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       Wildife Expedition Programs

This Cruise offers Last Minute & Early Bird Cruise Specials


Estrella Amazon Riverboat

EARTH’S GREATEST WILDERNESS

The Amazon is a living labyrinth of forests, wildlife and people, all bisected by a storied river meandering 4,200 miles across South America. Cloaked in heavy mist, boasting every shade of green, the heart of the Amazon is a wilderness that has pulled at the spirits of adventurers for centuries. It was that trailblazing spirit that fired the imaginations of our first guests and naturalists as they explored the Peruvian Amazon 34 years ago.

Beyond the untamed frontier along the riverbanks are more than 1,300 species of birds, 40,000 plant species and a vibrant Ribereño culture descended from European and indigenous forebears. Leaving behind only the diminishing wake of our riverboat, journey into the pristine headwaters of the upper Amazon as you create matchless memories and take away a renewed respect for the wonders of our world.

Best Ship on the Amazon

You don’t have to sacrifice comfort and world-class service to discover Earth’s mightiest river. Delve into this pristine wilderness aboard the custom-built Amazon Star - a riverboat featuring gracious, 21st-century comfort and exceeding Peruvian safety standards. All airy cabins are air-conditioned with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows ensure you are constantly surrounded by rainforest vistas. This custom-built riverboat boasts unrivaled public spaces, including the Amazon’s largest open-air Observation Deck, a modern Lecture Room and even a Fitness Room (a feature frequently requested by past guests).

In-Depth Exploration

When visiting the Amazon, you deserve more than a simple “tour” of this legendary wilderness. Every facet of the Amazon Voyage has been designed to ensure you aren’t a tourist, but someone who truly experiences the nature and culture of the Amazon.

Expert Naturalist Guides

There’s no substitute for experience when it comes to offering travel that’s authentic, educational and fun. That’s why the hand-selected naturalist guides are highly trained and educated natives, each passionate about their country.

“Every aspect of the voyage was well-planned and stress-free for us. All of the hassles of traveling were gone. We were able to experience the Amazon rainforest - something most people only dream about.”
                                                               - Monica M. DeGrauwe of Clinton, Illinois

Amazon Star Cruise Video


8 Day Amazon Wildife Expedition Cruise

La Estrella Amazonica

Unrivaled Expedition ExperiencesLa Estrella Amazonica Cabin

This newly constructed riverboat is not just a new place to stay; it offers you a new way to navigate the mysteries of the Amazon. Imagine stargazing from our purpose-built Observation Deck, the largest of any boat on the Amazon, learning about the stars of the Southern constellations or chatting about local folklore. After drifting down narrow tributaries aboard our sturdy excursion boats or hiking through thick jungle, relax in the enhanced Lecture Room. Each night, guides hold discussions on the history, geography and wildlife in airconditioned comfort. Evening guides’ receptions include not only a complimentary Peruvian cocktail, wine or beer, but a chance to be entertained as the boat’s crew plays traditional music.

Estrella Deck and lounge

Modern Comfort in the WildEstrella deck

Amazon Star is designed to offer you an unprecedented personal experience in this untamed frontier. Spacious, air-conditioned cabins — each approximately 220 sq. ft. — feature floor-toceiling windows and private balconies, so you are constantly surrounded by rainforest vistas. Cabin interiors feature furniture hand-crafted by Peruvian artisans, plush linens and roomy private baths.

Sample local delicacies and international favorites — including fresh fruits and vegetables purchased along the river. Large windows mean you’ll never miss a dramatic sunset.

Estrella dining room
  • Four cabins on each deck can easily be converted to create two adjoining suites - ideal for families.
  • Guides’ reception with a complimentary wine, Peruvian cocktail, beer or soda onboard daily.
  • Covered, open-air bar stocks cold bottled water, sodas, wine and local beer.
  • For excursions, board two 18-passenger excursion boats accompanied by knowledgeable local naturalists.
  • Ship built following SOLAS and MARPOL international guidelines, and will exceed Peruvian safety standards.
  • International environmental standards guided all ship system designs and operations, making this the most environmentally responsible boat on the Amazon.

Estrella Deck Plan

This Cruise offers Last Minute & Early Bird Cruise Specials

8 Day Amazon Star Cruise
2017 DEPARTURES
January 7, 21 May 6, 13, 27 September 2, 16, 23, 30
February 4, 11, 25 June 3, 10, 24 October 7, 14, 21
March 4, 11, 18, 25 July 8, 22, 29 November 4, 18
April 1, 15, 22, 29 August 5, 12, 19, 26 December 16, 23, 30
     

8 Day Amazon Star Cruise Rates
Prices per person.
Lower Deck 2017 2018
Double Occupancy  $4,149  
Solo Cabin  $4,149  
Suite Double Occupancy  $4,349  
Suite Triple Occupancy  $3,519  
 
Upper Deck 2017 2018
Double Occupancy  $4,349  
Suite Double Occupancy  $4,549  
Suite Triple Occupancy  $3,649  

Limited cabins available for solo travelers on every departure, some with no single supplement fee. Call for availability.

