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Amazon River Cruises in Peru

Amazon River Cruises in Peru

The town of Iquitos is Peru’s “Gateway to the Amazon”—an isolated outpost accessible only by boat or plane. The city sits right on the banks of the Amazon River, offering easy access for river cruises on this famous South American waterway. Here’s what you need to know about cruising the Amazon River in Peru.

Day Cruises

A day cruise only gives you a tiny glimpse of the mighty Amazon River, but it’s a worthwhile excursion, especially for travelers in a time crunch. A typical boat tour will navigate the waters of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve for the chance to spot pink and gray river dolphins, as well as spider monkeys and colorful macaws in the surrounding jungle. Depending on the itinerary, you might also have time for a stop in Nauta to explore the local market.

Multi-Day Cruises

Multi-day cruises through the Amazon rain forest can last anywhere from three days to a week. Sleep in jungle lodges or aboard a luxury river vessel. Different itineraries explore different parts of the region, but almost always include wildlife excursions in search of sloths, monkeys, tropical birds, and local flora (like the giant water lily); night walks; and visits to indigenous villages.

Things to Know

  • Day cruises on the Amazon from Iquitos last up to 10 hours, while multi-day itineraries range from three to eight days.

  • Cruise boats can access more tributaries of the river during the wet season, but the dry season is better for hiking excursions through the jungle.

  • Don’t forget to pack insect protection in the form of repellant and protective clothing.

  • Most travelers arrive in Iquitos via a connecting flight from Lima.

  • Cruises on the Peruvian Amazon either depart from Iquitos or Nauta, about 90 minutes away.

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Amazon Jungle 4-Day Adventure from Iquitos

Amazon Jungle 4-Day Adventure from Iquitos

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Become an Amazon jungle explorer on this 4-day, 3-night, excursion to a jungle lodge situated deep in the confines of this famous forest. Scout for local wildlife like sloths, monkeys, birds, caimans, piranhas and more as you enjoy river boat rides, visit an Amazonian village, and enjoy the atmosphere of this incredible outdoor environment. Most meals and accommodation are included.
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  • 4 days
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4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Aria'

4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Aria'

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Ply the waters of the Amazon River in high style aboard the luxurious Aria ship on this incredible 4-day cruise. This all-inclusive experience offers an intimate opportunity to observe Amazon wildlife like howler monkeys, macaws and pink dolphins, and visit local indigenous villages, all while enjoying the creature comforts of your very own high-end river yacht. This once-in-a-lifetime river cruise includes round-trip airport transfers, 3 nights accommodation on the ship, a guide and all meals and activities.
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8-Day Camping and River Cruise in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

8-Day Camping and River Cruise in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is located in the province of Loreto, between the Marañón and Ucayali rivers. This 8-day, private tour will cover a great portion of the reserve by water and hiking on land. You will spend your nights in tents and rustic lodges, allowing you to get up close and personal with nature. You will see pink dolphins, monkeys, capybaras, sloths, and multiple types of birds, among other species.
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4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Delfin II'

4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Delfin II'

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Discover the incredible natural wilds of Peru's Amazon jungle on a 4-day luxury cruise. Depart from Iquitos and journey deep into the rainforest aboard the Delfin II, a luxury vessel with just four spacious suites and endless amenities, including Peruvian gourmet meals. Split your days between relaxing onboard and active adventures: things like meandering through forest canopies and fishing for toothy piranha, getting up close with spider monkeys at the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve and sussing out herons, pauraques and fish bats during a night safari.
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  • 4 days
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