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 four 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: Ucayali, Yanallpa, Dorado River, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve


After enjoying the daily breakfast buffet featuring a wide variety of dishes, including Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices, head out on the days irst adventure. 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 it's dense vegetation. As you float through this riparian vegetation, keep watch above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys. There will also be an opportunity to hike the Yanallpa Gorge rich with thick forest and a chance to spot a variety of wildlife and bird species.


Return tot he ship for lunch and enjoy a siesta perhaps, lecture by the naturalists guides in the lounge or simply relax on the upper deck. This afternoon, cruise the majestic Ucayali River and Dorado River, giving you the chance to meet the local fishermen who demonstrate their skills and show off their catch - including catfish armored with a shell-like skin – en route to the market in the small town of Requena. Along the way the photogenic "rafter banana” boats, loaded with hundreds of bananas, drift down the river. This is a once in a life time photo opportunity. Continue to move on to the Dorado River where enchanting parrots, macaws and a variety of primates can be found, unperturbed by human presence. As you make your way back to the ship for dinner, keep an eye out for alligators, frogs and fishing bats.


Day 3: Puinahua River, Pacaya River, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve


Today there are two excursions on offer.


You may choose to undertake a full-day excursion along the Pacaya River, observing and exploring the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. You will sail among a wide variety of wildlife and birds including large parrots, macaws, herons and storks as well as many species of primates like the capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys. You will have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful lakes in the protected reserve and to meet some of the friendly local people who take care of the reserve’s natural resources. The nature guides will discuss Aqua Expeditions involvement in the natural resource management of Amazonia. Lunch will be a picnic served en route.


You may choose instead to board the sail boat after breakfast and explore the Pacaya black water river. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water are always available in the boats. As you sail, the occasional fisherman will paddle past in their homemade canoes. Keep your binoculars at the ready as terns, tropical songbirds, black hawks, monkeys and sloths are often spotted. Use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas of the Amazon. As you fish, trained naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and its inhabitants. Return to the ship for lunch, then head out on your afternoon excursion, keeping your eyes peeled for two different kinds of freshwater dolphins including the unusual pink dolphins found in the Amazon River. Arboreal lizards, iguanas and some of the area’s 200 bird species can be spotted along the way.


Both outings will return the ship for dinner, and to rest up for the next days adventure.


Day 4: Ucayali River, Clavero Lake, Village Visit


This morning, sail along the great Amazon River, observing the flora and fauna. Stop at a riverside community to learn about their conservation of the forest’s natural resources and their own ancestral customs. As you head back to the ship for lunch and possibly to enjoy a cooking lesson, keep your eyes out for iguanas and examples of the areas 200 bird species.


After lunch, and a good rest, sail on to Lake Clavero where villagers paddle in traditional dugout canoes. Swim in the lake’s calm waters and visit the town to interact with the Amazonia community who will be pleased to welcome you. Return to the ship and enjoy a cooking lesson, lecture in the lounge by our naturalist guides, or just sit back and relax as the vessel continues sailing downstream toward Iquitos. Tonight meet in the lounge with the naturalist guides for the Crew Presentation. The guides will introduce some of the crew members whom you may not have met, who worked "behind the scenes" to ensure your memorable trip has been filled with countless exceptional experiences.


Day 5: Iquitos


This morning offers the opportunity to visit an animal rescue center called "Fundo Neycer" on the Amazon River. Here, monkeys and birds receive much needed care from experts in the management and recovery of wildlife species.


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 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20 , 27; Mar 13, 20

Apr 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22; Jun 5, 12

Jul 17, 31; Aug 14, 28; Sep 4, 25; Oct 2, 9

Nov 6, 13, 20; Dec 18, 25

$4,860.00 $1,215.00

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 1, 8, 15, 22; Feb 5, 19, 26; Mar 12, 19, 26

Apr 16, 23, 30; May 7, 28; Jun 9, 11, 18, 25

Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20, 27; Sep 3, 10, 17, 24

Oct 1, 15, 22, 29; Nov 5, 12, 19; Dec 10, 17, 24

$5,100.00 $1,275.00

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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