ITINERARIES

The Amazonian journeys, with the help of our expert guides, form part of the most genuine way to get close up to the fauna and flora of the Amazon, discovering and feeling in our own skin the cultures built around the waters of the river.

The itineraries are based on raining / high water seasons and drought / low water, and may vary according to variations in climate. All activities are optional and are made 2 to 3 times a day.

Among the activities included in the itineraries are swimming with dolphins, fishing for piranhas at dusk, skirting the river banks in search of creatures, bird watching, hiking, and visits to communities—–There is also the possibility of excursions for bird watching at dawn, before breakfast.

ITINERARY 4DAYS/3NIGHTS

Departure on Wednesday: High Water Season | November - May

Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya rivers en route to the depths of the Pacaya Samiria reserve: one of Peru’s largest national parks. Go piranha fishing, enjoy a hike in the dense jungle looking for wildlife and birds. Visit local villages and learn about the preservation of the Amazon in Peru, and go on night safaris and guided tours.

NEXT DEPARTURES

Day 1 - Wednesday: IQUITOS - NAUTA - EMBARKATION - MARAÑÓN RIVER - UCAYALI RIVER
  • Pick up service on arrival in Iquitos. Transfer by private vehicle on a paved road to the city of Nauta: the first city founded in Loreto, located 95 km. from Iquitos.
  • VIP welcome upon arrival at our private port in Nauta.
  • Get accommodated in the rooms, accompanied by our staff. The ship begins navigating the Amazon.
  • Discover the facilities aboard Zafiro. Enjoy a cocktail in our bar or enjoy the breathtaking view from our indoor and outdoor lounge.
  • Meet with the guides. This meeting will explain the program of the trip, the activities, and routes that will be taken, the important moments in the expedition and the particularities of the life and landscape of the area, as well as other curiosities.
  • Safety drill. Safety on board is essential, that is why a safety drill will be conducted to get to know and understand the ship’s protocols.
  • Meeting with the cruise director. You will meet the director of the cruise, who will present the first summary of the activities.
  • Welcome dinner*. The welcome dinner will be served at 8:00pm.

* Our team is prepared to attend any special nutritional needs. Notify your crew about preferences in advance so that we can offer you the best alternative.

Day 2 - Thursday: UCAYALI RIVER- YANALLPA RIVER- TAPICHE RIVER- DORADO RIVER- PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVER
  • Breakfast. Grab energy for a day full of emotions.
  • Expedition to Yanallpa River. After breakfast, we will stroll along incredible streams of black water, explore the “gallery forest”, and observe the parrots, makaws, and saki monkeys in the trees along the banks of the river accompanied by our guides and their explanations about the jungle.
  • Exploration of the Trapiche River. On the way back to the Zafiro we will explore the Trapiche river and we will take a walk with our guides to learn about medicinal plants, and search for insects, snakes, and birds … The guides will identify the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise the natural pharmacy of the Amazon.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. Upon boarding the ship, the food will be served.
  • Exploration of the Rio Dorado and a night excursion. We will make a trip in skiffs through “the jungle of mirrors”, where we will be able to see the tall trees reflected in the black water of the river, observe the parrots and macaws as well as observe primates and sloths.
  • Return to Zafiro. Our guides will point out alligators, frogs, and fishermen bats.
  • Dinner. The Peruvian culinary scene will once again be the protagonist in our dinner on board.
Day 3 - Friday: UCAYALI RIVER- YARAPA RIVER- AMAZON RIVER- PANGUANA 2nd ZONE
  • Breakfast. Another day begins with delicious Amazonian foods.
  • Expedition to the Yarapa River. We will continue exploring the water ways in the skiffs to the place where the pink and gray freshwater dolphins swim and play. We will observe monkeys such as the capuchin and marmoset. We will also observe birds such as flycatchers, trogons, and carpenters as well as other typical creatures of the Amazonian ecosystem.
  • Return to the Sapphire and start navigating downstream to Iquitos. Once back to the Sapphire we will serve lunch and enjoy some time with some relaxation and rest.
  • Cooking class in Panguana 2nd zone. We will enjoy a cooking class in a native home with our guides as interpreters. We will learn firsthand about local cuisine and taste the culinary art of the Amazon.
  • Return to Zafiro. Once on board, the cruise will continue its descent by the river towards Iquitos.
  • Informational session in the interior lounge. We will look back to remember everything we discovered on our trip and learn more about the Amazon and its geography.
  • Wildlife viewing. We will admire the creatures that inhabit the banks of the Amazon River.
  • Dinner and presentation of the crew. After dinner, our guides will introduce us to all crew members.
Day 4 - Saturday : CHECK OUT- DISEMBARK IN IQUITOS- MANATI RESCUE CENTER-AIRPORT
  •  Boat trip on the Itaya River. We will navigate this tributary of the Amazon and admire the floating houses of the Belen Market.
  • Return to Zafiro for an early lunch. We will share one last lunch before the trip back home.
  • Travel to the airport and visit the Manatí Rescue Center. On the way to the airport we will visit the rescue center for Manatí; where biologists and volunteers take care of the endangered species. We will see how manatees are cared for and prepared for their re-introduction into their natural habitat.
  • Check-in at Iquitos International Airport. Your guides will assist you with Check-in and departure formalities to board your flight back to Lima.

The itineraries are subject to change according to climatic conditions at certain times of the year. The excursions can be modified at the discretion of the Zafiro crew.

Departure Wednesday: Low-water Season | June- October

Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya rivers en route to the depths of the Pacaya Samiria reserve: one of Peru’s largest national parks. Go piranha fishing, enjoy a hike in the dense jungle looking for wildlife and birds. Visit local villages and learn about the preservation of the Amazon in Peru, and go on night safaris and guided tours.

