Amazon Cruises on the Zafiro
The Zafiro is a newer floating five-star hotel. Amazing wildlife is identified as the expedition navigates into one of the world's largest wild wetland areas - the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Many species of monkeys, hundreds of colorful exotic birds and family groups of both Gray and Pink River Dolphins are observed in a single day of exploration.
Nineteen luxurious suites characterize the Zafiro. These include air conditioning, private bathroom and 21-44 meter square of comfort, privacy and tranquility. Four of them are interconnected for family use and 2 give a view of 90 degrees and 01 at 180 degrees. With independent balconies and panoramic floor to ceiling windows, the suites offer beautiful views of the landscape. You can observe nature from an intimate and exclusive setting, surrounded by a classic style.
Day 1 • Friday U.S. / Lima
Fly independently to Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to the Swissôtel for the night. (D Aloft)
Day 2 • Saturday Lima / Iquitos / Embark Amazon Riverboat / Amazon River
Fly over the Andes to Iquitos. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about efforts to help these endearing mammals. See how the manatees are cared for and prepared for reintroduction into their natural habitat. Prior to boarding our riverboat, survey the history of local tribes at a small museum. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers. (B,L,D)
Day 3 • Sunday Confluence of the Amazon River / Río Ucayali
We awake this morning on the Amazon River, seeing some of the ever-changing panorama of jungle life as our Amazon River cruise ship continues upriver. Small villages dot the shoreline, and channels weaving through island mazes provide close-up views of a variety of birds. The confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers is famous as the beginning of the Amazon River in Peru. Amazingly, we are about 2,400 miles from where the river flows into the Atlantic. The river drops only about 350 feet the entire way! On our Amazon Voyage adventure, travel waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where we may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant. We turn into the Río Ucayali, where we’re apt to find gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins cavorting near the boat and along the shoreline. Later we take an excursion into the surrounding rainforest in search of giant water lilies and elusive wildlife such as monkeys and sloths. As dusk approaches, fishing bats begin their night’s foraging. (B,L,D)
Day 4 • Monday Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
After a peaceful breakfast along the black-water Sapote Creek, we explore a small tributary of the Ucayali. We look for animals including primates, sloths and an enormous variety of birds. Our Amazon Voyage adventure continues upriver to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Although scientific studies are far from exhausted, the Pacaya-Samiria is the known home to 450 bird species, 102 species of mammals, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians, and countless plants. This afternoon, an excursion into this largest wetland reserve in the world provides the opportunity to see 13 species of primates, including monk sakis, red howler, saddle-backed tamarin and squirrel monkeys. We explore Caro Lake, connected to the river by way of a very small stream, where we may find flocks of greater ani, often seen following monkeys in search of insects disturbed by the monkeys’ foraging. We enjoy a nighttime boat excursion for a chance to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)
Day 5 • Tuesday Rio Pacaya / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Spend the day exploring this flooded realm, seeing wading birds such as herons, wattled jacanas and horned screamers. Venturing deep into the rainforest, tour an igapo (seasonally flooded forest), where plant life is very different from what we see along the main course of our Amazon cruise, and walk through the forest. Lucky guests may release turtle hatchlings. A delicious lunch energizes us for afternoon excursions with our expert naturalists, where we may find scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks and red howler monkeys. (B,L,D)
Day 6 • Wednesday Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
After an early breakfast, we board our excursion boats for access even further into the heart of these vast wetlands. As our Amazon Voyage adventure cruises the narrow waterways, we’ll find birds such as canary-winged parakeets and spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws. Primates also are fairly common, including noisy squirrel monkeys. Once we arrive at a remote ranger station, enjoy a refreshing swim. Gradually make our way back to our riverboat through the maze of waterways. Enjoy an al fresco lunch and time to relax before our afternoon excursion. (B,L,D)
Day 7 • Thursday Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
This morning we head back downriver, with a morning wildlife or other activity. Visit a village along the river, with the chance to learn about the lives of the “Ribereño” people who live there. Accompanied by guides who grew up along the river, this is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through gardens learning about medicinal plants and folklore, visit a school, or join in a game of soccer. The children are especially excited to see their faces on digital cameras and to show off their school and sing Peruvian songs. Depending on the villages visited during your Amazon River tour, you may also have the opportunity to see an IE-funded water treatment plant. The clean drinking water provided by these plants is having an enormous positive health impact in remote river villages. Learn about medicinal plants and enjoy a blessing ceremony by a respected village shaman. Aboard the ship, take advantage of the open-air top deck, learning to make traditional Peruvian dishes or enjoying an enriching lecture. After dark we’ll go out in our excursion boats to listen to the sounds of the rainforest and look for nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)
Day 8 • Friday Amazon River
Wake up early for a morning birdwatching excursion along the Yarapa River. After breakfast, try your hand at piranha fishing in Ubos Lake. Piranha are very common in the slower-moving water. With luck, we may catch red-breasted, white or black piranha, and feast on our catch this evening at dinner. Once back aboard our Amazon River cruise ship, we enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 9 • Saturday Iquitos / Lima / Depart
Disembark in Iquitos and fly back to Lima for lunch. Dayrooms are provided until you connect with flights home, which depart after midnight. (B,L)
Day 10 • Sunday Arrive U.S.
