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AMAZON

CRUISES

CONNECT WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE AMAZON

Interview with Cesar

Chiluisa and Cliver

Rioja from Amazon

Expeditions

Luxury

in the jungle 1


2


Unforgettable journeys in the Amazon, the green heart of the planet.

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CURRENT ISSUES / 8

INTERVIEW WITH CESAR CHILUISA

AND CLIVER RIOJA GENERAL MANAGER

AND CHIEF OF OPERATIONS OF AMAZON

EXPEDITIONS / 32

AMAZONIA, THE HEART OF

SOUTH AMERICA / 10

CRUISES VS LODGE

INFOGRAPHIC / 16

AMAZON STAR ROUTE

INFOGRAPHIC / 30

THE STAR OF THE AMAZON / 18

INDEX


LUXURY

IN THE

JUNGLE

/ 38

This edition of Ultimate

Journeys - Travel in Peru was

produced by LimaTours’

marketing team.

UJ GENERAL DIRECTOR

Gerardo Sugay

LAND OF LEGENDS /44

CONTENT DIRECTOR

Gerardo Sugay

Ana Paula Albín

Ximena Arrieta

GENERAL EDITOR

Ximena Arrieta

COORDINATION

Karla Huertas

ART DIRECTOR

LimaTours

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Sergio Salazar

ILLUSTRATIONS

Juan Diego Leon

INFOGRAPHICS

LimaTours

EDITORIAL STAFF

Ximena Arrieta

CATALOGUE: CONNECT WITH THE

SPIRIT OF THE AMAZON / 52

PHOTOGRAPHS

LimaTours Archive

PromPeru Archive

Delfin Amazon Cruises Archive

Aqua Expeditions Archive

Naomi Tamamoto

Christian Declercq

Nevin Xavier

COVER PAGE PHOTO CREDIT

Christian Declercq


EDITORIAL

The best way to feel the Amazon: up close and personal.

DEAR READER:

Peru is located in a privileged region of the Earth, thanks

to which we have different ecological levels that are the

base of our mega biodiversity.

In the country, we distinguish three completely different

regions. The Peruvian coast, bathed by the Pacific

Ocean, where the Humboldt current creates a unique

ecosystem in the world. The highlands with the Andes,

the backbone of the continent, crossing the country

from north to south, where the great Inca civilisation

was born and spread throughout most of South America.

And finally the Amazon, the lung of the world that covers

more than half of the Peruvian territory.

Visiting the Amazon is the dream of every nature lover.

To make it happen, it is essential to design the perfect

itinerary for the style of each traveller. A great alternative

is to make wonderful journeys aboard Amazon cruises,

a choice featured in this latest edition of “Ultimate

Journeys – Travel in Peru”.

Join us on a dream trip on the Amazon Star, our newly

renovated cruise ship. You’ll travel with the expert crew

to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve located in the

department of Loreto, Peru’s second largest natural area.

Within the Reserve’s 200 million acres live thousands of

plant species and over 800 different animals including

the famous pink dolphin and the paiche, the largest fish

in the Amazon.

Find out about the most exclusive cruises that navigate

the waters of our jungle. Open air jacuzzis, bespoke

menus created by internationally renowned chefs,

personalised attention, and rooms designed in the style

of a top boutique hotel are just some of the services

these luxury cruises offer their passengers.

Do you know where the Amazon River is born? What

countries share the Amazon with Peru? Do you

understand the real scope of this natural wonder? In

this edition, you’ll find an article with all the answers. Not

only will we share interesting facts about the Amazon,

but also help you understand the enormous importance

it has for the world.

We invite you to be a part of this adventure in one of

the planet’s most impressive bastions of nature. Grab

your backpack, keep your eyes open so you don’t miss a

thing, and enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Amazon.

Happy reading and enjoy!

Your Friends at LimaTours.

Design and management of tour programmes, in all areas of the company

(quotation, product design, suppliers management, Lima operations, billing

and collection)


CURRENT ISSUES

Nevin Xavier

CURRENT ISSUES

LimaTours

Machu Picchu was chosen as the winner of the

‘Travel Dreams Tournament’ organized by the

Virtuoso Network, leaders in luxury travel, a group

that LimaTours has been a part of for over 20

years. The Inca citadel won, thanks to a public poll,

beating other coveted world-destinations like, the

Swiss Alps, Greece, New Zealand, Tuscany, Hawaii,

Paris, Mexico, and London.

NEW

HIEROGLYPHS

ARE

DISCOVERED IN

NAZCA

Peru will participate in the Dakar Rally for

the second consecutive year. This is how

the organizers of this important race have

announced the news, without further details as

to what legs will take place in Peru, or which other

countries will participate in the 2019 edition. It will

be Peru’s fourth time taking part in Dakar: the first

time was in 2012, the second in 2013, and the

third in 2018. This year, six legs of the race were

held in the Peruvian desert, taking participants

through the cities of Pisco, San Juan de Marcona,

and Arequipa.

Media

MACHU PICCHU,

DREAM DESTINATION

Scientists have discovered over 50 geoglyphs on

hillsides within the Palpa province in Nazca. These

drawings were made with such fine lines, that they

have been overlooked by researchers for years, and

are just now being uncovered with the help of drones.

While conservations and studies are just beginning,

experts speculate that these drawings were not, in fact,

made by the people of the Nazca culture, rather, by

members of the Paracas Culture. This suggests that

the creation of geoglyphs was an inherited custom.

PERU WILL BE PART

OF DAKAR 2019

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LimaTours

For the second time, the World Travel Awards (WTA) has

nominated LimaTours as the best tour operator in Peru.

LimaTours is competing with seven other agencies for what

is globally considered one of the most important awards in

the tourism industry. The winner will be chosen through an

online poll, open to the public until August 5th. The award

will then be presented in the regional gala held in Guayaquil

on September 15th, which marks the 25th anniversary of

the WTA. You can register here to vote for LimaTours.

LIMATOURS IN RACE

FOR THE WORLD TRAVEL

AWARDS

LimaTours

The thousands of tourist who will travel to Russia to

support their teams in the 2018 World Cup will have

the chance to learn about the gastronomical wealth of

our country through its products. The ‘Casa Peru’ will

open its doors in Moscow from June 18th to the 29th,

parallel to the greatest football celebration in the world.

