Itinerary for the 7 Day Amazon River Cruise


Ayapua Amazon RiverboatThe rainforests of Loreto, Peru are situated in the western Amazon basin and harbor some of the greatest mammalian,avian, floral 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 transfer and lodging available in Lima if desired.)

Bar hour on AyapuaDay 1, Sunday -Make your early 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 sources of the Amazon). Depart Nauta on the riverboat, travel up the Marañón towards the Samiria River, instructions on onboard safety and introduction to the staff will be given. Lunch. Introductory talk on the Amazon and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Late afternoon small boat excursion to view wildlife at Nauta Caño in the Reserve. Afternoon tea. Sunset observations with drinks from the bar. Dinner. (Lunch, Dinner)

Macaw Survey on Rio SamiriaDay 2, Monday - Breakfast. We will arrive at the mouth of the Samiria River mid-morning. We check in at the reserve's ranger station and visitors' center. Travel up the Samiria River. Bird watching and wildlife observations. Lunch. Talk on wildlife of the Samiria and how to best observe wildlife. Bird watching and wildlife observations. Afternoon tea. We arrive at the field site. Dinner. Nighttime caiman observation using auxiliary boats. Optional night hike. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 - 5, Tuesday - Thursday - Field activities these days to include: Boat outings for macaw observation. Wildlife transect walks in the forest. River dolphin observations from the auxiliary boats, fishing, nighttime caiman observation, and night hikes. There is a lot of wildlife to observe and a lot of excellent photo opportunities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Rio SamiriaDay 6, Friday - Breakfast. Morning visit to a local Cocama indigenous village. Lunch. Afternoon departure back downriver. Time permitting, we will see the union of the Ucayali and Marañón rivers, birthplace of the Amazon. Return back upriver to Nauta. Time permitting, an evening walk around Nauta. Dinner. (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)

About the Pacaya Samiria Reserve

Wildlife Photos from the Pacaya Samiria Reserve

River Turtle Head-starting Program