We arrive Sunday and connect with flights home. (Meals Aloft)
Because conditions at the time of our visit and new opportunities always determine what is possible on the Amazon, our Amazon cruise expedition itinerary is flexible. The itinerary shown is a guide to what we may do, but it’s always subject to change.
IMPORTANT - Day-by-day itinerary may vary pending on weather, water level season and wildlife cycle to help protecting its natural habitat. Visits to villages may change randomly to avoid cross-culture.
SAVOR 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.
CONNECT with fellow travelers, chat with your local guides or enjoy snacks and a drink in the large indoor lounge. The comfortable furnishings make a perfect spot for relaxing with a book or enjoying the passing scenery.
GLIDE past the Amazon rainforest and clusters of wooden houses on stilts with children playing soccer as you sip morning coffee and take in the fresh air from the river’s most luxurious Observation Deck. Siesta on a cushioned lounger beneath a soaring canopy — ideal for avoiding the sun’s glare. Plus, ease into the Zafiro’s outdoor Jacuzzi to relax after a shore excursion.
INDULGE in aromatherapy or a massage in the spa, which is staffed by a wellness specialist.
Lower Deck Suite:
Double Occupancy $5,348
Single Occupancy $7,648
Upper Deck Suite:
Double Occupancy $5,748
Single Occupancy $8,048
Double Occupancy $6,148
Single Occupancy $12,296
Double Occupancy $6,648
Single Occupancy $13,296
Triple Occupancy $5,648
2018 dates: Mar 16, 23, 30, Apr 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 15, 22, 29, Jul 6, 13, 20, Aug 17, 31, Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 16, Dec 21
Lower Deck Suite:
Double Occupancy $5,698
Single Occupancy $7,998
Upper Deck Suite:
Double Occupancy $6,098
Single Occupancy $8,398
Double Occupancy $6,498
Single Occupancy $12,996
Double Occupancy $6,998
Single Occupancy $13,996
Triple Occupancy $5,998
In-Country Airfare $399 in 2018, $409 in 2019 (In-country airfare is subject to change and must be purchased through operator.)
$1,000 DISCOUNT FOR KIDS 7-18 in double occupancy
Lower Deck or Upper Deck Suites; or triple occupancy
$2,674 DISCOUNT FOR KIDS 7-12 in triple occupancy
Lower Deck Suite.
Limited lower deck suites available on every January-
November departure with no single supplement fee.
2019 dates: Jan 4, 11, 25, Mar 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 26, May 3, 17, 24, Jun 7, 14, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug 9, 16, 30, Sep 6, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, Nov 1, 8, 29, Dec 13
NOT INCLUDED - International airfares, airport taxes. Health insurance and personal travel insurance. Other extension and optional tour arrangements. Gratuities to guides and crew members.
"It was wonderful. I enjoyed every minute and did very well for my age. This was a great cruise, busy every minute, except for the usual nap after lunch. Saw so much. We were given a flash drive album which I will send to you. Passengers were a very interesting group and very friendly. Staff went beyond anything I have ever seen. Highly recommend this adventure to anyone. You always get me the best, never leave me stranded. I really appreciate all you do for me. If there is anything I can do to help your business, please let me know." Lois
"Everything was perfect. The tour leader Freddy and the cruise director Alex made sure everything ran perfectly and the naturalist guides Segundo and Uxiel were outstanding.
Of course the scenery and wildlife were amazing. Nothing could be faulted. Thanks for your help." Bonnie and John