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Amazon River Cruise

Journey into the Heart of our Planet – the Amazon River

 

Go Piranha fishing, spot pink dolphins, caimans, many bird species and sloths from your Amazon River Cruise or Eco Jungle Lodge. Witness glorious sunsets and discover the five-senses experience when exploring this untamed ecosystem! 

The wild pulse of the jungle… Hear it in the noisy bird calls at dusk, feel it in the morning shroud of fog that blankets the river. See it in the tangles and creaks of its cathedral canopy of green as you enter the rain forest. More…

When choosing your Amazon experience, keep in mind that the further you venture into the jungle, the more wildlife you’ll see. And once you get there, you’ll probably want to stay for longer than planned, especially if you don’t want to leave the Amazon without having spotted a caiman, pink dolphin or all the monkey species.

Join Jean-Michel Cousteau – world-renowned champion of ocean conservation and environmental protection – on our special-edition sailings in Peru for a unique opportunity to experience the Amazon the perspective of a conservationist: Listen to evening talks and join the conversation with Jean-Michel as you learn about international conservation from a true expert. Get on board…

We’ve been there: Christine Boecker recently visited the Amazon region and will call on her first-hand experience to plan your perfect Amazon adventure.

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A sample of our Amazonas Experiences:

Brazil:

Peru:

Ecuador:

Enquire about more Amazon trips here

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More about the mighty Amazon River:

The Amazon River is situated on the Equator and drains the entire northern half of South America. This mighty river is ± 6400 km’s long and occupies 7 million km². Its tributaries reach across seven countries, including including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Venezuela, feeding the largest tropical rainforest in the world.

The surrounding Amazon Jungle is sparsely populated and includes vast areas that are virtually inaccessible. One could spend a lifetime exploring its immense interior, and we have selected a few options to get you started.

Cruising the Amazon at any time of the year promises rich rewards with breathtaking opportunities to view and photograph magnificent plant and animal life unlike anywhere else on earth.
If seeing the glorious Amazon rainforest at its lushest and getting up close to lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying slightly cooler temperatures) sounds most attractive, then the high water (rainy) season between December and May might be your best choice.
If jungle hikes and spotting exotic migratory birds appeals most to you, while still having the chance to see capuchin monkeys, kinkajou, and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions, you might be happier choosing the warmer, low water season that lasts from June until November.

Along its many tributaries are numerous Eco Jungle Lodges from where you can enjoy various fascinating guided excursions – kayak in flooded forests, trek through the Jungle, zip-line across the Canopy, swim with Pirhanas – the options are endless. Or choose from one of many River Cruises to explore the rich biodiversity that makes up the Amazon River Basin.
All of our suggested itineraries can be extended and customized to suit your time frame and travel budget.

 

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Christine Boecker

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AMAZON in PERU

The Peruvian Amazon covers more than half of the country.
It is an area of great biodiversity due to the high variety of eco-regions.

Amazon River Cruise

Amazon River Cruises

Calling all Conservationists, Foodies, Families and Solo Women Travellers
4 and 8 day Luxury River Cruises in Peru from US$4,860

 

Travellers aboard our 5 star floating boutique hotel join a long tradition of explorers on this great river, beginning with Spaniard Vicente Yanez Pinzon, who became the first European to sail into the Amazon in 1500 and Francisco de Orellana, who travelled its length in 1542.

Amazon River CruiseVenture deep into the Amazon rainforest on our naturalist guided jungle treks and excursions, finding yourself among its extraordinary array of mammals and birds.

This Amazon adventure explores the 5million acres of pristine Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a protected wildlife area teeming with blue-and-yellow macaw, snowy egrets, falcons and Amazon kingfishers in the air, squirrel monkeys, three toed sloths and pink dolphins swimming among colossal Victoria Regia water lilies. After dark you may spot caimans and capybara under the star filled sky.  And when each day’s adventure comes to an end, the comforts of our floating five star boutique hotel await.

