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Amazon Star: 8-Day Cruise

8-Day Pacaya Samiria Cruise

This 8-day Amazon voyage has been recognized as one of the 25 Greatest Adventures in the World by National Geographic Adventure Magazine and by author Patricia Schultz as one of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

As well, this  is an exceptional and engaging adventure for families, couples and solo travellers alike. Please note that the itinerary for 2018 is different to 2017, and can be found after the 2017 itinerary towards the bottom of this page.

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


2017 ITINERARY

Estrella Amazonica cruise itinerary

Day 1: SATURDAY
Lima - Iquitos - Amazon River

Having flown from Lima over the Andes Mountains on our morning flight, we arrive at the jungle city of Iquitos, where we will enjoy an encounter at the Manatee Rescue Center and survey the history of local tribes at a small museum. We will then be transferred to the awaiting Amazon Star, our home for the next 7 nights.

After settling into our spacious cabins, we set sail on the Amazon River. During a nightly briefing we’ll meet the crew and find out what tomorrow's Amazon Voyage expedition itinerary has in store.

Tonight, we journey slowly toward the confluence marking the beginning of the Amazon River, stargazing and storytelling with our local guides.

(L, D)

Estrella Amazonica cruise itinerary

Day 2: SUNDAY
Confluence of the Amazon River - Río Ucayali

We awake this morning on the Amazon River, seeing some of the ever-changing panorama of jungle life, as our Amazon River cruise ship continues upriver. Small villages dot the shoreline, and channels weaving through island mazes provide close-up views of a variety of birds.

The confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers is famous as the beginning of the Amazon River in Peru. Amazingly, we are about 2,400 miles from where the river flows into the Atlantic. The river drops only about 350 feet the entire way! Aboard our sturdy excursion boats, we'll access areas where we may find marsh birds, such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant.

We turn into the Río Ucayali, where we’re likely to find gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins cavorting near the boat and along the shoreline. Later we take an excursion into the surrounding rainforest in search of giant water lilies and elusive wildlife, such as monkeys and sloths. As dusk approaches, fishing bats begin their night’s foraging.

(B, L, D)

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Day 3: MONDAY
Río Ucayali - Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

After a peaceful breakfast along the black-water Sapote Creek, we explore a small tributary of the Ucayali aboard our excursion boats. Look for animals including primates, sloths and an enormous variety of birds.

Our Amazon Voyage adventure continues upriver to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Although scientific studies are far from exhausted, the Pacaya-Samiria is known to be home to 450 bird species, 102 species of mammals, and over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians!

This afternoon, an excursion into this largest wetland reserve in the world provides the opportunity to see 13 species of primates, including monk sakis, red howler, saddle-backed tamarin and squirrel monkeys. Explore Caro Lake, connected to the river by way of a very small stream, where we may find flocks of greater ani, often seen following monkeys in search of insects disturbed by the monkeys’ foraging.

We enjoy a nighttime boat excursion for a chance to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife.

(B, L, D)

Estrella Amazonica cruise itinerary

Day 4: TUESDAY
Rio Pacaya - Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

Spend the day exploring this flooded realm, seeing wading birds such as herons, wattled jacanas and horned screamers. Venturing deep into the rainforest, tour an igapo (seasonally flooded forest), where plant life is very different from what we see along the main course of our Amazon cruise, and walk through the forest. Lucky guests may release turtle hatchlings.

A delicious lunch energizes us for afternoon excursions with our expert naturalists, where we may find scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks and red howler monkeys.

(B, L, D)

Estrella Amazonica cruise itinerary

Day 5: WEDNESDAY
Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

After an early breakfast, we board our excursion boats for access even further into the heart of these vast wetlands. As our Amazon Voyage adventure cruises the narrow waterways, we’ll find birds such as canary-winged parakeets and spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws. Primates also are fairly common, including noisy squirrel monkeys.

Once we arrive at a remote ranger station, enjoy a refreshing swim. Gradually make our way back to our riverboat through the maze of waterways. Enjoy an al fresco lunch and time to relax before our afternoon excursion. 

(B, L, D)

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Day 6: THURSDAY
Río Ucayali - Pacaya-Samiria Reserve 

This morning we head back downriver, with a morning wildlife-spotting excursion or other activity.

We visit a village along the river, with the chance to learn about the lives of the “Ribereño” people who live there. Accompanied by guides who grew up along the river, this is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through gardens learning about medicinal plants and folklore, visit a school, or join in a game of soccer. The children are especially excited to see their faces on digital cameras and to show off their school and sing Peruvian songs. Learn about medicinal plants and enjoy a blessing ceremony by a respected village shaman.

Back on board the ship, why not take advantage of the open-air top deck, learn to make traditional Peruvian dishes or enjoy an enriching lecture.

After dark, we’ll go out in our excursion boats to listen to the sounds of the rainforest and look for nocturnal wildlife.

