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A LEGENDARY AMAZON RIVER VOYAGE

Voyage into the Lungs of The Earth on an extraordinary Peruvian Amazon River Cruise

Dates

Fri Oct 16 – Sat Oct 24, 2020 Fri Nov 20 – Sat Nov 28, 2020 Fri Nov 13 – Sat Nov 21, 2020

Location

Peru

Cost

$/50% OFF

Deposit

$/Person

EXCLUSIVE 50% OFF SAVINGS TO MEMBERS

Embark on a Peruvian Amazon Voyage aboard the elegant Zafiro riverboat to discover Earth’s Greatest Wilderness. Delve deep into the pristine Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a 5-million-acre labyrinth of flooded forests, lagoons and peaceful creeks. Travel upriver from the inland port of Iquitos aboard the Zafiro as you voyage into villages and tributaries for an authentic immersive experience filled with extraordinary wildlife, flora and fauna. Enjoy luxurious amenities, spa treatments, view wildlife on hikes, explore by small-boat excursions and kayaks along the Amazon and meet the welcoming locals of the riverside villages. Enjoy time spent onboard the Zafiro which blends stylish design and modern comforts. Classic touches include magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows in all categories, for those on the Upper Deck Suites, lounge on your own private balconies. A ship staff and crew of 23, including a cruise director and local naturalist guides, are joined by an International Expedition Leader to ensure an unprecedented level of service.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Journey with International Expeditions, who pioneered travel to the most pristine area of the Peruvian Amazon, offering guests 38-years of in-depth expertise
  • Voyage 600-miles along the Amazon River with unrivaled access to the Peruvian rainforest
  • Explore more deeply into the protected Papaya-Samiria Nature Reserve
  • Encounter wildlife in three different habitats on the Amazon River and its tributaries
  • View the rare pink dolphins, unique birds, monkeys and other regional habitat
  • Fish for Piranhas on the canals of the Amazon River – a bucket-list must do for fishermen!
  • Daily explorations with expert naturalist guides on hikes, small boat excursions and kayaking
  • Cultural encounters with authentic local villages, stops at riverside markets and school visit
  • Dine onboard with regional Peruvian cuisine and cooking class demonstrations
  • Experience an exclusive Rainforest Shaman blessing ceremony
  • Educational lectures and field sessions to learn the intricate Amazon eco-systems
  • Dancing to traditional music during Happy Hour receptions onboard the Zafiro

Explore the video testimonial and member experiences from our 2017 Inner Circle Voyage.

Itinerary

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ARRIVE LIMA

Fly independently to Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to the Swissôtel for the night.

EMBARK ON VOYAGE

Fly over the Andes to Iquitos. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about efforts to help these endearing mammals. See how the manatees are cared for and prepared for reintroduction into their natural habitat. Prior to boarding the elegant riverboat, Zafiro, survey the history of local tribes at a small museum. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers. (B,L,D)

THE AMAZON RIVER & RIO UCAYALI

We awake this morning on the Amazon River, seeing some of the ever-changing panorama of jungle life as the Amazon River cruise ship continues upriver. Small villages dot the shoreline, and channels weaving through island mazes provide close-up views of a variety of birds. The confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers is famous as the beginning of the Amazon River in Peru. Amazingly, we are about 2,400 miles from where the river flows into the Atlantic. The river drops only about 350 feet the entire way! On our Amazon Voyage adventure, travel waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where we may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant. We turn into the Río Ucayali, where we’re apt to find gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins cavorting near the boat and along the shoreline. Later we take an excursion into the surrounding rainforest in search of giant water lilies and elusive wildlife such as monkeys and sloths. As dusk approaches, fishing bats begin their night’s foraging. (B,L,D)

RIO UCAYALI & PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE

After a peaceful breakfast along the black-water Sapote Creek, we explore a small tributary of the Ucayali aboard excursion boats. Look for animals including primates, sloths and an enormous variety of birds. Our Amazon Voyage adventure continues upriver to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Although scientific studies are far from exhausted, the Pacaya-Samiria is the known home to 450 bird species, 102 species of mammals, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians, and countless plants. This afternoon, an excursion into this largest wetland reserve in the world provides the opportunity to see 13 species of primates, including monk sakis, red howler, saddle-backed tamarin and squirrel monkeys. Explore Caro Lake, connected to the river by way of a very small stream, where we may find flocks of greater ani, often seen following monkeys in search of insects disturbed by the monkeys’ foraging. We enjoy a nighttime boat excursion for a chance to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)

