Arrive in Iquitos this afternoon. Your guides await you, as your flight from Lima glides in for landing at Iquitos International Airport. After you’ve claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus for your journey to the river. There you will board your luxury vessel, MV Aria Amazon. As you settle into your handsomely appointed, over-sized suite, feel the vessel begin to move. Stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view, as the Aria Amazon leaves Iquitos behind.
Enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine, created by your Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences. Schiaffino’s imaginative use of local products – fruit, fish, spices – makes every meal a delightful adventure.
See the famous Amazon River dolphins, pink or gray, along your route this morning. As you pass close to the lush Yacapana Islands, view the tropical flora and fauna.
This morning you will board your skiff to sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water are always available. Float down the Yarapa, past the occasional fishermen paddling in their canoes, keep your binoculars ready to spot wildlife: terns, tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloth. Arrive at Lake Moringo, try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish species.
Later, sail on to Lake Clavero where villagers paddle in their traditional dugout canoes. Swim in the lake’s calm waters and visit the community to interact with our Amazonia neighbors who will be pleased to welcome you.
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 guide tells you about the jungle as you explore what scientists call a "gallery forest," because of its dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. Explore this type of riparian vegetation and watch above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys.
This afternoon take a magical journey through the "Jungle of the Mirrors," where towering trees are reflected in the dark river. Move on to Dorado River where you may observe enchanting parrots, macaws and a variety of primates, unperturbed by our presence. On your way back to the Aria Amazon, you may see alligators, frogs and fishing bats.
While you dine, you continue your journey upstream, toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers merge.
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. 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. Your morning excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in your small boat past large-billed terns, laughing falcons, exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other vibrantly hued birds.
You 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. Walk around with your naturalist guides to see how the ship operators work with these communities to improve their natural resource management. Shop for local handicrafts directly from the artisans.
This afternoon, 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. Visit the local fresh market, with your guide on hand to point out the different fish caught by the fishermen of Amazonia, and all types of indigenous fruits.
This morning, visit the Yanayacu-Pucate River within Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Here, on this black water river, observe many species of flora and fauna.You will also have the opportunity to fish for the ferocious piranha.
This afternoon, visit a community located along the great river Marañon, your expert guide 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 guide will teach you about the fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.
This morning your naturalist guide will talk about sustainable development projects in Amazonia. 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. 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. Make brief trips in traditional Amazonian canoes and to swim in the waters of the Samiria River.
This afternoon visit Nauta Caño, which 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, observe toucans, macaws, and iguanas, among many other species. As you make your way back to the Aria Amazon, you may also see alligators, frogs, and fishing bats.
Sail along the Marañon River, watch the different species of flora and fauna as we approach the Casual community where you hike on land. Keep your binoculars ready to observe tanagers and orioles as well as various reptiles and amphibians. Watch for the beautiful and eye-catching but poisonous frogs along this fascinating trail, as well as trees and medicinal plants.
This afternoon visit the Yacapana Islands or often referred to as “Islands of the Iguana" for the large number of these reptiles - like tiny dinosaurs - that inhabit them. Pass by in the skiff, giving you the opportunity to take plenty of pictures. After your arrival, 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. En route, we will also go in search of the world's largest aquatic plant called “Victoria Regia." As the sun goes down, photograph the freshwater Amazon dolphins both gray and pink.
Depending on the weather, 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. 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.
This afternoon, tour the city of Iquitos, a glorious city in the days of the rubber boom. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to be rescued, rehabilitated, and released back into the wild. Later, stop at the Amazonian Indian Market San Juan, to shop for local crafts before leaving.
Guides will help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you have boarded your flight back to Lima.
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