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Luxury Amazon Expedition - High Water

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Join the Aria Amazon on this 8-day Amazon River Expedition Cruise and experience a luxurious and comprehensive journey among the Amazon River’s three powerful tributaries. Skiff the Yacapana Isles, meet gray and pink freshwater dolphins, visit Madgalena Village, and probe deep within the Nauta Caño within Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. These are just a few of the many highlights on this spectacular cruise!
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Highlights
  • Witness sustainable development projects undertaken by local villages
  • Explore the fascinating flooded forest of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Enjoy award-winning food by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino
  • Enjoy a paiche fishing demonstration
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Iquitos | Amazon River | Embark

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meet at Iquitos International Airport then enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant or have a box lunch en route, depending on the flight arrival time. The afternoon continues with an introduction to this historic city and the opportunity to meet an indigenous Amazon community. At 5pm board the Aria Amazon. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to the naturalist guides, gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Executive chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences.

Day 2: Amazon River | Yarapa River | Nauta Caño

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board your comfortable skiffs then set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Keep your binoculars ready to spot tropical songbirds, black-collared hawks, and sloths. Go fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas while naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo. As the sun sets, head off on an evening’s wildlife excursion with extraordinary stargazing on the black waters of Nauta Caño.
 

Day 3: Maranon River | Casual Jungle Walk | Yanayacu | Pucate River

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise with the sun to explore a ‘lost river’ along the Marañon River. After breakfast, take a jungle walk across suspended bridges deep into the high Amazon rainforest. Later, swim, canoe, or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as you look for legendary pink river dolphins. Focus a hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

Day 4: Nauta Town | Village Visit | Birthplace of the Amazon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. In the afternoon, together witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. Tonight meet the new passengers who have signed on for the four-night trip, as you start your journey together along the Marañon River.

Day 5: Yanallpa River | Dorado River

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.
 

Day 6: Pacaya River | Ucayali River | Tapiche River

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The rewards of an 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, enjoy 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 7: Clavero or Yarapa River | Amazon River

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Aria Amazon.

Day 8: Disembark | Manatee Rescue Center & Transfer to the Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
At the Bellavista Nanay morning market along the Nanay River, sample exotic snacks from the Peruvian Amazon like ‘Suri’, and Amazon caterpillars that are considered especially appetizing. Return to the Aria for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, make one last truly memorable stop at the Manatee Rescue Center, a very special kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees. Also, visit San Juan craft market en route to the airport

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Design Suite - First Deck
Averaging 250 sq. ft. Eight suites on the first deck featuring two twin beds convertible into a California King bed, floor to ceiling panoramic windows, air conditioning, en suite sitting area, internal communications system, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer, hot water around the clock and a basket of toiletries.
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Design Suite - Second Deck
Averaging 250 sq. ft. Eight suites on the second deck featuring two twin beds convertible into a California King bed, floor to ceiling panoramic windows, air conditioning, en suite sitting area, internal communications system, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer, hot water around the clock and a basket of toiletries.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • 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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