RIO UCAYALI & PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE

Spend the day exploring this flooded realm, seeing wading birds such as herons, wattled jacanas and horned screamers. Venturing deep into the rainforest, tour an igapo (seasonally flooded forest), where plant life is very different from what we see along the main course of our Amazon cruise, and walk through the forest. Lucky guests may release turtle hatchlings. A delicious lunch energizes us for afternoon excursions with our expert naturalists, where we may find scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks and red howler monkeys. (B,L,D)

PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE

After an early breakfast, we board excursion boats for access even further into the heart of these vast wetlands. As our Amazon Voyage adventure cruises the narrow waterways, we’ll find birds such as canary-winged parakeets and spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws. Primates also are fairly common, including noisy squirrel monkeys. Once we arrive at a remote ranger station, enjoy a refreshing swim. Gradually make our way back to the riverboat through the maze of waterways. Enjoy an al fresco lunch and time to relax before our afternoon excursion. (B,L,D)

RIO UCAYALI

Head back downriver, with a morning wildlife or other activity. Visit a village along the river, with the chance to learn about the lives of the “Ribereño” people who live there. Accompanied by guides who grew up along the river, this is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through gardens learning about medicinal plants and folklore, visit a school, or join in a game of soccer. The children are especially excited to see their faces on digital cameras and to show off their school and sing Peruvian songs. Depending on the villages visited during your Amazon River tour, you may also have the opportunity to see an IE-funded water treatment plant. The clean drinking water provided by these plants is having an enormous positive health impact in remote river villages. Learn about medicinal plants and enjoy a blessing ceremony by a respected village shaman. Aboard the ship, learn to make traditional Peruvian dishes or enjoying an enriching lecture. After dark, go out in excursion boats to listen to the sounds of the rainforest and look for nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)

THE AMAZON RIVER

Wake up early for a morning birdwatching excursion along the Yarapa River. After breakfast, try your hand at piranha fishing in Ubos Lake. Piranha are very common in the slower-moving water. With luck, we may catch red-breasted, white or black piranha, and feast on our catch this evening at dinner. Once back aboard your luxury Amazon River cruise ship, we enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

IQUITOS & LIMA DEPARTURE

On an early morning excursion to Pilpintuwasi Rescue Center, see two- and three-toed sloth, red uakari and even a jaguar which have been rescued. Upon arrival back in Lima late this afternoon, guests will relax and enjoy “day-room” access at the group hotel at the Lima Airport. These room accommodations are provided until time to connect with late P.M. red-eye overnight return flights homeward bound. (B,L)

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS: MACHU PICCHU & RAINFOREST CANOPY

Please refer to the bottom in “PRICING” section for pre and post voyage extension add-ons

Accommodations

THE ZAFIRO

A journey down the Amazon River onboard the Zafiro, offers guests a luxurious vessel which blends stylish design and modern comforts. Classic touches include magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows and — for those on the Upper Deck — private balconies.

There are 19 spacious Suites onboard, each offers air-condition and feature en-suite bathrooms, a desk and ample closet space, including stunning views.

What’s Included

  • Transfers to/from Lima Airport upon arrival and departure 
  • 1 Pre Night at the Swissotel Lima (Day 1/Friday) 
  • 1 Post Night Day Room at Lima Airport Hotel 
  • Iquitos City Tour (time permitting) before 5PM Embarkation 
  • 7 Nights onboard the ZAFIRO River Yacht 
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks, juices and bottled waters on voyage 
  • Select alcoholic beverages – Peruvian cocktails, beer and house wines 
  • Transfers to/from yacht within the Amazon 
  • Expedition Leader & 2 Naturalist Guides onboard 
  • Use of ZAFIRO skiffs for guided outings 
  • Educational program including lectures on ecology, history and marine life onboard

What’s Not Included

  • International airfares to/from Lima, Peru
  • Internal Flights from Lima to Iquitos roundtrip $450 per person 
  • Onboard Gratuities (approx $350 per person) 
  • OPTIONAL Pre & Post Cruise Extensions
  • OPTIONAL Single Supplement (for 1 person in cabin)
  • OPTIONAL Travel Insurance

