Amazon Riverboat & Rainforest Lodge

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River Cruise
No two bends in the Amazon River are the same, and IE’s new Amazon cruise & rainforest tour option offers explorers the quintessential opportunity to explore two very different parts of the legendary Amazon rainforest. Enjoy three nights on the river aboard the new La Estrella Amazonica with time at the distinct Ceiba Tops Lodge. Spend your days in the ju...
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Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Enjoy a close-up view of life in the canopy.
    • See the plants and bright flowers attracting gorgeous birds and other creatures.
    • Head out onto the Amazon River to Monkey Island
    • See the Amazon River, rainforest, small villages, and narrow tributaries
    • See the marsh birds green ibis and yellow-headed caracaras
    • See the animal carvings, decorative blowguns, and a variety of necklaces, jewelry fashioned.

What's this trip about?

    No two bends in the Amazon River are the same, and IE’s new Amazon cruise & rainforest tour option offers explorers the quintessential opportunity to explore two very different parts of the legendary Amazon rainforest. Enjoy three nights on the river aboard the new La Estrella Amazonica with time at the distinct Ceiba Tops Lodge. Spend your days in the jungle canopy, on the forest floor and on an Amazon river cruise, learning about and exploring the culture and habitats that make the Amazon Basin one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth! From dawn until late into the tropical night, savor almost unlimited opportunities to experience two sides of the incredible Peruvian Amazon. Ultimate Amazon Expedition Cruise For three nights, enjoy the unparalleled charm and warmth of La Estrella Amazonica, our custom-built Amazon riverboat, where you can be spoiled by all the amenities of a major cruise ship with the exclusive intimacy of a private yacht. Aboard our custom-designed riverboat, you can enjoy daily discussions with our naturalists in the river’s only dedicated Lecture Room, relax on your cabin’s private balcony, and even stargaze from the Amazon’s largest Observation Deck. Commotion in the Canopy Experience life in the rainforest canopy as you ascend 120 feet into the trees for a true bird's-eye view of the jungle. IE conceived and funded the Canopy Walkway in 1992, and even used ropes and ladders imported from our home state of Alabama in the construction. The secret life of the canopy reveals itself on a rainforest tour like no other. Observe plants and bright flowers attracting strange insects or birds shimmering in bold primary colors - it is almost too much to absorb!

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Itinerary focusActive and Outdoor Sports
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityLima
End CityLima

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Birding
  • Education / Learning
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Relaxing Retreats
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • South America
  • Peru


  • Lima


  • Bird watching
  • Educational/ learning
  • Kayaking
  • Nature
  • Short Cruise
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Guided tours & lectures by native naturalists
    • Services of experienced expedition leader
    • 8 nights’ accommodation
    • All meal on cruise
    • Wildlife excursions on land & by skiff in three habitats: varzea, igapó and terra firma
    • Piranha fishing
    • Pre-dawn birding
    • Local village & school visits
    • Nighttime skiff rides & rainforest walks
    • Full educational program with lectures & field interpretation
    • Visit to Ranger Station #2 used for scientific study
    • Cooking demonstrations
    • Complimentary laundry aboard our Amazon River cruise ship
    • Guides’ reception with a complimentary Peruvian cocktail, soft drink, wine & beer onboard daily.
    • Blessing ceremony with a local Shaman
    • Tour of colonial Lima & frontier city of Iquitos
    • Tips to porters & waiters for included meals
    • Arrival & departure transfers

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Day 1
Arrive Lima Fly independently to Lima and overnight at the Costa del Sol Wyndham or similar Lima hotel. (Meals Aloft)

