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The Zafiro Cruise boat at the Amazon river

FEEL ITS HEARTBEAT FROM A TRULY PRIVILEGED PERSPECTIVE
amazing jungle experience, in Iquitos, north Peru

Sailing aboard the Zafiro is embarking on a unique journey into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Here there is room for you to disconnect, relax and discover. Aboard Zafiro, comfort is part of the essence of the experience.

Aria Cruise - Amazon River Expeditions


The spacious panoramic windows that characterize our suites, together with our open relaxing areas, make the Zafiro an extension of the Amazon; from where you will admire every last detail of the immense and diverse spectacle that the Amazon rainforest represents every day, and every night.

The culinary scene is also one of the great protagonists aboard Zafiro. On board the cruise you will take part in a unique culinary experience based purely on Amazonian foods.

The Amazonian journeys, with the help of our expert guides, form part of the most genuine way to get close up to the fauna and flora of the Amazon; allowing you to discover and feel in your own skin, the cultures built around the waters that flow through the rivers.

Amazon Voyage | International Expeditions


4 Nights Cruise Itinerary ( ask us for the 3 nights and the 7 nights program)
Departure Saturday: High Water Season | December – May  / Departure on Saturday: Low Water Season | June – November ( ask for High water season )

Five days and four nights exploring the wonderful Amazon, the Marañón and Ucayali rivers and their tributaries. The Pacaya Samiria Reserve will be the perfect scenario for a trip into the most exotic areas nature has to offer. As we enter the world’s largest flooded forest, we will admire the extraordinary wildlife, the immense number of primate species, the hundreds of colorful exotic birds, the close-up view of the gray and pink dolphins, visit to local villages, nocturnal wildlife safaris, visit to the Manatee Rescue Center and many additional activities that will allow you to get to know and fall in love with the incredible Amazon.

 


 Day 1 – Saturday: NAUTA – SAN JOAQUÍN DE OMAGUAS – AMAZON RIVER

You’ll be picked up at the airport and brought to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Iquitos where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch before being transferred by private vehicle to Nauta to board the cruise ship.

Our staff will show you to your suite, which will be equipped with comfortable beds, 100% Peruvian Pima cotton sheets, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning and a private bathroom with a shower and amenities.

Before setting sail, our bartender will serve you a cocktail prepared with local fruit and pisco, the most popular liquor in Peru. You can sip it while enjoying 360° views from the observation deck or a panoramic view from the indoor or outdoor lounge.

After setting sail, our naturalist guides will offer an overview of the travel itinerary, including activities, routes, information about wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical context, as well as other useful info. If you have any doubts or concerns, our guides are always available to answer your questions.

We’ll then enjoy the welcome dinner. Start your journey by sampling the selected wines and dining Peruvian cuisine with an Amazon flare. There are many options on our menu, including vegetarian alternatives. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs.

After dinner, you’ll be able to take in stunning views of the starry night sky while we start our journey to San Joaquín de Omaguas.

Zafiro Luxury Amazon Cruise, el diseño ideal para atravesar la ...


 

Before breakfast, you can go out for a boating expedition on the Amazon River to explore the local flora and fauna.

When you get back, you’ll enjoy our breakfast buffet, which offers a daily selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, freshly baked goods and freshly squeezed juices.

After breakfast, we’ll hear a talk on the source of the Amazon River and later head out to see the confluence of the Ucayali y Marañón rivers. We’ll then take a walk to Puerto Prado to see the “Victoria Regias”, the largest water lily in the world. There, we’ll also see a market set up by women from the community to sell their handmade crafts.

By midday, we’ll be back at the boat for some lunch and rest before heading out to Nauta Caño, where you’ll see the “Forrest of Mirrors”. This is the perfect place to spot toucans, parrots, macaws, iguanas, sloths and monkeys in the treetops.

Before heading back on board, we’ll take a nighttime outing in search of caimans, tarantulas and other species that make an appearance only after the sun goes down.

Dinner will then be served aboard the Zafiro.


After having some breakfast, we’ll take a skiff out on the Yanayacu de Pucate River and do some piranha fishing using local techniques.
We’ll then head back for lunch aboard the Zafiro. Before starting the afternoon activity, there will be a talk about the philosophy of the Amazon.
Afterward, we’ll take a walk over hanging bridges, where you can admire the riches of the rainforest from the treetops.
Once we’re back on the Zafiro, there will be time for resting and enjoying live music while we await the gala dinner with the captain.