NEXT DEPARTURES

Day 1 - Wednesday: IQUITOS CITY- NAUTA - EMBARKATION- MARAÑON RIVER – UCAYALI RIVER
  • Pick up service on arrival in Iquitos. Transfer by private vehicle on a paved road to the city of Nauta: the first city founded in Loreto, located 95 km. from Iquitos.
  • VIP welcome upon arrival at our private port in Nauta.
  • Get accommodated in the rooms, accompanied by our staff. The ship begins navigating the Amazon.
  • Discover the facilities aboard Zafiro. Enjoy a cocktail in our bar or enjoy the breathtaking view from our indoor and outdoor lounge.
  • Meet with the guides. This meeting will explain the program of the trip, the activities, and routes that will be taken, the important moments in the expedition and the particularities of the life and landscape of the area, as well as other curiosities.
  • Safety drill. Safety on board is essential, that is why a safety drill will be conducted to get to know and understand the ship’s protocols.
  • Meeting with the cruise director. You will meet the director of the cruise, who will present the first summary of the activities.
  • Welcome dinner*.  The welcome dinner will be served at 8:00pm.

* Our team is prepared to attend any special nutritional needs. Notify your crew about preferences in advance so that we can offer you the best alternative.

 

Day 2 - Thursday: UCAYALI RIVER – YANALLPA RIVER- TRAPICHE RIVER – DORADO RIVER- PACAYA SAMIRA NATIONAL RESERVE
  • Breakfast. Grab energy for a day full of emotions.
  • Expedition to Yanallpa River. After breakfast, we will stroll along incredible streams of black water, explore the “gallery forest”, and observe the parrots, makaws, and saki monkeys in the trees along the banks of the river accompanied by our guides and their explanations about the jungle.
  • Exploration of the Trapiche River. On the way back to the Zafiro we will explore the Trapiche river and we will take a walk with our guides to learn about medicinal plants, and search for insects, snakes, and birds … The guides will identify the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise the natural pharmacy of the Amazon.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. Upon boarding the ship, the food will be served.
  • Exploration of the Rio Dorado and a night excursion. We will make a trip in skiffs through “the jungle of mirrors”, where we will be able to see the tall trees reflected in the black water of the river, observe the parrots and macaws as well as observe primates and sloths.
  • Return to Zafiro. Our guides will point out alligators, frogs, and fishermen bats.
  • Dinner. The Peruvian culinary scene will once again be the protagonist in our dinner on board.
Day 3 - Friday: UCAYALI RIVER- YARAPA RIVER- AMAZON RIVER- PANGUANA 2nd ZONE
  • Breakfast. Another day begins with delicious Amazonian foods.
  • Expedition to the Yarapa River. We will continue exploring the water ways in the skiffs to the place where the pink and gray freshwater dolphins swim and play. We will observe monkeys such as the capuchin and marmoset. We will also observe birds such as flycatchers, trogons, and carpenters as well as other typical creatures of the Amazonian ecosystem.
  • Return to the Sapphire and start navigating downstream to Iquitos. Once back to the Sapphire we will serve lunch and enjoy some time with some relaxation and rest.
  • Cooking class in Panguana 2nd zone. We will enjoy a cooking class in a native home with our guides as interpreters. We will learn firsthand about local cuisine and taste the culinary art of the Amazon.
  • Return to Zafiro. Once on board, the cruise will continue its descent by the river towards Iquitos.
  • Informational session in the interior lounge. We will look back to remember everything we discovered on our trip and learn more about the Amazon and its geography.
  • Wildlife viewing. We will admire the creatures that inhabit the banks of the Amazon River.
  • Dinner and presentation of the crew. After dinner, our guides will introduce us to all crew members.
Día 4 Saturday: CHECK OUT- DISEMBARK IN IQUITOS- MANATI RESCUE CENTER-AIRPORT
  • Boat trip on the Itaya River. We will navigate this tributary of the Amazon and admire the floating houses of the Belen Market.
  • Return to Zafiro for an early lunch. We will share one last lunch before the trip back home.
  • Travel to the airport and visit the Manatí Rescue Center. On the way to the airport we will visit the rescue center for Manatí; where biologists and volunteers take care of the endangered species. We will see how manatees are cared for and prepared for their re-introduction into their natural habitat.
  • Check-in at Iquitos International Airport. Your guides will assist you with Check-in and departure formalities to board your flight back to Lima.

The itineraries are subject to change according to climatic conditions at certain times of the year. The excursions can be modified at the discretion of the Zafiro crew.

ITINERARY 4D/3N

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Arrival and embark

Our Zafiro staff will be waiting for you at the Iquitos airport. We will transfer you by private bus for 1.5 hours to our private port in Nauta, where we will board in Zafiro.

ITINERARY 5DAYS/4NIGHTS

Departure Saturday: High Water Season | November - May

Five days and four nights exploring the wonderful Amazon, the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers and their distributaries towards the Sapote River, a closed area of​ the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.

As we enter the world’s largest flooded jungle, we will admire the extraordinary wildlife, the immense amount of primate species, the hundreds of exotic birds that are full of color and the groups of gray and pink dolphins all around us.

NEXT DEPARTURES

Day 1 - Saturday: IQUITOS- AMAZON RIVER
  • Flight from Lima and arrival to Iquitos (1h25 ‘). Our guides will be waiting at the Iquitos airport to transfer you by private vehicle to our main pier, where we will board the Zafiro.
  • Get accommodated in the rooms, accompanied by our staff. The ship begins navigating the Amazon.
  • Discover the facilities aboard Zafiro. Enjoy a cocktail in our bar or enjoy the breathtaking view from our indoor and outdoor lounge.
  • Meet with the guides. This meeting will explain the program of the trip, the activities, and routes that will be taken, the important moments in the expedition and the particularities of the life and landscape of the area, as well as other curiosities.
  • Safety drill. Safety on board is essential, that is why a safety drill will be conducted to get to know and understand the ship’s protocols.
  • Meeting with the cruise director. You will meet the director of the cruise, who will present the first summary of the activities.
  • Welcome dinner*. The welcome dinner will be served at 8:00pm.

* Our team is prepared to attend any special nutritional needs. Notify your crew about preferences in advance so that we can offer you the best alternative.

