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         4, 5 and 8 Day Programs

This Cruise offers Last Minute & Early Bird Cruise Specials

Zafiro Amazon Riverboat

An exciting new Amazon Cruise boat that just began operation in October 2015. Programs operating to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This is sure to be one of the most popular Amazon cruises.

The Zafiro is a floating five-star hotel that will take you into the world of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Admire the beauty of the National Reserve while relaxing on the Observation Deck; let fly your imagination while in the Jacuzzi watching the sun set over the river and the forest, rest on the private balcony of your suite or on a soft bed listening to the bustle of the jungle; you can also relax with a massage or exercise in the gym.

Wildlife viewing on our comfortable excursion boats and jungle walks will keep you as active as you wish to be. Depending upon your Itinerary, you will also visit a riverside village or two.

Inspired by the tropical flavors of the Amazon, the food and beverages on the Zafiro are prepared with fresh local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner of a regional fusion cuisine, are served buffet style. Meals include a variety of salads and fruits and a selection of breads. We also offer vegetarian dishes and a children's menu, upon request made in advance. The meals are served in the dining room, where you can also enjoy bar service.

Zafiro Photos
4 Day
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5 Day
Itinerary
8 Day
Itinerary


Zafiro      2017 - Departure Dates
Month 4 Day / 3 Night
5 Day / 4 Night 8 Day / 7 Night
January        
February        
March        
April        
May        
June        
July   13, 26    
August   2    
September   20 16 16
October        
November     4  
December   6 30  


This Cruise offers Last Minute & Early Bird Cruise Specials

Zafiro      2017 Rates
Prices are per person in Double accommodations


4-day Pacaya-Samiria Cruise      Departs Wednesday

  • First Deck Suite: $3,119
  • Second Deck Suite with Balcony: $3,279
  • Master Suite: $3,439
  • Zafiro Suite with Balcony: $3,959

5-day Pacaya-Samiria Cruise      Departs Saturday

  • First Deck Suite: $4,079  
  • Second Deck Suite with Balcony: $4,329
  • Master Suite: $4,529
  • Zafiro Suite with Balcony: $5,229

8-day Pacaya-Samiria Cruise      Departs Saturday

  • First Deck Suite: $6,899
  • Second Deck Suite with Balcony: $7,299
  • Master Suite: $7,619
  • Zafiro Suite with Balcony: $8,679

FOUR interconnected Lower Deck Suites
for families. Cabins 5 & 7 and 6 & 8 connect.
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, based on double occupancy.
  • Single Supplement is 50% in addition to the adult rate.
  • Child Policy: 7 years old minimum on all departures.
  • Children aged 11 or under are eligible for a 30% discount from the adult rate.

 

Zafiro      2018 - Departure Dates
Month 4 Day / 3 Night
5 Day / 4 Night 8 Day / 7 Night
January   17    
February        
March        
April   25    
May        
June   6    
July     28  
August   1, 15, 29 11, 25 11, 25
September   26 22 22
October   10, 24 20 20
November   14, 28 24 24
December   5, 12, 19 1, 8, 15, 29 1, 8, 15, 29


This Cruise offers Last Minute & Early Bird Cruise Specials

Zafiro      2018 Rates
Prices are per person in Double accommodations


4-day Pacaya-Samiria Cruise      Departs Wednesday

  • First Deck Suite: $3,265
  • Second Deck Suite with Balcony: $3,430
  • Master Suite: $3,605
  • Zafiro Suite with Balcony: $4,135

5-day Pacaya-Samiria Cruise      Departs Saturday

  • First Deck Suite: $4,264
  • Second Deck Suite with Balcony: $4,524
  • Master Suite: $4,730
  • Zafiro Suite with Balcony: $5,460

8-day Pacaya-Samiria Cruise      Departs Saturday

  • First Deck Suite: $7,540
  • Second Deck Suite with Balcony: $7,956
  • Master Suite: $8,425
  • Zafiro Suite with Balcony: $9,565

FOUR interconnected Lower Deck Suites
for families. Cabins 5 & 7 and 6 & 8 connect.
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, based on double occupancy.
  • Single Supplement is 50% in addition to the adult rate.
  • Child Policy: 7 years old minimum on all departures.
  • Children aged 11 or under are eligible for a 30% discount from the adult rate.


    Included:
  • All meals while on board (arrival day: dinner, cruise days: all meals, departure day: breakfast & lunch) on board the Zafiro.
  • All excursions & equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos).
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to Iquitos.
  • Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
  • Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water; beer on board the Zafiro.

