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4 Day 3 Night Zafiro Amazon Cruise

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From 3979USD per person
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Board the Zafiro and embark on a unique journey into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon jungle. With plenty of room for you to unwind, relax and discover this amazing environment, the Zafiro does not comprise on comfort. From the suites' spacious panoramic windows and the relaxing common areas you can marvel at the immensity of the Amazon rainforest and let your eyes wander as nature puts on its incredible show, day and night. Crafted in 2015, the Zafiro boasts 19 luxurious suites, an outdoor jacuzzi, a spa, a fitness room and a lounge. Sit back, relax and venture into the raw beauty of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a land so rich and fertile that many unique and unknown species are still being discovered everyday. Immerse yourself in the vastness and the biodiversity of the place to discover more than you could in a lifetime while you connect yourself with the beating heart of our green planet.

Destinations

Peru

Trip at a glance

Visits

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Marañon River, Yanallpa and Tapiche River Expeditions, Jungle Walk, Night Excursion, Yarapa River, Cooking Class, Itaya River, Manatee Rescue Center

Accomodation

3 nights onboard M/V Zafiro Vessel

Transportation

Transfer Iquitos Airport/ Nauta/Iquitos Airport

4 day-3 night onboard M/V Zafiro Vessel: 16 suites, outdoor jacuzzi, exercise room, spa, 18 crew members

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 SAIL THE MARAÑON RIVER

Afternoon

Meet and greet with your guides at Iquitos airport. Transfer with your private vehicle to Nauta where you will board the cruise ship Zafiro. Along the way, as you drive through the 'terra firma' (the non-flooded forest) you will discover various aspects of the daily jungle life.

Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the Loreto region. At our private port in Nauta, you will get a VIP welcome aboard your vessel where you will be shown to your stylish suite by our professional crew.

As the Zafiro sails off, take time to relax and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly fitted observation area on the third deck. Your bartender will be waiting with an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, Peru's beloved drink.

Over the next three days, the Zafiro will sail along the largest tributaries of the Amazon River and on the mighty Amazon itself, towards remote destinations visited by only a few of even the world’s most adventurous travelers.

Before dinner, attend a brief safety drill and then head to the airconditioned lounge to meet the cruise director and your naturalist guides who will give you a general overview of the itinerary, the activities en route, the wildlife and vegetation to keep an eye out for, as well as geographical and historical background of the area.

Evening

Welcome Dinner at 8.00 pm. Try one of the fine South American wines on board while savoring the deliciously fresh Amazonia-flavored cuisine. 

MEALS
  • Lunch at DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Dinner onboard

Day 2 YANALLPA AND TAPICHE RIVER EXPEDITIONS, JUNGLE WALK, NIGHT EXCURSION

Morning

After breakfast, hop on the ship's motored skiff to cruise along an amazing black water stream through the Amazon flooded forest. Explore what scientists call a 'gallery forest' as a reference to the natural tunnel created by the narrow vegetation. As you glide through this tunnel, your guides will help you spot parrots, macaws and fluffy monk saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks.

On your way back to the Zafiro you will explore the Tapiche River and begin your guided jungle walk to learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, snakes, birds and more. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides will identify the fruit trees and medicinal plants that make the largest natural pharmacy in the world. Return to the Zafiro followed by lunch.

Afternoon

Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion. At 4 pm, the skiff will take you through the 'Mirrored Forest' where the reflection of giant trees dance on the surface of the black water river. Look out for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence. On your way back to the vessel, your guides will point out caimans and frogs in the water while fishing bats circle the skies. 

Evening

Return to the Zafiro around 7.30 pm followed by a delicious dinner. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 3 YARAPA RIVER, COOKING CLASS

Morning

This morning you will set out to explore the waterways of the Yarapa River where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play. Some indigenous people in the Amazon believe these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. On this excursion you will also observe monkeys such as brown capuchin and saddle-back tamarins, birds such as fly catchers, trogons, wood peckers and more. Back on the Zafiro at 12 pm, you will begin to sail downstream toward Iquitos. Followed by lunch and siesta. 

Afternoon

With your guide as interpreter you will stop for a cooking class in a native home where you will learn first-hand about Amazonian cuisine and open your taste buds to Amazonian culinary art. Return to the Zafiro. Back on board, the ship will continue to sail into the night toward Iquitos. 

Evening

Briefing in the indoor lounge and recap of your itinerary and wildlife sightings at 7 pm. Dinner and crew Presentation. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 4 ITAYA RIVER, MANATEE RESCUE CENTER, DEPARTURE

Morning

Last boat excursion into the Itaya river, a tributary that flows into the amazon and where the floating houses of Belen market are located. Explore this amazing place for a couple of hours, make sure to get pictures of the  Belen market from the river. Return to the ZAFIRO at 11 am followed by an early lunch.

Share a last lunch onboard with your fellow passengers, before your onward journey. On your way to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. See how the manatees are cared for and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat. Check-in at Iquitos International Airport. Your guides will assist you with the check-in and departure formalities until the time to board your flight back to Lima.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard

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What's included

Accommodation

Nights
3 nights onboard M/V Zafiro Vessel

Meals

Full board plan
3 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 3 dinners // Natural juices, coffee, tea and water during the meals

Transportation

Bus
Transfer Iquitos Airport/ Nauta/Iquitos Airport
Cruise
4 day-3 night onboard M/V Zafiro Vessel: 16 suites, outdoor jacuzzi, exercise room, spa, 18 crew members

Orientation

Guide
Shared English-speaking naturalist guide

Entrance Fees

Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights: 390 USD/Person
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Alcoholic and Bottled Beverages
  • Tips

Important notes

If necessary, it is imperative to get your yellow fever vaccine at least ten days prior to departure.

Weather conditions in the Amazon rainforest vary greatly depending on the two seasons: the wet season from December to May and the dry season from June until November. Regardless of the season, you have to be prepared for rain throughout the year, although it rains a lot less during the dry season. 

Both seasons provide amazing experiences with plenty of birds, wildlife and flora to see.  If you prefer cruising and watching scenery and wildlife from the vessel then we recommend traveling during the wet season. If you prefer hiking through the jungle, then we recommend traveling during the dry season. 

Itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions at certain times of the year. With the change in river water levels the sailing hours may vary. Excursions may be modified at the discretion of the crew. 

Visits to the local villages are carefully planned to avoid a negative impact in their cultural identity. 

Amazon rainforest packing list:

  • binoculars
  • waterproof hiking shoes
  • hat
  • quick-dry clothing
  • long-sleeve shirt
  • long-sleeve pants
  • strong insect repellent
  • strong sunblock
  • bathing-suit
  • case or protection for your camera and phone
  • personal medication. 

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