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La Perla

Authentic Amazon cruising in a fun and comfortable vessel tailor made for adventure.

Overview

The La Perla Amazon cruise ship, which was remodeled in 2016 in traditional Amazonian style, perfectly balances comfort with affordability. Thanks to a shallow draft, the La Perla explores remote locations that many other boats can not access, which permits up to 30 passengers to experience the Amazon’s biodiversity in a personal way.

Life Aboard The La Perla Amazon Cruise Ship

With 14 air-conditioned cabins, the light, airy rooms throughout the La Perla grant a sense of tranquility amid the wilderness. A range of social areas invite you to relax and enjoy the moment. On the upper deck, swing in a hammock, or perch in a sunbed. Both provide a front-row seat to nature’s spectacles as the boat cruises down the river at a top speed of eight knots.

Chat with your fellow passengers and relive the day’s adventures in either the indoor or outdoor lounge. Feeling peckish? Pop down to the dining room on the lower deck, where meals including local and international cuisine are on the menu. No matter where you spend time aboard the ship, 14 crew members, including a cruise director and a paramedic, provide top-notch service.

Excursions From Your La Perla Cruise

During either a four- or seven-day cruise through the Pacaya-Samiria National Preserve, two bilingual naturalist guides will help you discover the wildlife, plants, and communities of the region. The La Perla Amazon cruise ship sails in the company of two auxiliary boats holding 20 passengers each. Boat outings, including piranha fishing, nighttime caiman spotting, and cruises to see pink river dolphins, allow you to get closer to the mighty waters of the rainforest.

Jungle treks are opportunities to watch for the area’s 200 bird species and 7,300 types of flowering plants. The four-day cruise along the Marañon River offers the chance to see the rainforest from high above the forest floor. Walk over a series of suspension bridges nestled in the treetops. Then, engage in spiritual reflection while meeting a local Shaman to learn about the area’s religions and the medicinal plants that grow in the rainforest. Before you leave, participate in a ceremony to plant a tree as a way to thank Mother Nature for this one-of-a-kind holiday.

Local Team With Local Knowledge

La Perla began life as a missionary-led medical ship visiting riverside villages. Today, the boat has undergone a transformation, and the crew is made of local Amazon people who have spent a lifetime getting to know the area. This local knowledge means you will have access to the most memorable and authentic experiences in the Amazon.

The crew is also dedicated to enhancing the lives of local inhabitants while protecting the ecosystem. With this focus in mind, the crew of the La Perla cruise ship seeks to contribute to sustainable tourism and support local economies while creating one-of-a-kind passenger experiences.

Cruises aboard the La Perla appeal to a wide range of travelers. Families will appreciate interconnecting Amazon View cabins, which share a large balcony. Plus, the itineraries are filled with activities that do not require physical effort. Whether you are a family with children, adults looking for soft adventure, or a solo traveler on a journey of self-discovery, La Perla offers just what you need.

Itineraries & Prices

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4-Day
4-Day
7-Day

4 Day / 3 Night - Marañon River

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Upon arrival at the airport, we will be waiting for you to take you to the Hilton Iquitos DoubleTree hotel, where you will receive your first orientation talk about the adventure you are about to begin! Then, we will head in a private vehicle to the city of Nauta, the historical fluvial port where we board the ship. 

Before we arrive at Nauta, we will explore Iquitos, a colorful and dynamic city with a captivating history. Here, you will appreciate the most emblematic local attractions and for those who wish, enjoy a snack. 

PM: Once in Nauta, we will board the Perla cruise ship and our staff will accompany you to your cabin, equipped especially for you, with all the comfort you need for a pleasant trip. We initiate the trip and head towards the confluence of the rivers Marañon and Ucayali, the rainforest’s majestic location where the Amazon River is born. Next, our naturalist guides will present the travel plan, the programmed activities, and best of all - they will begin to introduce you to the extraordinary world of the Amazon’s wildlife. Pay attention to their advice and recommendations, and keep in mind that if you have any doubts or questions, our guides are here to help you. 

Following the presentation aboard, we will have a welcome lunch, your first experience with the delights of regional cuisine. The menu offers various options, including a vegetarian alternative. If you have any particular restrictions or requirements, please let our crew know in advance so we can take care of it as soon as possible.

