This four day cruise itinerary takes you along the Marañon River, deep into the remote and little-visited Pacaya Samiria Reserve - five million acres of protected, flooded forest.
Experience the first-class customer service of the Cattleya crew and delve into the spiritual world with a shamanic ceremony. A whole world of flora and fauna awaits you, and an experience you will never forget!
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: The Adventure Begins!
You will be met at the airport and comfortably transported 2 hours by road to the town of Nauta. Here you will embark our modern and newly built riverboat, the M/V Cattleya. Take some time to settle in, relax and have a drink as you get to know your fellow passengers. There will never be more than 8 guests, so you will have the opportunity to make life-long friends.
As safety is our priority, we will conduct a safety drill and explain everything you need to know about the riverboat to have a safe and exhilarating adventure. Savor the first of many authentic freshly prepared dinners by our talented chef as we begin our journey along the Amazon!
Day 2: Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve & Yanayacu Pucate River basin
Enjoy breakfast as we cruise along the Marañón River. Board our sturdy excursion boat for a day-long excursion in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest reserve in Peru and the second largest in the Amazon region. Travel by skiff from Yanayacu Creek to the remote Yarina Cocha.
As we explore deep in the jungle, you will experience the huge biodiversity that the rainforest is known for. Watch for monkeys, sloths, frogs, iguanas, gray and pink river dolphins, and a wide variety of bird species in their natural habitat. Examine and learn first-hand about the jungle plants – their unique survival tactics as they compete for sun and nutrients in the dense rainforest, the part they play in sustaining the complex balance of life in the jungle and the important medicinal value they offer.
After an invigorating day filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, witness a brilliant Amazon sunset as we return to the boat. After dinner, enjoy a pisco sour as you watch the dazzling star-filled sky with your new friends.
Day 3: Yanayacu Pucate River & Shaman Ceremony
In the morning we depart for our next adventure - a spectacular skiff tour along the Yanayacu Pucate River to hear and see the amazing sights and sounds of the rainforest as it awakes. After this breathtaking experience, enjoy lunch and some free time aboard the Cattleya. In the afternoon we will visit one of the local villages to gain a deeper insight into how people live in Amazon. We will get to meet a local shaman and participate in a traditional ceremony of spiritual healing. Before you depart, you will have the opportunity to view and purchase some of their handicrafts and delightful folk art.
Day 4: Disembark / Return to Iquitos
As we cruise slowly back down the Marañón River, we will come to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers, where the true Amazon River begins. Observe small villages that dot the river’s edge and catch a glimpse of the locals’ activities as they go about their day. At the confluence, the famous freshwater gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins frequently swim near the boat.
After a hearty breakfast we will board our sturdy excursion boats to explore the channels that weave through island mazes so we can get a closer look at the abundant wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, frogs, and an amazing variety of marsh birds.
We will reluctantly disembark in Nauta after our final lunch on board, and our guides will escort us back to the Iquitos airport in readiness for our journey home or continued travels!
- 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.