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.