Day 1: Iquitos


After your flight from Lima, you will soon be deep in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon region. Claim your luggage at the airport and board an air-conditioned bus for your half hour journey to the river. From the moment you step on board your vessel you will enjoy the atmosphere of low-key luxury. Stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view as you leave Iquitos behind. After a brief safety drill it’s into the air-conditioned lounge, where you will learn about life aboard, and will have the first of the nightly briefings about your adventure to follow with the naturalist guides and cruise director.


Sit down, relax and sample some fine South American wine. For dinner, enjoy the truly world-class cuisine created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of the best in all of Lima. Schiaffino’s recipes, with their imaginative use of local products – fruits, fish, spices – makes every meal a delightful adventure. (The menu always offers choices, including a vegetarian option.) Toast the beginning of a beautiful journey. Perhaps enjoy a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring.


Day 2: Yacapana Isles, Yarapa River


Rise early in the morning to catch your first glimpse of the majestic Amazon River as the sun rises over this lush green, wildlife filled world. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet featuring a wide choice of traditional breakfast egg dishes, plus Peruvian specialties, and fresh-squeezed fruit juices. This morning you will 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. Float down the Yarapa, past the occasional fishermen paddling in their canoes, keeping your binoculars at the ready to spot wildlife: terns, tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloth are a few of the unique wildlife that we share this wonderful world with.


While the boat continues its journey along the Amazon River, you will have free time to rest or take a siesta before lunch. After your meal in the air-conditioned dinning room, sail on to Lake Clavero where villagers paddle in their traditional dugout canoes. You may wish to swim in the lake’s calm waters and visit the town to interact with the Amazonia community who will be pleased to welcome you. After a full, and wonderful day, head back to the ship to sip a classic Peruvian pisco sour on the Upper Deck while watching the sunset before heading to dinner.


Day 3: Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, Yanallpa, Dorado River


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 explore what scientists call a "gallery forest," because of the tunnel of leaves created by dense vegetation. As you float beneath the riparian vegetation, keep watch above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys.


Once back from your morning excursion, take your free time before lunch to relax, take part in a Peruvian cooking class led by the ships chef, or head to the lounge for the days lecture by the naturalists guides. There will also be time after lunch for a siesta, if you choose, before heading out on a magical journey through the "Jungle of the Mirrors," where towering trees are reflected in the dark river. Move on to Dorado River where enchanting parrots, macaws and a variety of primates, unperturbed by our presence, can be found. As you make your way back to the ship, you may spot alligators, frogs and fishing bats. Once back on board, enjoy dinner and drinks while you continue your journey upstream, toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers merge.


Day 4: Source of the Amazon, Village Visit


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.


Return the ship to share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before preparing for your onward journey back to Iquitos. Disembark the ship in the afternoon and head to to the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. From here, 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, 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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