The M/V Jungle Discovery (previously based out of Ecuador) was designed and built in 2005 to travel in Amazonia! The vessel offer ideal accommodations for a wide variety of rainforest cruise experiences.

Specifically designed for the waters of the Amazon's various rivers, the ship is about 100 feet long, with a beam of 34 feet, and with a draft of less than 4 feet. The ship’s design provides plenty of space on its three decks and has 13 passenger cabins, all on the upper decks.

All cabins are air conditioned and have private bathrooms with hot water showers. There are king-bed cabin suites available.

The dining room, where delicious buffet style meals are served, is air conditioned as well. Complimentary coffee, tea, and bottled drinking water are available throughout the day. The ship’s bar is well stocked with cold drinks and there is ample deck area, covered and uncovered, with comfortable deck chairs and hammocks for a leisurely look at life on the river.

The ship is connected by radio with the main office in Iquitos. The 15 passenger excursion boats used for outings provide a closer look at the Amazon rainforest and its peoples.



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Amazon River Cruises



1. Amazon Frontiers Cruise

(Iquitos, Peru to Leticia, Colombia & Tabatinga, Brazil)


Day 1, Friday or Saturday (depending on departure dates):

Upon arrival in Lima, Peru, you are met at the airport and the local staff personnel will assist with your luggage and then transfer you into town to the colonial-style Hotel Antigua Miraflores for the overnight.

(Note: We suggest you consider arriving to Lima a day early and add an overnight in Iquitos. This will avoid a next day early morning flight from Lima to Iquitos and will allow to time explore Lima and Iquitos for a more leisurely start of the tour.)


Day 2:

   An early morning flight across the snow-capped Andes Mountains and over the winding rivers of the Amazon, takes you from the urban jungle to the rainforest jungle. Upon arrival in the morning to the rubber-boom era, city of Iquitos, a representative meets and takes you to the dock to board the ship. En route is a short sight-seeing tour to view the Belen Market, Main Plaza, the Eiffel House, and boardwalk area. After settled onboard, your English-speaking, naturalist guide gives a general ship orientation, crew member introduction and ship's safety information while sailing along the city's riverfront commercial area. Departing a few miles downstream on the Itaya River, we soon meet up with the Amazon River viewing the islands, small villages, and farms.

Later we enjoy a delicious buffet lunch featuring authentic Peruvian dishes.
Next is a visit to a local sugarcane liquor, or "cachaza", factory at the Yanamono tributary. Late afternoon, we take the expedition boats further downstream to the mouth of the Napo River. This is where explorer Francisco de Orellana, the Spaniard in 1541 named the river "Amazonas" for the Amazons of Greek mythology as his expedition encountered fierce female warriors in the area. While we will not see warriors, we may see graceful herons with their slimmer postures reflected on the river, curious pink and gray river dolphins, countless birds and usually a colorful sunset. After dinner is time to witness the star-filled skies of the dark Amazonia. (B, L, D)


Day 3:

When we arise this morning, the ship will be docked near the village of Pevas at the mouth of Palometa tributary. Our tour guide takes us on a boating excursion to a nearby black water lake, or "cocha", for an early morning bird-watching adventure. Here we have lots of opportunities to look for exotic birds as well as other wildlife. We are likely to encounter the Hoatzin, one of the jungle's most unusual birds, which can mimic the sounds of a number of animals and whose young have claws on their wings to grasp branches.

After breakfast, we visit a small Bora (or Huitoto) Indian community where we receive a warm welcome from the chief and villagers alike. This visit carries us back in time, as these natives live much like their ancestors have for centuries. We are invited into their communal building, or "Maloka", made the traditional  way from wood poles with palm leaf thatched roof held together with jungle vines. Here they will discuss their culture, answer questions, and perform tribal dances. We also have time to buy, or trade, for the multicolored handicrafts they make using materials from the rainforest and river. The Boras and Huitotos still maintain some of their ancient traditions, values, and customs, such as using handmade tools in their everyday lives.

