Zafiro Amazon River Cruise

From Iquitos upriver to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve on the M/V Zafiro.

A new luxury cruise on the Amazon!

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Make your dream come true and explore some of the inhospitable and inaccessible places that enhance the Amazon experience with its wild beauty. Immerse yourself in the lush vegetation. Slide through the mysteries of the jungle and the roaming Amazon aboard the stylish Zafiro.

The Zafiro is a floating five-star hotel that will take you to the world of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, located in one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World: the Amazonia. There, you will dream with the spells of the jungle: the sound of the water, the sunset, the swimming of the pink and grey dolphins, the song of the great variety of birds, including the white heron and cushuri, among many others.

Admire the beauty of the National Reserve and relax in the circular jacuzzi; let fly your imagination with the sunset over the river and the forest, rest on the private balcony of your suite or on a soft bed listening to the bustle of the jungle; lie down in the massage room or exercise in the gym.

This idyllic journey through the wonders of the Amazon rainforest is complemented by the outdoor lounge bar, the indoor reading lounge, the observation deck, a boutique on board and a special elevator for disabled passengers.
Additionally, the mysterious world of the Amazon will be explained by our bilingual naturalist guides (English-Spanish) to transfer you into the history of the reserve, its traditions, and the details of the ecosystem and life of the coastal cultures.

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Twenty luxurious suites characterize the Zafiro. These include air conditioning, private bathroom and 21-23 square feet of comfort, privacy and tranquility. Four of them are interconnected for family use and 4 give a view of 90 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.

The glamor and tranquility coexist with the care and safety on board. The Zafiro offers such a great and safe trip. The constant radio communication system and satellite phone, life jackets, signal flares, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in each suite, give you peace of mind in any emergency. An automatic defibrillator on board as well as a complete first aid kit is also available at your service.

The Zafiro has three auxiliary aluminum boats with four-stroke engines, two boats with capacity for 25 passengers and one of 8 seats. The 40 passengers and 18 crew members of the ship will sail with confidence and calmness the waters of the Amazon River.

Our chefs will delight your palate with an Amazon fusion cuisine. You can savor it while enjoying the spectacular view of the landscape and biodiversity that the Amazon has to offer. Spices and hot jungle peppers will season your dishes, and fruits such as the aguaje, carambola, cocona and camu camu will refresh the palate of the most discerning gourmet.
The Zafiro, more than a gem, is a style of sailing down the Amazon River.

Your choice of Expedition cruises of 8 days, 5 days or 4 days, including full board, transfers and jungle excursions. Maximum: 38 passengers.

See below for costs and departure dates under each cruise itinerary. Extra services in Iquitos, Lima, and throughout Peru can be added to suit interests. * There may be discounts on certain departures!

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The Cruises Include:
Transfers Iquitos airport / Nauta / Iquitos airport.
Full board with all meals on board and during the shore tours.
All shore and boat excursions on the Amazon Rivers.
Bottled water and non-alcoholic house beverages.
Entrance fees to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Naturalist tour guide and assistance.

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NOTE: You are welcome to add overnights in Iquitos before or after the Amazon cruise. We normally use the Hotel Dorado Plaza. We also arrange day tours to such places as: Manatee Rescue Center, Quistococha Zoo, Pillpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and Animal Orphanage, Fundo Pedrito in Barrio Florido village, Belen Market, Boras Indian village, the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve and more.

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Zafiro 2017 Rates and Dates
2017 Zafiro Rates
2017 Zafiro Dates

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Zafiro, 4-Day Amazon Cruises (Wednesday to Saturday)
These three-night itineraries are perfect for those looking for shorter Amazon River cruise itineraries. Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, one of Peru ́s largest national parks. Go piranha fishing, trek into the dense jungle in search of Amazon wildlife and birds, on night safaris and guided trips, visit local villages and learn about wildlife preservation efforts in Peru's Amazonia.


ZAFIRO 2016 RATES: 4 Days / 3 Nights
FIRST DECK SUITE $2,350 USD per person in double occupancy
SECOND DECK SUITE with Balcony $2,500 USD per person in double occupancy
MASTER SUITE $2,800 USD per person in double occupancy
ZAFIRO SUITE with Balcony $3,500 USD per person in double occupancy

ZAFIRO 2017 RATES: 4 Days / 3 Nights
FIRST DECK SUITE $3,120 USD per person in double occupancy
SECOND DECK SUITE with Balcony $3,280 USD per person in double occupancy
MASTER SUITE $3,439 USD per person in double occupancy
ZAFIRO SUITE with Balcony $3,960 USD per person in double occupancy


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High Water Season Itinerary 4D/3N: (November through May)


DAY 01 Wednesday: IQUITOS – NAUTA – EMBARKATION - Maranon River

Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport, then transfer all together by our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kilometers away. Nauta is literally the "end of the road" where you will embark the Zafiro. Along the way, you will see vibrant "terra firma" (non-flooded forest) and various aspects of daily jungle life.

Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at our private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you.
Aboard the Zafiro, you will be served by our qualified staff who will introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers are all framed with a spacious private terrace we are sure you will enjoy to the fullest.
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While the Zafiro begins its initial navigation, you will enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation area located on our third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you with an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. Then, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation to keep your eye out for, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.

The third deck features an entertainment center which offers use for film presentations, as well as extensive literature about the area (fauna, flora, etc.) There is also a completely equipped bar so you can test any combination of regional and international liquors and aromas that the bartender will be happy to provide for you to enjoy under the spell of the beautiful Amazonian afternoons and night, and the sweet breeze of the rainforest. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal.

