Peru Amazon River Cruise - Jun to Nov - LA PERLA - 3 Nights

4 days | 3 nights
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Cruise Description

Navigate through the pristine Amazonian wilderness on this four-day La Perla Amazon River cruise, which takes off from the port of Nauta. Renovated in 2016, the 14 spacious cabins of La Perla provide its guests with maximum comfort. Relax by lounging in the hammocks on the observation deck, or sightsee as you sip on a refreshing drink at the on-site bar. Enjoy early mornings and wake with the sun to catch a glimpse of colorful parrots and hear the squawks of macaws on the banks of the Amazon River. To see the pink and grey dolphins play in the water, head to Yarapa River on a boat outing. When the moon rises, embark on a nocturnal safari to see caimans, bats, and tarantulas in the lush rainforest. When you return to the confluence of Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, try your hand at piranha fishing. Visit the Vista Alegre village, where its community members will share with you their traditions and rituals of daily life. 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.



Trip at a glance


AMAZON RIVER & RAINFOREST (Iquitos): Iquitos, Nauta, San Joaquin de Omaguas, Yacapana Island, Amazon river, Yarapa Agua Negra, Ucayali river, Marañon river, Origin of the Amazon, San Jose de Zarapanga (Casual).

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Trip details




Upon arrival at the airport, we will be waiting for you to take you to the Hilton Iquitos DoubleTree hotel, where you will receive the first orientation talk on the adventure you are about to begin. Then, we will head in a private vehicle, to the city of Nauta, the historical fluvial port where we will be boarding.

Before our arrival at Nauta, we will stop by Iquitos, a colorful and dynamic city with a captivating history. Here you will appreciate the most emblematic local attractions and for those who wish, enjoy a snack.

Once in Nauta (a couple of hours from Iquitos), we will board La Perla cruise ship and our staff will accompany you to your cabin, equipped especially for you, with all the comfort you need for a pleasant trip.

The ship will initiate the trip and head towards the confluence of the rivers Marañon and Ucayali, the rainforest’s majestic location where the Amazon River is born. Next, our naturalist guides will present the travel plan, the pre-established routes (road map) and the programmed activities, and best of all: they will begin to introduce you to the extraordinary world of Amazon’s wildlife. Pay attention to their advice and recommendations, and keep in mind that if you have any doubts or questions, our guides are here to help you.

Following the presentation aboard, we will have the welcome lunch, your first experience with the delights of regional cuisine. The menu offers various options, including a vegetarian alternative. If you have any particular restrictions or requirements, please let our crew know in advance so we can take care of it as soon as possible.

In the afternoon, we will start a boat outing to the area of San Joaquin de Omaguas, where we will explore the amazing flora and fauna in the area.


Towards the afternoon, we will go in search of those animals that can only be seen when the night falls: caimans, bats, frogs, tarantulas and other species found in our rainforest’s lush mounts.

After this first immersion in the Peruvian Amazon’s universe, we will go back to the ship to get some rest and recuperate energies.

  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard



At dawn, we will take a boat and head to the banks of the Amazon River where we will observe the beautiful Amazon birds that fill the bushy treetops: parrots, macaws, among many others. We will also see sloths (lazy bears), iguanas and monkeys. A true natural scenery of color and life in the heart of the rainforest.

After this exciting outing and back in the ship, we will enjoy the delicious buffet breakfast which daily offers a selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, freshly baked home-made products and a variety of fresh fruit juices prepared with exotic rainforest fruits which you can only taste in this region.

Having finished breakfast, we are ready to initiate a new boat outing, this time in the Yarapa River, in search of new impressive sceneries and more emblematic Amazon species, especially, the pink and grey dolphins which have made this region so popular.


Back at La Perla, we will have lunch in the ship’s dining room and, after taking some rest, our guides will offer a talk about Pacaya Samiria, one of the most amazing rainforest reserves from the world, with forests that remain flooded for much of the year. In the afternoon, we will take a walk by the Yucurichi area to explore its amazing flora and continue surprising ourselves with the wildlife in the area.


Back in the ship, you will have time to relax with live music while we wait for dinner. After dinner, prepare yourself for our last outing of the day: a nocturnal safari to continue sightseeing animals and delighting ourselves with that wonderful natural concert that only those million animals emerging on Amazonian nights can offer us.

  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard



The early morning hours have a special feeling to connect ourselves with the rainforest and they are a unique opportunity for sighting species. In this third morning, we have programmed for you a boat outing before breakfast. The destination is once again the confluence of Ucayali and Marañon Rivers. We will navigate the area until we find the perfect spot for piranha fishing, those famous river fish with razor-sharp teeth. To make the moment more special, we will use the traditional equipment and techniques typical of the area.

Back aboard, the buffet breakfast will be served and will be followed by a visit to the town of Vista Alegre, to learn about the local native community and its traditions. Our guides will be our interpreters and translators. In the locality, we will also have the opportunity to go to a butterfly farm. Next, we will hike a mountain to observe the “Victoria Regias”, the largest water lily in the world.


At noon, lunch is served and then you will have some time to rest and prepare for our next adventure: a walk by the rainforest’s winding trails. Previous to this activity, our guides will offer a practical talk on the geographical orientation techniques and resources for this type of territory. The walk will be in the beautiful area of Casual, inhabited by poisonous frogs and countless exotic species. In this area, we can also observe a variety of gigantic trees known by the locals as “Avatar”. Next, we will visit the small market where the community women offer handmade creations made by themselves. If you wish you can buy handicrafts and other products and contribute in that way with the local economy.


Before returning to La Perla, and still in the mountains, we will enjoy the wonderful light and the unique colors that unfold in the sky of these latitudes during sunset. We especially recommend you to relax and enjoy this moment, as few experiences compare to contemplating the endless colors in the amazon’s horizon. We will then wait for the night to come and allow us to listen to the prodigious symphony of the millions of animals that populate the forests and waters of these jungles.

Back in the ship we will relax and enjoy live music and a comforting and delicious dinner aboard.

  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard



After the buffet breakfast aboard, we will proceed to disembark in Nauta and head to Iquitos. Along the way, we will visit the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA), where biologists and volunteers take care of the animals that have been saved from illegal trafficking including the beloved manatees and the aquatic mammals, dangerously threatened by hunters. Here, you will find the species that have been rescued by the authorities and which are in the process of reintegration into their natural environment. Here you can also learn more about their traits, the risks they face (deterioration of their habitats and wildlife trafficking) and best of all, you can play around with them since they are very friendly.

After this emotional and unforgettable experience, we will continue our way to Iquitos
where, once we get to the airport, our journey will have concluded.

  • Breakfast onboard




What's included


3 nights onboard LA PERLA


Full board plan
3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners


Shuttle bus Iquitos airport/Nauta town/Iquitos airport
River Cruise Ship


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


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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