Why we like it
- Allows guests to explore the Peruvian Amazon in utmost comfort
- Kayaking, biking and fishing excursions are available
- Modern, state of the art ship with 16 luxurious and spacious cabins
- Jacuzzi overlooking the river
- English speaking naturalist guides
About Aria Amazon Cruises
The Aria Amazon offers 32 guests the opportunity to sail deep into Peru's Amazon wilderness in style and comfort. The 16 over-sized staterooms all feature en-suite seating areas, generous beds, and wall-to-wall panoramic windows. The observation deck with outdoor jacuzzi and the lounge are also splendid places to sip a pisco sour and watch the world go by. Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru's star chefs, created the Aria Amazon's gourmet menu. Fine South American wines are included at every meal.
Daily water-based excursions on comfortable launch boats allow guests to experience such wonders as pink dolphins and six-foot-wide water lilies, to fish for sharp-toothed piranha, and to interact with the people who live out their days along the river. Expert guides provide rich narrative detail about life along the Amazon as they visit little-known areas such as the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Twice the size of Yellowstone Park, it teems with wildlife and aquatic life including the endangered pink Amazon dolphin, black caiman, and three-toed sloth.
Day 1 - Lima/Iquitos
Enjoy a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive through the Peruvian countryside to the small village of Nauta. Evening boarding and welcome dinner as we set sail along the mighty Maranon River. Enjoy a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars.
Day 2 - Maranon River/Choroyacu/Pacaya Samira National Reserve
This morning we will board the skiffs to explore part of the vast Amazon flooded forest. As we float through a 'gallery forest tunnel', it is easy to spot parrots, macaws, and saki monkeys. This afternoon, your guides will introduce you to the local people where we understand how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees.
Day 3 - Tacsha River/Pacaya Samira Reserve/San Martin de Tipishca
This morning there are options to explore the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve further with the opportunity to see howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, saddleback tamarin monkeys and many bird species such as blue, yellow and scarlet macaws as well as toucans and some species of river hawks. Alternatively accompany your guide to see sustainable resource management projects in action.
Afternoon expedition to watch for caiman, especially noticeable as the sun goes down.
Day 4 - Yanayacu Pucate/Tahuayo/Charo Lake
Back on the river as the sun rises, enjoy possible sightings of River Dolphin. Afternoon excursion along the Tahuayo River and fishing option on Lake Charo. Farewell dinner.
Day 5 - Iquitos/Lima
The excursions today depend on the level of the river. Weather and time permitting, this will be the last opportunity to see how people live along the Amazon - by floating in skiffs through the lively riverside community of Belen, in Iquitos. Here, where the houses and shops actually float on the river during some months and you will see the bustling food market for the entire Peruvian Amazon. All local inhabitants throughout the region sell and purchase goods here.
After lunch disembarkation and visit of Iquitos, a remote complete with a house built by Gustave Eiffel. Finally, before heading for the airport, we visit the Manatee Rescue Centre, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees.
Choose from three-, four-, and seven-night itineraries every Monday and Friday. Itineraries vary depending on low (June to October) and high water (November to May) season.