Over the next three days, the Zafiro sails along the largest tributaries of the Amazon River, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself, towards remote destinations visited by only a few of even the world’s most experienced travelers. Before dinner, participate in our routine safety drill and then head into the air-conditioned Indoor Lounge to meet the cruise director and for your first briefing from our naturalist guides about the adventures ahead.
Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm. Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).

DAY 02 Thursday: Ucayali River - Yanallpa River- Tapiche river - Dorado River – Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Yanallpa River Expedition: After breakfast, within the vast Amazon flooded forest, cruise along an amazing black water stream, as your guides tell you about the rainforest. We explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we float through this tunnel, our naturalist guides help you to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks.
Tapiche River Exploration: On the way back to the Zafiro we are going to explore into Tapiche River and begin our jungle walk guided by our guides to learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, snakes, birds and more. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides identify for you the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise the Amazonia’s natural pharmacy.
Return to the Zafiro followed by lunch.
Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion: At 4:00 pm, take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the “Mirrored Forest” to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the vessel, our guides point out caimans and frogs in the water, and fishing bats overhead. Return to the Zafiro around 7:30 pm followed by a delicious dinner.


DAY 03 Friday: Ucayali River - Yarapa river - Amazonas River - Panguana Zona

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Expedition to the Yarapa River: We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. The people of the Amazonia believe these very dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. On this excursion we will observe monkeys such as brown capuchin and saddle backed tamarin monkeys, birds such as fly catchers, trogons, wood peckers and more.

Return to the Zafiro at 12:00 pm, and begin sailing down river, toward Iquitos. Followed by lunch and siesta. Cooking class experience in Panguana 2nd Zone. We will have our cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. We will learn by first-hand about the amazon cuisine and taste our Amazonian culinary art.
Return to the Zafiro. Once we are back on board, the ship continues downstream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night.
Briefing in the Indoor Lounge and recap of your itinerary and wildlife sightings at 7:00 pm.
Dinner and Crew Presentation.  After dinner, your naturalist guides will introduce the crew members whom you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless jungle experience.

DAY 04 Saturday: CHECK OUT – DISIMBARK AT IQUITOS – CITY TOUR – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

Return to the ZAFIRO at 11:00 am followed by an early lunch.  Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before your onward journey.
Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer to the Airport. En route to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. See how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat.
Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30 pm.  Your guides will assist you with the check-in and departure formalities until the time to board your flight back to Lima.

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Low Water Season Itinerary 4D/3N: (June - October)


DAY 01 Wednesday: IQUITOS – NAUTA – EMBARKATION - Maranon River

Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport, then transfer all together by our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kilometers away. Nauta is literally the "end of the road" where you will embark the Zafiro. Along the way, you will see vibrant "terra firma" (non-flooded forest) and various aspects of daily jungle life. Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at our private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you.

Aboard the Zafiro, you will be served by our qualified staff who will introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers are all framed with a spacious private terrace we are sure you will enjoy to the fullest.

While the Zafiro begins its initial navigation, you will enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation area located on our third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you with an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. Then, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation to keep your eye out for, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.

The third deck features an entertainment center which offers use for film presentations, as well as extensive literature about the area (fauna, flora, etc.) There is also a completely equipped bar so you can test any combination of regional and international liquors and aromas that the bartender will be happy to provide for you to enjoy under the spell of the beautiful Amazonian afternoons and night, and the sweet breeze of the rainforest. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal.
Over the next three days, the Zafiro sails along the largest tributaries of the Amazon River, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself, towards remote destinations visited by only a few of even the world’s most experienced travelers.
Before dinner, participate in our routine safety drill and then head into the air-conditioned Indoor Lounge to meet the cruise director and for your first briefing from our naturalist guides about the adventures ahead. Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm. Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).


DAY 02 Thursday: Ucayali River - Yanallpa River- Tapiche river - Dorado River – Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Yanallpa River Expedition. After breakfast, within the vast Amazon flooded forest, cruise along an amazing black water stream, as your guides tell you about the rainforest. We explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we float through this tunnel, our naturalist guides help you to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks.
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Tapiche River Exploration. On the way back to the Zafiro we are going to explore into Tapiche River and begin our jungle walk guided by our guides to learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, snakes, birds and more. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides identify for you the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise the Amazonia’s natural pharmacy. Return to the Zafiro followed by lunch.
Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion. At 4:00 pm, take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the “Mirrored Forest” to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the vessel, our guides point out caimans and frogs in the water, and fishing bats overhead. As we make our way back to Zafiro, the sunset gives us an amazing show. Return to the Zafiro around 6:30 followed by a delicious dinner.

Optional Night Excursion into Zapote creek to search for nocturnal wildlife species of bats and boa constrictors and look for great pottos, tarantulas, kingkajos, night jars and opossums.


DAY 03 Friday: Ucayali River - Yarapa river - Amazonas River - Panguana Zona

Expedition to the Yarapa River. We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. The people of the Amazonia believe these very dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. On this excursion we will observe monkeys such as brown capuchin and saddle backed tamarin monkeys, birds such as fly catchers, trogons, wood peckers and more.
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Return to the Zafiro at 12:00 pm, and begin sailing down river, toward Iquitos. Followed by lunch and siesta.
Cooking class experience in Panguana 2nd Zone. We will have our cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. We will learn by first-hand about the amazon cuisine and taste our Amazonian culinary art.

Return to the Zafiro. Once we are back on board, the ship continues downstream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night. Briefing in the Indoor Lounge and recap of your itinerary and wildlife sightings at 7:00 pm. Dinner and Crew Presentation.  After dinner, your naturalist guides will introduce the crew members whom you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless jungle experience.


