Luxury Amazon Cruise

Mirrored Amazon
Sunrise over the Amazon
The Amazon River
A monkey in the Amazon
pass local communities on your Amazon cruise
Aqua Expeditions
Enjoy panoramic views as you sail the Amazon River on the Aqua
Aqua Expeditions
An elegantly set table aboard the Aqua Amazon
Explore the mighty Amazon River on this luxurious river cruise. Board the MV Aqua and explore the wildlife, culture and remote shores of the Amazon for an unforgettable South American vacation.

Day 1

Iquitos/Amazon River

Arrive in Iquitos this afternoon, After you've claimed your luggage you will board an air-conditioned bus for your journey to the river. At Iquito's main wharf board your luxury vessel, MV Aqua, your home for the next four days. Check into your luxurious suite as the ship starts its journey toward the Yarapa River, an estuary of the Amazon.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Amazon/Tahuayo Rivers & Charo Lake

This morning you will board comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure, traveling from the Amazon through the Huaysi short-cut canal to explore the Tahuayo black water river. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots and plenty of cold potable water will always be available for you on board the skiffs. As you float down the Tahuayo, occasional fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes will give you a cheerful greeting. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth share this wonderful environment with you. Upon arrival at Charo Lake, you can bait your hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia’s fearsome piranhas (and other fish as well). As you fish, trained naturalist guides will also tell you the story of the lake and its inhabitants.

Afternoon Yacapan Islands exploration. Locals call the Yacapana Islands the “Iguana Islands,” because of the huge population of these reptiles—like tiny dinosaurs—crawling over the ground and resting in the tree tops. Amazon folklore says that if you touch an iguana, you will develop some of their traits; nobody wants to be ugly, so the iguanas are well protected. Pass by in the skiff, giving you a chance to snap good photos. As the sun sets, you will have the chance to see and photograph both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. The people of the Amazon believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maranon River/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Today you can choose between two options:

Option 1: Travel by skiff from Yanayacu Creek all the way to remote Chingana, a small creek where giant river otter usually nest. These handsome animals were killed in great numbers for their pelts, and are now threatened with extinction. On this excursion, you will also see howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds. Go deep into the jungle, where you will encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the important medical value of jungle plants. See the famous Kapok Trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. Enjoy a generous picnic lunch at the park Ranger Station No. 2, before beginning your journey back to the vessel.

Option 2: This morning a Park Ranger will tell about the sustainable management projects in Amazonia, and take you to visit one of the projects. After lunch and a siesta, you are likely to see the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins—including the unusual pink ones—found in the Amazon. Later, keep your eyes directed toward the jungle canopy, where you can spot at least several kinds of primates—among the 13 species of monkeys resident in the National Park. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of tamarins and howlers, dusky titi monkeys and pigmy marmoset monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more than 200 species of birds.

Day 4

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Birthplace of the Amazon/Puerto Miguel Village & Marayali River/Disembark

This morning, the M/V Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Rise early and be on your skiffs at 5:30 a.m. to view one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the Amazon River. Here — where the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form the world’s greatest waterway — nature is at its most dramatic. Your dawn excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in small boats past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds.

Travel by skiff to Puerto Miguel native village, where you can meet and interact with local villagers from this most remote part of the world, and can learn a bit more about their culture, traditions, and folklore. You will also have the chance to trade items for local handicrafts.

Enjoy lunch on board before disembarking your ship. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have seized from local people and fishermen. Biologists will give a presentation about the project and its efforts to help these helpless mammals. You will also see how the manatees are cared for and are prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat. Transfer to the Iquitos International Airport where your guides will assist you with your baggage and check-in, and will wait with you until you are ready to board your evening flight to Lima.

 SuiteMaster Suite
Included: all meals while on board, wine with meals, all excursions, transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights, and Pacaya Samiria entrance fee.
Not included: Air tickets to/from Iquitos, guide and crew gratuities, or bar and boutique purchases.

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
• All beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic with exception of premium brands)
• Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
• Pacaya Samiria entrance fee

Not Included:
• Air tickets to and from Iquitos
• Guide and crew gratuities
• Boutique purchases

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