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Amazon Cruise Voyage

Amazon Voyage

Cruise Highlights:

  • Privileged access to the deep reaches of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve and terra firma private reserve
  • Visit remote villages and meet the Ribereños, inhabitants of the rainforest, learning about their culture and meeting a real medicine man

At a glance

Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Lima, Peru

From: $4,398

Season: January - December

Activities: Birding, Nature, Wildlife

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International Expeditions

Over the 34 years that International Expeditions has been leading Amazon River cruises, guests have enjoyed unrivaled access to the Peruvian rainforest’s most pristine areas and the company of the river’s most knowledgeable guides. IE’s exciting daily excursions include pre-dawn birding, school visits in local villages and even piranha fishing! In true expedition fashion, our Amazon River tour is aboard a classically designed Amazon River cruise ship. Join IE and be transported to the Amazon of your imagination to discover a rainforest that pulsates with an unrivaled diversity of wildlife.

International Expeditions’ exclusive Amazon River tour covers more than 600 miles on the Amazon and its tributaries. You travel deep into the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve and explore three different habitats so you have the best chance of spotting rare wildlife! On our Amazon River cruises, we look for monkeys, birds, sloths and other mammals, pink and gray dolphins and so much more.

Aboard our Amazon River cruise you’ll create a lifetime of memories: the joy in the eyes of a village child when you visit their school; the enveloping darkness of the jungle; or the awe of floating along narrow streams accompanied by pink dolphins. Drawing on insight from our native Amazon travel guides, IE intentionally varies the villages and tributaries we visit, ensuring you get the most authentic rainforest experience possible.

International Expeditions pioneered travel to the Peruvian Amazon, and our nature-focused, small-group expedition travel remains the standard for Amazon Voyage expedition cruises. IE not only pioneered travel to this region, we still work with many of the naturalist guides that we helped to train. Ensuring a worry-free and educational journey, these expert local naturalist guides — along with an expedition leader — accompany our Amazon Voyage cruises. Each day, these knowledgeable Amazon River travel guides use their decades of learning and guiding experience to serve as lecturers, field guides and friends as you explore the rainforest.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - U.S. / Lima

Fly independently to Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to the Swissôtel for the night. (D Aloft)

Day 2 - Lima / Iquitos / Embark Amazon Riverboat / Amazon River

Tour historic Lima, visiting Casa Aliaga, a private home dating back to the Conquistadors. See the Cathedral, where Francisco Pizarro is entombed, and Plaza de Armas. Before lunch, tour the monastery and vast catacombs of the Iglesia de San Francisco. Fly over the Andes Mountains to Iquitos. Board our riverboat, home for the next seven days of our Amazon cruise. During a nightly briefing, we’ll review the following day’s Amazon Voyage expedition itinerary and meet the crew. Tonight, we journey slowly toward the confluence marking the beginning of the Amazon River, stargazing and storytelling with our local guides. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Confluence of the Amazon River / Río Ucayali

We awake this morning on the Amazon River, seeing some of the ever-changing panorama of jungle life as our Amazon River cruise ship continues upriver. Small villages dot the shoreline, and channels weaving through island mazes provide close-up views of a variety of birds. The confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers is famous as the beginning of the Amazon River in Peru. Amazingly, we are about 2,400 miles from where the river flows into the Atlantic. The river drops only about 350 feet the entire way! On our Amazon Voyage adventure, travel waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where we may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant. We turn into the Río Ucayali, where we’re apt to find gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins cavorting near the boat and along the shoreline. Later we take an excursion into the surrounding rainforest in search of giant water lilies and elusive wildlife such as monkeys and sloths. As dusk approaches, fishing bats begin their night’s foraging. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

