AMAZON RIVERBOAT ADVENTURE

7 days, Lima to Lima – Save 15%
Starting at $1,614 per person
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Hop aboard a riverboat and experience the Amazon in style. Led by an Amazon Reserve naturalist guide, your cruise will include daily excursions by motorized skiff designed to reveal the exotic wildlife that calls the rainforest home – with any luck you’ll spot sloths, toucans, or pink dolphins! And, with two full days for exploration in Pacaya–Samiria National Reserve, you'll have the chance to experience the jungle up close. The cuisine on board is regional and provides a unique and delicious window into local culture. Gain a rare glimpse of how life “on the river” is lived and experience the magic of the Amazon on this once-in-a-lifetime riverboat adventure.
  • Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru
  • Dine on food fresh from the jungle
  • Spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River
  • Interact with members of the local community
  • Learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife

A DAY ON BOARD

Our day’s skiff and land excursions will be in the morning and late afternoon, when the wildlife is at its liveliest. During the hotter hours of midday, our expedition staff will entertain and captivate us with enthralling lectures on everything from the history and culture of the region, to the Amazon’s prolific bird, animal and plant life. There will be plenty of time to relax in the comfort of Amatista observation deck.

Late evenings are for relaxing. Well, not necessarily. By all means, curl up with a good book, spend a few hours chatting in the bar or enjoying the local band onboard during Happy Hour and before dinner. But there are some rather more exhilarating alternatives. There may be another shore landing or skiff cruise, or you could always spend a few more hours on the deck, looking at the myriad of stars in the Amazon night sky.

Your Home away from Home: The Vessel
The ship was built with a unique combination of Amazonian hard wood and steel, with a design typical to the region. It is beautifully furnished with polished wooden floors. This air conditioned ship has one dining area, an open bar area and one observation deck. All cabins are air conditioned, mainly twin beds, able to be reconfigured into double beds upon request. they are comfortable and spacious, private shower with toilet and hot/cold water 24 hours a day. The Amazon Riverboat is also equipped with a fleet of skiff launch boats. Skiffs provide practically unlimited mobility and allow exploration of even the most remote and inaccessible shores.


Itinerary

Day 1: Lima
Arrive in Lima. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2: Lima/Nauta
Take an early morning flight to the gateway to the Amazon, Iquitos. Explore the town of Nauta before boarding the boat and beginning the cruise down the Amazon River. In the afternoon, enjoy a jungle walk and learn about medicinal plants, search for monkeys and keep an eye out for reptiles.
The day begins very early to catch our flight to Iquitos and transfer to the Amazon River boat. Once on board the ship, relax and soak in the natural beauty of the wild rainforest. Step out on deck to watch the riverbanks go by, and keep eyes peeled for wildlife such as grey and pink dolphins.
Expert guides will lead jungle walks, give lectures, and point out unique species of bird and marine life as you explore the smaller tributaries of the river.

Day 3: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Begin to explore with a boat excursion on the Amazon River and some of its tributaries to see the wonders of the rainforest.  After lunch, enjoy a presentation on the Amazon River then walk along the shores of the Ucayali River.

What's Included

  • Recharge: Local Shaman Visit, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Local Living: Local Indigenous Family Visit, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Arrival transfer
  • Cruise aboard the Amatista Amazon Riverboat (4 nights)
  • Upgraded hotels (2 nights)
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Orientation tour of Iquitos
  • Launches and land excursions with your expert naturalist team
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Day 4: Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Take a morning skiff excursion into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve for more wildlife viewing. In the afternoon, visit a village to meet a local shaman and discover the mystical world of spiritual healing.
Rise early to visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Once back on board, gather for breakfast followed by a presentation on the life, history, and culture of the Amazon's main tribes.
After lunch, listen to an introductory discussion about shamanism to help understand the traditions of the people living in the rainforest. Touch upon the spirit realm, paying a visit to a local shaman.
Shamanism is practiced around the globe, and is universally distinguished by a trance state called shamanic ecstasy. In these "out of body" travels, the shaman enlists denizens of the spirit world to help him with a variety of duties, from healing the sick to assisting a deceased person's soul into the afterworld — all the while, the shaman remains conscious. Gain rare insight into the complexities of this phenomenon when you meet an actual practicing shaman in a river village. He'll introduce the group to his spiritual healing craft and talk about rainforest plants that indigenous peoples have, for untold centuries, held to possess curative properties.

Day 5: Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Today get off the boat and meet a local Indigenous family, enjoy a home cooked meal and get a glimpse of their way of life. Once it gets dark, head out on an excursion to search for tree frogs, kinkajou and nocturnal birds and monkeys.
Continue to explore the Amazon. Be sure to relax this afternoon, and rest up for a late-night excursion to discover the wildlife that comes out at night in the jungle.

Day 6: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve/Lima
In the morning explore the shoreline by motorized skiff keeping your eyes out for birds, monkeys and sloths. Leave the peacefulness of the river behind en route stop at the manatee rescue centre before catching a flight back to Lima. Enjoy the evening in the city.
Please note the order of the activities is sometimes changed due to logistical reasons and the Manatee Rescue Centre may be visited earlier in the trip to allow enough time to enjoy the centre.

Day 7: Lima
Depart at any time.



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