Day 2 - Sunday: AMAZON RIVER- YANAYACU DE YACAPANA- HEADWAY OF THE AMAZON- PIRAÑA CAÑO- NAUTA LAGUNA- MARAÑON RIVER
  • Exploration of Yanayacu de Yacapana. We will travel, on board our skiffs, to Yukama, a native reserve with around 17 black water lakes, abundant wildlife and is home to the indigenous communities Ayacucho and San Juan. There we will see different species of birds and monkeys and learn more about nature.
  • Breakfast. Our daily buffet offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods, and freshly prepared fresh juices.
  • Tour bordering the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. We will discover a flooded forest that covers five million acres at the headway of the Amazon.
  • Expedition to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers. We will travel in our skiffs to the place where the rivers meet—forming the Amazon. The diversity of species that inhabit this area is immense: long beak swallows, laughing hawks, gray tangaras, correlimos, parakeets, short-tailed parrots and many more species of birds. We will explore the first river in the reserve of Pacaya Samiria, the Lake of Pirañas, in search of wild life.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. Upon boarding the ship, the food will be served.
  • Conference on Amazonian philosophy. Our guides will introduce us the idiosyncrasy, beliefs, and the profound thinking of the Amazonian population.
  • Excursion to the Nauta lagoon inside the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. We will discover the ¨jungle of mirrors¨ and sharpen our senses on how to locate toucans, parrots, macaws, iguanas, sloths, and monkeys in the treetops.
  • Return to the Zafiro and live music. We will enjoy the colors of the sunset over the waters on the way back to the Zafiro. Upon boarding, we will be able to enjoy a concert of live music by our local band.
  • Dinner. The Peruvian culinary scene will once again be the protagonist in our dinner on board.
  • Night boat ride. As the night falls, we will take an optional boat ride that will allow us to enjoy the constellations while we simultaneously look for caimans, tarantulas and boas.
Day 3 - Monday: YANAYACU DE PUCATE – YANAYAQUILLO- SAN REGIS (AMAZON NATIONAL PARK)- TIGER RIVER- NAHUAPA
  • Expedition to Yanayacu of Pucate and Yanayaquillo. We will visit several lakes and lagoons on board our skiffs, where we will have breakfast later; enjoying one of the best preserved and protected areas of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. This area is also popular for dolphin watching.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. We will reenergize on board the cruise ship with a full lunch. Afterwards, we will enjoy time for rest and relaxation.
  • Kayaking. We will become one with the waters of the Amazon and end up swimming next to the pink dolphins.
  • Conference on geographic positioning. Our guides will explain more about the hydrography of the rivers.
  • Expedition to the Amazon Natural Park. Excursion at sunset where we will take a short walk through the forest and walk on the hanging bridges at this park while observing its abundance of colorful birds.
  • Tree planting ceremony. After embarking on an incredible experience with the shaman, we will participate in the tree planting ceremony in the Natural Park.
  • Return to Zafiro for dinner. We will recuperate our strength with a dinner aboard the Zafiro.
  • Night excursion on the Tiger River towards Nahuapa. The Tiger River is one of the most important ramifications that flows towards the river Marañón. It has hundreds of small rivers flowing towards it. We will explore the Nahuapa, one of those small rivers, in search of alligators, snakes, tarantulas, nocturnal monkeys and birds.
Day 4 - Tuesday: MARAÑON RIVER- SAMIRIA RIVER- SAN MARTIN DE TIPISHCA
  • Expedition to the Samiria River. We will have breakfast on board the skiffs, and then we will go down the Samiria River and its distributaries into the deep jungle to discover the abundant wildlife that inhabits it (yellow and blue macaws, toucans, parasol birds, monkeys, capybaras …).
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. Lunch will be the best time to recharge batteries and prepare to continue discovering the Amazon rainforest.
  • Conference on the Amazon. Discover, from the hand of our guides, where the name ¨Amazonas¨ comes from and learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit it.
  • Night excursion on the Tiger River towards Nahuapa. The Tiger River is one of the most important distributaries that flows towards the river Marañón. It has hundreds of small rivers flowing towards it. We will explore the Nahuapa, one of those small rivers, in search of alligators, snakes, tarantulas, nocturnal monkeys and birds.
  • Visit to the San Martin community of Tipishca Kukama on the banks of the river. We will meet the genuine and welcoming inhabitants of this Amazonian community through our guides, who will act as interpreters. We will have the opportunity to buy handicrafts made by these same inhabitants and to exchange smiles with the children of the zone.
  • Visit to Tipishca Lake. We will discover this century-old lake that houses a large supply of good fish, including piranha and catfish. Birds in the lake are abundant, the lake attracts many species such as yellow and blue macaws chiricotes, tiger herons, black wattles, Pygmy and Amazonian pejerreyes … We may even see hoatzins, red-capped cardinals and ringed pejerreyes.
  • Concert of live music aboard the Zafiro and dinner. We will finish the day by recuperating with a typical Peruvian dinner.
Day 5 - Wednesday: MARAÑON RIVER – PAMPA LAKE – SHIRYACU – CHECK OUT – DISEMBARK IN NAUTA- MANATI RESCUE CENTER- AIRPORT
  • Expedition to Lake Pampa. Before breakfast we will go bird watching. We will follow the coastline to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neotropical cormorants, garzetas, herons, hawks and, our favorite, the hoatzin.
  • Return to the Sapphire for breakfast. Time to gather energy to continue discovering.
  • Fishing for piranhas and meeting with the local shaman. We will begin our expedition with piranha fishing in the Shiriyacu stream. We will then walk in the jungle to find the local shaman and learn about the complementary medicine of the Amazon and the ancestral traditions. We will have the opportunity to ask the questions to the shaman.
  • Return to Zafiro for an early lunch. We will share the last lunch on board as bid farewell to this 4-day tour.
  • Disembark and travel from Nauta to Iquitos, passing through the Manatee Rescue Center. We will have the opportunity to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the list of endangered species
  • Check-in at Iquitos Airport. Our staff will be waiting for you at the airport to your boarding passes and help you with the departure formalities.
  • Return flight to the city of Lima. We hope you enjoyed your stay and Amazonian experience with us.

