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Aria Amazon - 7 Nights Itinerary A

This 8-day/7-night riverboat cruise into the Peruvian rainforest showcases the best of the Amazon River's treasures, including piranha fishing on Lake Moringo, searching for Pink river dolphins in the Pucate River, guided tours deep into the rainforest of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, a visit to a local village, experiencing the "Mirrored Forest," going on wildlife safaris by night, visiting the Manatee Rescue Center, and much, much more!

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Aria Amazon: Highlights

Peruvian Amazon, Amazon River, Yacapana, Clavero Lake, Dorado River, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Nauta City, Marañon River, Pucate River, Forest Walk, City Tour

Aria Amazon: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Iquitos – Amazon River
Day 2: Amazon River – Yarapa River – Nauta Caño
Day 3: Marañon River – Yanayacu-Pucate River
Day 4: Birthplace of the Amazon – Village Visit – Nauta City
Day 5: Yanallpa River – Dorado River
Day 6: Pacaya River – Ucayali River – Tapiche River
Day 7: Clavero Lake/River – Amazon River
Day 8: Market Excursion – Disembarkation – Manatee Rescue Center – Transfer to the Airport
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Aria Amazon: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday
Iquitos – Amazon River

Embarkation and Check-In: From the moment you step on board, enjoy the Aria Amazon’s low-key luxury. As you settle into your handsomely appointed, generously proportioned suite, you will feel the vessel begin to move the beginning of one of your life’s great adventures. We suggest you stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view, as the Aria Amazon leaves Iquitos behind.

Over the next seven days, you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular journey to a place visited by only a very few of even the most experienced world travelers.

Safety Drill and Briefing on the Upper Deck: Before dinner we will perform a routine safety drill. Then it’s into the air-conditioned lounge, where you will learn about life on board, and will have the first nightly briefing about your next day’s Amazon adventure. You will meet our naturalist guides and your cruise director, who will use video, photos, and maps to introduce the details of your journey deep into the Peruvian Amazon.

Welcome Dinner: Sit down, relax, sip fine South American wine, toast the beginning of a beautiful journey and enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine, created by our Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences. Schiaffino’s imaginative use of local products – fruit, fish, spices – makes every meal a delightful adventure. (The menu always offers choices, including a vegetarian option.)

Perhaps sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday
Amazon River – Yarapa River – Nauta Caño

Amazon River Expedition: Wake up early to watch the sunrise for the first time on the Amazon River, a first, dramatic glimpse of your upcoming adventures. Return to the Aria Amazon

Breakfast: Our sumptuous daily breakfast buffet features a wide variety of dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices.

Yarapa River Exploration and Fishing in Moringo Lake: 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.

Return to Aria Amazon. Cold towels await you back aboard the Aria Amazon. As the ship continues down the Amazon River, you have free time to rest or take a nap before lunch. Lunch

Enjoy a light lunch in our dining room with air conditioning. Lecture in the lounge by our naturalist guides.

Excursion to Nauta Caño: Nauta Caño is part of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, also known as the Forest of Mirrors due to its dark lagoons, which reflect the scenery. In this area we will observe toucans, macaws, and iguanas, among many other species. In this area we may observe and hear toucans, macaws and iguanas. As we head back to the Aria Amazon, you will enjoy one of the most incredible sunsets reflected in the black water of the flooded forest.

Return to Aria Amazon. Before dinner, sip a pisco sour on the upper deck at dusk. Dinner

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday
Marañon River – Yanayacu-Pucate River

Marañon Exploration and Walk Along the Casual Trail: This morning, we will sail along the Marañon River, watching the different species of flora and fauna as we approach the Casual community where we will hike on land. Here you will see a plethora of wildlife, so keep your binoculars ready to observe tanagers and orioles as well as various reptiles and amphibians. Keep an eye out for the beautiful and eye-catching but poisonous frogs along this fascinating trail, as well as trees and medicinal plants. You can enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee and fresh juice. We stop near a quiet place where you will see and hear quite a show put on by Mother Nature while you enjoy your meal.

Return to Aria Amazon for lunch

Yanayacu – Pucate River Excursion with Breakfast: Later, we will visit the Yanayacu - Pucate River in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. On the black water river, you can observe the vibrant flora and fauna while looking for macaws and several species of primates like the capuchins and squirrel monkeys as well as the famous Amazon River dolphins, either pink or gray. Amazonian people hold the belief that these dolphins possess the magical power to turn into men and women of great beauty.

This evening, the focus will be on the ship’s hi-tech telescope, as you scan the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Monday
Birthplace of the Amazon – Village Visit – Nauta City

Birthplace of the Amazon: This morning, the Aria Amazon 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 Marañon, form one of the greatest waterfalls in the world – certainly this is nature at its most captivating. Your morning excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in our small boats past large-billed terns, laughing falcons, exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other vibrantly hued birds.

