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Cruises

Aria Amazon; low water

Amazon, Peru

8 days

Summary

We highly recommend the 7-night Amazon River Expedition Cruise on the Aria Amazon where you may experience the most luxurious and comprehensive Amazon journey among the Amazon River’s three powerful tributaries: the Marañon and the Ucayali, as well as several hidden black water lakes.
Kayak, canoe and swim in these unspoiled black waters, keeping eyes peeled for the Amazon’s legendary pink dolphins. Be witness of one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birth of the Amazon River. Take a short jungle walk in the San Jose flooded forest and see the unforgettable giant water lilies. Enjoy a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River.

Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Manatee Rescue Centre.
  • Take a short jungle walk in the San Jose flooded forest and see the unforgettable giant water lilies.
  • Enjoy a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Iquitos

You will be met at Iquitos international airport then journey 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 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. For your information, the Aria Amazon embarks this evening at 6pm.

Day 2 Iquitos

Commence today’s adventures near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising along Yanayacu Pucate in the comfort of our state-of-the-art skiffs. Kayak, canoe and swim in these unspoiled black waters, keeping eyes peeled for the Amazon’s legendary pink dolphins. In the afternoon, visit a remote village along the Marañon River to learn about traditional customs. At night, focus your hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

Day 3 Iquitos

Set off by skiffs for an excursion along the Samiria River with optional fishing. Listen carefully to your after-lunch flora and fauna lecture, then venture out for a singularly thrilling jungle walk across suspended bridges deep into the high Amazon rainforest.
On your return in the evening, enjoy the jungle symphony and extraordinary stargazing on local boats along the “Enchanted Lake”.

Day 4 Iquitos

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. In the afternoon, you will witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River.

Day 5 Iquitos

Boarding your skiffs, start the day like Amazon River dwellers, cruising along the Ucayali River. As these farmers and fishermen go about their business, search for pink river dolphins in these pristine waters. Later in the day, return to the skiffs, to ride along the black waters of the Pacaya River at dusk, searching for the mysterious wildlife that come out after dark.

Day 6 Iquitos

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 jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Day 7 Iquitos

Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. In the afternoon, take a short jungle walk in the San Jose flooded forest and see the unforgettable giant water lilies.

Day 8 Iquitos

Visit the town of Nauta, founded in 1930. Today, villagers from around Amazonia gather here to sell the products they harvest in their rural communities. Walk around Nauta to gain insights into the daily life of these remotes people. Return to the ARIA 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.

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