Luxury Amazon Cruises: Aria Amazon & Aqua Nera
Explore an area of unspoilt wilderness! Two and a half million hectares of protected, Amazonian jungle offering an abundance of natural wonders, dramatic scenery, indigenous cultural history and extraordinary flora and fauna including the endangered Amazon River dolphin and manatee. These 3, 4 and 7 night journeys offer guests a rare insight into the very heart of Amazonia.
Aria Amazon: Spacious and indulgent, yet private enough to feel entirely exclusive, the 45 metre Aria Amazon accommodates a maximum of 32 guests in 16 air-conditioned luxury Design Suites, each with generous picture windows offering superb river views from the 23 Square metre cabin. Outstanding cuisine, expert naturalist guides and great excursions from the vessel ensure a world class experience. At the end of the day enjoy a sundowner drink on the Observation Deck or perhaps a dip in the jacuzzi as life on the Amazon gently glides by.
Aqua Nera: Launched in October 2020 this brand-new river cruise ship is the epitome of luxury cruising on the Amazon. Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon's mystical blackwater lagoons and bears hallmarks of contemporary style and generous interiors. Aboard the Aqua Nera, every space has been crafted to perfection. The vessel's 20 spacious Design Suites, which accommodate up to 40 guests convey a sense of tranquility, while the social spaces showcase refined elegance with a touch of drama. Tastefully woven into the design are accents and details from the rubber boom era and the colourful cultures of Portugal, Spain and Peru. The cruise features cuisine by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru's finest chefs who is celebrated for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce. Every day, expert naturalist guides conduct small group excursions that reward guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world's most biodiverse rainforest.
NB: Please note that itineraries vary dependent on whether they are operating in the Low Water vs High Water season.
4 Night Itinerary Day 1: Iquitos You will be met and transferred to your luxury river boat in time for dinner.
Day 2: Maranon River > Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve Dawn and dusk are ideal times for nature observation. Enjoy black water stream exploration with particularly good sightings of macaws, monkeys and river dolphins. Fish for piranha, enjoy a lecture and visit one of the Indian villages in the area and learn about their way of life.
Day 3: Samiria River > Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve Take a walking tour through the jungle learning about the vegetation found in the Amazon and observe some of the jungle wildlife at first hand. Ride traditional Amazonian canoes and swim in the waters of the Samiria River. Then visit Nauta Cano, known as the 'Forest of Mirrors' due to wonderful reflections found here and an area that is very rich in toucans, macaws and iguanas. As you make your way back to the ship, you may also see alligators, frogs and fishing bats.
Day 4: Amazon River > Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve A jungle walk this morning offers a plethora of wildlife, so keep your binoculars ready to observe tanagers and orioles as well as various reptiles and amphibians. After lunch visit the Yanayacu Islands, known locally as 'Islands of the Iguana'. Here you have a chance to see the Victoria Regia, the world's largest aquatic plant. As the sun sets, photograph the freshwater Amazon dolphins.
Day 5: Iquitos In the dry season visit an animal rescue centre and in the wet season tour the flood zone that borders the city of Iquitos to observe the houses and shops that actually float on the Itaya River for several months of the year and visit a traditional market full of Amazonian produce. Return to the Aria for a light lunch before disembarkation and in throughout the year, visit the Manatee Rescue Centre and an Amazonian Indian Market on the way to the airport.
3 Night Itinerary Day 1: Iquitos > Amazon River Make your own way to the MV Aria where you settle into your suite. Over the next three days, you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon, the Ucayali and the Maranon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. Welcome dinner on board.
Day 2: Amazon > Yacapana > Yarapa > Clavero Lake Visit Yacapana Islands, known locally "The Islands of the Iguana" because of the large number of these reptiles. You will also see the famous Amazon River dolphins, pink or gray, along our route. We will pass close to lush islands, giving you the opportunity to take good pictures of the tropical flora and fauna. Return to your ship for breakfast. Your sumptuous daily breakfast buffet features a wide variety of dishes, including Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. This morning you will board our comfortable skiff to sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water are always available in our private boats. As you float down the Yarapa, past the occasional fishermen paddling in their canoes, keep your binoculars ready to spot wildlife: terns, tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloth share this wonderful world with us. Upon our arrival at Lake Moringo, use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish species. As you fish, trained naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and its inhabitants. Enjoy lunch in the comfort of our air-conditioned dining room before a talk by a naturalist guide. Sail on to Lake Clavero where villagers paddle in their traditional dugout canoes. You may wish to swim in the lake's calm waters and visit the community to interact with our Amazonia neighbors who will be pleased to welcome you.
Day 3: Ucayali > Yanallpa >Dorado River > Pacaya Samiria National Reserve After breakfast board the skiffs to explore a fascinating black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guides will tell you about the jungle as we explore what scientists call a "gallery forest," because of its dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we explore this type of riparian vegetation, watch above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys. Return to your ship for optional Peruvian cooking lessons before lunch. Enjoy talks by naturalist guides before a Dorado River Exploration. This afternoon take a magical journey through the "Jungle of the Mirrors," where towering trees are reflected in the dark river. You move on to Dorado River where you may observe enchanting parrots, macaws and a variety of primates, unperturbed by your presence. As you make your way back to the ship, you may see alligators, frogs and fishing bats. While you dine, continue the journey upstream, toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers merge.
Day 4: Birthplace of the Amazon > Village Visit > Transfer to the airport This morning, your ship skirts the edge of the vast Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Get up early to see one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the origin of the Amazon River. Here, the junction of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Maranon, form one of the greatest waterfalls in the world. Your morning excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in small boats past large-billed terns, laughing falcons, exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other vibrantly hued birds. Then travel by boat to a community located along the Maranon River, where you will meet and interact with local villagers in this remote part of the world and learn about their traditions and folklore. You will also have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts directly from the artisans. Return for a light lunch. This afternoon, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild. Later, we stop at the Amazonian Indian Market San Juan, where, you may wish to shop for local crafts before leaving. Board your flight back to Lima.
7 Night Itinerary Combination of the two above.
• 3, 4 or 7 nights cruise • Personal meet and greet on arrival • Transfers to/from the ship from Iquitos Airport • Off-ship excursions with specialist guides • All meals on board • Local brand beverages, beers and house wine with meals • Pacaya Samiria National Park fee
Pricing (per person) $USD
• 3 Nights - every Friday, year round
• 4 Nights - every Monday, year round
• 7 Nights - every Friday, year round
Aqua Nera • 3 Nights - every Saturday, year round
• 4 Nights - every Tuesday, year round
• 7 Nights - every Saturday, year round
• 3 Nights - every Friday, year round
Booking conditions Child Policy - there is a seven year age minimum on all departures. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount Triple Cabins - a third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount - the first two guests pay the share twin rate. If the third person is a child under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed, the child pays US$500 per night.
Child Policy - there is a seven year age minimum on all departures. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount
Triple Cabins - a third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount - the first two guests pay the share twin rate. If the third person is a child under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed, the child pays US$500 per night.
Not included Airfares to/from Iquitos; gratuities; items of a personal nature.
Airfares to/from Iquitos; gratuities; items of a personal nature.