Around 30,000 people live along the Amazon River in Pacaya Samiria Reserve, and there are opportunities for meaningful interaction with local people in their villages, living largely as they have for centuries.

Jean-Michel Cousteau – the son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau – environmentalist, educator, and film producer will host two special-edition River Cruises in  2018. This is a unique opportunity to listen to talks and to join the conversation with Jean-Michel as you learn about international conservation from a true expert.
Discover the man and the vision behind the Ocean Futures Society through informal conversations over drinks and relax in the evenings as Jean-Michel provides a personal perspective before you enjoy screenings of some of his award-winning films.

Other cruises include Top Chef hosted departures with Chef Pedro Schiaffino – owner of Malabar, one of the world’s 100 best restaurants and special Women Only Cruises.

Sustainability is big on these expeditions, whether it be giving local communities access to clean water or preserving the Taricaya Turtles, which are facing extinction.

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Cruise Price:
5 day Cruises depart Mondays – from US$4,860* per person
8 day Cruises depart Fridays – from US$8,505* per person

Special Cousteau Sailings: 09 February and 05 October 2018 from $11,150* per person

Single Supplement: 25% of cruise fare

*All meals are included featuring local cuisine created with local products, as well as premium wines and beer.
Children from the age of 7 are welcome, and they can look forward to special activities and kids meals on board.

 

Ship Facts & Deck Plan

Amazon River Cruise

Year Built: 2010 / Refurbished: 2016

Capacity: Up to 32 passengers with private facilities, plus additional accommodation for one child in each cabin.
This floating 5 star boutique hotel features 16 air-conditioned luxury suites on 2 decks. Each suite has a king size or twin beds facing the water with floor to ceiling panoramic windows, as well as a sofa bed for a child. There are 4 interconnecting cabins for families.
Common areas include indoor bar, lounge and dining room; outside lounge, shaded observation deck and jacuzzi; exercise room; massage room and boutique.

Activities: Daily morning and afternoon shore excursion with naturalist guides, offering in-depth knowledge about the Amazon and its wildlife, eco-systems and habitats.
Four auxiliary aluminum launch boats used for shore excursions, equipped with low emission engines. Each boat has a capacity of 8 passengers and is in constant radio communication with the main vessel.
Other activities include kayaking, cycling, fishing, rainforest hiking and cooking classes, as well as interaction with local communities.

Crew: 27, including a cruise director, paramedic and 4 English speaking naturalist guides.

Safety on board: Radio communication with separate battery pack; satellite phone; life jackets, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in each cabin; flares and signals; automatic defibrillator on board.

  • Length: 147 feet / 45 meters
  • Beam: 29.5 feet / 9 meters
  • Draft: 5 feet / 1.5 meters
  • Gross Tonnage: 500 tons
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots
  • Electricity: 220 volts
  • Internal communications system
  • Engines: 2 Cummins 400 HP Marine Engines

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Christine Boecker

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Amazon River Cruise

Tambopata Research Center (FIT-1)

Suggested 5 day itinerary:

Day 1 Puerto Maldonado, Amazon
On arrival at Puerto Maldonado you will be met and transferred to the river port within the Native Community of Infierno. Enjoy a 2½ hour boat ride, passing the village of Infierno and entering the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare Tambopata National.
After dinner at the lodge head to the river bank, scanning the shores with to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

Day 2 Tambopata Research Center
The view from the Canopy Tower is an experience unequaled in the rainforest! At a height of over 25 meters, the Canopy Tower provides a view of the rainforest from the treetops, the best vantage point for observing Amazon wildlife and vegetation.hen paddle around the Oxbow Lake in a canoe, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers and hoping to see the elusive otters. You may also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
Transfer by motorized canoe to Tambopata – a 4½ hour journey that takes you into heart of the reserve and to the Tambopata Research Centre, leaving behind the final traces of human habitation. Here sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species become more frequent.
After checking into your room (with shared bathrooms), enjoy a 3 – 5 km hike along Overlook Trail, which leads to a lookout commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata River winding its way into the lowlands. There is a good chance of seeing Howler- and Dusky Titi Monkeys.
After dinner a local scientist will provide an in-depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

