Peru

Peru Amazon River Cruise - Jun to Nov - ZAFIRO - 4 Nights

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Cruise Description

This five-day Zafiro Amazon River Cruise kicks off in Nauta, a port town on the north bank of the Marañon River. With scheduled activities like wildlife spotting and piranha fishing, this nature expedition is sure to thrill outdoor lovers. Board Zafiro in Nauta and settle into your luxurious suite. Soak in the outdoor jacuzzi on the observation deck and enjoy panoramic views as you sail, or sip on refreshing cocktails at the onsite bar. Head to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers, where the Amazon River begins, and enjoy a walk to Puerto Prado to see the Victoria Regia, the world’s largest water lily. When night falls, go on a safari in search of caimans, bats, and tarantulas. On skiff, glide to the Yanayacu-Pucate River and try your hand at piranha fishing. Enjoy a picnic on the Samiria River, then kayak or swim in the mystical black waters. For a spiritual experience, meet the shaman of San Regis and learn about the ancient rituals of his ancestors. Spend time in Nauta discovering the city on a moto-taxi tour. On the fifth 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.

Destinations

Peru

Trip at a glance

Visits

AMAZON RIVER & RAINFOREST (Iquitos): Iquitos, San Joaquin de Omaguas, Amazon river, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Ucayali and Marañon river confluence, Marañon river, Nauta creek, Yanayacu of Pucate, San Regis, Samiria river, Nauta town 

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 NAUTA, SAN JOAQUIN DE OMAGUAS, AMAZON 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 will be able to take in stunning views of the starry night sky while we start our journey to San Joaquín de Omaguas.

MEALS
  • Lunch at Hilton hotel
  • Dinner onboard

Day 2 PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE, AMAZON RIVER, UCAYALI AND MARAÑON RIVER CONFLUENCE, MARAÑON RIVER, NAUTA CREEK

Morning

Before breakfast, you can go out for a boating expedition on the Amazon River to explore the local flora and fauna.

When you get back, you will enjoy our breakfast buffet, which offers a daily selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, freshly baked goods and freshly squeezed juices.

After breakfast, we will hear a talk on the source of the Amazon River and later head out to see the confluence of the Ucayali y Marañón rivers. We will then take a walk to Puerto Prado to see the “Victoria Regias”, the largest water lily in the world. There, we will also see a market set up by women from the community to sell their handmade crafts.

Afternoon

By midday, we will be back at the boat for some lunch and rest before heading out to Nauta Caño, where you’ll see the “Forrest of Mirrors”. This is the perfect place to spot toucans, parrots, macaws, iguanas, sloths and monkeys in the treetops.

Before heading back on board, we’ll take a nighttime outing in search of caimans, tarantulas and other species that make an appearance only after the sun goes down.

Evening

Evening at leisure

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 3 MARAÑON RIVER, YANAYACU OF PUCATE, SAN REGIS

Morning

After having some breakfast, we will take a skiff out on the Yanayacu de Pucate River and do some piranha fishing using local techniques.

Afternoon

We will then head back for lunch aboard the Zafiro. Before starting the afternoon activity, there will be a talk about the philosophy of the Amazon.

Afterward, we will take a walk over hanging bridges, where you can admire the riches of the rainforest from the treetops.

Evening

Once we are back on the Zafiro, there will be time for resting and enjoying live music while we await the gala dinner with the captain.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 4 MARAÑON RIVER, SAMIRIA RIVER, SAN REGIS

Morning

In the morning, we will enjoy a nice picnic on the Samiria River, where you will be able to kayak and swim in the black waters. We will head back to the boat for lunch by midday.

Afternoon

After resting, our guides will offer some information about the myths and legends of the Amazon, which will help during our afternoon activity: a visit to the local San Regis community, where we will learn about the local way of life and traditions.

We will also learn about their ancestral traditions with a shaman. With our guides as interpreters, you will be able to ask questions about spiritual connections and healing the soul. We will then continue the ceremony by planting a tree as a positive contribution to the environment.

Evening

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

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 5 MARAÑON RIVER, NAUTA TOWN, DISEMBARK IN NAUTA, IQUITOS

Morning

Before breakfast, we will visit Nauta, the second-largest city in the region. Upon arriving, w will take a motorcycle taxi to the local market where you will see what business in the city is like firsthand.

Later, we will visit the Sapi Sapi lagoon, where arapaima, the second-largest freshwater fish in the world, is raised. Discover a new habitat surrounded by fruit trees. We will also see Arrau turtles, butterflies and different species of birds and fish that call this lagoon home.

After, we will head back to the Zafiro for breakfast.

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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What's included

Accommodation

Nights
4 nights onboard ZAFIRO

Meals

Full board plan
4 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 4 dinners

Transportation

Bus
Shuttle bus Iquitos airport/Nauta/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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