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  • Discover the secrets of the mysterious Amazon and gain a rare glimpse of how life on the river is lived
  • Come face to face with a mysterious shaman, encounter villages of indigenous tribes, and witness the exotic flora and fauna that call this part of Amazonia their home
  • Excursion on the Amazon and some of its tributaries to see the wonders of the rainforest
  • Visit the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve for a full day of discovery in one of Peru's largest national parks

Discover the secrets of the mysterious Amazon and gain a rare glimpse of how life on the river is lived. Experience the magic of the Amazon on this epic cruise adventure to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, putting you in close contact with the rainforest and its inhabitants.

Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Amazon River

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9-Day Pacaya-Samiria Riverboat Adventure

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Great trip and Loved the Ship March 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved the ship, crew, activities, and food! Great trip with lots of wildlife sightings and adventures.

Operator Rainforest Cruises



We enjoyed very much January 2015

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
We have been joined the 5 days Tucano cruise in April. Is was amazing for us. We are enjoyed very much. Thank you Mr. Miles to assistance us, so difference to see the jungle in Amazon. Never have had this experience before, It was great trip.
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Day 1: Arrive Lima

Upon arrival from your international flight, you will be transferred to your hotel and overnight in Lima, the nation's capital and largest city.

Day 2: Lima - Iquitos - Amatista

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today will begin very early, to give us time to eat breakfast and catch our flight to Iquitos, where we will transfer to the Amatista, our home for the next seven days.

But before boarding, we get acquainted with this jungle port city an orientation tour and also make a brief stop at the Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre which rescues orphaned manatees who have been victims of poaching.

Once on board ship, you can just relax and let the wild rainforest surround you. Step out on deck to watch the riverbanks go by—but keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as gray and pink dolphins.

Our ship casts off and wends its way to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers. Here, it is generally (but not universally!) considered that the Amazon River begins, at least in name.

Day 3: Marañon River - Amazon River - Ucayali River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, we have an excursion on the Amazon and some of its tributaries to see the wonders of the rainforest. This is our chance to see monkeys, sloths, and a variety of birds.

Back onboard , we will gather for lunch, followed by a presentation on the Amazon River. Afterwards, we walk along the shores of the Ucayali River, located in the Yucuruchi region of the Amazon. Here we have an opportunity to see the Victoria Regia water lily - a gigantic aquatic plant.

Day 4: Marañon River - Pacaya-Samiria - Shaman Visit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we rise early to visit the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve for a full day of discovery in one of Peru's largest national parks.

Then, keep your eyes wide open and your binoculars at the ready to catch sight of cocoi heron and striated herons, colorful macaws, squirrel and woolly monkeys, caimans, sloths and many more primate, bird and mammal species. Current counts record more than 200 bird species and 10 primate species within its boundaries.

Back on board, we gather for breakfast followed by a presentation on the life, history, and culture of the Amazon's main tribes.

After lunch, we have an introductory discussion about shamanism that will help us understand the traditions of the rainforest people. Our ship then arrives in the Amazon Natural Park where we'll take a short walk to the Enchanted Lake. Here a catamaran waits to sail us along the lake's tranquil

waters, where we'll listen to the local birdsong and keep our eyes peeled for sighting the different animal species found in this area.

Before dinner, we'll touch upon the spirit realm, paying a visit to a local shaman. He'll introduce us to his spiritual healing craft and tell us about rainforest plants that indigenous peoples have for untold centuries held to possess curative properties.

Day 5: Marañon River - Pacaya-Samiria

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The early morning offers another opportunity to watch the world awakening in the rainforest. Perhaps you'll spy iguanas, river turtles, cormorants, or wattled jacana during this excursion.

We return to our riverboat and prepare to meet a local Indian family. They will welcome us into their home to share conversation over the midday meal, introducing you to their culture, customs, and way of life. This is a rare and unforgettable opportunity to gain new insight into a world truly apart from our own.

Be sure to be well rested, so that you won't miss our late-night excursion to discover who comes out at night in the jungle!

Day 6: Marañon River - Pacaya-Samiria

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we rise early and set out to explore the impressive biodiversity of this unusual ecosystem. We’ll look for a quiet spot to enjoy our picnic breakfast, followed by a trip to explore Choroyacu. We’ll also ride up the Nahuapa River for a little piranha fishing expedition and visit Choroyacu Creek where we’ll have the opportunity to venture out in a dugout canoe to explore this scenic area with the locals.

After lunch, you are invited to plunge into the river for a swim, perhaps sharing the water with some pink or grey river dolphins. Back onboard, we’ll enjoy a video about the flooded forest. Then we can kick up our heels as we learn a local dance.

Get a taste of the jungle later this afternoon as we attend a jungle cooking lesson—and then sample our results at dinner.

We’ll have another chance to witness the nocturnal life of the rainforest after dinner this evening, as we venture out in small boats onto the Marañon River. Perhaps our flashlights will reflect the red eye shine of the black caiman—or even the glowing yellow eyes of a jaguar!

Day 7: Nauta - Sapisapi River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It’s back to civilization today, as our ship returns to its home port of Iquitos. But before we dock, we have a few more unique experiences to look forward to.

This morning, we’ll call on the town of Nauta, where the Ucayali and the Marañon - the major headstreams of the Amazon - join together. On our included tour, we’ll ride the local motorcars and browse the local market. You’re welcome to try your hand at bargaining!

Continuing on our way, we visit the Sapisapi River to look for charapas and turtles. Tonight, we’ll celebrate our discoveries at our Farewell Dinner and Party, complete with live music, aboard our ship.

Day 8: Iquitos - Lima

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Disembark at Iquitos. We will transfer to the Iquitos airport for our flight back to Lima. Once arriving in Lima you will be met and transported to your hotel.

Spend a final night in the City of Kings and enjoy a Pisco Sour or try some Peruvian ceviche!

Day 9: Depart Lima

Meals: Breakfast

End of services. Depart at any time. We hope you have had a fantastic Amazonian adventure!

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,479

Price Per Day:

$ 275 per person
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • All meals
  • Bottled water & non-alcoholic, house beverages
  • Accommodation in double cabins
  • Excursions as described in the itinerary
  • All transfers except the return transfer to the airport for 9-day itinerary
  • 2 nights stay in Lima, Hotel Antigua or equivalent and domestic flights between Lima and Iquitos
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • National Park Entrance Fees
Trip Excludes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • International Airfares
  • Airport Taxes
  • Cost of medical emergencies including evacuation
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Start City
End City

Age Notes

Min. Age: 7

Trip ID#: laamatrai

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