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BREATHE IN THE MAGIC OF AUTHENTICITY
To sail in La Perla is to experience the authentic Amazon; to embark on a trip to the most intimate depths of the jungle; to feel the magic of a unique adventure that will take you to discover virgin and unexplored corners; a journey that will connect you directly with the immensity of nature, where nothing matters more than what is authentic on the planet and, above all, what is authentic in oneself.
Magic is a constant in the Amazon rainforest of Peru, every being, every corner, has an essence to discover and only those who have lived and studied the Amazon over the years can understand and transmit it. Our expert naturalist guides aboard La Perla, with more than 20 years in the area, are the best hands to take to discover the infinity of the Peruvian Amazon; leading as you feel the culture and the Amazonian life in your own skin .
The outdoor hammock area of La Perla is a unique place where you can feel the caress of the Amazonian air in your face. Breathing becomes an inexplicable experience in a space dedicated to relaxation and contemplation— a space where you can let yourself go in the confines of a land that seems to never end, while the movement of the waters cradles you.
Departure on Sunday: Low Water Season | June – November
Embark on a unique tour of the Amazon. Four days and three nights to discover the immensity of a land where nature draws amazing landscapes and life takes unpredictable forms. Enter into the deepest jungle and get to know, first hand, all the peculiarities of the Amazon and its surroundings.
High Water Season | December – May Low Water Season | June – November
The itineraries and programs proposed by Jungle Experiences may vary depending on the weather, the river water level in each season and the migratory cycles of the animals. The visit to the communities will depend on the availability of its inhabitants.
Day 1 – Sunday: IQUITOS – NAUTA – SAN JOAQUIN DE OMAGUAS – YACAPANA ISLAND
Upon arrival at the airport, we will be waiting for you to take you to the Hilton Iquitos DoubleTree hotel, where you will receive the first orientation talk on the adventure you are about to begin. Then, we will head in a private vehicle, to the city of Nauta, the historical fluvial port where we will be boarding.
Before our arrival to Nauta, we will stop by Iquitos, a colorful and dynamic city with a captivating history. Here you will appreciate the most emblematic local attractions and for those who wish, enjoy a snack.
Once in Nauta (a couple of hours from Iquitos), we will board La Perla cruise ship and our staff will accompany you to your cabin, equipped especially for you, with all the comfort you need for a pleasant trip.
The ship will initiate the trip and head towards the confluence of the rivers Marañon and Ucayali, the rainforest’s majestic location where the Amazon River is born. Next, our naturalist guides will present the travel plan, the pre-established routes (road map) and the programmed activities, and best of all: they will begin to introduce you to the extraordinary world of the Amazon’s wildlife. Pay attention to their advice and recommendations, and keep in mind that if you have any doubts or questions, our guides are here to help you.
Following the presentation aboard, we will have the welcome lunch, your first experience with the delights of regional cuisine. The menu offers various options, including a vegetarian alternative. If you have any particular restriction or requirement, please let our crew know in advance so we can take care of it as soon as possible.
In the afternoon, we will start a boat outing to the area of San Joaquin de Omaguas, where we will explore the amazing flora and fauna in the area. Towards the afternoon, we will go in search of those animals that can only be seen when the night falls: caimans, bats, frogs, tarantulas and other species found in our rainforest’s lush mounts.
After this first immersion in the Peruvian Amazon’s universe, we will go back to the ship to get some rest and recuperate energies.
Day 2 – Monday: AMAZON RIVER – YARAPA AGUA NEGRA – UCAYALI RIVER
At dawn, we will take a boat and head to the banks of the Amazon River where we will observe the beautiful Amazon birds that fill the bushy treetops: parrots, macaws, among many others. We will also see sloths (lazy bears), iguanas and monkeys. A true natural scenery of color and life in the heart of the rainforest.
After this exciting outing and back in the ship, we will enjoy the delicious buffet breakfast which daily offers a selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, freshly baked home-made products and a variety of fresh fruit juices prepared with exotic rainforest fruits which you can only taste in this region.
