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Spondias Amazon Cruise: Itineraries

4, 5 and 7-Day Amazon River cruise aboard the Intimate Spondias Expedition Boat 

 

These 4, 5 and 7-day itineraries aboard the Spondias cruise itinerary take 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 Spondias crew and delve into a whole world of flora and fauna. Your journey is guaranteed to be a personalized, intimate adventure you will not forget!

Note:

The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, and accessibility to locations, so touring may vary. 


Spondias Amazon Cruise

4-Days, 3-Nights Pacaya-Samiria Cruise

On this 4-day, 3-night cruise passengers will enjoy the impressive biodiversity of Peru's Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Sail up the Marañon river to discover the flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest. Enjoy bird-spotting while kayaking through the Amazon's tributaries and be prepared to be spoiled on-board with personalized service and delicious cuisine. 

2017 2018
JAN 4, 11, 18, 25
FEB 1, 8, 15, 22
MAR 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
APR 5, 12, 19, 26
MAY 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
JUN 7, 14, 21, 28
JUL 5, 12, 19, 26
AUG 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
SEP 7, 14, 21, 18 6, 13, 20, 27
OCT 5, 12, 19, 26 4, 11, 18, 25
NOV 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
DEC 7, 14, 21, 28 6, 13, 20, 27

* Cruises in red are on special offer

4-Day/3-Night – Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

DAY 1

Arrive to Iquitos in the afternoon.

Transfer by private car (1 hour and 20 minutes) to the town of Nauta and board the M/F Spondias. A welcome drink will be provided as soon as you board the ship, then the Naturalist guide will provide your cabin and explain all facilities of the ship and programs for the next days. We start to navigate upstream on the Marañon river.

DAY 2

5:30am– Wake up call.

6:00am– We start early today and set out to explore the impressive biodiversity of the area's unusual ecosystem. Look for a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic breakfast. Head out on a fishing trip like no other! Cast your line to see if you can catch "the most ferocious fish in the world” – the piranha. They are a dietary staple for many of the Amazon rainforest’s indigenous people.

11:30am– Return to the ship

12:30pm– Lunch

3:00pm– Explore Supay creek riding our Kayaks in this interesting natural scenic area spotting birds, huge trees, monkeys and river people while you paddle, a unique opportunity to be in touch directly with the rain forest by yourself. We will sail this afternoon with the daylight into the National Reserve exploring this interesting area, explore riding our Kayaks in this interesting natural scenic area spotting birds, huge trees, monkeys and river people while you paddle, a unique opportunity to be in touch directly with the rainforest by yourself. Enjoy a boat ride in the wild, and watch the forest become a different domain at night. Be on the lookout for bats, night birds, frogs, caimans, poison frogs, and a vast number of another species. See if our flashlights will reflect the ‘red eye shine’ of the caiman which will be caught by our naturalist.

7:00pm– Return to the ship.

8:00pm– Dinner

DAY 3

8:00am– Breakfast.

9:00am– After breakfast, our Naturalist guide will do an introductory discussion about shamanism to help understand the traditions of the people living in the rainforest. Get in touch with your spirit realm with a visit to a local shaman. Shamanism is practiced around the globe, and is universally distinguished by a trance state called shamanic ecstasy. In these "out of body" travels, the shaman enlists the spirit world to help him with a variety of duties, from healing the sick to assisting a deceased person's soul into the afterworld — all the while, the shaman remains conscious. Gain rare insight into the complexities of this phenomenon when you meet an actual practicing shaman in a river village. He'll introduce the group to his spiritual healing craft and talk about rainforest plants that indigenous peoples have been using for centuries.

11:30am– Return to the ship

12:30pm– Lunch on board

3:00pm– This afternoon you will pack your personal things as we will keep exploring this interesting area by motorized skiff. In the waters of this important tributary, you will see the wonders of the rainforest. Keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, and a variety of birds while exploring. At night, experience a jungle walk in the dark. Look for night animals: poison frogs, insects, bats and many others species of the jungle. We invite you to have this unique experience. Dinner will be serve out there as a picnic.

