Amazon Cruise

Amazon Rainforest Cruise

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Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
APA
Ways to Travel:
Small Ship Cruises, Platinum, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Max group size:
38
Ages:
16+

Voyage into the world's largest river basin and explore the Peruvian Amazon

The Amazon: one of the wildest, most remote corners of Earth. For those drawn to the natural beauty of our planet it’s the ultimate adventure, which is why we’re so excited to announce our new eco-cruise along the “River of Life.”

Voyage into the world's largest river basin, an unparalleled biological reservoir on this thrilling adventure along the mighty Amazon River in Peru. Come face to face with pink dolphins, playful monkeys, sleepy sloths, giant butterflies and a myriad of other rare creatures in the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Travel in high style aboard the Amazon's only luxury ship enjoying all the comforts of a 5* hotel, the Zafiro. Disembark for guided moonlight safaris, canoe excursions, nature walks and piranha fishing. Amazonian cultural encounters are aplenty in Ribereño villages, receive a blessing from a Shaman and learn ancient customs with the locals. Complete with certified naturalist guides, outdoor jacuzzi, cooking class, pre and post cruise hotel in Lima, internal flights and more, this is as once-in-a-lifetime as it gets.

Aboard this luxury Amazon River cruise, you’ll create a lifetime of memories. Drawing on insight from our native Amazon travel guides, we intentionally vary the villages and tributaries we visit, ensuring you get the most authentic rainforest tour experience possible.

Highlights

  • Wildlife viewing on hikes, excursion boat rides and kayaks in the Amazon
  • Join a village Shaman for a blessing ceremony and learn about medicinal plants
  • Luxurious amenities aboard the Zafiro, including spa services and fresh Amazon fusion cuisine

Key information

  • 7 nights aboard the Zafiro, plus 2 hotel nights 
  • 7 days of wildlife viewing by sturdy excursion boats
  • Group normally 22-39 plus crew. Minimum age 16 years.
  • Countries visited: Peru

What's included

  • All breakfasts and lunches, plus 7 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities

  • Free arrival & departure transfers

  • Internal flights from Lima to Iquitos return

What's not included

  • International Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3936
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Lima
to
Lima
  • Day 1

    Start Lima

    Arrive anytime today in Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to our overnight hotel. 

    Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Fly Lima to Iquitos and embark

    Fly over the Andes to Iquitos. Board the elegant riverboat, Zafiro, home for the next seven nights. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers.

    Accommodation: Zafiro

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 3-8

    Amazon River & Tributaries

    Spend the next six nights aboard the Zafiro riverboat navigating deep into the tributaries of the Amazon—a web of forests and lakes that pulsates with a chorus of birdlife, the calls of primates, and flashes of colorful butterflies. 

    More than 1,300 species of birds, 40,000 plant species and grey and pink river dolphins can be found in this lush, ever-changing rainforest known collectively as “The Amazon.” 

    Enjoy unprecedented access to three habitats, varzea, igapó and palm-flooded forest, including the deep reaches of the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, for the greatest diversity of wildlife sightings, including spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws, hoatzins and horned screamers. Traverse the waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where you may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant. Nighttime excursions may reveal caimans, capybaras, common pootoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife. Periodically throughout the year, guests may even release turtle hatchlings.

    Daily excursions include early morning birding, enriching presentations, visits in local villages and even piranha fishing! Learn about the lives of the Ribereño people as we visit villages perched along the riverbanks. This is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through their gardens and learn about medicinal plants from a local Shaman. Depending on the villages visited during your voyage, you may also see a water treatment tower or home filtration systems provided through our partnership with a local conservation organization.

    Pointing out details no guidebook could provide are the onboard team of world-class naturalists, while Zafiro’s attentive crew ensures exceptional service in the wild.

    Accommodation: Zafiro

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Fly from Iquitos to Lima

    On an early morning excursion to Pilpintuwasi Rescue Center, see two- and three-toed sloth, red uakari and even a jaguar which have been rescued. We disembark Zafiro and transfer back to Iquitos for our flight to Lima. Upon arrival back in Lima this afternoon, hotel rooms are provided. You can stay overnight and depart on day 10, or alternatively use them as dayrooms and connect with independent overnight flights home today (late evening onwards).

    Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    End Lima

    Depart Lima at any time today.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Peru

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and lunches plus 7 dinners are included.

Savour regional specialties and contemporary cuisine infused with flavors from the surrounding rainforest. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant as you sample Amazon fusion cuisine while enjoying spectacular views from the panoramic windows. All meals are served buffet style, and tea, coffee, water, natural juices, Peruvian cocktails, soft drinks, house wines and local beer are complimentary during meals.

Weather

The Iquitos area, near where you will be exploring during your cruise, is located a few degrees south of the Equator and is characterized by strong tropical sun and rainforest. Average temperatures range from 21-27°C year-round during the day, to the lower 20s at night. It can be cool on the river at night or on overcast days. There is very little seasonal variation between winter and summer temperatures. The average humidity ranges from 60-80%, and rainfall occurs approximately 250 days out of the year. Most showers occur in the late afternoon or evening and are of short duration.