After a peaceful breakfast along the black-water Sapote Creek, we explore a small tributary of the Ucayali aboard our excursion boats. Look for animals including primates, sloths and an enormous variety of birds. Our Amazon Voyage adventure continues upriver to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Although scientific studies are far from exhausted, the Pacaya-Samiria is the known home to 450 bird species, 102 species of mammals, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians, and countless plants. This afternoon, an excursion into this largest wetland reserve in the world provides the opportunity to see 13 species of primates, including monk sakis, red howler, saddle-backed tamarin and squirrel monkeys. Explore Caro Lake, connected to the river by way of a very small stream, where we may find flocks of greater ani, often seen following monkeys in search of insects disturbed by the monkeys’ foraging. We enjoy a nighttime boat excursion for a chance to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Rio Pacaya / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

Spend the day exploring this flooded realm, seeing wading birds such as herons, wattled jacanas and horned screamers. Venturing deep into the rainforest, tour an igapo (seasonally flooded forest), where plant life is very different from what we see along the main course of our Amazon cruise, and walk through the forest. Lucky guests may release turtle hatchlings. A delicious lunch energizes us for afternoon excursions with our expert naturalists, where we may find scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks and red howler monkeys.(B,L,D)

Day 6 - Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

After an early breakfast, we board our excursion boats for access even further into the heart of these vast wetlands. As our Amazon Voyage adventure cruises the narrow waterways, we’ll find birds such as canary-winged parakeets and spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws. Primates also are fairly common, including noisy squirrel monkeys. After a picnic lunch, we gradually make our way back to our riverboat through the maze of waterways. Visit a village along the river, with the chance to learn about the lives of the “Ribereño” people who live there. Accompanied by guides who grew up along the river, this is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through gardens learning about medicinal plants and folklore, visit a school, or join in a game of soccer. The children are especially excited to see their faces on digital cameras and to show off their school and sing Peruvian songs. Depending on the villages visited during your Amazon River tour, you may also have the opportunity to see an IE-funded water treatment plant. The clean drinking water provided by these plants is having an enormous positive health impact in remote river villages. Learn about medicinal plants and enjoy a blessing ceremony by a respected village shaman. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

This morning we head back downriver, with a morning wildlife or other activity. Aboard the ship, take advantage of the open-air top deck, learning to make traditional Peruvian dishes or enjoying an enriching lecture. After dark we’ll go out in our excursion boats to listen to the sounds of the rainforest and look for nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Amazon River

Wake up early for a morning birdwatching excursion along the Yarapa River. After breakfast, try your hand at piranha fishing in Ubos Lake. Piranha are very common in the slower-moving water. With luck, we may catch red-breasted, white or black piranha, and feast on our catch this evening at dinner. Once back aboard our Amazon River cruise ship, we enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Iquitos / Lima / Depart

In the morning we disembark in Iquitos. Enjoy a tour of this frontier city, visiting the IE-funded Las Malvinas urban garden project. After lunch, fly back to Lima and connect with your overnight flight to the U.S. ( B,L)

Day 10 - Arrive U.S.

We arrive Sunday and connect with flights home. (Meals Aloft)

Because conditions at the time of our visit and new opportunities always determine what is possible on the Amazon, our Amazon cruise expedition itinerary is flexible. The itinerary shown is a guide to what we may do, but it’s always subject to change.

Dates & Rates

Dates Lower Deck Upper Deck Lower Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Lower Deck Solo Cabin
Jan 6, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Jan 20, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Feb 3, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Feb 10, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Feb 24, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Mar 3, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Mar 10, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Mar 17, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Mar 24, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Mar 31, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Apr 14, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Apr 21, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Apr 28, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
May 5, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
May 12, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
May 19, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Jun 16, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Jul 7, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Jul 28, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Aug 4, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Aug 11, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Aug 18, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Sep 29, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Oct 6, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Oct 13, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Oct 20, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Oct 27, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Nov 3, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Nov 10, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Nov 17, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Dec 15, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Dec 22, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948
Dec 29, 2017 $4,948 $5,148 $5,148 $5,348 $4,948

Pricing is per person based on double occupancy, unless indicated as single occupancy. Limited cabins available for solo travelers with no single supplement fee. Please call for details.

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