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Embark on this 5-day luxury cruise aboard the Aqua Nera. Begin in the remote colonial city of Iquitos, Peru, and voyage into the Amazon rainforest. Go piranha fishing, trek into the dense jungle in search of Amazon monkeys, watch pink dolphins at play, and enjoy guided tours of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Expert guides take you each day by skiff to explore the flooded forest and local villages on this unforgettable journey.
CaimanA lovely reflection off the Amazon RiverInto the Wild AmazonBlack Spider MonkeySunrise over the Amazon
Highlights
  • Explore the black water river and observe many species of flora and fauna
  • Watch the famous Amazon River dolphins, pink or gray, along your journey
  • Fish for ferocious piranhas and other fish species in Lake Moringo
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Iquitos Airport | Nauta | Embark

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meet at Iquitos International Airport then journey together by air-conditioned vehicle through the Peruvian countryside to arrive at the Nauta Lounge in time for lunch, or a box lunch is served en route depending on the flight arrival time. In the afternoon, set off on your first skiff excursion to visit the birthplace of the Amazon.  

At 6:00 pm, board the Aqua Nera. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to your naturalist guides, gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by your Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences.

Day 2: Yanallpa River or Ucayali River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
High Water (November - May): By skiff, explore the black waters of the Yanallpa River, disembarking to walk deep into the Amazonian rain forest. Later, board the skiffs again to cruise along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife and with extraordinary stargazing.

Low Water (June - October): Boarding your skiffs, start the day like Amazon River dwellers, cruising along the Ucayali River. As these farmers and fishermen go about their business, search for pink river dolphins in these pristine waters. Later in the day, return to the skiffs to ride along the black waters of the Pacaya River at dusk, searching for the mysterious wildlife that come out after dark and enjoy extraordinary stargazing.

Day 3: Pacaya River | Ucayali River | Tapiche River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The rewards of the early start today are plentiful, including a full day excursion by skiff along the Pacaya River, going deeper into pristine landscape shared with great egret, capuchin monkeys and taricaya turtles.After lunch, you will have a paiche fishing demonstration, the second largest river fish in the world. Later, venture out by skiffs on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Day 4: Clavero Lake or Yarapa River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
High Water (November - May): Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking, or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Visit a remote Amazonia village in the afternoon. This evening before dinner, gather to be introduced to some of the crewmembers whom you may not have met, working "behind the scenes" to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the ship.

Low Water (June - October): Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Come afternoon, take a short jungle walk in the San Jose flooded forest and see the unforgettable giant water lilies. This evening before dinner, gather to be introduced to some of the crewmembers whom you may not have met, working "behind the scenes" to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aqua Nera.

Day 5: Disembark | Manatee Rescue Center & Transfer to the Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, visit the local fresh market with your guides who can identify the day’s catch by the fishermen of Amazonia and the region’s exotic fruits. Return to the ship for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate, and release them back into the wild. Explore San Juan craft market en route to the airport. Lunch or box lunch is included, depending on the exact departure flight time, which can vary. Other activities may be included as well, according to the flight schedule.

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First Deck Design Suite
Measuring 322 square feet (30 sqm). Each suite has floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, California King beds that can convert into two twin beds, a interior sofa, large double closets, professional hairdryer, music docking station, air conditioning, and sleek en-suite bathrooms.
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Second Deck Design Suite
Measuring 322 square feet (30 sqm). Each suite has floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, California King beds that can convert into two twin beds, a interior sofa, large double closets, professional hairdryer, music docking station, air conditioning, and sleek en-suite bathrooms.
Included
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Entrance Fee 
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving/departing on recommended flights to/from Iquitos.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages, house wine and beer. 
  • Scuba Diving
  • Laundry Service
  • Alcoholic and non specified beverages
  • Use of Snorkeling Equipment and Wet Suits
  • Wifi
  • Group transfers between vessel on recommended flights
  • All available non-motorized water sports
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal Flights: Lima - Iquitos - Lima
  • Spa Treatments
  • Visa
  • Private Transfers
     
  • Boutique purchases
  • Air tickets to and from Iquitos

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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