Amazon Discovery Expedition
3-Night/4-Day Cruise Program
(Sample Program Itinerary)
Iquitos is a bustling river city
and the largest in the Peruvian Rainforest. The
Metropolitan area has 600,000 people living in its four districts.
During the 20th century the city attracted many Europeans
immigrants; they contributed to a period of great wealth and
social and commercial development. The rubber boom and the
associated need for a large workforce had a significant negative
effect on the indigenous population. Slavery and gross human
rights abuses were widespread, and in some areas 90% of the Indian
population was wiped out.
Transfer by coach to Embarkation
port at the Itaya River just front of Iquitos City. Embark
ship. After a short orientation and Happy Hour, enjoy your
first night’s dinner onboard.
Tahuayo and Yarapa River and creeks
AM: Tahuayo River
This morning we will have the
chance to search for the most elusive and exotic fresh water pink
river dolphin, medium sized, long snout and little or no dorsal
fin you will see that they are really pink, This is a favorite
feeding spot for these dolphins. Opportunity to jump into
the dark waters and enjoy a refreshing swim in this pristine area.
PM: Yarapa River and creeks
Another tributary of the Amazon
River, along Yarapa River, you will explore its shores and small
creeks in search of rare and unusual Amazonian wildlife.
Small monkeys, birds, and iguanas are just some of the creatures
on our list. Tropical flowers and plants grow wild along the
riverbanks, allowing you to witness the marvelous dynamics of the
Cano Piranha or Marayali / Tamishiyacu Creek / San Francisco Village
AM: Amazon Headwaters,
skiff exploration at Cano Piranha or Marayali, San Francisco
This morning you awake in the
historic place of the Peruvian Amazon where the Ucayali & Marañon
Rivers merge and give birth to the mighty Amazon River.
After exploring the area, visit the community named San Francisco
where you can stroll around the small village, seeing the local
people’s houses and how simple their daily life is. You will
be warmly greeted by lots of happy and smiling children and an
opportunity to visit the school (pending school in session).
The local teacher will also be there to answer any questions you
have. Meet the local townspeople in the arts and craft market,
led by the village women and children.
PM: Tamishiyacu creek
This tributary of the Amazon River has small clusters "ribereños"
people (those who live symbiotically with the rivers) who make
their living with small scale agricultural and charcoal commerce.
Visit a local shamanic healing clinic and meet with a native
shaman who will introduce you into the mythical world of
hallucinogenic and medicinal plants in this region of the Peruvian
Iquitos / Disembarkation
We will have a panoramic city tour, remember that Iquitos is the
farthest inland port that serves ocean vessels in the world.
We will pass thru the remains of wonderful houses that hosted
"Rubber Barons" in the beginning of the 20th century. After
disembarkation, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a
fantastic project that is committed to save orphaned manatees and
reinsert them in the wild. You'll learn about them and why
they are so endangered in this part of the Amazon.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.