Explore the Amazon with Fulbrighters, an adventure into the heart of the most biodiverse place on earth. Experience authentic cultural exchange with local residents, enjoy the serenity in Amazon forests and rivers, observe the Amazonian wildlife and hike among the most diverse flora and fauna. Learn about this fascinating ecosystem from trained naturalists and observe the incredible Milky Way on the Amazon.


Total cost: from $5,348 (additional cost depending on cabin selection and availability)

Dates: August 17 – 26, 2018

Travel partner: International Expeditions

Questions? Contact the Fulbright Travel Team or International Expeditions


Registration deadline open while cabin availability lasts!

  1. Registration Packet
  2. $600 deposit

To register: contact Whitney Holderfield at (800) 633-4734 ext. 27169 (whitney.holderfield@ietravel.com);

or Sherry Boyd at ext. 27122 (sherry.boyd@ietravel.com) at International Expeditions



Day 1: Friday, August 17

Arrive Lima

Fly independently to Lima, Peru, the nation’s capital and largest city, and transfer to the Swissôtel for the night. (Dinner in flight)


Day 2: Saturday, August 18

Lima / Iquitos / Embark Amazon Riverboat / Amazon River

Fly over the Andes to Iquitos. 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 reintroduction into their natural habitat. Prior to boarding our riverboat, survey the history of local tribes at a small museum. Enjoy stargazing and storytelling with our local guides while cruising slowly on the Amazon River toward the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers. (B,L,D)

  • We typically fly out of Lima at 10:15am. Embark 5:00pm
  • If low water, we will drive to Nauta to embark
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    Day 3: Sunday, August 19

    Confluence of the Amazon River / Río Ucayali

    We awake this morning on the Amazon River, seeing some of the ever-changing panorama of jungle life as our Amazon River cruise ship continues upriver. Small villages dot the shoreline, and channels weaving through island mazes provide close-up views of a variety of birds. The confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers is famous as the beginning of the Amazon River in Peru. Amazingly, we are about 2,400 miles from where the river flows into the Atlantic. The river drops only about 350 feet the entire way! On our Amazon Voyage adventure, travel waterways aboard sturdy excursion boats to areas where we may find marsh birds such as oriole blackbirds, green ibis, yellow-headed caracaras, black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant. We turn into the Río Ucayali, where we’re apt to find gray river dolphins and Amazon pink dolphins cavorting near the boat and along the shoreline. Later we take an excursion into the surrounding rainforest in search of giant water lilies and elusive wildlife such as monkeys and sloths. As dusk approaches, fishing bats begin their night’s foraging. (B,L,D)


    Day 4: Monday, August 20

    Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

    After a peaceful breakfast along the black-water Sapote Creek, we explore a small tributary of the Ucayali aboard our excursion boats. Look for animals including primates, sloths and an enormous variety of birds. Our Amazon Voyage adventure continues upriver to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Although scientific studies are far from exhausted, the Pacaya-Samiria is the known home to 450 bird species, 102 species of mammals, over 130 species of reptiles and amphibians, and countless plants. This afternoon, an excursion into this largest wetland reserve in the world provides the opportunity to see 13 species of primates, including monk sakis, red howler, saddle-backed tamarin and squirrel monkeys. Explore Caro Lake, connected to the river by way of a very small stream, where we may find flocks of greater ani, often seen following monkeys in search of insects disturbed by the monkeys’ foraging. We enjoy a nighttime boat excursion for a chance to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)


    Day 5: Tuesday, August 21

    Rio Pacaya / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

    Spend the day exploring this flooded realm, seeing wading birds such as herons, wattled jacanas and horned screamers. Venturing deep into the rainforest, tour an igapo (seasonally flooded forest), where plant life is very different from what we see along the main course of our Amazon cruise, and walk through the forest. Lucky guests may release turtle hatchlings. A delicious lunch energizes us for afternoon excursions with our expert naturalists, where we may find scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks and red howler monkeys. (B,L,D)


