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Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, one of Peru´s largest national parks. Go piranha fishing, trek into the dense jungle in search of Amazon wildlife and birds, take a night safari and guided trips, visit local villages, and learn about wildlife preservation efforts in Peru’s Amazonia.
The rainforest from abovePink Dolphins swimming in the Amazon RiverCapybaras in the waterIndigenous man hunting in the AmazonRiding a traditional canoe down the river
  • Explore waterways where grey and pink dolphins swim and play
  • Meet and visit with locals and learn about life on the Amazon River
  • Look out for caymans, frogs, tarantulas, snakes and anacondas
  • Visit where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the Amazon
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Iquitos | Nauta | Río Amazonas | Embark

The guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport with a sign for your transfer to Nauta to board the cruise M/V La Perla. As you enter your cabin, which will be fully equipped with everything you need, you will feel how this lifetime trip is about to start. The navigation will initiate in the Marañon River to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers where the majestic Amazon begins. Take the time to go to the observation deck and enjoy the amazing panoramic view, the guides will be explaining the story of Amazon’s origin.

During the next days, you will be navigating through the Marañon and Ucayali rivers, then through the Amazon and its amazing confluences full of wildlife. After getting familiar with your new environment, you will be invited to the dining room for lunch, where you will experiment with exquisite regional gastronomy, a delicious flavor celebration. Later, the guides will provide a general briefing about the trip itinerary, activities, routes, wildlife and vegetation. The guides will be attentive to help you with any question you might have. After lunch on board, you will have an afternoon-night excursion for searching wildlife in the communal reserve of Yanayacu de Yacapana. During the excursion, you will observe the biggest water plant in the world (Victorias Regias), birds, lizards, sloths, beautiful pink dolphins, and other animals. At the end of the night, the guides will use the lanterns to locate caimans, owls, and capybaras. Upon returning, a reception with live music by the Ship Band awaits for you to enjoy the local music followed by a welcome dinner. Once dinner is finished, the guides will invite you to a lecture about the Amazon origins.

Day 2: Amazonas river | Yarapa river | Ucayali river | Vista Alegre

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early call in the morning with a serenade to enjoy the beautiful sunrise from the Amazon river. A small trek will take place to observe the birds of the communal reserve Yanayacu de Yacapana, sunrise is the best time of the day for bird sightseeing. This morning observe macaws, sloths, monkeys, toucans, trogons, quetzals, parrots among others. Return to have a delicious breakfast as the ship sails to the Ucayali. Later, there will be a morning excursion to explore the tributaries rivers, like the Yarapa where you can observe a variety of reptiles as iguanas, sloths, and others. Go back to the ship to enjoy the delicious lunch and breath the purest air ever. In the afternoon, there will be a retelling of the geographical orientation and the species that you have been observing throughout the day with the guides.

Visit the butterfly farm project of Vista Alegre, where you will learn about the Amazon butterflies and their importance in the jungle. You will be amazed by the relevance they have. You will be back on board for dinner and for enjoying live music. You can’t miss this! A chilling and really interesting excursion will be offered at night, which is based on the search of caymans, snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, anacondas, nocturnal monkeys among others. If you don’t want to participate, you can rest upon the moonlight enjoying the nature sounds and drinking pisco sour on board.

Day 3: Ucayali river | Marañón river | Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning get ready to navigate through the black waters of the Yarapa River, where you can have an unforgettable experience in the search of wildlife, enjoying the amazing landscape of the jungle. Finishing the excursion, a delicious breakfast will be served on board. Continue sailing through the paths of the Ucayali upon the high confluence of the Marañon river, until arriving in Piranha Creek. One of the first tributaries of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This morning there will be a boat excursion to explore Piranha creek. This area is great for piranha fishing.

Once the excursion is finished return to the ship to have lunch on board. Later, there will be a trekking tour in the jungle, where you can learn about medicinal plants. Look out for exotic insects of the Amazon-like tarantulas, frogs, spiders and a multitude of species never seen before. Before returning to the ship, the naturalists will teach you about basic survival in the jungle. Back on board, you will be welcomed with live music. Then, enjoy an exquisite dinner, it’s time to relax and appreciate the beauty of the Peruvian Amazon.

