La Estrella Amazon River Cruise

From Iquitos upriver to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
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This Amazon Voyage is an engaging and educational adventure. It is recognized as one of the “25 Greatest Adventures in the World” by National Geographic ADVENTURE Magazine and by author Patricia Schultz as one of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die!

This exclusive Amazon River tour itinerary covers more than 600 miles on the Amazon and its tributaries - more traveling than any other ship’s standard cruises. You travel deep into the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve and explore three different habitats so you have the best chance of spotting rare wildlife! We spot monkeys, birds, sloths and other mammals, pink and gray dolphins and so much more. The tour is limited to no more than 31 guests. Don’t miss your opportunity to join us as you discover new additions to Amazon cruising, including the river’s largest observation deck, kayaking excursions, and one of the most extensive itineraries going deep into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve.

* Call or email for information on departures with no single supplements.

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Features / Highlights

• Enjoy the passing scenery from our open-air Bar and Sun Deck.
• Enjoy daily discussions by our naturalists in the air-conditioned Lecture Room — equipped with a 55-inch LCD TV, home theater system, movies and small library — while relaxing on comfy sofas.
• Stay in shape on vacation by taking advantage of the ship’s on-board Fitness Room with stair climbers, stationary bikes and weights.
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• The Dining Room is finished in classic riverboat style with gracious wooden floors and large windows. Tables seating 6-8 guests each allow you to get to know fellow travelers and guides while sampling local delicacies and international favorites.
• Fully equipped, modern commercial kitchen prepares dishes using fresh, local ingredients.
• Generous air-conditioned cabins are approx. 220 sq. ft. and furnished with either one king-size bed or two beds, two nightstands and a desk. Plus, cabins offer private bath, a closet with ample storage, hair dryer and three 220 volt outlets, as well as two convertors and a surge protector power strip with USB connections.
• All cabins feature a private balcony with two chairs to enjoy relaxing views.
• Four cabins on each deck can easily be converted to create two adjoining suites — ideal for families.
• All indoor public areas are air-conditioned.
• Guides’ reception with complimentary wine, soda, Peruvian cocktail and beer onboard daily.
• Covered, open-air bar stocks cold bottled water, sodas and local beer.
• Guided tours & lectures by native naturalists
• Services of experienced expedition leader
• Wildlife excursions on land & by skiff in three habitats: varzea, igapó and terra firma
• Piranha fishing
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• Pre-dawn birding
• Local village & school visits
• Nighttime skiff rides & rainforest walks
• Full educational program with lectures & field interpretation
• Visit to Pacaya Samiria Reserve’s Ranger Station #2 used for scientific study
• Cooking demonstrations
• Complimentary laundry aboard ship
• Guides’ reception with a complimentary Peruvian cocktail, soft drink, wine & beer onboard daily.
• Blessing ceremony with a local Shaman
• Tour of colonial Lima & frontier city of Iquitos
• Tips to porters & waiters for included transfers and meals
• Airport arrival & departure transfers

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LA ESTRELLA AMAZONICA ITINERARY - 9 DAYS, LIMA TO LIMA


Day 1 • Friday
Arrive Lima
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Fly independently to Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to the Swissôtel for the night. (Airport transfer included from flights.)

Day 2 • Saturday
Lima / Iquitos / Embark Amazon Riverboat / Amazon River

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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
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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
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Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

After a peaceful breakfast along the black-water Sapote Creek, we explore a small tributary of the Ucayali aboard our excursion boats. 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. 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)

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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
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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)

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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)


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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 (or you may add overnight in Lima for next morning flights or continuing your explorations in Peru).  (B,L)

Because conditions at the time of 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 and it’s always subject to change. The routes and excursions may vary, depending on the type of weather, the level of water of the rivers, as well as the wildlife cycles. We trust the expert guides to modify the itinerary for the interests and safety of the group.

