cruise boat on the amazon river in peru

The yacht Aqua on the Amazon RIver

Journey in comfort aboard the 24-guest yacht Aqua, enjoying nature walks, cultural exploration, and excursions by skiff.

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Amazon River Expedition

Exploring the Waterways of Peru’s Amazon aboard the Aqua

Amazon River Expedition route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6650  
Length: 8 days
Arrive: Iquitos, Peru
Depart: Iquitos, Peru
Lodging: 7 nights aboard 24-guest luxury vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures, River Cruises
Trip Level: Nature walks, cultural exploration, excursions by skiff
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Highlights

  • Nature walks, cultural exploration, excursions by skiff
  • Outstanding wildlife includes a variety of monkeys, freshwater dolphins, sloths, iguanas
  • Enjoy village visits, learn about conservation projects, search for birds and medicinal plants, fish for piranha!

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Visa Requirements

US citizens do not need a visa for Peru. A tourist card will be issued to you on the flight to Lima. Half of the card is collected upon your entry to the country, and you keep the other half to present upon your departure.

The mighty Amazon River is home to 2.5 million square miles of rainforest—one of the earth’s largest and most intact wildernesses. Aboard the luxury yacht Aqua, we explore its many wonders as we journey in style along the Ucayali and Marañon rivers, the two largest tributaries of the Amazon, and through the remote Pacaya Samiria National Park and Reserve, set deep within the rainforest at the headwaters of the Amazon. This vast wetland reserve is a haven for Amazonian flora and fauna, a world filled with birds in neon-bright colors, playful monkeys, graceful hawks and herons, and millions of butterflies. As we cruise along, we’ll try our hand at fishing for piranha, visit riverside communities to witness their culture and traditions, learn about the area’s conservation and sustainability projects, and enjoy night excursions by skiff under a canopy of sparkling stars. There are two seasons in the Amazon: low water (June to November) and high water (December to May). Each season offers extraordinary experiences of the Amazon.

Itinerary

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LOW WATER ITINERARY
(June to November)

Despite its name, the low water season still exhibits some heavy rains. This is the warmer season on the Amazon River, with temperatures averaging about 98°F. A key difference between visiting Peru in this season versus the high water season is that trails and jungle paths flooded from December to May are now easily accessible, allowing us to explore deep in the jungle by foot (and accompanied by fewer mosquitoes than during the flooded season). The flip side of this is that water levels on the Amazon River and its tributaries are much lower from June to November, which means that many of the creeks and lakes that we visit during the rainy season are inaccessible. Lower water levels, however, can be a bonus in another way: during these months fishing is 100 percent guaranteed and you stand a fair chance to catch a piranha. And while you are farther below the birds that roost in the Amazon jungle canopy, you will have the chance to see dozens of species of migratory birds in flight, something you would completely miss during the high water season.

Day 1
Iquitos / Embark

Arrive in Iquitos, Peru, in the late afternoon. You will be met for a transfer to the main wharf, where we embark on the M/V Aqua and begin our journey on the legendary Amazon River. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner and cruise orientation. The wonderful cuisine aboard the Aqua is created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of the best in Lima. All meals included aboard the Aqua.

Day 2
Tahuayo River and Charo Lake / Yacapana Islands

We’re up early to catch our first glimpse of the majestic Amazon River while watching the sun rise over this verdant world filled with wonderful wildlife. We board our comfortable excursion skiffs to explore the Tahuayo black water river. As we float down the Tahuayo, we occasionally see fishermen paddling in their dugout canoes. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth share this wonderful environment with us. Upon arrival at Charo Lake, we can bait our hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia’s fearsome piranhas (and other fish as well). In the afternoon we visit the Yacapana Islands, locally known as the “Iguana Islands” because of the huge resident population of these reptiles. As the sun sets, we enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. The people of the Amazon believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. In the evening we return to the Aqua for a relaxing meal and stargazing on the deck.

Day 3
Marañon River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

In the morning we visit a sustainable resource management project where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil, and also see artificial nests created on the sand that protect turtle eggs. Then we head deep into the jungle, where we encounter wildlife and learn firsthand about the important medicinal value of jungle plants, as well as see the famous kapok trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. On a late afternoon skiff excursion, we are likely to see howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, and a vast variety of birds. We may also spot at least several kinds of primates—the 13 species of monkeys resident in the national park include tamarins, dusky titi monkeys, and pigmy marmoset monkeys. We’ll also watch for some of the more than 200 species of birds. As the sun sets and our searchlight comes on, we look for caimans, tree boas, tarantulas, and frogs.

