AMAZON CRUISES NATIONAL RESERVE PACAYA SAMIRIA

7 Days / 6 Nights

Code: AVP058

 

 

Information:

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 onboard 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.

 

 

Day 1: Iquitos - Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre – Amazon River (L) (D)

 

• But before boarding, we get acquainted with this jungle port city an Orientation tour. This is the country’s main river port, established in 1864 in the heart of rubber country on the Amazon’s deep waters. Like any port, it has a hustle-bustle feel, yet it is not without its places of quiet and shaded retreats. Much of the architecture we see is a 19thcentury vestige of the era when European commercial barons held sway over life and culture here. And while Iquitos has seen many fortunes rise and fall, its isolation has remained constant: access to the city is by air or river only.

• We will also make a brief stop at the Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre. The Amazonian Manatee is very rare and endangered mammal unique to the Amazon Jungle. This center focuses on rescuing orphaned manatees who have been victims of poaching.

• The center helps rehabilitate and reintroduce these wonderful creatures back into the Amazon Basin. Here you will have a see the efforts of the rescue center as well as have the opportunity to feed these amazing and loveable animals.

• Once on board ship, you can just relax and let the wild rainforest surround you. Step out on deck to watch the riverbanks go by—but keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as gray and pink dolphins.

• Our ship casts off and wends its way to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers. Here, it is generally (but not universally!) considered that the Amazon River begins, at least in name.

 

Note:

11:00 hrs Pick up from the airport or your hotel

Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, briefing and city tour

13:00 hrs Check in, welcome drink and lunch

Safety drill on board

Afternoon free to enjoy sailing in the Amazon River

18:00 hrs Dinner

 

Day 2: Amazon River – Ucayali river Yucurucho region – Marañon River (B) (L) (D)

 

• Breakfast

• After breakfast, we have an excursion on the Amazon and some of its tributaries to see the wonders of the rain forest. This is our chance to see monkeys, sloths, and a variety of birds.

• Back onboard, we’ll gather for lunch, followed by a presentation on the Amazon River. Afterwards, we’ll walk along the shores of the

• Ucayali River, located in the Yucuruchi region of the Amazon. Here we’ll have an opportunity to see the Victoria Regias, Water lily—a gigantic aquatic plant.

 

Note:

7:00 hrs Breakfast buffet

8:30 hrs Excursion search wildlife (monkeys, sloths and bird watching).

12:00 hrs Return to the boat

12:30 hrs lunch Buffet

15:00 hrs Walk in Yucurachi, look for Water lily).

18:00 hrs Return to the boat

19:00 hrs Dinner buffet

 

Day 3 Tuesday: Marañon river – Pacaya Samiria national reserve – Shaman visit (B) (L) (D)

 

• Today we rise early to visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve for a full day of discovery in Peru's largest national park.

• Then, keep your eyes wide open and your binoculars at the ready to catch sight of cocoa heron and striated herons, colorful macaws, squirrel and woolly monkeys, caimans, sloths and many more primate, bird and mammal species. Current counts record more than 200 bird species and 10 primate species within its boundaries. Our route takes us over the tributary waters of the Marañon. Along the way, our guides will point out the interesting wildlife species that inhabit the riverbanks—not to mention unusual fish and vegetation in the river.

• Back on board, we'll gather for breakfast followed by a presentation on the life, history, and culture of the Amazon's main tribes.

• After lunch, we have an introductory discussion about shamanism that will help us understand the traditions of the rain forest people. We will sail us along the lake's tranquil waters, where we'll listen to the local birdsong and keep our eyes peeled for sighting the different animal species found in this area.

• Before dinner, we'll touch upon the spirit realm, paying a visit to a local shaman. Mystic ... minister ... healer—one might consider a shaman to be "all of the above." But to understand shamanism requires something of a leap of faith, a leap into the spirit world that is the shaman's domain.

• 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—and all the while, the shaman remains conscious. Before you leave the Amazon jungle, you'll gain rare insight into the complexities of this phenomenon when you meet an actual practicing shaman in a river village. He'll introduce us to his spiritual healing craft and tell us about rain forest plants that indigenous peoples have for untold centuries held to possess curative properties. Your experience may not be "out of body," but it's sure to be out of the ordinary.

 

Note:

 

6:00 hrs bird watching.

7:00 hrs Back on board

7:30 hrs Breakfast buffet

9:00 hrs Excursion to National Reserve Pacaya Samiria, look for wildlife (primates, squirrels, sloths)

11:00 hrs Return to the boat

12:00 hrs Talk Amazonian tribes

13:00 hrs Buffet lunch

15:00 hrs Talk about shamanism

15:30 hrs Excursion look for wildlife

16.30 hrs Visit the shaman

18:30 hrs Return to the boat

19:30 hrs Dinner buffet

 

Day 4: Marañon River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (B) (L) (D)

 

• Breakfast

• The early morning offers another opportunity to watch the world awakening in the rain forest. Perhaps you'll spy iguanas, river turtles, cormorants, or wattle jacana during this excursion.