In the morning, we’ll enjoy a nice picnic on the Samiria River, where you’ll be able to kayak and swim in the black waters. We’ll head back to the boat for lunch by midday.

After resting, our guides will offer some information about the myths and legends of the Amazon, which will help during our afternoon activity: a visit to the local San Regis community, where we’ll learn about the local way of life and traditions.

We’ll also learn about their ancestral traditions with a shaman. With our guides as interpreters, you’ll be able to ask questions about spiritual connections and healing the soul. We’ll then continue the ceremony by planting a tree as a positive contribution to the environment.

Back on the Zafiro, you’ll have some time to relax and enjoy live music before the presentation by the crew and farewell dinner.


 Day 5 – Wednesday: MARAÑÓN RIVER – NAUTA TOWN – DISEMBARK IN NAUTA – IQUITOS

Before breakfast, we’ll visit Nauta, the secondlargest city in the region. Upon arriving, we’ll take a motorcycle taxi to the local market where you’ll see what business in the city is like firsthand.

Later, we’ll visit the Sapi Sapi lagoon, where arapaima, the second-largest freshwater fish in the world, are raised. Discover a new habitat surrounded by fruit trees. We’ll also see Arrau turtles, butterflies and different species of birds and fish that call this lagoon home.

After, we’ll head back to the Zafiro for breakfast.

After breakfast, we’ll begin disembarking. On the way to the airport, we’ll stop by the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA), where biologists and volunteers take care of manatees – an endangered species – rescued by the authorities. We’ll see how the manatees are cared for and prepped for reinsertion into their natural habitat. We’ll also get to see other animals that have been rescued from attempts to turn them into pets and other dangerous situations.

Afterward, you’ll be transferred to the airport.

The itineraries are subject to change according to climatic conditions at certain times of the year. The excursions can be modified at the discretion of the Zafiro crew.


Terms & Conditions
  • Rates are expressed in US Dollars, per person, based on double occupancy.
  • Single Supplement is 50% in addition to the adult rate.
  • Child policy: 7 years old minimum on all departure. Children aged 11 or under are eligible for a 50% discount from the adult rate. Children must be accompanied for one or two adults in the same suite maximum one child per suite adult rate. The Zafiro suite accepts 2 children maximum.

Rate Inclusions

  • 1 night accommodation Hotel – City of Iquitos. (Only 8D/7N and 5D/4N Itineraries).
  •  Welcome lunch is included before boarding at our Double Tree by Hilton Iquitos hotel.
  • All meals while on board the Zafiro.
  • All excursions & equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos).
  • Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Transfers from / to the airport on the recommended flights. In case the passengers stay in Iquitos city hotels– please inform the sales & reservations department to coordinate the pick up or drop off service
  • Sodas, natural juices, coffee, tea, water, local alcoholic beverages (house wines, beer and pisco cocktails) are included at lunch and dinner.
  • Welcome drink: Pisco Sour.

Rate Exclusions

  • Domestic flights.
    Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation).
  • GRATUITIES. On board Zafiro we recommend an amount in the range of USD 20 – USD 30 per passenger per night for the crew (to be divided among all the crew members) and between USD 7 – USD 10 per passenger per night for the guides.
  •  Please note that these amounts are suggested and that this is entirely at the discretion of our guests.
  • Any additional transportation services.
  • Any additional bar consumption.

Fit Reservations & Payments

  • Reservations made 91 days or more prior to departure: A deposit of USD$ 500.00 per person is required to confirm the booking on the Zafiro. Non refundable deposit.
  • The final balance is required 90 days prior to the departure day. If payment is not received on time, the reservation(s) will be automatically released.
  • Reservations made 90 days or less prior to departure: A full and non-refundable payment is required to confirm the booking.

Fit Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made 121 days or more prior to departure: Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Cancellations made 120 to 91 days prior to departure: Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Cancellations made 90 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as cancellation penalty.
  • Our rates allow date change for one year from the date of purchase.
  • Our rates allow change of passenger name, this change can be made for one year from the date of purchase.
  • Changes of dates will be made according to the availability of the day of the request. Changes subject to availability.
  • We applies a penalty of $ 400 for changes made to the reservation (travel date, passenger names, itineraries or others). This penalty will be applied for each time you request a change in the reservation.
Categories: Iquitos, Jungle, Perú

The Zafiro Cruise boat at the Amazon river

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