After lunch is a nature walk into primary and second-growth forest along the Limon tributary. We are likely to see oriole blackbirds, yellow-headed caracaras, Squirrel and Capuchin monkeys, colorful butterflies, leaf-cutter ants, among giant trees like the Kapok which merge overhead to form a verdant archway. The forest botanical resources include leaves the size of umbrellas, vines with incredible sizes and shapes, and a wealth of medicinal plants. Along the trail, we learn which plants are edible and which are poisonous (from the guide - not by tasting).

After dinner, is a night boating excursion to look for nocturnal wildlife and stargaze. (B, L, D)


Day 4:

Early this morning, we explore the rainforest along the banks of the Amazon River at Alfaro Island in the expedition launches. We should hear and perhaps see monkeys and various birds such as toucans, parrots, kingfishers, and Black-necked Red Cotingas.

After breakfast, we continue downstream while we observe the lush green forest along the river's sides. Occasionally we pass a dugout canoe with barely an inch of freeboard showing from the load of people and cargo.

Mid-morning, we visit a typical Amazon village at Paranaquiro to observe and learn how the people live within their environment. We continue sailing down the Amazon River, passing a few thatched-roof, jungle homes, with natives, especially children, walking along the shoreline.

After the lunch, we arrive at the entrance to Caballo Cocha lake. The next hour up the channel is amazing as it is only a hundred feet wide with countless varieties of animal sights and sounds along the banks. Near the mouth of the channel it is usual to spot groups of grey and pink Amazon River dolphins arching silently out of the black waters. At mid-afternoon, the ship docks at the village of Caballo Cocha for a short walk around the little town. Afterwards, our guide leads us on a fishing trip, where we use cane poles to catch piranha and examine various fish species.

After dinner, a night boating excursion takes us caiman spotting with a flashlight and with practiced skills, our guide will catch an caiman with his bare hands! We enjoy additional opportunities for viewing nocturnal wildlife and star constellations while returning to the ship and continuation of  our journey down the Amazon River. (B, L, D)


Day 5:

After cruising all night, we awake on the Amazon River at Santa Rosa Island (Peru), an area called Tres Frontiers, where the borders of Peru, Colombia, and Brazil meet. After breakfast the launches transfer us to the joined cities of Leticia, Colombia, and Tabatinga, Brazil. We then have free time for personal exploration of these frontier towns. You can arrange a visit to the local museum or zoo, shop the markets and souvenir giftshops, or just relax in a street-side cantina, ice cream shop, or restaurant adjoining the main square.

Midday, we return to the M/V Jungle Discovery for lunch and sail up the Amazon River, back towards Iquitos. From the observation deck, we have spectacular views of the forest as ship winds along a narrow section of the Amazon River.

Late afternoon, we make a brief stop at Micos Island on the Colombian side of the river to view a monkey species and huge Victoria Amazonica Lily pads which bloom in an estuary off the river bank.

Later, we stop by the Cayaru River to see a variety of colorful birds, and with luck, three toed Sloths and monkeys. As the ship moves against the river current through the night, we can observe the stars presenting a marvelous and incredible spectacle of both Southern and Northern constellations. (B, L, D)


Day 6:

An early wake up call give us time for a cup of coffee or tea before embarking on a bird watching excursion by boat at one of the many oxbow lakes.

After return and breakfast, is an extensive jungle walk through primary and secondary forest nearby the village of San Juan of Camucheros. The guide will show how to survive in the jungle; finding food, water, showing how to make a fire; and point out termite nests, lizards, big trees, medicinal plants, and other type of wildlife. The outing provides a good foundation for understanding how man has adapted to the Amazon environment.

After lunch, we venture into virgin rainforest by entering "terra firma" for a jungle hike to view a great variety of blossoming bromeliads, delicate orchids, ferns, huge Ceiba trees, strangler figs, lianas, (vines), medicinal plants, reptiles and insects. Then we visit a nearby colpa (clay lick) to watch for blue-and-yellow macaws, white-throated toucans, tanagers, woodpeckers among other birds.

