6 Nt Post-Cruise Amazon Explorer

Tour description

Travel to a destination where new species are still being discovered.  A destination that few travellers can lay claim to.  Explore the Peruvian jungle in a luxury that few would expect to find.  


Contact Silversea reservations to add this programme to a booking.


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their departure flight from Lima, Peru for departure after 10:00PM.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 (Saturday) - BALTRA / LIMA

Disembark in Baltra and transfer to the airport.  Upon arrival in Guyaquil, you are provided a boxed lunch and assisted with your transfer within the airport for the flight to Lima.  Once there, you are met and transferred from the airport to the Westin Hotel.  After check-in, the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru


DAY 2 (Sunday) - LIMA

Enjoy breakfast this morning at the hotel before you embark on a city tour beginning with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, the official center of the city and the original site upon which Lima was founded.  Visit the historic Cathedral, which is an architectural masterpiece.  From the Cathedral, walk past the Presidential Palace where the soldiers guarding the palace offer an excellent photo opportunity, and on to the Church of San Francisco and its library and collection of fine paintings and frescoes.  Then, leaving the historic center, you are driven through modern Lima to visit the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro.


Return to the hotel at the end of the morning.  The balance of the day, as well as lunch and dinner, are at your leisure.


Overnight at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru  


DAY 3 (Monday) - ABOARD THE M/V ARIA

Following breakfast, enjoy the morning at your leisure.  You may wish to take some time to visit the Larco Museum.  Housed in a former mansion, itself built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple, the museum offers a varied collection of 3,000 years of ceramic, textile and precious metal artifacts. There are also mummies that show off the different ways ancient cultures, including the Incas, preserved their dead.   This is one of the rare museums that permit visitors into their store rooms to see items that are not on display.


Shortly after you enjoy lunch on your own it's time to depart for the airport for the flight to Iquitos. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the town of Nauta, 95 km away.  Here, the m/v Aria is waiting.  As you begin your voyage, enjoy the fantastic view from the upper Deck.  You are embarking on a spectacular adventure, to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travellers.


This evening participate in the safety drill and introductory briefing before dinner is served in the Dining Room.  Afterward, you may wish to enjoy a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring.


DAY 4 (Tuesday) - ABOARD THE m/v ARIA

Enjoy an early breakfast this morning before you disembark the ship.  Activities for today vary slightly by season with December to May considered the 'high water' season and June to November as the 'low water' season.  Though the excursions are relatively similar all year long, during the high-water season you are able to explore further afield in the launches while in the low-water season you're on the ground hiking along trails.


In the morning, climb aboard the launch to explore a beautiful section of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, known as the "Forest of Galleries", where two eco-zones come together allowing the sightings of different species of birds and monkeys. This area is very rich in flora.  You have the opportunity to see a great diversity of bromeliads and learn more of the amazing ecosystem generated in their leaves.  Sightings may include parrots, macaws, monkeys, and, with luck, one of the many hawks in the area.


This morning's activities have surely piqued your appetite and the chef is happy to introduce you to the finest of Peru's cuisine.   Following lunch, take some time for a siesta or simply relax on deck with a good book (and your binoculars!).  


Late in the afternoon, debark from the ship for a guided walk and a visit to a local village.  Native people engage in subsistence farming and are happy to show how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees for income.  A Walk deeper into the jungle as your guide points out several important trees and plants still used for medicinal purposes.


Dinner this evening is another delight-filled adventure.  Later, relax on deck and look up at the sky, where the feast continues, with millions of sparkling stars set against the deep black night or perhaps a full moon that lights up the entire river.



DAY 5 (Wednesday) - ABOARD THE m/v ARIA

An early start to the day is scheduled for all guests.  Today, you have your choice of excursions:  


Option 1 is a full-day guided hike with a naturalist through the jungle.  Spend today at the very heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, by far the largest protected wetland reserve in the world.   Filled with lakes, palm swamps, and streams, the reserve becomes a flooded forest in the rainy season.   As the launch navigates the waterways, watch for parrots, macaws, toucans, kingfishers, black collared hawks, southern swallows, white winged swallows, and manikins. Search for different species of monkeys, such as small family groups of red howler monkeys, the largest in the Amazon basin, with its bright rust-colored fur and long prehensile tail.


A generous picnic lunch is served in the forest at mid-day.  As the day starts to heat up, continue along the shores of the Pacaya river, spotting huge ceiba or kapok trees, mahogany trees, strangler figs, epiphytes such as bromeliads and orchids, palm trees and woody vines.