DAY 04 Saturday: CHECK OUT – DISIMBARK AT IQUITOS – CITY TOUR – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

Return to the ZAFIRO at 11:00 am followed by an early lunch.  Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before your onward journey.

Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer to the Airport. En route to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. See how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat.
Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30 pm.  Your guides will assist you with the check-in and departure formalities until the time to board your flight back to Lima.

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Zafiro, 5-Day Amazon Cruises (Saturday to Wednesday)
A 5-night cruise exploring the wonderful Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon rivers and its tributaries towards the Sapote River, a buffered zone of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. While the expedition group enters in one of the greatest flooded forests of the world, you will see extraordinary wildlife, many species of primates, hundreds of exotic and colorful birds and groups of pink and gray dolphins only after a single day.

ZAFIRO 2016 RATES:
5 Days / 4 Nights
FIRST DECK SUITE $3,125 USD per person in double occupancy
SECOND DECK SUITE with Balcony $3,315 USD per person in double occupancy
MASTER SUITE $3,675 USD per person in double occupancy
ZAFIRO SUITE with Balcony $4,600 USD per person in double occupancy

ZAFIRO 2017 RATES: 5 Days / 4 Nights
FIRST DECK SUITE $4,080 USD per person in double occupancy
SECOND DECK SUITE with Balcony $4,330 USD per person in double occupancy
MASTER SUITE $4,530 USD per person in double occupancy
ZAFIRO SUITE with Balcony $5,230 USD per person in double occupancy



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High Water Season Itinerary 5D/4N: (November through May)

DAY 01 Saturday: IQUITOS - AMAZON RIVER

Arrival from Lima (1 hour 25 minute trip to the capital of the Peruvian Amazon). Your guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport, and transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the main wharf to board the Zafiro, your home for the next four nights.
Embarkation and check in aboard the Zafiro. Our qualified staff will introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Comfortable beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers, and a private balcony on each suite in the upper deck.
During the next seven days the Zafiro will sail the Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon Rivers and their amazing tributaries bountiful in wildlife.
While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the national brandy liquor of Peru. Before lunch, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful details. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal.
Our vessels have an open policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time.
Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm.  Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).
After the welcome dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy starwatching while we cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, or else relax with live music performed by our band on board enjoying a varied repertoire of Amazon, national and international music.


DAY 02 Sunday: Yanayacu - Amazon River Confluence - Pirana Creek- Nauta Creek – Maranon River.

Yanayacu of Yacapana Exploration. Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold drinking water are always available for you on board the skiffs. Early birdwatching into the native kukama reserve (yanayacu of yucapana). This reserve has about 17 black waters lakes, bountiful in wildlife and home of Ayacucho and San Juan native communities. This morning we will observe monkeys, parrots, macaws and learn more about nature.
Breakfast. Our lavish daily buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh-squeezed juices.
Amazon birth place expedition. After breakfast, the Zafiro skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin.
Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colorful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: piranha creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:30 followed by lunch, Peruvian inspired midday flares in our air-conditioning dining room, while we start to sail up the Maranon River.
Amazonian Philosophy Lecture. One of our naturalist guides will introduce you about the idiosyncrasy, beliefs and deep thoughts of the Amazonian people, such as the spirituality that is everywhere and not only on human beings.
Late Afternoon excursions to Nauta Creek within Pacaya-Samiria Reserve which is known as the mirrored forest, which makes perfect sense as you gaze upon its glistening black water lagoons. Our naturalist guides use their eagle eyes to help you spot toucans, parrots and macaws overhead and iguanas, sloths and monkeys among the soaring trees. On the way back to the Zafiro, the glorious sunset is reflected in these glistening waters.
Return to the Zafiro. Perhaps sip a pisco sour on the observation deck with a live music concert from our local band followed by another Peruvian- inspired dinner.
Optional Nocturnal boat ride to enjoy the symphony from the night and constellations, as well as search for caimans, tarantulas, boa constrictors and more.

DAY 03 Monday: Yanayacu of Pucate – Yanayaquillo Creek - Perdida Creek -Tiger River

Yanayacu of pucate and Yanayaquillo exploration, followed by delicious breakfast aboard the skiffs. Early in the morning you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won´t be the only one enjoying our happy meal here.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 to enjoy a delicious lunch followed by heartwarming siesta.
If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You may even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!
In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about Geographical orientation in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about hydrography of rivers to explore sustainable species according to the natural resources of the area.
Perdida Creek Expedition. On this late afternoon excursion, you are going to have a skiff boat expedition into this beautiful creek, full of colorful birds, such us: Paradise tanager, masked crimson tanager, Wood peckers, awls, scarlet crowned barbet and enjoy the great symphony they create.
Return to the Zafiro for Dinner.
Night excursion into Tiger River to a place called Nahuapa. Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flow into the Maranon River owning hundreds of other small rivers flowing into the main Tiger River. We will explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa to look for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos and more. Wildlife is always active early in the morning, late afternoon and night, turning out into an amazing experience.

DAY 04
Tuesday: Maranon River - Samiria River - San Martin de Tipishca


Samiria River expedition. After breakfast our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more.
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Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 followed by lunch.
Amazon lecture. Learn about where the amazon name comes from, and flora and fauna that inhabit there. Village Visit. Meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca kukama community Amazonia at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewelry.
Tipishca Lake formed over 100 years ago by the Las Piedras River Cutting through the neck of a sharp meander. Lake Tipishca harbors good fish stocks, including piranha and catfish. Bird life on the lake is plentiful, the lake attracts many species which include, blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tiger-herons, wattle jacanas, amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black –collared hawk, black capped mocking thrush and yellow-rumped caciques. You might also spot hoatzins; red capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers.
Enjoy live music from our local band aboard the Zafiro followed by a splendid dinner.