As darkness falls, we have chances to observe the distinctive reflective red eyes of the black caimans along the narrow shorelines of a stream. Tonight the ship continues sailing up the Amazon River while we relax and absorb the sights, sounds and smells of the lush forest from the ship. (B, L, D)


Day 7:

Early in the morning, we set off to a small blackwater lake, home to a myriad of bird species. As we boat the tranquil waters of the Ampiyacu River, we enjoy breathtaking views of the rainforest and look for pink dolphins and exotic birds. Upon return from wildlife watching, a filling breakfast is served.

After breakfast, we visit a Yagua Indian village to get a firsthand look at the daily lives of these people. The tour through the village lets us see the virtues of rainforest life, and highlights the problems facing a people caught between their own culture and traditions, and the imposing Western way of life. It is an amazing experience to chat with the village chief and his relatives who teach us their unique blowgun techniques and perform traditional dances. It is also a good chance to try out our bartering skills for handicrafts (or just buying their handicrafts). Returning to the ship and cruising, we may enjoy the cooling breezes and outstanding views from the observation deck.

After lunch, we go out fishing for black and red piranhas at the Apayacu River, which is also habitat for such other fish species as arawana, sardine, and zungaro catfish. The evenings are a special time in the Amazon as they can provide an unbelievable myriad of colors, so this last afternoon, have your camera at hand to take pictures as the sun sets over the jungle. (B, L, D)


Day 8, Friday, or Saturday:

We arrive into Iquitos mid-morning. Following breakfast and disembarkation, as your luggage is stored for later, you have time to browse around this exotic town at our own pace. You can explore the city's tourist sights, shop, relax at Ari's Burger cafe, and even ride on a motorized rickshaw. An array of activities like a city tour, visit to the local zoo, and meals at local restaurants, may also be arranged (at an additional cost).

Unless staying extra nights in Iquitos, the local staff personnel will assist with the late afternoon transfer to the airport and check-in for the flight to Lima. Connections to late night, USA return flights, arrive back into the USA early the next morning. (B)


NOTE: These daily itineraries are scheduled guidelines and it is important to allow room for the unpredictable and unexpected surprises that make each trip unique. We find it is more satisfying to let the jungle, the weather, and our naturalist guides lead the way. We trust the expert guides to modify the itinerary for the particular interests and safety of the group.




2. Amazon Pacaya Samiria Cruise

(Iquitos upriver to National Reserve)


Day 1, Friday or Saturday:

Upon arrival in Lima, Peru, you are met at the airport and the local staff personnel will assist with your luggage and then transfer you into town to the colonial-style Hotel Antigua Miraflores for the overnight. (Note: We suggest you consider arriving a day early for a more leisurely start of the tour. We can add an extra overnight in Lima or Iquitos.)


Day 2:

   An early morning flight across the snow-capped Andes Mountains and over the winding rivers of the Amazon, takes you from the urban jungle to the rainforest jungle. Upon arrival in the morning to the rubber-boom era, city of Iquitos, a representative meets and takes you to the dock to board the ship. En route is a short sight-seeing tour to view the Belen Market, Main Plaza, the Eiffel House, and boardwalk area. After settled onboard, your English-speaking, naturalist guide gives a general ship orientation, crew member introduction and ship's safety information while sailing along the city's riverfront commercial area. Departing a few miles downstream on the Itaya River, we soon meet up with the Amazon River viewing the islands, small villages, and farms.

A Peruvian-style, welcome buffet lunch is served in the dining room while the M/V Jungle Discovery sails up stream. In the afternoon is a boating excursion into the rainforest to observe the immensity of the trees and the incredible amount of botanical diversity.

Mid-evening, we pass the juncture of the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers whose waters form the Rio Amazonas. We continue up the Marañon River to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, which is shaped by this triangular area of river's confluence, located about 93 miles from Iquitos. (B, L, D)


Day 3:

We awake to the exotic sounds of the dawn chorus and join our naturalist guide for a bird-watching excursion along the Marañon's river edges. We are afforded excellent views and photo opportunities of different species we might see jacamars, Ibis, parrots, the spectacular red-and-green, blue-and-gold and Scarlet macaws among the other wildlife that reside within this virgin paradise.

