Day 1 Iquitos, Peru
Arrive in Iquitos and embark your luxurious vessel, the SeaDream. Settle into your spacious stateroom or suite and prepare for your week of adventure.
Day 2 Apayaco / Pebas, Peru
Pevas/Pebas is perhaps the oldest town in the Peruvian Amazon and lies downstream from Iquitos. It's an attractive, largely palm-thatched town and still a frontier place. The Witoto and Bora Indians, largely concentrated around Pevas, actually arrived here in the 1930s after being relocated from the Colombian Amazon. They are now virtually in everyday contact with the riverine society of Pevas, producing quality artifacts for sale to passers-by and yet retaining much of their traditional knowledge of songs, dances and legends, plus significant ethno-pharmacological practice in rainforest medicine. A number of local Indian groups can be visited, including the Bora, the Witoto and the less-visited Ocainas. SeaDream guests will have an exploration of this village as well as exploring furtrher up the river to some of the Indian villages.
Also have the possibility to meet and witness the Famed Artist Francisco Grippa’s home! Most of his work is actually exhibited in Iquitos at the Amazon Art Gallery, but others are on display in his home/gallery. The surrounding flood forest is home to hundreds of caimans and significant birdlife, including several types of parrots, eagles and kingfishers. This region is also for butterfly watching, the study of orchids and bromeliads in bloom and for its fishing – piranha being one of the easiest kinds to catch.
SeaDream will be anchoring once again at Apayaco and lowering the marina to offer more zodiac expeditions with the local experts. The yacht is equiped with five zodiacs and they will be discovering the beauty and uniqueness of this great area. Have your cameras ready and enjoy the exploration!
Day 3 Leticia, Colombia
Leticia is a city in the Republic of Colombia, capital of the department of Amazonas. Leticia has long been Colombia's shipping point for tropical fishes for the aquarium trade. Leticia has approximately 33,000 inhabitants on the left bank of the Amazon river, and is located at the point where Colombia, Brazil and Peru come together in an area called Tres Fronteras.
Leticia has plenty to do with blocks of shopping, plenty of local souvenirs to buy, a small museum, and your crew will use a good local bar as your base. Visitors can enjoy the attractions nearby the city like Mundo Amazonico Ecological Park.
Day 4 Jutai, Brazil
Jutai is a very pleasant small town to visit of approximately 15,000 inhabitants. It has some charming little supermarkets and even some interesting comercial buildings. Guests enjoy walking the town in 1-1½ hrs. Jutai is a good place to buy locally made hammocks (they may even give a demonstration on board your SeaDream yacht) otherwise, they will have a floating shop at the pier landing before climbing up to town.
Jutai Expedition Team options:
- Morning zodiac safari (depends going up or down river & on schedule decided on). There are a few choice of creeks for this. Note Rio Jutai is a black water river but much white water (so called but its coffee color) comes in creeks and small tributaries from the Amazon.
- Foz do Jutai town visit.
- Black water lake visit either 2 miles from town or 7 miles up the Jutai River, The Captain may decide to relocate the yacht seven miles upriver adjacent to the black water (Igapo) lakes area. This area is in Ticuna Indian territory. As the black water is very clear, guests can see down into the water to view the tops of flooded trees in the high water period.
Day 5 Uara, Brazil / Cuxiu Muni, Brazil
This is a very large black water lake accessed by a short half mile channel from the main river. This area of the Amazon is famous for the extensive Brazilian Nut Forest and collection area. Numerous pathways are laid out in this forest used for collecting fallen large Brazilian nuts, (like a heavy coconut with approximately 25 nuts inside.)
Expedition Team Options:
- Zodiac Safari of the lake early morning, scattered population around the lake, the area is great for birds, and occasionally monkeys.
- Swimming – yes Swimming! In the black water lake, this is an ideal place for guests to swim from the Marina Platform. This is a very safe area for swimming as there is no current & black water (very little marine life) is best for swimming.
- This stop is essential for guests to participate in a jungle trek through the Brazilian Nut forest! This will be one of the best opportunities for a jungle trek with some of the locals as well as the Expedition team leading the way.
Disembark at a small Amazonian village of Cuxiu Muni, population of about 40 families. (Population in this region is quoted by the number of families not the number of total individuals). The locals are very warm, welcoming and used to meeting guests from various vessels typically about three times per year.
