6-Night Cruise Program
ARRIVE IQUITOS (L / WR / WD)
Iquitos is a bustling river city, and the largest city in the Peruvian Rainforest, with 600,000 people living in its four districts. During the 20 th century, the city attracted many Europeans immigrants who contributed to a period of great wealth, commercial, and social development. Please note that the group transfer/pickup and touring is based on flight LA2380 (LIM-IQT).
Upon arrival in Iquitos, we enjoy a panoramic city tour of the farthest inland port that serves ocean vessels in the world. We will all pass the historic area of the city, where many of the wonderful houses of the 20th century “rubber barons,” including the famous Casa de Fierro (the Iron House).
Next, we visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a fantastic project committed to saving orphaned manatees and reintroducing them into the wild. We learn about their importance to the world’s ecosystem, and why they so endangered in this part of the Amazon. Sometimes we have the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants.
We then transfer by coach to the Itaya River for embarkation. After a short orientation and welcome reception, enjoy a traditional welcome dinner on board.
**Note: Conditional on the arrival time of recommended inbound flight LA2380 on “Day 1” (LIM-IQT), part or all of “Day 1” touring (and boxed lunch) may me moved to “Day 7”.
TAHUAYO AND YARAPA RIVER (B / L / D)
This morning we have the chance to search for the elusive, freshwater, pink river dolphin. This area is a favorite feeding spot for these medium-sized dolphins with little or no dorsal. We may also have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim in this pristine area.
We enter another tributary of the Amazon River this afternoon, teeming with tropical flowers, where you will explore its shores and small creeks in search of rare and unusual Amazonian wildlife, including species of monkeys, birds, and iguanas not seen elsewhere.
SAN FRANCISCO VILLAGE / JUNGLE HIKE ( B/ L / D)
This morning you awake at the birthplace of the Amazon River; the convergence of the Ucayali & Marañon Rivers. After exploring the area, we visit the San Francisco village, where you will be greeted by happy smiles from the villagers. After taking time to stroll around the village, visiting the local people’s homes and observing their daily lives, we have an opportunity to visit the local school (when in session), and ask the teacher any questions you may have. Our visit ends with a time to shop the village’s arts and crafts market, where all items are made by the local women and children.
This afternoon we enjoy a hike through the pristine and unique terra firme ecosystem, passing through a tropical rainforest with emergent and canopy trees reaching 55 meters in height, many with buttress roots extending high up the trunks. Palms are abundant, and many of them have stilt roots. This type of forest is one of the most bio-diverse habitats on earth, supporting the largest number of plant and animal species, per unit area, on earth. Our naturalists will introduce you to the giant ceiba, or kapok tree, as well as local medicinal plants we encounter during the hike. This area of the jungle is also teeming with exotic birds, including the bluish-fronted jacamar, collared trogon, red-capped cardinals, and many other colorful species.
YANA YACU PUCATE RIVER / NAUTA CAÑO ( B / L / D)
This morning you will have the chance to explore one of the most spectacular sites of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; the black water river of Yana Yacu Pucate. Aboard skiffs, we will have the chance to explore deep into the rainforest, admiring its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna, including a myriad bird species, colorful butterflies and other diverse insects, noisy monkey troops, and active pink and grey river dolphins.
This evening, we explore Nauta Caño, its lagoons, and its dynamic, stunning panoramas. Cruising is the best way to experience the diversity of the wildlife that populates the rivers and their jungle habitats, quietly exploring marshes, streams and oxbows. Back aboard our excursion skiffs, we head to a beautiful lake, with a spectacular piranha fishing spot. There are 25 different species of piranha in the Amazon basin, and contrary to popular legends, they feed on the flowers, fruit, and outer covering of the trees standing in shallow water.
