Amazon Cruise

Amazon Rainforest Cruise

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Culture
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
APA
Ways to Travel:
Voyages, Platinum, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Max group size:
38
Ages:
16+

Voyage into the world's largest river basin and explore the Peruvian Amazon

The Amazon: one of the wildest, most remote corners of Earth. For those drawn to the natural beauty of our planet it’s the ultimate adventure, which is why we’re so excited to announce our new eco-cruise along the “River of Life.”

Voyage into the world's largest river basin, an unparalleled biological reservoir on this thrilling adventure along the mighty Amazon River in Peru. Come face to face with pink dolphins, playful monkeys, sleepy sloths, giant butterflies and a myriad of other rare creatures in the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Travel in high style aboard the Amazon's only luxury ship enjoying all the comforts of a 5* hotel, the Zafiro. Disembark for guided moonlight safaris, canoe excursions, nature walks and piranha fishing. Amazonian cultural encounters are aplenty in Ribereño villages, receive a blessing from a Shaman and learn ancient customs with the locals. Complete with certified naturalist guides, outdoor jacuzzi, cooking class, pre and post cruise hotel in Lima, internal flights and more, this is as once-in-a-lifetime as it gets.

Aboard this luxury Amazon River cruise, you’ll create a lifetime of memories. Drawing on insight from our native Amazon travel guides, we intentionally vary the villages and tributaries we visit, ensuring you get the most authentic rainforest tour experience possible.

Highlights

  • Wildlife viewing on hikes, excursion boat rides and kayaks in the Amazon
  • Join a village Shaman for a blessing ceremony and learn about medicinal plants
  • Luxurious amenities aboard the Zafiro, including spa services and fresh Amazon fusion cuisine

Key information

  • 7 nights aboard the Zafiro, plus 2 hotel nights 
  • 7 days of wildlife viewing by sturdy excursion boats
  • Group normally 22-39 plus crew. Minimum age 16 years.
  • Countries visited: Peru

What's included

  • All breakfasts and lunches, plus 7 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities

  • Free arrival & departure transfers

  • Internal flights from Lima to Iquitos return

What's not included

  • International Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Lima
to
Lima
  • Day 1

    Start Lima

    Arrive anytime today in Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to our overnight hotel. 

    Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Fly Lima to Iquitos and embark

    Fly over the Andes to Iquitos. Board the elegant riverboat, Zafiro, home for the next seven nights. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers.

    Accommodation: Zafiro

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 3-8

    Amazon River & Tributaries

    Spend the next six nights aboard the Zafiro riverboat navigating deep into the tributaries of the Amazon—a web of forests and lakes that pulsates with a chorus of birdlife, the calls of primates, and flashes of colorful butterflies. 

    More than 1,300 species of birds, 40,000 plant species and grey and pink river dolphins can be found in this lush, ever-changing rainforest known collectively as “The Amazon.” 

    Enjoy unprecedented access to three habitats, varzea, igapó and palm-flooded forest, including the deep reaches of the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, for the greatest diversity of wildlife sightings, including spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws, hoatzins and horned screamers. Traverse the waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where you may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant. Nighttime excursions may reveal caimans, capybaras, common pootoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife. Periodically throughout the year, guests may even release turtle hatchlings.

    Daily excursions include early morning birding, enriching presentations, visits in local villages and even piranha fishing! Learn about the lives of the Ribereño people as we visit villages perched along the riverbanks. This is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through their gardens and learn about medicinal plants from a local Shaman. Depending on the villages visited during your voyage, you may also see a water treatment tower or home filtration systems provided through our partnership with a local conservation organization.

    Pointing out details no guidebook could provide are the onboard team of world-class naturalists, while Zafiro’s attentive crew ensures exceptional service in the wild.

    Accommodation: Zafiro

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Fly from Iquitos to Lima

    On an early morning excursion to Pilpintuwasi Rescue Center, see two- and three-toed sloth, red uakari and even a jaguar which have been rescued. Upon arrival back in Lima late this afternoon, hotel rooms are provided. You can stay overnight and depart on day 10, or alternatively use them as dayrooms and connect with independent overnight flights home today

    Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    End Lima

    Depart Lima at any time today.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Extend Your Trip

Lima Extension

Code: XTNLIM

Experience vibrant Lima as you delve into some of the city's most interesting sights!

