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Saki Monkey in the Amazon

Amazon Journey via Ucayali River - High Water Season

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Zafiro
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This 4-day journey down the Amazon River aboard Zafiro is a great adventure designed for those nature lovers who do not have much time to travel. Your journey offers an unforgettable view of life in the Amazon jungle, including piranha fishing, wildlife spotting, local village visits, and opportunities to learn about wildlife preservation.
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Highlights
  • 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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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Iquitos | Nauta | Embark | Pahuashiro

Pick up at the airport and transfer by private vehicle to Nauta port, for boarding. The staff will show you to your suite, which will be equipped with comfortable beds, 100% Peruvian Pima cotton sheets, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and a private bathroom with a shower and amenities. Before setting sail, the bartender will serve you a cocktail prepared with local fruit and pisco, the most popular liquor in Peru. You can sip it while enjoying 360° views from the observation deck or a panoramic view from the indoor or outdoor lounge.

After setting sail, the naturalist guides will offer an overview of the travel itinerary, including activities, routes, information about wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical context, as well as other useful info. If you have any doubts or concerns, the guides are always available to answer your questions. You’ll then enjoy the welcome lunch. Start your journey by dining in Peruvian cuisine with an Amazon flare. There are many options on the menu, including vegetarian alternatives. Please let them know in advance if you have any special dietary needs. After lunch, you will be ready to start a new outing on the skiff to explore the area of Pahuashiro and its wildlife. You’ll then head back to the boat for some free time until dinner.

Day 2: Ucayali River | Yanallpa del Ucayali | Tapiche River | Dorado River

Before breakfast, you’ll head out on a skiff to the Yanallpa area of the Ucayali River in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, where you’ll see many native animal species. After breakfast, you’ll head out on a skiff to the Tapiche River in search of wildlife. Before midday, you’ll head back to the boat for a cooking demonstration by the executive chef.

After lunch, whoever is interested may attend a talk about the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, and in the afternoon you’ll take a skiff to the Dorado river, where you’ll fish using local techniques. Before heading back on board, enjoy a nighttime outing in search of caimans, tarantulas, and other species that make an appearance after the sun goes down. Dinner will then be served aboard the Zafiro.

Day 3: Ucayali River | Yarapa de Ucayali (Black Waters) | Amazon River | Tahuayo River

After breakfast, you’ll set out to explore the Yarapa River, where the famous pink and gray river dolphins swim in its black waters. Back on the Zafiro, you’ll see the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón rivers, which give birth to the Amazon River. After enjoying lunch and resting, you will set out on skiffs on a nice sail on the Amazon river. You will explore and observe the daily activities that local communities do on the river banks. Before heading back to the boat, enjoy a colorful Amazon sunset. Back on board Zafiro, you’ll have some time to relax and enjoy live music before the presentation by the crew and farewell dinner.

Day 4: Iquitos | Disembark

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After breakfast, you will proceed to disembark. On the way to the airport, you will visit the Manatee Rescue Center (Amazon Forever Organization) where biologists and volunteers care for manatees, an endangered species that authorities have rescued. You will learn how manatees are treated and prepared for their return to their natural habitat. Likewise, you will be able to see other animals that have also been rescued. They will invite you to make a donation to this dedicated organization and study center. Afterward, you’ll be transferred to the airport.

Ship/Hotel

Zafiro

Zafiro
Zafiro
Zafiro

Dates & Prices

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$3,600 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.
Suite on board the Zafiro
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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.
Suite on board the Zafiro
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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
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 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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