The itineraries are subject to change according to climatic conditions at certain times of the year. The excursions can be modified at the discretion of the Zafiro crew.

Departure on Saturday: Low Water Season | June- October

Five days and four nights exploring the wonderful Amazon, the Marañón and Ucayali rivers and their distributaries towards the Sapote River—a closed area of ​​the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.

As we enter the world’s largest flooded jungle, we will admire the extraordinary wildlife, the immense amount of primate species, the hundreds of exotic birds full of color and the groups of gray and pink dolphins all around us.

NEXT DEPARTURES

Day 1: IQUITOS – AMAZON RIVER
  • Flight from Lima and arrival to Iquitos (1h25 ‘). Our guides will be waiting at the Iquitos airport to transfer you by private vehicle to our main pier, where we will board the Zafiro.
  • Get accommodated in the rooms, accompanied by our staff. The ship begins navigating the Amazon.
  • Discover the facilities aboard Zafiro. Enjoy a cocktail in our bar or enjoy the breathtaking view from our indoor and outdoor lounge.
  • Meet with the guides. This meeting will explain the program of the trip, the activities, and routes that will be taken, the important moments in the expedition and the particularities of the life and landscape of the area, as well as other curiosities.
  • Safety drill. Safety on board is essential, that is why a safety drill will be conducted to get to know and understand the ship’s protocols.
  • Meeting with the cruise director. You will meet the director of the cruise, who will present the first summary of the activities.
  • Welcome dinner*. The welcome dinner will be served at 8:00pm.

* Our team is prepared to attend any special nutritional needs. Notify your crew about preferences in advance so that we can offer you the best alternative.

Day 2 - Sunday: AMAZON RIVER- YANAYACU DE YACAPANA- HEADWAY OF THE AMAZON- PIRAÑA CAÑO- NAUTA LAGUNA- MARAÑON RIVER
  • Exploration of Yanayacu de Yacapana. We will travel, on board our skiffs, to Yukama, a native reserve with around 17 black water lakes, abundant wildlife and is home to the indigenous communities Ayacucho and San Juan. There we will see different species of birds and monkeys and learn more about nature.
  • Breakfast. Our daily buffet offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods, and freshly prepared fresh juices.
  • Tour bordering the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. We will discover a flooded forest that covers five million acres at the headway of the Amazon.
  • Expedition to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers. We will travel in our skiffs to the place where the rivers meet—forming the Amazon. The diversity of species that inhabit this area is immense: long beak swallows, laughing hawks, gray tangaras, correlimos, parakeets, short-tailed parrots and many more species of birds. We will explore the first river in the reserve of Pacaya Samiria, the Lake of Pirañas, in search of wild life.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. Upon boarding the ship, the food will be served.
  • Conference on Amazonian philosophy. Our guides will introduce us the idiosyncrasy, beliefs, and the profound thinking of the Amazonian population.
  • Excursion to the Nauta lagoon inside the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. We will discover the ¨jungle of mirrors¨ and sharpen our senses on how to locate toucans, parrots, macaws, iguanas, sloths, and monkeys in the treetops.
  • Return to the Zafiro and live music. We will enjoy the colors of the sunset over the waters on the way back to the Zafiro. Upon boarding, we will be able to enjoy a concert of live music by our local band.
  • The Peruvian culinary scene will once again be the protagonist in our dinner on board.
  • Night boat ride. As the night falls, we will take an optional boat ride that will allow us to enjoy the constellations while we simultaneously look for caimans, tarantulas and boas.
Day 3 - Monday: YANAYACU DE PUCATE – YANAYAQUILLO- SAN REGIS (AMAZON NATIONAL PARK)- TIGER RIVER- NAHUAPA
  • Expedition to Yanayacu of Pucate and Yanayaquillo. We will visit several lakes and lagoons on board our skiffs, where we will have breakfast later; enjoying one of the best preserved and protected areas of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. This area is also popular for dolphin watching.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. We will reenergize on board the cruise ship with a full lunch. Afterwards, we will enjoy time for rest and relaxation.
  • Kayaking. We will become one with the waters of the Amazon and end up swimming next to the pink dolphins.
  • Conference on geographic positioning. Our guides will explain more about the hydrography of the rivers.
  • Expedition to the Amazon Natural Park. Excursion at sunset where we will take a short walk through the forest and walk on the hanging bridges at this park while observing its abundance of colorful birds.
  • Tree planting ceremony. After embarking on an incredible experience with the shaman, we will participate in the tree planting ceremony in the Natural Park.
  • Return to Zafiro for dinner. We will recuperate our strength with a dinner aboard the Zafiro.
  • Night excursion on the Tiger River towards Nahuapa. The Tiger River is one of the most important ramifications that flows towards the river Marañón. It has hundreds of small rivers flowing towards it. We will explore the Nahuapa, one of those small rivers, in search of alligators, snakes, tarantulas, nocturnal monkeys and birds.
Day 4 - Tuesday: MARAÑON RIVER – SAMIRIA RIVER – SAN MARTIN DE TIPISHCA
  • Expedition to the Samiria River. We will have breakfast on board the skiffs, and then we will go down the Samiria River and its distributaries into the deep jungle to discover the abundant wildlife that inhabits it (yellow and blue macaws, toucans, parasol birds, monkeys, capybaras …).
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. Lunch will be the best time to recharge batteries and prepare to continue discovering the Amazon rainforest.
  • Conference on the Amazon. Discover, from the hand of our guides, where the name ¨Amazonas¨ comes from and learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit it.
  • Visit to the San Martin community of Tipishca Kukama on the banks of the river. We will meet the genuine and welcoming inhabitants of this Amazonian community through our guides, who will act as interpreters. We will have the opportunity to buy handicrafts made by these same inhabitants and to exchange smiles with the children of the zone.
  • Visit to Tipishca Lake. We will discover this century-old lake that houses a large supply of good fish, including piranha and catfish. Birds in the lake are abundant, the lake attracts many species such as yellow and blue macaws chiricotes, tiger herons, black wattles, Pygmy and Amazonian pejerreyes … We may even see hoatzins, red-capped cardinals and ringed pejerreyes.
  • Concert of live music aboard the Zafiro and dinner. We will finish the day by recuperating with a typical Peruvian dinner.
Day 5 - Wednesday: MARAÑON RIVER – PAMPA LAKE – SHIRYACU – CHECK OUT – DISEMBARK IN NAUTA- MANATI RESCUE CENTER- AIRPORT
  • Expedition to Lake Pampa. Before breakfast we will go bird watching. We will follow the coastline to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neotropical cormorants, garzetas, herons, hawks and, our favorite, the hoatzin.
  • Return to the Sapphire for breakfast. Time to gather energy to continue discovering.
  • Fishing for piranhas and meeting with the local shaman. We will begin our expedition with piranha fishing in the Shiriyacu stream. We will then walk in the jungle to find the local shaman and learn about the complementary medicine of the Amazon and the ancestral traditions. We will have the opportunity to ask the questions to the shaman.
  • Return to Zafiro for an early lunch. We will share the last lunch on board as bid farewell to this 4-day tour.
  • Disembark and travel from Nauta to Iquitos, passing through the Manatee Rescue Center. We will have the opportunity to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the list of endangered species
  • Check-in at Iquitos Airport. Our staff will be waiting for you at the airport to your boarding passes and help you with the departure formalities.
  • Return flight to the city of Lima. We hope you enjoyed your stay and Amazonian experience with us.

