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Peru: Amazon River Discovery

From $3,800

  • Enjoy top standards of comfort and service aboard the luxury river cruise ships M/V Aqua or M/V Aria
  • Spot the Amazon's spectacular wildlife, including 13 species of monkey, hundreds of species of birds, and unique freshwater pink dolphins!
  • Gaze at the breathtaking spectacle of sunrise over the birthplace of the Amazon
  • Meet remote Amazonian villagers and learn about their folklore and ways of life
  • Visit a manatee rescue center to see what’s being done to protect these gentle, vulnerable creatures

On our exciting voyage through the Peruvian Amazon, you’ll explore exotic rivers and jungles teeming with wildlife, while enjoying all the amenities of the M/V Aqua orM/V Aria, two unique luxury vessels offering the highest levels of accommodation. Each day, venture deep into the forest aboard a comfortable excursion skiff, accompanied by guides steeped in local knowledge—in the evenings, return to the ship for a gourmet meal and a blissful sleep in your air-conditioned suite. Cruise along “black water” rivers, visit islands thick with iguanas, and spot monkeys, pink dolphins and a bevy of tropical birds in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Gaze at the breathtaking spectacle of sunrise over the birthplace of the Amazon, and meet the natives of a remote Amazonian village to learn about their way of life. This MTS expedition is a perfect mix of adventure, culture, expert guidance, and immersion into nature, along with a daily infusion of creature comforts. So climb aboard—your extraordinary journey down the Amazon awaits! Inspiring countless legends and epic adventures, the Amazon Basin features a level of biodiversity beyond compare—one-tenth of the planet’s species call this rainforest home.

Day 1: Arrive in Iquitos and transfer to M/V Aqua or M/V Aria

Arrive in iquitos via Lima, Peru's capital, and transfer to the luxurious M/V Aqua or M/V Aria, your home away from home for your Amazon River adventure. There will be a brief ship safety drill before your guide briefs you on the details of the next three days' activities, then you'll enjoy a sumptuous dinner created by one of Lima's premiere chefs.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:M/V Aqua and M/V Aria

Day 2: Exploring the Tahuayo River and Yacapana Islands

You'll want to wake early to catch the sunrise over the glorious Amazon, heralding the beginning of your exploration of this new, verdant world. In the morning we'll board comfortable excursion skiffs to explore the Tahuayo, a classic "black water" river, so-called because of the high tannin content of the water, which makes it very dark. As we float down the Tahuayo, occasional fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes will give us a cheerful greeting. You'll want to keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth share this wonderful environment with us. Upon arrival at Charo Lake, you can bait your hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia’s fearsome piranhas (and other fish as well). As you fish, trained guides will also tell you the story of the lake and its inhabitants.

 

After lunch on board, we'll once again board the skiffs to visit the Yacapana Islands, known as the “Iguana Islands” to the locals because of the huge population of these reptiles—like tiny dinosaurs—crawling over the ground and resting in the tree tops. As the sun sets, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and photograph both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. The people of the Amazon believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. Once the sun sets and the jungle is dark, we begin our search for caiman, frogs, bats, and other nocturnal jungle denizens before returning to our ship for dinner and a nightcap.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:M/V Aqua and M/V Aria

Day 3: Two Options in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Today you'll have your choice of activities. You can travel by skiff deep into the reserve, watching for howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds along the way. You'll also learn first-hand about the important medicinal value of jungle plants, and your guide will show you famous Kapok trees (Ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. Enjoy a generous picnic lunch at the Park Ranger Station before returning to our ship.

Todays second option begins with a morning visit to one of the Park Rangers, who will tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of the nearby projects, where villagers are planting palm trees to produce oil. Then, after lunch and a brief siesta aboard ship, you'll enjoy a late afternoon excursion to see the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins—including the unusual pink ones—found in the Amazon. Later, keep your eyes directed toward the jungle canopy, where you can spot many kinds of primates—among the 13 species of monkeys resident in the National Park. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of tamarins and howlers, dusky titi monkeys and pigmy marmoset monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more than 200 species of birds!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:M/V Aqua and M/V Aria

Day 4: Visit the birthplace of the Amazon River, and meet villagers in remote Puerto Miguel

This morning, we will skirt the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Rise early and be in the skiffs at 8:00 a.m. 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.

Shortly thereafter we'll travel by skiff to Puerto Miguel native village to meet and interact with local villagers from this most remote part of the world, learn a bit more about their culture, traditions, and folklore, and also have the chance to purchase local handicrafts. On the way back, we will navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, where you will have a chance to see the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies or “Victoria Regias.”

