We will meet at Iquitos International Airport then journey together by air-conditioned vehicle through the Peruvian countryside to arrive at our Nauta Lounge in time for lunch, or we will serve a box lunch en route depending on the flight arrival time. In the afternoon, we will set off on your first skiff excursion to visit the birthplace of the Amazon. At 6:00pm, we will 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 our naturalist guides, we gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by our Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences. Overnight aboard the ship. (L,D)
8 Day Aria Amazon Cruise
Departing from Iquitos, Peru’s largest jungle city, you will enjoy an eight day cruise along the Amazon, Marañon, and Ucayali Rivers aboard the luxurious Aria Amazon to the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth. Traveling on foot and by skiff, you will search the rainforest for sloths, monkeys, macaws, giant river otters, endangered pink dolphin, and other wildlife, and will have the opportunity to interact with local people living in villages as they have for centuries. On your final day, you will also visit the Manatee Rescue Center.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 7 nights (aboard the M/V Aria Amazon) and 22 meals (7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 7 dinners).
Best Time to Go: June-November.
Places Visited: Iquitos & the Northern Amazon.
We commence today’s adventures near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising along Yanayacu Pucate in the comfort of our 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, we will visit a remote village along the Marañon River to learn about traditional customs. Focus our hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
We set off by skiffs for an excursion along the Samiria River with optional fishing. Listen carefully to our 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 our return in the evening, enjoy the jungle symphony and extraordinary stargazing on local boats along the “Enchanted Lake”. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
This morning, we will 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. In the afternoon, together we will witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. Tonight you will meet the new passengers who have signed on for the four-night trip, as we start our journey together along the Marañon River. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
Boarding our skiffs, we start the day like Amazon River dwellers, cruising along the Ucayali River. As these farmers and fishermen go about their business, we search for pink river dolphins in these pristine waters. Later in the day, we return to the skiffs, to ride along the black waters of the Pacaya River at dusk, searching for the mysterious wildlife that come out after dark and with extraordinary stargazing. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
The rewards of our early start today are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River. After lunch, we venture out by skiffs on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Come afternoon, take a short jungle walk in the San Jose flooded forest and see the unforgettable giant water lilies. This evening before dinner, we will gather to introduce you 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. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
This morning, we will 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 Amazon for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, we visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. We will also visit San Juan craft market on route to the airport. Lunch or box lunch is included, depending on the exact departure flight time, which can vary. Other activities may be included as well, according to the flight schedule. (B,L)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Prices & Dates
Price per Person
|Design Suite – First Deck||$11,156||$8,925||$8,330|
|Design Suite – Second Deck||$11,594||$9,275||$8,657|
- The above prices are valid until December 31, 2018.
- There is a minimum age of seven for all departures.
- A limited number of triples can be accommodated as long as the maximum capacity of the ship is not exceeded.
Friday departures throughout the year. This itinerary is offered during the low water season, which runs from June to November. A slightly different itinerary is offered during the high water season, which runs from December to May.
- South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
- Transfers to/from vessel when arriving in Iquitos.
- Accommodations on board the M/V Aria Amazon.
- All meals scheduled on board.
- Pacaya Samiria entrance fee.
- Local, English-speaking tour guides.
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Domestic airfare.
- Transfers in Lima.
- Hotel nights before/after the cruise.
- Gratuities to ship crew and guides.
- Gifts and personal items.
- Travel insurance.
We will be happy to quote the cost of airfare, land services, and travel insurance and to make these arrangements for you.
Group Private: All services included in this tour are operated on a group basis.
Passport/Visa: U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Peruvian embassy in their country before traveling.
Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.
To Book This Trip: Call or email us to confirm the availability of the ship and airfare for your desired dates of travel. Once we have confirmed availability, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $900 per person. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days prior to departure.