DAY 4

8:00am– Breakfast on board. Then we will navigate to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers which is known as the beginning of the main Amazon river, in this area we will observe interesting animals: gray and pink river Dolphin. The naturalist guide will present lectures about the Amazon on everything from the history and culture of the region to the Amazon’s flora and fauna.

11:30am– Return to the boat

12:30pm– Lunch and Disembarkation


Spondias Amazon Cruise Itinerary

5-Day, 4-Night or 7-Day, 6-Night Pacaya-Samiria Cruise Itineraries  

The 5-Day and 7-Day Spondias Amazon cruise itineraries depart Sunday of every week. These itineraries cruise deeper into the Amazon rainforest allowing passengers to further explore the region's flora, fauna and local communities. From piranha fishing to shaman ceremonies, and on-board personalised service, passengers are sure to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. 

2017 2018
JAN 7, 14, 21, 28
FEB 4, 11, 18, 25
MAR 4, 11, 18, 25
APR 1, 8, 15, 22, 19
MAY 6, 13, 20, 27
JUN 3, 10, 17, 24
JUL 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
AUG 6, 13, 20, 27 5, 12, 19, 26
SEP 3, 10, 17, 24 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
OCT 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 7, 14, 21, 28
NOV 5, 12, 19, 26 4, 11, 18, 25
DEC 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

*Cruises in red are on special offer

5-Day/4-Night – Amazon Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive to Iquitos in the afternoon, then transfer to Nauta (1 hour 25 minutes ride by a private car). A welcome drink will be provided soon as you board the ship, then our Naturalist guide will provide you your cabin and explain all facilities on the ship and programs for the next few days. We start to navigate upstream.

DAY 2

5:30am– Wakeup call and time for a cup of coffee and tea before your tour.

6:00am– Bird watching tour.

We start early today and set out to explore the impressive biodiversity of the area's unusual ecosystem. Look for a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic breakfast. Head out on a fishing trip like no other! Cast your line to see if you can catch "the most ferocious fish in the world” – the piranha. They are a dietary staple for many of the Amazon rainforest’s indigenous people.

12:00pm– Return to the ship

1:00pm– Lunch on board.

3:30pm– We will explore the nation reserve until the sun sets. Be on the lookout for bats, night birds, frogs, caimans, poison frogs, and a vast number of another species. See if our flashlights will reflect the "red eye shine" of the caiman which will be caught by our naturalist.

7:15pm– Return to the ship.

8:00pm– Dinner overnight on board.

DAY 3

8:00am– Breakfast.

9:00am– This morning is a full exploration expedition around the Nauta Caño Creek. Explore by skiff ride and by kayaks. Here you will spot birds, trees and monkeys while paddling through the Amazon’s tributary creeks. Visit a local village to learn about the traditions of the local people.

11:30am– Return to the ship

12:30pm– Lunch on board

3:00pm– This afternoon you will continue exploring the area by skiff boat. Keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, and a variety of birds while exploring. After sunset we will head out for a nocturnal jungle walk. Look out for night animals: poison frogs, insects, bats and many others species of the jungle. Overnight in Jungle.

DAY 4

8:00am– Breakfast on board

9:00am– Navigate to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers which is known as the beginning of the Amazon river. Here we will observe interesting animals: the gray and pink river Dolphin. Your naturalist guide will teach you the history and culture of the region. Walk along the banks of the river and explore the Yucuruchi region of the Amazon where you will have the opportunity to see the giant Victoria water lilies. You will also learn about medicinal plants, orchids, bromeliads and other interesting flora in this area.