Double Cabin Single Supplement + 50%

Child discount, 7 to 18 years of age is -$500


What’s Included

  • Full educational program with lectures & field interpretation.
  • Nightly guides’ reception onboard with a complimentary beer, wine, Peruvian cocktail or soda.
  • All scheduled transportation by land & boat.
  • Local village & school visits.
  • Cooking demonstration.
  • Tours of colonial Lima & Iquitos.
  • Accompaniment of experienced Expedition Leader.
  • All excursions accompanied by Englishspeaking naturalist guides.
  • Complete pre-departure information to help you get the most out of your expedition.
  • All meals onboard.
  • All transfers, porterage & service charges.
  • Complimentary on-board laundry.
  • In summary, everything except international and in-country airfare; U.S. domestic and international departure taxes; ticketing fee; fuel surcharge; passport fees; tips to guides, Expedition Leader and crew; and items of a personal nature.

8-Day Expedition Itinerary
to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Estrella Cruise map

 

Day 1 • Saturday
Lima / Iquitos / Embark Amazon Star riverboat / Amazon River
Fly over the Andes from Lima to Iquitos. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about efforts to help these endearing mammals. See how the manatees are cared for and prepared for reintroduction into their natural habitat. Prior to boarding our riverboat, survey the history of local tribes at a small museum. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers. (Dinner)

Day 2 • Sunday
Origin of the main Amazon River / Río Ucayali

We awake this morning on the Amazon River, seeing some of the ever-changing panorama of jungle life as our Amazon River cruise ship continues upriver. Small villages dot the shoreline, and channels weaving through island mazes provide close-up views of a variety of birds. The confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers is famous as the beginning of the Amazon River in Peru. Amazingly, we are about 2,400 miles from where the river flows into the Atlantic. The river drops only about 350 feet the entire way! On our Amazon Voyage adventure, travel waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where we may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant. We turn into the Río Ucayali, where we’re apt to find gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins cavorting near the boat and along the shoreline. Later we take an excursion into the surrounding rainforest in search of giant water lilies and elusive wildlife such as monkeys and sloths. As dusk approaches, fishing bats begin their night’s foraging. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 • Monday
Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
After a peaceful breakfast along the black-water Sapote Creek, we explore a small tributary of the Ucayali aboard our excursion boats. Look for animals including primates, sloths and an enormous variety of birds. Our Amazon Voyage adventure continues upriver to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Although scientific studies are far from exhausted, the Pacaya-Samiria is the known home to 450 bird species, 102 species of mammals, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians, and countless plants. This afternoon, an excursion into this largest wetland reserve in the world provides the opportunity to see 13 species of primates, including monk sakis, red howler, saddle-backed tamarin and squirrel monkeys. Explore Caro Lake, connected to the river by way of a very small stream, where we may find flocks of greater ani, often seen following monkeys in search of insects disturbed by the monkeys’ foraging. We enjoy a nighttime boat excursion for a chance to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 • Tuesday
Río Pacaya / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

Spend the day exploring this flooded realm, seeing wading birds such as herons, wattled jacanas and horned screamers. Venturing deep into the rainforest, tour an igapo (seasonally flooded forest), where plant life is very different from what we see along the main course of our Amazon cruise, and walk through the forest. Lucky guests may release turtle hatchlings. A delicious lunch energizes us for afternoon excursions with our expert naturalists, where we may find scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks and red howler monkeys. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 • Wednesday
Río Pacaya / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

After an early breakfast, we board our excursion boats for access even further into the heart of these vast wetlands. As our Amazon Voyage adventure cruises the narrow waterways, we’ll find birds such as canary-winged parakeets and spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws. Primates also are fairly common, including noisy squirrel monkeys. Once we arrive at a remote ranger station, enjoy a refreshing swim. Gradually make our way back to our riverboat through the maze of waterways. Enjoy an al fresco lunch and time to relax before our afternoon excursion. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 • Thursday
Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

This morning we head back downriver, with a morning wildlife or other activity. Visit a village along the river, with the chance to learn about the lives of the “Ribereño” people who live there. Accompanied by guides who grew up along the river, this is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through gardens learning about medicinal plants and folklore, visit a school, or join in a game of soccer. The children are especially excited to see their faces on digital cameras and to show off their school and sing Peruvian songs. Depending on the villages visited during your Amazon River tour, you may also have the opportunity to see an IE-funded water treatment plant. The clean drinking water provided by these plants is having an enormous positive health impact in remote river villages. Learn about medicinal plants and enjoy a blessing ceremony by a respected village shaman. Aboard the ship, take advantage of the open-air top deck, learning to make traditional Peruvian dishes or enjoying an enriching lecture. After dark we’ll go out in our excursion boats to listen to the sounds of the rainforest and look for nocturnal wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 • Friday
Amazon River

Wake up early for a morning birdwatching excursion along the Yarapa River. After breakfast, try your hand at piranha fishing in Ubos Lake. Piranha are very common in the slower-moving water. With luck, we may catch red-breasted, white or black piranha, and feast on our catch this evening at dinner. Once back aboard our Amazon River cruise ship, we enjoy a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 • Saturday
Iquitos / Lima / Home

After Breakfast, disembark in Iquitos, transfer to airport for early morning flight to Lima. (Breakfast)

END SERVICES

FINAL DAY OPTIONS:
1 - Day room at an Iquitos hotel. Enjoy a tour of this frontier city. Iquitos City & Market Tour. Late afternoon flight back to Lima and connect with your overnight flights back home.

2 - Fly back to Lima on early morning flight. Day Room in a Lima hotel until you connect with your flight home. (Lunch)

OPTIONS you choose this final day may effect your final price.