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9-Day, Estella Amazonica Cruise Pricing

2017 CRUISE PACKAGES (call for single cabin pricing as some departures have no extra charge)
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CHILDREN DISCOUNT (7 - 18 years): $150, except for December departures
*NOTE: Select cabins on many departures are offered with NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FEES! Call for details.
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2017 Departures
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The 9-days, Amazon River cruise tour includes:

  • Round trip airport transfers in Lima and Iquitos
  • 1 night in Lima hotel at the Swissotel (with breakfast)
  • Lima city tour including lunch
  • 7 nights aboard the Estrella Amazonica riverboat
  • Iquitos services/tours on Day 9 (city tour, Las Malvinas garden, dayroom)
  • All meals as listed
  • Two Professional local bilingual naturalist guides for the voyage
    Activities during the cruise utilizing two 18 passenger skiffs
    Use of kayaks
    Nightly guide reception while on the voyage with choice of a free Peruvian cocktail, beer, wine or soda
  • Some of the best live music of any Amazon River ship
    Excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
    Laundry service (Monday - Thursday) while onboard
  • Cabin cleaned twice a day and linens/towels changed daily
    Bottled water in cabins, juice with meals, coffee and tea available all day
    Bottled water on all excursions.

Not included:
  • International flights to Lima, Peru
    Domestic flights for Lima-Iquitos-Lima. Currently $386 per person (subject to change)
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    U.S. and Peruvian departure taxes, new fuel surcharges
    Personal items and extra drinks
  • Ponchos and boots (crew will clean muddy shoes)
    Gratuities to the naturalist guides ($84 per person), expedition leader ($42 per person), and boat crew ($120 per person)

NOTES:
  • $600 per person deposit for reservation with balance due 90 days prior to departure
  • Domestic flights between Lima and Iquitos MUST be purchased through us to ensure all are on the same flight - current cost is $386.
  • A $275 per person credit will apply if not utilizing Lima services on Day 1 and 2 of the 9-day cruise program
  • Credit cards accepted on the ship for bar tab and miscellaneous expenses. Tips to be paid in cash (in good condition bills).
  • Minimum age is 7 years

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Estrella Amazonica Ship Specifications

Built: 2013
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Vessel Registry: Peru

Length: 139ft / 42.4m

Beam: 30ft / 9.1m

Draft: 7ft / 2.1m

Capacity: 31 passengers
• Solo Cabin: 175 sq. ft.
• Double Cabin: 217 sq. ft.
• Suite/Triple Cabin: 261 sq. ft.
• Dining Room: 1,000 sq. ft.
• Lecture Room: 765 sq. ft.
• Fitness Room: 162 sq. ft.

Generator: 2 X Perkins 90 kW

Engine: 2 X Volvo Penta 235 HP

Cruising Speed: 8 - 10 knots

Water: 2 x 820 Gallon fresh water tanks

Water Treatment: 2 Aerobic Biofilter Plants

Crew: 14 + 2 Naturalist Guides

Communication: Radio HF, Satellite phone for emergencies, and limited Wifi internet

Navigation: GPS, Radar, Sonar

Launch Boats: 2 motorized open skiffs with four-stroke engines and safety equipment for up to 18 passengers each

Kayaks: For expedition use upon request and availability

Safety: Ship built following SOLAS and MARPOL international guidelines, exceeding Peruvian safety standards. A monitored camera system in common areas. Emergency drill planning and training for guests.

International environmental standards for all ship system designs and operations, making this the most environmentally responsible boat on the Amazon.

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Your Amazon guides

Renzo Zeppilli - Amazon Cruise Expedition Leader

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A passionate birder since his early years, Renzo has trained guides all over Peru in advanced birding techniques. He is one of the five members of the Birds of Peru registry committee, having added himself new species to the list. Renzo has earned degrees in hotel and tourism management, with a masters degree in environmental education. His passion for wildlife and attention to details make him an excellent traveling companion.

Dennis Osario - Amazon Cruise Expedition Leader

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An avid birder, Dennis Osorio holds a master degree in hotel and tourism management with a concentration in Sustainable Tourism. After completing guide training in South Africa, his passion for travel and wildlife led him back home to Peru to seek a position in the Amazon, and on the Estrella Amazonica he found the perfect match to his commitment to conservation and the environment. Dennis is a guarantee of success to any expedition in the Amazon.

Angel Cardenas - Amazon Cruise Expedition Leader

Angel Cardenas Amazon guide
Cusco native Angel Cardenas has spent the past 11 years leading small-group expeditions in Peru after earning his degree in tourism. Although Angel is adept at spotting birdlife, his true passion is for teaching guests about Peru’s extraordinary culture and history. Adding to his depth of natural history knowledge is a true dedication to guests, which is why Angel is earning rave reviews!

