Amazon River Cruise: Peru's Wildlife Wonders - 2017

Lima • 7-Night luxury Amazon River Cruise into Pacaya Samiria Reserve
  • EXPLORE THE HEART OF THE PACAYA SAMIRIA RESERVE ONBOARD YOUR DELUXE SHIP, THE M/V ZAFIRO
  • LEARN ABOUT THE LOCAL FOOD DURING AN AMAZONIA COOKING CLASS AND A HOME-HOSTED LUNCH
  • SAIL THROUGH THE FAMED MIRRORED FOREST
  • Swim in the mystical waters of the Yarapa River, home to the famous pink Amazon dolphin
DATES & PRICES
STARTING FROM
$4,299
  • $477
    PER DAY
  • 9
    DAYS
  • 21
    TOURS
Luxury
Single Supplement: Call
Base prices are factored using double-occupancy rooms; supplemental fees may apply for those traveling independently.
TRIP WITH AIR
11 DAYS FROM $4,398
Extend Your adventure (1 available)
Machu Picchu & Cusco

6 DAYS FROM $1,699

Save up to 10%
The earlier you reserve, the more you can save with SmartPay!
BEST SOLO VALUE
FREE and low-cost Single Supplements — limited availability, reserve now!
SMALL GROUP SIZES!
Make more intimate discoveries in groups of just 24 travelers or less!
 

Itinerary at a Glance

Expand All

DAYS 1-2:

Depart home / Overnight flight / Lima, Peru 

Arrive in Lima and be transferred to your hotel. After settling in, you'll set out for a half-day tour of Lima — Peru’s bustling capital city — including such sites as the Plaza Mayor, San Francisco catacombs, and the San Francisco Catacombs, as well as the lively Miraflores district. Your Welcome Dinner is at the hotel this evening. 

DAY 3:

Lima / Embark the luxury M/V Zafiro on the Amazon River

Depart Lima and fly to the bustling river city of Iquitos — the largest in the Peruvian rainforest. A panoramic city tour will reveal remains of the grand homes of the city’s former “rubber barons,” and includes a visit to the Manatee Rescue Center. Later, embark the M/V Zafiro in time for dinner on board.

DAY 4:

Pacaya Samiria reserve / Confluence of the Amazon

Revel in the remoteness of the exotic Amazon jungle, as you begin your travel through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Named for the rivers that run through this 8,000-square-mile protected area, Pacaya Samiria is teeming with wildlife. You’ll sail through this rainforest, soaking in the natural splendor of your surroundings in what has been called the "birthplace of the Amazon."

Here amidst towering trees that are reflected in the dark waters below (hence the name “mirrored forest”), the jungle comes alive. Alligators, frogs, herons, monkeys… the diversity of this region’s denizens will become apparent right away. Your naturalist guide’s encyclopedic knowledge – and his or her eagle eye – will ensure that you get the most from your explorations of this verdant wilderness. 

DAY 5:

Pacaya Samiria reserve / Marañón River

To truly experience the Amazon, we delve deeper into some of its lesser-known tributaries. Today, we’ll set off on the Yanayacu and Pucate rivers, keeping an eye out for reclusive species like sloths.  Later, we’ll visit an area where the pink dolphins of the Amazon are known to feed on fish. Seeing these creatures in their element is a true thrill. 

We also embark on excursions in the cool of the evening, when nocturnal species emerge. Tonight, we discover the Tiger River, an offshoot of the Amazon that is home to a variety of fascinating creatures like snakes, tarantulas, and many intriguing nocturnal birds. 

DAY 6:

Pacaya Samiria reserve / Marañón River

We venture further into the rainforest today with our naturalist guide, who will point out the stunning array of wildlife around us. The area is renowned for its macaws and toucans, so we’ll keep our eyes trained toward the canopy to catch a glimpse of these colorful birds. In the afternoon, we’ll have a chance to visit with the local Kukama tribe, getting an insider’s look at their culture and learning about their everyday lives. Our visit concludes with an uplifting singing performance by the local children. 

 In the evening hours, we’ll explore Tipishca Lake to see even more rare species of birds, including the black collared hawk and the pygmy kingfisher.

DAY 7:

Pacaya Samiria reserve / Ucayali River

In addition to its natural riches, the Amazon is home to fascinating cultures as well. We’ll interact with one of those cultures this morning, when we visit a shamanic village called Shiryacu. Here, we’ll learn about the plants used by the locals for medicinal purposes, and get a chance to witness a healing ceremony – a riveting glimpse at this local tradition. 

The evening brings us to Yuricuchi Canal, where among other impressive natural features we’ll see the Victoria Regia, the largest aquatic plant in the world.

DAY 8:

Pacaya Samiria reserve / Ucayali River

A new day brings yet another thrilling river experience, as we explore the Yanallpa River and its famous “gallery forest,” so named because of the unique enclosed environment the jungle creates here. Tonight, we’ll discover the creatures of the Dorado River, where we’ll be on the lookout for caimans, those rare and deadly Amazon alligators.  

