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Pink dolphin in the Amazon

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Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Amatista
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Take an unforgettable 4-day journey down the Amazon River aboard Amatista! 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, visiting local villages, and opportunities to learn about wildlife preservation!
Riding a traditional canoe down the riverLooking up the trunk of a giant rainforest treeSunset over the still waters of the AmazonBlack Caiman in the AmazonPink dolphin in the Amazon
Highlights
  • Enjoy a picnic breakfast in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Look out for caymans, frogs, tarantulas, snakes and anacondas
  • Learn more about the variety of dishes that exists in the Amazon
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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

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be waiting for you to start the adventure. You will take a city tour of Iquitos, a colorful, dynamic city with a captivating past. In this tour you will be able to appreciate the most emblematic attractions of the city. Then, you will transfer by private vehicle to the city of Nauta, the historic river port where you will embark. 

Upon arrival in Nauta (about two hours from Iquitos), you will board Amatista and the staff will accompany you to your cabin. All cabins are specially equipped for you to enjoy the most comfortable stay. The ship will start sailing down the Marañón River, as the naturalist guides present the trip plan, the routes to follow and the scheduled activities, and the best thing: they will begin to introduce you to the wonderful world of Amazon wildlife. Pay attention to their advice and recommendations, and keep in mind that if you have any doubts or questions, your guides will always be more than happy to assist.

After this presentation, enjoy a welcome lunch, your first experience with the delights of regional cuisine. The menu offers several options, including a vegetarian alternative. If you have any particular requirement, please let the crew members know in advance, so that you can attend to it in a timely manner. Before dinner, you will start a night boat excursion to the Nauta Caño area, in search of animals that can only be seen when the sun goes down: alligators, bats, frogs, tarantulas and other species that inhabit the Amazon basin. After this first immersion in the jungle world, you will return to the ship and enjoy dinner and then you can rest and recover energies for the next day.

Day 2: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve | Yanayacu de Pucate | San Regis | Amazonic Natural Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, you will organize a fun picnic breakfast on the Yanayacu River in Pucate, one of the best protected and preserved areas of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This area is often visited by pink dolphins. After, you will take a ride in local canoes and live the experience of paddling in one of the most beautiful aquatic ecosystems in the world. Also, if you want, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the river. Back on the ship, you will have lunch in the dining room, followed by some time to rest, after which your guides will offer a talk about Amazonic philosophy.

Later, you will meet the shaman of the San Regis community, a wise woman from the native community who will share with you her knowledge about the rituals of his ancestors, medicinal plants, and the Amazon worldview. Your guides will be the interpreters in case you want to ask questions or make comments to the shaman. After this authentic experience of reflection and spiritual exploration, you will continue with the ceremony of planting a tree, as a contribution to caring for the environment. Back on the boat, you can relax with live music while you wait for dinner. After eating, the guides will indicate the activities of the following day.

Day 3: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve | Amazonic Natural Park | Shiriyacu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early dawn in the Amazon has a special charm, it is the perfect moment to sight many animal and insect species. For this reason, on this morning, you also have a boat excursion scheduled before breakfast. This time the destination is Iquitos Brook, a privileged area for sighting numerous endemic species. Back on board, a buffet breakfast will be served. 

After breakfast, you will start a walk through the jungle until you reach the area of the hanging bridges, a set of structures stretched out on top of the trees that will allow you to experience a canopy walk and admire the richness of the jungle from higher grounds. Before noon, you will return to the ship for lunch on board and then you will have time to rest before the next departure. Later, get ready for the boat expedition to the Shiriyacu stream. The guides will find the perfect location for piranha fishing, using local equipment and techniques. This area is very popular for spotting pink dolphins. Upon returning to the ship, you can relax even more with live music and comfort yourself with the delicious dinner on board.

Day 4: Nauta | Disembark | Amazon River | Yacapana Gorge

  • 1 Breakfast
Early in the morning, you will leave by boat towards Gasparito Brook, a very popular area for bird and primate watching. After breakfast, the bartender awaits you for a Peruvian cocktail demonstration, Pisco Sour, the emblematic drink of Peru. Then, you will disembark to head to Iquitos.

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 in their natural habitat. They actively collaborate 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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The Amatista ship
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Bar & Lounge of Amatista

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Cabins of 16m2 / 170 sq ft with two twin beds or one queen bed and private bathroom with shower. Equipped with a desk, wardrobe, chest of drawers, dresser, hairdryer and amenities basket. The cabin has smoke detectors and hot water 24 hours a day.
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Cabins of 16m2 / 170 sq ft with two twin beds or one queen bed and private bathroom with shower. Equipped with a desk, wardrobe, chest of drawers, dresser, hairdryer and amenities basket. The cabin has smoke detectors and hot water 24 hours a day.
Included
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 2 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 from/to the airport on the recommended flights
  • Natural juices, coffee, infusions are included. One beverage to choose: soda, local beer or one glass of wine is included during lunch and dinner.
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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