After lunch, an optional lecture by the naturalist guide introduces you to this rainforest and water Reserve.

By early afternoon, the M/V Jungle Discovery arrives at San Martin Lake, part of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. As the day begins to cool, we board the excursion boats to explore the jungle. Birds call sporadically to each other in shrill chirps shattering the silence, while our and the naturalist guide's eyes try to locate the noisy species. Dinner is served while the ship continues sailing up stream on the Samiria River. Sunsets are a special time in Amazonia as they can provide an unbelievable myriad of colors! Later, the dark Amazon sky becomes nature's own planetarium with its open expanse of brilliant stars, providing hours of delight! (B, L, D)


Day 4:

At daybreak, we continue exploring the Amazon flooded forest and a black water oxbow lake near Ranger Checkpoint #2. The lagoon there is often crowded with giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies, whose enormous leaves can exceed five feet in diameter. We also search the jungle surrounding the lake for primitive-looking birds called Hoatzins and a huge variety of colorful birds, Three-toed sloth, and numerous species of monkeys like Squirrel and Capuchin.

After breakfast, our guide teaches us how to catch piranhas and other fish species using cane poles. In these waters, we can see a great variety of the Amazon's edible fishes such as the huge Piache (Arapaima gigas), for which your ship is named. It is the world's largest, scaled freshwater fish. A primitive species that can grow over to over 800 lbs, it has scales so large and rough that Amazonian people use them as rasps and decoration.

Tonight, we board the launches and use our flashlights to pierce the darkness and catch the shining red eyes of the black Amazon caiman, frogs, snakes, and nocturnal birds. (B, L, D)


Day 5:

After breakfast, we have an introduction to Reserve's ecosystem. Your naturalist guide will  translate for the park rangers and native guides. They will explain the significance of annual floods to the health of the river and rainforest, and how it effects the lives of the local people as they adapt to changes in water levels. As we slowly make our way upstream on the Samiria River and into even narrower waterways with walls of tropical vegetation, we are entertained by the tales our naturalist guides about the region's ecology.

The Reserve is called "La Selva de los Espejos" (the jungle of mirrors) for its mirrorlike reflections in the waters of the Reserve's lakes and lagoons. Its 10,800 square miles of seasonally flooded swamp forest is home to some of the most biologically diverse wildlife on earth. It provides for an enormous variety of wildlife and flora, such as 250 species of tree per hectare and 573 species of birds! Although we may literally trip over plants, the fauna is harder to locate and each find is a discovery in itself. (B, L, D)


Day 6:

We have another fascinating and  full day of exploring in the Reserve. An outstanding feature of the Reserve's waters is the large population of both Gray and Pink Amazon River Dolphins, which are often seen cavorting near the ship and along the shoreline. During the day's outings, we will search foJungle Discoveryr primates, such as Capuchins, Pygmy Marmosets, and spider monkeys, sloths, and colorful birds. We can expect to see trees in a mind-numbing variety of shapes, sizes, colors and configurations, with vines hanging and weaving amongst them, and hosting a wide variety of orchids and bromeliads.

After dinner is a another nighttime adventure for spotting Caiman and wildlife. The launch boats will take us into shallow marshy areas to look for the red eyes of the caimans along the riverbanks and to listen to the jungle's night sounds. During the night, we start our cruise out of the Reserve back to the Marañon River. In the darkness, the front decks provide an enchanting place to witness the navigation skills of the pilots as they maneuver the ship on the twisting jungle rivers. (B, L, D)


Day 7:

Today, we hope to reach another region of flooded forest and small jungle lakes where we have the chance to spot the prehistoric Hoatzin bird. We can also fish for armored catfish, sardines, and piranhas. If you catch your own, the chef will even cook them for you.

We later stop at the Nauta Caño tributary to hike into the forest. This gives us a chance to see additional things we might not see from the river. This area is famous for its high concentration of wildlife and with luck we may see many rare and endangered species.