Village Visit: We will travel by boat to a community located along the Marañon River, where you will meet and interact with local villagers in this remote part of the world and learn about their traditions and folklore. Walk around with our naturalist guides to see how Aria Expeditions works with these communities to improve their natural resource management. You will also have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts directly from the artisans.

Return to Aria Amazon. Lunch.

Visit to the City of Nauta: This afternoon, we will visit the town of Nauta, founded in 1930. Nauta is the main point where villagers from around Amazonia come to sell the products they harvest in their rural communities. We'll walk around Nauta to gain insights into the life of these coastal peoples. We will also visit the local fresh market, with your guides on hand to point out the different fish caught by the fishermen of Amazonia, and all types of indigenous fruits. Later, you may explore the Lupunillo or Marayali Creek, a tributary of the Marañon River.

Return to Aria Amazon. Dinner. Meet new passengers who have signed on for the four-night trip, and enjoy your gourmet meal as we start our journey along the Marañon River.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Tuesday
Yanallpa River – Dorado River

River Expedition on the Yanallpa River: This morning, board the skiffs to explore the fascinating Yanallpa River, 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 Aria Amazon. Lunch. Lecture in the lounge by our naturalist guides.

Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion: This afternoon we take a magical journey through the "Jungle of the Mirrors," where towering trees are reflected in the dark river. We move on to the Dorado River where you may observe enchanting parrots, macaws and a variety of primates, unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the Aria Amazon, you may see alligators, frogs and fishing bats.

Return to Aria Amazon. Dinner

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Wednesday
Pacaya River – Ucayali River – Tapiche River

Expedition Along the Pacaya River: This morning we will undertake an excursion along the Pacaya River, observing and exploring the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. You will sail among a wide variety of wildlife, birds including large parrots, macaws, herons and storks and many species of primates like the capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys, who can be very funny. We will have the opportunity to visit and fish in some of the most beautiful lakes in the protected reserve and to meet some of the friendly local people who take care of the reserve’s natural resources. Your nature guides will discuss the Aria’s involvement in the natural resource management of Amazonia. We will eat a picnic lunch en route and on our return, we can see the famous Ceiba tree, the highest in the Amazon.

Return to Aria Amazon. Lunch

Exploring the Ucayali & Tapiche Rivers: During this expedition, we’ll be keeping our eyes out for two different kinds of freshwater dolphins but especially the unusual pink dolphins found in the Ucayali & Tapiche river. We’ll also spot arboreal lizards, iguanas and look up to catch a glimpse of some of the area’s 200 bird species.

Return to the Aria Amazon. Dinner

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Day 7 - Thursday
Clavero Lake/River – Amazon River

Clavero or Yarapa River. This morning, you can choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water of the Yarapa or Clavero rivers. We 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.

Return to the Aria Amazon. From this point, start sailing downstream toward Iquitos. Lunch. Presentation in the lounge by the Aria’s naturalist guides.

Village Visit: We sail along the great Amazon River, observing the flora and fauna, then stop at a riverside community that actively conserves the forest’s natural resources and their own ancestral customs.

Return to the Aria Amazon. Once back on board, the ship will continue its journey downstream, sailing toward Iquitos on the Amazon River through the night. Before turning in, you can meet in the lounge with our naturalist guides for the Crew Presentation. The guides will introduce some of the crew members whom you may not have met, who worked "behind the scenes" to ensure your memorable trip has been filled with countless exceptional experiences.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Friday
Market Excursion – Disembarkation – Manatee Rescue Center – Transfer to the Airport

Morning Excursion: Depending on the weather, we will visit the traditional market of Bellavista Nanay, bordering the Nanay River, to see products from the Peruvian Amazon including exotic snacks like the Amazon Caterpillar. Called "Suri," these caterpillars live in the palm trees and are considered a very appetizing snack for Amazonia people, even in the city.

Return to the Aria Amazon. Sadly, it’s time to finish packing. Please leave your packed suitcases in your suite for pickup before going to lunch. Light Lunch.

Disembarkation / City Tour / Manatee Rescue Center / Transfer to the Airport: This afternoon, in Iquitos, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center. A kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees, this center rescues, rehabilitates and releases them 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. Guides will help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you have boarded your flight back to Lima.

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Aria Amazon: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomFirst DeckSecond Deck
8 DaysUS$ 8,925US$ 9,275
Included in the price:

Aria Amazon River cruises are priced based on per person, double occupancy in Suites and Master Suites. Included in these all-inclusive cruise rates are:

  • All meals while onboard
  • All excursions off the Aria Amazon
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic, select premium wines, sparkling wines and beer)
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving or departing on recommended flights
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee
Not included in the price:
  • Air tickets to and from Iquitos, Peru
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Boutique purchases
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