. Amazon River cruise itineraries tend to last from 4 to 8 days. Popular Amazon cruise ships include the luxurious Amazon DiscoveryAria Amazon or Zafira based out of Iquitos, Peru. Contact one of Adventure Life's Amazon cruise experts for help deciding which cruise and boat are perfect for your particular needs, interests, budget and schedule.

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Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Delfin12$4400The newly refurbished Delfin treats travelers to a step beyond luxury. She sits in a class of her own, featuring understated elegance, and …
Aria Amazon32$3525The Aria Amazon is a true luxury cruise ship on the northern Amazon River in Peru. Combining the best of eco-tourism with luxury, the Aria Amazon …
Cattleya Journey10$3250The Cattleya was built in 2014 with the unique purpose to bring comfort and satisfaction to the visitors who have the opportunity to engage in an …
M/V Anakonda40$2568The M/V Anakonda is the only luxury cruise liner in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Guests are delighted with its beautiful interior and intimate explorations …
Manatee30$2070The Manatee Amazon Explorer is an intimate way to explore the great Amazon - it holds just 30 passengers, and is a stunning example of jungle comfort …
Delfin II30$3300Delfin II offers all the comforts provided by world-class lodging yet with the spirit of casual and refined elegance while you sail in the Peruvian …
Delfin III43$2800Set sail on the new Delfin III Amazon River vessel. With capacity for up to 43 passengers, this luxurious ship has been beautifully finished with the …
Zafiro38$3535The Zafiro is a floating five-star hotel that will take you to the world of the Amazon River. Accomodating just 38 passengers, enjoy this idyllic …
Aqua Nera40$4125The luxurious ship Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical blackwater lagoons and bears the hallmarks of …

Amazon River Cruise Travel Guide

Highlights of an Amazon River Cruise
The Amazon region stretches over more than 2 million square miles of terrestrial South America and remains one of the world's greatest mysteries, with entire indigenous communities that have never been contacted by modern society, ancient ruins that remain unexplored, and thousands of species that have yet to be discovered. Cruises here give you an up-close sampling of this untamed jungle, acquainting you with its wildlife, communities, and how people are working to conserve this fragile yet vital natural sanctuary. Your cruise will offer opportunities to:
  • Meet indigenous communities and learn about their way of life. You might have a chance to shoot a blowgun or learn how to cook a native meal from locally procured ingredients. Depending on which group you visit, you might even get your face painted in traditional symbols or participate in a ritual.
  • Canoe or kayak down Amazon Tributaries, where with some luck, you'll paddle by monkeys, makaws, parrots and hundreds of species of tropical birds.
  • Day & Night Hikes through the winding trails of the rainforest to see the diurnal and nocturnal life that populates this area. Along the way, your guides will help you to identify the sounds and spot these quick critters as they move through the branches looking for fruit and insects. You will also probably come across other wildlife including sloths, otters, capybaras, and perhaps even the seldom seen but ever-present jaguar.
  • Canopy walks & Ziplines - A fun and engaging way to see one of the least explored and most biodiverse layers of the Amazon jungle, soaring through the branches like the many birds or walking across a planked canopy tower walk.
  • Fish for pirhanas!
  • Search for the playful pink river dolphins.
  • Learn about the conservation efforts of various groups and organizations, including many of the tour companies that we work with, towards protecting the Amazon.
Wildlife in the Amazon
No matter where you go in the lush Amazon rainforest, you're sure to find tremendous biodiversity and a wealth of animal life.The following are a few of the staple critters you might run into along the way: 

Primates: With a little luck, you'll see capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, marmosets, and scores of other primates feeding and socializing in the branches above.

Birds- A veritable rainbow of avian life, from parrots to macaws and literally hundreds of other species harmonize in their jungle chorus.

Mammals - Good luck spotting the elusive jaguar, but keep an eye out for anteaters, armadillos, capybaras, and giant otters too.

River Life - It's no secret that the Amazon River and its tributaries are home to fish like pirhanas, caiman crocodiles, and anacondas.

Insects - Of course, at the bottom of the food chain are the buzzing insects that add to the cacaphonous sounds of the jungle.

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