Day 4
Yucuruche Lake / Birthplace of the Amazon / Puerto Prado Village Visit / Nauta

An early morning skiff excursion brings us along the Ucayali River to Yucuruche Lake, where we walk a little way into the jungle to see the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, or Victoria Amazonica. Later, the Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. We board the skiffs to view one of the great spectacles of the southern hemisphere: the birthplace of the Amazon River. Here—where the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form the world’s greatest waterway—nature is at its most dramatic. Our morning excursion is accompanied by abundant bird song as we glide in small boats past riverbanks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds. We then travel by skiff to Puerto Prado, a native village where we’ll meet and interact with the hospitable native Cocama Indians. They will share their culture, traditions, and folklore with us, and we’ll have the opportunity to purchase some of their handicrafts and delightful folk art. In the afternoon, we dock at Nauta, founded in the 1930s. Nauta is very important to the local river communities, as it is the port where they come to sell their produce. We will take a leisurely walk through town to experience what life in a large river community is like.

Day 5
Ucayali River / Magdalena / Puinahua Canal

We set out early this morning to explore the Ucayali River, the Amazon’s largest tributary. Sightings may include slow-moving three-toed sloths, prehistoric-looking iguanas, and many birds, including orioles and horned screamers. Later, we stroll through the village of Magdalena, a small community of just 10 families. After meeting the inhabitants, including lots of lively and curious children, we head through the jungle with our naturalist guides to a beautiful lake that is home to the world-famous Victoria Amazonica, the giant water lily that can reach up to nine feet in diameter. In the afternoon, we cruise the majestic Ucayali River, with a chance to meet the native balseros, or fishermen, who demonstrate their skills and show us their catch, including a type of armored catfish with a shell-like skin. We are also likely to spot and have a chance to photograph the “banana balsero” rafts loaded with hundreds of clusters of bananas as they drift downriver to market. Birdlife we may observe includes woodpeckers, parrots, macaws, toucans, and dozens of species of migratory birds in flight.

Day 6
Puinha River / Hatum Posa Lake / Pacaya River

A morning jungle walk near the village of Hatum Posa introduces us to native people who practice subsistence farming. They will show us how they cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm income. Deep in the primary forest, our guides will also show us the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle—the source of many of the world’s pharmaceutical products. In the late afternoon, we take our skiffs along the Pacaya River toward Yanayacu Lake, where we can view abundant life of the deep rainforest. We may see saki monkeys, with their gray and black bodies, naked faces, and long shaggy tails, capuchin monkeys, and the easy-to-spot howler monkeys, who leap long distances from tree to tree. As the sun sets, we hear the loud, ferocious-sounding warning signals made by the howler monkeys as they mark their territories. When night falls, we will hear the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as other nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the treetops. We will use our special spotlights to locate night creatures, with the possibility of seeing caimans.

Day 7
Pacaya River / Puinahua Village Visit

We go out early in the morning on our skiffs, with our guides pointing out parrots, macaws, toucans, and many different types of monkeys. Heading to the dolphin feeding spots along the Pacaya River, we enjoy a light breakfast and fresh juice while surrounded by these delightful creatures. After breakfast, armed with poles and bait, we travel to a special place on this fish-rich river where we can catch some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin. The key target will be piranhas, the small carnivorous fish with a fearsome reputation—they are considered a good food source by the locals. In the afternoon we have an optional walk to a riverside village, where we witness the way of life in these communities of fishermen and farmers. Returning to the Aqua, we enjoy a festive farewell dinner, then sail downstream all night as we make our way to Iquitos.

Day 8
Iquitos / City Tour / Depart

In Iquitos, we visit the lively riverside community of Belen by skiff—our last chance to see how people live along the Amazon. The town is the market hub of the Peruvian Amazon, and the locals throughout the region sell and purchase goods here. Alternatively, we can take a short skiff ride to visit the Boras indigenous community on the Momon River. The Bora tribe has made every effort to maintain its traditional culture since arriving from deep inside the rainforest more than 30 years ago. After lunch, we explore Iquitos, accessible only by river or air. This bustling town, complete with a house built by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), was once a wealthy center of the rubber industry. Along the way, we visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have seized from local people and fishermen. The resident biologists will give a presentation about the project and its efforts to help these helpless mammals, and we’ll see how the manatees are cared for and prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitat. We also stop at the San Juan Amazonian Indian Market for a last chance to shop for local crafts. We disembark the Aqua and depart on flights back to Lima in the late afternoon.