Day 1 Arrive Lima

Arrive in Lima, Peru, where you are met and transferred to the Swisshotel (Meals Aloft)

Day 2 Colonial Lima

This morning tour the historic district of Lima. Visit the cathedral, where Francisco Pizarro is entombed, the Plaza de Armas, the monastery and vast catacombs of the Iglesia de San Francisco before visiting Casa Aliaga, a private home dating back to the Conquistadors. This afternoon we enjoy lunch overlooking the pyramid, Huaca Pucllana. Afterwards, we tour the ruins built by a Pre-Incan indigenous coastal civilization. Late this afternoon, we return to the hotel. This evening, enjoy the night in Lima on your own. Consider using this evening to experience some of Lima's world famous cuisine. (B,L)

Day 3 Lima

Today we begin with a visit to the vibrant Indian Market where crafters display a wide variety of handmade items, jewellery, and art. We have lunch at a local restaurant and explore the surrounding shops before returning to the hotel to refresh before a late afternoon visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. This museum is housed in an 18th century vice-royal mansion built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The museum was founded in 1926 and has the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru. The galleries provide an overview of 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. After our visit, we enjoy dinner at the museum's restaurant, Museo Larco, noted as one of Lima's finest dining options. We return to the hotel this evening and prepare for the next mornings' flight to Iquitos to begin our tour of the Amazon Rainforest. (B,L,D)

Wings Over Peru: Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands Pre-Extension

Code: XTNNAZ

Make the most of your travel to South America by combining the Amazon tour with our pre-tour extension to Peru's Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines are among the most astonishing early human creations — a series of large geometric shapes and depictions of animals, humans and plants carved out of the desert by a civilization that lived here between 200 BC and 600 AD. Their purpose has been the subject of intensive scientific investigation as well as all kinds of speculation. Since the Nazca Lines are best seen from the air, aboard this Wings Over Peru journey, you soar above the lines on a flightseeing excursion. We’ll also go by boat to the Ballestas Islands to see an incredible spectacle, with tens of thousands of roosting seabirds and colonies of sea lions patrolling the beaches. This extension adds two days to the length of your journey. 

Day 1 Arrive Lima

Our expedition begins with our flight to Lima. On arrival, we meet our guide and transfer to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel for the night. (Meals Aloft) 

Day 2 Lima / Paracas / Nazca / Paracas

We depart Lima early this morning and drive south to the town of Paracas, where we board a small plane for our flight over the Nazca Lines. Among the many figures we see are the “hummingbird,” “monkey” and “dog,” along with some of the many lines that run through the desert. Returning to Paracas, we enjoy an afternoon at leisure and overnight at La Hacienda Bahia de Paracas. While here you can relax seaside or treat yourself to a massage at the spa. (B,L,D) 

Day 3 Ballestas / Lima

This morning we take a boat ride to the Ballestas Islands to see thousands of seabirds: Humboldt penguins, Inca terns, two kinds of boobies and three kinds of cormorants. More than 200 species have been recorded here. Noisy sea lions also inhabit the beaches and waters. We continue on for more wildlife viewing, including Chilean flamingos. After our boat ride, we return to Lima. We have the evening to relax at our hotel. The rest of our group arrives this evening ready to begin our Amazon Rainforest Cruise tour. (B)

Rainforest Canopy & Lodge Extension

Code: XTNRAIN

From first light until after dark, immerse yourself in the sensations of our Amazon rainforest tour while enjoying our comfortable, air-conditioned lodge artfully constructed to exist in harmony with the surrounding environment. Explore a different side of Amazon rainforest travel as you head high into the canopy at day break, encountering birds and other wildlife in the treetops. 

Day 1 Arrive Lima

Fly independently to Lima, Peru, and overnight at the Costa del Sol. (D Aloft) 

Day 2 Ceiba Tops

Fly across the Andes to the lively frontier city of Iquitos. Enjoy an interactive visit to the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Board a speed boat and head out onto the Amazon River toward Ceiba Tops Lodge. This evening, join our guide for a jungle hike, visiting the immense ceiba tree for which the lodge is named.  (B,L,D)

Day 3 Ceiba Tops

After a hearty breakfast, travel to a Yagua village. The Yagua people live scattered throughout the Amazon Basin, supporting their communities with small-scale agriculture, fishing and light hunting. Additionally, the Yagua are known for their craft-making skills, and you have ample opportunity to purchase wooden animal carvings, decorative blowguns, and a variety of necklaces, bracelets and jewelry fashioned from natural materials such as seeds and fibers. Call on the Amazon Medical Clinic operated by former IE guest Dr. Linnea Smith. The clinic provides  river communities with their only access to modern medical care. Before returning to Ceiba Tops, stop at a library offering a book club, computer classes and special activities for students at local schools. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Canopy Walkway