Zafiro      Specifications

Year of Manufacture 2015
Calling Port Iquitos, Peru
Registry Peru
Vessel Type River Cruise
Length 50 m
Beam 09.50 m
Draft 01.1 m / 3.61 ft
Gross Tons 620
Speed 11.8 knots
Electrical Power 110 / 220 volts
Main Engines 2 X Caterpillar-Olympian
(encapsulated for noise reduction)
Water Treatment System Capable of 1 cubic meter per hour
Safety Radio communication system with separate battery, satellite phone, life jackets, flare signals, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in each cabin, onboard defibrillator.
Boats Three auxiliary aluminum boats equipped with four-stroke, low emission engines (two engines each), constant radio communication with the ship, life jackets and flares. Two boats with capacity of 25 passengers each and one with capacity of 8 passengers.
Crew 20, including Cruise Director and 2 naturalist bilingual guides (English-Spanish).
Accommodation Up to 40 passengers with private facilities. With the ability to accommodate a child in each cabin.
Cabins Suites (16): 21 m sq / 226 ft sq
Panoramic view floor to ceiling windows. Second deck suites have balconies overlooking the Amazon River. Four interconnected suites ideal for families.

Master Suites (2): 23 m sq / 247.5 ft sq
With panoramic 90° front and side wrapping windows.

Zafiro Suite (1): 45 m sq / 480 ft sq
Panoramic 180° view floor to ceiling windows. Private balcony. Best of all - your own Jacuzzi.

All are air conditioned with en-suite bathroom and living room.
Cabin Features All suites on the vessel come with:

• Air- Conditioning
• Twin beds convertible to a King-size bed
• Suites’ sitting Area
• Private bathroom with Spanish shower
• Hot running water 24/7
• Basket of toiletries
• Hair dryer
• Safe Box
• Mini fridge
• Binoculars
Common Areas • Outdoor Lounge
• Outdoor Jacuzzi
• Indoor reading lounge
• Observation deck
• Exercise room
• Massage room
• Dining room
• Boutique


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On the river at night.
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View from a Master Suite
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Zafiro Suite
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Master Suite
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Suite
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Suite
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Dining Room
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Buffet
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Top Deck
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Top Deck
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Top Deck Jacuzzi
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Lounge
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Lounge
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Inside Bar
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Outside Bar

 


Zafiro Amazon Cruise - 4 Day/ 3 Night Itinerary

November – May (Rainy/High Water Season)
June – October (Dry/Low Water Season)

4 Day/ 3 Night Itinerary
November – May (Rainy/High Water Season)

Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, one of Peru´s largest reserves. Go piranha fishing, trek into the dense jungle in search of Amazon wildlife and birds, on night safaris and guided trips, visit local villages and learn about wildlife preservation efforts in Peru's Amazonia.

DAY 1 - Wednesday - IQUITOS – NAUTA – EMBARKATION - MARANON RIVER- UCAYALI RIVER
Fly Lima to Iquitos. Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport, then transfer all together by our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kilometers away. Nauta is literally the "end of the road" 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.
Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. 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, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers are all framed with a spacious private terrace we are sure you will enjoy to the fullest.

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. Then, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation to keep your eye out for, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.

The third deck features an entertainment center which offers use for film presentations, as well as extensive literature about the area (fauna, flora, etc.) There is also a completely equipped bar so you can test any combination of regional and international liquors and aromas that the bartender will be happy to provide for you to enjoy under the spell of the beautiful Amazonian afternoons and night, and the sweet breeze of the rainforest. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal.

Over the next four days, the Zafiro sails along the largest tributaries of the Amazon River, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself, towards remote destinations visited by only a few of even the world’s most experienced travelers. Before dinner, participate in our routine safety drill and then head into the air-conditioned Indoor Lounge to meet the cruise director and for your first briefing from our naturalist guides about the adventures ahead.

Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm. Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).
(Dinner)

DAY 2 - Thursday - UCAYALI RIVER - YANALLPA RIVER- TAPICHE RIVER - 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 into Tapiche River and begin our jungle walk guided by our guides 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.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 - Friday - UCAYALI RIVER - YARAPA RIVER - AMAZONAS RIVER - PANGUANA 2DA. ZONA
Expedition to the Yarapa River. We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. The people of the 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 in Panguana 2nd Zone. We will have our cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. We will learn by first-hand about the amazon cuisine and taste our Amazonian culinary art.