The Association of Exporters (ADEX) and the Ministry

of Commerce and Tourism (MINCETUR) are evaluating

which products will be showcased for visitors to enjoy.

Among the contenders, there are various favourites

which include: pisco, native Peruvian fruits, super food

energy bars, chocolate, yellow aji peppers, and quinua.

LimaTours

PERUVIAN PRODUCTS

DESTINED TO SHINE IN

RUSSIA 2018

FORBES MAGAZINE

NAMES AREQUIPA ONE

OF THE “COOLEST” CITIES

Arequipa is full of history, which combines well with

its marvellous natural scenery, and its outstanding

gastronomic legacy. All these things and more have

led to the city being deemed one of the “coolest”

to visit, according to Forbes Magazine. With Tom

Marchant, director of Black Tomato travel site as their

consultant, the magazine highlighted Arequipa’s role

in the country’s “gastronomic renaissance,” as well as

its splendid colonial constructions. “It offers notable

sights such as the gigantic cathedral, with the ethereal

image of the El Misti volcano rising behind it“, he said.

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AMAZONIA, THE HEART OF SOUTH AMERICA

AMAZONIA

THE HEART OF SOUTH AMERICA

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SHARED BY EIGHT

COUNTRIES AND

AN OVERSEAS

DEPARTMENT, THE

AMAZON IS THE MOST

IMPORTANT BASTION

OF ECOLOGY ON THE

PLANET. ITS PILLAR,

THE AMAZON RIVER,

GIVES LIFE TO THE

THOUSANDS OF PLANT

AND ANIMAL SPECIES

THAT IT HOUSES, AS

WELL AS THE HUMAN

COMMUNITIES THAT LIVE

HARMONIOUSLY IN THE

SURROUNDING NATURE.

LimaTours

The Amazon includes the

Peruvian departments

of Loreto, Ucayali and

Madre de Dios; as well

as part of Amazonas,

Cajamarca, Huancavelica,

La Libertad, Pasco, Piura,

Puno, Ayacucho, Junin,

Cusco, San Martin and

Huanuco.

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AMAZONIA, THE HEART OF SOUTH AMERICA

An immense green blanket covers over 60% of Peru’s

surface. Beneath it, dozens of ecosystems expand across

the land brimming with life and properties that are still

being discovered. While being one of the most amazing

regions in the world, the Amazon continues to be one of

the least exploited and most fragile, due to increasing

pollution and deforestation.

together with the Atlantic Ocean. Identifying its exact

place of origin, however, was not as easy. In 1996, a

research expedition set off to search for the place where

the Amazon River is born, a mission that took the group

all the way to the Lari province in Arequipa where the

Chila Mountain Range is found.

Like the Amazon,

several Peruvian

rivers have their

origin in the snowcapped

mountains

of the Andes.

When thinking about the Amazon, one must look

beyond Peru and Brazil – recognized for housing

the largest Amazon territories (11.27% and 59.17%

respectively) – and consider the six other countries that

share this magical region: Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia,

Guyana, Surinam, and Ecuador, as well as the overseas

department of French Guyana. Thus, it can very well be

considered the heart of South America.

The Amazon is so vast that when we refer to it, we must

speak in millions. For example, 34 million people live within

the Amazon, surrounded by 6.7 million square-kilometres

of forests, and 2.1 million kilometres of protected areas.

To that, one must add the million square-kilometres of

fresh-water ecosystems, and consider that 20% of the

world’s water supply is found here.

THE RIVER OF RIVERS

The spinal column of the Amazon is the Amazon River.

Father to all rivers, the Amazon is both the largest river

by discharge volume of water, and the longest river in

the world, extending for 7,062 kilometres across almost

all of South America.

LimaTours

The inhabitants

of the Amazon

have adapted

their way of

life to the

environment

and the climate

of the jungle.

Identifying the end-point of the Amazon River is easy;

just follow the river to the north of Brazil where it comes

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LimaTours

In Peru, more than 40 different

species of monkeys have been

recorded

LimaTours


Amazon

cruises have

routes in

Peru, Brazil

and Ecuador.

At about 5,170 metres above sea level, amongst mountain

peaks and below-freezing temperatures – radically

different than the humid heat of the jungle – the first drops

of the world’s longest river were born from the mountains,

millions of years ago. But what happens before the Ucayali

and Marañon Rivers unite, giving way to the infamous

Amazon? The River actually begins as a small stream high

in the Peruvian Andes, eventually turning into the Lloqueta

River. As it continues to flow north, it undergoes a series

of name changes, including: Apurimac, Ene, Tambo, and

Ucayali, before becoming the Amazon.

The Amazon River does not only govern the natural

scenery of the Peruvian Amazon, it also marks the seasons.

Beyond just relying on temperature cues, local residents

divide their year into two phases depending on the river

level: the wet, or rainy, season and the dry season.

During the wet season (from March to May), the rains

cause the river to rise up to 10 meters higher, which is

why houses built on the riverbanks are always elevated.

Many parts of the forest are prone to flooding during

these months and become lagoons, forcing animals to

adapt to their new, temporary surroundings. When the

dry season arrives (from August to October), the river

lowers back down leaving white sand beaches in its wake,

and changing the panorama yet again.

THE AMAZON HOUSES OVER 40 THOUSAND

PLANT SPECIES, 427 MAMMAL SPECIES,

1,300 BIRD SPECIES, 378 REPTILES SPECIES,

400 AMPHIBIAN SPECIES, AND 3,000

DIFFERENT KINDS OF FRESH WATER FISH.

ALL ABOARD!

A small number of established companies have recently

launched cruise ships that take passengers through the

Amazon River and its effluents, providing an innovative

and comfortable platform from which to explore the

incredible area. These ships navigate from Iquitos to

Pacaya Samiria, one of the most important and bio

diverse national reserves in the country.

Delfín Amazon Cruises Archive

Nevin Xavier

The typical landscape of the Amazon: green

mantles crossed by different rivers that

represent life.

