The 44-passenger Amazon Discovery riverboat was tailor-made to suit its environment while maintaining its integrity as a true luxury river cruise ship possessing all the comforts and conveniences of a five-star hotel. On this ship’s week-long Amazon adventure, you will have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the Peru’s northern Amazon River. This 7-day/6-night Amazon river cruise will allow you to discover one of the oldest and largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world, participating in activities that include jungle hikes, visits to indigenous communities, searches for exotic rainforest wildlife, piranha fishing, even an Amazon cooking class, and much more. Explore this vibrant yet fragile place in a manner that even Mother Nature herself would be proud of: on board the Amazon Discovery!
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A bustling river city of 600,000 people, Iquitos is the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest. In the 20th century, the city attracted Europeans immigrants who contributed to an era of great wealth accumulation, commerce and social development.
AM: Upon your arrival in Iquitos, you will be led on a panoramic city tour of the farthest inland port in the world that serves ocean vessels. (Please note that the group transfer/pickup and touring is based on flight LA2380 [LIM-IQT]**). We will visit the city’s historic district to find many of the impressive homes of the 20th century “rubber barons,” including the famous Casa de Fierro (“the Iron House”). Next, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a fantastic project committed to saving orphaned manatees and reintroducing them into the wild. You will learn about their importance to the world’s ecosystem, and why they are so endangered in this part of the Amazon. Sometimes we even have the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants.
PM: This morning we will transfer by bus to the Itaya River for embarkation. After a short orientation and reception, you can enjoy a traditional welcome dinner on board the Amazon Discovery riverboat.
**Note: Depending on the arrival time of the recommended inbound flight on “Day 1,” part or all of “Day 1” touring (and boxed lunch) may me moved to “Day 7”.
AM: This morning we will have a chance to search for the elusive, freshwater Pink river dolphin. This area is a favorite feeding spot for these medium-sized dolphins that possess small or no dorsal fins. We may also have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim in this pristine area.
PM: This afternoon we enter another of the Amazon River's tributaries, one teeming with tropical flowers. You will be able to explore its banks and small creeks in search of rare and unusual Amazonian wildlife, including various species of monkeys, birds, and iguanas not seen anywhere elsewhere.
AM: This morning you will awake at the birthplace of the Amazon River: the convergence of the Ucayali & Marañon rivers. After exploring the area, we will visit the village of San Francisco, where you will be greeted by happy smiles from the locals. After taking time to stroll around the community, visiting the resident’s homes and observing their daily lives, we will have an opportunity to visit the local school (when in session), and ask the teacher any questions you might have. Our visit ends with a time to shop the village’s arts and crafts market, where all items are made by the local women and children.
PM: This afternoon we will go hiking through the pristine and unique terra firme ecosystem, passing through a tropical rainforest with whose upper canopy reaches as high as 55 meters, with many of these trees possessing buttress roots that extend high up their trunks. Palms are abundant, and many of them have stilt roots. This type of forest is one of the most bio-diverse habitats on earth, supporting the largest number of plant and animal species, per unit area, on earth. Our naturalists will introduce you to the giant ceiba, or kapok tree, as well as local medicinal plants we encounter during the hike. This area of the jungle is also teeming with exotic birds, including the bluish-fronted jacamars, collared trogons, red-capped cardinals, and many other colorful species.
AM: This morning you will have the chance to explore one of the most spectacular sites of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve: the black water river of Yana Yacu Pucate. Aboard skiffs, we will have the chance to explore deep into the rainforest, admiring its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna, including a myriad bird species, colorful butterflies and other diverse insects, noisy monkey troops, and active Pink and Grey river dolphins.
PM: This evening, we will explore Nauta Caño, its lagoons, and its dynamic, stunning panoramas. Cruising is the best way to experience the diversity of the wildlife that populates the rivers and their jungle habitats, quietly exploring marshes, streams and oxbows. Back aboard our excursion skiffs, we will head to a beautiful lake that has a spectacular piranha-fishing spot. There are 25 different species of piranha in the Amazon basin, and -- contrary to popular legend -- they feed on the flowers, fruit and outer coverings of the trees standing in the shallow water.
Once darkness begins to envelope the Amazon basin, the jungle comes alive with the cacophony of night herons, pauraques, spectacled owls, and more than a dozen species of frogs along the river’s edge. Powerful spotlights will allow us to embark on a night safari, searching for the sources of the various sounds, and possibly catching a glimpse of waterbirds flying descending from above, scooping up fish for their dinner. In the water, we will search for Spectacled and Black caimans. This is also a perfect time for stargazing, while fireflies light up the jungle around us.
AM: This morning we will be enjoying a lecture on the medicinal plants in the region and take part in cooking lessons learning how to make “Juanes.”
PM: Later in the afternoon we will have a chance to interact with the local village residents of Santa Ana. During this time, we will visit a shaman for a small ceremony before returning to the ship.
AM: In the morning we will embark on a short skiff ride to our next port of call, El Fundo Guerra, where a local sugar cane farmer named Armando creates sugarcane rum and local spirits in his very own authentic vintaged distillery. He will take us through the process for start to finish ending with a brief tasting session.
PM: This afternoon we will navigate downriver from Iquitos to a 250-hectare island dedicated to the preservation and protection of orphaned monkeys. Many of the monkeys on the island were found in local markets and donated to the non-profit organization that manages the island and cares for the seven different species of monkeys currently living here.
AM: After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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