Wildife Expedition Programs

Estrella Amazon Riverboat

EARTH’S GREATEST WILDERNESS

The Amazon is a living labyrinth of forests, wildlife and people, all bisected by a storied river meandering 4,200 miles across South America. Cloaked in heavy mist, boasting every shade of green, the heart of the Amazon is a wilderness that has pulled at the spirits of adventurers for centuries. It was that trailblazing spirit that fired the imaginations of our first guests and naturalists as they explored the Peruvian Amazon 34 years ago.

Beyond the untamed frontier along the riverbanks are more than 1,300 species of birds, 40,000 plant species and a vibrant Ribereño culture descended from European and indigenous forebears. Leaving behind only the diminishing wake of our riverboat, journey into the pristine headwaters of the upper Amazon as you create matchless memories and take away a renewed respect for the wonders of our world.

Best Ship on the Amazon

You don’t have to sacrifice comfort and world-class service to discover Earth’s mightiest river. Delve into this pristine wilderness aboard the custom-built La Estrella Amazonica - a riverboat featuring gracious, 21st-century comfort and exceeding Peruvian safety standards. All airy cabins are air-conditioned with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows ensure you are constantly surrounded by rainforest vistas. This custom-built riverboat boasts unrivaled public spaces, including the Amazon’s largest open-air Observation Deck, a modern Lecture Room and even a Fitness Room (a feature frequently requested by past guests).

In-Depth Exploration

In-Depth Exploration When visiting the Amazon, you deserve more than a simple “tour” of this legendary wilderness. Every facet of the Amazon Voyage has been designed to ensure you aren’t a tourist, but someone who truly experiences the nature and culture of the Amazon.

Expert Naturalist Guides

There’s no substitute for experience when it comes to offering travel that’s authentic, educational and fun. That’s why the hand-selected naturalist guides are highly trained and educated natives, each passionate about their country.

“Every aspect of the voyage was well-planned and stress-free for us. All of the hassles of traveling were gone. We were able to experience the Amazon rainforest - something most people only dream about.”
                                                               - Monica M. DeGrauwe of Clinton, Illinois

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8 Day Amazon Wildife Expedition Cruise

La Estrella Amazonica

Unrivaled Expedition ExperiencesLa Estrella Amazonica Cabin

This newly constructed riverboat is not just a new place to stay; it offers you a new way to navigate the mysteries of the Amazon. Imagine stargazing from our purpose-built Observation Deck, the largest of any boat on the Amazon, learning about the stars of the Southern constellations or chatting about local folklore. After drifting down narrow tributaries aboard our sturdy excursion boats or hiking through thick jungle, relax in the enhanced Lecture Room. Each night, guides hold discussions on the history, geography and wildlife in airconditioned comfort. Evening guides’ receptions include not only a complimentary Peruvian cocktail, wine or beer, but a chance to be entertained as the boat’s crew plays traditional music.

Estrella Deck and lounge

Modern Comfort in the WildEstrella deck

La Estrella Amazonica is designed to offer you an unprecedented personal experience in this untamed frontier. Spacious, air-conditioned cabins — each approximately 220 sq. ft. — feature floor-toceiling windows and private balconies, so you are constantly surrounded by rainforest vistas. Cabin interiors feature furniture hand-crafted by Peruvian artisans, plush linens and roomy private baths.

Sample local delicacies and international favorites — including fresh fruits and vegetables purchased along the river. Large windows mean you’ll never miss a dramatic sunset.

Estrella dining room
  • Four cabins on each deck can easily be converted to create two adjoining suites - ideal for families.
  • Guides’ reception with a complimentary wine, Peruvian cocktail, beer or soda onboard daily.
  • Covered, open-air bar stocks cold bottled water, sodas, wine and local beer.
  • For excursions, board two 18-passenger excursion boats accompanied by knowledgeable local naturalists.
  • Ship built following SOLAS and MARPOL international guidelines, and will exceed Peruvian safety standards.
  • International environmental standards guided all ship system designs and operations, making this the most environmentally responsible boat on the Amazon.

