South America Cruises
(Amazon River Cruise)
Discover Lima & The Amazon River by Cruise. The Amazon- for generations it has been inspiring the fantasy of researchers and explorers. Renowned scientists have set off to explore the fantastic and inaccessible natural paradise on its banks. Follow their tracks, step into Zodiacs and discover, along narrow and winding waterways, the power and magic of the gigantic river which determines the rhythm of South America. The Amazon sustains an exceptional ecosystem of wildlife, and colorful river settlements, all of which you will experience first-hand on your incredible voyage.
Cruise Departure Dates:
2015: Sold Out
2016: Apr 10
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
Pachacamac lies 25 miles southeast of Lima adjacent to the Pan American highway astride the Pacific coastline. The site was considered one of the most important religious centers of the indigenous peoples of the central Andes, and contains a number of pyramids.
Afterwards head to the Archaeological Museum, a must-see for history buffs. It provides an overview of the history of the region. Highlights include exceptionally well preserved mummies as well as spectacular textiles.
Board a charter flight with your new cruisemates, as you fly to Iquitos. The flight duration is typically under 2 hours.
In the middle of the evergreen jungle, more than 4,000 km away from the estuary of the Amazon, your adventure begins in Iquitos in Peru. Unforgettable impressions await you in the overwhelming nature of the greatest rainforest in the world.Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and explore the length of your ship. You'll overnight at anchor tonight.
The weather and currents determine the course of eventful days on which the robust inflatables are in permanent use and bring you to places such as the small Peruvian village of Portugal and the settlement Libertad. Yagua Indians live here, formerly nomads who used to go hunting with poisonous arrows and blow pipes and have now settled along the river. The friendly indigenous people offer their works of art, handicrafts, and traditional masks.
Early in the morning we continue downstream to Bagan. After breakfast (if time permits) we visit an-other typical river village.
Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark at Bagan Aye Yar jetty by 9:30 hrs.
You'll continue cruising downstream on the upper Amazon, making zodiac landings at key points of exploration. Keep your eyes open for some incredible wildlife.
Leticia is an important trading point in the border triangle of Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. At the markets on the river banks you will be impressed by the diversity of tropical fruits and vegetables before your ship continues sailing down the river into a veritable treasure trove of life.
During spectacular Zodiac rides and landings, you will discover the green heart of South America and penetrate even deeper into the jungle along side arms and tributaries like the Rio Jutai.
While the Zodiacs glide past bromeliads with stunning bright red flowers, the calls of the Amazon parrots can be heard across the water. You might see a group of blue-and-yellow macaws perched high up in the treetops.
It is not only in Cuxiu Muni that you could catch a glimpse of the famous botos, the pink river dolphins of the Amazon. All around you, you will encounter a fascinating animal world again and again.
You will see large-billed terns fishing in the water and saffron finches picking seeds out of the floating water grass. Furthermore, endemic plants like the red passion flower spark off a ”firework“ of colors.
You will also experience an unforgettable natural spectacle at the legendary Meeting of the Waters. Where the ”black“ Rio Negro flows into the yellow-ochre Rio Solimoes, the two rivers do not mingle immediately, but flow alongside each other for kilometers.
Water level permitting, your cruise ship will intensively explore the pristine river banks of the Rio Negro. In this nature conservation area, you will visit small hidden settlements and relax in the heavenly bays of the river.
A bustling city in the middle of the rainforest, Manaus has a fascinatingly eventful history and lively present. On an excursion exploring the city’s history and opera house, you will get to know the former Portuguese fort and missionary base. Enjoy spectacular views of Brazil’s seventh largest city and the Meeting of the Waters on an aerial tour above Manaus, before being swept away by the rhythm and joie de vivre of South American in Parintins.
With magnificent costumes and their intoxicating music, the dancers relate the ancient legend of the resurrection of a bull, their exuberance keeping pace with their extravagance.
Immerse yourself in the natural riches of the Amazon once again as your ship sets sail for the mouth of this legendary river. Butterflies the size of plates dance through the air, tiny hummingbirds silently flap their wings over the water and the many-voiced chorus of birds and howler monkeys sounds from the dense green of the jungle.
The Amazon rainforest is absolutely teeming with life. From tiny insects to huge predators, it's a vast and interconnected web of life. You may see sightings of many different species from monkeys to birds, jaguars, sloths, and all kinds of reptiles and amphibians.
On the fine white beach of Alter do Chao, you will have the opportunity to sunbathe and swim just as you would in the Caribbean. Allow yourself to do absolutely nothing for a few hours, and look forward to observing many different species of birds and powerful water buffalo in Guajara.
Your ship can once again provide impressive evidence of her strengths during the passage through the narrow Breves Channels in the Amazon delta. Here, you will sail through the dense greenery of the jungle along winding waterways – the wonderful finale of a marvellous expedition.
This morning you'll bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as you disembark from your ship in Belem.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver.
With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Once the Miraflores César's, Lima’s fondly remembered, original five-star hotel, this modern icon was dramatically transformed in 2008 into the capital’s newest luxury hotel. Its quintessential Limeño flavor reverberates in the exquisite art collection of contemporary local artists and prized colonial-era antiques, in both public spaces and accommodations.
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