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • Please check with the U.S. Department of Travel for updates on Peru requirements as they often change
  • Tourist Entrance Visas: Visas are not required for US or Canadian citizens but are issued free upon entry. Passport requirement: Must have at least six months validity at time of entry.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Adventure Pricing

EXCLUSIVE 50% OFF ON SELECT VOYAGE DATES

All prices below reflect the 50% savings for Double Occupancy; please inquire for Single Rates

  • Lower Deck Cabins – $3249 per person (retail $6498 per person)
  • Upper Deck Cabins – $3549 per person (retail $7098 per person)
  • Lower Deck Master Suites (Cabins #9 & #10) – $3849 per person (retail $7698 per person)
  • Upper Deck Zafiro Suite (Cabin #19) – $4349 per person (retail $8698 per person)

DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENTS

DEPOSIT DUE UPON BOOKING: $750 per person (non-refundable)

FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATE: 60-days prior to departure (non-refundable)

Deposits & Final Payments are non-refundable for all Adventures

VOYAGE EXTENSIONs

PRE-CRUISE RAINFOREST CANOPY LODGE EXTENSION

From first light until after dark, immerse yourself in the sensations of our Amazon rainforest tour while enjoying our comfortable, air-conditioned lodge artfully constructed to exist in harmony with the surrounding environment. Explore a different side of Amazon rainforest travel as you head high into the canopy at day break, encountering birds and other wildlife in the treetops.

COST:  $1248 per person (based on Double Occupancy; please inquire for Single pricing)

POST-CRUISE MACHU PICCHU & CUSCO EXTENSION

A visit to Machu Picchu, the grandest of all the Inca sites, must stand out as a highlight of anyone’s travels. It has the most dramatic of settings, atop an Andean mountain surrounded by other peaks. For all its extent — Machu Picchu has some 200 structures, along with brilliant stone masonry — it was almost forgotten until its rediscovery in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. But there is a great deal more to see, and this Machu Picchu tour includes a variety of experiences in the great city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

COST:  $3999 per person (based on Double Occupancy; please inquire for Single pricing)

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Traveler Reviews

Once we were on-board the ship the attentive guest services exceeded our expectations. We loved learning about each staff members’ personal story, each serving as its own testimonial for the great pride they all share for their country and its culture. One of the main highlights of the voyage was the extraordinary Peruvian musical and dance performances by the staff each night.  The ship itself was beautifully decorated and completely renovated. We also decided to add on a trip extension to Machu Picchu, which I highly recommend. It was a completely different experience that complimented the Amazon voyage perfectly, almost like visiting two completely different countries. From the beginning to the end of the journey, especially the extraordinary Vistadome Train ride to the peak of Machu Picchu, we were truly unprepared for the rugged beauty of the valley and the awe-inspiring experiences we encountered.

Charles Stoopack

The Zafiro exceeded my expectations, as did the experience of being on the Amazon River. All the sights, the birds, the animals were thrilling. I had no idea what to expect. In addition, the other guests on board were all interesting, well-traveled, and fun to share such a unique experience with. I had such a fantastic time and am looking forward to trip with THIRDHOME!

Ronne Fisher

The Inner Circle Voyage was an incredible, unforgettable experience. We would ride down the river and see the wildlife in their natural habitat and we were constantly in awe thinking “We can’t believe we’re here!” The staff and all everyone involved in our Amazon trip made it so enjoyable. From piranha fishing, to visiting the village, everything was laced with a special touch. Even our last night expedition included a glass of champagne and toasting to what an extraordinary cruise we had experienced, all while sitting on skiffs in the middle of the Amazon River at sunset. It was ALL absolutely fabulous – THANK YOU THIRDHOME!

Rick DeSoto

We would categorize the Inner Circle Amazon Voyage as a unique lifetime experience. To sample a slice of life on the Peruvian Amazon River, aboard the luxurious Zafiro river boat, was truly a highlight of our forty year travel career. The boat’s amenities, staff, food and service were first-class top quality. The international Expeditions team coordinators and naturalist guides were indispensable in this immersive educational adventure. Our favorite day was visiting the small village and sharing school supplies with the dozen sweet elementary school-aged children. We would highly recommend this voyage to anyone who has (n)ever thought about such an incredible destination and adventure.

Sherry & Andy Harris

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