Cattleya Journey

3/4 Nights

To appreciate the natural wonders of the Peruvian Amazon, it is important to consider being on board a boutique vessel like the M/V Cattleya Journey. This lovely vessel provides total comfort and relaxation for passengers while fulfilling a complete itinerary to different points of the Amazon Rainforest, the paradise where you can experience and explore several natural wonders. With only 8 guests, it provides one of the most exclusive experiences available in the Amazon.

The cruise includes:

  • A tour to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve offering traveler a diverse variety of animals and landscapes
  • Professionally guided travel that helps you discover the most important aquatic fauna, the largest number of reptiles and other species that can only be found in the Amazon

4 day/3 night Itinerary – Wednesday to Saturday

Day 1: Wednesday

Iquitos – M/V Cattleya

Fly Lima to Iquitos on the  afternoon flight. You will be greeted upon arrival and transported to the  M/V Ca ttleya riverboat. Upon arrival,  take some time to  settle in,  relax  and  have a  drink as  you  get to  know  your  fellow passengers. There will never be more than 8 guests, so  you  will have the opportunity  to  make life-long  friends. We  will conduct a safety drill and  explain everything  you  need to  know  about the M/V Cattleya to  have a safe and fun adventure. Savor  the first of many  wonderful dinners by our  talented chef as we begin our  journey along the Amazon.  (Dinner)

Day 2: Thursday

Pacaya Samiria  National Reserve

Enjoy  breakfast as  we cruise along the Marañón River. Board our  excursion boat for a day-long excursion in the Pacaya Samiria  National Reserve, the  largest reserve in Peru  and the  second largest in all the  Amazon. Travel  by excursion boat from  Yanayacu Creek to  the  remote Yarina  Cocha. We will take a  rainforest hike and you  will experience the  huge biodiversity that the  rainforest is known  for Watch for monkeys, sloths, tree-frogs, iguanas, pink and gray  river dolphins, and many  varieties of bird species. Examine and learn first-hand about jungle plants–their unique survival tactics as they compete  for sun  and nutrients in the dense rainforest, the part they play in sustaining the complex balance of life in the jungle and the important medicinal value they offer.
After a day filled with  once-in-a-lifetime experiences, return to  the M/V Cattleya  for dinner and a relaxing evening with  friends. (Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner)

Day 3: Friday

Pacaya Samiria  National Reserve

In the morning we depart for  our  next adventure a  spectacular  tour  of the rainforest  from  its  canopy. Take a short hike to  the  canopy walkway a suspended bridge spanning over 500 meters (1/3 of a mile) connected by platforms in  the rainforest treetops. Experience an  unique view of  the rainforest flora  and fauna from  heights reaching 35  meters (115 feet). After this  breathtaking experience, enjoy lunch  and some free time aboard the M/V Cattleya.  In  the afternoon  we  will visit one of  the local  villages  to  gain  a  deeper  insight  into  how  people  live  in the Amazon.  Meet a local  shaman, participate in a traditional ceremony of spiritual healing. Before you  depart, you will have the opportunity to view and purchase some of their handicrafts and delightful folk art.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Saturday

Return to Iquitos

As we  cruise  slowly  back down the Marañón River  we  will come to  the confluence  of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers, where the “true” Amazon River begins.
After lunch  transfer to  the Iquitos airport or your  hotel.  (Breakfast, Lunch)


5 Day /4Night Itinerary –  Saturday to Wednesday


Day 1: Saturday

Iquitos – M/V Cattleya

Welcome  to  the Amazon! Reached  only  by airplane  or  boat, the bustling  city of Iquitos  is the 5th   largest city in Peru  and the  beginning of your  Amazon adventure! You will be met at the  airport and comfortably transported  2 hours by road to  the   town   of  Nauta. Here you  will embark our  modern and newly  built  river  boat, the   M/V Cattleya. Take some time to  settle in, relax  and have a drink as you  get to  know  your  fellow passengers. There will never be  more than 8 guests, so  you  will have the opportunity  to  make life-long  friends.  As safety  is our priority,  we will conduct a safety drill and explain everything you  need to  know  about the  M/V Cattleya to  have a safe and exhilarating adventure. Savor  the first of many  authentic freshly prepared dinners by our  talented chef as we begin our journey along the  Amazon!  (Dinner)

