Your guide awaits you, as your flight from Lima glides in for landing at Iquitos International Airport. After you’ve claimed your luggage, board an air-conditioned bus for your journey to the river. Enjoy the scenic one-and-a-half hour drive through the Peruvian countryside to the small village of Nauta.
Settle into your handsomely appointed, generously proportioned suite. Stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view, as the Aria Amazon leaves Iquitos behind. Over the next four days, sail along the two largest tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself.
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. (The menu always offers choices, including a vegetarian option.)
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, especially macaws and several species of primates like squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys and the famous river dolphins, either pink or gray. Seize the opportunity to fish for the ferocious piranha.
This afternoon, visit a community located along the great river Marañon. Your expert guides introduce you to the native people of Amazonia. 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 teach you about the fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.
This morning your naturalist guide talks about sustainable development projects in Amazonia. Visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. 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 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, watch for alligators, frogs, and fishing bats.
Sail along the Marañon River, watching the different species of flora and fauna as you approach the Casual community where you hike on land. Here you can see a plethora of wildlife, so 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, which locals refer to as “Islands of the Iguana" for the large number of these reptiles - like tiny dinosaurs - that inhabit them. After your arrival, try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish. Your naturalist guides tell the story of the lake and its wildlife while you watch the sunset. Go in search of the world's largest aquatic plant called “Victoria Regia."
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. Then 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 and shop for local crafts before leaving.
Guides help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you have boarded your flight back to Lima.
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