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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Iquitos Airport | Nauta | Embark
Day 2 : Yanallpa River or Ucayali River
Day 3 : Pacaya River | Ucayali River | Tapiche River
Day 4 : Clavero Lake or Yarapa River
Day 5 : Disembark | Manatee Rescue Center & Transfer to the Airport

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

Ship

Aqua Nera

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Caiman A lovely reflection off the Amazon River Into the Wild Amazon Black Spider Monkey Sunrise over the Amazon

Day 1 Iquitos Airport | Nauta | Embark

  • Ship
  • 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.

Aqua Nera

Per person starting at
$5,500
First Deck Cabin
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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.
Second Deck Cabin
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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.

Notes

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.

The above itinerary is a guideline only, and may change due to weather, water levels, and at the captain's discretion.

Included in your cruise rate:
• All meals while onboard
• All excursions
• Beverages (non-alcoholic, select premium wines, sparkling wine and national beer)
• Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
• Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee

Included in your cruise rate:
• Air tickets to and from Iquitos
• Guide and crew gratuities
• Boutique purchases
• Private transfers to/from vessel
• Spa services
• Any required visas
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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