Afterwards, we will start a boat outing in the direction of the Communal Reserve of Yanayacu de Yacapana to explore its amazing flora and fauna. Towards the evening, we will go in search of animals that can only be seen when the night falls: caimans, bats, frogs, tarantulas, and other species found in our rainforest’s lush mounts. After this first immersion in the Peruvian Amazon’s universe, we will go back to the ship to enjoy dinner, get some rest, and recuperate energies.

Perla’s 4-Day Marañon Itinerary Day One - Embarkation.
Location
Iquitos - Amazon River
Day
1 / 4

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Marañon River, Yanayacu of Pucate, San Regis & Amazon Natural Park

AM: In the morning, we will organize a fun picnic breakfast on the Yanayacu de Pucate River, one of the most protected and preserved areas of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This area is usually visited by pink dolphins and is ideal for small boats. Kayaks are available at your disposal so you can live the experience of rowing in one of the most beautiful aquatic ecosystems in the world. Also, if you want, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the river. 

PM: After lunch on board, we will start a walk through the rainforest towards the suspension bridges, a set of structures outstretched high in the trees. Here you can walk among the leafy tops and admire the richness of the jungle from a unique and elevated perspective. 

Later, we will go to meet the shaman of San Regis, a sage from the native community who will share with us their knowledge about the rituals of his ancestors, medicinal plants, and the Amazonian worldview. Our guides will be the interpreters in case you have some questions or comments for the shaman. After this authentic experience of spiritual reflection and exploration, we will continue with the ceremony of planting a tree, as a contribution to protecting our environment. Back on the ship, we will enjoy a peaceful evening with music and comforting dinner.

Perla’s 4-Day Marañon Itinerary Day Two - Kayaking on the Amazon river.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 4

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, San Jose de Zarapanga, Shiriyacu, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve & Puerto Prado

AM: We will start this morning with breakfast and then head on a boat expedition with destination to the Shiriyacu river stream. Once there we will look for the perfect spot for piranha fishing. We will use local equipment and local techniques. Back on the ship, we will have a lecture on techniques and tools for geographic orientation in the rainforest. If you prefer, you can take a rest until lunchtime. 

PM: Following snacks, we will head to Puerto Prado where we will visit the native community Kukama Prado and learn about their traditions and ancestral practices. We will participate in a culinary demonstration and taste typical regional dishes. We will also go to the small market where the women from the community offer their hand made creations. If you wish, you can buy crafts and other products and, in that way contribute to the local economy. Next, we will go on a walk by the mount to observe the “Victoria Regias”, the largest water lily in the world. 

Upon returning to La Perla, we will reserve a spot to contemplate the sunset. We especially recommend that you relax and enjoy this moment, as few experiences compare to watching the sunset on the deck, sailing on a mighty Amazonian river, and observing endless colors on the horizon. We will then wait for the night to come and allow us to hear the prodigious symphony of the millions of animals that populate the forests and waters of this jungle. Late into the night, we will enjoy some live music before the crew’s final presentation and the farewell dinner.

Perla’s 4-Day Marañon Itinerary Day Three - Community Visit.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: After breakfast, we begin to disembark. On the way to the airport, stop by the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA), where biologists and volunteers take care of manatees (an endangered species) rescued by the authorities. We’ll see how the manatees are cared for and prepped for reinsertion into their natural habitat. We also get to see other animals that have been rescued from attempts to turn them into pets and other dangerous situations.

Afterward, you will be transferred to Iquitos airport for your departure flight back to Lima.

Perla’s 4-Day Marañon Itinerary Day Four - Caimans.
Location
Amazon River - Iquitos
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

4 Day / 3 Night - Ucayali River

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Upon arrival at the airport, we will be waiting for you to take you to the Hilton Iquitos DoubleTree hotel, where you will receive your first orientation talk about the adventure you are about to begin! Then, we will head in a private vehicle to the city of Nauta, the historical fluvial port where we board the ship. 

Before we arrive at Nauta, we will explore Iquitos, a colorful and dynamic city with a captivating history. Here, you will appreciate the most emblematic local attractions and for those who wish, enjoy a snack. 

PM: Once in Nauta, we will board the Perla cruise ship and our staff will accompany you to your cabin, equipped especially for you, with all the comfort you need for a pleasant trip. We initiate the trip and head towards the confluence of the rivers Marañon and Ucayali, the rainforest’s majestic location where the Amazon River is born. Next, our naturalist guides will present the travel plan, the programmed activities, and best of all - they will begin to introduce you to the extraordinary world of the Amazon’s wildlife. Pay attention to their advice and recommendations, and keep in mind that if you have any doubts or questions, our guides are here to help you. 

