• $4,948
  • $600
  • IE
  • High
  • Cruise + Land

Enjoy the Amazon aboard the 31-guest La Estrella Amazonica that features spacious cabins with private balconies and ensuite facilities and the rivers largest observation deck. Join expert guides and observe exotic wildlife during daily explorations. Set out on a guided kayak expedition into narrow tributaries. Visit a local village where Riberenos welcome you with joy, interest, and anticipation. Spend evenings cruising the headwaters of Earth’s most legendary river, stargazing and storytelling as Peruvian lore becomes part of your personal story.

 

 


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Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday

U.S. / LIMA

Fly independently to Lima, Peru and overnight at the Swissôtel. (D Aloft)

Day 2 – Saturday

LIMA / IQUITOS / EMBARK RIVERBOAT / AMAZON RIVER

Fly over the Andes to Iquitos, where we enjoy an encounter at the Manatee Research Center and survey the history of local tribes at a small museum. Board our riverboat, home for seven days. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Sunday

ORIGIN OF THE AMAZON RIVER / RÍO UCAYALI

Wake to the ever-changing panorama of jungle life. Our first exploration, at the origin of this mighty river, navigates the waterways aboard stable excursion boats to areas where we may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis and yellow-headed caracaras. Venture into the flooded varzea in search of a variety of birds, giant water lilies, monkeys and sloths. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Monday

RÍO UCAYALI / PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE

Explore this tangled realm of forest, rivers and lagoons on foot and aboard excursion boats, looking for pink dolphins and wading birds. Our naturalists share local lore and explain how pink river dolphins use sound to hunt. While exploring, look for monk saki and squirrel monkeys. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Tuesday

RÍO PACAYA / PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE

This morning, enjoy a peaceful breakfast along the blackwater Sapote Creek. Excursion boats grant us deeper access to this vast wetland as we continue to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. At night, board excursion boats and perhaps walk in the rainforest for a chance to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs, fishing bats and nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Wednesday

RÍO PACAYA / PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE

Once reaching the depths of the reserve we hike through the igapó (seasonally flooded forest). Periodically throughout the year, guests may even release turtle hatchlings. On an afternoon excursion we search for scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks and red howler monkeys. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Thursday

RÍO UCAYALI / PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE

Learn about the lives of the Ribereño people as we visit a village perched on the riverbanks. Stroll through their gardens learning about medicinal plants from the village shaman, visit a school or join in a game of soccer. Depending on the villages visited during your voyage, you may also have the opportunity to see an IE-funded water treatment tower. The clean drinking water provided by these towers is having an enormous positive health impact in remote river villages. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Friday

AMAZON RIVER

Enjoy an early morning birdwatching excursion along the Yarapa River. After breakfast, try your hand at piranha fishing in Ubos Lake. Back aboard our ship, take advantage of the open-air top deck, learning to make Peruvian dishes or enjoying a lecture. After dark, while sipping a cup of ginger tea, float peacefully and listen to the symphony of sound from the forest. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Saturday

IQUITOS / LIMA / DEPART

Disembark in Iquitos and fly back to Lima for lunch. Dayrooms are provided until you connect with overnight flights home. (B,L)

Day 10 – Sunday

ARRIVE HOME

Connect with flights home.

(Meals Aloft)


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