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Amazon Journey - Low Water Season

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Zafiro
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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.
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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
Places Visited
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Iquitos | Nauta | Embark | Marañon River | Nauta Caño

Pick up at the airport and transfer by private vehicle to Nauta port, for boarding. The staff will accompany you to your suite specially equipped with comfortable beds, pure Peruvian pima cotton sheets, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, private bathroom with shower and amenities. Before sailing, the bartender will serve you a cocktail prepared with fruits from the region and pisco, the most popular national liquor in Peru. Do not miss the opportunity to savor it while enjoying a full view of the river from the observation deck, or a panoramic view in the indoor or outdoor lounge. Once you start sailing and before the welcome lunch, the naturalist guides will present an overview of the trip program, such as activities, routes, information on wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, as well as other useful details. If you have any doubts or questions, the guides are always very happy to assist you. Welcome lunch.

Begin your trip with a special Peruvian dinner with an Amazonian influence. It is a varied menu that includes a vegetarian option. Please let them know of any special dietary requirements in advance. After lunch you will have time to rest before the next outing on skiffs to Nauta Caño, where you will observe "the jungle of mirrors", an ideal location to spot toucans, parrots, macaws, iguanas, sloths, and monkeys high up in the trees. Before returning to Zafiro cruise, you will enjoy a night excursion in search of alligators, tarantulas, frogs, and other species that appear when the sun goes down. Return to the ship and dinner on board.

Day 2: Marañón River | Yanayacu de Pucate | San Regis

Early in the morning, they will invite guests to the third deck of the ship to observe the transit of migratory birds. Afterward, they will start the excursion by boat to the Yanayacu de Pucate area, where you will appreciate one of the best preserved and protected areas of the Pacaya Samiria reserve. Moreover, you will enjoy a special breakfast in the middle of nature. Before returning to the ship, those who wish can take a kayak ride. Others might choose to swim in the refreshing black waters of the river. Back on the boat, the bartender awaits you with a Peruvian cocktail demonstration, after that enjoy lunch. Following some time to rest, the guides will give you a talk on Amazonian philosophy.

In the afternoon, you will visit the native community of San Regis, where you will learn about their way of life and traditions. You will also learn about ancestral traditions from the local shaman. The guides will act as interpreters during this experience, in which you will have the opportunity to ask questions about spiritual connections and the shaman ́s abilities to heal the soul. After living this experience, you will continue with the ceremony of planting a tree as a positive contribution to the environment. Moreover, there will be an opportunity to appreciate how the women of the community exhibit in a small craft market, pieces and objects made with their own hands. Back on the ship, you will have time to rest and relax with live music while you make time before dinner.

Day 3: Marañon River | Amazonian Natural Park | Nahuapa River

After breakfast you will start a walk through the jungle, followed by a canopy walk, which will allow you to admire the richness of the jungle from the top of the trees. At noon, you will return to the ship for lunch on board, after which you will have time to rest. It is important that you are present at the talk about the animals in the area that are in danger of extinction.

In the afternoon, you will begin your exploration by boat on the Nahuapa River. There you will experience fishing for the famous piranhas, using local equipment and techniques. Before returning to Zafiro cruise, you will make a night excursion in search of alligators, tarantulas, frogs, and other nocturnal species. Return to Zafiro, live music, and dinner.

Day 4: Marañon River | Casual | Amazon River

After breakfast, you will start a walk in Casual, in search of wildlife, such as poisonous frogs and other exotic species. In this area, you will see the well-known giant trees called Avatar and the "Victoria Amazonica" also known as Victoria Regia or water lilies, the largest aquatic plant on the planet. There you will also have the opportunity to purchase local handicrafts made by local women artisans. Before noon you will return to the ship where there will be a cooking demonstration by the executive chef.

After lunch, do not miss the talk about the origin of the Amazon, and then start an excursion to the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón rivers, the place where these two rivers join, also known as the origin of the Amazon River. This area is very popular for watching the curious pink river dolphins. Return to the ship and have some free time until dinner.

Day 5: Marañon River | Nauta | Florida Common Reserve | Pahuachiro

Before breakfast, visit Nauta, the second most important city in the region. Upon arrival, you will take a motorcar tour to the local market where you will learn first-hand what the commercial life of the city is like. Return to Zafiro for breakfast. After breakfast, be ready to start a new excursion, you will take a walk in the Florida common reserve, in search of wildlife such as frogs, birds, and other exotic species. In this area, you will see the well-known select trees called mahogany.

At noon, they will offer lunch and then you will have time to rest and restore some energy for the activity of the afternoon, a boat excursion to explore the Pahuachiro area and its wildlife. Back at Zafiro, enjoy the wonderful light and the incomparable colors that unfold in the sky of these latitudes during sunset. Dinner on board.

Day 6: Amazon River | San Joaquin de Omaguas | Yarapa River | Ucayali River

At dawn, before breakfast, you will go out by boat to explore the Amazon River, where you will observe the daily activities that each community carries out on the banks of the river. Back on the ship, you can enjoy your buffet breakfast, which offers a daily selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, freshly baked homemade products, and a variety of freshly prepared juices. After breakfast, you will start a boat excursion to explore the Yarapa black water river in search of wildlife. Return to the cruise and enjoy lunch on board. Before the activity in the afternoon, the guides will give a talk about the local culture.

In the afternoon, you will visit the community of Paranapura, where you will appreciate how they live and learn about their customs, always accompanied by your guides, who will act as interpreters for you. Towards sunset, you will go in search of animals that can only be seen when the sun goes down: alligators, bats, frogs, tarantulas, and other species that populate your biodiverse jungle. Before dinner, you can enjoy live music by the band on board, which will play a varied repertoire of Amazonian, national, and international music.

Day 7: Yarapa of Ucayali (Black Waters) | Yucuruchi | Amazon River (Origin)

Before breakfast, you will start an excursion by boat, but this time on the Yarapa River, in search of new imposing landscapes and more emblematic species of the Amazon. Return to Zafiro for breakfast. After breakfast, you will start a walk in Yucuruchi, the area of the Ucayali River, located in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, where numerous species of native animals will be sighted. Return to the ship.

At noon they will offer lunch and then you will have time to rest before the afternoon outing, a boat trip on the Amazon River, in search of the curious pink dolphins and other species. Before returning to the ship, appreciate the breathtaking colors of the Amazonian sunset. Back on the ship, you will have time to rest and relax with live music while you make time before the presentation of the crew and farewell dinner.

Day 8: Disembark in Nauta Port | Transfer to the airport

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, you will proceed to disembark. On your way to the airport, visit Amazon Forever Bio Park, also known as Manatees Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for manatees, an endangered species. Learn how manatees are treated and prepared for their return to their natural habitat. Likewise, other animals are also rescued, treated, and reinserted into their natural habitat. Jungle Experiences actively collaborates with this dedicated organization and think tank. They invite you to do so as well and help this meaningful cause. Transfer to the airport.

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Zafiro

Zafiro
Zafiro
Zafiro

Dates & Prices

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$7,500 2-3 travelers
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First Deck Suite
21 m2 / 226.04 sq. ft. Panoramic floor to ceiling windows on the first deck.
Suite on board the Zafiro
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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.

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. 
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Entrance Fee 
  • All excursions and equipment including rubber boots and rain ponchos
  • Transfers to/from the vessel when arriving on recommended flights.
  • Sodas, natural juices, coffee, tea, water, and local alcoholic beverages (house wines, beer, and pisco cocktails) are included with lunch and dinner
  • Welcome drink: Pisco Sour
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Domestic Flights
  • Any additional bar consumptions
  • Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation)
  • Any additional transportation services

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