This Amazon cruise and rainforest lodge combined package provides passengers not only with an unforgettable 4-day cruise aboard the Amazon Star riverboat, but also allows them to discover the rainforest on terra firma with a stay at the luxury Ceiba Tops lodge.
Highlights include an excurion to Monkey Island, coming face to face with indigenous tribes and a Canopy Walkway visit to get an unrivalled bird's eye view of the jungle. The package also includes a historical city tour of Lima and day room use at the Swissotel on the final day.
Please note that the itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.
Day 1: Arrival Lima
After arrival at Lima's Jorge Chavez Airport, make the short journey to the Costa del Sol Wyndham (or similar) for a good night's sleep before tomorrow's early morning flight across the Andes to the Amazon.
Day 2: Lima - Iquitos - Monkey Island
Today we fly to Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. Our first stop will be a visit to Monkey Island, for some close encounters of the furry kind! Monkey Island is a private reserve whose free-roaming inhabitants include wooly, saki and titi monkeys as well as tamarins and marmosets.
Tonight, we are welcomed aboard the stunning Amazon Star, your home for the next three nights. As we set sail on the Amazon River, our guides will brief us on the boat and its facilities, as well as what to expect in the coming days.
Day 3: Amazon River & Tributaries
We awaken to spectacular panoramic views of the Amazon river, filled with luscious rainforest, small riverbank village communities and numerous narrow tributaries heading deep into the unknown. This morning's excursion is our first chance to spot distinctive marsh birds such as green ibis and yellow-headed caracaras.
Enjoy a glimpse into life on the river during a guided village visit, learning about their traditional way of life, dependence on medicinal jungle plants and respect for the local folklore tales. A highlight is seeing the children's faces as you visit their school, or join in a game of soccer with them.
After an afternoon siesta and naturalist-led discussion on wildlife, try your hand at piranha fishing. The Amazon Star's chef will even prepare the day’s catch for a Happy Hour snack.
Day 4: Neiser’s Reserve - Amazon Medical Clinic - Amazon Library
Awakening to the sounds of the forest, we join our naturalist for an early morning excursion by small boat looking for birds and animals that are found along the banks of the Amazon and its tributaries.
After a hearty breakfast, we visit a private reserve where injured rainforest birds and animals are brought to be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Some animals that cannot be rehabilitated, or were once pets long since abandoned, have been brought here to live out their lives un-caged in a natural but protected area.
Next we visit a Yagua village. The Yagua people can be found in small communities scattered throughout the Amazon Basin, leading simple lives with small-scale agriculture, fishing and light hunting. They are renowned for their craft-making skills, and you'll have ample opportunity to purchase some of their wares, fashioned from natural seeds and fibers.
This afternoon we pay special visits to an Amazon Medical Clinic and, time permitting, the nearby Amazon Library, facilities which offer invaluable education and aid to the local population.
This evening after dinner we have an excursion by boat to search for nocturnal animals and to listen to the sounds of the rainforest at night.
Day 5: Canopy Walkway - Ceiba Tops
Early this morning we say a fond farewell to the Amazon Star and her crew to embark upon our next adventure. First up we visit a local market where we can witness the multitude of rainforest fruits, vegetables, live animals and household products traded by people from different villages.
We then board small motor powered surreys and are driven across the Indiana Isthmus to a place on the Napo River where boats are waiting for us. The Napo is one of the world’s largest rivers but is overshadowed by the Amazon which it flows into. Aftrer travelling a short distance on the Napo, we disembark and make our way through the rainforest to the spectacular Canopy Walkway. Using its system of suspended pathways and platforms we gradually ascend the walkway to a height of more than ten stories, emerging above the seemingly endless canopy where we can enjoy a close-up view of life in the canopy: plants and bright flowers attracting gorgeous birds and other creatures.
After lunch at the Napo lodge, we visit an Enthnobotanical Garden, where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants.
In the afternoon we set out for the beautiful and comfortable Ceiba Tops Lodge, our home for the night. Ceiba Tops is in a spectacular rainforest garden setting overlooking the Amazon. The cottages are air-conditioned and very tastefully decorated. Before dinner you have time to enjoy the pool, explore the gardens or walk a short distance on a trail to see the largest Ceiba tree in this part of the rainforest..
Day 6: Ceiba Tops - Iquitos - Lima
We return by boat to Iquitos this morning and transfer to the airport for our morning flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, we enjoy a city tour of the capital's historic sights, visiting the Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the monastery and catacombs of the Igelsia de San Francisco, with lunch in a local restaurant.
We continue to the Costa Del Sol (or similar) where we can use its facitilities for the day before being transferred to the airport this evening for our international flight home.
End of services. We hope you have had a fantastic Amazonian adventure!
- 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.