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La Perla - 4 Day Cruise (Wednesday to Saturday)

4 Days FROM USD 1,785


The M/V La Perla is a comfortable river boat that will take you deep into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, one of the largest tracts of protected flooded forest on the planet. Discover the world of the rainforest as you cruise along the Amazon, Marañón and Ucayali Rivers in search of the rich wildlife of the Amazon and marvel at the natural beauty of the area. Fish for piranha, swim with pink dolphins, visit small villages and communities to learn about life in the jungle and walk along rainforest trails before an encounter with Amazonian manatees. 

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Trip Code: PETSLP4C

Location: Peru, Amazon

Ship: La Perla Amazon Cruise


On arrival at Iquitos Airport you will be met and transferred by air-conditioned bus to the pier where you will board the M/V La Perla. After settling into the boat, there will be a briefing with information about the journey ahead and lunch on board.

The ship starts sailing down the Marañón River to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers where the Amazon River begins.

Later we walk along the shores of the Ucayali River to the village of Yucuruchi. The village is located in the district of Saquena, belonging to the province of Requena. Here there is the opportunity to see the Victoria Regias (water lily), a gigantic aquatic plant.

Later in the afternoon we visit the Samiria River to look for Charapas turtles. As we sail along the river you may see manatees, pink dolphins and monkeys, as well as other species of birds, mammals and fish.

The Pacaya Samiria Reserve gets its name from the two rivers that run through it - Pacaya and Samiria. The Reserve is a vast tract of land that stretches over 2 million hectares across the Loreto, Requena, High Amazon and Ucayali provinces. It is located in the Ucamara depression, where the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers converge giving rise to the Amazon River. Pacaya Samiria is the second largest protected natural area in Peru and one of the best spots for nature tourism lovers. The Reserve protects tropical rainforest ecosystems that contain great biodiversity for the Amazon, a Natural Wonder of the World.

On return to the ship there is a lecture by the naturalist guides. Dinner is served on board with live music to entertain you.

Marañón River/Ucayali River/Pacaya Samiria

After an early wake up call, the day begins with a picnic breakfast in Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve. Here we explore the Yanayacu Pucate tributary with breakfast in the middle of the reserve. We may see pink dolphins, blue and yellow macaws, toucans and monkeys including howler monkeys. We visit an Amazon natural park where there are suspension bridges and viewing platforms with canopy walkways for great wildlife viewing and views across the rainforest.

Back at the ship there is the opportunity to swim with the pink dolphins before lunch is served on board.

This afternoon we experience a Shaman Ceremony in San Regis. Here we will learn some of the ancient secrets of the rainforest. There is then a Tree Planting Ceremony before we return to the ship for dinner.

After dinner there is the chance for a night excursion by skiff into the jungle of Nauta Creek within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

After breakfast we try our hand at piranha fishing at the San Jose de Zarapanga black water stream known as Shiriyacu, using traditional equipment and local techniques.

Lunch is served back on board the ship, with a cooking demonstration and geographic orientation by our naturalist guide.

In the afternoon we visit Prado Kukama village to learn about old traditions and traditional medicine, and to see how the Amazonians live. Later in the afternoon we have an excursion by skiff to watch the sunset on the Amazon River as we wait for the nightlife such as caimans, frogs, tarantulas, snakes and anacondas. We listen to the night fauna symphony before returning to the ship for a farewell dinner.

As the ship sails down to Nauta there is a presentation by the crew.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve / Nauta

After breakfast on board, we check out and transfer by bus from Nauta to Iquitos. En route we visit the Manatee Rescue Centre. The Amazonian manatee is the only freshwater species of manatee, found in the rivers, swamps and wetlands of the Amazon Basin. The Rescue Centre cares for orphaned and rescued baby manatees, with the aim of releasing them back into the wild. The Rescue centre also aims to educate the local population on sustainable alternatives to hunting these fascinating creatures.

We then have a short city tour around Iquitos to see the famous houses dating back to the rubber boom years, including the Iron House and Belen Market.

We continue on to Iquitos Airport in time for your outgoing flight.

Please Note: The proposed route may vary depending on the weather, the level of water in the rivers, as well as the wildlife cycles. Village visits will depend on the availability of the communities.


Pricing & date

La Perla - 4 Day Cruise (Wednesday to Saturday) from USD 1,785
Selected Wednesdays

Important Information

  • Transfer Iquitos Airport/ Nauta/Iquitos Airport - recommended flights
    Overnight aboard the M/V La Perla Cruise
    Full meals on board
    Bottled water and non-alcoholic house beverages
    English & Spanish-speaking guide service
    Open boat guided excursions
    Entrance fees to Samiria Natural Reserve


    Domestic airfare and local airport taxes
    Alcoholic and bottled beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for crew and staff

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Contact us for more details

  • Season and availability


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