Peru

Peru Amazon River Cruise - Jun to Nov - ZAFIRO - 3 Nights

4 days | 3 nights
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Cruise Description

Embark on an idyllic journey through the depths of the Peruvian Amazon on this four-day Zafiro Amazon River cruise, which takes off from the port of Nauta. This floating five-star hotel promises the ultimate in comfort. With panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony, immerse yourself in beautiful views from your luxurious cabin, or sip on refreshing cocktails at the bar of the observation deck as you sail through the Amazon. Go for a jungle walk on the shores of the Ucayali River, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. When night falls, go on a safari in search of caimans, bats, and tarantulas. Head to Yarapa River on a boat outing and see the highly anticipated pink and grey dolphins play in the water. Visit the Vista Alegre village, where its community members share with you their traditions and rituals of daily life, and marvel at a fiery sunset on the Amazon River. On the fourth day, return to Nauta, where you’ll continue to Iquitos for your onward journey. Along the way, visit the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA) and learn how biologists and volunteers are rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned and injured animals, and re-releasing them into the wild for a second chance at life.

Destinations

Peru

Trip at a glance

Visits

AMAZON RIVER & RAINFOREST (Iquitos): Iquitos, Nauta town, Ucayali river, Bagazan lake, Yucurichi, Yarapa river, Amazon river, Marañon river

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 IQUITOS, NAUTA, UCAYALI RIVER

Afternoon

You will be picked up at the airport and brought to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Iquitos where you will enjoy a delicious lunch before being transferred by private vehicle to Nauta to board the cruise ship.

Our 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, our 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, our 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, our guides are always available to answer your questions.

Evening

We will then enjoy the welcome dinner. Start your journey by sampling the selected wines and dining Peruvian cuisine with an Amazon flare. There are many options on our menu, including vegetarian alternatives. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs.

After dinner, you’ll be able to take in stunning views of the starry night sky while we start our journey to the depth of the Amazon rainforest.

MEALS
  • Lunch at Hilton hotel
  • Dinner onboard

Day 2 UCAYALI RIVER, BAGAZAN LAKE, YUCURICHI

Morning

After breakfast, we will take a walk through Yucuruchi, around the Ucayali River in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, where we will see many native animal species.

Before midday, we will head back to the boat for a cooking demonstration by the executive chef.

Afternoon

After lunch, there will be a talk for anyone interested in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and in the afternoon you can join the kayaking and swimming on the river or the expedition on the skiff to Bagazán Lake. 

Evening

Before dinner, there will be time to enjoy live music from the boat’s band, which will play a varied repertoire of Amazonian, national and international music. Later, we will take a nighttime outing on the Ucayali river in search of caimans, lizards and other nighttime species.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 3 UCAYALI RIVER, YARAPA RIVER (BLACK WATERS), AMAZON RIVER, MARAÑON RIVER

Morning

Before breakfast, we will set out to explore the Yarapa River, where the famous pink and gray river dolphins swim in the black waters.

We will then head back to the boat for breakfast on board before visiting the community of Vista Alegre. We will see how the locals live and learn more about their customs with our guides, who will act as interpreters. Here, we will get to see their butterfly park.

Afternoon

After lunch, we will take the skiff out on the Amazon River to enjoy the stunning colors of the sunset.

Evening

Back on the Zafiro, you will have some time to relax and enjoy live music before a presentation by the crew and the farewell dinner.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 4 DISEMBARK IN NAUTA, AMAZON RESCUE CENTER

Morning

After breakfast, we will begin disembarking. On the way to the airport, we will stop by the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA), where biologists and volunteers take care of manatees – an endangered species – rescued by the authorities. We will see how the manatees are cared for and prepped for reinsertion into their natural habitat. We will also get to see other animals that have been rescued from attempts to turn them into pets and other dangerous situations.

Afterward, you will be transferred to the airport.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard

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Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
3 nights onboard ZAFIRO

Meals

Full board plan
3 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 3 dinners

Transportation

Bus
Shared shuttle Iquitos airport/Nauta town/Iquitos airport
Cruise
River Cruise Ship

Orientation

Guide
Shared English-speaking naturalist Guide

Entrance Fees

Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

What's not included

  • Domestic flights:
    • From/to Iquitos
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra meals
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

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. 

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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