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Cruises Nauta Marañon River
5 days 4 Nights
(From 3,650 USD)
|Description: The boat’s itineraries will vary from those
of its sister ship, the M/V Aqua, but will also explore
remote areas of the Amazon River. The 24-crew member M/V
Aria is staffed with four world-class nature guides and will
also include an Amazon wildlife reference library and
air-conditioned multimedia room..
|Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)= lunch /
Day 1 Monday: Arrival – Iquitos – Nauta – Marañon River.
3:30 p.m. Flight from Lima LA 2382
In just an hour and 45 minutes you will be in the heart of
the Peruvian Amazon region.
5:15 p.m. Arrival
Your guides await you, as your flight from Lima glides in
for landing at Iquitos International Airport. After you’ve
claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus
for your journey to the river.
5:40 p.m. Transfer to Nauta’s main wharf.
Enjoy a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive through the
Peruvian countryside to the small village of Nauta. You will
be traveling along the only road out of town . . . and it
only goes as far as Nauta.
7:10 p.m. Check-In
From the moment you step on board, you will enjoy the M/V
Aria’s atmosphere of low-key luxury. As you settle into your
handsomely appointed, over-sized suite, you will feel the
vessel begin to move; the beginning of one of the great
adventures of your life. Stand on the Upper Deck to take in
the view, as the M/V Aria leaves Iquitos behind.
Over the next four days, you will also sail along the
largest tributaries of the Amazon, as well as the mighty
Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure,
to a place visited by only a few of the most experienced
7:30 p.m. Safety Drill and Briefing on the Upper Deck
Before dinner we will perform a routine safety drill. Then
it’s into the air-conditioned lounge, where you will learn
about life onboard, and will have the first of the nightly
briefings about your adventure to follow. You will meet the
naturalist guides and the cruise director, who will use
video, photos, and maps to explain the details of your
journey into the Amazon.
8:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner.
Perhaps enjoy a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars,
Day 2 Tuesday : Marañon River – Choroyacu – San Pedro de
Tipishca – Samiria (B,L,D)
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Boat Ride Expedition
This morning we will board the skiffs to explore part of the
vast Amazon flooded forest. Your guides will tell you about
the rainforest and its dynamic life, as we explore what
scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow
vegetation, creating a tunnel of leaves. As we float through
this tunnel, it is easy to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy
monk saki monkeys, very close to the skiff.
11:30 a.m. Return to the M/V Aria
12:30 p.m. Lunch
4:00 p.m. Jungle Walk and Village Visit
On this walk, your guides will introduce you to native
people doing subsistence farming, and will tell you how they
learned to cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm
income. As your adventure takes you deep into the primary
forest, your guides will also show you the wealth of fruit
trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle – and will
reveal some of the plants’ secrets.
7:30 p.m. Return to the M/V Aria
8:00 p.m. Dinner
Day 3 Wednesday: Tacsha River – Pacaya Samiria – San
Martin de Pishca. (B,L,D)
6:30 a.m. Breakfas
Today you can choose between two options:
Option 1: Full-day excursion to Primary forest with a Picnic
7:30 a.m. This morning you will board your skiff to go deep
into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, along the Samiria
River. Along the route, we will have the opportunity to see
various species of monkey, such as howler monkeys, squirrel
monkeys, saddleback tamarin monkeys and many bird species
such as blue, yellow and scarlet macaws as well as toucans
and some species of river hawks. We will arrive at the PV2
Tacsha watchpost, where we will follow a path deep into the
rainforest. Enjoy a generous picnic lunch, before we begin
our journey back to our vessel.
5:30 p.m. Arrive at the M/V Aria.
Option 2: Guided Jungle Walk/Siesta/Monkey and Dolphin
7:30 a.m. Guided Jungle Walk in the Primary Forest
This morning your Naturalist Guide will tell you all about
sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia, and
will take you to one of these projects, where villagers are
planting palms to obtain oil. Your Guide may also show you
the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle
eggs. Then we will take you deep into the jungle, where you
will encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the
important medicinal value of many jungle plants. We will
also show you famous Kapok Trees (ceiba pentandra), the
tallest trees in the Amazon Basin.
