Acacia Amazon Riverboat
5 Day / 4 Night Cruise Program
The ACACIA is a new riverboat hosting up to 6 travelers. It's the perfect boat for comfort and a relaxed small group experience of the Amazon River and rainforest. With air-conditioned cabins and dining room serving the finest meals of local and international cuisine, you are sure to have an enjoyable and comfortable trip. The boat also has an enclosed air-conditioned observation lounge and an open-air observation area. The excursion boats have comfortable forward-facing seating, perfect for wildlife viewing. Each day you will enjoy excursions off the Acacia viewing wildlife and visiting riverside villages.
Day 1, Saturday - Fly Lima to Iquitos on the afternoon flight. You will be greeted upon arrival and transported to the Acacia riverboat docked in the town of Nauta. Upon arrival, take some time to settle in, relax and have a drink as you get to know your fellow passengers. There will never be more than 6 guests, so you will have the opportunity to make life-long friends. We will conduct a safety drill and explain everything you need to know about the Acacia to have a safe and fun adventure. Savor the first of many wonderful dinners by our talented chef as we begin our journey along the Amazon. (Dinner)
Day 2, Sunday - Early morning we will go out in the excursion boats to view wildlife. Return to the ship for breakfast while heading up the Marañón River, we can observe small villages that dot the river’s edge and catch a glimpse of the local people’s activities as they go about their day. We will often see gray and pink river dolphins along the way. In the afternoon, we will board our comfortable excursion boat to explore the channels that weave through a maze of islands, so we can get a closer look at the wildlife that abounds such as monkeys, sloths, and an amazing number of exotic birds. Experience a brilliant Amazon sunset as we return to the Acacia. After dinner, we will go out by small boat in search of caiman and other nocturnal wildlife. You will experience the incredibly dark yet dazzling star-filled sky. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3, Monday - Enjoy breakfast as we cruise along the Marañón River. Board our excursion boat for a day-long excursion in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest reserve in Peru and the second largest in all the Amazon. Travel by excursion boat from Yanayacu Creek to the remote Yarina Cocha. We will take a rainforest hike and you will experience the huge biodiversity that the rainforest is known for. Watch for monkeys, sloths, tree-frogs, iguanas, pink and gray river dolphins, and many varieties of bird species. Examine and learn first-hand about jungle plants – their unique survival tactics as they compete for sun and nutrients in the dense rainforest, the part they play in sustaining the complex balance of life in the jungle and the important medicinal value they offer. After a day filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, return to the Acacia for dinner and a relaxing evening with friends. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4, Tuesday - In the morning we depart for our next adventure - a spectacular tour of the rainforest from its canopy. Take a short hike to the canopy walkway – a suspended bridge spanning over 500 meters (1/3 of a mile) connected by platforms in the rainforest treetops. Experience a unique view of the rainforest flora and fauna from heights reaching 35 meters (115 feet). After this breathtaking experience, enjoy lunch and some free time aboard the Acacia. In the afternoon we will visit one of the local villages to gain a deeper insight into how people live in Amazon. Meet a local shaman, participate in a traditional ceremony of spiritual healing. Before you depart, you will have the opportunity to view and purchase some of their handicrafts and delightful folk art. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5, Wednesday - As we cruise slowly back down the Marañón River we will come to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers, where the “true” Amazon River begins. After lunch transfer to the Iquitos airport or your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)