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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Departs on Saturdays|
|Departs on Saturdays|