Day 1: Iquitos


From the moment you step on board, enjoy the Aria Amazon’s low-key luxury. As you settle into your handsomely appointed, generously proportioned suite, you will feel the vessel begin to embark on one of your life’s great adventures. We suggest you stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view, as the Aria Amazon leaves Iquitos behind. Over the next three days, you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular journey to a place visited by only a very few of even the most experienced world travelers.


Before dinner there will be a routine safety drill. Then it’s into the air-conditioned lounge, where you will learn about life on board, and have your first nightly briefing about the next day’s Amazon adventure. You will meet the ships naturalist guides and cruise director, who will use video, photos, and maps to introduce the details of the journey deep into the Peruvian Amazon.


Sit down, relax and sip fine South American wine at the welcome dinner. Toast the beginning of a beautiful adventure and enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine, created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences. Schiaffino’s imaginative use of local products – fruit, fish, spices – makes every meal a delightful adventure. (The menu always offers choices, including a vegetarian option.) After your meal, enjoy the rest of your evening taking in the surroundings and perhaps sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring to bed.


Day 2: Yacapana Isles, Yarapa River, Clavero Lake


The locals call Yacapana Islands "The Islands of the Iguana" because of the large number of these reptiles - like tiny dinosaurs - which inhabit them. Amazon folklore says that if you touch an iguana, you will develop some of its characteristics and, as no one wants to look like them, these animals are well protected. You will also see the famous Amazon River dolphins, pink or gray, along route. Amazonian people believe that these dolphins possess the power to turn into men and women of great beauty. The boat will pass close to lush islands, giving you wonderful photo opportunities of the tropical flora and fauna, before returning to the Aria for a breakfast featuring a wide variety of dishes, including Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices.


After breakfast, board the ships comfortable skiff to sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water are always available in the private boats. As you float down the Yarapa, past the occasional fishermen paddling in their canoes, keep your binoculars ready to spot wildlife: terns, tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloth share this wonderful world with us. Upon our arrival at Lake Moringo, use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish species. As you fish, trained naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and its inhabitants.


Return to the ship after your morning adventure to rest and have lunch and enjoy the lecture in the lounge by the naturalist guides before sailing on to Lake Clavero where villagers paddle in their traditional dugout canoes. Here you may dive in to have a swim in the lake’s calm waters or visit the community for a wonderful interaction with the Amazonia neighbors who will be pleased to welcome you.


Return once again to the boat where you are encouraged to enjoy a traditional Peruvian pisco sour on the Upper Deck while watching the sunset before heading to dinner.


Day 3: Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, Yanallpa, Ucayali & Dorado Rivers


This morning, board the skiffs to explore a fascinating black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guides will tell you about the jungle as you venture through what scientists call a "gallery forest," because of its tunnel of leaves created by dense vegetation. As you explore this type of riparian vegetation, watch above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys.


Return to the Aria and take the rest of the morning to rest, visit the lounge for a lecture by the naturalists, or partake in a Peruvian cooking lesson. There will be ample time following lunch for a siesta or relaxing afternoon on the decks.


In the late afternoon, head out on a magical journey through the "Jungle of the Mirrors," where towering trees are reflected in the dark river. Continue on to Dorado River where you may observe enchanting parrots, macaws and a variety of primates unperturbed by your presence. As you make your way back to the boat for dinner, keep an eye peeled to spot alligators, frogs and fishing bats.


This evening enjoy the crew's presentation of the day's recap and then move into the dining area for dinner while the ship continues it's journey upstream, toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers merge.


Day 4: Birthplace of the Amazon, Puerto Miguel Native Village, Manatee Rescue Center


This morning, the ship skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Rise early and be on your skiffs at 8:00 am to view one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the Amazon River. Here, where the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form the world’s greatest waterway, nature is at its most dramatic. Your dawn excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in small boats past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds.


Afterwards, travel to the Puerto Miguel native village, where the local people will extend you a very warm welcome. With your guide acting as interpreter, you can talk with them about their way of life along the river. It is also a wonderful opportunity to buy small handicrafts. On the way back to the Aria, the skiff will navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, where you will have a chance to see the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies or “Victoria Regias.” Have your cameras at the ready.


After lunch head out on a visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have seized from local people and fishermen. Biologists will give a presentation about the project and its efforts to help these mammals. You will also see how the manatees are cared for and are prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat. Then its back to the Iquitos International Airport, your guides will help you with check-in, and will stay with you until you have boarded your flight back to Lima.


Amazon Cruise


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Rates - 2017 Aria Amazon
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement

Jan 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar 3, 10, 24, 31

Apr 7, 14, 21, 28; May 12, 19; June 9, 16; July 7, 28

Aug 4, 11, 25; Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 20

Nov 10, 24; Dec 15, 22, 29

$3,645.00

$915.00

Prices based on two travelers sharing. 20% discount for children traveling under the age of 12. 20% discount will apply to third adult traveling with use of sofa bed and flat rate of $500 per night for children under the age of 12 using sofa bed.

* International flights not included. Please call for a quote from our air partners!

Rates - 2018
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement

Jan 5, 12, 19; Feb 2, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9, 16, 23

Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 25; Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

July 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct 12, 19, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 14, 21, 28

$3,825.00 $956.00

Prices based on two travelers sharing. 20% discount for children traveling under the age of 12. 20% discount will apply to third adult traveling with use of sofa bed and flat rate of $500 per night for children under the age of 12 using sofa bed.

* International flights not included. Please call for a quote from our air partners!

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