Walk the trail to the Canopy Walkway. Wooden steps take us from the forest floor to suspended pathways and platforms. Ascend the walkway to a height of more than ten stories, emerging above the seemingly endless canopy. Enjoy a close-up view of life in the canopy: plants and bright flowers attracting gorgeous birds and other creatures. After lunch at the lodge, visit the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden, where plants are grown for use in local medicine and healing ceremonies. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Iquitos / Embark

Awake to the sounds of the forest, joining your naturalist for an early morning bird walk. Transfer by boat to Iquitos. Head out onto the Amazon River to Monkey Island. Monkey Island is a private reserve whose free-roaming inhabitants include wooly, saki and titi monkeys as well as tamarins and marmosets. After lunch, meet your fellow passengers and embark on your Amazon Cruise. (B,L,D)

Essential Info

Visas

Peru

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and lunches plus 7 dinners are included.

Savour regional specialties and contemporary cuisine infused with flavors from the surrounding rainforest. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant as you sample Amazon fusion cuisine while enjoying spectacular views from the panoramic windows. All meals are served buffet style, and tea, coffee, water, natural juices, Peruvian cocktails, soft drinks, house wines and local beer are complimentary during meals.

Weather

The Iquitos area, near where you will be exploring during your cruise, is located a few degrees south of the Equator and is characterized by strong tropical sun and rainforest. Average temperatures range from 21-27°C year-round during the day, to the lower 20s at night. It can be cool on the river at night or on overcast days. There is very little seasonal variation between winter and summer temperatures. The average humidity ranges from 60-80%, and rainfall occurs approximately 250 days out of the year. Most showers occur in the late afternoon or evening and are of short duration.

Is this trip for you?

Please note that these departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may consist of a mixture of clients from other tour operators. 

On an Amazon River cruises, guests can enjoyed unrivalled access to the Peruvian rainforest’s most pristine areas and the company of the river’s most knowledgeable guides. Your exciting daily excursions include birding at dawn, school visits in local villages and even piranha fishing! Join us and be transported to discover a rainforest that pulsates with an unrivalled diversity of wildlife.

Nature-focused, small-group expedition travel is at the heart of an expedition cruise into the Amazon. Expert local naturalist guides accompany each Amazon Voyage cruises. Each day, these knowledgeable guides use their decades of learning and guiding experience to serve as lecturers, field guides and friends as you explore the rainforest.

Cover more than 600 miles on the Amazon and its tributaries as 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 these Amazon River cruises, we look for monkeys, birds, sloths and other mammals, Pink and Gray dolphins and so much more.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

M/V Zafiro, Luxury Vessel

Travel aboard the Zafiro, a luxurious vessel, which blends stylish design and modern comforts. Classic touches include magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows and for those on the Upper Deck, private balconies. A ship staff and crew of 25, including a cruise director and local naturalist guides, help to ensure an unprecedented level of service. All 19 spacious suites are air-conditioned and feature en suite bathrooms, a desk and ample closet space.

CABINS

Lower Deck Suite: Cabins with convertible twin or California King-sized bed and panoramic floor-to-ceiling window. Approx. 226 sq. ft.

Upper Deck Suite: Cabins with convertible twin or California King-sized bed, panoramic floor-to-ceiling window and balcony. Approx. 226 sq. ft.

Master Suite: Cabins with convertible twin or California King-sized bed, panoramic floor-to-ceiling window with 90° view. Approx. 248 sq. ft

Zafiro Suite: Cabins with convertible twin or California King-sized bed, panoramic floor-to-ceiling window with 180° view, balcony and Jacuzzi-style bathtub and convertible sofa bed. Approx. 480 sq. ft.

PUBLIC SPACES

There is a large indoor lounge with comfortable furnishings which make a perfect spot for relaxing with a book or enjoying the passing scenery.

The Zafiro has a luxurious Observation Deck with cushioned loungers under a soaring canopy — ideal for avoiding the sun’s glare.

The Zafiro’s outdoor Jacuzzi is a great place to relax after a shore excursion.

You can also indulge in aromatherapy or a massage in the spa, which is staffed by a wellness specialist.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

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