Having finished breakfast, we are ready to initiate a new boat outing, this time in the Yarapa River, in search of new impressive sceneries and more emblematic Amazon species, especially, the pink and grey dolphins which have made this region so popular.
Back at La Perla, we will have lunch in the ship’s dining room and, after taking some rest, our guides will offer a talk about Pacaya Samiria, one of the most amazing rainforest reserves from the world, with forests that remain flooded for much of the year. In the afternoon, we will take a walk by the Yucurichi area to explore its amazing flora and continue surprising ourselves with the wildlife in the area.
Back in the ship you will have time to relax with live music while we wait for dinner. After dinner, prepare yourself for our last outing of the day: a nocturnal safari to continue sightseeing animals and delighting ourselves with that wonderful natural concert that only those million animals emerging on Amazonian nights can offer us.
Day 3 – Tuesday: UCAYALI RIVER – MARAÑON RIVER – ORIGIN OF THE AMAZON (CONFLUENCE) – SAN JOSE DE ZARAPANGA (CASUAL)
The early morning hours have a special feeling to connect ourselves with the rainforest and they are a unique opportunity for sighting species. In this third morning, we have programmed for you a boat outing before breakfast. The destination is once again the confluence of Ucayali and Marañon Rivers. We will navigate the area until we find the perfect spot for piranha fishing, those famous river fish with razor sharp teeth. To make the moment more special, we will use the traditional equipment and techniques typical of the area.
Back aboard, the buffet breakfast will be served and will be followed by a visit to the town of Vista Alegre, to learn about the local native community and its traditions. Our guides will be our interpreters and translators. In the locality we will also have the opportunity to go to a butterfly farm. Next, we will hike a mountain to observe the “Victoria Regias”, the largest water lily in the world.
At noon, lunch is served and then you will have some time to rest and prepare for our next adventure: a walk by the rainforest’s winding trails. Previous to this activity, our guides will offer a practical talk on the geographical orientation techniques and resources for this type of
territory. The walk will be in the beautiful area of Casual, inhabited by poisonous frogs and countless exotic species. In this area we can also observe a variety of gigantic trees known by the locals as “Avatar”. Next, we will visit the small market where the community women offer handmade creations made by themselves. If you wish you can buy handcrafts and other products and contribute in that way with the local economy.
Before returning to La Perla, and still in the mountains, we will enjoy the wonderful light and the unique colors that unfold in the sky of these latitudes during sunset. We especially recommend you to relax and enjoy this moment, as few experiences compare to contemplating the endless colors in the amazon’s horizon. We will then wait for the night to come and allow us to listen to the prodigious symphony of the millions of animals that populate the forests and waters of these jungles.
Back in the ship we will relax ourselves and enjoy live music and a comforting and delicious dinner aboard.
Day 4 – Wednesday: NAUTA – IQUITOS
After the buffet breakfast aboard, we will proceed to disembark in Nauta and head to Iquitos. Along the way, we will visit the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA), where biologists and volunteers take care of the animals that have been saved from illegal trafficking including the beloved manatees and the aquatic mammals, dangerously threatened by hunters. Here, you will find the species that have been rescued by the authorities and which are in the process of reintegration into their natural environment. Here you can also learn more about their traits, the risks they face (deterioration of their habitats and wildlife trafficking) and best of all, you can play around with them since they are very friendly.
After this emotional and unforgettable experience, we will continue our way to Iquitos
where, once we get to the airport, our journey will have concluded.
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Amazon View Cabin
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 cabin, maximum one child per cabin adult rate.
All meals while on board La Perla.
All excursions & equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos).
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
Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Natural juices, coffee, tea and water during the meals.
Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation).
GRATUITIES. We recommend an amount in the range of USD 10 per passenger per night for the crew (to be divided among all the crew members) and USD 5 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 US$400 per person is required to confirm the booking on La Perla. 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.
Jungle Experiences 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.