Riverboat Cruise aboard the
Venture deep into the Amazon rainforest within the five million pristine acres of Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a protected area teeming with wildlife. Spot pairs of blue-and-yellow macaw, flocks of snowy egrets, laughing falcons and Amazon kingfishers, caiman, squirrel monkeys frolicking in the trees and pink dolphins poking their dorsal fins above the river water while colossal Victoria Regia water lilies float on the water’s surface. Travel aboard a luxury riverboat reminiscent of an elegant boutique hotel. The Aria Amazon features spacious suites and exquisite Amazonian cuisine at every meal. From the remote city of Iquitos to the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, fish for piranha, trek along winding trails, and visit communities living largely as they have for centuries. Naturalist guides lead you through the rainforest, providing a wealth of information about the exotic plants and wildlife under an astounding jungle canopy.
Low Water Season: June - November
The low water season averages temperatures around 98°F (37°C). Jungle trails normally flooded are now accessible. Go deeper into the jungle on foot with the added bonus of fewer mosquitoes and good fishing is guaranteed.
Iquitos / Nauta / Embarkation / Maranon River
Meet at Iquitos International Airport before journeying through the Peruvian countryside by air-conditioned vehicle to Nauta Lounge. Lunch will be served in the lounge or, depending on flight arrival time, a box lunch may be served en route.
At 6 pm guests board the Aria Amazon. Settle into a spacious suite as the ship sets off into the birthplace of the Amazon. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to the ship’s naturalist guides, guests are served an impeccable Amazonian feast from Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of Lima’s top-ranked restaurants.
Yanayacu Pucate River / Native Village / Maranon River
Today’s adventure starts near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Cruise along Yanayacu Pucate in the comfort of state-of-the-art skiffs. Kayak, canoe, and swim in these unspoiled black waters where Amazon’s legendary pink dolphins are known to live.
In the afternoon, visit a remote village along the Marañon River. Learn about traditional customs of the native people in the area.
Tonight, look into the sky with high tech telescopes as guides point out planets and constellations that shine ever brighter against the Amazon’s dark backdrop.
Samira River / Nauta Cano or PNA (Amazonian National Park)
Set off along the Samiria River by skiff where guests have the option to fish for the many types of Amazonian fish inhabiting these waters, including the infamous piranha.
After lunch, hear an engaging lecture on the jungle’s plants and animals before venturing out on a thrilling jungle walk across suspended bridges high above the rainforest.
This evening, enjoy the jungle symphony and extraordinary stargazing on along the Enchanted Lake.
Nauta Town / Manatee Rescue Center / Transfer to the Airport
Visit an outdoor market with guides who can point out the various Amazonian fish caught that morning by local fishermen as well as the many exotic fruits grown in the rainforest. Return to the Aria Amazon for breakfast and to pack.
After breakfast, visit the Manatee Rescue Center where Amazonian manatees are rescued, rehabilitated, then released back into the wild.
En route to the airport guests are treated to one last stop, the San Juan craft market to shop for last minute souvenirs and locally made goods.
Other local activities may be included as well depending on time. Lunch will be served or, depending on departure flight time, a box lunch will be provided.
NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.