Rio Amazonas Amazon Cruise

The Historic Boat Museum in collaboration with the Indigenous Cultures Museum in Iquitos, Peru offer 5 day Amazon riverboat cruises on the historic Rio Amazonas at affordable prices, starting at just $899 per person in family cabins.

Two dates are available for
this special offer in 2016:
October 1 – 5, 2016
October 28 – November 1, 2016

Experience the Amazon, its rivers, forests, wildlife, cultures and history on a journey that navigates up the Marañon River along the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. The Rio Amazonas has been restored back to her Victorian charm, creating a wonderful combination of historic atmosphere and comfortable facilities. She is part of the Historic Boat Museum fleet in Iquitos, Peru.

Rio Amazonas



The Rio Amazonas was built on the River Clyde, Scotland by Murdoch & Murray in 1899 as a rubber transport steamship for the Amazon. The Rio Amazonas was commissioned by the firm Miranda & Co. of Belem do Para, which is the city located at the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil. In 1907 she was bought by Braga Sobrinho & Cie and named Braga Sobrinho.

Braga Sobrinho

Adolfo Morey Arias, one of the most successful rubber barons on the upper Amazon purchased her in 1936, changed her name to Arias, and brought the ship up to Iquitos, Peru. The Arias navigated the route from Iquitos to Belem as a cargo and pas-senger ship travelling over 2,000 miles to the mouth of the Amazon.


In the early 1980’s the Arias was converted to a tourist boat and her name was changed to Rio Amazonas. The Rio Amazonas was one of the largest riverboats on the Peruvian Amazon measuring 44 m long and 9 m wide. The ship was converted from steam to diesel in the 1970’s and purchased by AmazonEco in 2010 as a research ship. Last year the Rio Amazonas joined the Historic Boat Museum fleet as a navigating ship travelling to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.




All cabins on this Victorian period style historic riverboat have river-view windows and are fitted with air-conditioning, a desk, wardrobe and private bathrooms, 10 with hot-water showers. The public areas include a dining hall used for meals, lectures and films, an upper-deck bar and a comfortable library with a selection of classic books on Amazonia and its history.

Rio Amazonas Dining Room
Rio Amazonas Library Rio Amazonas Bar
Rio Amazonas Cabin Rio Amazonas Bath


This five-day river cruise will give you a unique Amazon experience that combines relaxed travel on historic boats, wildlife and wilderness experience in rain forests and rivers, and indigenous Amazon village visits where local cultures live intertwined with the rainforest. Staff form the Museum will accompany the trip. The Museum has projects on rainforest conservation, wildlife ecology, sustainable resource use, indigenous cultures, rubber era history and archeology.

Rio Amazonas

Boarding the Rio Amazonas in the town of Nauta, situated near the confluence of the Amazon River, the focus of the journey will be the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a great place to experience the scenery, waterways, forests, wildlife and people in the company of naturalist guides and Museum staff.

A variety of excursions are done each day from the Rio Amazonas including:

  • Morning and evening bird-watching, enjoying magnificent sunrises and sunsets.
  • Trek through the rain forest in search of monkeys and other wildlife.
  • Fish along streams, channels and oxbow lakes.
  • Observe the majestic pink and grey river dolphins.
  • Search for caimans and fishing bats under starlit nights.
  • Visit a local Cocama Indian community involved with rainforest conservation work.
  • Tap rubber and visit a reconstructed rubber tapper’s house.

Once back on board, take your tea with cake as the forests slip past, or sip your Pisco Sour in the Sunset Bar, before enjoying a buffet meal of international and Peruvian cuisine in the large dining room.

Rio Amazonas


Day 1
11 am - Transfer to Nauta by air-conditioned charted bus. Two hours. Welcome talk.
12 pm - Board Historic boat, Depart, Cruise up the Marañon River. Introduction to boat and the Amazon.
1 - 2 pm - Buffet Lunch.
4 - 5 pm - Afternoon Tea, Meeting other passengers and crew.
5 - 7 pm - Sunset observations. Relax.
7 - 8 pm - Buffet dinner.

Day 2
6 - 8 am - Cruise up the Marañon River, bird watching and sightseeing with naturalist guide.
8 - 9 am - Buffet Breakfast.
10 - 12 am - View wildlife and river life along the Marañon. Talk on Pacaya Samiria by experienced naturalist.
1 – 2 pm - Buffet lunch.
3 - 5 pm - Arrive at the mouth of the Samiria River in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
7 – 8 pm - Buffet dinner.
9 – 11 pm - Searching for caimans and nocturnal wildlife from auxiliary boat with wildlife specialist.

Day 3
6 - 8 am - Morning bird and dolphin watching from auxiliary boat, enjoy the tropical sunrise.
8 - 9 am - Buffet Breakfast.
10 - 1pm - Visit to the rubber grove, tap rubber and visit nearby forests.
1 – 2 pm - Buffet lunch.
3 - 5 pm - Fishing excursions with local fishermen.
7 – 8 pm - Buffet dinner.
9 – 11 pm - Searching for caimans and nocturnal wildlife from auxiliary boat with wildlife specialist.

Day 4
6 - 9 am - Buffet Breakfast.
7 - 11 am - Treks in the forest with wildlife biologists.
1 – 2 pm - Buffet lunch.
3 - 5 pm - Visit local Cocama indigenous village, meet the people, learn their culture and dances.
6 pm - Depart Samiria River.

Day 5
6 - 9 am - Morning bird watching from deck with our team
12 - 1 pm - Buffet Lunch and farewells to our crew.
1 pm - Arrive at Nauta and depart on air-conditioned charted bus for Iquitos.
3 pm - Arrive Iquitos to Airport or Hotel.



$899 per person in a Triple or Quad cabin. Great for 3 or 4 person family or friends.
$1,160 per person in a Twin-Share Double cabin, perfect for couples.
$1,500 in a Single cabin

All prices are per person in USA Dollars for the 5 day cruise.

INCLUDED: Ground transfers, meals, accommodation and guided excursions.
NOT INCLUDED: Air travel, hotel layovers, bar drinks, gratuities and personal costs.

Two dates are available for
this special offer in 2016:
October 1 – 5, 2016
October 28 – November 1, 2016


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