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Day 5: Return to Iquitos

Breakfast followed by a morning excursion. Dependent on the level of the river and weather and time permitting, we set off on this last opportunity to see how people live along the Amazon by visiting the lively riverside community of Belen, in Iquitos, by skiff. Here, where the houses and shops actually float on the river during some months, visit the bustling food market that supports the entire Peruvian Amazon, where all the inhabitants of Amazonia sell and purchase their goods.

Return to the vessel and share a last lunch with fellow passengers. En route to Iquitos airport, our naturalist guides bring you to visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about this highly successful project, supported by Aqua Expeditions since its inception, and efforts to help these endearing mammals. See how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat.

Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30. Your guides will help you with check-in, and will stay with you until its time to board for your flight back to Lima.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Aug 04 - 08, 2015 M/V Aqua

Aug 10 - 14, 2015 M/V Aria

Aug 11 - 15, 2015 M/V Aqua

Aug 17 - 21, 2015 M/V Aria

Aug 24 - 28, 2015 M/V Aria

Aug 25 - 29, 2015 M/V Aqua

Aug 31, 2015 - Sep 04, 2015 M/V Aria

Sep 01 - 05, 2015 M/V Aqua

Sep 08 - 12, 2015 M/V Aqua

Sep 14 - 18, 2015 M/V Aria

Sep 15 - 19, 2015 M/V Aqua

Sep 21 - 25, 2015 M/V Aria

Sep 22 - 26, 2015 M/V Aqua

Sep 28, 2015 - Oct 02, 2015 M/V Aria

Oct 06 - 10, 2015 M/V Aqua

Oct 19 - 23, 2015 M/V Aria

Oct 20 - 24, 2015 M/V Aqua

Oct 26 - 30, 2015 M/V Aria

Nov 02 - 06, 2015 M/V Aria

Nov 03 - 07, 2015 M/V Aqua

Nov 09 - 13, 2015 M/V Aria

Nov 10 - 14, 2015 M/V Aqua

Nov 16 - 20, 2015 M/V Aria

Nov 17 - 21, 2015 M/V Aqua

Nov 24 - 28, 2015 M/V Aqua

Dec 01 - 05, 2015 M/V Aqua

Dec 21 - 25, 2015 M/V Aria

Dec 22 - 26, 2015 M/V Aqua

Dec 28, 2015 - Jan 01, 2016 M/V Aria

Dec 29, 2015 - Jan 02, 2016 M/V Aqua

pricing

2015 PRICES

M/V Aqua (departures year-round)
$4,220 Suite
$4,420 Master Suite
M/V Aria (departures year-round)
$4,420 First Deck Suite
$4,620 Second Deck Suite

2016 PRICES

M/V Aqua (departures year-round)
$4,440 Suite
$4,640 Master Suite
M/V Aria (departures year-round)
$4,640 First Deck Suite
$4,840 Second Deck Suite

  • Single supplement: +25% regular rates.
  • Child Policy: 7 year age minimum on all departures, child under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount.
  • Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount
  • Third person being a child under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed pays US $500 per night

Additional departures available for 3 nights and 7 nights. Please call for details.

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.

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M/V Aqua and M/V Aria — Amazon, Peru

M/V Aqua Amazon
The 130-foot-long, M/V Aqua was the first true luxury cruise ship on the northern Amazon River in Peru and was custom built by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig in 2007 to offer an extraordinary level of comfort for her guests.

The M/V Aqua can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests plus crew, and is the perfect size to sail along the Amazon River, providing extremely comfortable lounge, dining and sleeping accommodations as well as modern navigation systems and standards for cruise ship travel and safety on the water.

The M/V Aqua’s twelve oversized cruise ship suites—including 4 Master suites—feature en suite sitting areas and generous outward-facing picture-windows with panoramic Amazon river views. Each of the handsomely decorated, air-conditioned suites measure between 230 to 240 square feet. Four of these suites can be interconnected, to cater to families.

M/V Aria Amazon

Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the 16-cabin Aria Amazon incorporates generous dining and lounging areas, including an outdoor Jacuzzi.. The striking black-hulled ship was launched in 2011 and can accommodate a maximum of 32 guests.

Floor to ceiling windows face the Amazon River (with blackout windows for maximum privacy) in each of the 16 Design Suites, four of which can interconnect for families. Handsomely decorated with natural fibers and neutral hues these air-conditioned accommodations with en suite sitting areas and bathrooms each measure 250 square feet.