DAY 05 Wednesday: Maranon River- Shiriyacu Creek - Check Out – Disembark – Transfer to the airport

Pampa creek expedition. Before breakfast early birdwatching. We follow its shoreline, sure to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neo-tropic cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and our favorite horned screamers.
Return to the Zafiro followed by breakfast. At 09:00 am, begins your expedition for fishing the famous piranhas into Shiriyacu stream, and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the amazon and ancestral traditions that we have been losing. This experience will give us the opportunity to formulate questions to the healer and know a bit more about our former traditions.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:30 am followed by an early lunch. Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before beginning your homeward journey.
Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer to the Airport. On our way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will also have the chance to pet and feed these kind manatees. Likewise, there are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture for the intention of being turned into pets and other threatening conditions. We welcome you to donate to this ambitious organization and education center as you wish.
Our land personnel will wait you at the airport to deliver your boarding passes and assist you with departure formalities.
Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30 pm. Our staff will be on hand to assist you with your luggage and check in at Crnl. FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport in Iquitos. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru. We truly hope that you enjoy your stay and Amazon travel experience!

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Low Water Season Itinerary 5D/4N: (June through October)


DAY 01 Saturday: IQUITOS - AMAZON RIVER

Arrival from Lima (1 hour 25 minute trip to the capital of the Peruvian Amazon). Your guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport, and transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the main wharf to board the Zafiro, your home for the next seven nights.
Embarkation and check in aboard the Zafiro. Our qualified staff will introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Comfortable beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers, and a private balcony on each suite in the upper deck.
During the next seven days the Zafiro will sail the Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon Rivers and their amazing tributaries bountiful in wildlife.
While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the national brandy liquor of Peru. Before lunch, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful details. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal. Our vessels have an open policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time.
Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm.  Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).
After dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy stargazing while we cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest.

DAY 02 Sunday: Amazon River Confluence - Nauta Creek – Maranon River.

Sunrise over the River. Catch your first glimpse of the Amazon, as you watch the sun come up over this vibrant world of wonderful wildlife. Early birdwatching in the middle of the Amazon River. This morning we will observe parrots, macaws and learn from nature. Early rising is always rewarding since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun.
Breakfast. Our lavish daily buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh-squeezed juices.
Amazon birth place expedition. After breakfast, the Zafiro skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin.
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Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colorful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: piranha creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.
Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colorful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: piranha creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.

DAY 03 Monday: Yanayacu of Pucate – San Jacinto - Tiger River - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Yanayacu of pucate and Yanayaquillo exploration, followed by delicious breakfast aboard the skiffs. Early in the morning you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won´t be the only one enjoying our happy meal here.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 to enjoy a delicious lunch followed by heartwarming siesta.
If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!
In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about Geographical orientation in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about hydrography of rivers to explore sustainable species according to the natural resources of the area.
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Short walk expedition to San Jacinto Lake, searching for wildlife and learning about medicinal plants. San Jacinto is a lagoon in the Pacaya and Samiria national park surrounded by an amazing diversity of plants, insects etc. This morning we will learn about the green pharmacy to understand the importance of preserving what we have left, only in one bromeliad (air plant) we find over 400 different types of living organisms, and during this walk we will check those fallen ones and learn about them.
Return to the Zafiro and Dinner.
Night excursion into Tiger River to a place called Nahuapa. Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flow into the Maranon River owning hundreds of other small rivers flowing into the main Tiger River. We will explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa to look for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos and more. Wildlife is always active early in the morning, late afternoon and night, turning out into an amazing experience.

DAY 04 Tuesday: Maranon River - Samiria river - San Martin de Tipishca

Samiria River expedition. After breakfast our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more.
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Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 followed by lunch.
Amazon lecture. Learn about where the amazon name comes from, and flora and fauna that inhabit there.
Village Visit. Meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca kukama community Amazonia at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewelry.
Tipishca Lake formed over 100 years ago by the Las Piedras River Cutting through the neck of a sharp meander. Lake Tipishca harbors good fish stocks, including piranha and catfish. Bird life on the lake is plentiful, the lake attracts many species which include, blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tiger-herons, wattle jacanas, amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black –collared hawk, black capped mocking thrush and yellow-rumped caciques. You might also spot hoatzins; red capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers. Enjoy live music from our local band aboard the Zafiro followed by a sumptuous dinner.


DAY 05 Wednesday: Maranon River - Disembark – Transfer to the airport

Maranon River Exploration. Before breakfast, early birdwatching in our skiff boats among the Maranon River searching for bank species. The Maranon River it has a great outflow and many tributaries which give to its basin bountiful species.
Return to the Zafiro followed by breakfast. At 09:00 am, begins your expedition for fishing the famous piranhas into Shiriyacu stream, and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the amazon and ancestral traditions that we have been losing. This experience will give us the opportunity to formulate questions to the healer and know a bit more about our former traditions. Return to the Zafiro at 11:30 am followed by an early lunch. Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before beginning your homeward journey.
Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer to the Airport. On our way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will also have the chance to pet and feed these kind manatees. Likewise, there are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture for the intention of being turned into pets and other threatening conditions. We welcome you to donate to this ambitious organization and education center as you wish.
Our land personnel will wait you at the airport to deliver your boarding passes and assist you with departure formalities.
Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30 pm. Our staff will be on hand to assist you with your luggage and check in at Crnl. FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport in Iquitos. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru. We truly hope that you enjoy your stay and Amazon travel experience!