Following the presentation aboard, we will have a welcome lunch, your first experience with the delights of regional cuisine.In the afternoon, we will start a boat outing in the direction of the Communal Reserve of Yanayacu de Yacapana to explore its amazing flora and fauna. 

Towards the evening, we will go in search of animals that can only be seen when the night falls: caimans, bats, frogs, tarantulas, and other species found in our rainforest’s lush mounts. After this first immersion in the Peruvian Amazon’s universe, we will go back to the ship to enjoy dinner, get some rest, and recuperate energies.

Perla’s 4-Day Ucayali Itinerary Day One - Embarkation.
Location
Iquitos - Amazon River
Day
1 / 4

Yanayacu de Yacapana, Yarapa Agua Negra, Ucayali River, Vista Alegre Village & Piranha Creek

AM: At dawn, we will take a boat to go back to the Communal Reserve of Yanayacu de Yacapana and observe the beautiful Amazon birds that fill the bushy treetops: parrots, macaws, among many others. We will also see sloths (lazy bears), iguanas, monkeys and, of course, the pink and red dolphins which have made this place so popular. A true natural scenery of color and life in the heart of the rainforest. 

After this exciting outing and back on the ship, we will enjoy the delicious buffet breakfast which daily offers a selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, freshly baked home-made products, and a variety of fresh fruit juices prepared with exotic rainforest fruits which you can only taste in this region. 

Having finished breakfast, we are ready to initiate a new boat outing, this time in the Yarapa River, in search of new impressive sceneries and more emblematic Amazon species. Next, we will visit the Vista Alegre village and learn about its local native community and their traditions having our guides as interpreters and translators. We will also have the opportunity to visit a butterfly farm.

PM: Back at the Perla, we will have lunch in the ship’s dining room. After taking some rest, our guides will offer a talk on the origin and the peculiarities of the Amazon River, the largest river by discharge of water volume in the world. In the afternoon, we will sail by boat along the Nauta Creek until we find the perfect place to fish piranhas, those famous river fish with razor-sharp teeth. To make the moment more special, we will use traditional equipment techniques, unique to the region. 

Back on the ship, you will have time to relax with live music while we wait for dinner. After dinner, prepare yourself for our last outing of the day: a new walk to continue sightseeing nocturnal animals and delighting ourselves with the spectacular natural concert, only possible thanks to the amazing gift offered by our Amazon evenings.

Perla’s 4-Day Ucayali Itinerary Day Two - Fishing in the Amazon river.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 4

Marañon River, Marayali, Pahuachiro & Casual

AM: The early morning hours have a special feeling to connect ourselves with the rainforest and are a unique opportunity to do some birdwatching. On this third morning, we have programmed for you a boat outing before breakfast. This time, our destination will be the Marayali river stream, a privileged area for birdwatching numerous endangered species. Back aboard, buffet breakfast will be served and will be followed by an exploration outing in the Pahuachiro area, another gem to appreciate Amazon biodiversity. 

PM: At noon, lunch is served, then you will have some time to rest and prepare for our next adventure, a walk by the rainforest’s winding trails. Previous to this activity, our guides will offer a practical talk on geographical orientation techniques and resources for this type of territory. The walk will be in the beautiful area of Casual, inhabited by poisonous frogs and countless exotic species. In this area, we can also observe a variety of gigantic trees, known by the locals as “Avatar”.

Before returning to La Perla, still in the mount, we will enjoy the wonderful light and the unique colors that unfold in the sky of these latitudes during sunset. Back on the ship, we will relax with live music and a comforting and delicious dinner aboard.

Perla’s 4-Day Ucayali Itinerary Day Three - Skiff Excursions.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: After breakfast, we begin to disembark. On the way to the airport, stop by the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA), where biologists and volunteers take care of manatees (an endangered species) rescued by the authorities. We’ll see how the manatees are cared for and prepped for reinsertion into their natural habitat. We also get to see other animals that have been rescued from attempts to turn them into pets and other dangerous situations.

Afterward, you will be transferred to Iquitos airport for your departure flight back to Lima.

