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Zafiro: 4-Day Cruise

4-Day Pacaya Samiria Cruise

This three-night itinerary is ideal for those on a tight timeframe who want to enjoy an authentic and intense snapshot of natural and human life of Amazonia.

Spend your days exploring the Amazon, Ucayali, and Yanallpa Rivers, and sail deep into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest in Peru.

Note:

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

Day 1: WEDNESDAY
Iquitos – Nauta – Embarkation - Maranon & Ucayali Rivers

Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport to transfer you by comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kilometers away where you will embark the Zafiro. Along the way, you will see vibrant "terra firma" (non-flooded forest) and various aspects of daily jungle life.

Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at our private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you. Aboard the Zafiro, you will be served by our qualified staff who will introduce you to your stylish suite.

While the Zafiro begins its initial navigation, you will enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation area located on our third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you with an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru.

Before dinner, participate in our routine safety drill and then head into the air-conditioned Indoor Lounge to meet the cruise director for your first briefing from our naturalist guides about the adventures ahead.

Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm and your first chance to savor the Amazonia-influenced cuisine on board the Zafiro.

Zafiro Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 2: THURSDAY
Ucayali, Yanallpa, Tapiche & Dorado Rivers – Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Yanallpa River Expedition. After breakfast, within the vast Amazon flooded forest, cruise along an amazing black water stream, as your guides tell you about the rainforest. We explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we float through this tunnel, our naturalist guides help you to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks.

Tapiche River Exploration. On the way back to the Zafiro we are going to explore the Tapiche River system and begin our guided jungle walk to learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, snakes, birds and more. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides identify for you the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise the Amazonia’s natural pharmacy.

Return to the Zafiro, followed by lunch. Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion. At 4:00 pm, take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the “Mirrored Forest” to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the vessel, our guides point out caimans and frogs in the water, and fishing bats overhead.

Return to the Zafiro around 7:30 pm followed by a delicious dinner.

In the Low Water Season (Jun-Oct) there will be an optional night excursion into Zapote creek to search for nocturnal wildlife species of bats and boa constrictors and look for great pottos, tarantulas, kingkajos, night jars and opossums. 

Zafiro Jacuzzi

Day 3: FRIDAY
Ucayali, Yarapa & Amazonas Rivers - Panguana Zone 2

Expedition to the Yarapa River. We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where grey and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. The people of Amazonia believe these very dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. On this excursion we will observe monkeys such as brown capuchin and saddle backed tamarin monkeys, birds such as fly catchers, trogons, wood peckers and more.

Return to the Zafiro at 12:00 pm, and begin sailing down river, toward Iquitos. Followed by lunch and siesta.

Cooking class experience at Panguana Zone 2. We will have our cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. We will learn by first-hand about Amazon cuisine and obviouly taste it too!

Return to the Zafiro. Once we are back on board, the ship continues downstream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night. Briefing in the Indoor Lounge and recap of your itinerary and wildlife sightings at 7:00 pm.

Dinner and Crew Presentation. After dinner, your 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 cruise experience

Zafiro Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 4: SATURDAY
Check Out – Disembark In Iquitos – Manatee Rescue Center

After early morning excursions you return to the Zafiro at 11:00 am, followed by an early lunch. Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before your onward journey.

Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer to the Airport. En route to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. See how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat.

Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30 pm. Your guides will assist you with the check-in and departure formalities until the time to board your flight back to Lima.


  • 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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