Is this trip for you?

Booking Conditions:

Please note this tour is excluded from our standard booking conditions, and instead the following conditions will apply:

Deposit:              25%
Balance:             Due at 90 days 
Cancellation within 90 days:     
89 days to 71 days: 50% of trip costs retained
70 days of less: 100% of trip costs retained

Please note that these departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may consist of a mixture of clients from other tour operators. 

On an Amazon River cruises, guests can enjoyed unrivalled access to the Peruvian rainforest’s most pristine areas and the company of the river’s most knowledgeable guides. Your exciting daily excursions include birding at dawn, school visits in local villages and even piranha fishing! Join us and be transported to discover a rainforest that pulsates with an unrivalled diversity of wildlife.

Nature-focused, small-group expedition travel is at the heart of an expedition cruise into the Amazon. Expert local naturalist guides accompany each Amazon Voyage cruises. Each day, these knowledgeable guides use their decades of learning and guiding experience to serve as lecturers, field guides and friends as you explore the rainforest.

Cover more than 600 miles on the Amazon and its tributaries as you travel deep into the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve and explore three different habitats, so you have the best chance of spotting rare wildlife! On these Amazon River cruises, we look for monkeys, birds, sloths and other mammals, Pink and Gray dolphins and so much more.

Guides will join all excursions and activities, providing daily recaps and briefings, and are always on hand to answer any questions. We can’t guarantee which guides will be available on which departure date but some of the guides below may be leading your Amazon adventure:

Hulber Paredes Rioja: A Naturalist Expedition Guide with 10 years experience, who grew up in a tiny village along the Napo River. Hulber has contributed to scientific research on nature and anthropology with several US universities. He speaks Spanish, English and native languages (Yagua, Kukama and Bora). His areas of expertise include: herpetology, ornithology, Amazonian fish species, medicinal plants and insects, survival training, local culture and folklore. 

Hulber Amazon Guide

 Juan Carlos Palomino Berndt: Juan Carlos has assisted various biologists and documentary film makers in long term trips and research projects throughout the Amazon region. He is known for being the most knowledgeable jungle guide with over 20 years experience and extensive insight into local culture and customs. He speaks Spanish, English and native dialect. His areas of expertise include: ornithology, reptiles and fish species, medicinal plants and orchids, survival training, local culture and folklore, Amazonian philosophy. 

Juan Carlos Amazon Guide

Robinson Rodriguez Novoa: Robinson has 20+ years experience as a Naturalist Expedition Leader in both the lower Amazon Rainforest Basin and the cloud forest. He studied biology, botany and sustainable eco-tourism and is passionate about showing others the rainforest, whilst sharing his vast knowledge of nature and local traditions. He speaks Spanish, English and native dialect (Kukama). His areas of expertise include: ornithology, reptiles and fish species, medicinal plants and orchids, survival training, local culture and folklore.  

Robinson Amazon Guide

Daniel Vasquez Flores: Born and raised in a small community along the Huallaga River, Daniel learned everything about the jungle from his father and grandmother, natives of the Kukama Kukamiria tribe. As a naturalist, lecturer, jungle guide and research assistant he has assisted documentary filmmakers such as the Discovery Channel and National Geographic throughout the Peruvian Amazon. Daniel speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. His areas of expertise include: ornithology, reptiles and fish species, medicinal plants and orchids.

Daniel Amazon Guide

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3936
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

M/V Zafiro, Luxury Vessel

Travel aboard the Zafiro, a luxurious vessel, which blends stylish design and modern comforts. Classic touches include magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows and for those on the Upper Deck, private balconies. A ship staff and crew of 25, including a cruise director and local naturalist guides, help to ensure an unprecedented level of service. All 19 spacious suites are air-conditioned and feature en suite bathrooms, a desk and ample closet space.

CABINS

Lower Deck Suite: Cabins with convertible twin or California King-sized bed and panoramic floor-to-ceiling window. Approx. 226 sq. ft.

Upper Deck Suite: Cabins with convertible twin or California King-sized bed, panoramic floor-to-ceiling window and balcony. Approx. 226 sq. ft.

Master Suite: Cabins with convertible twin or California King-sized bed, panoramic floor-to-ceiling window with 90° view. Approx. 248 sq. ft

Zafiro Suite: Cabins with convertible twin or California King-sized bed, panoramic floor-to-ceiling window with 180° view, balcony and Jacuzzi-style bathtub and convertible sofa bed. Approx. 480 sq. ft.

PUBLIC SPACES

There is a large indoor lounge with comfortable furnishings which make a perfect spot for relaxing with a book or enjoying the passing scenery.

The Zafiro has a luxurious Observation Deck with cushioned loungers under a soaring canopy — ideal for avoiding the sun’s glare.

The Zafiro’s outdoor Jacuzzi is a great place to relax after a shore excursion.

You can also indulge in aromatherapy or a massage in the spa, which is staffed by a wellness specialist.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3936
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3936
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]