Estrella Deck Plan


8 Day La Estrella Amazon Cruise
2016 DEPARTURES
January 2, 9 May 7, 14, 28 September 3, 17, 24
February 13, 27 June 4, 11, 25 October 15, 22
March 12, 19, 26 July 16, 30 November 5, 19
April 9, 16, 23 August 6, 20, 27 December 24, 31
     

8 Day La Estrella Amazon Cruise
2017 DEPARTURES
January 7, 21 May 6, 13, 27 September 2, 16, 23, 30
February 4, 11, 25 June 3, 10, 24 October 7, 14, 21
March 4, 11, 18, 25 July 8, 22, 29 November 4, 18
April 1, 15, 22, 29 August 5, 12, 19, 26 December 16, 23, 30
     

8 Day La Estrella Amazon Cruise Rates
Prices per person.
Lower Deck 2016 2017
Double Occupancy  $3,999 $4,149
Solo Cabin  $3,999 $4,149
Suite Double Occupancy  $4,199 $4,349
Suite Triple Occupancy  $3,399 $3,519
 
Upper Deck 2016 2017
Double Occupancy  $4,199 $4,349
Suite Double Occupancy  $4,399 $4,549
Suite Triple Occupancy  $3,529 $3,649

Limited cabins available for solo travelers on every departure, some with no single supplement fee. Call for availability.

Double Cabin Single Supplement + 50%

Child discount, 7 to 18 years of age is -$500


What’s Included

  • Full educational program with lectures & field interpretation.
  • Nightly guides’ reception onboard with a complimentary beer, wine, Peruvian cocktail or soda.
  • All scheduled transportation by land & boat.
  • Local village & school visits.
  • Cooking demonstration.
  • Tours of colonial Lima & Iquitos.
  • Accompaniment of experienced Expedition Leader.
  • All excursions accompanied by Englishspeaking naturalist guides.
  • Complete pre-departure information to help you get the most out of your expedition.
  • All meals onboard.
  • All transfers, porterage & service charges.
  • Complimentary on-board laundry.
  • In summary, everything except international and in-country airfare; U.S. domestic and international departure taxes; ticketing fee; fuel surcharge; passport fees; tips to guides, Expedition Leader and crew; and items of a personal nature.
8-Day Expedition Itinerary
to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve


Estrella Cruise map
 

Day 1 • Saturday
Lima / Iquitos / Embark La Estrella riverboat / Amazon River
Fly Lima to Iquitos on specified afternoon flight. Greeting upon arrival and transfer to the Estrella riverboat. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers. (Dinner)

Day 2 • Sunday
Origin of the main Amazon River / Río Ucayali

Wake to the everchanging panorama of jungle life. Our first exploration, at the origin of this mighty river, navigates the waterways aboard stable excursion boats to areas where we may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis and yellowheaded caracaras. Venture into the flooded varzea in search of a variety of birds, giant water lilies, monkeys and sloths. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 • Monday
Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
The Pacaya-Samiria is the known home to 450 bird species, 102 species of mammals and over 130 species of reptiles and amphipians. Explore this tangled realm of forest, rivers and lagoons on foot and aboard excursion boats, looking for pink dolphins and wading birds such as horned screamers. Our naturalists share local lore and explain how pink river dolphins use sound to hunt. While exploring, look for monk saki, saddle-backed tamarin and squirrel monkeys. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 • Tuesday
Río Pacaya / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

This morning, enjoy a peaceful breakfast along the blackwater Sapote Creek. Excursion boats grant us deeper access to this vast wetland as we continue to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. At night, board excursion boats for a dramatic sunset picnic and continue into the reserve for a chance to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs and nocturnal wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 • Wednesday
Río Pacaya / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

Once reaching the depths of the reserve we hike through the igapó (seasonally flooded forest) watching the trees for night monkeys. Periodically throughout the year, guests may even release turtle hatchlings. On an afternoon excursion we search for scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks and red howler monkeys. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 • Thursday
Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

Learn about the lives of the Ribereño people as we visit a village perched on the riverbanks. Stroll through their gardens learning about medicinal plants from the village shaman, visit a school or join in a game of soccer. Depending on the villages visited during your voyage, you may also have the opportunity to see an IE-funded water treatment tower. The clean drinking water provided by these towers is having an enormous positive health impact in remote river villages. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 • Friday
Amazon River

Enjoy an early morning birdwatching excursion along the Yarapa River. After breakfast, try your hand at piranha fishing in Ubos Lake before naturalist-guided kayaking on a peaceful stream. Back aboard our ship, take advantage of the open-air top deck, learning to make Peruvian dishes or enjoying a lecture. After dark, float peacefully and listen to the symphony of sound from the forest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 • Saturday
Iquitos / Lima / Home

Disembark in Iquitos. Enjoy a tour of this frontier city. Visit the Las Malvinas urban garden project, which provides environmental education to a local school. Dayrooms are available in Iquitos before we make the late afternoon flight back to Lima and connect with your overnight flights back home. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

 

 

 

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