Esperanza Amazon Cruise, Peru
Economic Amazon River cruise charter option for an 18-berth vessel .
Over a decade's experience sailing with English-speaking groups.
Minimum cruise length of 4 days applies.
The M/F Esperanza is a sturdy and basic - but homely - Amazon River vessel, that is often used for medical service, academic and research expeditions.
A couple of times a year, she also offers 7-day fish-collecting trips, on the Nanay, Momon and Amazon rivers, for aquarium hobbyists. Ask us for dates.
Luckily, she is available for charter, when not scheduled for alternative use.
Remodelled in 2017 and given a steel hull and superstructure, the Esperanza has two levels, which accommodate seven twin / double cabins and four single cabins, sleeping a maximum of 18 passengers. All rooms are equipped with lighting and fans powered by rooftop solar panels.
Aside from the sleeping quarters, the boat boasts:
Two passenger restrooms on the lower deck.
A dining hall on the upper deck, with a drinks freezer.
A rooftop observation deck, with partial canopy and hammock space.
A fully-equipped kitchen serving all meals, and which can cater to vegetarian and other dietary preferences.
Auxiliary boats (speedboat or skiff) for use on excursions.
Kayaks that can be used upon request.
A friendly, experienced crew of 6 or 7 (depending on passenger numbers).
Her shallow draft is ideal for navigating the narrow tributaries of the Amazon and for pulling up directly to riverbanks for ease of passenger access.
All prices quoted are for the CHARTER of the entire vessel.
|4 Days||£4,661 / $5,996|
|Up to 18||5 Days||£5,826 / $7,495|
|Up to 18||6 Days||£6,992 / $8,994|
Exclusive use of the Esperanza with 6 regular crew and bilingual (and very experienced) guide
Use of auxiliary boat
Use of kayaks
All meals (3 hearty meals daily - vegetarian and other dietary preferences can be met)
Crew tips (though clients are welcome to give additional, if they wish)
Port captain sailing papers
Entry fees (Monkey Island) and tips to communities where the group may go fishing
Transport from airport/hotel to boat and vice versa on return to Iquitos
Unlimited, purified drinking water.
Hotel in Iquitos (but we are happy to make recommendations and reservations)
Beers and sodas
The below is an example of a four-day itinerary on board the M/F Esperanza.
Please note that activities and overnight stays may vary, according to climactic and river conditions.
Day 1: Iquitos - Bellavista - Nanay River
Transfer from Iquitos airport or hotel to port of Bellavista in order to board the Esperanza (at whatever time you prefer).
We can visit the small, but colourful market area of Bellavista, with our guide, while luggage is being put onboard.
Breakfast on board as the Esperanza gets underway (or we can arrange breakfast at Aris Burger, a long-time culinary institution on the Plaza de Armas in Iquitos).
We sail up the Nanay River - stopping for fishing (eg black piranha), swimming from white-sand beaches, and general exploration.
Overnight at a sandbar on the Nanay river - bonfire, night fishing, possibility of sleeping out on the sandbar, if the weather is appropriate (with mosquito net, etc.). Hopefully it will be a clear night with starry skies.
NB. Lunch and dinner on board - the cook will happily cook up any fish that the group catches!
Day 2: Nanay River - Atun Cano
Early morning fishing, if desired.
Departure from sandbar, traveling downriver to the Amazon River itself, passing from the blackwater of the Nanay to the white-water of the Amazon. This is a good spot to look for dolphins.
Visits to caiman and fish farm at Barrio Florida (a short distance below Iquitos) and to the butterfly farm at San Rafael.
Optional visit to town of Mazan (taking motokars 3 miles overland from the Amazon River port of Timicurillo).
We continue downriver on the Amazon to Atun Cano with its community-protected lake, where we can kayak and fish. We can also explore jungle trails in the vicinity.
Overnight at Atun Cano. Opportunity for a night excursion in auxiliary boat to look for nocturnal wildlife.
Day 3: Atun Cano - Yanamono
Today, we travel upriver on Atun Cano Channel (which has excellent bird-watching and scenery) to the Napo River.
On reaching the Napo, we travel downstream to the channel leading to the town of Francisco de Orellana. This is near the location where Europeans first encountered the Amazon River. Visit to the town.
Enter Sapo Playa, a channel leading from the Napo to the Amazon - the Napo entrance is a reliably excellent place for seeing both species of river dolphin. Swimming with - or rather, in the vicinity of - the dolphins should be possible.
Sail through Sapo Playa channel to the Amazon visiting small communities on the way.
Travel upriver on the Amazon a short distance to Yanamono, with its sugar-cane rum distillery. (Yes, product can be sampled!).
Day 4: Yanamono - Iquitos
Morning demonstration of how the rum is made, ending with the opportunity to sample/purchase 4-types of rum, plus molasses made out of sugarcane. (Breakfast can be french toast or pancakes & bacon served with molasses!).
We then travel upriver to Monkey Island for a mid-morning visit to this rehabilitation centre for primates. Most of the primates are free-roaming, and so provide excellent photo opportunities. It is also a good location for birdwatching.
Continue upriver towards Iquitos, with lunch on board.
Mid-afternoon arrival to port in Iquitos, where we transfer you to hotel or airport.