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: Nauta Caño, Yacapana

After a delicious breakfast buffet featuring a wide variety of dishes including Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices, 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. Return to your sip where a cold towel, and plenty of time to rest before lunch, awaits you.

After lunch, enjoy relaxing on the upper deck of the boat taking in the river views, or head to the air conditioned lounge to for a lecture by the naturalist guides before heading out on the excursion 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 we head back to the ship for dinner, sit back and enjoy an incredible sunset reflected off the black water of the flooded forest.

Day 3: Marañon River, Yanayacu, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Rise early this morning 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. Amazonian people hold the belief that these dolphins possess the magical power to turn into men and women of great beauty. The skiff will anchor in a quite spot where you can enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee and fresh juice while taking in the sounds of the Amazon.

Back on board the ship enjoy an optional cooking class before lunch or simply relax as we sail along the Marañon River. Observe the different species of flora and fauna as we approach 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.

Head back to the ship and join the crew for the nights presentation. While you dine, the boat continues its 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 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.

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 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 Sapi-Sapi Lagoon.

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.

Day 5: Ucayali, Yanallpa, Dorado River, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

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 its dense vegetation. While floating 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. A great pace to explore more of the Amazons wildlife. Return to the ship for a lecture in the lounge by the guides and a relaxing lunch.

This afternoon, cruise the majestic Ucayali River and Dorado River. Along the way, meet the local fishermen, en route to the market in the small town of Requena, who will demonstrate their fishing skills and and happily show off their catch including catfish armored with a shell-like skin. Keep your eyes out for the very distinct "rafter banana” boats, loaded with hundreds of bananas heading towards the markets and towns. Sail on to the Dorado River where enchanting parrots, macaws and a variety of primates go about their day undisturbed by our presence. As you make your way back to the boat for dinner, keep an eye peeled to spot alligators, frogs and fishing bats.

Day 6: 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 7: Ucayali River, Clavero Lake, Village Visit

This morning sail on the great Ucayali River, observing the flora and fauna along the way. Visit a riverside community known for actively protecting the forest’s natural resources to meet the local people and learn about their customs. On the way back to the ship, keep a watch for iguana and any of the area’s 200 species of birds.

After enjoying lunch and an optional cooking class, sail on to Lake Clavero where villagers paddle in their 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. Once back on board, the ship will continue its journey down stream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night.

Before dinner, meet in the lounge with the naturalist guides for the Crew Presentation. Tonight he 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 8: Iquitos

This morning the ship is almost back in Iquitos. After your last breakfast aboard, head to land to visit an animal rescue center called "Fundo Neycer" on the Amazon River. Here, a wide variety of monkey species and birds receive much needed care from wildlife recovery experts.

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


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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