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This 4-day tour on the Zafiro will allow those on a timeframe to enjoy an authentic and intense snapshot of natural and human life of Amazon. It is an amazing opportunity for you to discover and explore a unique river experience
Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria reserve, on o f Peru's largest national parks.
Trek the dense jungle in search of Amazon wildlife and birds
Visit local villages and learn about wildlife preservation efforts in Peru’s Amazonia
Swim along with the famous pink dolphins
Vessels have an open policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time.
Itinerary in Brief
4 Day Cruise: (Low Water Season: Jun-Oct)
Day 1: Iquitos, Nauta, Maranon River, Ucayali River
Day 2: Ucayali River, Yanallpa River, Tapiche River, Dorado River, Zapote, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 3: Friday Ucayali River, Yarapa River, Amazonas River, Panguana 2nd Zone
Day 4: Saturday Check Out, Disembark in Iquitos, City Tour and Transfer to Airport
4 Day Cruise: (High Water Season: Nov-May)
Day 1: Iquitos, Nauta, Maranon River, Ucayali River.
Day 2: Ucayali River, Yanallpa River, Tapiche River, Dorado Rivers Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 3: Ucayali River, Yarapa River, Amazonas River, Panguana 2nd Zone
Day 4: Check Out, Disembark in Iquitos, City Tour and Transfer to Airport
4 Day Cruise – Low Water
Low Water Season (June – October)
High Water Season (November – May)
Day 1: Wednesday Iquitos, Nauta, Embarcation, Maranon River, Ucayali River
Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport to transfer you the short distance to the awaiting Zafiro riverboat in Iquitos. Aboard the Zafiro, you will be served by our qualified staff who will introduce you to your stylish suite.
While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the national brandy liquor of Peru.
Before lunch, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.
Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm. Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences, our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option. After the welcome dinner we invite you to the third deck Observation Dec where you can star watch or relax with lie music performed by our band.
Day 2: Thursday: Ucayali River, Yanallpa River, Tapiche River, Dorado Rivers, Pacaya Samiria
Yanallpa River Expedition. After breakfast, within the vast Amazon flooded forest, cruise along an amazing black water stream, as your guides tell you about the rainforest. We explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves.
As we float through this tunnel, our naturalist guides help you to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks. Tapiche River Exploration. On the way back to the Zafiro we are going to explore into Tapiche River and begin our jungle walk guided by our guides to learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, snakes, birds and more. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides identify for you the fruit trees and medicinal plants that
comprise the Amazonia’s natural pharmacy.
Return to the Zafiro followed by lunch.
Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion at 4:00 pm, take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the “Mirrored Forest” to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the vessel, our guides point out caimans and frogs in the water, and fishing bat overhead.
Return to the Zafiro around 7:30 pm followed by a delicious dinner.
Day 3 Friday:
Ucayali River, Yarapa River, Amazonas River, Panguana 2nd Zone
Expedition to the Yarapa River. We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where grey and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. The people of the Amazonia believe these very dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. On this excursion we will observe monkeys such as brown capuchin and saddle backed tamarin monkeys, birds such as fly catchers, trogons, wood peckers and more.
Return to the Zafiro at 12:00 pm, and begin sailing down river, toward Iquitos. Followed by lunch and siesta.
Cooking class experience in Panguana 2nd Zone. We will have our cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. We will learn by first-hand about the amazon cuisine and taste our Amazonian culinary art. Return to the Zafiro. Once we are back on board, the ship continues downstream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night. Briefing in the Indoor lounge and recap of your itinerary and wildlife sightings at 7:00pm.
Dinner and Crew Presentation. After dinner, your naturalist guides will introduce the crew members whom you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless Jungle Experiences.
Day 4 Saturday: Check Out, Disembark in Iquitos, City tour and Transfer to Airport
After an early morning excursion return to the ZAFIRO at 11:00 am followed by an early lunch. Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before your onward journey.
After you disembark we’ll make our way to the airport, but on our way we will visit the Manatee Rescue Centre 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 at 4:30 pm. Your guides will assist you with the check-in and departure formalities until the time to board your flight back to Lima.
Itinerary Addendum - Please note:
The daily itinerary shown above is for Low Water season (Jun-Oct) and can vary for High Water Seasons (Nov-May) due to river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behaviour, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.
Departs - Seleted dates
A 21 square meter room with panoramic floor to ceiling windows. It also includes a sitting area, smoke alarms, desk, safety deposit box, mini-fridge. Suites in upper deck have balconies.
A 23 square meter room with Panoramic floor to ceiling windows with 90° view. It also
includes a sitting area, smoke alarms, desk, safety deposit box,
mini-fridge. There is no balcony in master suites.
A 45 square meter room with Panoramic floor to ceiling windows with 180° view. It also
includes a sitting area, smoke alarms, desk, safety deposit box,
mini-fridge. There is a balcony and a private Jacuzzi in Zafiro suites.
Cruise Deck Plan - Zafiro
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Calling Port: Iquitos, Peru
Vessel Type: River Cruise
Gross Ton: 620
Speed: 11.8 knots
Crew: 20 (including Cruise Director and 2 naturalist bilingual guides)
All meals during the voyage
Selected alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
Activities as specified
Use of rubber boots & rain ponchos
Airport transfers when arriving on recommended flights
Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
What's not included?
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Airport arrival/departure taxes
Additional hotel nights
Travel protection plan
Premium alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
Changes and adjustments for both seasons may also occur due to weather conditions, river conditions, and/or airline issues
Recommended clothing - light and fresh pieces, blouses, long-sleeved shirts, swimwear, shoes with soft rubber sole for the boat (rubber boots and rain ponchos are provided by us), cardigan or long-sleeved shirts, wind resistant jackets. The days are hot and humid while the night breeze is fresh.
Insects & Mosquitoes - we recommend taking Vitamin B or B-15 a few days before arrival to the jungle. These vitamins are the best natural repellent against insec bites. As well, do not forget to bring conventional repellent and cream for bites.
Other items - we suggest bringing sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, binoculars (very important for enjoying the fauna and flora. Preferably 1 per person), camera, and extra batteries
Connectivity - there is no WiFi Internet or phone signal coverage on our vessels
Schedule of activities is subject to change due to weather and river conditions. Please consult with your naturalist guide to discuss any last minute changes or questions.
Please check with your naturalist guide about the day's weather conditions for the use of kayaks. With the water level and weather forecast permitting, you are welcome to register, at your discretion, for the kayak sessions. These sessions will be conducted in calm waters where you can paddle in a very relaxed manner. Our kayaks are ideal for 2 passengers each. The kayaking group will always be accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide for the entire duration.
Our fishing policy is in the form of catch and release.