February 17 to 25, 2018
Visiting the mysterious Amazon River Basin, one of Earth’s most exotic natural realms and our planet’s largest rainforest ecosystem, is an unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime experience. The longest navigable river in the world, the Amazon winds more than 4000 miles from its source in the Andes Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, and its tributaries fan out over 1.5 million square miles to sustain the lush flora and extraordinary fauna of this fragile environment. Explore the boundless diversity of nature’s most wondrous offerings from delicate orchids to transparent glass frogs and pink river dolphins, to the treetops of the verdant rainforest and the depths of blackwater tributaries.
Join us for this phenomenal natural history voyage aboard this ideal small expedition river vessel, uniquely designed to cruise the remote tributaries of the Amazon and into areas few other visitors have ever been. Launched in 2015, the deluxe, all-Suite Zafiro offers a first-class experience in the world’s most extraordinary untouched rainforest and is one of a limited number of passenger vessels permitted to navigate this portion of the Peruvian Amazon known for its colorful wildlife and culture. In an authentic atmosphere of exploration, cruise past the confluence of the Río Ucayali and Río Marañón—the legendary inception of the Amazon River—where the primeval calls of birds and wildlife echo across the rainforest.
Far beyond civilization in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, the largest wetlands refuge in the world, the ship’s expert, English-speaking Peruvian naturalists will lead you through the rainforest to see rare indigenous species and guide you along the Amazon’s sinuous tributaries and serpentine blackwater rivers. Walk through remote forests where the number of butterfly species climbs into the thousands, and observe an incredible array of birds in this avian paradise. The Amazon is home to more plant and animal species than anywhere else in the world, and many have yet to be classified or even discovered. You will also visit local villages to gain insight into the culture and traditional way of life of the ribereños (river people) and watch a shaman perform an ancient ritual.
In addition to the mystifying reaches of the Amazon, this unique program also includes two nights in Lima, Peru, featuring a visit to its historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and lunch in Iquitos with an opportunity to experience its traditional market. The perfect complement to your Amazon expedition is the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley Post-Tour Option featuring the eponymous UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.