Johnny Balarezo - Amazon Cruise Naturalist

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Johnny Balarezo Malatesta was born and raised in the Amazon rainforests of Puerto Maldonado, Peru. His interest in nature and wildlife started at the age of just six years old, and he continued to be so intrigued by his rainforest surroundings that Johnny earned a degree in Ecotourism from the University of San Antonio Abad del Cuzco. After earning his degree, Johnny did field work with scientists deep in the jungle. Johnny has more than 14 years of experience as a naturalist guide and expedition leader, and brings to each trip a passion for all Amazonian life, especially the birds and wonderful children of the Ribereno culture.

Segundo Mesia - Amazon Cruise Naturalist

Segundo Mesia Amazon guide
Segundo Mesia Coral grew up along the Momón River in a tiny village of just 20 families. After finishing elementary school at the age of 11, Segundo was “adopted” by a family of Belgian anthropologists who had come to do research in his village. The Belgian family supported Segundo’s education and he made the difficult decision to leave his family and pursue higher education in Iquitos. After earning his degree, Segundo began working in the tourism industry at a hotel in Iquitos and working in the rainforest with biologists doing research. Segundo later studied to become a naturalist and has spent more than 20 years working as a naturalist guide.

Usiel Vasquez - Amazon Cruise Naturalist

Usiel Vasquez Amazon guide
Before migrating to Iquitos with his family in search of a better education, Usiel had already began his life-long love affair with the rainforest, fishing in lakes, gathering wild fruits and learning about the surrounding jungle. While attending high school in Iquitos, he would venture to the main square on weekends, determined to practice his English while mingling with tourists. For more than two decades, Usiel has worked as a rainforest guide, and has assisted researchers and scientists while deepening his knowledge of biology and botany.

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Wildlife Viewing
This Amazon River Cruise on the Estrella Amazonica provides the secret and foundation for good wildlife spotting - excellent guides and placing you in remote habitats in the various ecosystems that exist in the region!

Birds commonly seen include:

PARROTS Psittacidae
Blue-and-yellow Macaw
Ara ararauna
Chestnut-fronted Macaw
Ara severa
Red-bellied Macaw
Ara manilata
White-eyed Parakeet
Aratinga leucophthalmus
Dusky-headed Parakeet
Aratinga weddellii
Maroon-tailed Parakeet
Pyrrhura melanura
Rose-fronted Parakeet
Pyrrhura roseifrons
Blue-winged Parrotlet
Forpus xanthopterygius
Canary-winged Parakeet
Brotogeris versicolurus
Tui Parakeet
Brotogeris sanctithomae
Black-headed Parrot
Pionites melanocephala