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AMAZONIA, THE HEART OF SOUTH AMERICA

Amazon Star, the renewed

Amazon cruise of LimaTours.

Cruise ships like the Delfin I, II, and III, the Aria, the

Amazon Star, the Zafiro, the Perla, and the Amatista take

visitors into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon in search

of some of the thousands of flora and fauna species

housed within it. In addition, they offer high quality

installations and services, akin to those found in any of

the best hotels, as well as specialized excursions, and

a number of other adventure activities that immerse

guests into the surrounding nature.

Houses are

not built at

ground level to

avoid flooding

near rivers.

Beyond promoting tourism in the Amazon, these cruises

provide developmental alternatives and economic growth

opportunities for local people. For example, locals are

recruited and trained to become part of the on-board

staff, relationships are forged with native indigenous

communities that host tourists, and a wide variety of

required supplies – from regional food products to

petroleum – are sourced and purchased locally.

Christian Declercq

LimaTours

One of the most important aspects of these types of

excursions, however, is the increased awareness of

the need for the conservation and protection of these

ecosystems. The unique connection with nature that

these journeys offer, inspire visitors to truly appreciate

the importance of the Amazon as a global temperature

regulator, a provider of natural medicine, an air purifier, a

source of countless products used both locally and globally,

and a home to millions of plants and creatures of all kinds.

LimaTours

In the Amazon,

there are

more than

16 thousand

types of trees.

Some have

not yet been

discovered.

LimaTours

LimaTours

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PACAYA SAMIRIA, A NATURAL PARADISE

The Amazon River is the gateway into Pacaya Samiria, the largest

national reserve in Peru. With 2,080,000 hectares framed by the

Marañon and Ucayali Rivers, the reserve aims to conserve the

plant and animal resources of the tropical forest.

Álvaro García / PromPeru Gihan Tubbeh / PromPeru

Its two main rivers, the Pacaya and the Samiria, are known for

their dark waters, a reaction caused by tannins released when

the plants decompose. This natural phenomenon makes for

particularly clear reflections of the surrounding trees and sky on

the water’s surface, and has earned the reserve the nickname:

‘jungle of mirrors.’

Delve into the area and discover the amazing biodiversity, which

includes over 440 bird species, 97 mammal species, 55 amphibian

species, 259 fish species, and thousands of different kinds of trees

and plants. Pacaya Samiria is also home to some endangered

species, like: the manatee, the pink dolphin, and the paiche.

Álvaro García / PromPeru

Visiting Pacaya Samiria goes beyond just enjoying the gorgeous

scenery and spotting fascinating creatures. It is also an

opportunity to interact and learn from some of the 25 thousand

local people who hail from different indigenous groups. They are

living examples of how to coexist with nature and respectfully

take advantage of what is available.

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CRUISE

VS LODGE

SHOULD YOU STAY IN A LODGE IN THE

MIDDLE OF THE JUNGLE, OR TAKE A

CRUISE DOWN THE AMAZON RIVER? IT

ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT KIND OF

EXPERIENCE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

BELOW, WE LIST SEVEN REASONS TO

BOARD A CRUISE SHIP AND EXPLORE

THE LONGEST AND FULLEST RIVER IN

THE WORLD.

CLICK

HERE TO

ENLARGE

EXPLORE

EVERY DAY

Each day provides a brand new

panorama to enjoy on excursions

or from your private balcony, as

you make your way down the river.

GO DEEP IN THE JUNGLE

Beyond the cruise ship itself, the ample motorboats will take you

into the heart of the jungle, through tributaries and streams. The

deeper you go, the more wildlife you will get to see.


TIME SAVER

The cruise ship positions itself

as close as possible to the

beginning point of each tour,

reducing the transfer time and

allowing for you to maximize

your activity time.

ESTABLISHED

ITINERARY

If there is a problem with an activity on

a cruise, it can be adapted. Is it

raining? Take a cooking class on board.

Is the night excursion cancelled? Look

at the stars on the deck. Rain in the

lodge could force you to stop

everything until it stops.

GUARANTEED

COMFORT

You will not have to worry about

the intruders at bedtime, like

tarantulas or bats, if you stay in the

middle of the river far from their

habitat. Also, the air conditioning

and a hot shower will always be

available in comparison to a lodge.

MEET PEOPLE

On a cruise, you will live with a

group of people at all times: on

boats, during lunches, on walks,

etc. It's more social experience

than in a lodge, where each

person is independent when

choosing what to do.

UNIQUE COMPANIONS

You will never be as close to the mythical

and beloved pink dolphins as you are on a

cruise ship.


THE STAR OF THE AMAZON

THE STAR OF

THE AMAZON

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TO JOURNEY ON

THE AMAZON STAR

GOES BEYOND JUST

NAVIGATING THE

AMAZON RIVER; IT IS A

WHOLE EXPERIENCE, A

WAY OF DISCOVERING

PERU’S MOST WILD AND

BEAUTIFUL SIDE. JOIN US

IN THIS TALE OF NATURE

AND LEARNING.

Christian Declercq

The boat has 14

cabins divided

into two decks.

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THE STAR OF THE AMAZON

The penetrating

rivers in the

Amazon are

perfect for

observing

animal species

Despite being only a domestic flight away from Lima, the

jungle is often thought of as a remote and unfeasible

destination. Unlike other popular cities, like Cusco,

Mancora, Arequipa, and Puno, the Amazon continues to

be seen as a hidden, wild, and out-of-reach area.

Looking out the plane window, a thick, green blanket

covers all the landscape below as we make our way

towards Iquitos. Like a giant anaconda, the Amazon River

snakes its way through the millions of trees, yielding a

view as superbly impressive as the images seen in any

documentary about the area. All of a sudden, the lush

vegetation is interrupted by the concrete airport, and

the plane begins its descent.

Ximena Arrieta

We have landed in the city of Iquitos. Interestingly, Iquitos

is the only capital of a department (Loreto) in Peru that,

due to its location, is not connected by land to the rest

of the country. There are only two ways to get to Iquitos:

on an eight-hour – or more – journey aboard a boat from

Yurimaguas or Pucallpa, or on an hour-and-a-half plane

ride from Lima.