    Day 6: Wednesday, August 22

    Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

    After an early breakfast, we board our excursion boats for access even further into the heart of these vast wetlands. As our Amazon Voyage adventure cruises the narrow waterways, we’ll find birds such as canary-winged parakeets and spectacular blue-and-gold and scarlet macaws. Primates also are fairly common, including noisy squirrel monkeys. Once we arrive at a remote ranger station, enjoy a refreshing swim. Gradually make our way back to our riverboat through the maze of waterways. Enjoy an al fresco lunch and time to relax before our afternoon excursion. (B,L,D)


    Day 7: Thursday, August 23

    Río Ucayali / Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

    This morning we head back downriver, with a morning wildlife or other activity. Visit a village along the river, with the chance to learn about the lives of the “Ribereño” people who live there. Accompanied by guides who grew up along the river, this is a fantastic opportunity to stroll through gardens learning about medicinal plants and folklore, visit a school, or join in a game of soccer. The children are especially excited to see their faces on digital cameras and to show off their school and sing Peruvian songs. Depending on the villages visited during your Amazon River tour, you may also have the opportunity to see an IE-funded water treatment plant. The clean drinking water provided by these plants is having an enormous positive health impact in remote river villages. Learn about medicinal plants and enjoy a blessing ceremony by a respected village shaman. Aboard the ship, take advantage of the open-air top deck, learning to make traditional Peruvian dishes or enjoying an enriching lecture. After dark we’ll go out in our excursion boats to listen to the sounds of the rainforest and look for nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)


    Day 8: Friday, August 24

    Amazon River

    Wake up early for a morning birdwatching excursion along the Yarapa River. After breakfast, try your hand at piranha fishing in Ubos Lake. Piranha are very common in the slower-moving water. With luck, we may catch red-breasted, white or black piranha, and feast on our catch this evening at dinner. Once back aboard our Amazon River cruise ship, we enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)


    Day 9: Saturday, August 25

    Iquitos / Lima / Depart

    Disembark around 9:00am. Iquitos excursion. Return to the boat for lunch. Fly to Lima. Dayrooms are provided until you connect with flights home, which depart after midnight. (B,L) • We typically fly out of Iquitos around 3:00pm but flight times vary and may affect itinerary • If the water level is low, it may require that we disembark in Nauta


    Day 10: Sunday, August 26

    Arrive Home

    Arrive Sunday and connect with flights home. (Meals Aloft)

    What’s Included

    • Accommodation onboard the 19-cabin Zafiro
    • Expedition Leader to accompany the group from time of arrival in 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 & waiters for included meals
    • Naturalist guides
    • Shared lecture with Smithsonian guide
    • In country departure taxes

    What’s not Included

    • International flights
    • In-country air for the main expedition (Lima/Iquitos/Lima) – approximately $399
    • Expenses of a purely personal nature
    • U.S. and Peruvian departure taxes, fuel surcharges
    • Laundry Services
    • Gratuities to the expedition leader, naturalist guides and boat crew
    • Meals, drinks, and snacks not stated in itinerary
    • Extra and or alcoholic beverages at group meals
    • Visas or other necessary entry documents



    Deposit Deadline: February 16, 2018

    Final Payment Deadline: March 1, 2018

    Payments and registrations should be made directly to International Expeditions (contact Whitney Holderfield at 800. 633.4734 ext. 27169 or e-mail at whitney.holderfield@ietravel.com). Please note that cabins will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there are a limited number of each cabin available. You may register in a shared room even if you do not have a designated roommate and International Expeditions will attempt to pair you with someone else, but cannot guarantee a roommate will be available.

    Cabin Options

    2018 Amazon Voyage Lower Deck Suites Upper Deck Suites Lower Master Suite Upper Zafiro Suite
    Double Occupancy $5,348 $5,748 $6,148 $6,648
    Single Occupancy $7,648 $8,048 $12,296 $13,296

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    Membership Requirements

    Participants must be current members of the Fulbright Association in order to join the tour. If you are not a member, you can click here to join, or if you are a lapsed member, please click here to renew your annual membership.

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