When we found out we were going to be filming there for our show All Aboard TV, we were beyond excited. We had seen a presentation from International Expeditions and quickly understood why this cruise should be on the bucket list of every adventurer and wildlife enthusiast.
We have cruised Alaska, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and even a river in Europe. But this was completely different. We had never been south of the equator, much less the Amazon River basin in Peru.
This was going to take some studying. Mostly from a clothing standpoint. Thankfully we had some great packing advice from IE, and our local friends at Bill Jackson’s made sure we had the right gear.
Two of the most important things on the list were, the right clothing, and good insect repellent. Check out our article/video on the gear:
Our trip started with a quick flight from our home base, Tampa, thru Miami then on to Lima, Peru. After a great night at the Swissotel there we were off on a pre-cruise excursion to learn more about Peru’s amazing and historical capital city, Lima.
After a nice walking tour of the area surroungin Plaza Mayor, if was time for our quick flight to Iquitos which is only 4 degrees south of the Equator, and home port to our floating hotel for the next 7 nights, La Estrella Amazonica.
With a capacity of only 32 passengers, this intimate ship instantly felt like home. One of the things I was most concerned about was the total disconnect from the rest of the world. No phone, no Internet ( it was not working on this trip), and no TV. Everyone is so used to having the worlds information at their fingertips 24/7, that I have to admit their was a little anxiety at first.
Not to worry. With all of the adventures that our guides had planned for us….we didn’t have time to worry about internet and phone calls. The only thing on our minds was immersing ourselves in the culture, people and wildlife of the Amazon River.
Watch the part one episode that aired on the CW Network
Next on our list of must do cruises is another great itinerary from International Expeditions….The Galapagos Islands. Stay tuned for that one…
Til then… Life’s Short, TravelOften.
Rob & Kerri
Amazon River Cruise