Day 2
Fly to Iquitos and visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about efforts to help these endearing mammals. See how the manatees are cared for and prepared for re...
Day 3
Amazon River & Tributaries Awake on the Amazon River, seeing a panorama of rainforest, small villages, and narrow tributaries. A morning excursion is a chance to watch for marsh birds such as green ibis and yellow-headed caracaras. Enjoy a look at life along the rive...
Day 4
Amazon Medical Clinic / Amazon Library Awake to the sounds of the forest, joining your naturalist for an early morning excursion by small boat looking for birds and animals that are found along the banks of the Amazon and its tributaries. After a hearty breakfast, visit ...
Day 5
Canopy Walkway / Ceiba Tops We say goodbye to La Estrella and the crew early this morning at a local market where we see the interesting rainforest fruits, vegetables, live animals and household products that are traded among people from different villages. We then board...
Day 6
Ceiba Tops / Iquitos / Lima We return by boat to Iquitos early this morning and transfer to the airport for our morning flight to Lima. After lunch and a glimpse at this coastal city, continue to the Costa del Sol (or similar) for dayroom use. This evening we are transferred to the airport for international flight.(B, L) amazon rainforest aracari

Day 7
Arrive Home Meet your connecting flights. (Meals Aloft)

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Price From $3,548
Price per day$507
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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When you travel with International Expeditions, you travel with pioneers in ecotourism. International Expeditions shows you some of the most remarkable places in the world — but does so in a way that’s as enriching as we can make it. Our escorted tours, planned and continuously refined over 35 years, include many elements that would be next to impossible to do otherwise. On our Amazon cruise, for example, we’ll take you further into the river's tributaries than anyone else, so that you have the chance for some exceptional sightings. And as you learn, you’ll also have a lot of fun and laughter — the joy that comes from making new discoveries in the company of friends who share in the excitement.

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In 1990, International Expeditions helped to form The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) by providing the major source of funding, and our founder and former president, Richard Ryel, also served as a member of the original board. TIES works to bring communities, conservation and sustainable travel together to promote ecotravel to natural areas, while conserving the environment and improving the well-being of local people.

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International Expeditions is the “world leader in nature travel” for one reason above all others — the superb, English-speaking naturalists and historians who guide you through Earth’s great wildlife and cultural destinations. These are not typical “tour leaders.” Rather, our guides are consummate local experts with the uncanny ability to tell you about all the animals, plants, history and culture you’ll encounter, and who care that you enjoy yourself and get the most out of your experience. You can be sure that because of them, your IE journey will be interesting, enriching, fun and exciting.

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International Expeditions specializes in small group natural history tours. Our strong contacts around the globe and thorough knowledge of each destination enable us to serve "independent" guests like no other travel outfitter. That’s why so many people turn to us to customize their ideal journeys to Earth’s great nature and cultural history destinations.

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With International Expeditions, you’ll travel in small groups (seldom over 16 guests), with expert nature travel guides, on meticulously planned itineraries. And you’ll stay in top-rate accommodations. You’ll be well looked after wherever you go. From our stylish  Amazon riverboats (which we helped design!) to romantic tented camps in Africa and everywhere in between, you can expect the very highest order of service. We’re detail-oriented, and it shows in our unrivaled pre-departure materials. From our picturesque brochures to the comprehensive Destination Handbook provided free of charge in your pre-departure package, no one prepares you for your journey like we do.

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For 35 years, International Expeditions has specialized in intriguing nature travel to the world’s greatest natural and cultural destinations as an adventure travel company. Our award-winning expedition cruises and small-group travel journeys combine many extraordinary elements.

The Best Values in Nature Travel: It takes more than a low price to be an outstanding value. Every activity, a full-educational program, exclusive access, knowledgeable expedition team, employee-staffed 24-hour emergency line and so much more are included in every journey — all with a price that makes it easier for you to explore!

Expert Local Guides: There’s no substitute for experience when it comes to offering small-group travel that’s authentic, educational and fun. That’s why our hand-selected naturalist guides are highly trained and educated natives, each passionate about their country. Why would you want to travel with an American “tour leader” when you can bond with these fun locals while gaining insight into their homelands?

Small-Group Travel to Earth's Greatest Destinations: From signature journeys to the Amazon and Galapagos, to our tours to Bali to Komodo, Nicaragua and Cuba, our nature-focused, small-group expeditions remain THE standard for exploring Earth’s greatest natural wonders. Plus, our intimate group sizes ensure you get the personal attention you deserve while exploring the exotic.

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