 

HIGH WATER ITINERARY
(December to May)

Peru’s rainy season runs from December through May. This is a relatively cooler and wetter season when the Amazon region receives a little more than half (60%) of its total rainfall. During the high water season the average temperature is 86°F, only 12 degrees cooler than in the low water season. There are great benefits to traveling to Peru’s Amazon at this time of year. The Amazon Basin’s rivers and streams are about 23 feet higher than they are during the low water season, so that every river, creek and lake is navigable. We are able to explore more of the Amazon’s waterways by skiff, and will have access to areas with more plant life and wildlife than during the low water season. The flooded waterways put travelers much closer to the Amazon jungle canopy, where monkeys play and beautiful Amazon birds like to roost. In fact, you are very likely to see many more mammals, both monkeys and others, during the high water season. Enhanced navigation by water has a flip side—areas to walk and hike are sometimes limited at this time, and there will be more mosquitoes than in the low water season. Fishing in the Amazon River is more limited during these months too, but you still have close to a 50:50 chance to get out your rod and reel and make a catch.

Day 1
Iquitos / Embark

Arrive in Iquitos, Peru, in the late afternoon. You will be met for a transfer to the main wharf, where we embark on the M/V Aqua and begin our journey on the legendary Amazon River. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner and cruise orientation. The wonderful cuisine aboard the Aqua is created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of the best in Lima, All meals included aboard the Aqua.

Day 2
Tahuayo River and Charo Lake / Yacapana Islands

We’re up early to catch our first glimpse of the majestic Amazon River while watching the sun rise over this verdant world filled with wonderful wildlife. We board our comfortable excursion skiffs to explore the Tahuayo black water river. As we float down the Tahuayo, we occasionally see fishermen paddling in their dugout canoes. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth share this wonderful environment with us. Upon arrival at Charo Lake, we can bait our hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia’s fearsome piranhas (and other fish as well). In the afternoon we visit the Yacapana Islands, locally known as the “Iguana Islands” because of the huge resident population of these reptiles. As the sun sets, we enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. The people of the Amazon believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. Once the sun sets and the jungle is dark, we begin our search for caiman, frogs, and different kinds of nightlife. In the evening we return to the Aqua for a relaxing meal and stargazing on deck.

Day 3
Marañon River / Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

We have two options today. On a full day excursion, we travel by skiff from Yanayacu Creek all the way to remote Yarina – Park Ranger Station No. 2. Along the way we may spot howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds. Then we head deep into the jungle, where we encounter wildlife and learn firsthand about the important medicinal value of jungle plants, as well as see the famous kapok trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. We enjoy a hearty picnic lunch at the Park Ranger Station No. 2, before we begin our journey back to our vessel.

On our alternate excursion we visit a sustainable resource management project where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. After lunch and a rest back on the Aqua, we head out to search for the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins—including the unusual pink ones—found in the Amazon, and spot at least several kinds of primates. The 13 species of monkeys resident in the national park include tamarins, dusky titi monkeys, and pigmy marmoset monkeys. We’ll also watch for caiman and some of the more than 200 species of birds. We return to the Aqua for dinner and overnight.

Day 4
Birthplace of the Amazon / Puerto Miguel Village / Nauta Caño

This morning the M/V Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. We board the skiffs to view one of the great spectacles of the southern hemisphere: the birthplace of the Amazon River. Here—where the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form the world’s greatest waterway—nature is at its most dramatic. Our morning excursion is accompanied by abundant bird song as we glide in small boats past riverbanks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds. We then travel by skiff to Puerto Miguel, a native village where we’ll meet and interact with the hospitable inhabitants. They will share their culture, traditions, and folklore with us, and we’ll have the opportunity to purchase some of their handicrafts. On our way back to the Aqua, we navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, where we will have a chance to see the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, or Victoria Amazonica. In the afternoon, we travel to Nauta Caño, part of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve and known as the “Mirrored Forest” due to its glistening black water lagoons. Here we’ll see toucans, parrots, macaws, iguanas, and more. Returning to the Aqua, we can admire a glorious sunset reflected in the waters of the mirrored forest.

Day 5
Ucayali / Yanallpa / Dorado River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

This morning we board the skiffs to explore this amazing black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest and called a “gallery forest” because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we float through this tunnel, we spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys. After lunch aboard the Aqua, we take a magical journey through the “Mirrored Forest,” seeing towering trees reflected in the black water river, while spotting dozens of enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, and a great variety of primates and sloths enjoying nature unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to our vessel, we have the chance to see caimans, frogs, and fishing bats.

