More About Amazon River Cruises

There are just a few boutique luxury boats cruising Peru’s Amazon year around, including Aqua Expeditions and Delfin Cruises. Itineraries are 3-, 4- and 7-nights from the port city of Iquitos, an easy 1½ hour flight from Lima, Peru's capital. Iquitos was an important city in the days of the rubber barons, and signs of the wealth from those days are still evident in the Portuguese tiles on some of the houses.

Each day there's a morning and afternoon excursion by motorized skiffs, exploring the jungle from the water's edge. You'll encounter some of the 500 species of birds: macaw, kingfisher and riotously colored parrots flying in and out of vine covered trees - plus black alligators, three-toed sloths, red howler monkeys, tamarin and capuchin monkeys, brilliant butterflies, and the unique freshwater pink dolphin. Here Indians live rather isolated, and are visited on some itineraries.

Temperatures here average between a low of 70 degrees F. and a high of 88 degrees F. The low water season (June - November) and high water season (December - May) feature differences in the plant and animal life as well as in the climate and excursions offered.

The Amazon river cruise is an amazing vacation, as well as an ideal add-on to a more in-depth Peru vacation which our South America travel experts can arrange for you. Are you ready now for your Pisco Sour and an amazing jungle experience?