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Amazon Adventure: Rainforest & River Cruise (2016)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 9  |  From: $6,395


Amazon Adventure: Rainforest & River Cruise

Day 1: Arrive Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima, Peru, and transfer to your beautiful hotel, set in a garden with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Belmond Miraflores Park

Day 2: Lima | Cliffside Metropolis

Spend the day exploring this historic city known for its remarkable culinary scene. Take a market tour of Mercado de San Isidro, talking with vendors and learning about Peruvian food culture, before exploring the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco with its tiny galleries and eclectic museums. Visit the famous Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), then venture downtown to see the Main Plaza, Cathedral and Casa Aliaga. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at the illuminated Incan ruins of Huaca Pucllana.

Belmond Miraflores Park   |   Meals: B D

Day 3: Iquitos | Board ‘Amazon Discovery’

After a morning at leisure, depart for the airport and your flight to Iquitos, the largest river city in the Peruvian rainforest. Upon arrival, transfer to the Itaya River port to board ‘Amazon Discovery,’ your river cruiser for the next six nights.

'Amazon Discovery'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Cruising the Amazon | Monkey Island & Bora People

Awaken to the songs of birds and distinct calls from Monkey Island, home to eight species of endangered monkeys, like the dusky titis and petite tamarins. Reach the protected island by skiff and meet with conservationists who are working to save monkeys that were orphaned or captured for trade. Back on board, enjoy lunch and perhaps a refreshing Pisco Sour as you cruise to the Momon tributary and where, this afternoon, you visit the indigenous Bora tribe. Originally from Colombia’s upper Putumayo, the Bora were drawn here by the great rubber boom; today, they still maintain their unique customs, such as painting their bodies with a stylized snake pattern. After coming ashore, meet with the villagers, visit their maloca (ceremonial lodge), and witness an exhilarating, stick-thumping, traditional dance performance.

'Amazon Discovery'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Cruising the Amazon | In Search of Pink Dolphins

This morning, cruise to the Tahuayo River, a tributary of the Amazon, in search of the exotic pink river dolphin. We sail to a favorite feeding ground for a likely encounter with these intelligent, freshwater creatures. A “black water” river, the Tahuayo gets its color from tannins that leach into the water from the forest soil. Dare to take a refreshing swim in these pristine, unique waters before returning to your ship. Later, explore the dynamic, tropical shores and creeks of the Yarapa, another tributary of the Amazon where small monkeys, birds and iguanas may greet you.

'Amazon Discovery'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Cruising the Amazon | Headwaters of the Amazon

Wake this morning at the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañon rivers, birthplace of the epic Amazon. Set off on short skiff rides to Piranha Caño or Marayali Caño to witness the early morning hustle of local wildlife. After breakfast on board, visit San Francisco Village, where your luxury vessel is met by the local children of the Shipbo community. Accompanied by your local A&K tour guide — and the children — enjoy the opportunity to visit their homes and schools as they eagerly share their crafts and stories with you. After a break and lunch on board, take a casual jungle hike through a terra firme (solid ground) forest, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. Pass through a classic tropical rainforest where emergent trees are shrouded by 180-foot canopy trees, such as the giant kapok. Your expert guide points out these and other remarkable jungle features, including local medicinal plants and bluish-fronted jacamar, colorful birds that are seen only in pairs.

'Amazon Discovery'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Cruising the Amazon | Pacaya Samiria Reserve

Today, ride a skiff deep into the rainforest and the Yana Yacu Pucate River, a protected area within the spectacular, five-million acre Pacaya Samiria Reserve. The beauty of the tropics explodes here: Spot pink and grey dolphins in the black waters, “laughing” falcons and noisy howler monkeys above, and vibrant butterflies and dragonflies up close. After lunch, cruise along the shores of Nauta Caño, watching for wildlife across its marshes and oxbows. Things get exciting quickly when you set off on a skiff to a hidden lake for a piranha fishing adventure. At twilight, witness the second installment of a more boisterous jungle symphony. Armed with powerful spotlights, embark on a night safari in search of night herons, pauraques, spectacled owls, many species of croaking frogs, and fish bats flying over the water scooping up fish. Your guide also points out spectacled and black caimans, which patrol the dark waters. Back on ‘Amazon Discovery,’ toast to a spectacular day over a traditional Peruvian dinner.

'Amazon Discovery'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Cruising the Amazon | Santa Ana Village

After breakfast, sail up another tributary to visit the local community of Santa Ana Village. Native beliefs are joyfully expressed in an enchanting dance performance given by the children, with music provided by their parents. Rather than give money, show appreciation by shopping for handmade arts and crafts at their local market. Back on the ship, relax and absorb the lush scenery as you sail toward the city of Iquitos. The world’s largest city unreachable by road, Iquitos was once a magnet for the “Rubber Barons” of the 20th century who exploited the region and its people. Disembark for a farewell dinner at Al Frio y al Fuego, a whimsical, floating restaurant in the middle of the Itaya River that offers delicious local cuisine.

'Amazon Discovery'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 9: Depart Lima

Disembark ‘Amazon Discovery’ and explore Iquitos, where you visit the Manatee Rescue Center. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, where you board your flight home.

Meals: B

Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a pre-tour extension to Machu Picchu (5 days, from $3,695)

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