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M.V. Amazon Discovery
Amazon Cruises in Peru
7-Days/6-Nights Itinerary


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M.V. Amazon Discovery - Peru

Amazon Discovery Expedition

6-Night/7-Day Cruise Program
Iquitos Round-Trip

(Sample Program Itinerary)

Iquitos / Embarkation

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 early 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.  At this time, oil and lumber are the main city activities. 

Transfer by coach from airport to Embarkation port at the Itaya River, just in front of Iquitos City.  Embark Amazon Discovery and begin cruise.  (D)

Monkey Island / Momon River

AM: Monkey Island Private Reserve.

Located down river is a Non-Profit Organization who is dedicated to preserve and protect orphaned monkeys.  Many of the monkeys on the island are found in local markets and are donated to this project.  A 250 hectare island is home to 7 different species of monkeys of the Peruvian rainforest.

PM: Visit the Native Boras Community at Momon River.

The Boras inhabitants are originally from the area of the upper Putumayo at the border of Colombia.  Attracted by rubber fever, they migrated to the place where they live today.  The Boras still maintain their customs and cultural traditions.  Festivals and ceremonies are associated with their myths and legends.  They paint their bodies for their dances, the usual pattern among men and women being a stylized snake.  Meet them at their "Maloca" ceremonial place and see an example of their ceremonial dance.  (B/L/D)

Tahuayo River / Yarapa River

AM: Tahuayo River

River in Amazonia - PeruThis 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 Amazon Rainforest.

Amazon Headwaters / San Francisco Vilage / Jungle Hike

AM: Amazon Headwaters, skiff exploration at Cano Piranha or Marayali, San Francisco Village.

Ucayali and/or Maranon Rivers - PeruThis 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: Casual jungle hike

Today we will hike through this pristine and unique terra firme ecosystem, passing through a classic tropical rainforest with emergent trees and canopy trees reaching up to 55 meters in height.  Many trees have buttress roots which often extend high up the trunks while palms are abundant and many of them have stilt roots.  Biologically, this kind of forest is probably one of the richest habitats on earth, supporting the most species of plants and animals per unit area.  Our target is the giant ceiba or kapok tree with its large diameter.  We also find local medicinal plants and encounter them while hiking. This forest is also very good for spotting birds such as the bluish-fronted jacamar seen in pairs in middle and lower parts of forest edges, or collared trogons, red capped cardinals, etc.  (B/L/D)

Yana Yacu Pucate River / Naura Cano

Amazon Rainforest - PeruAM: Yana Yacu Pucate River (Protected Area within the Pacaya Samiria Reserve)

Never does nature seem more beautiful than in the tropics.  This morning you will have the chance to explore one of the main sites of the National Reserve.  Wonderful opportunities await to view wildlife and plant life. On board skiffs we will have the chance to get deep into the rainforest and its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna.  You will have the opportunity to view a myriad bird species, colorful butterflies and other diverse insects, noisy monkey troops and active pink and grey river dolphins.  Enjoy the black river waters and discover this mysterious and bountiful destination.

PM: Nauta Caño night jungle activity

Piranha - M.V. Amazon Discovery - PeruAt this time we will have the chance to explore this small creek, its lagoons, and its wonderful dynamic and stunning panoramas.  Cruising is the best way to experience the diversity of the wildlife that populates the rivers and their neighboring habitats.  We will sail quietly near shore, exploring marshes, streams and oxbows. 

On board our excursion skiffs, we will head to a beautiful lake for a spectacular fishing spot, where we expect to catch some fish; the target will be "piranhas".  During the rainier season, river flood and low forest have more than 1-meter (3-ft.) of water standing at the base of the trees. Flowering and fruiting time coincide with this flooding, fish including piranhas swim in among the base of the trees to devour the fruit or Frogchew at their outer coverings.  So the undeserved "super-carnivore" reputation of piranhas as a bloody thirsty fish is really exaggerated.  There are 25 different species of piranha in the Amazon basin, black, white, red bellied. 

Once it is dark, you will hear the second installment of the jungle symphony.  Armed with powerful spotlights, we will start our night safari in search of night herons, pauraques, spectacled owls, up to a dozen species of croaking from the river’s edge, and fish bats flying over the water scooping up fish.  

Spectacled and black caimans are found in these pristine waters, and our guides will point them out to you.  Stargazing at this time is unique while fireflies light up the jungle around us.

Santa Ana / Iquitos

AM: Santa Ana Local Village (local arts and craft market) & performance by the local children.

This morning interact with the local village people.  The children will perform a local dance demonstrating about their traditions and beliefs.  The parents will make music while sharing with you moments of joy and relaxation. 

PM: Arrive Iquitos and have dinner at Al frio y al Fuego

You´ll enjoy one of the most emblematic restaurants of Iquitos, is floating in the middle of the Itaya River, just in front of the City of Iquitos.  You will savor the local cuisine while having stunning views of the city. 
(B/L/Farewell Dinner)

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. (B/L)

Amazon Tributaries - Peru

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