Day 4: Marañón river | Ucayali river

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an energetic breakfast, visit one of the local coastal families. They will share their traditions and culture with you. This once in a lifetime experience will give you the opportunity to see life from another perspective. During lunch, the ship will start to sail on the Marañon River. In the afternoon, visit the Samiria Reserve to observe the Charapas turtles. Later at night, an excursion will be offered for searching wildlife in the Amazon. Back to the ship the naturalist guides will share more information and enrich the experiences of the day. You will be able to enjoy the local music followed by an exquisite dinner.

Day 5: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve / San Regis

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, you will explore Yanayacu Pucate and enjoy a picnic breakfast in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve accompanied by nature. Some pink dolphins might enrich the panorama. Also, it’s possible to observe blue and yellow macaws, toucans and different types of monkeys. Have a canopy walk where you will look for wildlife and enjoy the breathtaking view. After lunch onboard a ceremony will be held with shamans in St. Regis will take place, where you will learn about the ancient secrets of the rainforest. Later, you will be part of the tree planting ceremony. Before dinner, a reception with live music will be held by the ship band. In the warm night, you can be part of the boat ride through Nauta Creek within Pacaya Samiria National Reserve which is known as the mirrored forest, which makes perfect sense as you gaze upon its glistening black water where you can observe lizards, frogs and different kinds of nocturnal animals.

Day 6: San José de Zarapanga Shiriyucu | Nauta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a delicious breakfast, head for the black water stream of San José de Zarapanga called Shiriyacu to fish piranhas, using traditional and local techniques, you will be surprised by the many ways there is to fish. Visit Kukama Prado village to learn about ancient traditions and medicine used by the ancestors; in the Peruvian Amazon are different types of traditional medicine that maybe you have not heard before. Then, be part of a cooking demonstration, where you can learn about local techniques and the variety of vegetables and dishes that exists in the Peruvian Amazon. In the afternoon, a boat excursion will be offer before sunset in the Amazon River, where we can hear the sounds of wildlife, colors and symphony. At the same time, we will look for caymans, frogs, tarantulas, snakes and anacondas. After dinner, our 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 Experience.

Day 7: Iquitos | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After enjoying your last breakfast on board. We will proceed with the transfer by bus from the city of Nauta to Iquitos. We will have a stop in the Rescue Center Amazon - Manatee (ACOBIA), where you will be able to see and feed this beautiful animal. Then, you will have a brief visit to the city of Iquitos to observe the famous houses of the rubber boom, Fierro’s house, and Belen market.


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9 cabins: 14m2 / 151 sq. ft. with panoramic window, two twin beds or one queen bed and private bathroom with shower.
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2 cabins: 14m2 / 151 sq. ft. with private balcony, two twin beds or one queen bed and private bathroom with shower.
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3 cabins: 20m2 / 215 sq. ft. with two twin beds convertible in a Californian king bed and private bathroom with shower. Cabin with possibility to accommodate an extra bed. Ideal for families.


• Transfer Iquitos Airport/ Nauta/Iquitos Airport
• Overnight aboard the M/V La Perla Cruise
• Full meals during the itinerary
• Bottled water and non-alcoholic house beverages
• English & Spanish speaking interpreter service
• Skiff guided excursions
• Entrance tickets to the natural reserve

Not included
• Domestic airfare and local airport taxes
• Alcoholic and bottled beverages
• Personal expenses
• Gratuities

• Programs and rates are subject to change without prior notice.
• Not recommend travel with children under 7 years old.
• The regular rate applicable to children over 7 years old.
• Excursions’ schedules may vary depending on weather conditions and wildlife cycle, in order to protect its natural habitat.
• Visits to the local villages are carefully planned to avoid a negative impact on their cultural identity.
• Additional and private services, as well as interpreters in other languages, available upon request at an extra cost.


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