Selva Viva: 4-Day Cruise

4-Day Amazon Cruise

Between the gigantic size of the largest river in the world and the intimacy of smaller tributaries, you will discover the cultural and natural riches of the Amazon on this intimate and enriching experience aboard the Selva Viva.

This cruise will allow you ample time on jungle hikes to witness the flora and fauna of the region, as well as the opportunity to learn of the culture and way of life of the people who inhabit one of the wildest regions on earth.


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

Selva Viva Amazon Cruise itinerary

Day 1: Iquitos - River Amazonas - Tamshyacu Creek

Pick-up from Iquitos airport or your hotel in the morning (around 8.30am), and transfer to the M/F Selva Viva, where you will be installed in your cabin.

We begin sailing downstream. Lunch is on the sundeck as we continue sailing until mid-afternoon when we reach Tamshyacu Creek. We stop to enjoy the spectacular dance of the grey and pink river dolphins, around the boat.

In the afternoon we take our first of many skiff excursions for our first contact with the tropical jungle and its diverse and exotic flora and fauna that call this vast wilderness their home.

After dinner, it is possible to take an excursion by skiff to uncover the nocturnal life of the jungle and particularly caimans.

Overnight on board.

Selva Viva Amazon Cruise itinerary

Day 2: Tahuayo River - Canaan Village - Yanayacu De Yacapana

Breakfast on board as we continue to sail up the Tahuayo River towards the Canaan Village to meet an indigenous community. Here we will set out on an educational jungle hike as the inhabitants teach us about their daily activities according to the season. The finale will be a wonderful view of the rainforest canopy from a nearby hill.

Lunch will be served on board while we sail to the Yanayacu de Yacapana lagoon in search of some close-up wildlife encounters. At sunset we will get the chance to observe many playful grey and pink dolphins from the auxiliary boat.

Dinner and overnight on board, in an isolated, remote mooring.

Selva Viva Amazon Cruise itinerary

Day 3: Lagoon Birdwatching - Jungle Hike to Tapira-Chico

Early in the morning, we will explore the surrounding lagoons for a great birdwatching experience. We will observe many differents species: egrets, kingfishers, horned screamers, hawks, etc.

Breakfast will then be served on board as we navigate back downstream. In the reserve we will head out on a 3-hour jungle hike to the village of Tapira-Chico, with a local guide who will explain the forest natural resources management by the inhabitants, and particularly the use of medicinal plants. The unbelievable biodiversity of the area will become apparent to us as we head deeper and deeper into the rainforest. 

Later in the day the women of the village will show us a large selection of local handicrafts, perfect for souvenirs. As the sun sets we'll get to try our hand at piranha fishing - it's easier than you think!

Dinner and night on board in a wild site.

Selva Viva Amazon Cruise itinerary

Day 4: Monkey Trek - Iquitos

Breakfast on board as we navigate back down the Amazon towards Iquitos. We make a stop to visit a little factory of the traditional Amazonian handcrafted peke-pekes (wooden boats). Before disembarking there is time for one last trek into the jungle to observe playful tamarin monkeys with a local guide.

We enjoy lunch onboard on the sundeck before arriving in Iquitos around 3pm, and once disembarked, we transfer you to the airport or a hotel if you have decided to prolong your stay in Iquitos.

  • 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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