Aqua Expedition’s 3 night Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aria Amazon begins in the remote colonial city of Iquitos (IQT), Peru and transports guests in exceptional comfort deep into the Amazon rain forest, along the Marañon River, the Amazon’s largest tributary, as well as other neighbouring rivers (the Yarapa and Yanayacu-Pucate), each one rich in vibrant wildlife and thriving rain forests. Go fishing for the many species of Amazon fish, explore into the dense jungle on foot in search of three-toed sloth’s, toucans, macaws then come back to the comfort of our skiffs to meet taricaya turtles in their natural habitat and hunt for endangered pink dolphins, unique to the Amazon, at play. As the Aria Amazon journeys towards the union of the Ucayali and the Marañon Rivers, considered the birthplace of the Amazon, learn from our experienced, English speaking naturalist guides about the diverse Amazon wildlife and birds of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
About the vessel:
Custom built in 2011 and refurbished in 2015 – the M/V Aria can accommodate up to 32 guests in 16 oversized suites, all of which feature huge panoramic windows, luxuriously appointed bathrooms with hot water and air-conditioning. Common areas include an indoor and outdoor lounge, cold water Jacuzzi, observation deck and dining room. All 16 Design Suites on the Aria Amazon across the first and second deck measure 23 square Metres, with individual air conditioning, polished timber flooring and a wall of floor to ceiling glass facing the Amazon River. En suite bathrooms with rain shower and organic bath amenities incorporate the latest eco-sensitive technology.
Four professionally trained naturalist guides lead guests of the Aria Amazon on daily expeditions aboard comfortable skiffs deep into the Amazon’s tributaries and on foot into the sultry Amazon rainforest. True ribereños, or “river dwellers”, all English speaking Peruvian experts, grew up on the banks of the Amazon, and know every bird and mammal call as well as they do the sound of their mother’s voice. They possess a local native’s ability to spot a brown-throated three-toed sloth sleeping high up in the tree canopy, an anaconda slithering along the shoreline and even the elusive capybara hiding in the high grass after nightfall.
Bookings* in combination with Explora Sacred Valley with Aria Amazon Cruise made from Novermber 20th, 2018 to febrary 28th, 2019 to travel from April 1st to November 30th, 2019 will receive:
-20% discount for a minumum 3 night stay on Explora Sacred Valley
-$350 USD travel credit for flights from Lima or Cusco
-Upgrade to second deck or 50-minute massage session in case of no upgrade availability.
*Terms and Conditions apply.
You will be met at Iquitos international airport and then transferred, by air-conditioned vehicle, through the Peruvian countryside to Nauta’s Main Wharf to board the Aria Amazon, stopping for a riverside lunch en route. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures.
Included in your cruise package are:
• All meals while onboard
• All excursions off the Aria Amazon
• Beverages (non-alcoholic, select premium wines, sparkling wine and national beer)
• Transfers to/from vessel when arriving or departing on recommended flights
• Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee
Following a routine safety drill and introduction to our naturalist guides, gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences. For your information, the Aria Amazon embarks this evening at 6pm.
Amazon River – Yarapa River – Nauta Caño
Aboard this morning, the comfortable skiffs, and set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Keep your binoculars ready to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. You’ll go fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas while your naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo. As the sun sets, head off on an evening’s wildlife excursion with extraordinary stargazing on the black waters of Nauta Caño.
Marañon Creek – Suspended Bridges – Yanayacu- Pucate
Rise with the sun to explore a ‘lost river’ along the Marañon River. After breakfast, you will take a jungle walk across suspended bridges deep into the high Amazon rainforest. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as you look for legendary pink river dolphins. Focus the hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.
Manatee Rescue Center
This morning, you will visit the local fresh market with your guides who can identify the day’s catch by the fishermen of Amazonia and the region’s exotic fruits. Return to the boat for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying good bye, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. You will also visit San Juan craft market on route to the airport. Lunch or box lunch will be provided, depending on the exact departure flight time, which may vary. Other local activities may be included as well, according to the flight schedule.
Transfer to Iquitos Airport for your onward flight.