Day 1: Iquitos

Fly into Lima were you are met by a guide and assisted through customs.After a short transfer, board your ship and 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 eight 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: Amazon, Yacapana, Yarapa, Clavero Lake

Rise early today head to the Yacapana Islands, locally referred to as "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, have lunch and enjoy an optional lecture in the lounge by the naturalist guides as you sail 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 will skirt the edge of the vast Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Get up early to see one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the origin of the Amazon River. Here, the junction of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form one of the greatest waterfalls in the world. Your morning excursion will be serenaded by birds as you glide in small boats past large-billed terns, laughing falcons, exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other vibrantly hued bird species.

Next, 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 the naturalist guides to see how Aqua Expeditions works with these communities to improve their natural resource management. You will also have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts, directly from the artisans, before heading back to the ship for lunch and a rest.

This afternoon visit the town of Nauta, 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 Nauta gaining insight into the life of the Amazonian coastal peoples. Visit the local fresh market with your guides on hand to point out the different fish caught by the local fishermen, and an abundance of indigenous fruits. Later, you may explore the Lupunillo or Marayali Creek, a tributary of the Marañon River.

Returnt he the ship to meet new passengers who have signed on for the four-night trip, and enjoy your gourmet meal as we start our journey along the Marañon River.

Day 5: Marano River, Yanayacu, Pucate River, Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

This morning, paddle out to visit the Yanayacu - Pucate River within Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Here, on this black water river system, many species of flora and fauna, macaws and several species of primates like squirrel monkeys, and the famous pink or grey river dolphins can be found. On the way back to the ship for lunch, use a hook to fish for the famously ferocious piranha.

After lunch join the naturalists in the lounge for a lecture on sustainable development projects carried out in this part of the Peruvian Amazon before heading out on a village visit. On this visit to a community located along the great river Marañon, your expert guides will introduce you to the native people of Amazonia. You will be invited to see, and learn about, subsistence farming and how the locals cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. In the primary forest, your guides will also teach you about the fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle. Head back to the ship after your adventure for dinner.

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