“IT QUICKLY BECOMES CLEAR WHY THE

AMAZON RIVER IS CONSIDERED ONE OF

THE NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD:

ITS MAGNIFICENCE IS OVERWHELMING.”

Iquitos

boardwalk,

the first

contact with

the Amazon

in the city.

Christian Declercq

The ‘Casa de Fierro’ (Iron’s house) in Iquitos, an

example of opulence during the rubber rush,

was designed by Gustave Eiffel around 1860.

After touring the city with the rest of the LimaTours

team, we make our way towards our real destination.

The fabulous Amazon Star awaits us only a few meters

from the city’s port. The ship is clean, and white as snow.

As we make our way into the on-board reading room,

we are welcomed aboard by cruise director Alejandro

Enriquez, who gives us a brief explanation about the ship

and the mandatory safety regulations aboard.

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Nevin Xavier

The sunset seems synchronized with our departure from

the port, and after only ten minutes into the voyage, the

surrounding scenery has transformed. Houses and

bustling city noises are left behind as we travel down

the Itaya River towards its point of convergence with

the famed Amazon River. This marks our first encounter

with the impressive nature and glorious views that will

continue to accompany us throughout the eight-day

journey. It quickly becomes clear why the Amazon River

is considered one of the natural wonders of the world:

its magnificence is overwhelming.

The next morning, the activities begin. After boarding a

series of small, motorized boats owned by the Amazon

Star, we make our way through the river, passing by a

group of children swimming in the river. A canoe acts as a

trampoline into the water, and the kid’s laughter combines

with the screeches of the noisy, colourful macaws that

fly overhead, and sounds of the monkeys jumping from

branch to branch on the shore.

Naomi Tamamoto

Protected otter

CREA (Amazonian

Rescue Center)

in Iquitos, a place

visited to learn

about endangered

species and

manatees.

THE PULSE OF THE JUNGLE

Unlike a traditional cruise, in which the sky and the sea

seem to blend together into infinity, the trees of the

Amazon break any potential union. From time to time,

a peque-peque – a small, local motorboat – appears,

furiously navigating next to us, reminding us that we

are not alone. Nowadays, over five million people

call the Peruvian Amazon home, which include many

communities that live from the earth, hunting and fishing,

and responsibly taking advantage of what nature provides.

Christian Declercq

The Amazon Star has two boats

for excursions along the Amazon.

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THE STAR OF THE AMAZON

Without television and Internet, these kids give us a

preview of what is to come: total disconnect from our

busy, oversaturated worlds, and an immersion into

nature in a way that we city folk have long forgotten.

More than 400 species of birds

inhabit the Pacaya Samiria Reserve.

Christian Declercq

Jorge and Robinson are our naturalist guides, and their

expertise is evident. “Look there, a sloth,” says Jorge. The

boat stops and slowly approaches the shore so that we

can get a better look. “There. Do you see it?” he asks.

It takes us a few minutes to actually locate the animal.

Both guides have such well-trained sight and hearing

that they are able to recognize a species by sound, and

can spot the subtlest differentiations between similar

creatures.

Christian Declercq

Camouflaged

among the

branches, iguanas

and lizards

observe tourists

almost motionless.

THE AMAZON RIVER POURS

TO THE SEA 170 THOUSAND

CUBIC METERS OF WATER

BY SECOND. THIS AMOUNT

INCREASES DURING THE

RAINY SEASON, BETWEEN

THE MONTHS OF MARCH

AND MAY.

Christian Declercq

Our search for animal life takes us into Pacaya Samiria.

Navigating its rivers and tributaries feels like being in a

movie, with giant trees that play with the shining sun and

create spectacles of light on the water’s surface. During

the wet - or rainy - season, the river’s water-level increases

so much that it floods the surrounding forest and allows

boats to float amongst tree-tops, giving visitors the feeling

that they are entering an enchanted forest as guides chop

through overgrown vines with machetes.

The sloth is

one of the

most popular

species in the

Amazon.

As night falls, everything changes. The early-morning

macaws, howling monkeys, toucans, iguanas, and

sparrows, are replaced by bats and caimans. The lack

of light intensifies the sounds as birds and toads sing

in unison, creating an atmosphere that is both eerie

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Christian Declercq

and exciting. The experience of lying on the boat in

the complete darkness and gazing at the stars as they

glimmer in all their splendour, while the water softly

splashes beneath you, is truly indescribable. Once again,

you feel tiny amongst the grandeur of Mother Nature.

YOUR INNER INDIANA JONES

This journey through the Amazon is the perfect

opportunity to explore your adventurous side. When

else will you be so close to the legendary piranhas?

Will you ever have another chance to plunge into the

river with pink dolphins? Or wander through forests

brimming with enormous trees and incredible orchids?

Thus, it behoves all visitors to forget about the myths

surrounding these creatures, and to look past the

black river water, as the dark colour has little to do with

water purity, and more to do with the tannins released

into the river from decomposing plants. We get a little

river action in on the kayaks and paddleboards offered,

which we navigate down-river into the Pacaya Samiria

Reserve. At the end of the excursion, a refreshing dive

into the water turns into a magical and memorable

moment, as pink dolphins appear close by.

After days of seeing the forest from the boat, the time

comes to feel it beneath our feet. Members of the

Puerto Prado community guide us down one of the

many paths into the heart of the jungle, an excursion

Christian Declercq

The red-bellied

piranhas abound

in the lagoons

during the river’s

growing season

due to a large

amount of food.

The wet season is the ideal time to hit the lagoons and

test out your fishing skills. If you have never fished before,

there’s no better debut than catching a red piranha

from the Amazon. All you’ll need is a rod, bait, and

loads of patience, and when you least expect it, you’ll be

celebrating your catch. Not to worry, however, despite

their sharp teeth, piranhas don’t live up to their vicious

reputation. Rather, these creatures only attack when

they feel threatened, when the river’s water level lessens

and food is scarce, or if they smell blood in their path.

Surprisingly, these alleged ferocious flesh-eaters actually

subsist mainly on fruit and leaves that fall into the river.

Jumping into the Amazon River and enjoying its

refreshing waters is very much a part of the experience.

