Amazon Rainforest Cruise - Zafiro
Explore the rainforest from the comfort of this stylish riverboat with expert guiding on a consistently wonderful program.
The Amazon: Drink It In
Voyage into the world's largest river basin, an unparalleled biological reservoir on this thrilling adventure along the mighty Amazon River in Peru. Come face to face with pink dolphins, playful monkeys, sleepy sloths, giant butterflies and a myriad of other rare creatures in the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Disembark for guided moonlight safaris, canoe excursions, nature walks and piranha fishing. Receive a blessing from a Shaman and learn ancient customs with the locals in Ribereño villages. Complete with certified naturalist guides, outdoor jacuzzi, cooking class, pre and post cruise hotel in Lima, internal flights and more, this is as once-in-a-lifetime as it gets.
Travel Curator’s Insights:
- • Expert guides help you locate hidden wildlife on hikes, excursion boat rides, and kayaks in the Amazon.
•Join a village Shaman for a blessing ceremony and learn about medicinal plants.
•Travel with an extremely reliable, Canada-based operator known for having extra warm and enthusiastic naturalists and guides.
Trip Sustainability Awards
Corporate sponsor of the East African Wildlife Society
Creates water treatment plants and systems for remote Amazon villages
Founded the Adopt-A-School program to provide 120+ Amazonian schools with supplies and environmental education
Day 1: Lima
Arrive anytime today in Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to our overnight hotel.
Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima (or similar)
Wyndham Costa del Sol: Located at the Jorge Chávez International Airport and offeringexpert service for the most demanding travelers, our non-smoking hotel offers the ultimate in convenience and comfort, whether you are exploring the capital of Peru or just passing through.
Day 2: Fly Lima to Iquitos and Embark
Fly over the Andes to Iquitos. Board the elegant riverboat, Zafiro, home for the next seven nights. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers.
Accommodation: Zafiro (Details below)
Days 3-8: Amazon River & Tributaries
Spend the next six nights aboard the Zafiro riverboat navigating deep into the tributaries of the Amazon—a web of forests and lakes that pulsates with a chorus of birdlife, the calls of primates, and flashes of colorful butterflies. More than 1,300 species of birds, 40,000 plant species and grey and pink river dolphins can be found in this lush, ever-changing rainforest known collectively as “The Amazon.”
Enjoy unprecedented access to three habitats, varzea, igapó, and palm-flooded forest, including the deep reaches of the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, for the greatest diversity of wildlife sightings, including spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws, hoatzins and horned screamers. Traverse the waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where you may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant. Nighttime excursions may reveal caimans, capybaras, common pootoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife. Periodically throughout the year, guests may even release turtle hatchlings.
Daily excursions include early morning birding, enriching presentations, visits in local villages and even piranha fishing! Learn about the lives of the Ribereño people as we visit villages perched along the riverbanks. This is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through their gardens and learn about medicinal plants from a local Shaman. Depending on the villages visited during your voyage, you may also see a water treatment tower or home filtration systems provided through our partnership with a local conservation organization.
Pointing out details no guidebook could provide are the onboard team of world-class naturalists, while Zafiro’s attentive crew ensures exceptional service in the wild.
Day 9: Fly from Iquitos to Lima
On an early morning excursion to Pilpintuwasi Rescue Center, see two- and three-toed sloth, red uakari and even a jaguar which have been rescued. We disembark Zafiro and transfer back to Iquitos for our flight to Lima. Upon arrival back in Lima this afternoon, hotel rooms are provided. You can stay overnight and depart on day 10, or alternatively use them as dayrooms and connect with independent overnight flights home today (late evening onwards). This day includes breakfast and lunch.
Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport (or similar)
Day 10: End Lima
Depart Lima at any time today.
I've sent many clients on this excellent program. If you're looking for a comfortable way to see the Amazon where everything is taken care of for you when you step off the plane in Peru, the Zafiro via this operator is an outstanding option.
Joy Martinello, Founder
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