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Amazon Journey via Marañón River- Low Water Season

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Join the Zafiro on this 5-day luxury cruise exploring the wonderful Amazon, Ucayali, and Maranon rivers! Skiff through its tributaries towards the Sapote River, a buffered zone of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. As you enter into one of the greatest flooded forests of the world, see extraordinary wildlife, many species of primates, hundreds of exotic and colorful birds, and groups of pink and gray dolphins only after a single day! 
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  • Visit where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the Amazon
  • Kayak and swim with the famous Amazon pink dolphins
  • Meet and visit with locals and learn about life on the Amazon River
Activity Level: Relaxed

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Iquitos | Embark | Amazon River

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You’ll be picked up at the airport and brought to the DoubleTree by Hilton Iquitos hotel where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch before being transferred by private vehicle to the main dock of the city of Iquitos to board the cruise ship.
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.

Day 2: Amazon River | Kukama Reserve | Source of the Amazon | Marañón River | Puerto Prado Community | Nauta Creek

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Before breakfast, go out for a boating expedition on the Amazon River to explore the local flora and fauna.
When you get back, enjoy your breakfast buffet, which offers a daily selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, freshly baked goods, and a range of freshly squeezed juices
After breakfast, head out to see the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañon rivers, which give rise to the Amazon River. Here, observe pink and gray river dolphins.

Day 3: Yanayacu of Pucate | Japanese Lagoon | Yanayaquillo | San Regis | Amazonian Natural Park

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Breakfast and outing on a skiff to different lakes and lagoons, until we reach the Japanese Lagoon. There, enjoy a picnic and one of the best conserved and protected areas of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. It’s also a popular spot to view pink river dolphins from the skiff.
Before heading back to the Zafiro, take a trip to the Yanaquillo.

Day 4: Marañón River > San Regis > Shiriyacu

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Breakfast and visit the community of San Regis, where you'll learn about the local people’s way of life and traditions.
Learn about their ancestral traditions from the community’s shaman. With your guides as interpreters, you will be able to ask questions about spiritual connections and curing the soul.

Day 5: Marañón River > Nauta > Disembarkation > Iquitos

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Before breakfast, visit Nauta, the second most important city in the region. Upon arriving, take a motorcycle taxi to the local market where you'll see what business in the city is like firsthand.
Visit the Sapi Sapi Lagoon, an arapaima hatchery. This is the second-largest freshwater fish in the world. Discover a new habitat, surrounded by fruit trees. Also, see Arrau turtles, butterflies, and different species of birds and fish that call this lagoon home.




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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.


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.
  • Travel Insurance - Mandatory insurance minimum coverage of $ 30,000 for any eventuality is required.
  • 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Entrance Fee 
  • Equipment including rubber boots & rain ponchos.
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving/departing on recommended flights to/from Iquitos.
  • Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer.
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal Flights: Lima - Iquitos - Lima


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