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Short-tailed Parrot
Graydidascalus brachyurus
Festive Parrot
Amazona festiva
Yellow-crowned Parrot
Amazona ochrocephala
Orange-winged Parrot
Amazona amazonica
Mealy Parrot
Amazona farinosa
Blue-headed Parrot
Pionus menstruus
CUCKOOS, ANIS & HOATZINS
Cuculidae
Hoatzin
Opisthocomus hoazin
Greater Ani
Crotophaga major
Smooth-billed Ani
Crotophaga ani
CORMORANTS
Phalacrocoracidae
Neotropic Cormorant
Phalacrocorax brasilianus
SCREAMERS
Anhimidae
Horned Screamer
Anhima cornuta
HERONS
Ardeidae
Snowy Egret
Egretta thula
Capped Heron
Pilherodius pileatus
White-necked Heron
Ardea cocoi
Great Egret
Casmerodius albus
Striated Heron
Butorides striatus
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AMERICAN VULTURES
Cathartidae
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Cathartes burrovianus
OSPREYS
Pabdionidae
Osprey
Pandion haliaetus
HAWKS AND EAGLES
Accipitridae
Gray-headed Kite
Leptodon cayanensis
Slender-billed Kite Rostrhamus hamatus
Plumbeous Kite
Ictinia plumbea
Crane Hawk
Geranospiza caerulescens
Great Black-Hawk
Buteogallus urubitinga
Black-collared Hawk
Busarellus nigricollis
Roadside Hawk Buteo
magnirostris
Slate-colored Hawk
Leucopternis schistaceus
FALCONS
Falconidae
Black Caracara
Daptrius ater
Yellow-headed Caracara
Milvago chimachima
Laughing Falcon
Herpetotheres cachinnans
Bat Falcon
Falco rufigularis
GUANS , CURASSOWS & ALLIES
Cracidae
Speckled Chachalaca
Ortalis guttata
JACANAS
Jacanidae
Wattled Jacana
Jacana jacana
SANDPIPERS AND SNIPES
Scolopacidae
Spotted Sandpiper
Tringa macularia
GULLS AND TERNS
Laridae
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Large-billed Tern
Phaetusa simplex
Yellow-billed Tern
Sterna superciliaris
SKIMMERS
Rynchopidae
Black Skimmer
Rynchops niger
PIGEONS AND DOVES
Columbidae
Pale-vented Pigeon
Columba cayennensis
Ruddy Pigeon
Columba subvinacea
Plumbeous Pigeon
Patagioenas plumbea
OWLS
Strigidae
Spectacled Owl
Pulsatrix perspicillata
POTOOS
Nyctibiidae
Great Potoo
Nyctibius grandis
NIGHTHAWKS AND NIGHTJARS
Caprimulgidae
Short-tailed Nighthawk
Lurocalis semitorquatus
Sand-colored Nighthawk
Chordeiles rupestris
Band-tailed Nighthawk
Nyctiprogne leucopyga
SWIFTS
Apodidae
Fork-tailed Palm-Swift
Tachornis squamata
HUMMINGBIRDS
Trochilidae
White-bearded Hermit
Phaetornis hispidus
Glittering-throated Emerald
Amazilia fimbriata
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White-necked Jacobin
Florisuga mellivora
Black-throated Mango
Anthracothorax nigricollis
Fork-tailed Woodnymph
Thalurania furcata
Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris
TROGONS AND QUETZALS
Trogonidae
Black-tailed Trogon
Trogon melanurus
Violaceous Trogon
Trogon violaceus
KINGFISHERS Alecedinidae
Ringed Kingfisher
Ceryle torquata
Amazon Kingfisher
Chloroceryle amazona
Green Kingfisher
Chloroceryle americana
Green-and-rufous Kingfisher
Chloroceryle inda
JACAMARS
Galbulidae
White-eared Jacamar
Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis
Bluish-fronted Jacamar
Galbula cyanescens
PUFFBIRDS AND NUNBIRDS
Bucconidae
Black-fronted Nunbird
Monasa nigrifrons
Swallow-wing Puffbird
Chelidoptera tenebrosa
BARBETS
Capitonidae
Scarlet-crowned Barbet
Capito aurovirens
TOUCANS AND ARACARIS
Ramphastidae
Chestnut-eared Aracari
Pteroglossus castanotis
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WOODPECKERS AND PICULETS
Picidae
Yellow-tufted Woodpecker
Melanerpes cruentatus
Spot-breasted Woodpecker
Colaptes punctigula
Chestnut Woodpecker
Celeus elegans
Crimson-crested Woodpecker
Campephilus melanoleucos
Yellow-throated Woodpecker Piculus flavigula
Cream-colored Woodpecker
Celeus flavus
WOODCREEPERS
Dendrocolaptidae
Long-billed Woodcreeper
Nasica longirostris
Straight-billed Woodcreeper
Xiphorhynchus picus
Striped Woodcreeper
Xiphorhynchus obsoletus
Buff-throated Woodcreeper
Xiphorhynchus guttatus
Cinammon-throated Woodcreeper
Dendrexetastes rufigula
FURNARIDS or OVENBIRDS
Furnariidae
Orange-fronted Plushcrown
Metopothrix aurantiaca
Pale-billed Hornero
Furnarius torridus
TYPICAL ANTBIRDS
Thamnophilidae
Amazon streaked Antwren
Myrmotherula multostriata
COTINGAS
Cotingidae
Plum-throated Cotinga
Cotinga maynana
Bare-necked Fruitcrow
Gymnoderus foetidus
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS
Tyrannidae
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Drab Water-Tyrant
Ochthornis littoralis
Short-crested Flycatcher
Myiarchus ferox
Tropical Kingbird
Tyrannus melancholicus
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Tyrannus savana
Eastern Kingbird
Tyrannus tyrannus
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet
Tyrannulus elatus
Crowned Slaty-Flycatcher
Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus
Streaked Flycatcher
Myiodynastes maculatus
Social Flycatcher
Myiozetetes similis
Lesser Kiskadee
Philohydor lictor
Great Kiskadee
Pitangus sulphuratus
Chestnut-crowned Becard
Pachyramphus castaneus
Black-tailed Tityra
Tityra cayana
Yellow-crowned Elaenia
Myiopagis flavivertex
Piratic Flycatcher
Legatus leucophaius
White-lored Tyrannulet
Ornithion inerme
Bright-rumped Attila
Attila spadiceus
THRUSHES AND SOLITAIRES
Turdidae
Black-billed Thrush
Turdus ignobilis
MOCKINGBIRDS AND ALLIES
Mimidae
Black-capped Donacobius
Donacobius atricapillus
WRENS
Troglodytidae
Thrush-like Wren
Campylorhynchus turdinus
SWALLOWS AND MARTINS
Hirundinidae
White-winged Swallow
Tachycineta albiventer
Brown-chested Martin
Phaeoprogne tapera
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
Sand Martin (Bank Swallow)
Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow H
irundo rustica
White-banded Swallow
Atticora fasciata
FINCHES
Emberizinae
Yellow-browed Sparrow
Ammodramus aurifrons
Red-capped Cardinal
Paroaria gularis
TANAGERS
Thraupinae
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Hooded Tanager
Nemosia pileata
Masked Crimson Tanager
Ramphocelus nigrogularis
Silver-beaked Tanager
Ramphocelus carbo
Blue-gray Tanager
Thraupis episcopus
Thick-billed Euphonia
Euphonia laniirostris
Paradise Tanager
Tangara chilensis
GROSBEAKS & SALTATORS
Cardinalinae
Grayish Saltator
Saltator coerulescens
Buff-throated Saltator
Saltator maximus
AMERICAN ORIOLES
Icterinae
Russet-backed Oropendola
Psarocolius angustifrons
Crested Oropendola
Psarocolius decumanus
Yellow-rumped Cacique
Cacicus cela
Solitary Cacique
Cacicus solitarius
Troupial
Icterus icterus
Oriole Blackbird
Gymnomystax mexicanus
Yellow-hooded Blackbird
Agelaius icterocephalus
Shiny Cowbird
Molothrus bonariensis