Media

The silent paddling of

the kayak allows you

to enjoy the sounds

of the jungle.

Seeing the

mythical pink

dolphin is an

unforgettable

experience.

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24 Sunsets in the Amazon, full of

magnificent and intense colours.


Alfonso Zavala / PromPerú

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Naomi Tamamoto

Excited children

welcome

visitors to the

communities.

that opens ones eyes to all the forest has to offer –

from medicinal plants to leaves used to build houses.

The amazing and profound connection to nature that

comes with moments like these is often forgotten in the

comfort and speed of city life, but if we don’t remember

to pause and reconnect, what happens to our primal

essence?

NATURAL CONNECTION

The people of the Amazon wake up as the sun rises, and

go to sleep as it sets. They take their machetes and work

in the agricultural fields, board their peque-peques for a

fishing excursion, or head to town to sell their products.

Rural houses in these areas do not have windows or

doors, food is prepared in outdoor ‘kitchens’, and children

play freely amongst the trees in their ‘backyards’. Is there

any better way to imagine a true connection with nature?

To board the Amazon Star is to escape one’s routine. It

provides the chance to penetrate both the jungle and

the inner-self in search of that natural instinct each one

of us contains. The instinct that allows us to be able to

recognize animals, to really enjoy a sunset, to locate

the Southern Cross within the starry skies, and to learn

about the ways of living and culture of the 25 thousand

Peruvians that call Pacaya Samiria home.

The community of Puerto Prado, which consists of roughly

60 inhabitants, works every day towards the conservation

LimaTours

The

enriching

experience

of sharing

with the

community

is priceless.

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These visits allow tourists to

appreciate the reality of the people of

the Amazon.


Victoria Regia,

iconic plant of

the Amazon.

of the area’s natural wealth. After being declared a

Private Conservation Area, the community began to offer

diverse activities to visiting tourists. For them, it is a way

of generating consciousness about the importance of

protecting the resources from the Amazon; for us, it is the

perfect way to become one with it.

Christian Declercq

After the hike we enter the town, from where we can see

the Marañon River, an effluent of the Amazon. The children

appear in the doorway of the local school building and

greet us in Kukama, one of the 43 native languages that are

kept alive by imparting bilingual education to youngsters.

A lagoon full of Victorias Regias – the most famous lilies

in the Amazon – surrounds the structure where the local

shaman shares with us some of his ancestral knowledge.

The Amazon jungle is considered the world’s pharmacy

with most of the 40 thousand plant species living within

the forests used to cure a number of ailments that vary

from the common cold to serious infections.

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The shaman

is the link

with the

mystical

strength of

nature.

The time to depart has arrived, but we cannot leave Puerto

Prado before receiving blessings from the spirits of the

forest. With mapacho in hand, the shaman performs a

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Tourists visiting the community school.

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THE STAR OF THE AMAZON

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ritual for good fortune, exhaling the smoke of this natural

tobacco over each one of us. With our eyes closed and our

minds open, we absorb the positive energy he bestows

upon us before heading back to reality.

YOUR HOME IN THE AMAZON

The cabins

are relaxing

spaces to

rest after

a day of

excursions.

We find our refuge aboard the Amazon Star, in comfortable,

air-conditioned cabins. To wake up and look through the

sliding glass-doors that separate the rooms from the

private balconies is and exciting luxury. Each morning

provides different scenery that waits to be discovered, in

one of the greatest living treasures on the planet.

You can feel the Amazon in the wind, see it in your

excursions, and hear it in the birds. You can also enjoy

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Relax with an enviable

view of the Amazon

on the upper deck.

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ACCORDING TO FAO, THE FOOD AND

AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE

UNITED NATIONS, 80% OF PEOPLE

LIVING IN COUNTRIES IN DEVELOPMENT

DEPEND ON NON-WOOD PRODUCTS

OF THE AMAZON - LIKE FRUITS AND

MEDICINAL PLANTS - FOR THEIR

NUTRITIONAL AND HEALTH NEEDS.

Buffet-style

meals show

visitors the

taste of our

cuisine.

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The piranhas, fished the same day,

are served as a delicacy in the area.

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Taking the time to converse with the ship’s crew members

is also a unique and enriching experience. Not only are

the staff members highly trained and willing to help with

any and all of your needs, but they come from diverse

local communities and Amazonian cities, and have

fascinating stories to share about life in the jungle. Their

knowledge and passion for the Amazon is unparalleled:

they are wholly in their element, like a dolphin in water.

Various complementary

activities are offered on

board, such as cooking

classes or art with towels.

the taste of the delicious ingredients used in each meal

– from fresh fruits to flavourful, local fish. Are you in the

mood for a fried piranha? Chonta salad? An Amazonian

rice chaufa with cecina? Local, spicy aji charapita with

sweet cocona fruit? How about a tangy, refreshing camu

camu juice? Whatever you may desire, you can find it here.

If there is any local tradition that is always honoured, it is

that of the siesta, or afternoon nap. You can take advantage

of the two hours and relax with a good book in the reading

room, enjoy a cocktail at the bar, sunbathe on the open-air

terrace, or simply sit out on your private balcony and enjoy

the surrounding nature as you listen to the sounds of the

water as the ship makes its way through the river.

On the final afternoon of the journey, nature bids us

farewell with a true, cleansing Amazonian downpour. We

are drenched from head to toe in a matter of seconds.

Then, just as quick, the rain stops, the clouds part, and

the blaring sun appears again, gifting us a glorious visual

spectacle. As the sun begins to hide behind the trees,

the clouds look like cotton balls in the vivid, red sky. The

intensity of the colours and the postcard-worthy beauty

of it all leave us speechless.

So, what can be taken away from this trip? For one, the

importance of the Amazon for the entire planet. It is a

lung that purifies the air, a millenary pharmacy, an open

book for researchers and naturalists, and above all, a

place to connect with Mother Earth and create endless

unforgettable memories.

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The Amazon

Star stands

out among

the endless

green of the

Peruvian

forests.