The itineraries are subject to change according to climatic conditions at certain times of the year. The excursions can be modified at the discretion of the Zafiro crew.

ITINERARY 5D/4N

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Arrival and embark

Our Zafiro staff will be waiting for you at the Iquitos airport. We will transfer you by private bus for 1.5 hours to our private port in Nauta, where we will board in Zafiro.

ITINERARY 8DAYS/7NIGHTS

Departure on Saturday: Low Water Season | June- October

Eight days and seven nights to experience the heart of the Amazon, enter the immense diversity of the Peruvian jungle ,and let yourself be seduced by the charm of a land where only authenticity remains.

You will discover species of plants and animals that you did not even know existed, you will enter in the life forms of the native cultures, and you will taste each and every one of the fruits of the Amazon. The Pacaya Samiria Reserve will be the setting for a trip to the most authentic part of nature, and of yourself.

Hiking in the jungle, fishing, birdwatching, exploring the Yacapana islands, dolphin watching, visiting local villages, and “jungle of mirrors”, wildlife night safaris … Activities will allow you to get to know the Amazon like you’ve never seen it before.

NEXT DEPARTURES

Day 1 - Saturday: IQUITOS - AMAZON RIVER
  • Flight from Lima and arrival to Iquitos (1h25 ‘). Our guides will be waiting at the Iquitos airport to transfer you by private vehicle to our main pier, where we will board the Zafiro.
  • Get accommodated in the rooms, accompanied by our staff. The ship begins navigating the Amazon.
  • Discover the facilities aboard Zafiro. Enjoy a cocktail in our bar or enjoy the breathtaking view from our indoor and outdoor lounge.
  • Meet with the guides. This meeting will explain the program of the trip, the activities, and routes that will be taken, the important moments in the expedition and the particularities of the life and landscape of the area, as well as other curiosities.
  • Safety drill. Safety on board is essential, that is why a safety drill will be conducted to get to know and understand the ship’s protocols.
  • Meeting with the cruise director. You will meet the director of the cruise, who will present the first summary of the activities.
  • Welcome dinner*. The welcome dinner will be served at 8:00pm.
  • Star gazing. From our third deck you can discovery the most unfathomable starry sky you have ever seen.

* Our team is prepared to attend any special nutritional needs. Notify your crew about preferences in advance so that we can offer you the best alternative.

