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When deciding which Amazon cruise to choose for an adventure in the jungle the main decision is picking between Ecuador, Peru, or Brazil. Each country has different highlights and each has different options for boats and different lengths of tours.

Ecuador Amazon cruises traverse the Napo River and its tributaries. Stops along routes include the Yasuni National Park, considered by many to be the most biodiverse area in the world. Other highlights are the Limoncocha Biological Reserve and the Panacocha Biological Corridor-both rich with animals and unhindered nature to explore.
  • M/V Anakonda
The MV Anakonda is a luxury ship that takes exploring the Amazon to a new level. The boat has room for 40 guests and a 20 member crew. Spacious suites, two outdoor jacuzzis, and an open-air observation deck, and innovative gourmet food set the stage for an elegant Amazon adventure.
The Anaconda has four, five, and eight-day Amazon cruises that start in Coca, Ecuador, and stop at key points of interest along the Rio Napo. 
  • Manatee
The Manatee is a classic riverboat outfitted with five-star amenities such as luxury suites with floor to ceiling windows and private balconies, a top deck observation deck with a hot tub, and a gourmet chef who serves meals inspired by the ingredients of the jungle.
The Manatee has four, five, and eight-day itineraries that highlight the natural wonders of the jungle and also focus on the culture-visiting an indigenous village while en route. 

Peru Amazon cruises start in Iquitos, only accessible by water or air, and take you deep into the jungle where expansive national reserves are home to indigenous communities and are hotspots for seeing wildlife under the canopy and in the water. The Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, and traversing the Yarapa, Malayali, Samiria, Yanayacu, and Pucate Rivers take you into the unspoiled natural primary forest were hiking and exploring the creeks and byways reveal monkeys, macaws, sloths, and pink river dolphins.
  • The Delfin Fleet
The Delfin, the Delfin II, and the Delfin III are flat bottomed riverboats where no expense has been spared when it comes to exceptional service and comfort. Opulent suites, acclaimed gourmet food, sundecks with plunge pools, gyms, observation decks, entertainment centers, and lecture rooms are equaled by expert guides who deftly point out the wildlife of the region.  
The Delfin fleet has 4 days, and 5 Day itineraries that explore the jungle in depth.
  • Zafiro
The Zafiro has 14 suites with floor to ceiling windows, indoor and outdoor lounges, an exercise room, and a spa along with gourmet food creatively prepared by a talented kitchen. The boat was created for classic riverboat journeys, and excursions are led by knowledgeable guides who take their guests' interests to heart. 
The Zafiro has four, five, and eight-day itineraries that cover a lot of ground in the Peruvian Amazon.
  • Aria Amazon
The Aria Amazon has 16 suites with floor to ceiling windows, a top deck with a plunge pool and Jacuzzi, a massage room, and outdoor and indoor lounges. The dining room serves Peruvian and international cuisine with one of the country’s acclaimed chefs at the helm of the kitchen. Excursions by zodiac boats are led by a team of expert guides who take small groups into the canopy of the forest in search of wildlife.
The Aria Amazon offers four, five, and eight-day cruises that span the depth of the jungle and visit hard to reach destinations where nature reigns supreme. 

Exploring the Amazon on Brazil cruises start in the city of Manaus and continue into regions where civilization has yet to stake its claim. Adventures along the Rio Negro explore tributaries and visit areas where the wildlife of the jungle is seen around every bend in the river and turn of the trail. Other cruises traverse the Rio Solimões, stopping at lakes and lagoons where stunning scenes capture the beauty of the jungle and the diversity of the creatures who live there.
  • Grand Amazon
The Grand Amazon is one of the largest ships to cruise the Amazon as the river widens in Brazil. The luxury boat has 72 cabins, two pools, a Jacuzzi, two restaurants, bars, a nightclub, a fitness center, and nightly lectures about the flora and fauna of the region. Guides lead tours into the jungle and to indigenous villages by speedboat, making this a trip that sets a new standard for exploring.
The Grand Amazon offers four and five-day itineraries that are all-inclusive and have special programs for families.  
  • Tucano
The Tucano is a small boat designed in the style of classic steamers. The ship has nine staterooms, a salon for relaxing, and an observation deck that runs the length of the ship. Due to its small size, the ship can venture into places where shallow water and sand bars deter other boats. Naturalist guides lead excursions with all guests, making a trip a more intimate experience. 
The Tucano has 5 day and 7-day itineraries that explore the tributaries along with the Rio Negro.
For more information regarding options for Amazon cruises in Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil, contact one of our travel experts to find a cruise that is the right fit for your trip.

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