(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.
Available Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Our local representative will meet you for an 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.
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.
Welcome aboard!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.
Small, flexible, individual – the M/S Bremen is a very special expedition ship. The exceptionally personal atmosphere, the first-class equipment and furnishings and the spacious cabins and suites offer the perfect setting for unforgettable expedition experiences. No matter where the Bremen may be cruising – awarded 4 stars, she takes her at-the-most 164 guests to the most beautiful and remote regions in the world. And sometimes also to greater inner harmony.
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.
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 Columbia, 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 screams of the Amazon parrots can be heard across the water. You might see a group of blue-and-yellow macaws that have settled in the crown of a tree.
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 colours.
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 kilometres.
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 metropolis in the middle of the rainforest that is home to more than a million inhabitants - Manaus is fascinating due to its eventful past and its lively present. Get to know the former Portuguese fortress and missionary base today.
Experience the rhythm and joy of life of South America in Parintins. With their magnificent costumes and their rousing music, the dancers tell the old legend about the resurrection of a bull. The exuberance of the people can easily compete with the lavishness of nature.
Immerse yourself once again in the natural abundance of Amazonia when your ship sets sail for the estuary of the river which is so rich in myths. Butterflies as big as plates dance through the air, tiny hummingbirds silently flap their wings over the water, and from the dense greenery of the jungle, you cannot fail to hear the chorus of many sounds coming from the birds and howling monkeys.
On the fine white beach of Alter do Chao, you have the opportunity to sunbathe and swim to your heart’s delight 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 buffalos 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.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Peru for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/peru.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Lima. Government: Republic. Gained independence from Spain in 1824, having declared it in 1821. Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages. English is spoken in major tourist areas. Religion: 81% Roman Catholic, 2.1% other denominations, 16.3% unspecified or none. Time: GMT - 5. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 60Hz. (110 volts AC is available in most 4- and 5-star hotels.) Telephone: Country code +51. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Mobile phones can be rented in Lima and the main cities. Coverage is sporadic. Internet: Public Internet booths and Internet cafes are widely available in cities and most towns.
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