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AMAZON

STAR

DORADO

RIVER

LEGEND

Pacaya Samiria

OUR

PROGRAMS

National Reserve

Route by bus

Amazon River

Ucayali River

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Marañon River

DAY 1 - Transfer by land to Nauta and visit to CREA,

Manatees Rescue Center

DAY 2 - Swimming with dolphins and piranha fishing

DAY 3 - Giant water lilies observation, characteristic plant

of the Amazon, nature walk and visit to a local shaman

DAY 4 - Disembark at Iquitos

NAUTA

Tour of the

Pacaya Samiria

Natural Reserve

Confluence

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

Iquitos

DAY 1 - Iquitos City tour and visit to CREA,

Manatees Rescue Center

DAY 2 - Exploring the Amazon and Yarapa rivers

DAY 3 - Visit to a local community and school

DAY 4 - Picnic breakfast and piranha fishing

DAY 5 - Disembark at Nauta and transfer by land

to Iquitos

CONFLUENCE

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8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

DAY 1 - Iquitos City tour and visit to Crea, Manatee

Rescue Center

DAY 2 - Exploring the Amazon and Yarapa river

DAY 3 - Visit to a local community and school

DAY 4 - Picnic breakfast, cooking class and kayak

DAY 5 - Nauta City tour and visit to the market

DAY 6 - Swimming with dolphins and piranha fishing

DAY 7 - Giant water lilies observation, characteristic plant

of the Amazon, nature walk and visit to a local shaman

DAY 8 - Disembark at Iquitos

IQUITOS

BOARDING &

LANDING

Flight

Lima - Iquitos

90 minutes


INTERVIEW

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CESAR

CHILUISA AND

CLIVER RIOJA

AMAZON EXPEDITIONS’

GENERAL MANAGER AND

CHIEF OF OPERATIONS

THE RE-LAUNCH OF THE AMAZON STAR GUARANTEES PASSENGERS AN

IMPROVED AND UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE AS THEY ENCOUNTER ONE

OF THE NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD.

What are the principal characteristics of the

Amazon Star?

Cesar: The Amazon Star is a platform from which one can

engage on a deep exploration of the Amazon. We want to

offer passengers a setting and services worthy of any topcategory

hotel as they make their way down the Amazon River.

Each one of our air-conditioned cabins has its own, private

balcony; we have a dining room with panoramic windows, and

an ‘exploration room’ in which passengers can rest, watch a

movie, or read. We also have two decks, one open air, and the

other covered, with tables, lounge chairs, and a bar.

What do you think differentiates the Amazon Star

from the other cruises that follow the same route?

Cesar: After a months-long process, we have managed

to boost our boat’s security system and adapt it to

international standards. We wanted to surpass the

national level of operations with the Amazon Star, so

we had inspectors from american companies come and

evaluate our security conditions. Now, we are proud to

say that we have passed all the audits and are pleased

with the level of the product we offer.

What is special about the programs you offer to

passengers?

Cesar: In comparison to other operators, our itineraries

highlight the fact that we are navigating a part of the

Amazon River. One always hears about the Amazon

Jungle, but the river should be the protagonist since it is

the driving force behind the whole area.

Cliver: Whether departing from Iquitos or Nauta, each

passenger that participates in our programme has the

chance to navigate through the Amazon. Not only can

they say that they have visited the Amazon and enjoyed

its flora and fauna, but they can also say that they have

been in one of the natural wonders of the world.

How do you assemble the itineraries for each

programme?

Cliver: Thanks to our experience and knowledge of the

zone, we have outlined exploration areas in accordance

with the river’s water level. The Amazon undergoes a

drastic change in landscape depending on the season;

during the wet, or rainy season, the water level rises

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ENTREVISTA

All cabins have a private

bathroom, balcony and

air conditioning.

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and many of the effluents and ravines can be explored

on boats, but when the river’s water level drops, the

exploration opportunities are less. Nonetheless, there

are still some channels that maintain their water level

and allow for the entry into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve.

The most important thing is that the passenger can reach

the areas conducive to the themes of flora and fauna

exploration, where the greatest variety in species can be

appreciated.

What impact do the cruises have on the area?

Cesar: I think the mission that we – the companies who

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dedicate our time to this – have is to make many people’s

dream to travel to a special destination, a reality. We help

fulfil this dream by offering them a product made up of

three things: the Amazon as a destination, the ship itself,

and the experience, which is where the guided visits, the

service aboard the ship, the local food, and other details,

factor in.

Cliver: Many believe that the company receives all the

direct benefits, but that is not the case. To organize an

expedition with tourists on board, we need supplies, like,

food products and petroleum, both of which we source

Dining room

with panoramic

windows to not

miss a detail of

the landscape.

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The boat has all

the amenities,

services and

security for an

unforgettable ride.

from local vendors. In some way or another, these

excursions benefit the local economy and propel it in a

way that would not exist otherwise.

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Night monkeys among the

trees of Pacaya Samiria.

Do you have an agreement with the Reserve?

Cliver: In order to operate within the Pacaya Samiria

Reserve we have to become conservation allies on a

tourism project approved by SENARP (National Service

of Natural Areas Protected by the State). Our project has

been approved for a period of five years, and is renewable.

This way, we constantly contribute to the Reserve, whether

it be through entrance-fees collected from passengers, or

through the support we offer to the communities. But

over all, our formality as a company is the most important

factor in being able to operate that route.

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20% of the

world’s

butterfly

species are

found in the

Amazon.

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And with the communities?

Cesar: We try to use the local work force, which has

not been the most well trained in these last years. Jobs

like these give people a chance to receive the proper

preparation and understand the high-standards

the industry requires. It is about encouraging their

professional growth by taking them a bit outside of their

local surroundings and exposing them to internationalcalibre

product. That is part of our social contribution

Cliver: In respect to the native communities, the visiting

passengers almost always purchase local handicrafts

directly from community members. Thus, the people

Pacaya Samiria is a paradise for

birdwatching. The guides on the excursions

have binoculars to facilitate the activity.

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Residents use natural raw materials,

such as palm leaves, to build their

houses.

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INTERVIEW

The sale of handicrafts is an

additional income for the locals, in

addition to agriculture.

of the community have the chance to generate income

through their manual abilities, using fibres, seeds, and

other materials found in their areas. Some tourists take

school supplies and other donations for local children, but

we try to avoid generating dependency from communities,

by visiting different towns every time. That way, the tourist

can enter the community, have fun, enjoy the scenery,

and, at the same time, contribute.