Day 2: Sunday

Ucayali Riverand Pacaya – Samiria National Reserve

After a relaxing  breakfast  along  the black-water of  Belluda-Caño  Creek / Dorado  river, we will explore a  small tributary of the Ucayali  River looking  for a variety of primates, colorful and unusual birds unique  to  the Amazon River basin and a  wide variety of  primates, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and rainforest plants. Our  wildlife sightings and experiences will swell as  we continue up  river into  the  Pacaya-Samiria reserve,  the  largest wetland reserve in the world and home to  over 500  species  of  birds,  over 130  species  of  reptiles  and amphibians  and hundreds of mammals and primates. Have your binoculars and cameras on  hand because our  guides will expertly identify creatures difficult to  spot with  an  untrained eye. After an  invigorating  day filled with  once in a lifetime experiences, return to  relax  in comfort aboard the  M/V Cattle y a for a nourishing dinner and review of the day’s discoveries. (Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner)

Day 3: Monday

SapoteRiver – Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Venturing deep into  the rainforest, we will spend the entire day  wandering through the island mazes and twisted tunnels of the the igapo (seasonally  flooded  forest) where the dense plant life is dramatically different than what we see from  the river’s edge and harbors a whole new variety of exotic wildlife. As water levels allow,  we will hike through the reserve for close up viewing and  discovery lead by our  expert and knowledgeable guides. Examine and learn first-hand about the  jungle plants their unique survival tactics as they compete for sun  and nutrients in the dense rainforest, the part they play in sustaining the complex balance of life in the jungle and the important medicinal value they offer. Witness a brilliant Amazon sunset  as  we return to  the M/ V Cattleya where you  can savor  a glass  of wine  or  a pisco sour  with  your  expertly  prepared dinner  followed  by some star-gazing  on  deck before you turn  in for a well deserved night’s sleep.  (Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner)

Day 4: Tuesday

Pacaya- Samiria National Reserve

After an  early breakfast, we  will further explore the vast  wetlands of  the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Add to  your growing  list of wildlife  and bird sightings.  In  the afternoon,  we will visit a village  along  the  river for a chance to meet and learn about  the lives of the “Ribereño” people who  call the river’s edge their home. It is an  excellent opportunity to  ask questions (practice your  Spanish if you  like!) and gain  a deeper understanding of how  people live  in  this  remote part of  the world.   A wide variety  of  handmade handicrafts  and delightful folk  art  will be available  for  your  viewing and purchase. Experience  one of  many  brilliant  Amazon sunsets as  we return to  the M/V Cattleya. As we cruise slowly back toward Nauta, join the crew and all your new friends in a farewell dinner of authentic Peruvian cuisine and a celebration of your Amazon experience. (Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner)

Day 5: Wednesday

Confluence of the Amazon River – Ucayali River Reserve

In the morning we slowly meander up-river toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers, famous for marking the beginning of  the mighty Amazon River (and inspiring our  company name: Ucayali – Marañón). Observe small  villages that dot the river’s edge and catch a glimpse of the  locals’ activities as they  go about their day.  As  we turn  into   the Ucayali  River, the famous freshwater gray  river dolphins and Amazon pink  dolphins frequently  swim  near the boat. We will board our  sturdy excursion  boats to  explore  the  channels that weave through island mazes so we can  get a closer look  at the wildlife that abounds such  as monkeys, sloths, frogs, and an amazing variety of marsh birds. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Tour Cost

3 Nights USD 3000 5250
4 Nights USD 3800 6650
What's included

All excursions - All meals - All non-alcoholic drinks - Transfers from the ship on recommended flights tickets to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

What's not included

Air tickets to and from Iquitos - Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation) - Alcoholic drinks from the bar and dinning room - Gratuities to guides and crew - Purchases in our boutique or in other locations - Any additional excursions.


Prices and itineraries are correct at time of printing but are subject to change without previous notice. Children under 13 yrs receive a 13% discount