11:30am– Return to the ship

12:30pm– Lunch

3:00pm– Explore the Ucayali river

6:00pm– Return to the ship

7:00pm– Dinner

DAY 5

8:00am– Breakfast

9:00am– Explore the Amazon River

11:30am– Return to the ship

12:00pm– Lunch and disembarkation

7-Day/6-Night – Amazon Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive to Iquitos in the afternoon, then transfer to Nauta (1 hour 25 minutes ride by a private car). A welcome drink will be provided soon as you board the ship, then our Naturalist guide will provide you your cabin and explain all facilities on the ship and programs for the next few days. We start to navigate upstream.

DAY 2

5:30am– Wakeup call and time for a cup of coffee or tea before we start the bird watching tour program by skiff.

6:00am– Bird watching program around the Tamishiacu area of the rainforest.

8:00am– Breakfast

9:00am– Pink Dolphin and wildlife observation around Lucero Pata area by skiff

11:30am– Return to the ship

12:00pm– Lunch

3:00pm– Explore the Yarapa river area looking for wildlife (monkeys, toucan, macaw, sloth etc.) by skiff.

6:00pm Return to the ship.

7:30pm– Dinner

DAY 3

8:00am– Breakfast

9:00am– We explore along the banks of the Ucayali River to the Yucuruchi region of the Amazon, and to have the opportunity to see the Victoria Regia water lily a gigantic aquatic plant. The naturalist guide will give lectures, and point out unique species of medicinal plants, orquid, bromeliads, different insects and other natural attractions of this area.

11:30am– Return to the ship

12:30pm– Lunch on board

3:00pm- This afternoon you will continue exploring the area by skiff boat. Keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, and a variety of birds while exploring. After sunset we will head out for a nocturnal jungle walk. Look out for night animals: poison frogs, insects, bats and many others species of the jungle. Overnight in the Jungle.

DAY 4

7:00am– Transfer from the jungle to the ship

8:00am– Breakfast on board

9:00am– Full exploration around the Sapuena creek area by skiff, visit a village where you will see how local people live in the jungle.

11:30am– Return

12:30pm– Lunch on board

3:00pm– Take an excursion by motorized skiff around the Yanallpa area to see the wonders of the rainforest. Keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, and a variety of birds while exploring.

6:00pm– Returns to the ship

7:30pm– Dinner

DAY 5

6:00am– Early morning wakeup call

6:30am– Arrive to the El Dorado river, part of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve early today and set out to explore the impressive biodiversity of this unusual ecosystem. Look for a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic breakfast. Head out on a fishing trip like no other! Cast your line to see if you can catch "the most ferocious fish in the world” – the piranha.

11:30am– Return to the ship

12:30pm– Lunch on board

4:30pm– We will explore the nation reserve until the sun sets. Be on the lookout for bats, night birds, frogs, caimans, poison frogs, and a vast number of another species. See if our flashlights will reflect the "red eye shine" of the caiman which will be caught by our naturalist.

7:30pm– Return to the ship

8:00pm– Dinner

DAY 6

6:00am– Wakeup call

7:00am– Breakfast

8:00am– Full exploration on the Yarapa black river water

11:30am– Return to the ship

12:30pm– Lunch on board

3:30pm– After breakfast, our Naturalist guide will do an introductory discussion about shamanism to help understand the traditions of the people living in the rainforest. Get in touch with your spirit realm with a visit to a local shaman. Shamanism is practiced around the globe, and is universally distinguished by a trance state called shamanic ecstasy. In these "out of body" travels, the shaman enlists the spirit world to help him with a variety of duties, from healing the sick to assisting a deceased person's soul into the afterworld — all the while, the shaman remains conscious. Gain rare insight into the complexities of this phenomenon when you meet an actual practicing shaman in a river village. He'll introduce the group to his spiritual healing craft and talk about rainforest plants that indigenous peoples have been using for centuries.

6:00pm– Return to the ship

7:00pm– Dinner

DAY 7

8:00am– Breakfast on board

9:00am– One last walk through the rainforest before disembarking the ship.


  • NOTICE:  The cruise schedule includes the latest information regarding your program, but last minute adjustments may occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather, site closure, or unexpected circumstances beyond our control. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the on-board tour staff.

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