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La Perla - 7 Day Cruise

Overview

Set sail aboard the comfortable M/V La Perla into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, one of the largest protected flooded forests in the world. Cruise along the Amazon, Marañón and Ucayali Rivers to discover the rich wildlife of the Amazon and the natural beauty of the area. Walk along rainforest trails, fish for piranha, swim with pink dolphins and visit small communities to learn about their way of life. Small skiffs take you deeper into the rainforest along smaller tributaries, giving you access to less visited places. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: PETSLP7C

Location: Peru, Iquitos

Ship: La Perla Amazon Cruise

CRUISE ITINERARY

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 then sails into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, 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.

After lunch on board, the ship continues along the Marañón River towards the birthplace of the Amazon. In the afternoon there is a boat excursion to look for wildlife in the Communal Reserve of Yanayacu de Yacapana. Here you will see giant water lilies, birds, iguanas, sloths, the beautiful pink dolphins and a host of other wildlife.

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

Iquitos/Nauta/Amazon River

After an early wake up call, there is a bird watching excursion into the Yanayacu de Yacapana Communal Reserve, where we hope to see macaws, sloths, monkeys, toucans, fly catchers, trogons, parakeets and many more species.

After breakfast back on board the ship, the ship sails up the Amazon River to the Ucayali River. Here we make a morning boat excursion to explore the tributaries, cruising into the Yarapa River looking for wildlife.

Lunch is served back on board La Perla with a geographical orientation and short talk about the Amazon by the naturalist guide.

In the afternoon we visit the Butterfly Farm Project of Vista Alegre Communal Reserve, where we learn about the endemic butterflies of the Amazon and the importance of them in the rainforest.

Back on board the ship, dinner is served with more live music as entertainment.

Tonight there is an optional night skiff excursion to search for caimans, snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, anacondas, night monkeys and more nocturnal wildlife.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

After a morning wake up call, we prepare to cruise along the Black Yarapa River. Here we have the experience of being up on suspended bridges searching for wildlife and enjoying the spectacular view of the forest.

Breakfast is served back on board La Perla and we continue sailing down the Ucayali River to its confluence with the Marañón River.

We take a skiff ride along Piranha Creek, one of the main tributaries of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

After lunch on board we head out for a jungle walk in a Communal Reserve where we will learn about medicinal plants, search for insects, tarantulas and frogs and learn basic forest survival techniques with our naturalist experts.

This evening there is another lecture by our naturalist guide with dinner and live music on board.

Ucayali River/Marañón River/Pacaya Samiria Reserve

The early morning offers another wildlife watching excursion as we look out for iguanas, river turtles, cormorants and wattle jacanas. We return to the boat for breakfast after which we head out to meet a local family in their home. We spend time with the family and learn about their culture and way of life.

Lunch is served back on board before the ship starts sailing down the Marañón River to the confluence of Marañón and Ucayali Rivers where the Amazon River begins.

In the afternoon we walk along the shores of the Ucayali River (Yucuruchi) and have the opportunity to see the Victoria Regias (giant water lilies). 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.

We then return to the ship for another lecture by our naturalist guide and dinner.

Marañón River/Ucayali River/Pacaya Samiria Reserve

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.

Nauta/Iquitos
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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

    Exclusions

    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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Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel.

Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.