DAY 9:

Amazon River

Our last full day is one of our most diverse. Unforgettable Moment: We spend the morning swimming in the mystical waters of the Yarapa River, home to the famous pink Amazon dolphin. Keep your eyes on the surrounding waters —according to Amazonian legend, pink dolphins possess the power to turn into humans and steal the most attractive people from surrounding villages! In the afternoon, we’ll learn about the local food during an Amazonia cooking class, followed by a home-hosted lunch. Interacting with the friendly people of this region while enjoying a wonderful meal will be the perfect coda to our journey. That is, unless you choose to add yet another unforgettable experience to your adventure: our Cusco and Machu Picchu extension.

Please note: Depending on river currents and weather conditions, some departures may not have the opportunity to swim, and will explore the river via skiff instead. 


DAY 10:

Disembark the luxury M/V Zafiro on the Amazon River / Iquitos / Return home

Following breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure before heading to the airport this afternoon. If you’ve purchased air with Vantage, you'll be transferred to the Iquitos airport for a connecting flight to Lima before boarding your international flight home. If your flight from Lima is an overnight flight, consider joining an evening optional tour to the Larco Museum, where you’ll explore a fascinating collection of pre-Colombian art, before returning to the airport for your flight home.

Please Note: If you’ve purchased air with Vantage, your transfer to Iquitos Airport and your connecting flight to Lima prior to your international flight home will be included in your airfare package. If you are purchasing airfare on your own, please plan to arrange for a transfer to the Iquitos airport (or purchase from Vantage) in addition to your flight arrangements home from Iquitos. 

You may have to wait 5 to 6 hours at Lima airport due to connections.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Larco Museum

Larco Museum

  • Approximate Cost: $89 USD per person
  • Approximate Time:
  • Location: Lima, Peru
  • When: Half-day tour

Embark on a special evening tour of the splendidly unique Larco Museum. Housed in a former mansion and built on the site of a pre-Colombian temple, this museum offers a varied collection of 3,000 years of ceramic, textile, and precious metal artifacts. You'll enjoy a guided visit of this irreplaceable collection, followed by a special dinner in the museum, the perfect finale to your South America adventure.

Please note: This tour is only available to travelers on the base program who have not purchased the post extension. 


Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

Contact Vantage

CALL 1-800-848-5773

View Journey Map

Be prepared for
your journey with
our Amazon
essentials
get your gear

Amazon River Cruise: Peru's Wildlife Wonders - 2017

Call us to reserve your next vacation:
1-888-514-1845
REFER FRIENDS. EARN CASH.
TRAVEL FOR FREE.

Earn up to $1,200 cash and
a FREE trip as a Vantage
Diplomat.

THE BEST VALUE IN DELUXE TRAVEL - GUARANTEED!

We invite you to compare & save. We buy direct, sell direct and pass the savings on to you.
Vantage Avalon Vantage Advantage
Journey The Peruvian Amazon Expedition & Machu Picchu From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon
Cruise-Only Prices $4,299 $5,999 2-FOR-1 CRUISE & UP TO 2-FOR-1 AIR — LIMITED TIME OFFER!
Trip Length 9 days 11 days The best value in the industry.
Per Diem $399 per day $545 Save up to $198 per couple per day!
Cabin sizes From 237 - 597 square feet. All cabins are 250 square feet. Up to 47% more space for $373 less per person per day.Better value with Vantage.
Cabin Upgrades Cabin jumps from $400 No jumps Reasonable priced jumps make it great value to upgrade your accomodation.
Included Tours and Special Features 27 sightseeing tours & Cultural Connections — a $3,500 value per couple! Including 6-nights aboard the deluxe RV Amazon Discovery. Includes 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Daily tours and shore excursions Enjoy the most sightseeing plus exciting Cultural Connections with many opportunities for wildlife viewing including a jungle hike and "night safari".
Extend Your Trip 6-days Machu Picchu Extension, $1,699 $283 per day None offered. Best value and extension option!
Ship Accommodations Cruise the mighty Amazon River for 7-days/6 nights aboard the brand-new, deluxe RV Amazon Discovery. Cruise the Amazon River for 4 days/3 nights aboard the ARIA. More comprehensive Amazon River Cruise with Vantage! Enjoy 3 more nights!
10 Ways to Save & Preferred Traveler Rewards SmartPay - pay in full, 12-months in advance and save up to 10% Preferred Traveler Rewards - Earn 5% of purchase price towards future trips - Save up to $709 per couple Buy direct & save - no travel agents, savings passed on to you.Referral Rewards - $200 per traveler referred after 2 referals. Travel Protection THE BEST REWARDS PROGRAM IN TRAVEL!Save more than competitors with preferred traveler rewards!

*Prices are subject to change & based on comparable March or November departure dates
TOP
Chat with an Expert