Perla: 7-Day Cruise

7-Day Pacaya Samiria Cruise

This 6-night riverboat cruise gives lucky passengers a comprehensive Amazon experience and a true taste of what life in the rainforest is like.

Explore the Amazon, Marañón and Ucayali Rivers and discover the natural beauty of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve on this epic river adventure.


Please remember the itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.

Macaws on Perla Cruise

Iquitos - Nauta - Amazon River

After being met and greeted at Iquitos Airport by the Perla logistical staff, we proceed on a 1.5-hours bus transfer to the Perla's private pier in the port town of Nauta, and begin embarkation.

After check-in we'll have the first of many delicious lunches on board.

We'll reveive a brief orientation about the Amazon adventure that awaits us, while the ship starts sailing down the Marañon River to the confluence of Marañon and Ucayali Rivers where the Amazon River starts and where we'll have a first excursion - right at the birthplace of the Amazon.

This afternoon we'll head out on a boat excursion looking for wildlife into the communal reserve of Yanayacu of Yacapana. You will get the chance to appreciate Giant water lilies, birds, iguanas, sloths, the beautiful pink dolphins and much more.

Upon returning to the Ship we'll receive a lecture by our naturalist guides and enjoy a welcome reception with live music.

Dinner on board and overnight on the Amazon River. 

Amazon Sunsets

Amazon River - Yarapa River - Ucayali River

After an early wake up call we enjoy a birdwatching excursion into the Yanayacu of Yacapana communal reserve. This morning we will see macaws, sloth, monkeys, toucans, fly catchers, trogons, parakeets and more.
We return to the Perla for breakfast on board. We turned to sail up the Amazon River and into the Ucayali River.
Later we head out on a morning boat excursion to explore the tributaries of the Yarapa River looking for wildlife.
Lunch will be served on board followed by a geographical orientation and short talk about the Amazon by the naturalist on board.

This afternoon we pay a visit to the butterfly farm project of Vista Alegre Communal Reserve. On this trip we will learn about the butterflies from the Amazon and the importance of them in the rainforest.

We head back to the ship for a fun reception with live music and dinner.

There will be an optional night boat for excursion to search caimans, snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, anacondas, night monkeys and much more, for those that dare! 

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Ucayalí River - Marañon River - Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

After an early morning wake-up call, we get ready to explore the black waters of the Yarapa River, famed for its abundant wildlife.

After breakfast on board we keep sailing down the Ucayali, back to the confluence and begin sailing up the Marañon River. We enjoy a boat ride along Piranha Creek, one of the first tributaries located within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Lunch on board.

This afternoon we head out on a jungle walk in the Casual Communal reserve to learn about medicinal plants and search for insects, tarantulas and frogs. We'll even learn basic survival in the forest with our expert naturalists - just in case!

After returning to the Ship we'll receive a lecture by our naturalist guides before enjoying a reception with live music and dinner on board. 

Jungle Walks Perla Cruise

Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve - Yucuruchi  - Samiria River

Early this morning we have another opportunity to watch the world awakening in the rainforest. Perhaps you will spy iguanas, river turtles, cormorants, or wattle jacana during this early morning excursion.
After checking-in we will have lunch on board and a brief orientation about what lies ahead on your Amazon adventure.
After retuning to the Perla for breakfast, we head out on a morning visit to meet a local Indian family, who will introduce us 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.

This afternoon after lunch, we will walk along the shores of the Ucayali River, located in the Yucuruchi region of the Amazon. Here we will have an opportunity to see the Victoria Regias water lily, a gigantic aquatic plant. Continuing on our way, we visit the Samiria River to look for charapas and turtles.

After returning to the ship we will receive an interesting lecture by one of our naturalist guides, followed by a welcome reception with live music on board.
Dinner on board. 

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Yanayacu of Pucate - Canopy Walkway - Shaman Ceremony - Nauta Caño

After an early morning wake-up call we will head out for a picnic breakfast in the Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve itself! We will look for a nice spot in middle of the reserve to enjoy our healthy breakfast, as pink dolphins play all around us. With our camera and personal batteries charged, we will explore the Yanayacu of Pucate Basin together in search of magestic blue and yellow macaws, toucans and many monkey species including howler monkeys, monk sakis and more.  

Later we visit the Amazon Natural Park where a canopy suspension bridge and viewing platform experience awaits. From this unique perspective we will be able to search for the abundant treetop wildlife and enjoy spectacular views of the rainforest.

Returning to the ship we get prepared for another unique experience, swimming with the pink dolphins!

After another delicious lunch on board we'll head to the village of San Regis for a Shaman Ceremony. Discover the mystical realm of this village doctor and learn some of the ancients secrets of the rainforest.
As part of the visit we will also partake in a tree planting ceremony to help with the sustainability efforts in the village.

This evening there will be a reception on board with live music for entertainment once more, followed by dinner.

Tonight we embark on a night-time skiff ride to Nauta Creek in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve to see the rainforest come to life. 

Jungle trekking

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - Shiriyacyu Stream  - Kokama Community

After breakfast we try our hand (not literally of course!) at piranha fishing on a black water stream named Shiriyacu at San Jose de Zarapanga, using traditional equipment and local techniques. How many can you catch?
After lunch on board there'll be a cooking demonstration, followed by a geographic orientation by our naturalist.
Later we visit Prado Kukama Indian village to learn about their traditions and culture, getting a glimpse into the way of life of this riverside community.
In the late afternoon we take a boat excursion to observe one of the most spectacular sights in the rainforest, the sunset on the Amazon River, as we wait for the nightlife to begin their symphony. During this excursion we will look for caimans, frogs, tarantulas, snakes and anacondas.

As we return on board, there will again be a reception with live music and tonight we enjoy a crew presentation and farewell dinner as the ship sails down to Nauta town.

Monkeying around

Nauta - Iquitos

After breakfast on board we check out and take the bus back from Nauta Town to Iquitos.
En route we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center to see the remarkable work the keepers are doing to help the endangered Amazon Manatee. You may even get chance to feed the baby calves!
Afterwards there will be a brief panoramic city tour around Iquitos to see the famous houses dating from the rubber time era, such as Iron House, Belen Market and more.

We arrive at Iquitos Airport just before midday in time to board your outgoing flight. 

  • 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. 

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The Johannson family encounter a sloth on their rainforest cruise.
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