Day 2 - Sunday: AMAZON RIVER- YANAYACU DE YACAPANA- HEADWAY OF THE AMAZON- PIRAÑA CAÑO- NAUTA LAGUNA- MARAÑON RIVER
  • Exploration of Yanayacu de Yacapana. We will travel, on board our skiffs, to Yukama, a native reserve with around 17 black water lakes, abundant wildlife and is home to the indigenous communities Ayacucho and San Juan. There we will see different species of birds and monkeys and learn more about nature.
  • Breakfast. Our daily buffet offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods, and freshly prepared fresh juices.
  • Tour bordering the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. We will discover a flooded forest that covers five million acres at the headway of the Amazon.
  • Expedition to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers. We will travel in our skiffs to the place where the rivers meet—forming the Amazon. The diversity of species that inhabit this area is immense: long beak swallows, laughing hawks, gray tangaras, correlimos, parakeets, short-tailed parrots and many more species of birds. We will explore the first river in the reserve of Pacaya Samiria, the Lake of Pirañas, in search of wild life.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. Upon boarding the ship, the food will be served.
  • Conference on Amazonian philosophy. Our guides will introduce us the idiosyncrasy, beliefs, and the profound thinking of the Amazonian population.
  • Excursion to the Nauta lagoon inside the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. We will discover the ¨jungle of mirrors¨ and sharpen our senses on how to locate toucans, parrots, macaws, iguanas, sloths, and monkeys in the treetops.
  • Return to the Zafiro and live music. We will enjoy the colors of the sunset over the waters on the way back to the Zafiro. Upon boarding, we will be able to enjoy a concert of live music by our local band.
  • Dinner. The Peruvian culinary scene will once again be the protagonist in our dinner on board.
  • Night boat ride. As the night falls, we will take an optional boat ride that will allow us to enjoy the constellations while we simultaneously look for caimans, tarantulas and boas.
Day 3 - Monday: YANAYACU DE PUCATE – YANAYAQUILLO- SAN REGIS (AMAZON NATIONAL PARK)- TIGER RIVER- NAHUAPA
  • Expedition to Yanayacu of Pucate and Yanayaquillo. We will visit several lakes and lagoons on board our skiffs, where we will have breakfast later; enjoying one of the best preserved and protected areas of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. This area is also popular for dolphin watching.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. We will reenergize on board the cruise ship with a full lunch. Afterwards, we will enjoy time for rest and relaxation.
  • Kayaking. We will become one with the waters of the Amazon and end up swimming next to the pink dolphins.
  • Conference on geographic positioning. Our guides will explain more about the hydrography of the rivers.
  • Expedition to the Amazon Natural Park. Excursion at sunset where we will take a short walk through the forest and walk on the hanging bridges at this park while observing its abundance of colorful birds.
  • Tree planting ceremony. After embarking on an incredible experience with the shaman, we will participate in the tree planting ceremony in the Natural Park.
  • Return to Zafiro for dinner. We will recuperate our strength with a dinner aboard the Zafiro.
  • Night excursion on the Tiger River towards Nahuapa. The Tiger River is one of the most important ramifications that flows towards the river Marañón. It has hundreds of small rivers flowing towards it. We will explore the Nahuapa, one of those small rivers, in search of alligators, snakes, tarantulas, nocturnal monkeys and birds.
Day 4 - Tuesday: MARAÑÓN RIVER – SAMIRIA RIVER - SAN MARTIN OF TIPISHCA
  • Expedition to the Samiria River. We will have breakfast on board the skiffs, and then we will go down the Samiria River and its distributaries into the deep jungle to discover the abundant wildlife that inhabits it (yellow and blue macaws, toucans, parasol birds, monkeys, capybaras …).
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. Lunch will be the best time to recharge batteries and prepare to continue discovering the Amazon rainforest.
  • Conference on the Amazon. Discover, from the hand of our guides, where the name ¨Amazonas¨ comes from and learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit it.
  • Visit to the San Martin community of Tipishca Kukama on the banks of the river. We will meet the genuine and welcoming inhabitants of this Amazonian community through our guides, who will act as interpreters. We will have the opportunity to buy handicrafts made by these same inhabitants and to exchange smiles with the children of the zone.
  • Visit to Tipishca Lake. We will discover this century-old lake that houses a large supply of good fish, including piranha and catfish. Birds in the lake are abundant, the lake attracts many species such as yellow and blue macaws chiricotes, tiger herons, black wattles, Pygmy and Amazonian pejerreyes … We may even see hoatzins, red-capped cardinals and ringed pejerreyes.
  • Concert of live music aboard the Zafiro and dinner. We will finish the day by recuperating with a typical Peruvian dinner.
Day 5 - Wednesday MARAÑON RIVER- LAKE PAMPA – SHIRYACU- NAUTA- YUCRUCHI
  • Expedition to Lake Pampa. Before breakfast we will go bird watching. We will follow the coastline to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neotropical cormorants, garzetas, herons, hawks and, our favorite, the hoatzin.
  • Return to the Sapphire for breakfast. Time to gather energy to continue discovering.
  • Fishing for piranhas and meeting with the local shaman. We will begin our expedition with piranha fishing in the Shiriyacu stream. We will then walk in the jungle to find the local shaman and learn about the complementary medicine of the Amazon and the ancestral traditions. We will have the opportunity to ask the questions to the shaman.
  • Return Zafiro for an early lunch. We will share a lunch prepared with local products.
  • Lecture on myths and legends. Our guides will explain the myths and legends that grow around the Amazon and its communities.
  • Late-night excursion to admire the giant aquatic lilies. We will navigate through a small canal that connects the Ucayali and Marañón rivers and we will have the opportunity to admire the largest aquatic plant in the world. At nightfall we will discover the symphony emitted by nocturnal birds that inhabit the skies of the Amazon.
  • Return to Zafiro. On the way back to Zafiro, our guides will use special torches to locate caimans, owls, and capybaras.
  • Dinner on Zafiro. Once back to the cruise ship we will enjoy a comforting Amazonian dinner
Day 6 - Thursday: UCAYALI RIVER- YANALLPA RIVER- TRAPICHE RIVER- DORADO RIVER- PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE
  • Breakfast. We will start the day with a full breakfast aboard the Sapphire.
  • Expedition of the Yanallpa River. After breakfast we will go out in skiff through the flooded forest, discovering streams of black water and arriving at what is known as the ¨forest gallery¨, a natural tunnel created by the Amazonian vegetation itself.
  • Exploration of the Trapiche River. On the way to the Sapphire we will sail along the Trapiche river and we will take a guided walk where we will learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, snakes and birds. We will identify the fruit trees and medicinal plants of the Amazon.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. We will return to the Zafiro to enjoy lunch on board.
  • Exploration of the Dorado River. We will take a trip in our skiffs through “the jungle of mirrors”, where we can see the tall trees reflected in the black water of the river. We will observe the parrots, macaws, primates and sloths that inhabit the banks of the river. On the way back to Zafiro we can observe alligators and frogs in the water, as well as fishermen bats flying over us.
  • Return to Zafiro for dinner. Enjoy the dinner aboard the Zafiro.
Day 7 - Friday: UCAYALI RIVER- YARAPA RIVER- AMAZON RIVER- PANGUANA 2nd ZONE
  • Breakfast. Another day begins with delicious Amazonian foods.
  • Expedition to the Yarapa River. We will continue exploring the water ways in the skiffs to the place where the pink and gray freshwater dolphins swim and play. We will observe monkeys such as the capuchin and marmoset. We will also observe birds such as flycatchers, trogons, and carpenters as well as other typical creatures of the Amazonian ecosystem.
  • Return to the Zafiro and start navigating downstream to Iquitos. Once back to the Sapphire we will serve lunch and enjoy some time with some relaxation and rest.
  • Cooking class in Panguana 2nd zone. We will enjoy a cooking class in a native home with our guides as interpreters. We will learn firsthand about local cuisine and taste the culinary art of the Amazon.
  • Return to Zafiro. Once on board, the cruise will continue its descent by the river towards Iquitos.
  • Informational session in the interior lounge. We will look back to remember everything we discovered on our trip and learn more about the Amazon and its geography.
  • Wildlife viewing. We will admire the creatures that inhabit the banks of the Amazon River.
  • Dinner and presentation of the crew. After dinner, our guides will introduce us to all crew members.
Day 8 - Zafiro: CHECK OUT- DISEMBARK IN IQUITOS- MANATI RESCUE CENTER- AIRPORT
  • Boat trip on the Itaya River. We will navigate this tributary of the Amazon and admire the floating houses of the Belen Market.
  • Return to Zafiro for an early lunch. We will share one last lunch before the trip back home.
  • Travel to the airport and visit the Manatí Rescue Center. On the way to the airport we will visit the rescue center for Manatí; where biologists and volunteers take care of the endangered species. We will see how manatees are cared for and prepared for their re-introduction into their natural habitat.
  • Check-in at Iquitos International Airport. Your guides will assist you with Check-in and departure formalities to board your flight back to Lima.