Day 3 Tambopata Research Center
On a clear morning dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate at the clay lick – a raucous and colorful spectacle. Observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots from a hide, discretely located on the river bank.
After breakfast explore Floodplain Trail. This 5 kilometer hike traverses the typical rainforest, with immense trees crisscrossed by creeks and ponds. Keep an eye out for Squirrel-, Brown Capuchin- and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries, who are know inhabitants of the Ficus-, Ceibas- and Shihuahuacos trees.
After lunch navigate by morotized canoe to the Pond Platform, located in the middle of a small pond about 10 minutes upstream. This is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, Sunbittern and Hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, Oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets.
After dinner you may want to join a night hike to discover the noctural animals of the Amazon.

Day 4 Tambopata Research Center
Enjoy an outing to the Macaw Clay Lick at dawn, when the lick is most active.
And after breakfast embark on the 5 km Terra Firme Trail, traversing an entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here, and you may even spot tracks of the rare Tapir.
Return to the lodge for lunch and a siesta. Then hike to the Palm Swamp. Overgrowing an oxbow lake, this swamp provides both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year. The Aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Human demand for these fruits and ideal conditions for planting rice makes this palm swamp one of the most threatened habitats.

Day 5 Puerto Maldonado – Departure
After an early breakfast return by boat to Tambopata River Port and transfer to Pto Maldonado airport in time for your flight to Lima.

Tour Cost: on request
Tour Dates: daily departures
Group Size: min. 2 passengers

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Christine Boecker

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Although Ecuador contains a mere slice of the Amazon, the rainforest here is diverse, with quiet blackwater lagoons, raging chocolately rivers, dense tree canopies and flooded forests. Hundreds of different species of birds, reptiles and insects live in the forest among a rich biodiversity of unique plants and trees.

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 Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve (TL-1)

Experience the natural wonders of this tranquil Amazonian refuge, located in the upper Ecuadorian Amazon region in the northeastern Province of Sucumbíos. Its genetic diversity makes this one of the richest and most complex biological communities in the world.

Suggested 4 Day Itinerary:

Day 1 Quito – Amazon
After a short 30 minute flight from Quito you’ll arrive at the local airport, where you are met and transferred by road to the Cuyabeno Reserve. At “El Puente” (the bridge) the journey continues for another 2 hours by motorized canoe, enjoying the wide variety of flora and fauna along the Cuyabeno River before arriving your lodge around dusk.
Discover the very essence of being in contact with the virgin forest by spending the next 4 days at our lodge, built in partnership with the family members of the local Siona community, who still maintain the customs and traditions handed down from their forefathers.
Check into your room – located in a tree house – featuring private bathrooms with hot running water, bio-degradable soap and shampoo, purified drinking water and insect nets. Facilities at the lodge include a dining room, a bar offering a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a lounge with comfortable sofas and hammocks, and the stargazing octagon.

Days 2 & 3 Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Morning and afternoon excursions from the lodge include:

  • Navigating upstream by motorized canoe towards “Laguna Grande” (Big Lake), while looking for monkeys, pink river dolphins, caymans, Morphos (giant blue butterflies), and many more species of flora and fauna. For the brave-hearts there is an opportunity to swim in the lake with Piranhas – a refreshing experience!
  • Trekking along the Palma Roja (Red Palm) path for an up-close encounter with primary rainforest.
  • Travelling downstream by motorized canoe in search for exotic birds such as Toucans, a variety of Macaws, blue-tailed Emeralds, Hoatzins and Amazon Kingfishers, to name a few.
  • Visiting the village of Puerto Bolivar, home to the Siona peoples. Here you will have the opportunity to make Bannock bread from the root of a plant and to meet the local Shaman and his family. If you like you can even participate in a healing ceremony.

Day 4 Amazon – Departure
After an early breakfast return to ‘the bridge’ by motorized canoe and transfer back to the airport for your flight to Quito.