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 jungle experience.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - Saturday - CHECK OUT – DISIMBARK AT IQUITOS – CITY TOUR – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
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.

Either transfer to a hotel in Iquitos or 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.
(Breakfast)

Please note that changes and adjustments in the itinerary may occur due to weather conditions, river conditions, and/or airline issues. We suggest that you coordinate with the airline or travel agency through which you have organized your journey with us.

 

4 Day/ 3 Night Itinerary
June – October (Dry/Low Water Season)

Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, one of Peru´s largest reserves. Go piranha fishing, trek into the dense jungle in search of Amazon wildlife and birds, on night safaris and guided trips, visit local villages and learn about wildlife preservation efforts in Peru's Amazonia.

DAY 1 - Wednesday - IQUITOS – NAUTA – EMBARKATION - MARANON RIVER- UCAYALI RIVER
Fly Lima to Iquitos. Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport, then transfer all together by our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kilometers away. Nauta is literally the "end of the road" 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.
Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. 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, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers are all framed with a spacious private terrace we are sure you will enjoy to the fullest.

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. Then, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation to keep your eye out for, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.

The third deck features an entertainment center which offers use for film presentations, as well as extensive literature about the area (fauna, flora, etc.) There is also a completely equipped bar so you can test any combination of regional and international liquors and aromas that the bartender will be happy to provide for you to enjoy under the spell of the beautiful Amazonian afternoons and night, and the sweet breeze of the rainforest. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal.

Over the next four days, the Zafiro sails along the largest tributaries of the Amazon River, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself, towards remote destinations visited by only a few of even the world’s most experienced travelers. Before dinner, participate in our routine safety drill and then head into the air-conditioned Indoor Lounge to meet the cruise director and for your first briefing from our naturalist guides about the adventures ahead.

Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm. Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).
(Dinner)

DAY 2 - Thursday - UCAYALI RIVER - YANALLPA RIVER- TAPICHE RIVER - DORADO RIVERS – ZAPOTE - 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 into Tapiche River and begin our jungle walk guided by our guides 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.

As we make our way back to Zafiro, the sunset gives us an amazing show. Return to the Zafiro around 6:30 followed by a delicious dinner.

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.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 - Friday - UCAYALI RIVER - YARAPA RIVER - AMAZONAS RIVER - PANGUANA 2DA. ZONA
Expedition to the Yarapa River. We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. The people of the 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 in Panguana 2nd Zone. We will have our cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. We will learn by first-hand about the amazon cuisine and taste our Amazonian culinary art.

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 jungle experience.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - Saturday - CHECK OUT – DISIMBARK AT IQUITOS – CITY TOUR – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
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.

Either transfer to a hotel in Iquitos or 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.
(Breakfast)

Please note that changes and adjustments in the itinerary may occur due to weather conditions, river conditions, and/or airline issues. We suggest that you coordinate with the airline or travel agency through which you have organized your journey with us.

 


Zafiro Amazon Cruise - 5 Day/ 4 Night Itinerary

November – May (Rainy/High Water Season)
June – October (Dry/Low Water Season)

5 Day/ 4 Night Itinerary
November – May (Rainy/High Water Season)

A 4-night cruise exploring the wonderful Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon rivers and its tributaries towards the Sapote River, a buffered zone of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. While the expedition group enters in one of the greatest flooded forests of the world, you will see extraordinary wildlife, many species of primates, hundreds of exotic and colorful birds and groups of pink and gray dolphins only after a single day.

DAY 1 - Saturday - IQUITOS – AMAZON RIVER
Fly Lima to Iquitos. Your guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport, and transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the main wharf to board the Zafiro, your home for the next four nights.

Embarkation and check in aboard the Zafiro. Our qualified staff will introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Comfortable beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers, and a private balcony on each suite in the upper deck.

During the next five days the Zafiro will sail the Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon Rivers and their amazing tributaries bountiful in wildlife.

While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the national brandy liquor of Peru. Before dinner, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful details. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal.

Our vessels have an open policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time.

Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm. Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).

After the welcome dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy starwatching while we cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, or else relax with live music performed by our band on board enjoying a varied repertoire of Amazon, national and international music.
(Dinner)

DAY 2 - Sunday - AMAZON RIVER - YANAYACU OF YACAPANA- AMAZON BIRTH PLACE - PIRANHA CREEK - NAUTA CREEK – MARANON RIVER
Yanayacu of Yacapana Exploration. Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold drinking water are always available for you on board the skiffs. Early birdwatching into the native kukama reserve (yanayacu of yucapana). This reserve has about 17 black waters lakes, bountiful in wildlife and home of Ayacucho and San Juan native communities. This morning we will observe monkeys, parrots, macaws and learn more about nature.