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FAQs

What kind of visas are required for travel to Peru?
Bring a valid passport. We recommend that your passport remain valid for at least six months after your departure date. Visas are not required for US or Canadian citizens.

What vaccinations are required for cruise?
No inoculations are required to enter Peru or to return to the US after visiting Peru. The CDC recommends malaria pills and the yellow fever shot; however, you should consult with your personal physician and we will send more detailed information.

How long are flights?
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Miami to Lima: 5 hours and 45 minutes.
Lima to Iquitos: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

What about electrical adapter plugs?
The Lima hotels accommodate 110/120 voltage appliances, and a hairdryer and iron is in each room. The voltage in hotels outside of Lima and on our riverboat is 220 volts. The outlets are typical of what is found throughout North America, with two parallel pins. It is “Type A” on http://electricaloutlet.org/type-a.
Two 110volt convertors and a surge protector power strip with USB connections will be provided in each cabin on the Amazon riverboat. If you feel you will need additional power supplies for electronic equipment, you may also want to travel with an international power convertor kit that included a current convertor and a set of adapter plugs. The electrical output on vessels and in some hotels can surge and affect appliances that are plugged into outlets. International Expeditions and its affiliates are not responsible for damage to appliances as a result of power surges. It is best to leave appliances plugged in only when in use, or for the minimum time required for recharging.

What kind of weather can you expect during your Amazon Voyage and Lima tour?
The Iquitos area is located a few degrees south of the Equator and is characterized by strong tropical sun and rainforest. Average temperatures range from the upper 70° to upper 80°F year-round during the day, to the lower 70s at night. It can be coolish on the river at night or on overcast days. There is very little seasonal variation between winter and summer temperatures. The average humidity ranges from 60-80%, and rainfall occurs approximately 250 days out of the year. Most showers occur in the late afternoon or evening and are of short duration.
Lima temperatures vary from 70-84°F January through March; 63-81°F April through June; 59-66°F July through September; and 61-75°F October through December.

What are the deposits, payment schedule and cancellation policy?
A $600 deposit per person is required to confirm your reservation for the main trip. An additional $150 deposit is due for each pre and post-extension to your trip.
Final payment for land, ship, air and special arrangements for all programs and their extensions is due 90 days prior to departure.
Final payment will be automatically charged to the credit card used for deposit on the due date unless you make alternate arrangements prior to the final payment due date.
Travel Insurance is highly recommended (and policy options will be provided): There is $300 per person cancellation fee from time of booking to 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation fee of 100% of the full program cost per person from 89 to 0 days prior to departure.

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You are welcome to call us anytime at 1-239-992-9660, or toll free at 800-446-9660 or email us at travel"at"GoExploring.com.
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Explore the Amazon rainforest of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve