SAMPLE 7 Day (3 & 5 Day also available)
Itinerary of the Clavero
Amazon Riverboat Wildlife Cruise
As the historic Clavero riverboat travels the Amazon River and its tributaries, you will enjoy frequent off-boat excursions, such as hikes through the rainforest and small-boat trips in search of wildlife. Expert naturalist guides will give explanations of the incredible plants and numerous species of captivating animals that you'll see. You will even visit several riverside villages and meet some of the true natives of the Amazon.
The rainforests of Loreto, Peru are situated in the western Amazon basin and harbor some of the greatest mammalian, avian, floral, reptile and fish diversity on earth. Our team has been conducting conservation based trips in the Loreto area since 1984. The goal of these activities is to set up long-term biodiversity conservation through community-based work, to develop protected areas and strategies based on wildlife conservation, and to find a balance between the needs of the indigenous people and the conservation of the animals and plants of the Amazon.
As a visitor, you will observe wildlife populations along the Samiria River in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve including macaws, monkeys, caimans, dolphins, aquatic birds, river turtles and fish, and possibly see giant river otters, manatees, peccaries, deer, tapir, large cats, monkeys and other large mammals. You’ll also have the opportunity to observe wildlife use and community-based conservation in local indigenous villages. You will see first-hand community-based wildlife management, protected area management and wildlife conservation in the Peruvian Amazon.
Day 0, Saturday - Fly to Lima. (Optional lodging available in Lima if desired.)
Day 1, Sunday - Make your morning flight into Iquitos. Greeting at the airport and transfer by private bus to our boat in Nauta (100 kms south of Iquitos on the Marañón River, one of the two branches of the Amazon). Depart Nauta on the riverboat traveling down the Marañón. Cabin assignments and instructions on onboard safety and introduction to the staff. Lunch. Introductory talk on the Amazon and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Arrival at the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers, where the river takes on the name Amazon, and view a colorful Amazon sunset. Head back up the Marañon and after dinner take a small boat excursion to view nocturnal wildlife such as the Common Potoo, Nightjar, and possibly Caiman at Nauta Caño in the Reserve. (Lunch, Dinner)
Day 2, Monday - Early morning boat excursion observe Hawks, Flycatchers, Parrots and Macaws, Toucans and other bird species along the edge of the Reserve as well as Iguanas, Caiman Lizards and Three-toed Sloths.
Back on board the Clavero for breakfast. Late morning head out on the small boat to look for sloths, Caiman Lizards, iguanas, Woodpeckers and possibly Squirrel and Capuchin monkeys. Lunch and siesta. Afternoon Tea Time (coffee, tea, cake and snacks. Served daily). Late afternoon excursion for wildlife observation and a chance to see some of the fish local people have caught that day such as Tiger Catfish and the pre-historic-looking Armored Catfish. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 - Tuesday - Enter the Samiria River and check in at the reserve's ranger station. After breakfast wildlife observation from the top deck of the Clavero. Your guide will give talk on the wildlife of the Reserve and how to best observe and photograph wildlife. Mid-morning hike near the Shiringal ranger station to view wildlife and large trees and plants utilized by the people of the rainforest. There is a large rubber tree here and your guide will talk about how the rubber was tapped and used during the Rubber Boom. Lunch.
Late afternoon excursion up a small creek and into an oxbow lake (Atun Cocha). Here we can expect to see Howler, Capuchin, Squirrel and Saddleback Tamarin monkeys, possibly the Tamandu (a small anteater), giant river otters, colorful butterflies, as well as some large birds such as Great Egrets, Cormorants and freshwater Pink and Gray dolphins.
After dinner head out in the small boat to look for Caiman, colorful frogs, night birds and listen to the sounds of the rainforest at night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4, Wednesday - Before breakfast spend some time on the observation deck looking for sloths, dolphins and monkeys.
After breakfast... Piranha fishing excursion. The larger ones will be brought back to be served at lunch. Afternoon excursion into Huishto Lake for an opportunity to spot Great Egrets, Hoatzins and Horned Screamers (With luck we may even spot a Harpy Eagle; the most powerful raptor in the world) and many other birds as well as monkeys and sloths.
This is a great place to observe Pink and Gray dolphins breaching near our boat. And we might also see a Tapir or even a Jaguar. Back on board for tea time. After dinner a night hike to look for nocturnal creatures such as the large Smokey Jungle Frog as well as some smaller creatures like the Leaf-mimic Katydid, Tailless Whip Scorpion, Tarantulas, Walking Sticks maybe even some Night Monkeys. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5, Thursday - Early morning excursion up a small creek to look for Dusky Titi, Monk Saki, Squirrel, Capuchin and Howler monkeys, iguanas, Long-nosed Bats and various species of Kingfishers and the very colorful Plum-throated Cotinga among other wildlife. Back on board for breakfast as the Clavero heads down the Samiria River.
Morning stop (August through October) at the second ranger station to visit the man-made turtle egg nests that are part of a Head-start program to protect endangered turtles such as the Yellow-spotted River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) and the Giant South American turtle (Podocnemis expansa).
Lunch on board. Afternoon wildlife observation from the top deck looking for monkeys and sloths and spotting Blue and Yellow Macaws, parrots and toucans flying back to their nesting areas as we leave the Samiria River and cross the Marañón River to enter the mouth of the Tigre River for another fishing excursion. Dinner on board followed by a night hike through Varzea forest searching for frogs, tarantulas, Coati Mundis, Agoutis (related to the guinea pig), Armadillos and possibly Jaguar or Tapir tracks. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6, Friday - Morning visit to a Cocama Indian village to meet the local people and see how they live. These people receive visitors with warmth and friendship. Lunch. Afternoon hike in terra firma forest to see huge trees such as the Ceiba tree and look for colorful Poison Dart Frogs.
With luck we will see the iridescent Blue Morpho Butterfly. Late afternoon arrival back in Nauta and walk through town to the Sapi Sapi Lake to see and feed turtles and Paiche, the largest freshwater fish in South America; over 6 feet long and weighing over 200 lbs. Farewell dinner on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7, Saturday - After breakfast on the boat, transfer to Iquitos and the airport for your flight to Lima. (Or day in Iquitos to explore this lively Amazon riverside town.) Connect with your evening flight to the States. (Or continue on with the Cuzco and Machu Picchu extension tour.) (Breakfast)
TOUR LEADER Your GreenTracks Clavero Amazon Wildlife Cruise is hosted by Scott Humfeld as trip leader. Scott is an American and a trained nurse who settled over two decades ago in the Amazon town of Pevas, several hours downstream from Iquitos. Scott opened a clinic there and a bed-and-breakfast which for many years was a popular destination for travelers. Scott, who speaks both English and Spanish, now resides in Iquitos and he is an old hand regarding all the local happenings. He brings a wealth of knowledge and humor to all he does, and easily shares his insights into the local culture. Scott has worked closely with the GreenTracks Zoologists for many years and we are pleased to have him on-board as tour leader. You are sure to enjoy his company.
Besides your GreenTracks Tour Leader as host, all GreenTracks Amazon Riverboat Wildlife Cruises include the participation of a Zoologist with years of experience working in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
Wildlife Photos from the Pacaya Samiria Reserve
River Turtle Head-starting Program