  • Enjoy top standards of comfort and service aboard the luxury river cruise ships M/V Aqua or M/V Aria
  • Spot the Amazon's spectacular wildlife, including 13 species of monkey, hundreds of species of birds, and unique freshwater pink dolphins!
  • Gaze at the breathtaking spectacle of sunrise over the birthplace of the Amazon
  • Meet remote Amazonian villagers and learn about their folklore and ways of life
  • Visit a manatee rescue center to see what’s being done to protect these gentle, vulnerable creatures

On our exciting voyage through the Peruvian Amazon, you’ll explore exotic rivers and jungles teeming with wildlife, while enjoying all the amenities of the M/V Aqua orM/V Aria, two unique luxury vessels offering the highest levels of accommodation. Each day, venture deep into the forest aboard a comfortable excursion skiff, accompanied by guides steeped in local knowledge—in the evenings, return to the ship for a gourmet meal and a blissful sleep in your air-conditioned suite. Cruise along “black water” rivers, visit islands thick with iguanas, and spot monkeys, pink dolphins and a bevy of tropical birds in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Gaze at the breathtaking spectacle of sunrise over the birthplace of the Amazon, and meet the natives of a remote Amazonian village to learn about their way of life. This MTS expedition is a perfect mix of adventure, culture, expert guidance, and immersion into nature, along with a daily infusion of creature comforts. So climb aboard—your extraordinary journey down the Amazon awaits! Inspiring countless legends and epic adventures, the Amazon Basin features a level of biodiversity beyond compare—one-tenth of the planet’s species call this rainforest home.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Iquitos and transfer to M/V Aqua or M/V Aria

Arrive in iquitos via Lima, Peru's capital, and transfer to the luxurious M/V Aqua or M/V Aria, your home away from home for your Amazon River adventure. There will be a brief ship safety drill before your guide briefs you on the details of the next three days' activities, then you'll enjoy a sumptuous dinner created by one of Lima's premiere chefs.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:M/V Aqua and M/V Aria

Day 2: Exploring the Tahuayo River and Yacapana Islands

You'll want to wake early to catch the sunrise over the glorious Amazon, heralding the beginning of your exploration of this new, verdant world. In the morning we'll board comfortable excursion skiffs to explore the Tahuayo, a classic "black water" river, so-called because of the high tannin content of the water, which makes it very dark. As we float down the Tahuayo, occasional fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes will give us a cheerful greeting. You'll want to keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth share this wonderful environment with us. Upon arrival at Charo Lake, you can bait your hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia’s fearsome piranhas (and other fish as well). As you fish, trained guides will also tell you the story of the lake and its inhabitants.

 

After lunch on board, we'll once again board the skiffs to visit the Yacapana Islands, known as the “Iguana Islands” to the locals because of the huge population of these reptiles—like tiny dinosaurs—crawling over the ground and resting in the tree tops. As the sun sets, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and photograph both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. The people of the Amazon believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. Once the sun sets and the jungle is dark, we begin our search for caiman, frogs, bats, and other nocturnal jungle denizens before returning to our ship for dinner and a nightcap.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:M/V Aqua and M/V Aria

Day 3: Two Options in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Today you'll have your choice of activities. You can travel by skiff deep into the reserve, watching for howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds along the way. You'll also learn first-hand about the important medicinal value of jungle plants, and your guide will show you famous Kapok trees (Ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. Enjoy a generous picnic lunch at the Park Ranger Station before returning to our ship.

Todays second option begins with a morning visit to one of the Park Rangers, who will tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of the nearby projects, where villagers are planting palm trees to produce oil. Then, after lunch and a brief siesta aboard ship, you'll enjoy a late afternoon excursion to see the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins—including the unusual pink ones—found in the Amazon. Later, keep your eyes directed toward the jungle canopy, where you can spot many kinds of primates—among the 13 species of monkeys resident in the National Park. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of tamarins and howlers, dusky titi monkeys and pigmy marmoset monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more than 200 species of birds!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:M/V Aqua and M/V Aria

Day 4: Visit the birthplace of the Amazon River, and meet villagers in remote Puerto Miguel

This morning, we will skirt the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Rise early and be in the skiffs at 8:00 a.m. 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.

Shortly thereafter we'll travel by skiff to Puerto Miguel native village to meet and interact with local villagers from this most remote part of the world, learn a bit more about their culture, traditions, and folklore, and also have the chance to purchase local handicrafts. On the way back, we will navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, where you will have a chance to see the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies or “Victoria Regias.”

