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.
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.
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, as well as geographical and historical background, and other useful details.
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. Start your journey with our fine South American wine that accompanies the Amazonia-influenced cuisine.
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.
On the way back to the Zafiro we are going to explor 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.
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 b 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.
Overnight. (B, L, D).
We continue exploring the waterways by skiff, to where gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats.
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 the interpreter. We will learn by firsthand about the Amazonian cuisine and taste our Amazonian culinary art. Return to the Zafiro. Once we are back on board, the ship continues downstream, sailin 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. Overnight. (B, L, D)
Last boat excursion into Itaya River, a tributary that flows into the amazon and where the floating houses of Belen market are located. For a couple hours we will explore this amazing tributary viewing the wild Belen market from the river.
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. In 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.
Check-in at Iquitos International Airport. (B, L).
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