• We return to our riverboat and prepare to meet a local Indian family.

• They will welcome us into their home to share conversation over the midday meal, introducing you to their culture, costumes, and way of life. This is a rare and unforgettable opportunity to gain new insight into a world truly apart from our own.

• Be sure to be well rested, so that you won't miss our late-night excursion to discover who comes out at night in the jungle! As we join our Trip Leader for a nighttime boat ride in the wild, be on the lookout for mammals, bats, and reptiles such as capybara, black caiman, poison frogs, and a vast number of other species.

 

Note:

 

6:00 hrs bird watching, macaws, iguanas, turtles rivers.

7:30 hrs Return aboard and Breakfast buffet

9:00 hrs Visit to a local community

12:00 hrs Return aboard

12:30 hrs Buffet lunch

15:30 hrs Excursion look for caiman, black caiman and reptiles in general

19:30 hrs Back on board

20:00 hrs Dinner buffet

 

Day 5: Thursday: Marañon River - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve – Nahuapa River – Choroyacu (B) (L) (D)

 

• Breakfast

• Today we rise early and set out to explore the impressive biodiversity of this unusual ecosystem. We’ll look for a quiet spot to enjoy our picnic breakfast, followed by a trip to explore Choroyacu. We’ll also ride up the Nahuapa River for a little fishing expedition. What’s biting?

• Piranhas, of course! Reputedly “the most ferocious fish in the world” (to quote Teddy Roosevelt), piranha are a dietary staple for many of the Amazon rain forest’s indigenous people. While fearsome, they’re also esteemed as some of the best eating fish in South America. They have a light, nutty-tasting flesh that lends itself wonderfully to any number of cooking methods, which we’ll discover when we cast our lines today.

• Piranha aren’t terribly selective about what they eat, making piranha fishing fairly easy. No hand-tied flies or special casting technique required. It’s often enough just to drop a line—usually baited with raw meat or chicken—where they’re swimming.

• We will also visit Choroyacu Creek where we’ll have the opportunity to climb in a dugout canoe and explore this scenic area with the locals.

• After lunch, you’re invited to plunge into the river for a swim, perhaps sharing the water with some pink or grey river dolphins. Back onboard, we’ll enjoy a video about the flooded forest. Then we can kick up our heels as we learn a local dance.

• We’ll have another chance to witness the nocturnal life of the rain forest after dinner this evening, as we venture out in small boats onto the Marañon River. Perhaps our flashlights will reflect the red eye shine of the black caiman—or even the glowing yellow eyes of a jaguar!

 

Note:

 

6:00 hrs Wildlife excursion

7:30 hrs Breakfast aboard our skiff in the middle of nature

8:00 hrs Visit to the local community Choroyacu, swimming inthe river possibly accompanied by dolphins, artisanal fisheries.

12:00 hrs Return aboard

12:30 hrs Buffet lunch

15:30 hrs Talk on flooded forests, dance amazon classes

16:30 hrs Wildlife Excursion

18:00 hrs Back on board

18:30 hrs Dinner buffet

20:00 hrs Night tour, search for caimans

21:00 hrs Back on board

 

Day 6 Friday: Marañon river – Nauta caño – Ucayali River – Sapisapi river – Amazonas River (B) (L) (D)

 

• Breakfast

• It’s back to civilization today, as our ship returns to its home port of Iquitos. But before we dock, we have a few more unique experiences to look forward to.

• This morning, we’ll call on the town of Nauta, where the Ucayali and the Marañon—the major headstreams of the Amazon—join together.

• On our included tour, we’ll ride the local motorcars and browse the local market. You’re welcome to try your hand at bargaining!

• Continuing on our way, we visit the Sapisapi River to look for charapas and turtles. The river has given up its secrets—or at least some of them.

• Tonight, we’ll celebrate our discoveries at our Farewell Dinner and

• Party, complete with live music, aboard our ship.

 

Note:

 

6:00 hrs Excursion to the Amazon birthplace, Nauta city tour

7:30 hrs Breakfast buffet

8:00 hrs Wildlife at Nauta Caño

12:00 hrs Return aboard

12:30 hrs Buffet lunch

15:30 hrs Wildlife at Sapisapi river

18:00 hrs Back on board

19:30 hrs Recap of your trip

20:00 hrs Farewell Dinner buffet with live music

 

Day 7 Saturday: Iquitos / Lima (B)

 

Disembark at Iquitos. We will transfer to the Iquitos airport for our flight back to Lima.

Highlights

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, and learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife

 

 

 

Included:

6 nights aboard the Queen Violeta Amazon riverboat.

Arrival transfer in Iquitos.

Launches and land excursions with our expert naturalist team.

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

24 hours coffee & tea station at the restaurant

Amazon riverboat.

Small group experience; Max 30

Not Included:

Alcoholics and not alcoholics drinks

Tips extra on board the Queen Violeta

Flights

Laundry service

Prices per person:

Occupancy

Single  Room

USD 3.990.00

Double Room

USD 2.400.00

Triple Room

 USD 2.390.00

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