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Perla: 4-Day Marañon Cruise

4-Day Perla Marañon Cruise Itinerary

4-Day Marañon Cruise

This great three-night adventure takes passengers along the Marañon River and into the wildlife-rich Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, providing a beautiful view of life in the Amazon and its wealth of exotic inhabitants.

During the day, fish for piranha, spot sloths and monkeys in the canopies, and relish in the comforts of the spacious social areas of the Perla. At night, go stargazing on the top deck, and listen to the sounds of the jungle!

Please remember the below itinerary is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.


Zafiro Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: WEDNESDAY
Iquitos - Nauta - Amazon River

The guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport with a Jungle Experiences sign for your transfer to Nauta to board the cruise M/V La Perla. As you enter into your cabin, which will be full equipped with everything you need, you will feel how this lifetime trip is about to start. The navigation will initiate in the Marañon River to the confluences of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers where the majestic Amazon begins. We suggest to take a time to go to the observation deck and enjoy the amazing panoramic view, the guides will be explaining the story of the Amazon’s origin.

After getting familiar with your new environment, you will be invited to the dining room for lunch, where you will experiment 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 question you might have.

After lunch, you will visit the Samiria Reserve to observe the Charapas turtles. Later at night, an excursion will be offered for 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 Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 2: THURSDAY
Yanayacu de Pucate - San Regis

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.

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 Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve which is known as the mirrored forest, which makes perfect sense as you gaze upon its glistening black water where you can observe lizards, frogs and different kinds of nocturnal animals. 

Zafiro Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 3: FRIDAY
San José de Zarapanga Shiriyucu - Kukama Prado - Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

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

We will visit Kukama Prado village to learn about ancient traditions and medicine used by the ancestors; in the Peruvian Amazon are different types of traditional medicine that maybe you have not heard before. 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.

In the afternoon, a boat excursion will be offer 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.

After dinner, our naturalist guides will introduce the crew members whom you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless jungle experience. 

Zafiro Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 4: SATURDAY
Disembark In Nauta - Manatee Rescue Center - Iquitos Airport

After breakfast on board we disembark in Nauta and begin retracing our steps. On our way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will also have the chance to pet and feed these kind manatees.

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.

Our land personnel will wait with you at the airport to assist you with departure formalities. Check-in at Iquitos International Airport before noon. We truly hope that you enjoyed your Amazon experience with us!


  • 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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