Day 1 Iquitos | Amazon River | Embark
Arrive in Iquitos this afternoon and board your luxury vessel, Aria Amazon, your home for the next four days. Check into your luxurious suite as the ship starts its journey along the largest tributaries of the Amazon, as well as the mighty Amazon itself.
Meet the naturalist guides and cruise director, who use video, photos, and maps to introduce the details of your journey deep into the Peruvian Amazon. Enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine, created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences. Schiaffino’s imaginative use of local products – fruit, fish, spices – makes every meal a delightful adventure.
Day 2 Yacapana | Yarapa | Clavero Lake
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Locals call Yacapana Islands "The Islands of the Iguana" because of the large number of these reptiles - like tiny dinosaurs - which inhabit them. Watch the famous Amazon River dolphins, pink or gray, along the route. Pass close to the lush islands to take good pictures of the tropical flora and fauna.
This morning, board your comfortable skiff to sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water are always available in your private boat. Float down the Yarapa, past the occasional fishermen paddling in their canoes, and keep your binoculars ready to spot wildlife: terns, tropical songbirds, black-collared hawks, and sloth. Upon your arrival at Lake Moringo, try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish species. As you fish, your naturalist guides tell the story of the lake and its inhabitants.
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 Amazonia neighbors who are pleased to welcome you.
Day 3 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve | Dorado River | Ucayali
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, board your skiff 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. As you explore this type of riparian vegetation, 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 your presence. As you make your way back to the Aria Amazon, you may see alligators, frogs, and fishing bats.
While you dine, continue your journey upstream, toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers merge.
Day 4 Birthplace of the Amazon | Village Visit | Disembark
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 – certainly this is nature at its most captivating. Your morning excursion is accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in small boats past large-billed terns, laughing falcons, exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other vibrantly-hued birds.
Travel by boat to a community located along the Marañon River, where you can 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 guide to see how the ship operator works with these communities to improve their natural resource management. Shop for local handicrafts directly from the artisans.
This afternoon, 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.