Day 1: Iquitos


Your guides await you, as your flight from Lima glides in for landing at Iquitos International Airport. After you’ve claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus for your journey to the river. Transfer to Nauta’s main wharf and enjoy a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive through the Peruvian countryside to the small village of Nauta. You will be traveling along the only road out of town . . . and it only goes as far as Nauta.


Here you will board your ship and immediately begin enjoying the vessels low-key luxury. As you settle into your handsomely appointed, generously proportioned suite, you will feel the boat begin to move –the beginning of one of your life’s great adventures. We suggest you stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view, as you leave Iquitos behind. Over the next seven days, you will 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 the crew will perform a routine safety drill. Then it’s into the air-conditioned lounge, where you will learn about life on board, and have the first nightly briefing about your next day’s Amazon adventure. You will meet the naturalist guides and cruise director, who will use video, photos, and maps to introduce the details of your journey deep into the Peruvian Amazon. Sit down, relax and sip fine South American wine. Toast the beginning of a beautiful journey and enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine, created by our 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.)


Before retiring, perhaps sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck under the stars.


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, Village Visit, Nauta City


This morning, the ship skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin where one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere is found: the birth of the Amazon River. Here, at the junction of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form the greatest waterfall in the world. Your dawn excursion will seem as though serenaded by abundant bird song, as you glide in small boats past large-billed terns, laughing falcons, exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other bird species.


Travel by boat to a community located along the Marañon River, where you will meet and interact with local villagers in this remote part of the world and learn about their traditions and folklore. Walk around with your naturalist guides to see how Aqua Expeditions works with these communities to improve their natural resource management. There will be opportunity to learn about medicinal plants from a Shaman or local medicine teacher, whose knowledge of spiritual healing has been passed down from generation to generation since time immemorial. You will also have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts directly from the artisans before returning to the ship to enjoy lunch.


Return to the ship to have a rest, and enjoy lunch before heading out on your afternoon excursion to the town of Nauta. The town of Nauta was founded in 1930. Nauta is the main point where villagers from around Amazonia come to sell the products they harvest in their rural communities. Walk around and gain insights into the life of these coastal people and visit the local fresh market with your guides on hand to point out the different varieties of local fish and wide diversity of indigenous fruits. Later, you may visit the Lupunillo or Marayali Creek, a tributary of the Marañon River.


Tonight meet new passengers who have signed on for the four-night trip, and enjoy your gourmet meal as the ship begins its journey along the Marañon River

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Day 5: Marañon River, Yanayacu, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve


This morning head out for a visit to the Yanayacu - Pucate River in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Vibrant flora and fauna are in abundance along this black water river. Keep your eyes out for macaws, several species of primate like the capuchin and squirrel monkeys, and the famous Amazon River dolphins. There will also be an opportunity to toss in a line and fish for the famous ferocious piranha.


Return to the ship for lunch and a lecture in the lounge by the naturalist guides on sustainable development projects carried out in this part of the Peruvian Amazon before setting out for a village visit. Travel by boat to a community located along the Marañon River, where you will meet and interact with local villagers in this remote part of the world and learn about their traditions and folklore. Walk around with your naturalist guides to see how Aqua Expeditions works with these communities to improve their natural resource management. Adventure through the jungle while your guide points out fruit trees and medicinal plants that have been used by local villages for generations.


Day 6: Samiria River, Village Visit, Nauta Caño


Head out after this mornings breakfast for a walk along the Samiria River to learn about the sustainable development projects in Amazonia. Visit an area where villagers plant and harvest palms for oil as well as a stretch of the rivers edge where the local Amazonia people help create artificial nests in the sand to protect turtle eggs. Veer off the rivers path and head into the jungle to search for wildlife and learn first-hand about the value of medicinal plants. Keep an eye out for the famous Ceiba tree, the highest in the Amazon. After your long mornings walk, climb into a traditional Amazonian canoe for a short paddle and have a cool down swim in the waters of the Samiria River. Return to the ship for a Peruvian cooking class, optional daily lecture in the lounge by the guides and lunch.


This afternoons excursion takes you to Nauta Caño. Nauta Caño is part of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, also known as the Forest of Mirrors on account of its dark, reflective lagoons. Toucans, macaws, iguanas are just a few of the many species that can be found here. As you head back to the ship for dinner, sit back and enjoy an incredible sunset reflected off the black water of the flooded forest.


Day 7: Marañon River, "Casual" Terra Firme Forest Walk, Yanayacu Yacapana


This morning sail along the Marañon River. Observe the different species of flora and fauna as the ship approachs the Casual community where you will climb off for a hike on land. There is a plethora of wildlife to be seen here, so keep your binoculars ready. Tanagers and orioles, as well as various reptiles and amphibians, scurry about and lounge around. Keep an eye out for the extraordinarily colorful, but very poisonous, frogs along the trail as well as trees and medicinal plants. There will be an optional canoeing at Sapira Creek on the Marañon River before returning to the ship for lunch.


After lunch, board the skiffs and make your way to the Yacapanas. The locals call Yacapana Islands “Islands of the Iguana" for the large number of these reptiles - like tiny dinosaurs - that inhabit them. Skirt close to the islands edge for great photo opportunities. The guides will find the perfect spot to anchor while you toss in your fishing hooks in hopes of snagging the famous piranha or perhaps another of the many indigenous fish to the Amazon. Your naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and the wildlife that inhabits it as you watch the sunset. En route back to the ship, the guides will be searching the shallows of the great river in search of the world's largest aquatic plant called “Victoria Regia." As the sun goes down, keep your cameras at the ready for the jumping pink and grey river dolphins.


Day 8: Iquitos


After this mornings breakfast, depending on the weather, you will tour the flood zone that borders the city of Iquitos and the houses and shops that float on the Itaya River for several months of the year. Afterwards, stroll through the traditional market of Bellavista Nanay, bordering the Nanay River, where exotic snacks like the Amazon Caterpillar, "Suri," can be found along with many other locally sold and traded goods. These caterpillars live in the palm trees and are considered a very appetizing snack for Amazonia people, even in the city.


Return to the ship where, sadly, it’s time to finish packing. Leave your packed suitcases in your suite for pickup before going to lunch. This afternoon, you will take a guided tour of Iquitos, glorious city in the days of the rubber boom. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. Later, stop at the Amazonian Indian Market San Juan where you can shop for local crafts before leaving.


Guides will help with check in at the airport and 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

Apr 7, 14, 21, 28; Jul 7, 28; Aug 11, 25

Sep 1, 22, 29; Oct 6; Nov 3, 10; Dec 15, 22, 29

$8,505.00 $2,125.00

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 Aria Amazon
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement

Jan 5, 12, 19; Feb 2, 16, 23; Mar 9, 16, 23, 30

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

Jul 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28

Oct 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16; Dec 14, 21, 28

$8,925.00 $2,235.00

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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