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                     Luxury cruise on the Amazon River in Peru                      

People who have travelled along the Amazonian waters agree that the National Paek Pacaya Samiria in Peru has no equal in the world. In a deep black lake in the park, you will see pink dolphins jumping and ready to play with you. You maybe also be tempted to fish piranha or be lucky enough to see fabulous rainbows after a fine drizzle. Beside the thousands of animal species and luxuriant local flora... Between luxury and wilderness, this cruise in Amazon will be one of the best travel experiences you will live !

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Aria Boat
  • Day 2: Yacapana Island - Yarapa River
  • Day 3: Yanallpa River - Ucayali River
  • Day 4: Puerto Prado - Nauta
  • Day 5: Marañon River - Pacaya Samiria Reserve
  • Day 6: Pacaya Samiria Reserve
  • Day 7: Yanayacu River - River Tahuayo - Charo's Lake
  • Day 8: Belen native community

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Aria Boat

Embarkation and Check-In. From the moment you step on board, enjoy the ARIA AMAZON’s low-key luxury. Before dinner we will perform a routine safety drill. Then it’s into the air-conditioned lounge, where you will learn about life on board, and will have the first nightly briefing about your next day’s Amazon adventure.

Welcome dinner and night on board.

Included : private transport, cruise, drinks, dinner

Day 2: Yacapana Island - Yarapa River

After the breakfast buffet, we will pass close to lush islands, giving you the opportunity to take good pictures of the tropical flora and fauna. We will also see the famous Amazon River dolphins, pink or gray, along our route. This morning you will board our comfortable skiff to sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Upon our arrival at Lake Moringo, use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish species. As you fish, trained naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and its inhabitants. Return to the ARIA AMAZON, you will have free time to rest before the lunch.

In the afternoon, we sail on to Lake Clavero where villagers paddle in their traditional dugout canoes. You may wish to swim in the lake’s calm waters and visit the community to interact with our Amazonia neighbors who will be pleased to welcome you.

Before dinner, sip a classic Peruvian pisco sour on the Upper Deck while watching the sunset. Dinner and night on board.
Included : entrance fees, cruise, drinks, lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 3: Yanallpa River - Ucayali River

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 we explore what scientists call a "gallery forest," because of its dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we explore this type of riparian vegetation, watch above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys. Return to the ARIA AMAZON. Optional Peruvian cooking lessons and lunch time.

This afternoon we take a magical journey through the "Jungle of the Mirrors," where towering trees are reflected in the dark river. We move on to Dorado River where you may observe enchanting parrots, macaws and a variety of primates, unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the ARIA AMAZON, you may see alligators, frogs and fishing bats.

While you dine, we continue our journey upstream, toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers merge.

Dinner and night on board.
Included : entrance fees, cruise, drinks, lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 4: Puerto Prado - Nauta

This morning, the ARIA AMAZON skirts the edge of the vast Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Get up early to see one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the origin of the Amazon River. Here, the junction of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form one of the greatest waterfalls in the world – certainly this is nature at its most captivating. Your morning excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in our small boats past large-billed terns, laughing falcons, exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other vibrantly hued birds.

We will 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.

This afternoon, we will visit the town of Nauta, founded in 1930. Nauta is the main point where villagers from around Amazonia come to sell the products they harvest in their rural communities. We'll walk around Nauta to gain insights into the life of these coastal peoples. We will also visit the local fresh market, with your guides on hand to point out the different fish caught by the fishermen of Amazonia, and all types of indigenous fruits.

Return to ARIA AMAZON. Dinner and night on board.

Included : entrance fees, private transport, drinks, lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 5: Marañon River - Pacaya Samiria Reserve

This morning, visit the Yanayacu - Pucate River within Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Here on this black water river you can observe many species of flora and fauna, especially macaws and several species of primates like squirrels monkeys, capuchins monkeys and the famous river dolphins, either pink or gray. You will also have the opportunity here to fish for the ferocious piranha.

On this visit to a community located along the great river Marañon, our expert guides will introduce you to the native people of Amazonia. You will be invited to visit the lands where they practice subsistence farming and see how they cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. In the primary forest, your guides will also teach you about the fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.

Dinner and night on board.

Included : entrance fees, cruise, drinks, lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 6: Pacaya Samiria Reserve

This morning your naturalist guide will talk about sustainable development projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. Your guide will also show you the artificial nests created in the sand to protect turtle eggs. Then we will go into the jungle to encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the value of medicinal plants found here. Keep an eye out for the famous Ceiba tree, the highest in the Amazon.

Cooking lessons and lunch time.

Nauta Caño is part of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, also known as the Forest of Mirrors due to its dark lagoons, which reflect the scenery. In this area we will observe toucans, macaws, and iguanas, among many other species. As we make our way back to the ARIA AMAZON, you may also see alligators, frogs and fishing bats.

Dinner and night on board.

Included : entrance fees, cruise, drinks, lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 7: Yanayacu River - River Tahuayo - Charo's Lake

We sail along the Marañon River, watching the different species of flora and fauna as we approach the Casual community where we will hike on land. Here you will see a plethora of wildlife, so keep your binoculars ready to observe tanagers and orioles as well as various reptiles and amphibians. Keep an eye out for the beautiful and eye-catching but poisonous frogs along this fascinating trail, as well as trees and medicinal plants.

The locals call Yacapana Islands “Islands of the Iguana" for the large number of these reptiles - like tiny dinosaurs - that inhabit them. We pass by in the skiff, giving you the opportunity to take plenty of pictures. After our arrival at one particular spot, you may use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish. Your naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and its wildlife while you watch the sunset.

Dinner and night on board.

Included : entrance fees, cruise, drinks, lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 8: Belen native community

Depending on the weather, we will tour the flood zone that borders the city of Iquitos and observe the houses and shops that actually float on the Itaya River for several months of the year. Then we will visit the traditional market of Bellavista Nanay, bordering the Nanay River, to see products from the Peruvian Amazon including exotic snacks like the Amazon Caterpillar. Called "Suri," these caterpillars live in the palm trees and are considered a very appetizing snack for Amazonia people, even in the city.

Lunch and disembarkation. This afternoon, we will take you on a 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.

Guides will help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you have boarded your flight back to Lima.

Included : entrance fees, private transport, drinks, lunch, breakfast

Luxury Cruise ARIA   

Level : luxury
Included : private transport, cruise, drinks, dinner

The 45 meter (147 foot) long Aria was designed by the innovative Peruvian architect Jordi Puig. Extremely generous dining and lounging areas include an outdoor river facing Jacuzzi. Floor to ceiling windows face the Amazon River in the ship’s 16 Design Suites, each measuring 23 square meters (250 square feet). Four suites can interconnect for families. Upgrades to the spa include new decor for enhanced relaxation. This striking black hulled ship accommodates a maximum of 32 guests plus 26 crew including a paramedic and four English-speaking naturalist guides. Aqua Expeditions highly experienced river pilots and the most rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the waters of the Peruvian Amazon. All 16 Design Suites on the Aria Amazon across the first and second deck measure 23 square meters (250 square feet), 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.

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