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ZAFIRO

3 Nights Cruise Itinerary

Rainy / High Water Season

( November – May)

 

Four days and three nights exploring the wonderful Amazon, the Marañón and Ucayali rivers and their tributaries. The Pacaya Samiria Reserve will be the perfect scenario for a trip into the most exotic areas nature has to offer. As we enter the world’s largest flooded forest, we will admire the extraordinary wildlife, the immense number of primate species, the hundreds of colorful exotic birds, the close-up view of the gray and pink dolphins, the visit to the villages local, “the jungle of mirrors”, nocturnal wildlife safaris, a visit to the Manatee Rescue Center and many additional activities that will allow you to get to know and fall in love with the incredible Amazon.

ROUTE MAP

 

Itinerary Addendum

Itinerary
The itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions at certain times of the year. The water levels of the rivers also vary from time to time, as well as the hours of sailing. Excursions may be modified at the discretion of the Zafiro crew.

Weather
The weather in Iquitos is warm and humid and the temperature varies between 33 °C (90 °F) and 21 °C (70 °F).The rainy (high water) season is from November to May. The dry (low water) season is from June to October. Each season boasts dramatic difference in plants, animals, and weather.

Clothing
Light clothing and breathable cloth, blouses, long-sleeved shirts, swimwear, shoes with soft rubber sole for the boat (rubber boots and rain ponchos are provided by us), cardigan or long-sleeved shirts, wind resistant jackets. The days are hot and humid while the night breeze is cool.

Insects & Mosquitoes
We recommend taking Vitamin B or B-15 a few days before arrival to the jungle. These vitamins are the best natural repellent against insect bites. Also, do not forget to bring conventional repellent and cream for bites.

Note: Please note that changes and adjustments in the itinerary may occur due to weather conditions, river conditions, and/or airline issues. We suggest that you coordinate with anticipation with the airline or travel agency through which you have organized your journey with us. Jungle Experiences is not responsible for such contingencies.

Related Programs

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Day 1 - Wednesday:

Iquitos - Nauta

  After your flight to the capital of the Peruvian Amazon, our guides will meet you at the Iquitos airport—waiting for you with a sign with the name of Jungle Experiences. We will then go to the Doubletree by Hilton Iquitos Hotel, the meeting point, to receive your first briefing about the trip and where you will enjoy a delicious welcome lunch. Then you will be transported by a private vehicle to the main dock of the city of Iquitos to board El Zafiro, your home for the following three nights.   Boarding El Zafiro. Our staff will take you to your elegant suite, specially equipped with all the comforts for an experienced traveler like you. Comfortable beds, sheets made from pure Peruvian pima cotton, pillows, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, a private bathroom with a beautifully accentuated walk-in shower, amenities, and a private balcony in each suite on the second deck. During the next eight days El Zafiro will sail the Amazon, the Ucayali and Maranon rivers and their impressive tributaries full of wildlife.   While El Zafiro begins its initial navigation, you can enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the observation area that is elegantly equipped for your enjoyment and located on our third deck. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view from our elegant indoor and outdoor lounge that is also located on the third deck. Our bartender will be waiting for you to serve you an exotic cocktail prepared with fruits from the region and pisco, the national liquor of Peru. Before the welcome dinner, your naturalist guides will give you an overview of the travel program, activities, routes, important moments, wildlife and vegetation, the geographical and historical background, and other useful details. If you have any questions or doubts, our guides will always be readily available to help you.   Our boats have an open-door policy so you are welcome if you want to learn about navigation systems and spend time with the captain in charge at any time.   Welcome dinner. Begin your trip with one of our fine South American wines accompanied by excellent Peruvian gastronomy prepared with a delicious Amazonian-influence.   (Our menu offers several options, including a vegetarian option - please let us know of any special food requirements in advance).   After dinner, we invite you to the third deck where you can a spectacular view of the stars as we enter the depths of the Amazon rainforest, or relax with live music by our band on board and enjoy a varied repertoire of Amazonian, national, and international music.
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Day 2 - Thursday:

Birth of the Amazon – Vista Alegre – Yarapa – Piraña Creek

    Before breakfast we will head towards the expedition boats and then we will be in route to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers; in this union there is the birth of the majestic Amazon River—the perfect place to see different types of birds and the famous pink dolphins. Return to El Zafiro, to enjoy a full and delicious breakfast     View the Vista Alegre Community. After breakfast, we will visit the community of Vista Alegre, where we will meet the inhabitants of this Amazonian community through our guides, who will act as interpreters. We will have a culinary demonstration by a local inhabitant, who will expand his knowledge about the local cooking techniques of this community. Before returning to El Zafiro, we will visit the Vista Alegre butterfly farm project, where you will learn about butterflies in the Amazon and their importance to the environment.   Return to El Zafiro and lunch. Once aboard El Zafiro we will share a new lunch and take some time to rest.     Expedition to the Yarapa River. After lunch, we will continue exploring the waterways in the expedition boats— sailing towards the place where the pink and gray freshwater dolphins swim. We will take a walk in Yarapa, where you will have an unforgettable experience looking for wild life enjoying the incredible panorama that the jungle has to offer. We will continue exploring until we reach Piraña Creek,one of the first tributaries of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This area is excellent for piranha fishing.   Return to El Zafiro to enjoy a delicious dinner.   Later, we will make a nocturnal excursion in search of black caimans, fireflies, tarantulas, snakes and countless specimens that I have never seen before.
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Day 3 - Friday:

Yanayacu de Yacapana –Amazon River – Zona Tamishacu

    Breakfast. We will start the day with a full breakfast on board El Zafiro.   Expedition to Yanayacu de Yacapana. After breakfast we will continue exploring the water paths in the expedition boats in search of monkeys such as the capuchin monkey, choros monkeys, marmosets and other primates. We will enjoy a unique landscape of the tropical humid forest, in which we will explain the arboreal species in the riverbanks and aquatic plants and their function within the environment. Also, during the expedition, the guides will sharpen their senses to locate the sloths in the trees, macaws that fly over the area, the curious dolphins that gather near the confluences, and whirlpools of fish formed by the river currents. During the tour you will find fishermen and residents in different activities with which they will interact and show us the fruits of their day's activities.     Return to El Zafiro. While El Zafiro continues to sail, we will have a cooking demonstration by our Chef where we will learn first-hand about the local cuisine and taste the Amazonian culinary art.   Amazon River Expedition. After lunch, we will explore the Amazon River. Wildlife sighting. We will admire the creatures that inhabit the banks of the Amazon River.   Return to El Zafiro. Once on board, the ship will continue its course downstream, sailing towards Iquitos through the night. We will have a small information session in the interior lounge and recapitulation of the itinerary. Dinner.   After dinner, your naturalist guides will introduce you to the crew members you may not have met during the trip.
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Day 4 - Saturday:

Check Out – Desembarkment in Iquitos - Manati Rescue Center- Transporte al Aeropuerto

  Before breakfast you will have your last boat trip to the Bellavista Market, during the tour we will admire the houseboats. Exhibition and tasting of local products.   Return to El Zafiro to share the last breakfast with the passengers before their trip back home. Disembarkation.     On the way to the airport, you will visit the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA), where biologists and volunteers take care of the endangered species of manatees that the authorities have rescued. See how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for their reintroduction to their natural habitat.There are also other animals that have been rescued from captures with the intention of turning them into pets and other dangerous conditions. Check-in at the international airport of Iquitos. Your guides will assist you with the Check-in and the departure formalities to board your return flight.  
   
Suite 2024 2025
First Deck USD 3,600 USD 3,744
Second Deck Suite USD 3,700 USD 3,848
Master Suite USD 4,400 USD 4,160
Zafiro Suite USD 4600 USD 4,784
  IMPORTANT
  • Rates are expressed in US Dollars, per person, based on double occupancy.
  • Charter: Pricing for custom-designed charters are quoted according to your specific request and needs.
  • Single Supplement is 20% in addition to the adult rate.
  • Child policy: the recommended age is 7 years old + on all departures. Children aged 7 to 11 years old are eligible for a 50% discount from the adult rate. Children must be accompanied by one or two adults per suite. The capacity is of one child per suite.
RATE INCLUSIONS
  • 1 night accommodation Hotel - City of Iquitos. (Only 8D/7N and 5D/4Nprograms).
  • Lunch is included before boarding at our DoubleTree by Hilton Iquitos hotel. (This service depends on the arrival time of the recommended flight, which might change).
  • All meals while on board MV Zafiro.
  • 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 reservations department to coordinate the pick up or drop off service at [email protected].
  • Entrance fee to Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
  • Sodas, natural juices, coffee, tea, water, local alcoholic beverages (house wines, beer and pisco cocktails) are included with lunch and dinner.
  • Welcome drink: Pisco Sour.
RATE EXCLUSIONS
  • Domestic flights.
  • Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation).
  • GRATUITIES. On board Zafiro we recommend an amount in the range of USD 20 - USD 30 per passenger per night for the crew (to be divided among all the crew members) and between USD 7 - USD 10 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 consumptions.
  BOOKING POLICY
  • For Courtesy Holds: Any independent traveler reservation will be recorded as a courtesy hold for a maximum of 7 days.
  • For Confirmed Bookings: A deposit of US$ 500 per person is required to confirm the booking. For reservations made 90 days or less prior to departure, a full, non- refundable payment is required to confirm the booking.
FITS RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS
  • Reservations made 90 days or less prior to departure: A full, non refundable payment is required to confirm the booking.
  • Reservations made 91 days or more before departure: A deposit of US$ 500 per person is required to confirm the booking. The final balance is required 90 days prior to departure. If the payment is not received on time, the space(s) will be automatically released.
GROUP RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS (8 PAX OR MORE)
  • For Reservations made 121 days or more prior to departure:
    • An initial deposit of US$ 500 per person is required to confirm the booking, with a second deposit of US$ 500 per person 120 days before departure. The final balance is required 90 days prior to departure.
    • For Reservations made 120 days to 91 days prior to departure: A deposit of US$ 1,000 per person is required to confirm the booking.
    • The final balance is required 90 days prior to departure.
• For Reservations made 90 days or less prior to departure: A full, non refundable payment is required to confirm the booking.   CANCELATION POLICY
  • For Cancelations made 121 days or more prior to departure:
    • The deposit will be refunded, minus US $200 service charge per person.
  • For Cancelations made 120 to 91 days prior to departure: All deposits are non-refundable.
  • For Cancelations made 90 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as the cancelation penalty.
In the following case of “Force Majeure”, Jungle Experiences can reschedule the trip at no additional cost: • Events that directly affect the operation of the cruises and prevent sailing, for example: • An outbreak of infectious or contagious diseases/virus deemed a global epidemic or pandemic by the World Health Organization • Events of political unrest and social manifestations.   DEPARTURE DATE CHANGE POLICY
  • Jungle Experiences permits guests to change the departure date of their cruise at least 181 days prior to their original date of departure without penalty.
  • A fee of US$500 per person will be applied for date changes made between 180 and 121 days prior to departure. No date changes are permitted within 120 days from departure.
NAME CHANGE POLICY
  • Jungle Experiences permits guests to change their names to othertravelers’ names up to 60 days prior departure date, without penalty.  In case there is a change of name requested 59 days or less prior departure date, there will be a USD 200 penalty charge per person.