Day 1 Iquitos | Nauta | Embark
Meet your crew at the airport and transfer all together by comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kilometers away. Once you reach Nauta, 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 the third deck. Your naturalist guide gives 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
- 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 with 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. 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 | Panguana 2nd Zone
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around the boats. Observe monkeys such as brown capuchin and saddle-backed tamarin monkeys, and birds such as flycatchers, 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 your Amazonian culinary art. Return to the Zafiro and sail down river, toward Iquitos. 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 4 Disembark Iquitos | City Tour | Transfer to the Airport
Take one last boat excursion into the 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 viewing the wild Belen market from the river.
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 you board your flight back to Lima.