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Zafiro, 8-Day Amazon Cruises (Saturday to Saturday)
These seven-night itineraries are great for those looking for a more in-depth look into the Amazon. The experience showcases the mighty Amazon River's treasures. We navigate deep into the wildlife Pacaya Samiria Reserve for a real and safe adventure, in the hands of our expert naturalist guides, to spot the wonderful creatures of the amazon. Featuring: jungle walks, fishing, and birdwatching, exploring the Yacapana Islands, dolphin sightings, visits to local villages, the "Mirrored Forest", wildlife safaris by night and a visit to the Manatee Rescue Center.

ZAFIRO 2016 RATES: 8 Days / 7 Nights
FIRST DECK SUITE $5,370 USD per person in double occupancy
SECOND DECK SUITE with Balcony $5,650 USD per person in double occupancy
MASTER SUITE $6,300 USD per person in double occupancy
ZAFIRO SUITE with Balcony $7,900 USD per person in double occupancy

ZAFIRO 2017 RATES: 8 Days / 7 Nights
FIRST DECK SUITE $6,900 USD per person in double occupancy
SECOND DECK SUITE with Balcony $7,300 USD per person in double occupancy
MASTER SUITE $7,620 USD per person in double occupancy
ZAFIRO SUITE with Balcony $8,680 USD per person in double occupancy


SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 50% additional
CHILDREN 30% discount for under 12 years (7 years old minimum)

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High Water Season Itinerary 8D/7N: (November through May)


DAY 01 Saturday: IQUITOS - AMAZON RIVER

Arrival from Lima (1 hour 25 minute trip to the capital of the Peruvian Amazon). Your guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport, and transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the main wharf to board the Zafiro, your home for the next seven nights.
Embarkation and check in aboard the Zafiro. Our qualified staff will introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Comfortable beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers, and a private balcony on each suite in the upper deck.
During the next seven days the Zafiro will sail the Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon Rivers and their amazing tributaries bountiful in wildlife. While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the national brandy liquor of Peru. Before lunch, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful details. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal.
Our vessels have an open policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time.
Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm.  Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).
After the welcome dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy starwatching while we cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, or else relax with live music performed by our band on board enjoying a varied repertoire of Amazon, national and international music.


DAY 02 Sunday: Amazon River - Yacapana- Amazon River Confluence - Pirana Creek- Nauta Creek – Maranon River.

Yanayacu of Yacapana Exploration. Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold drinking water are always available for you on board the skiffs. Early birdwatching into the native kukama reserve (yanayacu of yucapana). This reserve has about 17 black waters lakes, bountiful in wildlife and home of Ayacucho and San Juan native communities. This morning we will observe monkeys, parrots, macaws and learn more about nature.
Breakfast. Our lavish daily buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh-squeezed juices.
Amazon birth place expedition. After breakfast, the Zafiro skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin.
Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colorful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: piranha creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:30 am followed by lunch, Peruvian inspired midday flares in our air-conditioning dining room, while we start to sail up the Maranon River.
Amazonian Philosophy Lecture. One of our naturalist guides will introduce you about the idiosyncrasy, beliefs and deep thoughts of the Amazonian people, such as the spirituality that is everywhere and not only on human beings.
Late Afternoon excursions to Nauta Creek within Pacaya-Samiria Reserve which is known as the mirrored forest, which makes perfect sense as you gaze upon its glistening black water lagoons. Our naturalist guides use their eagle eyes to help you spot toucans, parrots and macaws overhead and iguanas, sloths and monkeys among the soaring trees. On the way back to the Zafiro, the glorious sunset is reflected in these glistening waters.
Return to the Zafiro. Perhaps sip a pisco sour on the observation deck with a live music concert from our local band followed by another Peruvian- inspired dinner.
Optional Nocturnal boat ride to enjoy the symphony from the night and constellations, as well as search for caimans, tarantulas, boa constrictors and more.
DAY 03 Monday: Yanayacu of Pucate – Yanayaquillo Creek - Perdida Creek -Tiger River

Yanayacu of pucate and Yanayaquillo exploration, followed by delicious breakfast aboard the skiffs. Early in the morning you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won´t be the only one enjoying our happy meal here.

Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 am to enjoy a delicious lunch followed by heartwarming siesta.
If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!
In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about Geographical orientation in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about hydrography of rivers to explore sustainable species according to the natural resources of the area.
Perdida Creek Expedition. On this late afternoon excursion, you are going to have a skiff boat expedition into this beautiful creek, full of colorful birds, such us: Paradise tanager, masked crimson tanager, Wood peckers, awls, scarlet crowned barbet and enjoy the great symphony they create.
Return to the Zafiro for Dinner.
Night excursion into Tiger River to a place called Nahuapa. Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flow into the Maranon River owning hundreds of other small rivers flowing into the main Tiger River. We will explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa to look for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos and more. Wildlife is always active early in the morning, late afternoon and night, turning out into an amazing experience.

DAY 04 Tuesday: Maranon River - Samiria River - San Martin de Tipishca

Samiria River expedition. After breakfast our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 am followed by lunch.
Amazon lecture. Learn about where the amazon name comes from, and flora and fauna that inhabit there. Village Visit. Meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca kukama community Amazonia at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewelry.
Tipishca Lake formed over 100 years ago by the Las Piedras River Cutting through the neck of a sharp meander. Lake Tipishca harbors good fish stocks, including piranha and catfish. Bird life on the lake is plentiful, the lake attracts many species which include, blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tiger-herons, wattle jacanas, amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black –collared hawk, black capped mocking thrush and yellow-rumped caciques. You might also spot hoatzins; red capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers.
Enjoy live music from our local band aboard the Zafiro followed by a splendid dinner.