Options with the Expedition Team are:
- Early morning or late evening Zodiac Safari in range of narrow creeks, good for spotting three toed Sloths as well as several species of birds.
- Village visit lasting say 2-3 hrs can be done anytime of day, this means walk through entire length of village, greeting families looking at the various crops growing, the adjacent woodlands, way of life of Caboclos, tapping rubber tree, etc.
Day 6 Badajos, Brazil
SeaDream will anchor in wide mouth of the tributary, at the estuary of the Rio Badajos. Badajos is very good for variety of bird species especially with the grasslands and the forest on other side of estuary. As the Expedition Team proceeds away from yacht the water breaks into 3 separate arms, great to explore this extensive area. The Expedition Team will point out the very large area of Victoria Amazonica water lilies. This is also a place to see various types of monkeys including Howler monkeys. They have also spotted a small anaconda in this region. Badajos is good for red sunsets as looking up the estuary faces west. Badajos is one of the best stops on the Amazon for spotting Dolphins around the yacht. The two main types of river dolphins are easily spotted in the amazon but Badajos the best.
Day 7 Nuovo Airao, Brazil / Ariau, Brazil
Novo Airão is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Amazonas. It lies 100km to the northwest of Manaus, on the banks of the Rio Negro, and is reachable both by river and road. SeaDream has planned to anchor and lower the marina to swim and feed the local pink dolphins. Another option for the day may be zodiac safari's with the expedition team looking for more of the local flora and fauna.
Ariau is sitting at the confluence of the Rio Negro and the Anavilhanas Archipelago SeaDream will once again offer zodiac safaris with the Expedition Team. This region has abundant flora and fauna while leaving the fragile eco-system completely undisturbed. Guests may find some secluded white sand beaches along the shore and get a glimpse of the Ariaú Amazon Towers.
Day 8 Anavilhanas, Brazil
The Anavilhanas archipelago includes hundreds of islands in the Rio Negro. An area of 350,000 hectares with a perimeter of 380 km has been put forward by the Brazilian government as a tentative World Heritage Site since 1998. This comprises 100,000 hectares of islands and canals within the Rio Negro and a further 260,000 hectares of riverside forest.
Day 9 Manaus, Brazil
Manaus (Portuguese pronunciation: [maˈnaws]) is a city in Brazil, the capital of the state of Amazonas. It is situated at the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. It is the most populous city of Amazonas, according to the statistics of Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and is a popular ecotourist destination.
Day 10 Lago Carauacu, Brazil / Parintins, Brazil
Lago Carauacu is a special water resource lake for fresh (black) water. This lake has some very unique properties and offers some different diversity for guests. Zodiac expeditions are planned for this interesting stop.
Parintins is a city in the far east of the Amazonas state, Brazil. It is located in the municipality of the same name, which is part of a microregion also named Parintins. The population for the entire municipality was 109,150 (2005) and its area is 5,952 km². The city is located on Tupinambarana island in the Amazon River. Parintins is known for a popular folklore festival held there each June called Boi-Bumbá.
Day 11 Alter do Chao, Para, Brazil
Alter do Chão is a village 33km west (or a 45 minute bus ride from the Amazon port City of Santerem along one of the only roads in the state of Pará, Brazil. One of most beautiful places in the whole of the Amazon Basin, the town of Alter do Chão is well worth traveling out of your way for. Situated approximately half way between Belem and Manaus, this picturesque town makes a perfectly relaxing break on a journey between the two. Alter is easily accessible by taking a scenic 45 minute bus from Santarem, however Santarem itself is only accessible by plane or boat.
Surrounded by lush forest, the small town sits on the Tapajós a tributary of the Amazon, at the entrance to Lago Verde. It is not without good reason that this town is known as the Caribbean of the Amazon as it is one of the world’s most beautiful river beaches. The photogenic highlight of the town is Ilha do Amor (“island of love”) a sandbar that slowly extends across the lagoon towards the town as river levels recede during the dry season. Although still attractive in the wet season this spit flanked by the lagoon and the river is what makes Alter unique.