The itineraries are subject to change according to climatic conditions at certain times of the year. The excursions can be modified at the discretion of the Zafiro crew.

Low Water Season | June – October

Eight days and seven nights to experience the heart of the Amazon, enter the immense diversity of the Peruvian jungle ,and let yourself be seduced by the charm of a land where only authenticity remains.

You will discover species of plants and animals that you did not even know existed, you will enter in the life forms of the native cultures, and you will taste each and every one of the fruits of the Amazon. The Pacaya Samiria Reserve will be the setting for a trip to the most authentic part of nature, and of yourself.

Hiking in the jungle, fishing, birdwatching, exploring the Yacapana islands, dolphin watching, visiting local villages, and “jungle of mirrors”, wildlife night safaris … Activities will allow you to get to know the Amazon like you’ve never seen it before.

NEXT DEPARTURES

Day 1 - Saturday: IQUITOS – AMAZON RIVER
  • Flight from Lima and arrival to Iquitos (1h25 ‘). Our guides will be waiting at the Iquitos airport to transfer you by private vehicle to our main pier, where we will board the Zafiro.
  • Get accommodated in the rooms, accompanied by our staff. The ship begins navigating the Amazon.
  • Discover the facilities aboard Zafiro. Enjoy a cocktail in our bar or enjoy the breathtaking view from our indoor and outdoor lounge.
  • Meet with the guides. This meeting will explain the program of the trip, the activities, and routes that will be taken, the important moments in the expedition and the particularities of the life and landscape of the area, as well as other curiosities.
  • Safety drill. Safety on board is essential, that is why a safety drill will be conducted to get to know and understand the ship’s protocols.
  • Meeting with the cruise director. You will meet the director of the cruise, who will present the first summary of the activities.
  • Welcome dinner*. The welcome dinner will be served at 8:00pm.
  • Star gazing. From our third deck you can discovery the most unfathomable starry sky you have ever seen.

* Our team is prepared to attend any special nutritional needs. Notify your crew about preferences in advance so that we can offer you the best alternative.