(B, L, D)

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Day 7: FRIDAY
Amazon River 

Wake up early for a morning birdwatching excursion along the Yarapa River.

After breakfast, we try our hand at piranha fishing in Ubos Lake. Piranha are very common in the slower-moving water. With luck, we may catch red-breasted, white or black piranha, and feast on our catch this evening at dinner.

Once back aboard our Amazon River cruise ship, we enjoy a farewell dinner.

(B, L, D)

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Day 8: SATURDAY
Iquitos - Lima

In the morning, we disembark in Iquitos in time to catch the mid-morning flight to Lima.

End of services. We hope you have had a fantastic Amazonian adventure!

(B)


2018 ITINERARY

Day 1: SATURDAY
Iquitos - Embarkation - Amazon River

Today we fly to Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. Upon arrival you are welcomed at the airport and taken to the awaiting Amazon Star at the nearby port of Iquitos ready for embarkation.

5:00 pm There will be a welcome orientation and safety briefing on board before we begin sailing upstream along the Amazon River.

7:00 pm This evening you will be treated to your first of many sumptuous dinners that await you over the coming nights as well as a briefing on tomorrow's activities.

(D)

 

Day 2: SUNDAY
Amazon River - Yarapa River

6:00 am Early morning optional birding from the Bar Deck.

8:00 am Breakfast in the Dining Room.

9:00 am Boat exploration along the Amazon River.

11:45 am Talk: Overview of the activities during the voyage in the Lecture Room.

12:30 pm  Lunch in the Dining Room.

3:30 pm Boat exploration on the Yarapa River (Black water)

7:00 pm Dinner in the Dining Room followed by next day’s briefing.

(B,L,D)

 

Day 3: MONDAY
Yanallpa Creek - Village Visit - Dorado Creek

6:00 am Optional wildlife watching from the Bar Deck.

6:30 am Boat exploration on the Yanallpa Creek.

8:30 am Breakfast in the Dining Room         

9:30 am Local Village & School Visit with Handicraft Shopping.

12:30 pm Lunch in the Dining Room

3:00 pm Lecture: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve by Naturalist.

4:00 pm Fishing for Piranhas and nigh trip on the Dorado Creek.

8:00 pm Dinner in the Dining Room followed by the next day’s briefing.

(B,L,D)

 

Day 4: TUESDAY
Pacaya River - Yuracocha Lake

6:00 am Wake-up Call

6:30 am Breakfast in the Dining Room.

7:30 am Boat exploration along the Pacaya River to go in search of Red Howler Monkeys and other species of primates.

12:00 pm Lunch in the Dining Room.

3:00 pm Lecture: Source of the Amazon by Naturalist.

3:30 pm Boat exploration on the Yuracocha Lake to see Giant Water Lilies.

7:00 pm Dinner in the Dining Room followed by the next day’s briefing

(B,L,D)

 

Day 5: WEDNESDAY
Supay Creek - Shaman Visit - River Confluence

6:00 am Wake-up Call

6:30 am Breakfast in the Dining Room.

7:30 am Boat exploration on the Supay Creek to go in search of the Pigmy Marmoset.

11:30 am Talk: Amazon Tales by Naturalist.

12:00 pm Lunch in the Dining Room.

3:00 pm Shaman visit at San Jose de Paranapura Village.

5:00 pm Boat ride and Sunset by Confluence. (Ucayali & Marañon River)

7:00 pm Dinner in the Dining Room followed by the next day’s briefing

(B,L,D)

 

Day 6: THURSDAY
Nauta City - Jungle Walk - Pucate River

6:00 am Wake up call.

6:30 am Food Market visit at Nauta City

8:30 am Breakfast in the Dining Room.

9:30 am Nature walk on Terra Firme Forest at Casual

12:30 pm Lunch.

4:00 pm Kayaking and Swimming on the Pucate River in the National Reserve.

7:00 pm Dinner in the Dining Room followed by the next day’s briefing.

(B,L,D)

 

Day 7: FRIDAY
Yanayacu River (Picnic Breakfast) - Amazonian Cooking Class - Sundowner on the Amazon

6:00 am Wake up Call.

6:30 am Boat exploration on the Yanayacu River, including a Picnic Breakfast and Wildlife Observation.

12:30 pm Lunch on the third deck al fresco.

3:30 pm Cooking Class on the third deck.

5:00 pm Last boat ride on the Amazon and sundowner.

7:00 pm Farewell Dinner in the Dining Room

8:00 pm Crew Introduction and next day’s briefing.

(B,L,D)

 

Day 8: SATURDAY
Iquitos - Disembarkation - Iquitos Airport

5:00 am Wake up Call.
5:15 am Breakfast in the Dining Room.
6:00 am Guests disembark the ship.

End of services. We hope you have had a fantastic Amazonian adventure!

(B)


  • 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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