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  • A large furry monkey sits among greenery in the Amazon rainforest.
  • The top of a tree is filled with bright blue and yellow parrots.
  • A strikingly orange and black poison dart frog sits on a green leaf.
  • A black and yellow bird sits near its finely woven nest in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Young children giggle at a joke in the Amazon rainforest.

Bottom: © Jorge Salas

Highlights

  • View wildlife on hikes, excursion boat rides and kayak paddles in the Amazon.
  • Delight in luxurious amenities aboard the Zafiro, including an indulgent spa and fresh Amazon fusion cuisine.
  • Experience a blessing ceremony and Q&A session on medicinal plants with a village shaman.
  • Dance to traditional music during happy hour receptions.
  • Meet local people during village and school visits.

“I am so excited to share this experience with you in an incredible area where culture thrives and biodiversity is at its highest.”

Allen LaPointe, vice president of environmental quality
Allen LaPointe stands in the microbiome lab at Shedd.

Your expert host

The Amazon’s ecosystems are all about water, and no one at Shedd knows more about that life-giving liquid than Allen LaPointe, vice president of environmental quality. He plays a key role in replicating the environmental parameters for the animals in each of Shedd’s exhibit areas, including Amazon Rising. Allen was also involved in water-quality studies in Guyana, South America, in conjunction with Shedd’s conservation research projects there, and he has tales to tell about his adventures. This will be Allen’s second time hosting a Shedd Adventure in the Amazon. He is a member of the Lt. Governor’s Illinois River Coordinating Council and serves on a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago blue-ribbon panel.

A view from one of the riverboat Zafiro's rooms, featuring a stunning pink, orange and blue sunset over the river.

Accommodations

On our first night, all travelers will stay independently at the Swissôtel to prepare for the flight to Iquitos the next morning. We will board the elegant riverboat Zafiro, which we will call home for the following six days. This is a modernly furnished riverboat that provides four levels of suites, each with their own panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Guests will enjoy locally infused cuisine of the Amazon along with complimentary Peruvian cocktails, local beer, wine and soft drinks onboard.

Mornings on the Zafiro are calm and relaxing. Travelers have access to the luxurious observation deck with views of the Amazon rainforest and clusters of wooden houses on stilt legs. When arriving back at the vessel from our shore excursions, guests have access to the full outdoor bar and lounge, indoor reading lounge and fitness room. Evenings provide a sky full of stars, which can be seen from the Zafiro’s outdoor jacuzzi. Other options include aromatherapy and massages at the spa, which is staffed by a wellness specialist.

Included

  • Shedd Aquarium expert host
  • International Expeditions leader to accompany the group from time of arrival in Lima
  • In-country departure taxes (Lima/Iquitos/Lima)
  • All meals and excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers in Lima regardless of time of arrival or departure, and in Iquitos
  • Tips to porters and waiters for included meals
  • Onboard the Zafiro
    • Bottled water, soft drinks, local juice, Peruvian alcoholic beverages, Peruvian beer and house wines.
    • Premium liquor, wine and beer are not included.
    • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion)
    • Robes and slippers
    • Laundry: 10 items per person free (additional items can be laundered at an additional cost)
    • Boots and walking sticks, life-jackets
    • Guide receptions while onboard including musicians
    • Use of two 12-passenger forward-facing excursion boats and one 25-passenger side-facing excursion boat
    • Two naturalist guides (three if 31 or more guests)

Not Included

  • International airfare –priced separately (USA to Lima, Peru). $50 ticketing fee will apply.
  • In-country air for the main expedition (Lima/Iquitos/Lima)–approximately $409–billed separately
  • U.S. and Peruvian departure taxes (generally included in the air ticket), fuel surcharges
  • Meals in Lima except breakfast on Day 2 of the 10-day program
  • Gratuities to the expedition leader ($60 per guest suggested), naturalist guides ($120 per guest suggested) and boat crew ($210 per guest suggested)
  • Personal items such as passports, souvenirs, drinks not mentioned under inclusions and laundry above 10 items on the riverboat
  • Optional post-trip extension in Machu Pichu and Cusco
Machu Picchu, built into a mountaintop, is laid out in tiers among misty mountain peaks.

Optional extension

Journey to the Inca heartland

The Sacred Valley and “lost city” of Machu Picchu offer a rare glimpse into the soul of the Andes—a place where you can experience the essence of life and a history stretching across the centuries. For more information, please email Whitney Holderfield at [email protected].

Getting there and home

Please plan to arrive in Lima the evening of April 3 and plan to depart Lima the evening of April 12 or early morning April 13. Our partners at international expeditions have a full-service air department and can assist you with booking your flights if needed.

Group Size

Up to 32 guests

Price Per Person

Pricing ranges by cabin from
$6,500-$8,700 double occupancy

Nature Requires Flexibility

Activities are weather dependent and may be subject to change if guide sees it’s necessary.

Physical Requirements

Participants must be able to walk without assistance at least one mile over uneven terrain and stand for up to two hours at outdoor locations while listening to a guide; be able to tolerate temperatures reaching into the upper 90s with high humidity; and be able to climb in and out of excursion boats. Any activity while on the voyage can be skipped if you prefer staying on the boat and relaxing.

Questions?

Contact [email protected] for further detailed information