The SELVA VIVA (the Alive Forest in Spanish) is a traditional Brazilian wooden boat. Constructed in the popular Belen’s neighborhood in Iquitos in 2007-2008 with the support of the Audemars-Piguet foundation (Switzerland) and piloted by an experimented Peruvian crew, it spends the rest of the year working on medical and biodiversity’s protection’s missions under the aegis of the French Peruvian development NGO LATITUD SUR.
Its design makes it an open boat, familial, perfectly adapted to a family or a small group journey (10 passengers maximum). Its crew is made up of 7 members, who will give you special attentions. The meals are diversified: you will never eat twice the same food during the cruise. Our Chef will be proud to make you discover the traditional Peruvian food, and will adapt it to everyone’s necessities (Diet, allergy, vegetarian…). Fresh fruit juices and purified water will be available at will on board. You will be settled in one of the simple, double or matrimonial cabins. Every night will be spent aboard, unless you prefer sleeping one night under a tent, in the middle of the jungle…
The cruise is all inclusive (apart from alcoholic beverages, sodas, personal purchases and possible tips) from your arrival at the airport until your departure from Iquitos (apart from possible additional night and meal in the city). Serge, our English speaking guide and boat administrator will accompany you during the overall journey, and you will decide with him on the activities you want to do, fixing the program to your desires.
The objective of this authentic journey is to make you live a unique experience, in total safety, discovering the great biodiversity of the Amazonian rainforest, one of the richest fauna and flora in the world. Latitud Sur’s principle is to travel without excessive consumption, with comfort but without inappropriate luxury. The aim is to leave the beaten touristic tracks, meeting strong identity people, sharing with you the autochthons culture subtlety.
This cruise is organized by the French-Peruvian NGO Latitud Sur, and all its benefits will be used to set up or make durable developing projects with local communities in the Loreto region, projects you will get to know during your stay. A responsible travel, beyond the classical criterions of fair-tourism, giving rise to a reflection about the present environmental and indigenous problematic.
- Matriculation: IQ-29076-MF
- Length: 22 meters (72 feet)
- Width: 5, 70 meters (19 feet)
- Draught: 1, 50 meters (5 feet)
- Motor: 125HP Caterpillar
- Average speed: 6 knots
- Energy: 12V, 24V, 220V
- Alimentation: Solar y generator
- Adjoining boat: Aluminum boat 15HP
- GPS, sounder, HF Radio (500kms range)
- 9 fire extinguishers aboard and 2 fire hose nozzle
The Selva Viva’s crew is made up of 6 permanent members, each one specialist in their domain. Everyone has his “navigation carnet”, delivered by the Peruvian Marine. All cruise long will be accompanied by Serge Lopez, the French cruise director.
Ideal accommodation capacity: 10 passengers
This capacity can reach 15 passengers if necessary (large family, etc…)
- 4 matrimonial/double cabins
- 2 individual cabins
The Selva Viva has 6 spacious and luminous cabins, decorated with care, provided with shutters and mosquito nets on the window to assure the privacy and the tranquility of the pasengers. Every cabins is provided by various 220V plugs.
Living room/dinning room
- A big table welcoming up to 15 persons
- A living room corner to relax
- Two ventilators
- Mosquito nets and shutters on every window
- A bookcase (novels, Amazonian books…)
- Board games and desks
Roberto, the chef, makes incredible traditional Peruvian cuisine, now renowned by all the gastronomes of the world. Quality, delicate and generous dishes, that can be adapted to the passengers’ desires or necessities (diet, specific food, vegetarian, etc…) and fresh fruit juice at will be served.
The Selva Viva provides a terrace of more than 160m² (1720 feets²) on its upper deck. It is equipped by hammocks and a large table at disposal, especially for the lunches. Its elevated position makes an exceptional watchtower to observe the jungle’s biodiversity, and the perfect place to relax.
First floor: Bathroom with shower, washbasin, mirror, 220V plug and toilets
Second floor: Bathroom with shower, washbasin, mirror, 220V plug and toilets. Independent toilets