Tour Price: from US$815 per person, based on sharing accommodation
Tour Dates: weekly departures with flexible length of stay
Group Size: min. 2 passengers

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Christine Boecker

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4, 5 and 7 Day Ecuador Amazon River Cruises

Another way to explore this jungle realm is by travelling along the Napo River on a fabulous, state-of-the-art river boat, specially adapted to explore this truly unique environment and taking you into the heart of Yasuní National Park.

Along the way you will experience many unexpected and astonishing encounters. Discover the Yasuní National Park (the largest on continental Ecuador) – a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Climb observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest, meet the sacred peoples of the Amazon forest, explore black water rivers searching for otters and turtles amongst magical flooded forests and hike along jungle trails learning about the wonderful flora that makes up the eternal green of Ecuadorian Amazonia.

Choose from our 40 passenger luxury ship, built in 2013 featuring 18 suites on 3 decks, as well as a sundeck with Jacuzzis and ‘chill-outs’

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our 30 passenger first class ship with 14 cabins on 3 decks with the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views.
Suites and cabins on both vessels are air-conditioned and feature private bathrooms with hot and cold water, a closet, 110-voltage electricity outlets.

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Although expedition cruising by its very nature is characterized as adventurous, the safety of our staff and passengers is of paramount importance to us. The vessels comply with both national and international safety, security, and environmental standards.

The river boats are fully equipped to handle even the most challenging conditions and are manned by experienced and conscientious expedition staff and crew. They are also equipped with a small fleet of motorized canoes, providing mobility and allowing you to explore even the most remote areas and inaccessible shores. The canoes are rugged and versatile and are operated responsibly by experienced personnel.

Suggested 4 day itinerary:

Day 1 Quito – Yasuní National Park
After a short 30 minute flight from Quito you’ll arrive at the local airport, where you are met and transferred to the dock. From here a motorized canoe navigates down the great Napo River for about 1 ½ hours to board your river boat, which continues travelling downstream.
After sunset enjoy an evening walk to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the sounds of nature.

Day 2 Pañacocha Biological Corridor
Continue downstream to the Pañayacu River delta and experience the sights of this fascinating reserve by canoe. Seek out Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman.
After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ lunch. Then explore the jungle trails and return to the river boat for dinner.

Day 3 Clay Licks – Sani Warmi & Yasuní National Park
After breakfast on board set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles – the parrot licks. Pools of mud rich in minerals attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazons on a clear day.
Later visit an interpretation center, where a group of Kichwa women will share their customs, cuisine and everyday life. The center showcases their culture and is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. You will also have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs.
Return to the boat for dinner and end your day with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).

Day 4 Amazon – Departure
After an early breakfast return by motorized canoe and transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito.

5 and 7 day cruises travel further down the Napo River and deeper into the Amazonian jungle and are available upon request. Ask Christine Boecker, Amazon travel expert, to suggest the perfect Amazon River Cruise for you!

Tour Dates: weekly departures
Tour Cost: on request

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AMAZON in BRAZIL

AMAZONIA is the largest region of Brazil and also the largest area of tropical rainforest in the world, having become a worldwide synonym of biodiversity. In relation to the rest of the country, it is sparsely populated and includes vast areas that are virtually inaccessible, despite countless attempts at taming the jungle through agriculture, industrial development and farming.

Our Amazon Expedition Cruises venture deep into the remote wilderness rainforest of Brazil, voyaging far up the least inhabited major river in the Amazon Basin: the Rio Negro.

Explore areas very rarely visited and seek out the mysterious life that stirs in the heart of the rainforest, including a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Amazon, the Central Amazon Conservation Complex and the largest reserve in the entire Amazon rainforest.

Skilled naturalists point out rarely seen creatures and take you to visit small villages along the small tributaries to learn of the culture of pioneer families. Walk in the rainforest, kayak in remote flooded forests, swim in the Rio Negro, and fish for Piranhas. These expedition cruises are some of the most authentic cruises in the Amazon region.

A sample of our Amazon experiences in Brazil:

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