Join the Aria Amazon in the remote colonial city of Iquitos, Peru for this 4-day luxury Amazon River Cruise. Journey along the Ucayali River, the Amazon’s largest tributary, as well as other neighboring rivers (the Yarapa and Dorado), each one rich in vibrant wildlife and thriving rainforests. Fish for the many species of Amazon fish, explore the dense jungle, skiff to search for endangered pink dolphins, and enjoy guided tours of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
Day 1 : Iquitos | Amazon River | Embark Day 2 : Yarapa | Nauta Caño Day 3 : Marañon Creek | Yanayacu | Pucate Day 4 : Nauta Town | Manatee Rescue Centre | Disembark
Visit the Amazon's birthplace at the confluence of Ucayali & Maranon Rivers
Sail the Yarapa River and see a variety of enchanting wildlife
Meet and interact with local villagers and learn about their traditions
Meet at Iquitos International Airport then enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant or 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 6:00pm 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 your naturalist guides, gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences.
High Water (November - May): Board your comfortable skiffs and 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 your 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.
Low Water (June - October): Start today’s adventures near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising along Yanayacu Pucate in the comfort of state-of-the-art skiffs. Kayak, canoe, and swim in these unspoiled black waters, keeping eyes peeled for the Amazon’s legendary pink dolphins. In the afternoon, visit a remote village along the Marañon River to learn about traditional customs. Focus a hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.
High Water (November - May): 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 your hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations. This evening before dinner, gather to be ntroduced 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.
Low Water (June - October): Set off by skiffs for an excursion along the Samiria River with optional fishing. Listen carefully to your after-lunch flora and fauna lecture, then venture out for a singularly thrilling jungle walk across suspended bridges deep into the high Amazon rainforest. On your return in the evening, enjoy the jungle symphony and extraordinary stargazing on local boats along the “Enchanted Lake”. 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.
Day 4 Nauta Town | Manatee Rescue Centre | Disembark
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 Aria for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, discover the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate, and release them back into the wild. Visit San Juan craft market en route to the airport. Lunch or a box lunch is provided, depending on the exact departure flight time, which may vary. Other local activities may be included as well, according to the flight schedule.
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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.
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.
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The above itinerary is a guideline only, and may change due to weather, water levels, and at the captain's discretion.
Included in your all-inclusive rate:
• All meals while onboard
• All excursions off the Aria Amazon
• 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
• Air tickets to and from Iquitos
• Guide and crew gratuities
• Boutique purchases
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.