Perla’s 4-Day Ucayali Itinerary Day Four - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River - Iquitos
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

7 Day / 6 Night - Marañon & Ucayali

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: The guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport for your transfer to Nauta to board the cruise. As you enter your cabin, fully equipped with everything you need, you will feel how this once-in-a-lifetime trip is about to start. The navigation will initiate in the Marañon River to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers where the majestic Amazon begins. We suggest taking the time to go to the observation deck and enjoy the amazing panoramic view, where the guides will be explaining the story of Amazon’s origin.

During the next days, you will be navigating through the Marañon and Ucayali rivers, then through the Amazon and its amazing confluences full of wildlife.

PM: After getting familiar with your new environment, you will be invited to the dining room for lunch, where you will experiment with our exquisite regional gastronomy, a delicious flavor celebration. Later, our guides will provide a general briefing about the trip itinerary, activities, routes, wildlife, and vegetation. Our guides will be attentive to help you with any questions you might have.

After lunch on board, you will have an afternoon-night excursion for searching wildlife in the communal reserve of Yanayacu de Yacapana. During the excursion, you will observe the biggest water plant in the world (Victorias Regias), birds, lizards, sloths, beautiful pink dolphins, and other animals. At the end of the night, the guides will use the lanterns to locate caimans, owls, and capybaras.

Upon returning, a reception with live music by the Ship Band awaits for you to enjoy the local music followed by a welcome dinner. Once dinner is finished, the guides will invite you to a lecture about the Amazon origins. 

Perla’s 7-Day Itinerary Day One - Embarkation.
Location
Iquitos - Amazon River
Day
1 / 7

Yanacu de Yacapana, Ucayalí River & Viste Alegre

AM: Early call in the morning with a serenade to enjoy the beautiful sunrise from the Amazon river. A small trek will take place to observe the birds of the communal reserve Yanayacu de Yacapana, sunrise is the best time of the day for bird sightseeing. This morning we will also be observing macaws, sloths, monkeys, toucans, trogons, quetzals, parrots among others. We will return to have a delicious breakfast as the ship sails to the Ucayali.

Later, there will be a morning excursion to explore the tributaries rivers, like the Yarapa where you can observe a variety of reptiles as iguanas, sloths, and others. We will be back to the ship to enjoy our delicious lunch and breath the purest air ever.

PM: In the afternoon, there will be a retelling of the geographical orientation and the species that we have been observing throughout the day. We will visit the butterfly farm project of Vista Alegre, where you will learn about the Amazon butterflies and their importance in the jungle. You will be amazed at the relevance they have.

You will be back on board for dinner and for enjoying live music. You can’t miss this! A chilling and interesting excursion will be offered at night, based on the search of caymans, snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, anacondas, and nocturnal monkeys. If you don’t want to participate, you can rest upon the moonlight enjoying the nature sounds and drinking pisco sour on board.

Perla’s 7-Day Itinerary Day Two - Sloth Sighting.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 7

Yarapa River, Piranha Creek & Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

AM: This morning we get ready to navigate through the black waters of the Yarapa River, where we will search for wildlife, enjoying the amazing landscape of the jungle. After the excursion, a delicious breakfast will be served on board.

We will continue sailing through the paths of the Ucayali upon the high confluence of the Marañon river until we arrive at Piranha Creek (one of the first tributaries of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve). This morning there will be a boat excursion to explore Piranha creek. This area is great for piranha fishing. Once the excursion is finished we will return to the ship to have lunch on board.

PM: Later, there will be a trekking tour in the jungle, where we will learn about medicinal plants. We will be looking for exotic insects of the Amazon-like tarantulas, frogs, spiders, and a multitude of species never seen before. Before returning to the ship, our naturalists will teach us about basic survival in the jungle.

Back on board, you will be welcomed with live music. Then, you will enjoy an exquisite dinner, it’s time to relax and appreciate the beauty of the Peruvian Amazon. 

Perla’s 7-Day Itinerary Day Three - Piraña Fishing.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 7

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Marañón River & Ucayali River

AM: After an energetic breakfast, we will visit one of the local coastal families. They will share their traditions and culture with you. This once in a lifetime experience will allow you to see life from another perspective.

PM: During lunch, the ship will start to sail on the Marañon River. In the afternoon, we will visit the Samiria Reserve to observe the Charapas turtles. Later at night, we embark on an excursion searching wildlife in the Amazon.