12:00 p.m. Return to the M/V Aria
1:00 p.m. Lunch, followed by a Siesta
4:00 p.m. Caiman Expedition
In this late afternoon skiff excursion, keep your eyes
directed toward the jungle canopy, where you can spot at
least several kinds of primates—some of the 13 species of
monkeys resident in the National Reserve. Perhaps you will
catch a glimpse of tamarins and dusky titi monkeys, as well
as pigmy marmoset monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep
your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more
than 200 species of birds. As the sun sets and our
searchlight comes on, keep your eyes out for caimans, tree
boas, tarantulas, and frogs
7:30 p.m. Return to the M/V Aria
8:30 p.m. Dinner
Day 4 Thursday: Yanayaquillo – Tahuayo – Charo Lake. (B,L,D)
6:30 a.m. Yanayaquillo Exploration and Breakfast Aboard the
Back on the river as the sun rises, you will see a treasure
trove of wildlife, including parrots, macaws, toucans, and
many kinds of monkeys—as well as some “surprise” species
that you have never seen before. Enjoy a “bag breakfast” of
light sandwiches and fresh juice. Since we will stop near a
popular dolphin feeding spot, you will see quite a show as
you enjoy your meal.
11:30 a.m. Return to the M/V Aria
As our journey nears its end, your luxurious home away from
home starts to sail back down the river toward Iquitos. It
isn’t over yet however. A new adventure awaits you this
12:30 p.m. Lunch
3:30 p.m. Charo Lake Fishing Trip
This afternoon, we will travel to this splendid “hot spot”
lake, where you will be certain to catch some of the more
than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon
basin. Our key focus will be on piranhas, those small,
sharp-teethed carnivorous fish with a big reputation for
being scary. Catching one will make for great cocktail
conversation back home.
6:30 p.m. Return to the M/V Aria
Once we are back onboard, the ship will continue its journey
down stream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night.
7:00 p.m. Briefing in the Top Lounge - Recap of Itinerary
8:00 p.m. Farewell Dinner
Leaving the peace and beauty of the jungle behind, we will
enjoy our final dinner together, swapping stories about the
wonderful experiences shared on the river.
9:00 p.m. Crew Presentation
After dinner, your guides will introduce some of the crew
members that you have not yet met, but who have been busy
with the “behind the scenes” work that has helped to create
a seamless experience.
Day 5 Friday: Amazon River – City Tour – Transfer Out. (B,L)
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Morning Excursion
The excursions today depend on the level of the river.
Weather and time permitting, this will be the last
opportunity to see how people live along the Amazon—by
floating in skiffs through the lively riverside community of
Belen, in Iquitos. Here, where the houses and shops actually
float on the river during some months, you will see the
bustling food market for the entire Peruvian Amazon. All
local inhabitants throughout the region sell and purchase
11:00 a.m. Return to the M/V Aria
Sadly, it’s time to finish packing. Please leave your packed
suitcases in your suite for pickup before going to lunch.
12.00 p.m. Light Lunch
1:15 p.m. Disembarkation/City Tour/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer
to the Airport
Your afternoon in the remote city of Iquitos, accessible
only by river or air, will not disappoint. This bustling
town, complete with a house built by Gustave Eiffel, was
once a rich center of the rubber industry. Before we head
for the airport, we will take you to visit the Manatee
Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for
endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities
have seized from local people, including fishermen.
Biologists will give a presentation about the project and
its efforts to help these helpless mammals. You will also
see how the manatees are cared for and are prepared for
re-introduction into their natural habitat. Finally, we will
stop at the San Juan Amazonian Indian Market, for a last
chance to shop for local crafts.
4:30 p.m. Check in at Iquitos International Airport
Your guides will help you with check-in, and will stay with
you until you have boarded your flight back to Lima.
END OF SERVICES
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* IMPORTANT NOTE: The itinerary, as shown, is subject
to change without prior notice. Certain circumstances, such
as: changing weather conditions, safety concerns and in
general any reason or situation beyond our control may force
local tour operators and / or their guides to alter any part
of this itinerary for the wellbeing and in the best interest
of travelers. Changes will only be made if they are
absolutely necessary. Our goal is to provide clients with a
safe environment and programs that exceed their
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M/V Rio Amazonas with air conditioned cabins, all meals,
jungle walks and boat excursions with experienced bilingual
guides. Transfers to and from the airport are also included.
Airport taxes and the international airfare to Peru are not
Flight Tickets Lima to Iquitos.
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