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AMAZON: Peruvian Riverboat Adventure



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From: $5,650 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Lima, Peru. (LIM)


16 - 21 Participants


2 spaces (shared) available


This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.

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Highlights of AMAZON: Peruvian Riverboat Adventure


  • Join Carefree Birding’s Ken and Linda in Peru!
  • 4 leaders plus 2 local naturalists for 22 participants
  • Multiple daily skiff excursions from our deluxe riverboat
  • 2 large skiffs for exploration… one for birding and one for photography
  • 8 – 10 species of monkeys
  • So many birds… macaws, woodpeckers, cotingas, hawks
  • 2 species of river dolphins


Description of AMAZON: Peruvian Riverboat Adventure

Birding, photography, fun and relaxation… all from our 150 foot deluxe Amazon riverboat! A host of leaders for your Amazon adventure will include Kevin Loughlin, bird photographer and owner of Wildside; Edison Buenaño, South America’s top birding guide… plus two local naturalist guides.

Our cruise will include afternoon lectures on birds, wildlife and photography. We enjoy multiple excursions by motorized skiff each day, designed to reveal the incredible wildlife that calls the rainforest home and with any luck we’ll spot sloths, monkeys, toucans, macaws, pink dolphins and so much more!

The cuisine onboard is regional and provides a unique and delicious window into local culture. Gain a rare glimpse of how life ‘on the river‘ is lived and experience the magic of the Amazon on this once-in-a-lifetime riverboat adventure.


The Machu Picchu extension will take the group to one of the worlds amazing wonders. These magnificent Inca ruins, once known as the “Lost City,” sit high on a mountain top, at about 8300 ft. The walking is fairly easy, if taken slow, but there will be a lot of uneven stone stairways. It’s worth every magical step.

Length of Tour



Day 1 Arrive in Lima
Day 2 Lima City Tour
Day 3 Flight to Iquitos/Amazon Riverboat
Day 4 Marañon River / Amazon River / Ucayali River
Day 5 Marañon River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve / Shaman Visit
Day 6 Marañon River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 7 Marañon River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 8 Nauta / Sapisapi River
Day 9 Flight to Lima
Day 10 Coastal birding trip before late night departures from Lima



Actually itinerary may vary with water levels and weather


Upon arrival, you will be taken to our hotel at the airport. Look for a sign with your name or the Wildside logo on it.

(Due to late arrivals, dinner is not included)


Today we will take a leisurely trip through the city of Lima to enjoy many historic and cultural destinations. Lunch at a local restaurant and dinner back at our hotel.


A mid-morning flight will get us to Iquitos before lunch, with time to visit the Manatee Rescue Center. The Amazonian Manatee is a very rare and endangered mammal unique to the Amazon Jungle. This center focuses on rescuing orphaned manatees who have been victims of poaching. They rehabilitate and reintroduce these wonderful creatures back into the Amazon Basin. There are great birds here, too!

Before boarding we’ll stop to purchase school supplies (optional) as we get acquainted with this jungle port of Nauta. Once on board ship, you can just relax or step out on deck to watch the riverbanks go by—but keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as gray and pink dolphins as our ship wends its way to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers. Here, it is generally considered, that the Amazon River begins.


Water levels and other conditions will determine our daily activities that will include most of the following:


Before breakfast on most days (coffee and snacks available) we’ll have an excursions on the river and some of its tributaries to see the wonders of the rain forest. This is the most active time of day for wildlife and we’ll have chances to see monkeys, sloths, and a huge variety of birds! Each day after breakfast we will head out again to add to our lists. After lunch and a bit of a siesta, we will go exploring again.


We will take several opportunities to go ashore and be enveloped by the lush forest. Terra Firma Forest, above the flood plain, will offer different, fantastic birds, poison dart frogs, lizards, monkeys and many other great surprises!


While onboard, we’ll gather for a couple presentations on Nature Photography (for beginners as well as more advanced), Life on the Amazon—The people and Their Traditions, Shamans and Healers and other subjects.


Peru’s largest national park will cause you to keep your eyes wide open and your binoculars at the ready. Squirrel and Woolly Monkeys, caimans, sloths and many birds will keep us busy! Current counts have recorded more than 300 bird species and 10 primate species within the park’s boundaries.


We will hike to at least one location to enjoy Victoria Regia, the gigantic aquatic plant with platters up to 6 feet wide and blossoms as big as volleyballs that smell like Bazooka Joe bubble gum and are pollinated at night by large, black beetles.


We will enjoy one or two excursions to discover who comes out at night in the jungle! During a boat ride with spot lights, be on the lookout for owls, potoos, bats and other mammals and other creatures such as caiman and frogs. If conditions allow, we may also hike through the forest for a more intimate night experience.


