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Meandering among Giant Water-lilies on smaller crafts to explore secluded channels
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Hearing the flourish of wildlife sounds along the river at dawn
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Watching macaws emerging from their night roosts
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Scanning for the eyeshine of nocturnal wildlife
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Observing freshwater dolphins breaking the water's surface

Amazon Rainforest Expedition Cruise

Feb 21-29, 2020

9 days | Peru | 50th Anniversary

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“I’m thrilled to present this wonderful Amazon voyage of discovery.
Our first expedition here in 2018 met with rave reviews. Now, we’re heading back for another unparalleled opportunity to comfortably experience this region deservedly noted for its tremendous biodiversity. Our excellent local guides, who are from this region, will help us to see the innumerable subtleties of the habitats as they see them. There are limited spots available on this exclusively chartered departure, so don’t delay in reserving your cabin!” 
— Justin

The fabled Amazon rainforest is a place where lines are blurred. Mighty rivers and their tributaries not only interweave the megadiverse forests but also invade large tracts during “high water”, creating a unique mosaic of habitats. We invite you aboard our exclusively chartered 38-passenger expedition vessel to discover the great diversity and beauty of these habitats and their resident wildlife on a journey we’ve tailored especially for Quest Expeditioners.

From our meeting point at Lima, we’ll fly over the Andes to Iquitos, a surprisingly sophisticated city that has no roads to the outside world. Here we’ll board the Zafiro and sail upstream on the Amazon and along the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, wedged between two important Amazon tributaries.

We’ll skirt past the buttressed trunks of trees that tower like rocket ships and hone in on many fantastic and colourful birds, watch for monkeys and sloths, and see orchids and bromeliads clinging to the limbs of overhanging trees. We’ll watch for the spectacular Giant Water-lily and Pink River Dolphins in the waters below, and anticipate the possibility of spotting the Harpy Eagle, one of the world’s fiercest predators.

During the day and sometimes at nights too, we will walk in the forest or use specially designed excursion boats to investigate tributaries and lagoons that radiate off the main river. Our excursions are accompanied by local expert naturalists with vast knowledge of the rainforest. They will complement our experience by providing evening presentations on the region’s history, geography, and wildlife in air-conditioned comfort.

We are excited to offer a four-night post-trip birding extension to the Andean cloud forests of northern Peru. This rarely explored region is rich in endemic birds and highland specialties, including the bizarre Oilbird, the splendid Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and a myriad of colourful tanagers. One of our prime targets is seeing the spectacular display flight of the male Marvelous Spatuletail -- considered by some to be the most beautiful hummingbird in the world! Information forthcoming. We are also offering an extension to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Please contact us to indicate your interest.
50th Anniversary Quest Nature Tours Expedition Cruise Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6945-US$9045 (depending on cabin, incl. T&G)
Group Size:
Limited to 36 participants
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What’s included: Accommodation in double or triple occupancy, in hotel or aboard Zafiro, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation, domestic flights, park entrance fees, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as described in the itinerary, services of Quest Leader Jean Iron and local guides. Taxes and gratuities of US$350 are included.

"We saw many sloths, and a number of species of monkey, and the pink and grey river dolphins." - 2018 Traveller
"I thought going into the villages and meeting the people who lived there was fabulous. It was unexpected (for a natural history tour) and extremely interesting. Thanks for that!"

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Lima
2Fly to Iquitos, board the Zafiro
3Amazon tributaries near the junction of the Río Marañon and Ucayali
4 - 5Amazon River / Río Ucayali
6Dorado and/or Zapote Creek
7Travel up the Río Marañon
8Río Marañon above Nauta
9Disembark in Iquitos, fly to Lima, depart
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Ship Information

The Zafiro – meaning sapphire, a type of precious stone, in English – is a state-of-the-art luxury Amazon River vessel, that began sailing the Peruvian Amazon in October 2015. Passengers can expect the same highly-trained expert guides, hospitality and attention to detail on board, but the difference being her stylish design and modern facilities. Her 19 spacious suites feature all mod-cons, with air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and magnificent views from floor to ceiling windows and for those on the Upper Deck, their private balconies too. The boat itself has exercise and massage rooms, and an outdoor Jacuzzi on her rangy Observation Deck, itself equipped with sunloungers and bar lounge.

Your Tour Leader

Dan Riskin, PhD, is a television personality, scientist, and author. He is best known in Canada as the co-host of Discovery's flagship science program, Daily Planet, and elsewhere as the host of Animal Planet's hugely successful show about parasites, Monsters Inside Me. He is passionate about wildlife, especially the underappreciated creatures that he thinks deserve a closer look.

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50th Anniversary Quest Nature Tours Expedition Cruise Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6945-US$9045 (depending on cabin, incl. T&G)
Group Size:
Limited to 36 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodation in double or triple occupancy, in hotel or aboard Zafiro, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation, domestic flights, park entrance fees, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as described in the itinerary, services of Quest Leader Jean Iron and local guides. Taxes and gratuities of US$350 are included.

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