Day 2 - Sunday: AMAZON RIVER- YANAYACU DE YACAPANA- HEADWAY OF THE AMAZON- PIRAÑA CAÑO- NAUTA LAGUNA- MARAÑON RIVER
  • Exploration of Yanayacu de Yacapana. We will travel, on board our skiffs, to Yukama, a native reserve with around 17 black water lakes, abundant wildlife and is home to the indigenous communities Ayacucho and San Juan. There we will see different species of birds and monkeys and learn more about nature.
  • Breakfast. Our daily buffet offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods, and freshly prepared fresh juices.
  • Tour bordering the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. We will discover a flooded forest that covers five million acres at the headway of the Amazon.
  • Expedition to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers. We will travel in our skiffs to the place where the rivers meet—forming the Amazon. The diversity of species that inhabit this area is immense: long beak swallows, laughing hawks, gray tangaras, correlimos, parakeets, short-tailed parrots and many more species of birds. We will explore the first river in the reserve of Pacaya Samiria, the Lake of Pirañas, in search of wild life.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. Upon boarding the ship, the food will be served.
  • Conference on Amazonian philosophy. Our guides will introduce us the idiosyncrasy, beliefs, and the profound thinking of the Amazonian population.
  • Excursion to the Nauta lagoon inside the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. We will discover the ¨jungle of mirrors¨ and sharpen our senses on how to locate toucans, parrots, macaws, iguanas, sloths, and monkeys in the treetops.
  • Return to the Zafiro and live music. We will enjoy the colors of the sunset over the waters on the way back to the Zafiro. Upon boarding, we will be able to enjoy a concert of live music by our local band.
  • Dinner. The Peruvian culinary scene will once again be the protagonist in our dinner on board.
  • Night boat ride. As the night falls, we will take an optional boat ride that will allow us to enjoy the constellations while we simultaneously look for caimans, tarantulas and boas.
Day 3 - Monday: YANAYACU DE PUCATE – YANAYAQUILLO- SAN REGIS (AMAZON NATIONAL PARK)- TIGER RIVER- NAHUAPA
  • Expedition to Yanayacu of Pucate and Yanayaquillo. We will visit several lakes and lagoons on board our skiffs, where we will have breakfast later; enjoying one of the best preserved and protected areas of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. This area is also popular for dolphin watching.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. We will reenergize on board the cruise ship with a full lunch. Afterwards, we will enjoy time for rest and relaxation.
  • Kayaking. We will become one with the waters of the Amazon and end up swimming next to the pink dolphins.
  • Conference on geographic positioning. Our guides will explain more about the hydrography of the rivers.
  • Expedition to the Amazon Natural Park. Excursion at sunset where we will take a short walk through the forest and walk on the hanging bridges at this park while observing its abundance of colorful birds.
  • Tree planting ceremony. After embarking on an incredible experience with the shaman, we will participate in the tree planting ceremony in the Natural Park.
  • Return to Zafiro for dinner. We will recuperate our strength with a dinner aboard the Zafiro.
  • Night excursion on the Tiger River towards Nahuapa. The Tiger River is one of the most important ramifications that flows towards the river Marañón. It has hundreds of small rivers flowing towards it. We will explore the Nahuapa, one of those small rivers, in search of alligators, snakes, tarantulas, nocturnal monkeys and birds.
Day 4 - Tuesday: MARAÑÓN RIVER - SAMIRIA RIVER - SAN MARTIN OF TIPISHCA
  • Expedition to the Samiria River. We will have breakfast on board the skiffs, and then we will go down the Samiria River and its distributaries into the deep jungle to discover the abundant wildlife that inhabits it (yellow and blue macaws, toucans, parasol birds, monkeys, capybaras …).
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. Lunch will be the best time to recharge batteries and prepare to continue discovering the Amazon rainforest.
  • Conference on the Amazon. Discover, from the hand of our guides, where the name ¨Amazonas¨ comes from and learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit it.
  • Visit to the San Martin community of Tipishca Kukama on the banks of the river. We will meet the genuine and welcoming inhabitants of this Amazonian community through our guides, who will act as interpreters. We will have the opportunity to buy handicrafts made by these same inhabitants and to exchange smiles with the children of the zone.
  • Visit to Tipishca Lake. We will discover this century-old lake that houses a large supply of good fish, including piranha and catfish. Birds in the lake are abundant, the lake attracts many species such as yellow and blue macaws chiricotes, tiger herons, black wattles, Pygmy and Amazonian pejerreyes … We may even see hoatzins, red-capped cardinals and ringed pejerreyes.
  • Concert of live music aboard the Zafiro and dinner. We will finish the day by recuperating with a typical Peruvian dinner.
Day 5 - Wednesday: MARAÑON RIVER- LAKE PAMPA – SHIRYACU- NAUTA- YUCRUCHI
  • Expedition to Lake Pampa. Before breakfast we will go bird watching. We will follow the coastline to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neotropical cormorants, garzetas, herons, hawks and, our favorite, the hoatzin.
  • Return to the Sapphire for breakfast. Time to gather energy to continue discovering.
  • Fishing for piranhas and meeting with the local shaman. We will begin our expedition with piranha fishing in the Shiriyacu stream. We will then walk in the jungle to find the local shaman and learn about the complementary medicine of the Amazon and the ancestral traditions. We will have the opportunity to ask the questions to the shaman.
  • Return Zafiro for an early lunch. We will share a lunch prepared with local products.
  • Lecture on myths and legends. Our guides will explain the myths and legends that grow around the Amazon and its communities.
  • Late-night excursion to admire the giant aquatic lilies. We will navigate through a small canal that connects the Ucayali and Marañón rivers and we will have the opportunity to admire the largest aquatic plant in the world. At nightfall we will discover the symphony emitted by nocturnal birds that inhabit the skies of the Amazon.
  • Return to Zafiro for an early lunch. On the way back to Zafiro, our guides will special torches to locate caimans, owls, and capybaras.
  • Dinner. Upon returning to the cruise chip, we will enjoy a comforting Amazonian dinner.
Day 6 - Thursday: UCAYALI RIVER- YANALLPA RIVER- TAPICHE RIVER- DORADO RIVER- PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVER
  • Breakfast. We will start the day with a full breakfast aboard the Sapphire.
  • Expedition of the Yanallpa River. After breakfast we will go out in skiff through the flooded forest, discovering streams of black water and arriving at what is known as the ¨forest gallery¨, a natural tunnel created by the Amazonian vegetation itself.
  • Exploration of the Trapiche River. On the way to the Sapphire we will sail along the Trapiche river and we will take a guided walk where we will learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, snakes and birds. We will identify the fruit trees and medicinal plants of the Amazon.
  • Return to Zafiro for lunch. We will return to the Zafiro to enjoy lunch on board.
  • Exploration of the Dorado River. We will take a trip in our skiffs through “the jungle of mirrors”, where we can see the tall trees reflected in the black water of the river. We will observe the parrots, macaws, primates and sloths that inhabit the banks of the river. On the way back to Zafiro we can observe alligators and frogs in the water, as well as fishermen bats flying over us.
  • Return to Zafiro for dinner. Enjoy the dinner aboard the Zafiro.
Day 7 - Friday: UCAYALI RIVER- YARAPA RIVER- AMAZON RIVER- PANGUANA 2nd ZONE
  • Expedition to the Yarapa River. We will continue exploring the water ways in the skiffs to the place where the pink and gray freshwater dolphins swim and play. We will observe monkeys such as the capuchin and marmoset. We will also observe birds such as flycatchers, trogons, and carpenters as well as other typical creatures of the Amazonian ecosystem.
  • Return to the Sapphire and start navigating downstream to Iquitos. Once back to the Sapphire we will serve lunch and enjoy some time with some relaxation and rest.
  • Cooking class in Panguana 2nd zone. We will enjoy a cooking class in a native home with our guides as interpreters. We will learn firsthand about local cuisine and taste the culinary art of the Amazon.
  • Return to Zafiro. Once on board, the cruise will continue its descent by the river towards Iquitos.
  • Informational session in the interior lounge. We will look back to remember everything we discovered on our trip and learn more about the Amazon and its geography.
  • Wildlife viewing. We will admire the creatures that inhabit the banks of the Amazon River.
  • Dinner and presentation of the crew. After dinner, our guides will introduce us to all crew members.
Day 8 - Saturday: CHECK OUT- DISEMBARK IN IQUITOS- MANATI RESCUE CENTER-AIRPORT
  • Boat trip on the Itaya River. We will navigate this tributary of the Amazon and admire the floating houses of the Belen Market.
  • Return to Zafiro for an early lunch. We will share one last lunch before the trip back home.
  • Travel to the airport and visit the Manatí Rescue Center. On the way to the airport we will visit the rescue center for Manatí; where biologists and volunteers take care of the endangered species. We will see how manatees are cared for and prepared for their re-introduction into their natural habitat.
  • Check-in at Iquitos International Airport. Your guides will assist you with Check-in and departure formalities to board your flight back to Lima.

The itineraries are subject to change according to climatic conditions at certain times of the year. The excursions can be modified at the discretion of the Zafiro crew.

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Arrival and embark

Our Zafiro staff will be waiting for you at the Iquitos airport. We will transfer you by private bus the main port, where we will board in Zafiro.

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