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Tourists offer donations to schools

in the area as a form of retribution

for the opportunity to visit them.

How do you perceive the touristic panorama of the

Amazon?

Cesar: Now a days, the Amazon is seen as an extension

of Peru’s main attraction, Machu Picchu. While that might

not change, we are hoping that this area of the country

might gain more notoriety and become the second most

important destination. Another thing that few people

know is that the Amazon River actually originates in Peru.

This fact should help reinforce its relevance. Unfortunately,

the entire area has suffered an economic and touristic

depression because of the petrol drilling in the jungle, but

public and private companies are working hand in hand

to increase the number of visitors.

“THE AMAZON STAR’S REASON FOR

BEING IS TO SERVE AS A VEHICLE FOR

PEOPLE TO FULFIL THEIR DREAM OF

BEING IN THE AMAZON.”

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MANAGER OF AMAZON EXPEDITIONS

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Cliver Rioja (left), chief of

operations; Cesar Chiluisa

(centre), general manager;

Alejandro Enriquez (right),

cruise director; and the rest of

the crew of the Amazon Star.

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LUXURY IN THE JUNGLE

LUXURYIN

THE JUNGLE

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TOP-LEVEL CRUISE SHIPS

ARE NOT ONLY SAILING

THE OCEANS THESE

DAYS. PERSONALIZED

ATTENTION,

INTERNATIONALLY

CELEBRATED CHEFS, AND

EVEN PRIVATE JACUZZIS

ARE SOME OF THE

SERVICES OFFERED ON

LUXURY JUNGLE CRUISES

WHILE THEY SAIL THE

PERUVIAN AMAZON.

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Fine details

decorate the

elegant rooms

on luxury

cruises.

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LUXURY IN THE JUNGLE

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You’ve decided your next destination will be the Amazon.

And you know you want to visit on a cruise. Now it’s time

to decide which of the available ships you’ll board to start

your adventure. If the sky is the limit, the best choice is

one with top service.

Open air jacuzzis, delicious dishes created for you by

famous chefs, spas with a view of the Pacaya Samiria

Reserve, comfortable and sophisticated rooms with

bespoke services are some of what awaits you on an

Amazon luxury cruise; the perfect combination of a 5-star

on-land hotel, and the breath-taking Peruvian Amazon.

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The food on the Aria is a delight for the taste buds.

With a menu created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel

Schiaffino, recognized for his work with cuisine using

the myriad of ingredients from the Peruvian Amazon, an

explosion of colours, scents, and flavours is guaranteed.

Each ingredient has a history and relationship with the

Amazon; an infinite source of exotic foods to create an

unforgettable, luxurious gastronomic experience.

A ‘peque peque’

sails next to the

Aria in the Amazon.

The

gastronomic

variety of the

jungle is lived

daily on board

the Aria.

THE SHAPE OF WATER: THE ARIA

Designed by the renowned architect Jordi Puig, the Aria

maintains the style of a modern boutique hotel without

leaving aside the details that connect it with the jungle

as the wooden floors and decorations with indigenous

motifs. The neutral colors and the soft light of its facilities

allow the outdoor nature to shine, from the green of the

trees to the red of the sky at sunset.

Other ways to enjoy your trip? Drinking a cold fruit juice

made with local products in the ship’s bar; reading a

book about the magic of Peru in the lounge; or seeing

the stars up close on the observation deck. The jacuzzi

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Each room is a pleasure; ideal for relaxing after a busy day

of fishing and outings along the Amazon. The 16 suites on

the boat’s two decks all have panoramic windows so you

won’t miss any of the scenery, and are air conditioned for

complete comfort. Bedding is made using Peru’s finest

cotton and organic bathroom accessories give the cabins

a final touch.

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Top deck of the Aria,

perfect to enjoy the view.


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area, located right outside the lounge, is the icing on

the cake, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the open air on

comfortable lounge chairs.

All the excursions offered by the Aria are led by four, bilingual

naturalists. Aboard small motorboats, they take you into the

Pacaya Samiria looking for jungle animals like anacondas,

sloths, monkeys, and a wide variety of birds. Active travellers

can hike in the jungle, swim in some of the Reserve’s natural

pools, fish for piranhas, and even ride bikes around Nauta,

a typical jungle town located on the shores of the Amazon

where one can become part of local life.

A WORLD OF DOLPHINS: EL DELFIN

For those looking for complete exclusivity, the Delfin I is the

best option. With four large suites located on two decks,

only eight passengers at a time have the opportunity

to see the Amazon on this cruise. The experience: a

sensation of being in a luxury hotel, with completely

personalized service, but in the Amazon.

The Amazon is the ideal piece of art for each suite, and you

can enjoy it with panoramic windows from floor to ceiling.

Every suite also has a private outdoor terrace where one

Room of the Aria.

It stands out

for its modern

and luxurious

decoration.

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Spacious master suite

in the Dolphin II.

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HERENCIA MOCHICA, VIAJANDO AL PASADO

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The spa in the

Dolphin II, one more

option to relax.

The Deluxe Master

suite of the Dolphin I

and its private Jacuzzi.

can enjoy breakfast in the morning, or the sunset in the

afternoon. Soft bedding made using 100% Peruvian pima

cotton, hard wood floors from the Amazon forest, and

other exclusive details make nature a part of the Delfin I. As

a complimentary addition, each of the two Deluxe Suites

on the lower deck each have a private jacuzzi where

guests can enjoy the views and, maybe, bump into a pink

dolphin gliding though the Amazon waters.

The 14 suites of the Delfin II can accommodate up to

30 passengers, a much higher number than his brother

ship, but still offering all the luxury one expects from an

Amazon cruise of this class. All the suites share elegant

decorative details including hardwood floors, large

windows, air conditioning, and organic bath amenities.

Dining aboard either the Delfin I or the Delfin II is a

celebration of Peruvian flavours, thanks to the menu of

Peruvian-creole and regional dishes that reflects the rich

gastronomic tradition which characterizes our country.