Once darkness begins to envelope the Amazon basin, the jungle comes alive with the cacophony of night herons, pauraques, spectacled owls, and more than a dozen species of frogs along the river’s edge. Powerful spotlights will allow us to embark on a night safari, searching for the sources of the various sounds, and possibly catching a glimpse of baths flying over the water, scooping up fish for their dinner. In the water, we will search for a sighting of the spectacled and black. This is also a perfect time for stargazing, while fireflies light up the jungle around us.
MEDICINAL PLANTS AND COOKING CLASS / SANTA ANA
( B/ L / D)
This morning we will be enjoying a lecture on the medicinal plants in the region and taking part in cooking lessons learning how to make Juanes. Later in the afternoon we have a chance to interact with the local village residents of Santa Ana. During this time we will visit a shaman for a small ceremony before returning to the ship.
MONKEY ISLAND / INDIANA COMMUNITY, MOMAN RIVER / IQUITOS ( B/ L / FD)
In the morning we will embark on a short skiff ride to our next port of call, El Fundo Guerra, where Armando a local sugar cane farmer creates sugarcane rum and local spirits in his very own authentic vintage distillery. He will take us through the process for start to finish ending with a brief tasting session.
In the afternoon we will navigate downriver from Iquitos to a 250-hectare island dedicated to the preservation and protection of orphaned monkeys. Many of the monkeys on the island were found in local markets and donated to the non-profit organization that manages the island and cares for the seven different species of monkeys currently living here.
IQUITOS / DISEMBARKATION (B)
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for your return flight. Please note that the group transfer is based on flight LA2381 (IQT-LIM).
**Note: Conditional on the arrival time of recommended inbound flight LA2380 on “Day 1” (LIM-IQT), part or all of “Day 1” touring (and boxed lunch) may be moved to “Day 7”.
|Price per person in USD||2016||2017|
|Single Cabin||$ 3,000||$ 3,000|
|Fauna Suite||$ 3,400||$ 3,400|
|Flora Suite||$ 3,800||$ 3,800|
|Estuary Suite||$ 4,400||$ 4,400|
|Amazonia Suite||$ 5,400||$ 5,400|
RATES INCLUSIONS : Expertly trained culinary team provinding providing buffet breakfast and seated multiple course lunch and dinner – Complementary coffe, tea, purified water, local soft drinks , local beer, and Pisco-based cocktails – Complimentary house wine with dinner – . Comprehensive shore excursion program with local expert naturalist guides. Group transfer to/from Iquitos Airport (IQT) to embarkation/ disembarkation point, based on recommended flight.
RATES EXCLUSIONS: Air Tickets to and from Iquitos. Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation). Gratuities ( Ammount suggested per guest: US$ 120.00). Any additional transportation services. Any additional bar consumptions – Any Spa services.
FIT´s RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS: Reservations made 101 days or more before departure: A deposit of US$ 550.00 per person is required to confirm the booking . The final balance is required 100 days prior to departure day. If the payment is not received on time, the space(s) will be automatically released. Reservations made 100 days or less prior to departure: A full, non-refundable payment is required to confirm the booking
FIT´s CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations made 161 days or more before departure: The deposit will be refunded, less a US$ 250 service charge per person. Cancellations made 160 to 101 days prior to departure: All deposits are non- refundable. Cancellations made 100 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.
CHARTER: Pricing for custom-designed charters will be quoted on a case by case basis, depending on clients request and needs
On embarkation day, a group transfer to the ship is provided based on the arrival time of LAN Airlines flight 2380 from Lima to Iquitos. Guests are strongly advised to book this flight. The group transfer leaves from the Iquitos airport (IQT) at approximately 1:00 pm (depending on the LA-2380 flight arrival time).The City tour , manatee center visit, and boxed kunch are provided before heading to the ship. Embarkation is promptly at 3:30 pm.
Disembarkation is promptly at 9:0 am. Guests will be transferred from the ship to the Iquitos airport. The transfer time is based on LAN Airlines Flight 2381 from Iquitos to Lima. Guest are strongly advised to books this flight.