DAY 05 Wednesday: Pampa Creek - Shiriyacu Creek

Pampa creek expedition. Before breakfast early birdwatching. We follow its shoreline, sure to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neo-tropic cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and our favorite horned screamers.
Return to the Zafiro followed by breakfast. At 09:00 am, begins your expedition for fishing the famous piranhas into Shiriyacu stream, and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the amazon and ancestral traditions that we have been losing. This experience will give us the opportunity to formulate questions to the healer and know a bit more about our former traditions.
Lunch at 12:00 am. Share a last meal with fellow passengers who have taken the four-night journey.
Myths and legends Lecture. One of our naturalist guides will explain the origin of myths and legends from the animistic point of view.
Late Afternoon excursion. We navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers, to admire the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, or Victoria Regias. Here, you become one of a very small number of people who have ever seen these plants bloom.
When the night falls, you will listen the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as nocturnal animals send their piercing calls across the canopy tree. As we take the skiffs back to the Zafiro, special spotlight torches help our naturalist guides to locate caimans, owls and capybaras.
Return to the Zafiro around 7:30 pm and enjoy a relaxing dinner with your table companions.


DAY 06 Thursday: Yanallpa River- Tapiche River - Dorado River – Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Yanallpa River Expedition. After breakfast, within the vast Amazon flooded forest, cruise along an amazing black water stream, as your guides tell you about the rainforest. We explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we float through this tunnel, our naturalist guides help you to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks.
Tapiche River Exploration. On the way back to the Zafiro we are going to explore into Tapiche River and begin our jungle walk guided by our guides to learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, snakes, birds and more. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides identify for you the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise the Amazonia’s natural pharmacy.
Return to the Zafiro followed by lunch.
Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion. At 4:00 pm, take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the “Mirrored Forest” to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the vessel, our guides point out caimans and frogs in the water, and fishing bats overhead. Return to the Zafiro around 7:30 pm followed by a delicious dinner.

DAY 07 Friday: Ucayali River - Yarapa River - Amazonas River - Panguana Zona:

Expedition to the Yarapa River. We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. The people of the Amazonia believe these very dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. On this excursion we will observe monkeys such as brown capuchin and saddle backed tamarin monkeys, birds such as fly catchers, trogons, wood peckers and more.
Return to the Zafiro at 12:00 pm, and begin sailing down river, toward Iquitos. Followed by lunch and siesta.
Cooking class experience in Panguana 2nd Zone. We will have our cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. We will learn by first-hand about the amazon cuisine and taste our Amazonian culinary art. Return to the Zafiro. Once we are back on board, the ship continues downstream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night. Briefing in the Indoor Lounge and recap of your itinerary and wildlife sightings at 7:00 pm.
Dinner and Crew Presentation.  After dinner, your naturalist guides will introduce the crew members whom you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless jungle experience.

DAY 08 Saturday: Maranon River - Disembark – Transfer to the airport

Maranon River Exploration. Before breakfast, early birdwatching in our skiff boats among the Maranon River searching for bank species. The Maranon River it has a great outflow and many tributaries which give to its basin bountiful species.
Return to the ZAFIRO at 11:00 am followed by an early lunch.  Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before your onward journey.
Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer to the Airport. En route to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. See how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat.
Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30 pm.  Your guides will assist you with the check-in and departure formalities until the time to board your flight back to Lima.



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Low Water Season Itinerary 8D/7N: (June through October)


DAY 01 Saturday: IQUITOS - AMAZON RIVER

Arrival from Lima (1 hour 25 minute trip to the capital of the Peruvian Amazon). Your guides will be expecting your arrival at the airport, and transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the main wharf to board the Zafiro, your home for the next seven nights.
Embarkation and check in aboard the Zafiro. Our qualified staff will introduce you to your stylish suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Comfortable beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers, and a private balcony on each suite in the upper deck.
During the next seven days the Zafiro will sail the Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon Rivers and their amazing tributaries bountiful in wildlife.
While the Zafiro begins its primary navigation, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the gracefully interior lounge located on the third deck. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the national brandy liquor of Peru. Before lunch, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey's schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful details. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always at your disposal. Our vessels have an open policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time.
Welcome Dinner at 8:00 pm.  Salute your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Jungle Experiences (our menu offers several choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance).
After the welcome dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy starwatching while we cruise into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, or else relax with live music performed by our band on board enjoying a varied repertoire of Amazon, national and international music.

DAY 02 Sunday: Amazon River Confluence - Maranon River- Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Sunrise Over the River. Catch your first glimpse of the Amazon, as you watch the sun come up over this vibrant world of wonderful wildlife.
Early birdwatching among the Amazon River. This morning we will observe parrots, macaws and learn from nature. Early rising is always rewarding since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun. Breakfast. Our lavish daily buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of traditional dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh-squeezed juices.
Amazon birth place expedition. After breakfast, the Zafiro skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin.
Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your expedition on the confluence where the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers join together forming the mighty Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks inhabited by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, and sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and countless other colorful birds. We will explore the first river into the Pacaya and Samiria National Reserve named: piranha creek, in searching of wildlife; this area is known as the parrot-parakeet paradise.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:30 am followed by lunch, Peruvian inspired midday flares in our air-conditioning dining room, while we start to sail up the Maranon River.
Amazonian Philosophy Lecture. One of our naturalist guides will introduce you about the idiosyncrasy, beliefs and deep thoughts of the Amazonian people, such as the spirituality that is everywhere and not only on human beings. Late Afternoon excursions to Nauta Creek within Pacaya-Samiria Reserve which is known as the mirrored forest, which makes perfect sense as you gaze upon its glistening black water lagoons. Our naturalist guides use their eagle eyes to help you spot toucans, parrots and macaws overhead and iguanas, sloths and monkeys among the soaring trees. On the way back to the Zafiro, the glorious sunset is reflected in these glistening waters.
Return to the Zafiro. Perhaps sip a pisco sour on the observation deck with a live music concert from our local band followed by another Peruvian- inspired dinner.
Optional Nocturnal boat ride to enjoy the symphony from the night and constellations, as well as search for caimans, tarantulas, boa constrictors and more.