Day 6
Puinahua River / Hatum Posa Lake / Pacaya River

We rise early to cruise this beautiful and intricate ox-bow lake. As we follow its shore, we will almost certainly surprise several kinds of monkeys and many types of birds, including terns, neo-tropical cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and horned screamers. We will also take the skiff into other black water lakes linked to this huge lake in the flooded forest. On a jungle walk, our guides introduce us to native people who carry on subsistence farming. They will show us how they cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm income. Deep in the primary forest, our guides will also show us the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle—the source of many of the world’s pharmaceutical products. In the late afternoon, we take our skiffs along the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where we can see the abundant life that is hidden in the deep rainforest. We have chosen this time of day to give you the chance to see the late afternoon activity of the rainforest animals, including fluffy monk saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and the easy-to-spot howler monkeys. As the sun sets, we hear the loud, ferocious-sounding warning signals made by the howlers as they mark their territories. When night falls, we hear the second movement of the rainforest symphony, as other nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the treetops. We will use our special spotlights to locate night creatures, with the possibility of seeing caimans.

Day 7
Puinahua / Pacaya Rivers and Carocurahuayte Lake

Back on the river as the sun rises, we see a treasure trove of wildlife, including parrots, macaws, toucans, and many kinds of monkeys—as well as some “surprise” species that we have never seen before. Heading to the dolphin feeding spots along the river, we enjoy a light breakfast and fresh juice while surrounded by these delightful creatures. After lunch aboard the Aqua, we travel to Carocurahuayte Lake, where we’ll be certain to catch some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin. The key target will be piranhas, the small carnivorous fish with a fearsome reputation—they are considered a good food source by the locals. Leaving the peace and beauty of the jungle behind, we will enjoy our final dinner together, swapping stories about the wonderful experiences shared on the river.

Day 8
Iquitos / City Tour / Depart

In Iquitos, we visit the lively riverside community of Belen by skiff—our last chance to see how people live along the Amazon. The town is the market hub of the Peruvian Amazon, and the locals throughout the region sell and purchase goods here. After lunch, we explore Iquitos, accessible only by river or air. This bustling town, complete with a house built by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), was once a wealthy center of the rubber industry. Along the way, we visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have seized from local people and fishermen. The resident biologists will give a presentation about the project and its efforts to help these helpless mammals, and we’ll see how the manatees are cared for and prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitat. We also stop at the San Juan Amazonian Indian Market for a last chance to shop for local crafts. We disembark the M/V Aqua and depart on flights back to Lima in the late afternoon.

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Note: These cruises are not exclusive Wilderness Travel departures. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest. There are shore excursions featuring nature walks and village visits, and river outings by skiff. It is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

8 day trips depart every Saturday from Iquitos, Peru, all year round.

Oct 26-Nov 2, 2013
Nov 2-9, 2013
Nov 9-16, 2013
Nov 16-23, 2013
Nov 23-30, 2013
Nov 30-Dec 7, 2013
Dec 21-28, 2013
Dec 28, 2013-Jan 4, 2014
Jan 4-11, 2014
Jan 11-18, 2014
Jan 18-25, 2014
Jan 25-Feb 1, 2014
Feb 1-8, 2014
Feb 8-15, 2014
Feb 15-22, 2014
Feb 22-Mar 1, 2014
Mar 1-8, 2014
Mar 8-15, 2014
Mar 15-22, 2014
Mar 22-29, 2014
Mar 29-Apr 5, 2014
Apr 4-12, 2014
Apr 12-19, 2014
Apr 19-26, 2014
Apr 26-May 3, 2014
May 3-10, 2014
May 10-17, 2014
May 17-24, 2014
May 24-31, 2014
May 31-Jun 7, 2014
Jun 7-14, 2014
Jun 14-21, 2014
Jun 21-28, 2014
Jun 28-Jul 5, 2014
Jul 5-12, 2014
Jul 12-19, 2014
Jul 19-26, 2014
Jul 26-Aug 2, 2014
Aug 2-9, 2014
Aug 9-16, 2014
Aug 16-23, 2014
Aug 23-30, 2014
Aug 30-Sep 6, 2014
Sep 6-13, 2014
Sep 13-20, 2014
Sep 20-27, 2014
Sep 27-Oct 4, 2014
Oct 4-11, 2014
Oct 11-18, 2014
Oct 18-25, 2014
Oct 25-Nov 1, 2014
Nov 1-8, 2014
Nov 8-15, 2014
Nov 15-22, 2014
Nov 22-29, 2014
Nov 29-Dec 6, 2014
Dec 20-27, 2014
Dec 27, 2014-Jan 43, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
Per person, double occupancy.