Option 2 offers two different experiences.  In the morning your guide provides an explanation of various sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia.  Visit one of these projects where villagers are planting palms from which to draw palm oil.  Then, your guide accompanies you on a walk  in the forest where you can learn about the numerous plants that grow so abundantly in this pristine environment.  Many are used by local peoples for traditional medicine.  Keep an eye open for a wide variety of birds and monkeys.


Return to the ship for lunch and some free time.  An afternoon siesta is a time honoured tradition in South America!   As the afternoon comes to a close, depart the ship for a second excursion that focuses on the caiman population in this area.  Though smaller than their North American cousins, the caiman is important to maintaining the balance of nature in the Amazon.


All guests return to the ship in the early evening where, once again, the chef and his team have prepared a very sophisticated meal in the midst of the jungle.  Relax and enjoy the evening as the ship continues on its course.


Day 6 (Thursday) - ABOARD THE m/v ARIA

Board the launch as dawn breaks over the jungle.  As the light comes up, a host of wildlife including parrots, macaws, toucans and monkeys join in a raucous greeting.  A 'bag breakfast' of light sandwiches and fresh juice is served on board.  The highlight of the morning is the stop near a popular dolphin feeding spot.


Return to the m/v Aria for lunch.  


In 'high water' season, the launch takes you straight to Lake Charo.  Once there,  it's time to break out the fishing gear to fish for piranhas and other species.  These small, sharp-toothed carnivorous fish have a big reputation for being scary.  Imagine the 'fish tales' you'll be able to tell when you get home!


In 'low water' season, this afternoon's excursion sees you navigating from the Amazon River through the Huaysi Canal to explore the dark waters of the Tahuayo River. Lifejackets, ponchos, rubber boots and freshwater are provided.  Keep your binoculars handy to see the abundant wildlife: sparrows, hawks, monkeys and sloths that share this marvellous location with you.  Spend some time fishing in Lake Charo before heading back to the ship.


Your farewell dinner is served back on board the ship.


Day 7 (Friday) - DEPART THE AMAZON

An early breakfast is served again this morning.  This allows you a final opportunity to board the launches and meet visit the lively riverside community of Belen, near Iquitos.  Learn about the local culture and traditions as you visit the local food market.  


As the morning comes to a close, return to the m/v Aria.  A special lunch menu that highlights the best of Amazon cuisine is served.  


Finally it's time to disembark the ship.  But, if time permits, there is one more special experience in store before you reach the airport.   A quick stop at the Manatee Rescue Center will introduce you to these gentle giants and you may actually be able to feed one if you like.  


Check-in at Iquitos Airport for the flight to Lima.  Once there, you should make your connection for your international flight home.  


Please Note:  Do not schedule your international departing flight for any earlier than 10:00 PM.  As of December, 2012 the flight intended to take you from Iquitos to Lima is scheduled to land in Lima at approximately 7:50PM.  Flight delays are quite common and any additional expenses incurred as a result are the responsibility of the guest.  


Program Inclusions:

One-night stay in a Superior Room at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru

Four-night stay aboard the m/v Aria, First Deck Suite Accommodations

Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Guayaquil/Lima/Iquitos/Lima - upgrades to Business Class are available for an additional cost only on the Guayaquil / Lima portion of this trip.

Meals:  Six breakfasts; three lunches and three dinners

Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles

Flight Details:

Day 1 - Guayaquil / Lima - approximately one hour and 55 minutes

Day 2 - Lima / Iquitos - approximately one hour and 40 minutes

Day 5 - Iquitos / Lima - approximately one hour and 15 minutes

Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) for domestic flights in Peru.  Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Peruvian flights; as of January, 2013, overweight charges are US $35.40 for overweight luggage/ $70.80 per extra piece of luggage. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage.

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

This program requires participants to be physically fit and able to walk through uneven and/or slippery terrain.  The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.



Please note:

·        Families & Children: 7 year old age minimum.

·        Arrival & Departure: The m/v Aria Amazon Luxury cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru. Embarkation aboard M/V Aria is at approximately 6:00pm on Day 3 (Monday) of the itinerary above. Disembarkation is at 4:00pm on Day 7 (Friday).   Please plan your international flights to depart from Lima after 10:00PM.  

·        We highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance.

·        Gratuities to guides, drivers and shipboard staff,  and meals other than those noted in itinerary, are not included in the price of this program.  

·        Individual, personal expenses are not included in the price of this program.

·        Charges for alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and other personal expenditures aboard the m/v Aria are the sole responsibility of the guest.

·        Silversea Air Programme guests may be provided flights on LAN Peru in order to participate in this program.   Flights are subject to availability, and any changes to the carrier will affect the selling price of the program.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.