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Day 5: Return to Iquitos

Breakfast followed by a morning excursion. Dependent on the level of the river and weather and time permitting, we set off on this last opportunity to see how people live along the Amazon by visiting the lively riverside community of Belen, in Iquitos, by skiff. Here, where the houses and shops actually float on the river during some months, visit the bustling food market that supports the entire Peruvian Amazon, where all the inhabitants of Amazonia sell and purchase their goods.

Return to the vessel and share a last lunch with fellow passengers. En route to Iquitos airport, our naturalist guides bring you to visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about this highly successful project, supported by Aqua Expeditions since its inception, and efforts to help these endearing mammals. See how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat.

Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30. Your guides will help you with check-in, and will stay with you until its time to board for your flight back to Lima.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

M/V Aqua and M/V Aria — Amazon, Peru

M/V Aqua Amazon
The 130-foot-long, M/V Aqua was the first true luxury cruise ship on the northern Amazon River in Peru and was custom built by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig in 2007 to offer an extraordinary level of comfort for her guests.

The M/V Aqua can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests plus crew, and is the perfect size to sail along the Amazon River, providing extremely comfortable lounge, dining and sleeping accommodations as well as modern navigation systems and standards for cruise ship travel and safety on the water.

The M/V Aqua’s twelve oversized cruise ship suites—including 4 Master suites—feature en suite sitting areas and generous outward-facing picture-windows with panoramic Amazon river views. Each of the handsomely decorated, air-conditioned suites measure between 230 to 240 square feet. Four of these suites can be interconnected, to cater to families.

M/V Aria Amazon

Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the 16-cabin Aria Amazon incorporates generous dining and lounging areas, including an outdoor Jacuzzi.. The striking black-hulled ship was launched in 2011 and can accommodate a maximum of 32 guests.

Floor to ceiling windows face the Amazon River (with blackout windows for maximum privacy) in each of the 16 Design Suites, four of which can interconnect for families. Handsomely decorated with natural fibers and neutral hues these air-conditioned accommodations with en suite sitting areas and bathrooms each measure 250 square feet.

Dates and Pricing

Aug 04 - 08, 2015 M/V Aqua

Aug 10 - 14, 2015 M/V Aria

Aug 11 - 15, 2015 M/V Aqua

Aug 17 - 21, 2015 M/V Aria

Aug 24 - 28, 2015 M/V Aria

Aug 25 - 29, 2015 M/V Aqua

Aug 31, 2015 - Sep 04, 2015 M/V Aria

Sep 01 - 05, 2015 M/V Aqua

Sep 08 - 12, 2015 M/V Aqua

Sep 14 - 18, 2015 M/V Aria

Sep 15 - 19, 2015 M/V Aqua

Sep 21 - 25, 2015 M/V Aria

Sep 22 - 26, 2015 M/V Aqua

Sep 28, 2015 - Oct 02, 2015 M/V Aria

Oct 06 - 10, 2015 M/V Aqua

Oct 19 - 23, 2015 M/V Aria

Oct 20 - 24, 2015 M/V Aqua

Oct 26 - 30, 2015 M/V Aria

Nov 02 - 06, 2015 M/V Aria

Nov 03 - 07, 2015 M/V Aqua

Nov 09 - 13, 2015 M/V Aria

Nov 10 - 14, 2015 M/V Aqua

Nov 16 - 20, 2015 M/V Aria

Nov 17 - 21, 2015 M/V Aqua

Nov 24 - 28, 2015 M/V Aqua

Dec 01 - 05, 2015 M/V Aqua

Dec 21 - 25, 2015 M/V Aria

Dec 22 - 26, 2015 M/V Aqua

Dec 28, 2015 - Jan 01, 2016 M/V Aria

Dec 29, 2015 - Jan 02, 2016 M/V Aqua

pricing

2015 PRICES

M/V Aqua (departures year-round)
$4,220 Suite
$4,420 Master Suite
M/V Aria (departures year-round)
$4,420 First Deck Suite
$4,620 Second Deck Suite

2016 PRICES

M/V Aqua (departures year-round)
$4,440 Suite
$4,640 Master Suite
M/V Aria (departures year-round)
$4,640 First Deck Suite
$4,840 Second Deck Suite

  • Single supplement: +25% regular rates.
  • Child Policy: 7 year age minimum on all departures, child under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount.
  • Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount
  • Third person being a child under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed pays US $500 per night

Additional departures available for 3 nights and 7 nights. Please call for details.

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.

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