Perla: 4-Day Ucayalí Cruise

4-Day Ucayalí Cruise

This 3-night riverboat cruise gives us a chance to get a real feeling for life in Amazonia as we explore the wonderful Amazon and Ucayalí Rivers.

Witness the natural bounties of some of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve on this extraordinary rainforest voyage.

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

Iquitos - Nauta - Amazon River

After being met and greeted at Iquitos Airport by the Perla logistical staff, we proceed on a 1.5-hours bus transfer to the Perla's private pier in the port town of Nauta, and begin embarkation.

After check-in we'll have the first of many delicious lunches on board.

We'll reveive a brief orientation about the Amazon adventure that awaits us, while the ship starts sailing down the Marañon River to the confluence of Marañon and Ucayali Rivers where the Amazon River starts and where we'll have a first excursion - right at the birthplace of the Amazon.

This afternoon we'll head out on a boat excursion looking for wildlife into the communal reserve of Yanayacu of Yacapana. You will get the chance to appreciate Giant water lilies, birds, iguanas, sloths, the beautiful pink dolphins and much more.

Upon returning to the Ship we'll receive a lecture by our naturalist guides and enjoy a welcome reception with live music.

Dinner on board and overnight on the Amazon River. 

Perla Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Amazon River - Yarapa River - Ucayali River

After an early wake up call we enjoy a birdwatching excursion into the Yanayacu of Yacapana communal reserve. This morning we will see macaws, sloth, monkeys, toucans, fly catchers, trogons, parakeets and more.
We return to the Perla for breakfast on board. We turned to sail up the Amazon River and into the Ucayali River.
Later we head out on a morning boat excursion to explore the tributaries of the Yarapa River looking for wildlife.
Lunch will be served on board followed by a geographical orientation and short talk about the Amazon by the naturalist on board.

This afternoon we pay a visit to the butterfly farm project of Vista Alegre Communal Reserve. On this trip we will learn about the butterflies from the Amazon and the importance of them in the rainforest.

We head back to the ship for a fun reception with live music and dinner.

There will be an optional night boat for excursion to search caimans, snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, anacondas, night monkeys and much more, for those that dare! 

Zafiro Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Ucayalí River - Marañon River - Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

After an early morning wake-up call, we get ready to explore the black waters of the Yarapa River, famed for its abundant wildlife.

After breakfast on board we keep sailing down the Ucayali, back to the confluence and begin sailing up the Marañon River. We enjoy a boat ride along Piranha Creek, one of the first tributaries located within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Lunch on board.

This afternoon we head out on a jungle walk in the Casual Communal reserve to learn about medicinal plants and search for insects, tarantulas and frogs. We'll even learn basic survival in the forest with our expert naturalists - just in case!

After returning to the Ship we'll receive a lecture by our naturalist guides before enjoying a reception with live music and dinner on board. 

Zafiro Amazon Cruise Itinerary

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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The Johannson family encounter a sloth on their rainforest cruise.
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