Cabin Category Rate per person
Suite $6,650
Master Suite $7,000

Single Supplement: 25%

Deck Plan

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations aboard the M/V Aqua
  • All meals included aboard ship
  • All beverages (non-alcoholic, house wine and beer)
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
  • Pacaya Samiria Reserve entrance fee
  • Services of naturalist guides

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to/from Iquitos, visa and passport fees, baggage, cancellation and accident insurance, any items of a personal nature including but not limited to laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, satellite telephone charges, and gratuities to guides and crew.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $500
105 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $200 per person
91-120 days prior to departure: $400
90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Arrival & Departure Information

Arrival & Meeting Place

Iquitos Airport, Peru (IQT)

Date: Day 1
Suggested arrival time: 5:15pm

The arrival flight into Iquitos on Day 1 is always on a Saturday. You will be met at the Iquitos Airport by a representative of Aqua Expeditions who will transfer you to the boat for embarkation.

Departure

Iquitos, Peru
Date: Day 8

You will disembark the Aqua at 1:15 pm. There will be a transfer for passengers scheduled for the departing flight from Iquitos back to Lima, which is always a Saturday.

 

Internal flights

We recommend you book the following internal flights:
Day 1: Lan Peru #2382 Lima/Iquitos 4:25 pm/6:20 pm
Day 8: Lan Peru #2381 Iquitos/Lima 1:05 pm/2:45 pm

 

INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL

You are responsible for making your own arrangements for flights to and from Peru. Flights to Iquitos connect through Lima. Since flights typically arrive in Lima either very early in the morning or very late in the evening, you will need to depart the US at least one day before the trip starts. 

You can book a red-eye flight, which arrives in Lima very early in the morning of Day 1 of the tour (and thus requires a long wait for the afternoon connection to Iquitos). Or, you can arrive in Lima the evening before and have a restful overnight at either the airport hotel or a hotel in downtown Lima. We recommend coming in the night before and we can help you with these arrangements.

We also recommend at least a three-hour connection time at the gateway city for the international flight to Lima. Although shorter connecting times are legal, you want to allow some time in case your domestic flight is delayed.

Airlines with the most convenient schedules for this trip include:

American Airlines
Phone: 800-433-7300
www.aa.com 

United Airlines
Phone: 800-538-2929
www.united.com

Delta Airlines       
Phone: 800-241-4141
www.delta.com

Lan Airlines
Phone: 866-435-9526
www.lan.com

 

The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the US.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been reviewed and purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can arrange the appropriate airport transfers. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for the trip.

Flight Reconfirmations

Reconfirm your international flights 72 hours prior to departure to verify check-in and departure times and to learn of any last minute changes. We suggest you check your luggage all the way through from your hometown to your final destination.

Late Arrival

If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact the airlines immediately to rearrange your flight schedule. Once rescheduled, please contact our office at (800) 368-2794 or (510) 558-2488 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time, or leave a message after hours). A hotel contact list is included on the lodging page of your departure notes. If you reach our office after hours, please leave a message for the Wilderness Travel Trip Leader at your first hotel as well. Detailed information with local contacts will be included in your Final Bulletin.

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Should you wish to give family and friends an emergency contact number, please have them call our office. As it may be difficult, expensive, or even impossible to contact you for short periods (especially when you are traveling in remote regions), this should only be used in cases requiring your early return or an immediate phone call. 

Wilderness Travel: (800) 368-2794 or (510) 558-2488.

 

EXTRA HOTEL NIGHTS

Due to airline schedules, an extra overnight may be necessary at either the start or end of your trip. This is an “on your own” expense. We are happy to book extra hotel nights for you.

Aqua

Custom designed in 2007 in a style reminiscent of the vessels from the Rubber Boom era, the 130-foot-long Aqua accommodates a maximum of 24 guests in 12 suites, with additional accommodation for one child in each cabin. Each suite offers the comforts of a five-star hotel, with twin beds that are convertible to California king-size beds, large picture windows, en suite sitting area, private bath with shower, hairdryer, and personal safe. Fully air conditioned throughout, the ship offers comfortable indoor and outdoor lounges with panoramic views, observation deck, dining room serving gourmet Peruvian cuisine, boutique, and satellite phone. The Aqua carries three launch boats and has a crew of 16 plus three naturalist guides.

Deck Plan