During the afternoon, we visit a village at the Yarapa River to barter and shop for souvenirs and learn how the local people live in conjunction with their environment.

Tonight, we bid a good-bye to our captain and crew at the farewell dinner. (B, L, D)


Day 8, Friday, or Saturday:

We arrive into Iquitos mid-morning. Following breakfast and disembarkation, as your luggage is stored for later, you have time to browse around this exotic town at our own pace. You can explore the city's tourist sights, shop, relax at Ari's Burger cafe, and even ride on a motorized rickshaw. An array of activities like a city tour, visit to the local zoo, and meals at local restaurants, may also be arranged (at an additional cost).

Unless staying extra nights in Iquitos, the local staff personnel will assist with the late afternoon transfer to the airport and check-in for the flight to Lima. Connections to late night, USA return flights, arrive back into the USA early the next morning. (B)


Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

   
Located in Peru's Amazon region, 93 miles from Iquitos, the Reserve is a triangular shaped area between the Maranon and Ucayali rivers. These rivers intersect at the northeastern tip of the Reserve, marking the beginning of what is considered the Amazon proper. The basins of the Pacaya and Samiria rivers have been protected by the Peruvian government since 1940. The area was declared a National Reserve in 1972 and enlarged to its present size of 5,137,000 acres (2,080,000 ha) in 1982. The Reserve is the largest in Peru, the second largest in the Amazon region, and the fourth largest in all of South America. The great size of the Reserve assures that it will be ecologically and genetically representative of the region, with an abundance of virtually unchanged areas. With future protection and conservation, its location and great extension, assures the preservation of the most representative flora and fauna of the humid tropical forest.
    The approximately 70,000 people who live in the Reserve mostly are located in villages along the edge of the Reserve. Only a few villages are found in the interior of the Reserve. The reserve is located in a region called Lower Jungle (which most seasonally floods), characterized by an exceptional variety of animals and plants. It is considered one of the most interesting areas for scientific study and evolution of the flora and fauna, because of its great biodiversity. In the basin of the Pacaya River, there are more than 20 lakes of regular dimensions in the basin of the Samiria River there are more than 40. In the shores of both rivers there are also wide areas of swamps where cane and other plants grow. The forest is predominantly high and dense, with trees of 50 m in height, whose trunks, in many cases are 3 m in diameter. There are, among other plants, 22 species of orchids and 600 species of passionflowers alone. There also grows the "uña de gato", whose medicinal properties are well known all over the world. The water fauna is the most important protected resource, among it are the paiche, an enormous fish with delicious meat, as well as turtles that hatch their eggs in the river shores, the pink and the black dolphin, countless fish species and even manatee. Among the most important fauna ones are the 132 species of reptiles, of which we can mention the legendary anaconda, crocodiles like the white and the black crocodile, as well as colonies of iguanas, over 300 species of birds, including the rare Harpy Eagle. There are over 132 species of mammals including rare giant river otters and tapirs, and 13 species of primates. The black spider monkey, the orange-chested spider monkey, the woolly monkey, the Saki, the Uakari, and the howler monkey are all considered endangered and are rarely seen in much of today's Amazon Rainforest. There is much to protect in the Reserve!

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3. Amazon Tapiche Cruise

(Iquitos upriver to the Tapiche River system)


Day 1, Friday, or Saturday:

Upon arrival in Lima, Peru, you are met at the airport and the local staff personnel will assist with your luggage and then transfer you into town to the colonial-style Hotel Antigua Miraflores for the overnight. (Note: We suggest you consider arriving to Lima a day early and add an overnight in Iquitos. This will avoid a next day early morning flight from Lima to Iquitos and will allow to time explore Lima and Iquitos for a more leisurely start of the tour.)


Day 2:

An early morning flight across the snow-capped Andes Mountains and over the winding rivers of the Amazon, takes you from the urban jungle to the rainforest jungle. Upon arrival in the morning to the rubber-boom era, city of Iquitos, a representative meets and takes you to the dock to board the ship. En route is a short sight-seeing tour to view the Belen Market, Main Plaza, the Eiffel House, and boardwalk area. After settled onboard, your English-speaking, naturalist guide gives a general ship orientation, crew member introduction and ship's safety information while sailing along the city's riverfront commercial area. Departing a few miles downstream on the Itaya River, we soon meet up with the Amazon River viewing the islands, small villages, and farms.

