As you navigate more than 500 miles of the Amazon River aboard the upscale small ship Zafiro, witness an amazing variety of flora and fauna and come to understand traditional village life during this once-in-a-lifetime voyage.

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Amazon River Cruise

Round-trip from Lima Aboard the 36-guest Zafiro

9 days from $6,295

As you navigate more than 500 miles of the Amazon River aboard the upscale small ship Zafiro, witness an amazing variety of flora and fauna and come to understand traditional village life during this once-in-a-lifetime voyage.

or Call 855-330-1542

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This trip was exactly what we were looking for - a good introduction to the nature, history and culture of the Amazon Basin in Peru. It served to whet our appetite for more explorations into the vibrant, colorful watery jungles of the Amazon. 

- Barbara T.

We loved the naturalists, the crew, the local food, and are convinced the boat was the best on the Amazon. Truly an unforgettable experience!

- Carol M.

Our trip to the Amazon River was far greater than we expected! Not only did we get to learn a lot about wildlife and Peruvian culture, but also enjoyed delicious fresh food and an exceptional service!

- Arianna B.

The staff on the trip are the best I have ever encountered, and I have been to Antarctica, Galapagos, Alaska, in the Mediterranean.

- Joan S. & Peter T.

The Amazon river Smithsonian Journey is a superb way to enter into the most biodiverse environment on earth, to meet some of its people, and to gain an appreciation of life there. It is excellent in every way.

- Martha, M.


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Oct 8 - 16, 2022 Departure
Nina Zitani

Nina Zitani

Dr. Nina Zitani is an accomplished field research biologist with a passion for teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of the living parts of the natural world. Her published research includes discovering and naming 15 new insect species of Costa Rica; scientists have named eight new insect species in her honor. Recent research has focused on the ecology of the Onychophora (velvet worms) of Ecuador. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she uses her extraordinary creativity and photography to enrich her lectures on natural history, evolutionary biology, biodiversity and conservation science. For nearly 30 years she has been a science educator in the classroom and in the field. Her engaging natural history lessons on topics ranging from pollination, to the ecology of native plants and food webs, to the evolution of birds incorporate stories and imagery from her North American field experiences and 24 expeditions to Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru. Dr. Zitani resides in London, Ontario, Canada where she is the Curator of Zoological Collections and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Western University. 

Oct 22 - 30, 2022 Departure; Oct 28 - Nov 5, 2023 Departure
Jesus Rivas

Jesus Rivas

Jesus Rivas was born in Caracas, Venezuela and graduated with a degree in biology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. His research interests include natural history, ethology, and conservation. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and has been studying behavioral ecology and conservation of large tropical reptiles of the llanos of Venezuela. Most of his experience has been with green iguanas and green anacondas as well as the Orinoco crocodile, spectacled caiman, and green sea turtles. Rivas has taught courses in tropical ecology and is currently working at New Mexico Highlands University where he oversees the ecology lab while he continues his research and teaching. 

Feb 4 - 12, 2023 Departure
Pepper Trail

Pepper Trail

Pepper Trail has traveled the world in the course of his studies on the ecology, behavior and conservation of birds. After receiving his Ph. D. from Cornell University, Pepper did post-doctoral research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the California Academy of Sciences. An expert photographer and writer, his work has appeared in publications ranging from Science, Evolution and Conservation Biology.  He is also a widely published poet, and his collection Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

For over 20 years, Pepper has served as the forensic ornithologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, work that has earned him the title of "the Sherlock Holmes of bird crime."  He is the creator of the leading feather identification website, The Feather Atlas of North American Birds.

Pepper enjoys leading tours to the world's top natural history destinations, including the Galapagos, Amazon, Antarctica, and New Guinea.  His enthusiasm and sense of humor always convert a few 'non-birders' to 'birders' every trip.  And his lecture in the persona of Charles Darwin is not to be missed!