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Cruises

Aria Amazon Explorer; high water

Amazon, Peru

5 days

Summary

Aqua Expedition’s 4 night luxury cruise on the Aria Amazon begins in the remote colonial city of Iquitos(IQT), Peru and transport guests in exceptional comfort deep into the Amazon rainforest, along the Ucayali River, the Amazon’s largest tributary, as well as the four other rivers, each one rich in vibrant wildlife with thriving rainforests. Go piranha fishing, trek into the dense jungle in search of Amazon monkeys, three-toed sloths, crown headed hoatzin birds, toucans, macaws and giant water lilies.
Come back to the comfort of our skiffs to cruise up close to view Taricaya turtles and spectacled caimans in their natural habitat while pink dolphins, at play, challenge your photography skills. As the Aria Amazon journeys towards the confluence 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 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.

Highlights

  • Take a beautiful journey with the Aria Amazon towards the union of the Ucayali and the Marañon Rivers, considered the birthplace of the Amazon.
  • Located deep within the Amazon rainforest and accessible only by water, the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, also known as the “Mirrored Forest”.
  • Kayak, canoe, and swim in these unspoiled black waters, keeping eyes peeled for the Amazon’s legendary pink dolphins.
  • The Amazon River originates in streams that run through the Andes Mountains then flows mightily across South America through Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Special Offer


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.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Iquitos/Cruise

Amazon River
We will meet at Iquitos International Airport then enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant or we will serve a box lunch en route, depending on the flight arrival time. The afternoon continues with an introduction to this historic city and the opportunity to meet an indigenous Amazon community. At 6:00pm we will board the ARIA AMAZON. Note: during the low water season you will be 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.

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

Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to your naturalist guides, gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by our Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences.

Day 2 Iquitos/Cruise

Yanallpa River- Dorado River
This morning, after breakfast, start your day exploring by skiffs, the black waters of the Yanallpa River, disembarking to walk deep into the Amazonian rain forest. Later, board the skiffs again to cruise along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife and with extraordinary stargazing.

Day 3 Iquitos/Cruise

Pacaya River- Ucayali River – Tapiche River
The rewards of your early start today are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River. After lunch, venture out by skiffs on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Day 4 Iquitos/Cruise

Clavero or Yarpa River – Amazon River
Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Visit a remote Amazonia village in the afternoon. This evening before dinner, we will gather to introduce you to some of the crewmembers whom you may not have met, working “behind the scenes” to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon.

Day 5 Iquitos

Manatee Rescue Center
At the Bellavista Nanay morning market along the Nanay River, sample exotic snacks from the Peruvian Amazon like ‘suri’ Amazon Caterpillar that are considered especially appetizing. Return to pack up for departure. Before saying goodbye, we make one last especially memorable stop at the Manatee Rescue Center, a very special kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees.

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