Selva Viva: 5-Day Cruise

5-Day Pacaya Samiria Cruise

Aboard the characterful Selva Viva riverboat, explore Peru’s most important natural park, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, covering 2 million hectares, and well-known as one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the World.

The abundant vegetation and colorful waters are home to more than 260 species of fish, 130 mammals, 530 birds and 150 reptiles and amphibians. This microcosm of the Amazon Rainforest is a must for any nature lover.


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 - Marañon & Yarapa Rivers

Pick up from the airport or your hotel around 8.30am and  transfer 1.5 hrs to the town of Nauta where the M/F Selva Viva awaits.

Begin sailing upstream on the Marañon River, with the chance to spot pink dolphins at the confluence with the Ucayali River where the mythical Amazon River begins.

Lunch will be served on the sundeck as the boat continues to sail, with great views of the passing scenery.

In the afternoon, we'll be birdwatching on the small Yarapa river with the help of the smaller auxiliary boat. Afterwards we hike in Paranapura, inside the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to observe giant water lilies and hoatzins (a prehistoric bird). Dinner and night on board.

Selva Viva Amazon Cruise itinerary

Day 2: Jaldar - Nauta Caño

Breakfast on board. Early in the morning we head out on another jungle hike around the village of Jaldar with a local guide who will explain the forest natural resources management by the inhabitants, and particularly the use of medicinal plants.

We will observe many species of birds and probably monkeys too around the lagoon. We will also have the chance to try our hand at piranha fishing.

Then we will sail to Nauta Caño, inside the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. The rangers there will talk about the conservation of the different species of the region. Later, there will be another hiking excursion or on a small boat to observe the incredible biodiversity of the reserve.

Dinner and night on board.

Selva Viva Amazon Cruise itinerary

Day 3: Pucate River - Kukama Community

Breakfast will be served on board while we sail to the confluence of the Marañon and Pucate Rivers, where we will observe the grey and pink dolphins around the boat.

Today we will be visiting the Kukama community of 20 de Enero, where the Selva Viva team help to support the local villagers in their production of Buriti oil. There may be the possibility to swim in the river, to fish with local fishermen, explore the Pucate River on skiff or even organize activities with the children of the village.

Dinner and night on board at the entrance to the reserve. 

Selva Viva Amazon Cruise itinerary

Day 4: San Jacinto Lagoon - Night Safari

Breakfast will be served while we sail up the Marañon to the San Jacinto Lagoon, inside the reserve itself. Upon arrival the park rangers will present the conservation plans of different species of fish and plants.

We will then hike through a forest of giant trees and canoe on the lagoon to observe the incredible biodiversity of this area.

Later we will head out on a night walk to find reptiles, tarantulas and other creepy crawlies.

Night in an isolated site. 

Selva Viva Amazon Cruise itinerary

Day 5: Fundo Casual - Nauta

Breakfast on board as we make our way back to Nauta. We will make a stop in Fundo Casual and enter the primary forest. We'll hike with a local guide to observe the giant trees and many species of tropical frogs. There'll be an opportunity to purchase some souvenirs for loved ones before we leave as the villagers will present their artisanal handicrafts.

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

  • 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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