DAY 03 Monday: Yanayacu of Pucate – San Jacinto - Tiger Tiver

Yanayacu of pucate and Yanayaquillo exploration, followed by delicious breakfast aboard the skiffs. Early in the morning you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won´t be the only one enjoying our happy meal here.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 am to enjoy a delicious lunch followed by heartwarming siesta.
If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the river along with the famous pink dolphins!
In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about Geographical orientation in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about hydrography of rivers to explore sustainable species according to the natural resources of the area.
Perdida Creek Expedition. On this late afternoon excursion, you are going to have a skiff boat expedition into this beautiful creek, full of colorful birds, such us: Paradise tanager, masked crimson tanager, Wood peckers, awls, scarlet crowned barbet and enjoy the great symphony they create.
Return to the Zafiro for Dinner.
Night excursion into Tiger River to a place called Nahuapa. Tiger River is one of most important tributaries that flow into the Maranon River owning hundreds of other small rivers flowing into the main Tiger River. We will explore one of those small rivers called Nahuapa to look for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, night monkeys, nocturnal birds such as boat billed herons-great potoos and more. Wildlife is always active early in the morning, late afternoon and night, turning out into an amazing experience.

DAY 04 Tuesday: Maranon River - Samiria River - San Martin de Tipishca

Samiria River expedition. After breakfast our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more.
Return to the Zafiro at 11:00 am followed by lunch.
Amazon lecture. Learn about where the amazon name comes from, and flora and fauna that inhabit there. Village Visit. Meet the genuinely welcoming people of San Martin de Tipishca kukama community Amazonia at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewelry.
Tipishca Lake formed over 100 years ago by the Las Piedras River Cutting through the neck of a sharp meander. Lake Tipishca harbors good fish stocks, including piranha and catfish. Bird life on the lake is plentiful, the lake attracts many species which include, blue and yellow macaw, grey-necked wood-rails, putrescent tiger-herons, wattle jacanas, amazon and pygmy kingfishers, green ibis, black –collared hawk, black capped mocking thrush and yellow-rumped caciques. You might also spot hoatzins; red capped cardinals, and ringed kingfishers.
Enjoy live music from our local band aboard the Zafiro followed by a splendid dinner.

DAY 05 Wednesday: Maranon River- Chiriyacu Lagoon - Yucuruchi

Maranon River Exploration. Before breakfast early birdwatching in our skiff boats among the Maranon river searching for bank species. The Maranon river has a great outflow and many tributaries, which give to its basin bountiful species.
Return to the Zafiro followed by breakfast. At 9:00 am, begin your expedition for fishing the famous piranhas into Shiriyacu stream. and walk into the jungle to meet a local healer to learn about complementary medicine from the amazon and ancestral traditions that we have been losing, this experience will give us the opportunity to formulate questions to the healer and know a bit more about our former traditions.
Lunch at 12:00 am. Share a last meal with your fellow passengers who have taken the five-night journey.
Myths and legends Lecture. One of our naturalist guides will explain the origin of myths and legends from the animistic point of view.
Late Afternoon excursion. We navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers, to admire the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, or Victoria Regias. Here, you become one of a very small number of people who have ever seen these plants bloom.
When the night falls, you will listen the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as nocturnal animals send their piercing calls across the canopy tree. As we take the skiffs back to the Zafiro, special spotlight torches help our naturalist guides to locate caimans, owls and capybaras.
Return to the Zafiro around 7:30 pm and enjoy a relaxing dinner with your table companions.

DAY 06 Thursday: Ucayali River - Yanallpa River- Tapiche river - Dorado River – Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Yanallpa River Expedition. After breakfast, within the vast Amazon flooded forest, cruise along an amazing black water stream, as your guides tell you about the rainforest. We explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we float through this tunnel, our naturalist guides help you to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks.
Tapiche River Exploration. On the way back to the Zafiro we are going to explore into Tapiche River and begin our jungle walk guided by our guides to learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, snakes, birds and more. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides identify for you the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise the Amazonia’s natural pharmacy.
Return to the Zafiro followed by lunch.
Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion. At 4:00 pm, take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the “Mirrored Forest” to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the vessel, our guides point out caimans and frogs in the water, and fishing bats overhead.
Afternoon Exploration into Dorado River. At 4:00 pm, take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the “Mirrored Forest” to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence.
As we make our way back to Zafiro, the sunset gives us an amazing show. Return to the Zafiro around 6:30 followed by a delicious dinner.
Optional Night Excursion into Zapote creek to search for nocturnal wildlife species of bats and boa constrictors and look for great pottos, tarantulas, kingkajos, night jars and opossums.

