Amazon Discovery Expedition
6-Night/7-Day Cruise Program
(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.
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
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 Amazon Rainforest.
Amazon Headwaters / San Francisco Vilage / Jungle Hike
AM: Amazon Headwaters, skiff exploration at Cano Piranha or
Marayali, San Francisco Village.
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
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.
Yana Yacu Pucate River / Naura Cano
AM: 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
PM: Nauta Caño night
At 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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)