Although only 4 days in length, this expedition cruise is not short in adventure or wildlife spotting opportunities as you immerse yourself in the unique environments of the Peruvian Amazon and the luxury Amazon Discovery riverboat.
Come face to face with the locals (both human and otherwise), discover the rainforest's secrets and learn about the history of Iquitos as you visit indigenous villages and head out on jungle walks, a city tour and skiff excursions with expert guides.
Depending on the arrival time of the recommended inbound flight LA2380 on Day 1, part or all of Day 1 activities (and the boxed lunch) may be moved to Day 4 of the itinerary. The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.
Day 1: Arrive Iquitos
Iquitos is a bustling river city, and the largest city in the Peruvian Rainforest, with 600,000 people living in its four districts. During the 20th century, the city attracted many Europeans immigrants who contributed to a period of great wealth, commercial, and social development. Please note that the group transfer/pickup and touring is based on flight LA2380 (LIM-IQT).
Upon arrival in Iquitos, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour of the farthest inland port that serves ocean vessels in the world. We will all pass the historic area of the city, where many of the wonderful houses of the 20th century “rubber barons,” including the famous Casa de Fierro (the Iron House).
Upon arrival at Itaya River port, you’ll board the Amazon Discovery, then gather for a welcome reception and your first tasty lunch. Afterwards you'll be able to check into your comfy cabins as we make our way out of port and into the Amazon River.
Make yourself at home and sample the boat's great social areas before an evening map presentation and introduction to the Amazon, including what you can expect to see and experience in the coming days.
Day 2: Tahuayo and Yarapa River
This morning, we will cruise the Tahuayo River, a tributary of the Amazon, to a favorite feeding spot of the Pink River Dolphin. Also known as the boto, these intelligent creatures are the largest freshwater dolphins in the world. In addition to their pink color, they boast un-fused neck vertebrae that allow them to turn their heads up to 180 degrees, enabling maneuverability among the underwater tree trunks of the rainforest.
The Tahuayo is one of several “black water” rivers we will encounter on our journey. It gets its color from tannins that leach into the water from the rich forest soil. After greeting the pink dolphins, you may also have the chance to go for a swim in this unique environment.
Back on board, we’ll enjoy lunch while we cruise to the Yarapa River. We enter another tributary of the Amazon River this afternoon, teeming with tropical flowers, where you will explore its shores and small creeks in search of rare and unusual Amazonian wildlife, including species of monkeys, birds, and iguanas not seen elsewhere.
As night falls we'll switch on the powerful spotlights as we begin our night safari. Keep your eyes peeled for night herons, spectacled owls, exotic frogs, tree boas, fish bats and of course, caimans! This is also the perfect time for stargazing, while fireflies light up the vibrant jungle all around us.
Day 3: Piraña Caño Village / Santa Ana Community
This morning we head down into the Marañon River to a location known as Piraña Caño with the hope of spotting all the favorites, monkeys, pink dolphins, and rare birds.
In the afternoon we have a chance to interact with the local village residents of Santa Ana. This tributary of the Amazon River has small clusters “ribereños” people (those who live symbiotically with the rivers) who make their living with small scale agricultural and charcoal commerce. We visit a local shamanic healing clinic and meet with a native shaman who will introduce you into the mythical world of hallucinogenic and medicinal plants in this region of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.
Day 4: Disembark / Manatee Rescue Center
This morning, we’ll disembark the Amazon Discovery and say goodbye to the Amazon River and head to the Manatee Rescue Center, a fantastic project committed to saving orphaned manatees and reintroducing them into the wild.
We learn about their importance to the world’s ecosystem, and why they are so endangered in this part of the Amazon. We can help feed the calves with a bottle of milk and sometimes we have the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants.
Later we head back to the airport in good time to catch your flight for home ... or on to your next adventure. Please note that the group transfer is based on flight LA2381.
- Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
- Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior.