Home » 8 Day M/V Zafiro: Pacaya Samiria Amazon Cruise – Low Water Season
Peruvian Amazon: This is sure to be one of the most popular Amazon Cruises. Enjoy luxury at its best on new MV Zafiro River Cruise, sister ship to the Amatista. Known as the finest five-star hotel on the Amazon River and conceived as one of the world’s most unique experiences in the Rainforest. This 8-day cruise will give you the complete Amazon experience at its best.
Duration: 8 Days
Low Water Season: Jun-Oct
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 Deck where you can star watch or relax with lie music performed by our band.
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 among 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.
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 sandpipers, 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.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:30 am followed by lunch, Peruvian inspired midday flares in our dining room, while we start to sail up the Maranon River. Amazonian Philosophy Lecture: One of our naturalist guides will introduce you about the idiosyncrasy, beliefs and deep thoughts of the Amazonian people, such as the spirituality that is everywhere and not only on human beings.
Late Afternoon excursions to Nauta Creek within Pacaya-Samiria Reserve which is known as the mirrored forest, which makes perfect sense as you gaze upon its glistening black water lagoons. Our naturalist guides use their eagle eyes to help you spot toucans, parrots and macaws overhead and iguanas, sloths and monkeys among the soaring trees. On the way back to the Zafiro, the glorious sunset is reflected in these glistening waters. Return to the Zafiro. Perhaps sip a Pisco sour on the observation deck with a live music concert from our local band followed by another Peruvian- inspired dinner.
Optional Nocturnal boat ride to enjoy the symphony from the night and constellations, as well as search for caimans, tarantulas, boa constrictors and more.
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 am 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 dolphins!
In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about geographical orientation and the hydrography of rivers to explore Perdida Creek Expedition. On this late afternoon excursion, you are going to have a skiff boat expedition into this beautiful creek, full of colourful birds, such us: paradise tanager, masked crimson tanager, wood peckers, awls, scarlet crowned barbet and enjoy the great symphony they create.
Return to the Zafiro for Dinner. Followed by a 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 caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos and more.
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, capybaras and more.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 am followed by lunch. Amazon lecture. Learn about where the amazon name comes from, and flora and fauna that inhabit the region.
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.
Later enjoy live music from our local band aboard the Zafiro followed by a splendid dinner.
Before breakfast early birdwatching in our skiff boats among the Maranon river searching for bank species. The Maranon River has a great outflow and many tributaries, which give to its basin bountiful species.
Return to the Zafiro followed by breakfast.
At 9:00 am, begin 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.
Lunch at 12:00 pm. Share a last meal with your fellow passengers who have taken the five-night journey. Myths and legends Lecture. One of our naturalist guides will explain the origin of myths and legends from the animistic point of view.
Late Afternoon excursion. We navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers, to admire the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, or Victoria Regias. Here, you become one of a very small number of people who have ever seen these plants bloom. When the night falls, you will listen the second movement of the Amazon Rainforest symphony, as nocturnal animals send their piercing calls across the canopy tree. As we take the skiffs back to the Zafiro, special spotlight torches help our naturalist guides to locate caimans, owls and capybaras.
Return to the Zafiro around 7:30 pm and enjoy a relaxing dinner with your table companions.
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 bats overhead.
Return to the Zafiro around 6:30 followed by a delicious dinner.
Optional Night Excursion into Zapote Creek to search for nocturnal wildlife species of bats and boa constrictors and look for great Potto’s, tarantulas, Kinkajou, night jars and opossums.
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 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.
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 7:00 pm.
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.
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.
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21m², twin bedding convertible to a Californian king-size bed, panoramic view with floor to ceiling windows, sitting area, private bathroom with Spanish shower, hot running water, basket of toiletries, hair dryer, safe box, mini fridge & binoculars.
21m², twin bedding convertible to a Californian king-size bed, private balcony, sitting area, private bathroom with Spanish shower, hot running water, basket of toiletries, hair dryer, safe box, mini fridge & binoculars.
23m², located at the bow of the boat on the first deck, twin bedding convertible to a Californian king-size bed, 90 degree front facing windows, sitting area, private bathroom with 360 degrees shower, hot running water, basket of toiletries, hair dryer, safe box, mini fridge & binoculars.
44.6m², located on the second deck, twin bedding convertible to a Californian king-size bed, 180 degree front facing window with private balcony, sitting area, private bathroom with Spanish shower, hot running water, basket of toiletries, hair dryer, safe box, mini fridge & binoculars.
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.