Back to the ship our naturalist guides will share more information and enrich the experiences of the day. You will be able to enjoy the local music followed by an exquisite dinner. 

Perla’s 7-Day Itinerary Day Four - Community Visit.
Location
Amazon River
Day
4 / 7

Yanayacu de Pucate & San Regis

AM: This morning, you will explore Yanayacu de Pucate and enjoy a picnic breakfast in the Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve accompanied by nature. Some pink dolphins might enrich the panorama. Also, it’s possible to observe blue and yellow macaws, toucans, and different types of monkeys. You will have a canopy walk where we will look for wildlife and enjoy the breathtaking view.

PM: After lunch on board, a ceremony will be held with shamans in St. Regis will take place, where you will learn about the ancient secrets of the rainforest. Later, you will be part of the tree planting ceremony.

Before dinner, a reception with live music will be held by the ship band. In the warm night, you can be part of the boat ride through Nauta Creek within the Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve, known as the mirrored forest. Gaze upon its glistening black water where you can observe lizards, frogs, and different kinds of nocturnal animals. 

Perla’s 7-Day Itinerary Day Five - Macaw Sighting.
Location
Amazon River
Day
5 / 7

San José de Zarapanga Shiriyucu, Kukama Prado & Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

AM: After a delicious breakfast, we head for the black water stream of San José de Zarapanga, 'Shiriyacu' to fish for piranhas. Using traditional and local techniques you will be surprised by the many ways there is to fish!

We will also visit Kukama Prado village to learn about ancient traditions and medicine used by our ancestors. Then, you will be part of a cooking demonstration, where you can learn about local techniques and the variety of vegetables and dishes that exists in the Peruvian Amazon.

PM: In the afternoon, a boat excursion will be offered before sunset in the Amazon River, where we can hear the sounds of wildlife, colors, and symphony. At the same time, we will look for caymans, frogs, tarantulas, snakes, and anacondas.

Perla’s 7-Day Itinerary Day Six - Amazonian Cooking Classes.
Location
Amazon River
Day
6 / 7

Disembarkation

AM: After breakfast, we begin to disembark. On the way to the airport, stop by the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA), where biologists and volunteers take care of manatees (an endangered species) rescued by the authorities. We’ll see how the manatees are cared for and prepped for reinsertion into their natural habitat. We also get to see other animals that have been rescued from attempts to turn them into pets and other dangerous situations.There's even time for a brief city tour around Iquitos to see the famous houses dating from the rubber boom era, such as the Iron House, Belen Market, and more.

Afterward, you will be transferred to Iquitos airport for your departure flight back to Lima.

Perla’s 7-Day Itinerary Day Seven - Dismbarkation.
Location
Amazon River - Iquitos
Day
7 / 7
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Bar
Dining
Hall
Lecture Room
Observation Deck
Outdoor Lounge
Red and green cocktail on the bar
A couple dining
Indoors sitting area
Passengers relaxing at the lounge
Open air deck with hammocks and sitting area
A couple relaxing on the outdoor deck

Suites & Cabins

Perla's Superior Cabin.

Superior Cabin

Guests
3
Size
20 m² / 215 ft²
Beds
King / Twin

Discover the secrets of the Amazon through the panoramic windows that come with these cabins. The cabins are spacious enough to accommodate double or triple occupancy if the need arises. Enjoy the hot showers in the bathroom, plus the amenities basket provided to all guests.

Perla’s Amazonian View Cabin - Twin.

Amazonian View

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 173 ft²
Beds
Queen / Twin

Located on the second deck, they offer a great view of the Amazon through the windows. Relax on the shared balcony to experience that tropical rainforest climate. The rooms feature a wardrobe, a dresser, and a drawer where you can easily arrange your belongings.

Perla's Standard Cabin - Queen.

Standard Cabin

Guests
2
Size
14 m² / 151 ft²
Beds
Queen / Twin

Standard cabins are spacious with panoramic windows allowing natural light inside. These rooms are air-conditioned, and the bathrooms are equipped with a hairdryer, an amenities basket, and a hot shower to make your stay more comfortable.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Perla detailed Deck plan

Features

  • Cabins with balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Lecture room
  • WIFI available
  • Kosher Meals
  • Medical staff

Equipment

  • Satellite phone
  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Fishing equipment
  • Yoga mats
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details