As the river changes course quite regularly, oxbow lakes are left behind. These lakes offer some of the best habitat for species like the odd Hoátzan. Rufescent Tiger Herons and many passerines will also be found in this micro-habitat. If water levels are high enough we may explore by canoe, if low, we will hike around the lake.


We’ll touch upon the spirit realm, paying a visit to a local shaman. Mystic … minister … healer—one might consider a shaman to be “all of the above.” But to understand shamanism requires something of a leap of faith, a leap into the spirit world that is the shaman’s domain.


During our trip we will try to visit one of the local schools. Before boarding our ship on the first day we will stop in town to purchase some supplies to deliver tot he kids. Soccer balls are a favorite, but pencils, notebookes and art supplies are all desired and needed!

We’ll also meet a local Indian family who will welcome us into their home to share conversation over the midday meal, introducing you to their culture, and way of life. This is a rare and unforgettable opportunity to gain new insight into a world truly apart from our own.


On a couple evenings our ship’s band, “The Chunky Monkeys,” will play music using local instruments, from the Andes and Amazon, while other crew members teach some dance moves.


Most meals will be served buffet style while a couple will be picnic meals. Sodas and alcholic drinks may be purchased from the bar.


We will disembark at Iquitos and take a short tour of this historic city. Iquitos is Peru’s main river port, established in 1864 in the heart of rubber country on the Amazon’s deep waters. Like any port, it has a hustle-bustle feel. Much of the architecture is a 19th-century vestige of the era when European commercial barons held sway over life and culture.

Early afternoon we will transfer to the Iquitos airport for our flight back to Lima.

We will enjoy our evening meal in the hotel’s restaurant as we share our favorite experiences from the trip!


Departures after 10:00pm required (most flights to the USA are late night).


The itinerary may vary depending on the weather and water levels which affect our ability to enter certain rivers, creeks and lakes. It may also be run in reverse to minimize the number of people from different boats visiting areas at one time.


Cost is $5,650 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Lima, Peru. (Airport code LIM).
This trip ends in same as arrival city (Airport code LIM).

– Standard Cabin per person $5650, double occupancy (1 cabin remains)
– Main deck suite per person $5950, double occupancy (SOLD)
– Main deck suite per person $5950, double occupancy (SOLD)
– Top deck suite per person $5950, double occupancy (SOLD)

Above prices based on double occupancy. If a single standard cabin is preferred, we have two single cabins available:
– Small single cabin with twin bed: $7000
– Medium single cabin with double bed and small balcony: $7500 (SOLD)

Single Supplement

If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $1,500 will be assessed.

Deposit Requirements

A $1,000 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.

How to Book

In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.

Final Payment

For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.

NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.

La Perla Riverboat Cabins

Main Deck

2 suites on the main deck with one queen or two twin beds, A/C and large windows, private facilities.

Upper Deck

6 standard cabins on the upper deck with side-by-side twin beds or 1 queen bed, river-facing windows with private facilities and A/C.

1 single small cabin with twin bed, A/C and large window, private facilities.

1 single medium cabin with balcony, full-sized bed, A/C, large window and private facilities.

Top Deck

1 spacious suite on the third deck with queen size bed or two twins, river-facing windows with private facilities and A/C.

1 standard cabin on third deck with two twin beds or one queen, A/C and large window, private facilities.

Built: 2012 in Nauta, Peru

Length: 135ft / 50m

Beam: 29ft / 8.8m

Draft: 7ft / 2.1m

Capacity: 28 passengers (including leaders)

Generator: 2 X Perkins 90 kW

Engine: 2 X Volvo Penta 235 HP

Cruising Speed: 8 – 10 knots

Water: 2 x 820 Gallon fresh water tanks

Water Treatment: 2 Aerobic Biofilter Plants

Crew: 10 + 1 Naturalist Guide

Launch Boats

2 motorized, open skiffs (one for birding and one for photography) are used to explore smaller tributaries featuring ecologically-friendly four-stroke engines and safety equipment holding up to 24 passengers each.

Activity Level Rating: (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)

Easy walks in villages, with two longer walks under 2 miles round-trip each.
Most of our birding will be done from our two motorized skiffs.
• One skiff for birding
• One skiff for photography

Additional Cash Needs

  • The bar on board accepts cash only
  • Gratuities:
  • — $150 per participant for crew tips
  • — $100 per participant for local naturalist tips
  • — $50 per participant for Edison’s tip

Purchasing Flights

Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.

Detailed Trip Information

Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.

Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.

Travel Insurance

As with all tours, we highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover your investment. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.

Passport & Visa

US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.

Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.

Itinerary Changes

The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.

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