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This 5-day luxury cruise on the MV Zafiro gives you the chance to get a real feeling of life in the Amazon whilst cruising the Ucayali, Maranon & Nahuapa Rivers. You will witness some of the best preserved and protected areas of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, one of Peru ́s largest national parks.
Trek into 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
5 Day Cruise: (Low Water Season: Jun-Oct)
Day 1: Iquitos, Amazon River
Day 2: Amazon River, Amazon Birth Place, Maranon River, Nauta Creek. Pacaya
Samiria National Reserve
Day 3: Yanayacu of Pucate, San Jacinto short Walk, Tiger River (Nahuapa), Pacaya Samiria
Day 4: Maranon River, Samiria River, San Martin De Tipishca
Day 5: Maranon River, Chiriyacu Lagoon, Check Out, Disembark in Nauta City, and Transfer for Airport.
5 Day Cruise: (High Water Season: Nov-May)
Day 1: Iquitos, Amazon River
Day 2: Amazon River, Yanayacu of Yacapana, Amazon Birth Place, Piranha Creek, Nauta Creek,
Day 3: Yanayacu of Pucate, Yanayaquillo, Creek Perdida, Tiger River, Nahuapa
Day 4: Maranon River, Samiria River, San Martin De Tipishca.
Day 5: Maranon River, Pampa Creek, Shiriyacu, Check Out, Disembark in Nauta, City Tour and Transfer to Airport.
5 Day Cruise – Low Water
Low Water Season: Jun-Oct
High Water Season: Nov-May
Day 1 Saturday:
Iquitos, Amazon 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 Sunday:
Amazon River, Distillery, Amazon Birth Place, Maranon River, Nauta Creek. (Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Sunrise over the River. Catch your first glimpse of the Amazon, as you watch the sun come up over this vibrant world of wonderful wildlife. Early birdwatching in the middle of the Amazon River. This morning we will observe parrots, macaws and learn from nature. Early rising is always rewarding since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun.
Breakfast. Our lavish daily buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh squeezed juices.
Amazon birth place expedition. After breakfast, the Zafiro skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River.
Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, grey tanagers, and pipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colourful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named:
Piranha creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.
Day 3 Monday:
Yanayacu of Pucate, San Jacinto short walk, Tiger River (Nahuapa), Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Yanayacu of Pucate and Yanayaquillo exploration, followed by delicious breakfast aboard the skiffs. Early in the morning you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won’t be the only one enjoying our happy meal here.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 to enjoy a delicious lunch followed by heart-warming siesta.
If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink
In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about geographical orientation and the hydrography of rivers to explore sustainable species according to the natural resources of the area.
Short walk expedition to San Jacinto Lake, searching for wildlife and learning about medicinal plants. San Jacinto is a lagoon in the Pacaya and Samiria national park surrounded by an amazing diversity of plants, insects etc.
Return to the Zafiro and Dinner.
Night excursion into Tiger River to a place called Nahuapa. Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flow into the Maranon River owning hundreds of other small rivers flowing into the main Tiger River. We will explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa to look for snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos and more. Wildlife is always active early in the morning, late afternoon and night, turning out into an amazing experience
Day 4 Tuesday:
Maranon River, Samiria River, San Martin de Tipishca
Samiria River expedition. After breakfast our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 followed by lunch.
Amazon lecture. Learn about where the amazon name comes from, and flora and fauna that inhabit there.
Village Visit. Meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca kukama community Amazonia at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewellery. Tipishca Lake formed over 100 years ago by the Las Piedras River Cutting through the neck of a sharp meander. Lake Tipishca harbors good fish stocks, including piranha and catfish. Bird life on the lake is plentiful, the lake attracts many species which include, blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tiger-herons, wattle jacanas, amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black –collared hawk, black capped mocking thrush and yellow-rumped caciques. You might also spot hoatzins; red capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers. Enjoy live music from our local band aboard the Zafiro followed by a sumptuous dinner.
Day 5 Wednesday:
Maronon River, Chiriyacu Lagoon, Check Out, Disembark In Nauta, City Tour, Transfer to Airport.
Maranon River Exploration. Before breakfast, early birdwatching in our skiff boats among the Maranon River searching for bank species. The Maranon River it has a great outflow and many tributaries which give to its basin bountiful species.
Return to the Zafiro followed by breakfast.
At 09:00 am, begins your expedition for fishing the famous piranhas into Shiriyacu stream, and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the amazon and ancestral traditions that we have been losing. This experience will give us the opportunity to formulate questions to the healer and know a bit more about our former traditions.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:30 am followed by an early lunch. Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before beginning your homeward journey.
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)
One pre-voyage hotel night in Iquitos
All meals during the voyage
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
Any items not mentioned as included
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 insect 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.