A welcome buffet Peruvian lunch is served in the dining room while the M/V Jungle Discovery sails upstream during the middle of the day. In the afternoon, the ship stops for a boating excursion at a black water lake for a closer look at the rainforest. (L, D)


Day 3:

By early morning we reach the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, the point where the Amazon River takes its name and its waters flow over 2,300 miles downstream to the Atlantic Ocean. We continue cruising up the Ucayali River. Occasional fisherman paddling canoes and children living in villages along the shore greet us with smiles. While motoring, we have chances to observe a wide variety of birds, such as orioles, jacanas, ibis, egrets and eagles, that can be spotted in the trees and overhead. 

After lunch and a lecture about the Amazon rainforest and local cultures, we will visit a nearby village on the Sapuenillo tributary for a short jungle walk. Afterwards, we continue sailing on the Ucayali River to the Tapiche River, a rich habitat for Amazon wildlife. (B, L, D)


Day 4:

We awake to dawn chorus of exotic sounds and join our naturalist guide for a bird-watching excursion on the Aleman tributary. We are afforded excellent views and photo opportunities of different bird species; such as jacamars, Ibis, parrots, the spectacular red-and-green, blue-and-gold and Scarlet macaws, and other wildlife that reside within this green paradise. Near the ship, it is common to spot groups of pink and grey dolphins arching silently out of the black waters. After lunch is an optional lecture to give us more insights about the local ecology.

Around mid-afternoon we arrive at the small village of Galacia, where our guide leads us into the Amazon rainforest for an extensive jungle hike. We can marvel at the sudden changes in the vegetation as we observe different species of huge trees, colorful flowers, lianas (vines), and wildlife. We then get back into excursion boats to head into the jungle for more exploration. Birds call sporadically to each other in shrill chirps shattering the silence, while our eyes try to locate the sources of the noisy creatures.

After sunset is a night excursion for the South American crocodile, known as caiman. Guides using flashlights shine a bright light on the reeds of the distant shore, and the eyes of caimans light up like bicycle reflectors. They might pick up smaller caimans for a closer look and then subsequently return to the water. While dinner is served and through much of the night, the ship continues sailing further up the Tapiche River. (B, L, D)


Day 5:

At daybreak, we continue our fascinating cruise program by exploring the surroundings at Garza Lake, near the village of Iberia. Here we explore an Amazon flooded forest in search of primitive-looking birds called Hoatzins, and the huge variety of colorful birds, three-toed sloth, and numerous species of monkeys like Squirrel and Capuchin. While on the lake, (or cocha), the guides teach us how to catch piranhas and other species of fish like sardines and catfish with just cane poles.

After lunch, our naturalist guide, of whom many were born and grew up in nearby river villages, lead us on a nature walk. They will point out which plants are used for medicinal and healing purposes and how to find the leaves, vines and woods used to build homes. Naturalists will discuss the fascinating rainforest creatures we observe while moving through the dense forest. Following dinner, the top deck is a great place to keep an eye out for wildlife while the M/V Jungle Discovery makes her way to our next destination. (B, L, D)


Day 6:

Early morning we arrive at the village of San Pedro, where after breakfast we have a chance to visit and enjoy the company of the local villagers. Children are especially intrigued and pleased by our visit, an opportunity that provides excellent photo possibilities. The guides are always on hand to escort, identify, and discuss the variety of plants and animal species we may find around the villages, and to answer questions about village life. After lunch, an optional lecture gives us chances to exchange our experiences in the village.

