Cattleya Amazon Cruise
Cattleya was constructed in 2013 with 6 comfortable air conditioned cabins, in-suite bathrooms, warm water showers, featuring picture window views.
The Cattleya Amazon river cruise boat has a capacity for 12 passengers and a crew of 8 to 12, including 2 knowledgeable naturalist guides fluent in english and spanish.
|Let’s cruising the Amazon on board of Cattleya!|
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeAmazon Cruises, Wildlife
Activity Level Moderate
The Cattleya is 75.5 feet = 23 meters long, the beam is 19.7 feet = 6 meters wide, draft is 6.5 feet = 2 meters deep. With a 185 hp caterpillar engine she cruises at 16 knots. The caterpillar 48 KW encapsulated generator provides power for the 220/110 volt electrical system. Communication is by UHF and VHF radios, and by satellite phone.
- Welcome drink (non-alcoholic)
- All meals, natural fruit juices and water
- Expert, bilingual guides and excursions
- Transfer to / from Iquitos airport
- Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance ticket
- Use of kayaks
- International or domestic airfares
- Airport taxes
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Cost of medical emergencies including evacuation
- Gratuities (suggested $50/person/night)
- Souvenirs or additional services
- Travel insurance
- Cost of relevant visas
- Anything else not listed as included
The adventure begins
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. Finally, here you will embark our modern and newly built riverboat, the M/V Cattleya. Take some time to settle in, relax and have a drink while 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 soon as you are ready, we will conduct a safety drill and explain everything you need to know about M/V Cattleya to have a safe and exhilarating adventure. Above all, this is the time to taste the first of many authentic freshly prepared dinners by our talented chef as we begin our journey along the Amazon!. (Dinner)
Ucayali Riverand Pacaya – Samiria National
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 as well as 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, amphibians, hundreds of mammals and primates. Prepare 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 experience, return to relax in comfort aboard the M/V Cattleya for a nourishing dinner and review of the day’s discoveries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Sapoteriver / Pacaya – Samiri A National
Venturing deep into the rainforest, we will spend the entire day wandering through the island mazes and twisted tunnels of 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. Then, 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 as well as 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 stargazing on deck before you turn in for a well-deserved night’s sleep.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Pacaya- Samiria National Reserve
After an early breakfast, we will further explore the vast wetlands of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Then, add to your growing list of wildlife and bird sightings. In the afternoon, we will visit a village along the river to learn about the lives of the “Ribereño”. They are people who call the river’s edge their home. Moreover, 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. Finally, 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)
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. It is 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’ daily activities. As we turn into the Ucayali River, the famous river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins frequently swim near the boat. After that, we will board our sturdy excursion boats to explore the channels that weave through island mazes. Now we can get a closer look at the wildlife such as monkeys, frogs, and a variety of marsh birds
- Capacity: 8 passengers
- Additional accommodation: 1 child in each cabin
- Length: feet / meters
- Beam: feet / meters
- Draft: feet / meters
- Lifejackets: In all cabins
- Crew: 8
- Guides: 2
- Launch boats: 2, each with a capacity of 8-10 passengers, guide and launch pilot
- Cruising Speed: 16 knots
- Engine: Caterpillar 185 HP
- Generator: Caterpillar 48 KW (encapsulated)
- Radio Communications: VHF, UHF, Satellite Telephone
- Observation Deck
- Dining Room
- Indoor Bar & Lounge