Day 12 Rio Curua, Brazil / Guajara, Brazil
The Curuá River is a river of Brazil, located in the state of Pará, with headwaters in the Sierra Pipe. In this remote region of Brazil one can discover many indigenous areas, including the tribe of Kayapo. The river has come to attract fishermen, and you can find large species in the river,such as the Jau and pirarara. SeaDream will offer zodiac expeditions to discover the wildlife and perhaps get a glimpse of the indigenous locals.
Guajará (Guanjeras) is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Amazonas. Its population was 12,066 in 2005 and its area is 8,904 km². The expedition team will once again lead guests on zodiac safaris as well as a town visit meeting the locals.
Day 13 Miritiapina, Brazil / Rio Preto di Boi, Brazil
Miritiapina is part of the Amazon close to the famed Breeves Narrows. The Captain will anchor off one of the smaller creeks and allow the Expedition Team to show the guests more of the incredible nature that the amazon has to offer.
Rio Preto di Boi is simply an area of the Amazon where the Captain along with the Expedition Team will scan for wildlife and stop the yacht to offer the best opportunities for the guests to explore with the Expedition Team the unspoiled Amazon River and come away with wonderful memories and fantastic images to share for years to come. This is yachting in the amazon!
Day 14 Belem, Brazil
Founded in 1616 by the Kingdom of Portugal, Belém was the first European colony on the Amazon but did not become part of Brazil until 1775. The newer part of the city has modern buildings and skyscrapers. The colonial portion retains the charm of tree-filled squares, churches and traditional blue tiles. The city has a rich history and architecture from colonial times. Recently it witnessed a skyscraper boom. Its metropolitan area has over 2 million inhabitants.
Day 15 At Sea
Relax in your spacious stateroom or enjoy the numerous onboard entertainment options today while cruising into the Caribbean Sea.
Day 16 Devils Island, French Guiana
Devils Island (French: Île du Diable) is the smallest and northernmost island of the three Îles du Salut located off the coast of French Guiana. It has an area of 14 hectares (34.6 acres). It was a notorious French penal colony until 1946. The rocky, palm-covered island is 40 meters (131 ft) high. The penitentiary was first opened by Emperor Napoleon III's government in 1852, and became one of the most infamous prisons in history. In addition to the prison on the island, prison facilities were located on the mainland at Kourou. Over time, they became known collectively as "Devil's Island" in the English-speaking world, while they are known in France as the bagne de Cayenne, Cayenne being the main city of French Guiana. Used by France from 1852 to 1946, the inmates were everything from "political" prisoners (for example, anarchist Clément Duval) to the most hardened of thieves and murderers. A great many of the more than 80,000 prisoners sent to the harsh conditions at disease-infested Devil's Island were never seen again. Other than by boat, the only way out was through a dense jungle; accordingly, very few convicts ever managed to escape.
The SeaDream yacht will anchor off near Ile Royal and offer tender service for those quests wishing to explore the island. Île Royale (Royal Island) is the largest and westernmost island of the three Îles du Salut. As the largest island, with an area of 28 hectares, it was used as the center for administration when the islands were used as a penal settlement. With an elevation of 66 meters, the island is the highest of the group. It contains a museum and a hotel (L'Auberge des Îles du Salut). You will be able to spot many ‘Agoutis’ which are rodents that look like huge tailless rats or squirrels.
Day 17-18 At Sea
Enjoy two full days to enjoy the numerous onboard amenities. Pamper yourself in the luxurious spa, work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, relax with a good book or chat with friends.
Day 19 Charotteville, Tobago
Charlotteville, located on the northeastern tip of Tobago is a little fishing village with a wide bay facing the delights of the Caribbean Sea.
Day 20 Mayreau, Grenadines
Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, with an area of about 1.5 sq. miles, and a population of about 300. The population is centered in Old Wall village, located on a hilltop in the southwest of the island. It is an isolated community, accessible only by boat. Mayreau also has a small resort area on Saltwhistle Bay. Saltwhistle Bay is also a very popular and beautiful spot for anchoring yachts. From the crest of the hill beside the Catholic Church, there is a beautiful overlook of the Tobago Cays, Canouan and Union Island.
Today guests will enjoy a nice hike with the crew followed by the famous Champagne and Caviar Splash served in the surf.
Day 21 Bridgetown, Barbados
The city of Bridgetown metropolitan is the capital and largest city of the nation of Barbados. Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial, informatics and convention center in the Caribbean region.