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Macaws in the Amazon

Amazon Journey

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Zafiro
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Join the Zafiro on this 4-day journey down the Amazon River! This great adventure is designed for those nature lovers who do not have much time to travel. Your journey offers a worthy view of life in the Amazon jungle, including piranha fishing, wildlife spotting, visits to local villages, and opportunities to learn about wildlife preservation!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Iquitos | Nauta | Embark
Day 2 : Ucayali River | Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 3 : Yarapa River | Panguana 2nd Zone
Day 4 : Disembark Iquitos | City Tour | Transfer to the Airport


  • Visit the “Mirrored Forest” where towering trees reflect in the black water
  • Explore waterways where grey and pink dolphins swim and play
  • Cruise along an amazing black water stream and explore the "Gallery Forest"



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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

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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

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
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.




Flexible New Booking Policy
For new bookings scheduled until December 31, 2021, changes in departure dates are available at no additional cost. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details. 
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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.


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.
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Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.
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