Fresh, local ingredients are the basis of the refined, edible

art created by the Delfin chefs, guaranteeing guests a

delicious journey.

Led by bilingual specialists, excursions are designed to

bring the Amazon to the traveller. Passengers can enjoy

journeys to learn about the beauty of local flora and fauna,

as well as trips to local Amazon communities where visitors

can meet and share experiences with Amazonian people

who call this place their home. Sharing with the locals is

a core part of the Amazon experience, and visitors will

have a chance to learn about ancestral traditions and the

Amazonian people’s special connection with the natural

world around them.

If you prefer to take a break, the bar of both ships always

has a variety of chilled juices made from local fruits and

drinks created using special, local ingredients, which you

can enjoy as you watch the Amazon pass by. Additionally,

Delfin II offers spa services, and has a reading room and

mini gym.

The Amazon can be a demanding destination, but aboard

these cruise ships, you’ll feel right at home in the lap of

luxury. Are you ready?

Lounge and bar

of the Dolphin II,

perfect to rest in

your free time.

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CONNECT

WITH THE

SPIRIT

OF THE

AMAZON

The Amazon is one of the planet’s natural bastions,

which remains an almost virgin territory. Few have had

the privilege of exploring its depths, seeing its fish-filled

lagoons, the freely flying birds reflected in the river water

below, or sharing moments with the wise shamans who

have inherited their generations-old ancestral traditions.

This are some of the activities that we offer on our Amazon

Star cruise so that our passengers have the chance to

disconnect from the city, take in the beauty of nature, and

experience the Amazon on another level.

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AMAZON / NATURE

EXPLORING THE

PACAYA

SAMIRIA

RESERVE

You never know what you might find as you make

your way by boat through the rivers of the Pacaya

Samiria, known as the ‘jungle of mirrors’ because of the

spectacular way the forest reflects on the water. Thus,

our naturalist guides will be keeping their eyes wide

open so they are sure not to miss any of the species

that might cross your path.

You will have between two and three excursions each

day, which include an evening activity. During the night,

the jungle transforms: new animals appear and with

them come new sounds and new ways of spotting them.

The guides, who hail from different Amazonian cities

and communities, will share the famous legends of the

mysterious jungle with you as you explore.

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AMAZON / NATURE

BIRD

SIGHTINGS

Peru is paradise for those looking to sight birds or

engage in formal birdwatching, offering 1,830 different

species to be seen. Pacaya Samiria is one of the favourite

areas to realise these activities, with almost 450 different

types of birds catalogued, which include the white heron,

macaws, and hoatzin.

Navigate the tributary rivers within the reserve searching

for these animals. The specialised guides will help you in

the task, with the help of books that complement their

knowledge and binoculars to see them at a distance.

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AMAZON / NATURE

SWIM WITH

PINK

DOLPHINS

Pink dolphins are, without a doubt, the cherry atop the

whole Amazon experience. The stories woven around

their very existence have turned them into mystical

creatures, and the fact that they are not so easy to find

makes the prospect of swimming with them that much

more exciting.

Take a pre-sunset dip in the waters of Pacaya Samiria and

enjoy the sound of the birds as you await the dolphins.

These curious creatures travel in groups, making them

easy to spot as they make their appearance.

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AMAZON / ADVENTURE

FISHING FOR

PIRANHAS

Over the years, movies and television have given piranhas

an undeserved bad reputation. In this excursion, you will

have the chance to see these feared creatures face to

face and learn more about their species.

Explore the lagoons and summon all your patience as you

sit and wait for the fish to nibble your bait. Try not to let

their sharp teeth and uninviting face deter you, as what

you catch will be your dinner – an Amazonian reality.

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AMAZON / ROMANCE

SUNSET AND

STARGAZING IN

THE

AMAZON

If you are a fan of sunsets, prepare yourself for the

gorgeous, mind-blowing experience that is witnessing

one from the Amazon. Watch the rainbow of colours

reflect off the water as the sun hides itself behind the

treeline. This experience goes beyond being merely

postcard worthy; it is a gift.

When night comes and darkness descends, the sky

shimmers above in all its splendour. Make your way to

the Amazon Star’s open-air deck and revel in the beauty

of the stars and constellations that decorate the skies

above, as you are lulled into relaxation by the soft

sounds of the ship against the water.

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AMAZON / ADVENTURE

WATER

SPORTS

The best way to explore the jungle and get close to the

animals is in complete silence. Thus, navigating the

rivers aboard a kayak or paddleboard offers the perfect

opportunity to experience the intimacy of the jungle and

appreciate its treasures up close.

The Amazon Star provides both vehicles to its passengers,

and offers the chance to engage in afternoon

explorations of the waters, departing from small lagoons

within the reserve, and journeying to the mouth of the

Amazon River. It is an unforgettable and one-of-a-kind

excursion.

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Naomi Tamamoto

AMAZON / CULTURE

VISIT A

COMMUNITY

AND COMMUNE WITH A

LOCAL SHAMAN

For over 11 thousand years, groups of people have

chosen to settle in the Amazon and adapt to its

ways, living from what Mother Nature provides, and

establishing a profound relationship with her. These

days, despite incredible technological advances and

development, many of the native communities maintain

the legacy left behind by their ancestors, and continue

to live as one with the surrounding nature.

Visit the community of Puerto Prado, declared a private

conservation area, where community members take

advantage of the natural resources and offer visitors the

chance to experience the jungle first-hand. Then, join

the community shaman who will share his knowledge of

local medicinal plants and lead you in an ancient ritual.

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AMAZON / GASTRONOMY

TOUR OF A

LOCAL

MARKET

AND COOKING CLASSES

Fruits are a fundamental part of the Amazonian diet.

Encounter the exotic pacae, aguaje, camu camu, cocona

fruits, as well as over a dozen different kinds of bananas

as you peruse the market stalls and take in the array of

bright colours and natural products.

Then, time to delight the palate. What might you be in the

mood for? A doncella ceviche? An Amazonian rice dish

with chonta palm? Some locally cured cecina, perhaps?

Let our on-board chef be your guide as you learn about

the exotic flavours of Amazonian gastronomy.

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