In the afternoon, an easy-paced hike through the forest (about three hours) gives us time to study and photograph the wilderness and wildlife.  After this adventure-filled day, we return to the M/V Jungle Discovery to relax in one of the hammocks on the sun deck and take a shower before a fantastic dinner while we start our cruise back to the Ucayali River. (B, L, D)


Day 7:

Early morning is the perfect time for exploring the rainforest because it is the most active time for birds and animals. After mid-morning, the ship will drop anchor in Ucayali River while we travel in the excursion boats up a tributary as daylight slowly dawns. Sunrise in the jungle usually provides an amazing nature experience, allowing us to see pairs of parrots flying overhead. Their distinctive squawks pierce the jungle air, along with other bird species such as; tinamous, herons, vultures, kingfishers, ibis, kites, woodpeckers, flycatchers and many more.

Following a hearty lunch, the naturalist conducts a lecture and discussion. During this talk we are taught about the fishes, plants, birds, the fascinating life of river dolphins, and details about weather patterns of the Amazon region. The afternoon allows time to explore for wildlife with an optional short jungle hike, or just relax in a hammock overlooking the breathtaking, panoramic views along the river.

Before sunset, a brief stop at the village of Libertad gives us a chance to better understand how people live in the Amazonia and an opportunity to buy some of the local handicrafts. (B, L, D)


Day 8, Friday, or Saturday:

After cruising all night down the Ucayali River, we awake this morning on the Amazon River. After breakfast, the M/V Jungle Discovery moors at the Yanaquillo tributary for a boating excursion to see Victoria Amazonica water lilies, which can be several feet across and adorned with basketball-size flowers, in addition to other wildlife along the shore. We arrive in Iquitos midday and enjoy the afternoon at our leisure. You can walk or taxi through the streets of this exotic city, or have a cold drink and meal at one of the local restaurants around the main plaza and boulevard area.

Unless staying extra nights in Iquitos, the local staff personnel will assist with the late afternoon transfer to the airport and check-in for the flight to Lima. Connections to late night, USA return flights, arrive back into the USA early the next morning. (B)




Private River Boat Charters

For families, organizations, and small private groups (best with 15 or more participants) we can arrange for your own ship and custom itinerary to suit your interests. Imagine sailing with your own private party or field school on the Amazon River!

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Also available are cruises for both independent travelers and those looking for upscale, private charters on the LUXURY SHIPS pictured below.


These Amazon Cruise itineraries travel from Iquitos to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers which form the Amazon River and into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Amazon Cruise tour options include itineraries of 7 Nights, 4 Nights, or 3 Nights onboard ship. Contact us for itinerary details and pricing on what works best for you.


M/V Aqua


 


 




M/V Aria

 


 




M/V Delfin I


 


 






M/V Delfin II


 







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Our most popular Amazon River Cruises are on the ship M/V Jungle Discovery, based out of Iquitos Peru, with itineraries into the rainforest both up river and down river.

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AMAZON FRONTIERS CRUISE

(Iquitos to Leticia / Tabatinga)

AMAZON PACAYA SAMIRIA CRUISE               

(Iquitos to National Reserve)

AMAZON TAPICHE CRUISE (charters only)

(Iquitos to Tapiche River system)


    Explorations Inc. is proud to offer 3 extraordinary natural history programs (see below) on two of the best ships on the Peruvian Amazon. Our specially designed ships provide for an exceptional, educational travel experience! This trip is designed for people with a love of nature who are looking for adventure in relative comfort. Have fun and learn about South American native cultures and Amazonia, the world's largest forest and river system.

    From Iquitos, Peru, your choice of 3 different cruise itineraries take you miles on the Amazon River for one of the world's best nature and cultural tours.

    The Amazon rainforest is home to immense trees that loom overhead hanging with vines and alive with over 500 species of birds and many more species that have not yet been identified. This region has been identified as having some of the highest biodiversity on the planet.

    Jungle hikes and small boat excursions will take you deep into the rainforest where knowledgeable, naturalist guides will explain native uses for the various plants, identify wildlife, and reveal fascinating secrets of Amazon lore. You will also visit villages of the various Indian tribes and witness their native cultures. Visits with the various peoples along the river will give you insight into man's relationship with the greatest ecosystem on earth and the fate of the Amazon rainforest.


 

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