The Amazon: one of the wildest and most remote corners of Earth. For those drawn to the natural beauty of our planet a voyage along the mighty Amazon River in Peru offers the ultimate adventure. 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 M/V Zafiro, the Amazon's most luxurious ship, enjoying all the comforts of a 5* hotel. 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. Drawing on insight from our native Amazon travel guides, we intentionally vary the villages and tributaries we visit, ensuring you get the most authentic experience possible.
With certified naturalist guides on board, an outdoor jacuzzi, cooking class, pre and post cruise hotel in Lima, internal flights and more, this expedition is as once-in-a-lifetime as it gets.
A full week to discover the Peruvian Amazon by boat and on foot, travelling in style aboard the Premium riverboat Zafiro
Get to the heart of the rainforest, with opportunities to spot Pink and Grey River dolphins, caiman, Scarlet macaws and much, much more
All excursions accompanied by fascinating naturalist guides who are experts in the Peruvian Amazon - join them for stargazing and storytelling!
Join a village Shaman for a blessing ceremony and learn about the important use of medicinal plants within the local community
Luxurious amenities aboard the Zafiro, including on board Jacuzzi, spa services and fresh Amazon fusion cuisine
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima (4*) or similar
Welcome to Peru! Today is an arrival day into the city of Lima, the
nation’s capital and largest city. On arrival, you'll be met at the
airport and accompanied the very short walk to the Wyndham Costa del Sol, a
premium hotel with comfortable rooms and facilities. A meet and greet on
arrival is included for everyone, regardless of which flight you arrive on
Fly From Lima To Iquitos; Board The Zafiro
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Our adventure begins with a flight over the Andes to Iquitos, the gateway to
the Amazon River. The local team in Lima will assist with flight check in
today. On arrival in Iquitos, we have a welcome lunch together with all
guests before boarding the elegant Zafiro - a premium riverboat and our home
for the next seven nights. The crew will be waiting to welcome you on board,
and help you get settled into your cabin and familiar with the boat. All
suites have 100% Peruvian prima cotton sheets, comfortable beds, bathrobes,
air conditioning and floor to ceiling windows for that all important
view! After a welcome Pisco Sour, enjoy your first chance for stargazing
and storytelling with the expert naturalist guides while cruising slowly on
the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali
Amazon River & Tributaries
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Spend the next six nights aboard the premium 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. There is a huge diversity of possible wildlife
sightings here, including spectacular blue-and-gold 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. Night time 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 a 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. Please note that our
navigational itinerary will have some seasonal variations depending on the
water levels of the river. Premium
Disembark The Zafiro
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima (4*) or similar
This morning we disembark the Zafiro, waving goodbye to our excellent crew
and guides who go above and beyond to deliver exceptional service. En route
to the airport we have the opportunity to visit the Amazon Rescue Center
where biologists and volunteers take care of manatees before their eventual
release. Following this excursion we transfer back to Iquitos for our flight
to Lima.Upon arrival back in Lima this afternoon, it's just a short walk to
our premium airport hotel. Most guests stay overnight and depart on day 10.
If you have a tight schedule, you could use the hotel as a dayroom to freshen
up before connecting with independent overnight flights (from late evening
onwards). Please discuss with your sales consultant whether your
international flight timings will work. Premium accommodation: Wyndham
Costa del Sol Lima (4*) or similar
You are free to depart Lima at any time today, or alternatively consider
extending your stay to spend some more time discovering Peru.
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.While on board the Zafiro, please bring a reusable
water bottle that can be refilled as needed at refill stations.
Enjoy an expedition on the Amazon River, reaching the heart of the rainforest, all from the comfort of a premium riverboat: the Zafiro.
Blending stylish design and modern comforts, the Zafiro offers panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows in every suite, which are ideal for admiring the beauty of the Amazon.
A ship staff and crew of 24, including a cruise director, paramedic and up to three highly experienced bilingual naturalist guides, will ensure an unprecedented level of service.
The common areas on board include an indoor lounge and bar, outdoor Jacuzzi and bar, indoor reading lounge, observation deck, exercise room, massage room, dining room and boutique.
Relax with a book or enjoy the passing scenery from the comfortably furnished indoor lounge, refresh any aching muscles in the outdoor Jacuzzi, or indulge in aromatherapy or massage in the spa, which is staffed by a wellness specialist.
On the observation deck, cushioned loungers under a soaring canopy help you avoid the sun’s glare and let you soak up the sights and sounds of the jungle.
Sure to be a highlight of your Amazon Cruise on the Zafiro is the exquisite cuisine – gastronomy is an essential part of the Zafiro experience and will let you discover new flavours and unique recipes.
The Zafiro has a capacity for 38 guests in 19 spacious suites of four different price categories. All cabins are air conditioned with en suite bathrooms and ample space.
Lower-deck suite (226sqft/21sqm): Convertible twin or California king-size bed and panoramic floor-to-ceiling window.
Upper-deck suite (226sqft/21sqm): Convertible twin or California king-size bed and panoramic floor-to-ceiling window and balcony.
Master suite (247sqft/23sqm): Convertible twin or California king-size bed, floor-to-ceiling window with 90-degree view.
Zafiro suite (480ft/44.6sqm): Convertible twin or California king-size bed, floor-to-ceiling window with 180-degree view, balcony and Jacuzzi-style bathtub and convertible sofa bed.
At the start and end of this Premium Adventure we have comfortable premium accommodation at the Wyndham Costa del Sol, which is conveniently located within walking distance of the arrivals hall at Lima Airport. This modern, comfortable hotel is ideal for an easy arrival/departure and meets four-star classification.
The accommodation shown has been booked and agreed in advance; however, we may need to make changes to a property of similar or higher standard after you have booked. We endeavour to inform you of any changes in advance, which could, on rare occasions, be at late notice.