Luxury Amazon Cruise

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Aqua Expeditions
Enjoy panoramic views as you sail the Amazon River on the Aqua
Aqua Expeditions
An elegantly set table aboard the Aqua Amazon

Departs

  • Oct 28, 2014
  • Nov 04, 2014
  • Nov 11, 2014
  • Nov 18, 2014
  • Nov 25, 2014
  • Dec 02, 2014
  • Dec 09, 2014
  • Dec 16, 2014
  • Dec 23, 2014
  • Dec 30, 2014

Private Independent Travel

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

Nauta/Embark/Maronon River

Your guides await you, as your flight from Lima glides in for landing at Iquitos International Airport. After you’ve claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus for your journey to the river. Enjoy a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive through the Peruvian countryside to the small village of Nauta. You will be traveling along the only road out of town...and it only goes as far as Nauta. Board the luxurious MV Aqua. From the moment you step on board, you will enjoy the MV Aqua’s atmosphere of low-key luxury. As you settle into your handsomely appointed, over-sized suite, you will feel the vessel begin to move; the beginning of one of the great adventures of your life. Stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view, as the MV Aqua leaves civiliazation behind.

Over the next four days, you will also sail along the largest tributaries of the Amazon, as well as the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure, to a place visited by only a few of the most experienced world travelers.

Day 2

Yanallpa River / Dorado River

This morning board the skiffs to explore this amazing black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest. Your guides will tell you about the rainforest and its dynamic life, as you explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation, creating a tunnel of leaves. As you float through this tunnel, it is easy to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys, very close to the skiff.

After enjoying lunch on board your luxury vessel, take a magical journey through the “Mirrored Forest,” seeing towering trees reflected in the black water river, while spotting 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 your vessel, you will also have the chance to see caimans and frogs and fishing bats.

Day 3

Puinahua River / Hatum Posa Lake & Pacaya River

This morning rise early to cruise the beautiful and intricate ox-bow lake of Hatum Posa. As you follow its shore, you will almost certainly surprise several kinds of monkeys and many types of birds, including terns, neo-tropic cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and a favorite, horned screamers. Take the skiff into other black water lakes linked to this huge lake in the flooded forest. After breakfast on board, embark on a morning jungle walk near Hatum Posa Village. On this walk, your guides will introduce you to native people doing subsistence farming, and will tell you how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm income. Deep in the primary forest, your guides will also show you the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.

In the late afternoon, take the skiffs along the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where you can view the abundant life that is hidden in the deep rainforest. You may see saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and the easy-to-spot heavy howler monkeys. As the sun sets, you will hear the loud, ferocious sounding warning signals made by howler monkeys marking their territories. When night falls, you will hear the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as other nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the tree tops. Use special spotlight torches to locate night creatures, including, perhaps, huge caimans.

Day 4

Pacaya River & Carocurahuayte Lake

Back in the skiffs on the river as the sun rises, you will see a treasure trove of wildlife, including parrots, macaws, toucans, and many kinds of monkeys—as well as some “surprise” species that you have never seen before. Enjoy a “bag breakfast” of light sandwiches and fresh juice. Since you will stop near a popular dolphin feeding spot, you will see quite a show as you enjoy your meal.

Return to the M/V Aqua for lunch as your ship starts sailing down river, towards Iquitos. This afternoon, travel to the splendid Carocurahuayte “hot spot” lake, where you will be certain to catch some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon basin. The key focus will be on piranhas, those small, carnivorous fish with a big reputation for being scary.

This evening while your vessel continues its journey, enjoy your final dinner together, swapping stories about the wonderful experiences shared on the river.

Day 5

  • Breakfast

Iquitos / Disembark

Weather and time permitting, this will be the last opportunity to see how people live along the Amazon—by visiting the lively riverside community of Belen, in Iquitos, by skiff. Here, where the houses and shops actually float on the river during some months, you will see the bustling food market for the entire Peruvian Amazon. All local inhabitants throughout the region sell and purchase goods here.

Enjoy lunch in 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
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$3,800$4,000
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.

Deposit & Payment

Initial deposit is $400, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

Final payment is due 131 days prior to departure.

Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 131 days prior to departure.

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Cancellation Policy

Days Prior to departureFee
121 days or more$200
120-91 daysDeposit
90-0 days100%