This historical vessel is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Amazon while appreciating the legacy and history of the region on board.
The Clavero is often used for biological and anthropological research, and so this week-long cruise into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is educationally-focused, with well-respected, qualified zoologists as your guides.
Please note that the below itinerary is intended as a guideline only. The boat crew reserves the right to amend the itinerary in accordance with climatic conditions, river water levels and the movement of wildlife.
Day 1: SUNDAY
Iquitos - Nauta - Nauta Cano
After arriving in Iquitos on your morning flight from Lima, we depart for a roughly two-hour drive by private bus to Nauta where the Clavero awaits. During our first day, we will receive a safety briefing and general introduction to the area.
After lunch, we will visit Nauta Cano, a tributary of the Marañon River, where we will have our first oportunities to spot wildlife.
In the evening, we can enjoy a sunset cocktail followed by a viewing of Fizcarraldo by Werner Herzog.
Day 2: MONDAY
Marañon River - Samiria River
This morning, we will enjoy a presentation by our naturalist guide followed by afternoon bird watching and wildlife observations.
In the afternoon, we will arrive at the mouth of the Samiria River, where we will enter Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
This evening, we will have the possibility to enjoy a night excursion in search of noctural wildlife such as caiman, amphibians, or birds of prey
Day 3: TUESDAY
Samiria River - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Today we will have a flexible schedule in which passengers can either enjoy bird-watching from their skiffs, trekking in the forest, or a fishing excursion aboard an auxiliary boat.
You will be overwhelmed by the sheer size and magnitude of the national reserve as you enjoy the raw beauty of this untouched wildnerness.
Day 4: WEDNESDAY
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Observing Pink River Dophins in their natural habitat is one of the highlights of any Amazon cruise. Your days spent in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve will afford you plenty of opportunities to view these majestic creatures.
Each day aboard the Ayapua is flexible, and the schedule can be adjusted to the tastes of passengers.
Day 5: THURSDAY
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Depending on the water levels, we will enjoy a hike in the forest (during dry season), or enjoy navigation down tiny creeks and streams in search of wildlife.
In Pacaya Samiria, water levels can fluctuate drastically between seasons, leaving vast swaths of the forest inundated in high-water periods; or large beaches exposed in low-water season.
Day 6: FRIDAY
Pacaya Samiria - Marañon River - Amazon River Junction
Today is our last day in Pacaya Samiria. Early in the morning we begin our trip back to civilization having fully immersed ourselves in the wilds of the Amazon. En route, we will visit a local Cocama indigenous village. To understand the complex network of threats facing the Amazon, it is utterly critical to see first-hand how its native inhabitants live and interact with their environment. This will also be a good opportunity to support the local economy by purchasing handicrafts produced by the villagers.
During the evening we will learn about common myths and legends of the Amazon.
Day 7: SATURDAY
Nauta - Iquitos
Morning arrival in Nauta followed by your transfer to Iquitos airport for your onward flight.
Or you may like to spend more time in Iquitos or at one of the many superb rainforest lodges that are within a boat ride of the city.
- 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.