Luxury Amazon Expedition Cruise

Embark on this 8-day journey showcasing the best of the Amazon River's treasures on the Aqua Amazon. Your journey includes fishing at Moringo Lake, dolphin sightings, guided tours of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, visits to local villages, the "Mirrored Forest", wildlife safaris by night, and a visit to the Manatee Rescue Center.

Day 1

Arrive Iquitos|Embark|Amazon River

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, board an air-conditioned bus for your journey to the river and board your luxury vessel, Aqua Amazon. Stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view as the ship leaves Iquitos behind. Over the next seven days, sail along the two largest tributaries of the Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as the mighty Amazon itself. Meet your naturalist guides and your 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 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.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Amazon River|Yarapa River|Nauta Caño (Pacaya Samiria National Reserve)

Board your comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure down the Yarapa River. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water are always available. Fish for piranhas in Moringo Lake, or relax and admire the wildlife with the help of your naturalist guide. In the afternoon, travel along the black water lagoons of Nauta Caño, which lies within the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Look for parrots, macaws, sloths, monkeys, and other wildlife.

Enjoy an incredible sunset in the black waters of the flooded forest on your way back to the Aqua Amazon.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Marañon River|Yanayacu| Pucate River (Pacaya Samiria National Reserve)

In the morning, visit the Yanayacu-Pucate River in Pacaya Samitia National Reserve. Sail down-river and observe amazing flora and fauna, including the famous Amazon River dolphins, either pink or gray. In the afternoon, sail along the Marañon River until the boat reaches the Casual community. Hike and observe an abundance of unique plants and colorful wildlife.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Birthplace of the Amazon|Village Visit|Nauta City

Start your day at the "Birthplace of the Amazon" where the Ucacyali and Marañon rivers converge to form the Amazon. There scenery is spectacular! Cruise along the Amazon, stopping to visit a riverside village along the way. Navigate on a small connector canal to admire the world's largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies or Victoria regias. In the afternoon, take a land tour to Nauta City. Later,explore the Lupunillo or Marayali Creek, a tributary of the Marañon River.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ucayali|Yanallpa|Dorado River|Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

This morning board the skiffs to explore this amazing black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest. Your guides teach you about the rainforest and its dynamic life - explore what scientists call a “gallery forest” because of its narrow vegetation, creating a tunnel of leaves. Float through this tunnel and spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys, very close to the skiff. This afternoon take a magical journey through the “Mirrored Forest,” see towering trees reflected in the black water river, and spot dozens of enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, and a great variety of primates and sloths enjoying nature unperturbed by your presence. As you make your way back to the Aqua Amazon, see caimans,frogs, and fishing bats.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Puinahua River|Pacaya River|Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Choose from two different excursions. Excursion 1: Set off on your full day excursion along the Pacaya River, observe many species of birds and primates, and visit beautiful lakes in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Meet some of the local people who take care of the reserve's natural resources. On your way back to the ship, stop by the famous Ceiba tree, the tallest in the Amazon. Excursion 2: After breakfast, sail along the Pacaya River and fish for piranha with the help of trained naturalist guides. Then, search for freshwater dolphins and other amazing wildlife along the Puhinahua River.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ucayali River|Clavero Lake|Amazonas River

This morning, enjoy breakfast then sail on to Lake Clavero. Watch villagers paddle in their traditional dugout canoes, swim in the lake's calm water, and visit the community to interact with Amazonia neighbors. After lunch, visit a riverside community and learn about their ancestral practices as well as how the community is working to protect the forest's natural resources.

Day 8

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Disembark Iquitos|City Tour|Transfer to the Airport

Weather permitting, tour the flood zone that borders the city of Iquitos and observe 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.This afternoon, tour Iquitos, a glorious city in the days of the rubber boom. Then, 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.

 SuiteMaster Suite
2016-May-07
2016-May-28
2016-Jun-25
2016-Jul-02
2016-Jul-16
2016-Jul-23
2016-Jul-30
2016-Aug-06
2016-Aug-27
2016-Sep-03
2016-Sep-17
2016-Oct-01
2016-Oct-22
2016-Oct-29
2016-Nov-05
2016-Nov-19
2016-Nov-26
2016-Dec-24
2016-Dec-31
$7,770$8,120
Departs on Saturdays
2017-Jan-07
2017-Jan-14
2017-Jan-21
2017-Jan-28
2017-Feb-04
2017-Feb-11
2017-Feb-18
2017-Feb-25
2017-Mar-04
2017-Mar-11
2017-Mar-18
2017-Mar-25
2017-Apr-01
2017-Apr-08
2017-Apr-15
2017-Apr-22
2017-Apr-29
2017-May-06
2017-May-13
2017-May-20
2017-May-27
2017-Jun-24
2017-Jul-01
2017-Jul-08
2017-Jul-15
2017-Jul-22
2017-Jul-29
2017-Aug-05
2017-Aug-12
2017-Aug-19
2017-Aug-26
2017-Sep-02
2017-Sep-09
2017-Sep-16
2017-Sep-23
2017-Sep-30
2017-Oct-07
2017-Oct-14
2017-Oct-21
2017-Oct-28
2017-Nov-04
2017-Nov-11
2017-Nov-18
2017-Nov-25
2017-Dec-16
2017-Dec-23
2017-Dec-30
$8,155$8,505
Departs on Saturdays
Single Supplement: 25% in addition to the double rate as posted.

Third Person Rates: 20% discount for a third passenger sleeping on the sofa bed.

Children Discounts: Children under age 12 will receive a 20% discount. A child sleeping on the sofa bed as a third passenger in the room will pay $500 per night.

Included in your all-inclusive rate are:
• All meals while onboard
• All excursions
• Beverages (non-alcoholic, select premium wines, sparkling wine and national beer)
• Use of bicycles
• Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
• Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee

Not Included:
• Air tickets to and from Iquitos
• Guide and crew gratuities
• Boutique purchases
• Spa Services
• Visas
• Private transfers to/from vessel and all air tickets

Please note:
The above itinerary is subject to weather conditions and water levels of the Amazon and its tributaries. During rainy season from June - November the above itinerary may deviate slightly to optimize wildlife viewing and jungle explorations.