Aqua Expeditions – Amazon River, Peru

Aqua Expeditions – Amazon River, Peru

Overview

Aqua-Expeditions1The Amazon River is arguably the largest river in the world rivaled only by the mighty Nile in Africa. The Amazon River’s headwaters in South America originate in Peru with the Upper Amazon area in Peru consisting of a series of major river systems that flow North and South into the Marañón and Ucayali (major Amazon River tributaries) and the Amazon River.

At its widest point the Amazon River is 11 km/7 miles wide during the low water season, but during the high water season, when the Amazon floods the surrounding plains, the Amazon River can be up to 45km/28 miles in breadth.

You will start your luxury cruise floating down the Amazon River in Iquitos, a one hour twenty five minute flight from Lima, Peru. Iquitos is so remote that this charming Peruvian city can be reached only by air or water. Once a booming rubber town due to its location on the Amazon River, Iquitos now enjoys a slower pace. You will enjoy touring this lively city, which includes a building designed by Gustav Eiffel, among other highlights.

What you see along the Amazon River depends on the length of your stay. The heart of every visit, however, will be Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a protected wildlife area deep within the Amazon rainforest and jungle. The highlight of each day’s journey on your luxury cruise down the Amazon will be experiencing by small ship, the pristine wilderness areas teeming with the Amazon’s wildlife and amazing plant life, such as the colossal Victoria Regia water lilies. You will also encounter—and have the chance to interact with—local people living in villages along the Amazon River, as they have for centuries. When the day’s sightseeing is over, the comforts of your luxurious floating hotel await you.

Marrying the elegance of a five-star luxury hotel with the breathless excitement of a cruise down the fabled Amazon River, the M/V Aqua provides discriminating travelers with an unforgettable experience.

Guided by experienced naturalists, you’ll begin your journey in Iquitos – an area so remote it can only be reached by air or water – before experiencing the stunning beauty of Peru’s Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a preserved wilderness area teeming with plant and wildlife.

Accommodations

Aqua-Expeditions - AccommodationsM/V Aqua is Aqua Expedition’s 130-foot flagship. Its 12 luxury guest suites, designed by an internationally renowned Peruvian interior designer, measure a generous 230 to 240 square feet, and feature large, outward-facing panoramic windows and en suite sitting areas.

All suites are air-conditioned, and four are interconnected to cater to families. Guests can socialize in the dining room, bar, on the observation deck and in the outdoor lounge. There is also a small boutique.

You’ll be served by a crew of 18, plus three skilled guides. Rates include all excursions, meals and wine with meals.

Activities

Aqua-Expeditions - ActivitiesEvery day will bring amazing new wonders, as guests set out with guides in a fleet of three launches to float toward the source of the mighty Amazon. Each day, you will explore the small inlets and various winding river systems that make up the flooded forest.

Pacaya Samiria Reserve, located on the headwaters of the Amazon basin, spans more than five million acres. Twice the size of Yellowstone Park, it teems with wild and aquatic life. Visitors will have the opportunity to see hundreds of species, including the endangered pink Amazon dolphin, the black caiman and the three-toed sloth.

Aqua Expeditions has assembled a talented and experienced team of naturalist and interpretive Amazon River guides and professional crew who are the most important and essential ingredient in our luxury class cruise service on Peru’s Amazon River. Their expert knowledge of the M/V Aqua cruise ship, the Amazon’s wildlife, plants and birdlife and the history of this part of Peru will be the difference between a visit to Peru and an unforgettable life experience on Peru’s Amazon River.

M/V Aqua Naturalist Guides

Three highly trained interpreter Amazon River guides, who know all the flora and fauna of the Amazon, will take you on as many as three expeditions a day, aboard comfortable motorized skiffs. Your English-speaking Amazon guides will give you both the big picture of life on the Amazon, and will point out the multitude of small details that make the region special–a howler monkey hidden in a tree, a vivid butterfly resting on a leaf, a bird, such as the endangered harpy eagle, enjoying the tranquility of the Amazon basin.

Dining

Aqua-Expeditions - DiningWe offer a world class dining experience about the M/V Aqua with specially selected unique Peru recipes and cuisine. Noted Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s top ten chefs, has created our exclusive menus. Guests aboard the M/V Aqua will enjoy a menu of fresh, delicious Peruvian cuisine (with a bit of continental influence), whether served on board in our elegant dining room or out and about on a luxury cruise excursion in the Amazon jungle. Dinner each evening promises to be a Peruvian culinary feast for the senses, paired with premium South American wines.

Excursions

Aqua-Expeditions- Amazon Excursions & Cruises3 Night

Join us in Iquitos, Peru for a 3 night Amazon River luxury cruise exploring the Tahuayo River and the Yacapana “Iguana” Islands, Charo Lake fishing and visits into the Amazon jungle to view Amazon monkeys, three-toed sloths and caimans at home in their habitat. Enjoy watching the infamous Amazon pink dolphins at play in the Amazon. Journey to the Amazon’s headwaters and learn from our naturalist guides about the diverse Amazon wildlife in thePacaya Samiria National Reserve.

4 Night

Join Aqua Expeditions in Nauta, a short flight from Lima, Peru for a 4 night journey by luxury cruise down the Amazon River exploring the many highlights of the Amazon jungle. Learn about the birds of Yanallpa Lake, meet the fishermen of the majestic Ucayali River, enjoy night excursions by skiff, explore the Pacaya River and Yanayacu Lake and photograph the wildlife within the Pacaya Samiria National Park and Reserve.

7 night

We highly recommend our seven-night Amazon River Expedition Cruise where you will enjoy our most luxurious and comprehensive Amazon journey and on which you can experience the Amazon River’s three powerful tributaries: the Marañón, the Ucayali, and the Puinahua as well as several hidden black water lakes. Combine this cruise with a pre-departure or post-cruise Peru tour of Machu Picchu, Lima and Cusco and you have the makings of an unforgettable Peru luxury vacation.

 

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