Welcome to the Amazon! Reached only by airplane or boat, the bustling city of Iquitos is the 5th largest city in Peru and the beginning of your Amazon adventure!. You will be met at the airport and comfortably transported 2 hours by road to the town of Nauta. Here you will embark our modern and newly built river boat, the M/V Cattleya. Upon arrival, take some time to settle in, relax and have a drink as you get to know your fellow passengers. There will never be more than 8 guests, so you will have the opportunity to make life-long friends. We will conduct a safety drill and explain everything you need to know about the M/V Cattleya to have a safe and fun adventure. Savor the first of many wonderful dinners by our talented chef as we begin our journey along the Amazon.
Board our excursion boat for a day-long excursion in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest reserve in Peru and the second largest in all the Amazon. Travel by excursion boat from Yanayacu Creek to the remote Yarina Cocha. We will take a rainforest hike and you will experience the huge biodiversity that the rainforest is known for. Watch for monkeys, sloths, tree-frogs, iguanas, pink and gray river dolphins, and many varieties of bird species. Examine and learn first-hand about jungle plants – their unique survival tactics as they compete for sun and nutrients in the dense rainforest, the part they play in sustaining the complex balance of life in the jungle and the important medicinal value they offer.
In the morning we depart for our next adventure – a spectacular tour of the rainforest from its canopy. Take a short hike to the canopy walkway – a suspended bridge spanning over 500 meters (1/3 of a mile) connected by platforms in the rainforest treetops. Experience a unique view of the rainforest flora and fauna from heights reaching 35 meters (115 feet). After this breathtaking experience, enjoy lunch and some free time aboard the M/V Cattleya. In the afternoon we will visit one of the local villages to gain a deeper insight into how people live in Amazon. Meet a local shaman, participate in a traditional ceremony of spiritual healing. Before you depart, you will have the opportunity to view and purchase some of their handicrafts and delightful folk art.
In the morning we slowly meander up-river toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers, famous for marking the beginning of the mighty Amazon River. Observe small villages that dot the river’s edge and catch a glimpse of the locals’ activities as they go about their day. As we turn into the Ucayali River, the famous freshwater gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins frequently swim near the boat. We will board our sturdy excursion boats to explore the channels that weave through island mazes so we can get a closer look at the wildlife that abounds such as monkeys, sloths, frogs, and an amazing variety of marsh birds. At this point hope you really enjoy your journey and would be nice to give us a feedback.
Recently, I had the privilege of experiencing an Ucamara expedition. The food, service and comfort are deserving of accolades. The owner Jesus Mesia was absolutely delightful, knowlegeable and thoughtful. I enjoyed every minute of this once in a lifetime vacation. I want to reiterate how outstanding the gourmet food was. The chef is amazing. Again, everything was perfect. Sleeping at night and hearing the critters of the Amazon “talk” was a once in a lifetime pleasure. I highly recommend Ucamara Expeditions to anyone who is looking for the perfect Amazon River adventure!
The quality, presentation and use of local ingredients still make my mouth water! You probably know better than I how magical the Amazon is, but the skill and knowledge of the naturalist on our last trip was amazing. We learned so much about your incredible Amazon. I can’t wait to introduce my friends to Ucamara Expeditions and the Amazon River Experience.
Thank you so much for a wonderful trip in the rain forest of the Amazon. I never, ever dreamed this trip could be so wonderful! Your intelligence about the Amazon is unbelievable! And you would do anything to make the trip as wonderful for all of us as you possibly could. You were absolutely the best leader we could have ever asked for!!!!!!!
We just returned from a fabulous 8 day cruise aboard the Cattleya. The crew couldn’t have better. Special thanks to Neil and Victor our guides, to Winston for all his great bird sightings and to Jimmy for managing the dining room so well. We were incredibly impressed with the food prepared by Isaac and I can say that we haven’t eaten at a better restaurant any place in the world. He is a 5 star chef.
We stayed on the Cattleya for four nights at the end of August and had a great time. The naturalists were awesome (it was so cool to see how excited they were to find the animals) and the crew were wonderful (they really took the time to make sure we were looked after). We appreciated the opportunities to visit with the local villagers and to get an insight into their lives. Thank you!
Knowing the beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna of the Peruvian Amazon and the ancestral customs and traditions, Jesús & Isabel decided to fulfill one of their biggest dreams; trip in our main boutique vessels with all the amenities and services designed especially for guests with travel experience around the world. Ucamara Expeditions is proud to introduce luxury expeditions aboard the remarkable, new Cattleya, Spondias and Acacia ships so perfectly suited to their environment, even mother nature would be proud. While cruising the Amazon River, guests will explore one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world, and immerse themselves in the most biologically diverse region on earth.