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The Great Amazon River Cruise

Explore the Wonders of the World's Largest Rain Forest on Our Peruvian Jungle Voyage
As the riverboat chugs its way up the chocolate-colored channel, fringed on either bank by verdant rain forest, the primal depths of the upper Amazon beckon. Our focus is the Pacaya Samiria Reserve at the headwaters, a 5-million-acre mosaic of pristine habitats including flooded and dry forest. It's home to some of the largest wildlife populations in the Amazon: pink and gray river dolphins, troops of howler monkeys, elusive sloths, flocks of brilliant macaws and bright butterflies. Lagoons covered in giant lily pads teem with fish and caiman, while scores of marsh birds hunt from shore. Cultural visits to local villages round out our rain forest adventure, as we explore more than 600 miles of the Amazon and its tributaries aboard our deluxe riverboat.

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise in air-conditioned comfort aboard our exclusive riverboat – all cabins have private balconies and panoramic windows for personal nature viewing
  • Travel all the way to the headwaters of the Amazon to explore WWF-supported Pacaya Samiria Reserve – home to pink dolphins, scarlet macaws and 15 species of primates
  • Visit remote villages, meet the friendly "ribereños" who call the Amazon rain forest home, and learn about their traditional culture 
What Makes Our Amazon Cruise a Cut Above the Rest?

Exploring the Amazon rain forest is among the most entrancing adventures for any passionate nature lover. This vibrant environment, teeming with life, is also one of the planet’s most threatened. That’s why WWF, our conservation travel partner, is focusing some of its most important work on protecting this globally important ecosystem. When you want to see the Amazon for yourself, there are some key reasons to choose Nat Hab – WWF does! Read on:

  1. The Newest Deluxe Vessel on the River
    You won’t find a newer riverboat cruising the Amazon! Making her debut in 2013, La Estrella Amazonica is custom-designed for navigating the Amazon and its tributaries. Built in the classic riverboat style distinctive to this region and beautifully finished with contemporary conveniences, the ship features 15 generously sized cabins with private balconies from which to enjoy scenes of the passing rainforest and wildlife.
  2. Fewer Guests for More Intimate Nature & Cultural Encounters
    While some Amazon cruises happen aboard ships that carry 100 passengers or more, our small riverboat – carrying just 30 guests – offers a much more intimate experience. We are able to tie up on the bank so that guests may disembark into small skiffs for excursions up creeks to observe birds, primates, sloths, dolphins and other wildlife. We also go ashore for cultural visits with the local ribereño people living in riverside villages. Large ships can’t offer this opportunity.
  3. Cruise all the Way to the Amazon Headwaters
    Amazon itineraries vary – compare carefully. Our main focus is the largest reserve in Peru (and second largest in the entire Amazon basin), the WWF-supported Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This vast protected area at the very headwaters of the mighty river is replete with wildlife – you won’t find a more pristine rainforest experience. 
  4. Exclusive WWF Departures 
    Learn about the creative initiatives that WWF is working on to protect the Amazon. Select departures are accompanied by a WWF specialist who will tell us firsthand about exciting conservation projects WWF is sponsoring in the Amazon and around the world through informative lectures and one-on-one conversations.
  5. Travel with an NHA Expedition Leader in Addition to On-Board Guides
    While the ship operates with two local guides on every voyage, we also travel in the company of an NHA Expedition Leader, whose additional depth of knowledge and extensive experience in the Amazon provides significant enhancement to your overall adventure. Our Amazon guides average at least 10 years’ experience in the region. What’s more, your NHA guide will provide an added level of service and personalized attention – there’s a reason we have a reputation for hiring the best naturalist guides on the planet! Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  6. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Amazon Cruise
    Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
  7. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset – Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
  8. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund – the world's leading environmental conservation organization – has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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