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M/V Spondias - 5 Day Cruise

5 Days FROM USD 4,170


Come and join us to discover the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest protected natural area in Peru, some 2´080,000 ha, located some 300 km / 190 miles from Iquitos. Accessible by waterways and soon by surface mail.

The wealth of the low lying virgin rain forest gives this area an enormous bio-diversity.

Enjoy exploring this National Reserve and its many lakes, lagoons and vast swamp areas on board the M/V Spondias. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: PETSSP5

Location: Peru

Ship: Spondias


Welcome to the Amazon! Reached only by airplane or boat, the bustling city of Iquitos is the 5th largest city in Peru and the beginning of your Amazon adventure! You will be met at the airport and comfortably transported 2 hours by road to the town of Nauta. Here you will embark our modern and newly built river boat, the M/V Spondias. Take some time to settle in, relax and have a drink as you get to know your fellow passengers. There will never be more than 8 guests, so you will have the opportunity to make life-long friends.

As safety is our priority, we will conduct a safety drill and explain everything you need to know about the M/V Spondias to have a safe and exhilarating adventure. Savor the first of many authentic freshly prepared dinners by our talented chef as we begin our journey along the Amazon!. (Dinner)

The Adventure Begins!

After a relaxing breakfast along the black-water of Belluda-Caño Creek / Dorado river, we will explore a small tributary of the Ucayali River looking for a variety of primates, colorful and unusual birds unique to the Amazon River basin and a wide variety of primates, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and rainforest plants.

Our wildlife sightings and experiences will swell as we continue up river into the Pacaya-Samiria reserve, the largest wetland reserve in the world and home to over 500 species of birds, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians and hundreds of mammals and primates. Have your binoculars and cameras on hand because our guides will expertly identify creatures difficult to spot with an untrained eye. After an invigorating day filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, return to relax in comfort aboard the M/V Spondias for a nourishing dinner and review of the day’s discoveries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Ucayali River and Pacaya-Samiria

Venturing deep into the rainforest, we will spend the entire day wandering through the island mazes and twisted tunnels of the the igapo (seasonally flooded forest) where the dense plant life is dramatically different than what we see from the river’s edge and harbors a whole new variety of exotic wildlife. As water levels allow, we will hike through the reserve for close up viewing and discovery lead by our expert and knowledgeable guides. Examine and learn first-hand about the jungle plants – their unique survival tactics as they compete for sun and nutrients in the dense rainforest, the part they play in sustaining the complex balance of life in the jungle and the important medicinal value they offer.

Witness a brilliant Amazon sunset as we return to the M/V Spondias where you can savor a glass of wine or a pisco sour with your expertly prepared dinner followed by some star-gazing on deck before you turn in for a well-deserved night’s sleep. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sapote River / Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

After an early breakfast, we will further explore the vast wetlands of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Add to your growing list of wildlife and bird sightings. In the afternoon, we will visit a village along the river for a chance to meet and learn about the lives of the “Ribereño” people who call the river’s edge their home. It is an excellent opportunity to ask questions (practice your Spanish if you like!) and gain a deeper understanding of how people live in this remote part of the world. A wide variety of handmade handicrafts and delightful folk art will be available for your viewing and purchase.

Experience one of many brilliant Amazon sunsets as we return to the M/V Spondias. As we cruise slowly back toward Nauta, join the crew and all your new friends in a farewell dinner of authentic Peruvian cuisine and a celebration of your Amazon experience. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

In the morning we slowly meander up-river toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers, famous for marking the beginning of the mighty Amazon River. Observe small villages that dot the river’s edge and catch a glimpse of the locals’ activities as they go about their day. As we turn into the Ucayali River, the famous freshwater gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins frequently swim near the boat. We will board our sturdy excursion boats to explore the channels that weave through island mazes so we can get a closer look at the wildlife that abounds such as monkeys, sloths, frogs, and an amazing variety of marsh birds. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Confluence of the Amazon River/Ucayali River

Pricing & date

M/V Spondias - 5 Day Cruise from USD 4,170
Departing Ending Duration
26 Jan 2020 30 Jan 2020 5

Important Information

  • All meals on-board
    Excursions as stated on the itinerary
    Airport transfers as stated on the itinerary
    Meals as stated on the itinerary
    Transfers to/from vessel when arriving/departing on recommeded flights
    Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee


    Air tickets to and from Iquitos 
    Domestic airfare and local airport taxes
    Any additional excursions not mentioned in itinerary
    Alcoholic and bottled beverages
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for crew and staff

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Contact us for more details

  • Season and availability


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.


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.
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