DAY 07 Friday: Ucayali River - Yarapa River - Amazonas River - Panguana Zona:

Expedition to the Yarapa River. We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats. The people of the Amazonia believe these very dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. On this excursion we will observe monkeys such as brown capuchin and saddle backed tamarin monkeys, birds such as fly catchers, trogons, wood peckers and more.
Return to the Zafiro at 12 pm, and begin sailing down river, toward Iquitos. Followed by lunch and siesta.
Cooking class experience in Panguana 2nd Zone. We will have our cooking class in a native home with your naturalist guide as interpreter. We will learn by first-hand about the amazon cuisine and taste our Amazonian culinary art.
Return to the Zafiro. Once we are back on board, the ship continues downstream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night.
Briefing in the Indoor Lounge and recap of your itinerary and wildlife sightings at 7:00 pm. Dinner and Crew Presentation.  After dinner, your naturalist guides will introduce the crew members whom
you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless jungle experience.

DAY 08 Saturday: Maranon River - Disembark – Transfer to the airport

Maranon River Exploration. Before breakfast, early birdwatching in our skiff boats among the Maranon River searching for bank species. The Maranon River it has a great outflow and many tributaries which give to its basin bountiful species.
Return to the ZAFIRO at 11:00 am followed by an early lunch.  Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before your onward journey.
Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer to the Airport. En route to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. See how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat.
Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30 pm.  Your guides will assist you with the check-in and departure formalities until the time to board your flight back to Lima.


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Notes: Excursion schedules may vary depending on weather conditions and wildlife cycles. The listed daily itineraries are scheduled guidelines and it is important to allow room for the unpredictable and unexpected surprises that make each trip unique. We find it is more satisfying to let the jungle, the weather, and our naturalist guides lead the way. We trust the expert guides to modify the itinerary for the particular interests and safety of the group.

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 and fresh pieces, 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 fresh.

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. As well, do not forget to bring conventional repellent and cream for bites.

Other items: We suggest bringing sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, binoculars (very important for enjoying the fauna and flora. Preferably 1 per person), camera, and extra batteries.

Connectivity: There is no Wi-Fi Internet or phone signal coverage on our vessels during most the sailing.

Tips: Tips for both the crew and the guides are not included and are expected, as is customary on cruises around the world. The amounts are distributed equally between your entire vessel's crew, and we hope their service is valuable and insightful to your experience aboard the Zafiro. US$ 120.00 per passenger is suggested, and envelopes will be provided in your room for your highest discretion.

Included
+ All meals
+ Bottled water & non-alcoholic, house beverages
+ National beers
+ Accommodation in double cabins
+ Excursions
+ Transfers
+ Swimming with dolphins (optional)
+ Bilingual naturalist guide
+ National Park entrance fees
Excluded
- Other alcoholic & bottled beverages
- International airfares
- Domestic airfares
- Airport taxes
- Cost of medical emergencies including evacuation
- Gratuities
- Souvenirs or additional services
- Travel insurance



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The Ship Zafiro
The Zafiro has three auxiliary aluminum boats with four-stroke engines, two boats with capacity for 25 passengers and one of 8 seats. The 38 passengers and 18 crew members of the ship will sail with confidence and calmness the waters of the Amazon River.

Enjoy the latest in luxury boutique river cruising with MV Zafiro Cruises. Soon to be known as the finest five star hotel on the Amazon River, and conceived as one of the world’s most unique experiences in the Rainforest. A restful atmosphere is created by the use of muted tones, allowing the eye to be drawn to the kaleidoscope of movement from the banks of the Amazon River.

The design of the vessel is 50 meters (163 feet) long, it has 14 large guest suites, which include 2 Master Suites with 90° panoramic windows, and one Zafiro Suite with 180° panoramic window. Additionally, 4 of which can be interconnected to accommodate families. The design of the ship is Inspired by the era of the first expeditions to this area. Just as in the movie “Fitzcarraldo”, combined with contemporary furnishings and finishes. The vintage items add a elegant touch of history and do not make the space lose modernity and elegance.

Zafiro is predominantly characterized with white steel and wood, adorned with large windows that softly integrate the Amazon landscape with boat. This creates an incredible visual effect, which places you right in the middle of the Amazon. The observation deck has an entertainment area such as reading room and lounge inside, outside bar, lounge chairs, and a Jacuzzi. Also located on the top deck is a massage room and gym.

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Suites

Size: 226 Sq. Ft. = 21 Sq. Mt.
Beds: Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, and pillows of 100% pure natural latex. All sets are convertible between twin beds and California King-sized beds.
Windows: Panoramic floor to ceiling windows
Balcony: Only Suites on the Upper Deck have balconies
Features: All have a sitting area, smoke alarms, desk, safety deposit box, mini-fridge and 110V & 220V electricity. 4 are interconnectable (in pairs).

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Master Suites

Size: 248 Sq. Ft. = 23 Sq. Mt.
Beds: Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, and pillows of 100% pure natural latex. All sets are convertible between twin beds and California King-sized beds.
Windows: Panoramic floor to ceiling windows with 90° view
Balcony: No
Features: Both have a sitting area, smoke alarms, desk, safety deposit box, mini-fridge and 110V & 220V electricity.

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Zafiro Suite

Size: 480 Sq. Ft. = 45 Sq. Mt.
Beds: Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, and pillows of 100% pure natural latex. Convertible between twin beds and a California King-sized bed. There is the facility to accommodate one child (younger than 12) on the sofa bed.
Windows: Panoramic floor to ceiling windows with 180° view
Balcony: Yes
Features: Sitting area, smoke alarms, desk, safety deposit box, mini-fridge and 110V & 220V electricity. Best of all - your own Jacuzzi-style bathtub!


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