Breakfast. Our lavish daily buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh-squeezed juices.

Amazon birth place expedition. After breakfast, the Zafiro skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin.

Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colorful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: piranha creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.

Return to the Zafiro at 11:30 followed by lunch, Peruvian inspired midday flares in our air-conditioning dining room, while we start to sail up the Maranon River.

Amazonian Philosophy Lecture. One of our naturalist guides will introduce you about the idiosyncrasy, beliefs and deep thoughts of the Amazonian people, such as the spirituality that is everywhere and not only on human beings.

Late Afternoon excursions to Nauta Creek within Pacaya-Samiria Reserve which is known as the mirrored forest, which makes perfect sense as you gaze upon its glistening black water lagoons. Our naturalist guides use their eagle eyes to help you spot toucans, parrots and macaws overhead and iguanas, sloths and monkeys among the soaring trees. On the way back to the Zafiro, the glorious sunset is reflected in these glistening waters.

Return to the Zafiro. Perhaps sip a pisco sour on the observation deck with a live music concert from our local band followed by another Peruvian- inspired dinner.

Optional Nocturnal boat ride to enjoy the symphony from the night and constellations, as well as search for caimans, tarantulas, boa constrictors and more.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 - Monday - YANAYACU OF PUCATE – YANAYAQUILLO CREEK - PERDIDA - TIGER RIVER -NAHUAPA
Yanayacu of pucate and Yanayaquillo exploration, followed by delicious breakfast aboard the skiffs. Early in the morning you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won´t be the only one enjoying our happy meal here.

Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 to enjoy a delicious lunch followed by heartwarming siesta.

If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!

In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about Geographical orientation in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about hydrography of rivers to explore sustainable species according to the natural resources of the area.

Perdida Creek Expedition. On this late afternoon excursion, you are going to have a skiff boat expedition into this beautiful creek, full of colorful birds, such us: Paradise tanager, masked crimson tanager, Wood peckers, awls, scarlet crowned barbet and enjoy the great symphony they create.

Return to the Zafiro for Dinner.

Night excursion into Tiger River to a place called Nahuapa. Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flow into the Maranon River owning hundreds of other small rivers flowing into the main Tiger River. We will explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa to look for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos and more. Wildlife is always active early in the morning, late afternoon and night, turning out into an amazing experience.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - Tuesday - MARANON RIVER - SAMIRIA RIVER - SAN MARTIN DE TIPISHCA
Samiria River expedition. After breakfast our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more.

Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 followed by lunch.

Amazon lecture. Learn about where the amazon name comes from, and flora and fauna that inhabit there. Village Visit. Meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca kukama community Amazonia at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewelry.

Tipishca Lake formed over 100 years ago by the Las Piedras River Cutting through the neck of a sharp meander. Lake Tipishca harbors good fish stocks, including piranha and catfish. Bird life on the lake is plentiful, the lake attracts many species which include, blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tiger-herons, wattle jacanas, amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black –collared hawk, black capped mocking thrush and yellow-rumped caciques. You might also spot hoatzins; red capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers.

Enjoy live music from our local band aboard the Zafiro followed by a splendid dinner.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 - Wednesday - MARANON RIVER - PAMPA CREEK - SHIRIYACU- CHECK OUT – DISEMBARK AT NAUTA – MANATEE RESCUE CENTER – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
Pampa creek expedition. Before breakfast early birdwatching. We follow its shoreline, sure to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neo-tropic cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and our favorite horned screamers.

Return to the Zafiro followed by breakfast. At 09:00 am, begins your expedition for fishing the famous piranhas into Shiriyacu stream, and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the amazon and ancestral traditions that we have been losing. This experience will give us the opportunity to formulate questions to the healer and know a bit more about our former traditions.

Return to the ZAFIRO at 11:30 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.

Either transfer to a hotel in Iquitos or 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.
(Breakfast)

Please note that changes and adjustments in the itinerary may occur due to weather conditions, river conditions, and/or airline issues. We suggest that you coordinate with the airline or travel agency through which you have organized your journey with us.

 

5 Day/ 4 Night Itinerary
June – October (Dry/Low Water Season)

A 4-night cruise exploring the wonderful Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon rivers and its tributaries towards the Sapote River, a buffered zone of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. While the expedition group enters in one of the greatest flooded forests of the world, you will see extraordinary wildlife, many species of primates, hundreds of exotic and colorful birds and groups of pink and gray dolphins only after a single day.

DAY 1 - Saturday - IQUITOS – AMAZON RIVER
Fly Lima to Iquitos. Your guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport, and transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the main wharf to board the Zafiro, your home for the next four nights.

Embarkation and check in aboard the Zafiro. Our qualified staff will introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Comfortable beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers, and a private balcony on each suite in the upper deck.

During the next five days the Zafiro will sail the Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon Rivers and their amazing tributaries bountiful in wildlife.

While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the national brandy liquor of Peru. Before dinner, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful details. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal.

Our vessels have an open policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time.

Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm. Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).

After the welcome dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy starwatching while we cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, or else relax with live music performed by our band on board enjoying a varied repertoire of Amazon, national and international music.
(Dinner)

DAY 2 - Sunday - AMAZON RIVER – AMAZON BIRTH PLACE- MARANON RIVER- NAUTA CREEK (PACAYA AND SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE)
Sunrise over the River. Catch your first glimpse of the Amazon, as you watch the sun come up over this vibrant world of wonderful wildlife. Early birdwatching in the middle of the Amazon River. This morning we will observe parrots, macaws and learn from nature. Early rising is always rewarding since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun.

Breakfast. Our lavish daily buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh-squeezed juices.

Amazon birth place expedition. After breakfast, the Zafiro skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin.

Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colorful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: Piranha Creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 - Monday - YANAYACU OF PUCATE – SAN JACINTO SHORT WALK - TIGER RIVER (NAHUAPA) - PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE
Yanayacu of pucate and Yanayaquillo exploration, followed by delicious breakfast aboard the skiffs. Early in the morning you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won´t be the only one enjoying our happy meal here.

Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 to enjoy a delicious lunch followed by heartwarming siesta.

If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!

In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about Geographical orientation in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about hydrography of rivers to explore sustainable species according to the natural resources of the area. Short walk expedition to San Jacinto Lake, searching for wildlife and learning about medicinal plants. San Jacinto is a lagoon in the Pacaya and Samiria national park surrounded by an amazing diversity of plants, insects etc. This morning we will learn about the green pharmacy to understand the importance of preserving what we have left, only in one bromeliad (air plant) we find over 400 different types of living organisms, and during this walk we will check those fallen ones and learn about them.

Return to the Zafiro and Dinner.

Night excursion into Tiger River to a place called Nahuapa. Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flow into the Maranon River owning hundreds of other small rivers flowing into the main Tiger River. We will explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa to look for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos and more. Wildlife is always active early in the morning, late afternoon and night, turning out into an amazing experience.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - Tuesday - MARANON RIVER - SAMIRIA RIVER - SAN MARTIN DE TIPISHCA
Samiria River expedition. After breakfast our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more. Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 followed by lunch.

Amazon lecture. Learn about where the amazon name comes from, and flora and fauna that inhabit there. Village Visit. Meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca kukama community Amazonia at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewelry.

Tipishca Lake formed over 100 years ago by the Las Piedras River Cutting through the neck of a sharp meander. Lake Tipishca harbors good fish stocks, including piranha and catfish. Bird life on the lake is plentiful, the lake attracts many species which include, blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tiger-herons, wattle jacanas, amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black –collared hawk, black capped mocking thrush and yellow-rumped caciques. You might also spot hoatzins; red capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers. Enjoy live music from our local band aboard the Zafiro followed by a sumptuous dinner.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 - Wednesday - MARANON RIVER - CHIRIYACU LAGOON - CHECK OUT – DISEMBARK AT NAUTA – MANATEE RESCUE CENTER– TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
Maranon River Exploration. Before breakfast, early birdwatching in our skiff boats among the Maranon River searching for bank species. The Maranon River it has a great outflow and many tributaries which give to its basin bountiful species.

Return to the Zafiro followed by breakfast. At 09:00 am, begins your expedition for fishing the famous piranhas into Shiriyacu stream, and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the amazon and ancestral traditions that we have been losing. This experience will give us the opportunity to formulate questions to the healer and know a bit more about our former traditions.

Return to the ZAFIRO at 11:30 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.

Either transfer to a hotel in Iquitos or 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.
(Breakfast)

Please note that changes and adjustments in the itinerary may occur due to weather conditions, river conditions, and/or airline issues. We suggest that you coordinate with the airline or travel agency through which you have organized your journey with us.

 


Zafiro Amazon Cruise - 8 Day/ 7 Night Itinerary

November – May (Rainy/High Water Season)
June – October (Dry/Low Water Season)

8 Day/ 7 Night Itinerary
November – May (Rainy/High Water Season)

A 7-night experience showcasing the mighty Amazon River's treasures. We navigate deep into the wildlife Pacaya Samiria Reserve for a real and safe adventure, in the hands of our expert naturalist guides, to spot the wonderful creatures of the amazon. Featuring: jungle walks, fishing, and birdwatching, exploring the Yacapana Islands, dolphin sightings, visits to local villages, the "Mirrored Forest", wildlife safaris by night and a visit to the Manatee Rescue Center.

DAY 1 - Saturday - IQUITOS – AMAZON RIVER
Fly Lima to Iquitos. Your guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport, and transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the main wharf to board the Zafiro, your home for the next four nights.

Embarkation and check in aboard the Zafiro. Our qualified staff will introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Comfortable beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers, and a private balcony on each suite in the upper deck.

During the next eight days the Zafiro will sail the Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon Rivers and their amazing tributaries bountiful in wildlife.

While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the national brandy liquor of Peru. Before dinner, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful details. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal.

Our vessels have an open policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time.

Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm. Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).

After the welcome dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy starwatching while we cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, or else relax with live music performed by our band on board enjoying a varied repertoire of Amazon, national and international music.
(Dinner)

DAY 2 - Sunday - AMAZON RIVER - YANAYACU OF YACAPANA- AMAZON BIRTH PLACE - PIRANHA CREEK - NAUTA CREEK – MARANON RIVER
Yanayacu of Yacapana Exploration. Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold drinking water are always available for you on board the skiffs. Early birdwatching into the native kukama reserve (yanayacu of yucapana). This reserve has about 17 black waters lakes, bountiful in wildlife and home of Ayacucho and San Juan native communities. This morning we will observe monkeys, parrots, macaws and learn more about nature.

Breakfast. Our lavish daily buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh-squeezed juices.

Amazon birth place expedition. After breakfast, the Zafiro skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin.

Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colorful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: piranha creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.

Return to the Zafiro at 11:30 followed by lunch, Peruvian inspired midday flares in our air-conditioning dining room, while we start to sail up the Maranon River.

Amazonian Philosophy Lecture. One of our naturalist guides will introduce you about the idiosyncrasy, beliefs and deep thoughts of the Amazonian people, such as the spirituality that is everywhere and not only on human beings.

Late Afternoon excursions to Nauta Creek within Pacaya-Samiria Reserve which is known as the mirrored forest, which makes perfect sense as you gaze upon its glistening black water lagoons. Our naturalist guides use their eagle eyes to help you spot toucans, parrots and macaws overhead and iguanas, sloths and monkeys among the soaring trees. On the way back to the Zafiro, the glorious sunset is reflected in these glistening waters.

Return to the Zafiro. Perhaps sip a pisco sour on the observation deck with a live music concert from our local band followed by another Peruvian- inspired dinner.

Optional Nocturnal boat ride to enjoy the symphony from the night and constellations, as well as search for caimans, tarantulas, boa constrictors and more.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 - Monday - YANAYACU OF PUCATE – YANAYAQUILLO CREEK - PERDIDA - TIGER RIVER -NAHUAPA
Yanayacu of pucate and Yanayaquillo exploration, followed by delicious breakfast aboard the skiffs. Early in the morning you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won´t be the only one enjoying our happy meal here.

Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 to enjoy a delicious lunch followed by heartwarming siesta.

If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!

In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about Geographical orientation in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about hydrography of rivers to explore sustainable species according to the natural resources of the area.

Perdida Creek Expedition. On this late afternoon excursion, you are going to have a skiff boat expedition into this beautiful creek, full of colorful birds, such us: Paradise tanager, masked crimson tanager, Wood peckers, awls, scarlet crowned barbet and enjoy the great symphony they create.

Return to the Zafiro for Dinner.

Night excursion into Tiger River to a place called Nahuapa. Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flow into the Maranon River owning hundreds of other small rivers flowing into the main Tiger River. We will explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa to look for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos and more. Wildlife is always active early in the morning, late afternoon and night, turning out into an amazing experience.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - Tuesday - MARANON RIVER - SAMIRIA RIVER - SAN MARTIN DE TIPISHCA
Samiria River expedition. After breakfast our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more.

Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 followed by lunch.

Amazon lecture. Learn about where the amazon name comes from, and flora and fauna that inhabit there. Village Visit. Meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca kukama community Amazonia at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewelry.

Tipishca Lake formed over 100 years ago by the Las Piedras River Cutting through the neck of a sharp meander. Lake Tipishca harbors good fish stocks, including piranha and catfish. Bird life on the lake is plentiful, the lake attracts many species which include, blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tiger-herons, wattle jacanas, amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black –collared hawk, black capped mocking thrush and yellow-rumped caciques. You might also spot hoatzins; red capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers.

Enjoy live music from our local band aboard the Zafiro followed by a splendid dinner.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 - Wednesday - MARANON RIVER- PAMPA CREEK - SHIRIYACU- NAUTA - YUCURUCHI
Pampa creek expedition. Before breakfast early birdwatching. We follow its shoreline, sure to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neo-tropic cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and our favorite horned screamers. Return to the Zafiro followed by breakfast. At 09:00 am, begins your expedition for fishing the famous piranhas into Shiriyacu stream, and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the amazon and ancestral traditions that we have been losing. This experience will give us the opportunity to formulate questions to the healer and know a bit more about our former traditions.

Lunch at 12:00 Noon. Share a last meal with fellow passengers who have taken the four-night journey. Myths and legends Lecture. One of our naturalist guides will explain the origin of myths and legends from the animistic point of view.

Late Afternoon excursion. We navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers, to admire the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, or Victoria Regias. Here, you become one of a very small number of people who have ever seen these plants bloom.

When the night falls, you will listen the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as nocturnal animals send their piercing calls across the canopy tree. As we take the skiffs back to the Zafiro, special spotlight torches help our naturalist guides to locate caimans, owls and capybaras.

Return to the Zafiro around 7:30 pm and enjoy a relaxing dinner with your table companions.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 - Thursday - UCAYALI RIVER - YANALLPA RIVER- TAPICHE RIVER - 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 into Tapiche River and begin our jungle walk guided by our guides 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.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7 - Friday - UCAYALI RIVER - YARAPA RIVER - AMAZONAS RIVER - PANGUANA 2DA. ZONA
Expedition to the Yarapa River. We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. The people of the 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 in Panguana 2nd Zone. We will have our cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. We will learn by first-hand about the amazon cuisine and taste our Amazonian culinary art.

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 jungle experience.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 - Saturday - CHECK OUT – DISIMBARK AT IQUITOS – CITY TOUR – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
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.

Either transfer to a hotel in Iquitos or 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.
(Breakfast)

Please note that changes and adjustments in the itinerary may occur due to weather conditions, river conditions, and/or airline issues. We suggest that you coordinate with the airline or travel agency through which you have organized your journey with us.

8 Day/ 7 Night Itinerary
June – October (Dry/Low Water Season)

A 7-night experience showcasing the mighty Amazon River's treasures. We navigate deep into the wildlife Pacaya Samiria Reserve for a real and safe adventure, in the hands of our expert naturalist guides, to spot the wonderful creatures of the amazon. Featuring: jungle walks, fishing, and birdwatching, exploring the Yacapana Islands, dolphin sightings, visits to local villages, the "Mirrored Forest", wildlife safaris by night and a visit to the Manatee Rescue Center.

DAY 1 - Saturday - IQUITOS – AMAZON RIVER
Fly Lima to Iquitos. Your guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport, and transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the main wharf to board the Zafiro, your home for the next four nights.

Embarkation and check in aboard the Zafiro. Our qualified staff will introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Comfortable beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers, and a private balcony on each suite in the upper deck.

During the next eight days the Zafiro will sail the Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon Rivers and their amazing tributaries bountiful in wildlife.

While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the national brandy liquor of Peru. Before dinner, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful details. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal.

Our vessels have an open policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time.

Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm. Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).

After the welcome dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy starwatching while we cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, or else relax with live music performed by our band on board enjoying a varied repertoire of Amazon, national and international music.
(Dinner)

DAY 2 - Sunday - AMAZON RIVER – AMAZON BIRTH PLACE- MARANON RIVER- NAUTA CREEK (PACAYA AND SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE)
Sunrise over the River. Catch your first glimpse of the Amazon, as you watch the sun come up over this vibrant world of wonderful wildlife. Early birdwatching in the middle of the Amazon River. This morning we will observe parrots, macaws and learn from nature. Early rising is always rewarding since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun.

Breakfast. Our lavish daily buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh-squeezed juices.

Amazon birth place expedition. After breakfast, the Zafiro skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin.

Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colorful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: piranha creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.

Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colorful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: Piranha Creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 - Monday - YANAYACU OF PUCATE – SAN JACINTO SHORT WALK - TIGER RIVER (NAHUAPA) - PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE
Yanayacu of pucate and Yanayaquillo exploration, followed by delicious breakfast aboard the skiffs. Early in the morning you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won´t be the only one enjoying our happy meal here.

Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 to enjoy a delicious lunch followed by heartwarming siesta.

If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!

In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about Geographical orientation in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about hydrography of rivers to explore sustainable species according to the natural resources of the area. Short walk expedition to San Jacinto Lake, searching for wildlife and learning about medicinal plants. San Jacinto is a lagoon in the Pacaya and Samiria national park surrounded by an amazing diversity of plants, insects etc. This morning we will learn about the green pharmacy to understand the importance of preserving what we have left, only in one bromeliad (air plant) we find over 400 different types of living organisms, and during this walk we will check those fallen ones and learn about them.

Return to the Zafiro and Dinner.

Night excursion into Tiger River to a place called Nahuapa. Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flow into the Maranon River owning hundreds of other small rivers flowing into the main Tiger River. We will explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa to look for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos and more. Wildlife is always active early in the morning, late afternoon and night, turning out into an amazing experience.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - Tuesday - MARANON RIVER - SAMIRIA RIVER - SAN MARTIN DE TIPISHCA
Samiria River expedition. After breakfast our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more. Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 followed by lunch.

Amazon lecture. Learn about where the amazon name comes from, and flora and fauna that inhabit there. Village Visit. Meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca kukama community Amazonia at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewelry.

Tipishca Lake formed over 100 years ago by the Las Piedras River Cutting through the neck of a sharp meander. Lake Tipishca harbors good fish stocks, including piranha and catfish. Bird life on the lake is plentiful, the lake attracts many species which include, blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tiger-herons, wattle jacanas, amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black –collared hawk, black capped mocking thrush and yellow-rumped caciques. You might also spot hoatzins; red capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers. Enjoy live music from our local band aboard the Zafiro followed by a sumptuous dinner.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 - Wednesday - MARANON RIVER- CHIRIYACU LAGOON- NAUTA - YUCURUCHI
Maranon River Exploration. Before breakfast early birdwatching in our skiff boats among the Maranon river searching for bank species. The Maranon river has a great outflow and many tributaries, which give to its basin bountiful species.

Return to the Zafiro followed by breakfast. At 9:00 am, begin your expedition for fishing the famous piranhas into Shiriyacu stream. and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the amazon and ancestral traditions that we have been losing, this experience will give us the opportunity to formulate questions to the healer and know a bit more about our former traditions.

Lunch at 12:00 PM. Share a last meal with your fellow passengers who have taken the five-night journey. Myths and legends Lecture. One of our naturalist guides will explain the origin of myths and legends from the animistic point of view.

Late Afternoon excursion. We navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers, to admire the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, or Victoria Regias. Here, you become one of a very small number of people who have ever seen these plants bloom.

When the night falls, you will listen the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as nocturnal animals send their piercing calls across the canopy tree. As we take the skiffs back to the Zafiro, special spotlight torches help our naturalist guides to locate caimans, owls and capybaras. Return to the Zafiro around 7:30 pm and enjoy a relaxing dinner with your table companions.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 - Thursday - UCAYALI RIVER - YANALLPA RIVER- TAPICHE RIVER - DORADO RIVERS – ZAPOTE - 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 into Tapiche River and begin our jungle walk guided by our guides 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.

As we make our way back to Zafiro, the sunset gives us an amazing show. Return to the Zafiro around 6:30 followed by a delicious dinner.

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.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7 - Friday - UCAYALI RIVER - YARAPA RIVER - AMAZONAS RIVER - PANGUANA 2DA. ZONA
Expedition to the Yarapa River. We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. The people of the 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 in Panguana 2nd Zone. We will have our cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. We will learn by first-hand about the amazon cuisine and taste our Amazonian culinary art.

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 jungle experience.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 - Saturday - CHECK OUT – DISIMBARK AT IQUITOS – CITY TOUR – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
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.

Either transfer to a hotel in Iquitos or 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.
(Breakfast)