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Amazon River Cruise—February 2018
Aboard Zafiro

Early next year, VENT will return to the Peruvian Amazon with our annual Amazon River Cruise, February 8-18, 2018. For this departure we’ll use a beautiful vessel, Zafiro, featuring elegant design, superior stability and viewing conditions, spacious rooms with private viewing decks, and good cuisine. It is one of the most comfortable river boats available.

Zafiro on the Amazon River

Zafiro on the Amazon River— Photo: International Expeditions


For many years, our Amazon River Cruise has been among our most popular trips. Unlike many companies that operate on the Amazon, we visit one of the wildest stretches of the river, upstream from the Peruvian city of Iquitos. Our itinerary includes plenty of time on the main channel of the Amazon in addition to exploration of the Ucayali and Marañon rivers, the two principal tributaries of the Amazon River. Our trips are scheduled for the high water season, when we can explore smaller tributaries and back channels in comfortable and stable flat-bottom skiffs. Every outing away from the ship offers unique and delightful experiences with Amazonian wildlife, from parrots perched in riverside trees to massive Horned Screamers standing watch over flooded lagoons and huge macaws winging across a brilliant Amazonian sunset, as well as a pageant of hawks, herons, kingfishers, trogons, monkeys, river dolphins, crocodiles, and more.

Blue-and-yellow Macaws

Blue-and-yellow Macaws — Photo: Andrew Whittaker

Visiting remote and unspoiled regions, this trip will be an unforgettable excursion—a full Amazonian rainforest and river experience. While birding is an important element of this program, we will be immersed in the full suite of Amazonian wildlife. Our trip also includes presentations from the cruise staff and VENT leaders on an array of topics that underscore the trip’s broader natural history theme. We’ll learn about the complex ecology of the Amazonian ecosystem and its wildlife and gain insight into the local indigenous culture through a visit to a riverside village.

If you haven’t yet made your winter travel plans, we strongly encourage you to consider this marvelous opportunity to explore one of the great ecosystems of the world. Please note that we will operate only one Amazon River Cruise departure in 2018. Cabins are still available.

Amazon River Cruise: A Birding and Natural History Odyssey Aboard Zafiro, February 8-18, 2018 with David Ascanio and Andrew Whittaker; cabins start at $7,495 per person in double occupancy from Lima. Limit 31.

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