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Selva Viva Amazon Cruise

Comfortable Adventure Cruising in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle

Built in 2007, in a traditional Brazilian wooden riverboat style, the 11-passenger Selva Viva is arguably the best Amazon riverboat with private cabins - for the price - in the upper Amazon region of Peru.

The Selva Viva offers charming 3 or 4-day Amazon and 5-day Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve itineraries and customized trips from 3 to 10-days to more remote locations, even as far as the border with Colombia!

With just 5 cabins and friendly and helpful staff on board, a cruise on the Selva Viva has an intimate, family-style feel to it. While the facilities are functional, rather than luxurious, the Selva Viva is still big enough to be comfortable, yet small enough to access the small tributaries where larger cruise ships cannot go. The boat is able to slip under the close canopy of the jungle, within narrow waterways, where the best wildlife-watching is to be had.

If you have a set date in mind to travel but there doesn't appear to be a cruise departure, the Selva Viva is ideal as it can open a departure with just 2 passengers for no extra cost! The vessel is also available for charter, and its small size and competitive pricing make this an excellent alternative for groups of five or more.

One of our favorite features of the boat is her shaded observation deck. Equipped with hammocks, this area is great for hanging around in, and it also doubles up as an outdoor dining area, perfect for alfresco dining. Another excellent feature are her eight solar panels. When the sun shines all day, there is enough stored energy to last all night, depending on use. The benefit to you is when the crew ties up the boat for the night, and shuts off the motor, you get to listen to the sounds of the jungle, instead of the rumble of the generator you can get on other boats. Please note that there is an electrical generator for back-up power when necessary. 

Unlike the majority of privately-owned vessels on the Amazon, the Selva Viva is owned and operated by a French-Peruvian NGO, so passengers can cruise in the comfort of knowing that any money generated from their experience truly goes towards helping grassroots projects in the vast and undeveloped Peruvian Amazon department of Loreto. See their Projects page for more information.

What people are saying about the Selva Viva

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The trip was great! Bruno did an excellent job as a guide and host during my stay on the boat. Everyone was very friendly and it was a great atmosphere to be in. The food was terrific. All in all, I would take the same trip again.
— Matt Greiner; Reno, NV
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The trip was absolutely amazing experience ... The best part of the trip was living in the Jungle: that was amazing, even without electricity. Activities were different every day; not once did we get bored and food was amazing.
— Ginger Chan; Calgary, AB

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About Rainforest Cruises

Rainforest Cruises is a boutique travel company specializing in Amazon river cruises and tours, providing you with the finest collection of cruises in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and Panama. As South American travel experts we have all the advice you need to help you find and book your dream cruise and an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.


Geri Daniel loved her vacation with Rainforest Cruises.
We had an absolutely fabulous time on the cruise. Thank you again for the trip of a lifetime.
— Geri Daniel, Austin, TX
The Johannson family encounter a sloth on their rainforest cruise.
We had a wonderful time. We were all impressed with the efficiency and organization of the trip from start to finish.
— Jeanette Johannson & Family, USA