Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Approximately 28 Travelers
A very important feature of this trip is the limited group size (which we divide into smaller groups for excursions by skiff and on foot), since nature expeditions are best experienced in a quiet, low-impact context.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Accommodations, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 9, drinking water throughout the trip, services of NHA Expedition Leaders, services of local naturalist guides and boat crew, local beer and house wine with lunch and dinner aboard the Delfin II, some gratuities, airport transfers, permits and entrance fees, all sales taxes. An overnight room at the Wyndham Airport Hotel in Lima is also included after your services end on Day 9.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, internal flights between Lima-Iquitos (approximately $390, to be added to your invoice), premium alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel insurance.
This program does not require a high degree of physical fitness, as much of our wildlife viewing is done from small motorized skiffs. Getting in and out of the skiffs can sometimes feel a bit unsteady, especially with the current of the river. Some excursions involve walking on nature trails through the rain forest. Guests must be able to walk at least 1.5 miles in high humidity over uneven ground with overgrown roots, in order to participate in all excursions. One trail excursion also requires ascending and descending around 100 steps. Walking on muddy trails or through standing water may be necessary at times. Guests are not required to participate in all activities.
Important Information About This Trip
This trip spends a full week exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest protected area in Peru at 8,000 square miles. Located at the headwaters of the Amazon River where the two major tributaries meet to form the mighty main river, the remote region is home to some of the densest populations of wildlife in the entire Amazon rainforest, including threatened or endangered species such as pink river dolphin, blue-and-yellow macaw, owl monkey and three-toed sloth. Few Amazon cruises offer this much time or depth in the reserve.
Please Note: This itinerary is meant to be a guideline. Activities may vary at different times of year according to water level and conditions.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrival: Arrive in Lima by 4 pm for orientation dinner beginning at 7 pm on Day 1.
Departure: Depart from Lima after 6 pm on Day 9.
Generally, international flights depart Lima in the late evening. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.