May – Nov 2022
SMALL SHIP CRUISE
Amazon River Cruise
The world’s greatest diversity of plant and animal species are found in the Amazon jungle, including 20% of all bird species, call the Amazon their home. It houses 40,000 plant species, 427 animals, 1,300 birds, 378 reptiles, over 400 amphibians, and about 3,000 freshwater fishes.
On this small-ship cruise, expert naturalist guides will take you on speed boat excursions to experience close encounters with the extremely diverse wildlife, take you on nature hikes, and remote villages to learn the uses and customs of the local inhabitants.
Our small-group excursions of no more than eight guests allow close encounters with wildlife, ecology, and culture, reducing our environmental impact and turning an Amazon cruise journey into a very personal experience.
Our Amazon cruise provides the comfort and luxury necessary for safe and exciting sailing through the stunning Amazonian rainforest. A once in a lifetime experience!
WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY
- Explore the beating heart of the Amazon, the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, the biggest protected wetland in the World.
- Navigate the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers, the main affluents that form the Amazon.
- Be at the “junction”, the source of the deepest, widest, and longest river of our Planet.
- Enjoy night excursions looking for reptiles, amphibians, and nocturnal birds and mammals.
- Visit remote Amazon villages.
- Upscale accommodations, services, and superb meals.
- Use speedboats to explore creeks in search of wildlife accompanied by first-class naturalists.
- Enjoy superb birding, with hundreds of endemic species, including macaws, hummingbirds, tanagers, eagles, and a lot more.
- Day and night excursions.
- Search monkeys, sloths, capybaras, anteaters, and many other mammal species.
- Fish for piranhas.
- Look for Pink river dolphins.
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Itinerary in Brief
IQUITOS / AMAZON RIVER
When you arrive on a morning flight*, our staff will greet you warmly and take you to a nearby restaurant for lunch. The afternoon’s activities include an introduction to the ancient city of Iquitos and the chance to visit an indigenous Amazon community.
As you board the Aqua Nera in the early evening, settle into your roomy suite and start one of life’s most incredible adventures. Gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences designed by Aqua Nera consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, ámaZ, is one of Peru’s most well-known dining places, following an introduction to our naturalist guides and a standard safety drill.
YARAPA RIVER / CLAVERO LAKE
We sailed from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River in our comfortable boats. Prepare your binoculars for sloths, black collared hawks, and tropical songbirds. Line-fish for the infamously fierce piranhas of the Amazon while our naturalist guides tell tales of Lake Moringo.
We continue sailing to Lake Clavero in the late afternoon, where locals get around in old-fashioned dugout canoes. Visit Amazonian natives who warmly welcome you to their community or go swimming in the lake’s tranquil waters.
YANALLPA RIVER / DORADO RIVER
By boat, we explore the Yanallpa River’s black water tributaries before disembarking to go on foot through the dense Amazonian rainforest. Later, we reboard the ship and embark on a dark expedition along the El Dorado River, searching for rare nocturnal species.
NAUTA TOWN / VILLAGE VISIT / BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMAZON
In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish.
In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. By nightfall, you will meet the new passengers who signed on for the four-night trip, as we start our journey together along the Marañon River.
YANAYACU-PUCATE RIVER / LISBOA TOWN
Rise with the sun to observe birds along the Maraon River in the morning and have breakfast amidst the jungle. Later, go swimming, kayaking, or canoeing in the Yanayacu-Pucate River as we search for the fabled pink river dolphins. Visit a nearby village in the afternoon to connect with the locals and see the schoolchildren.
Today’s early risers are rewarded with a full-day tour, a picnic lunch to the sounds of the jungle, and fishing on the Samiria River’s murky waters. After lunch, we head out in skiffs next to the banana boats delivering jungle goods while looking for pink river dolphins on the trip back to the Maraon River.
NAUTA CAÑO RIVER / JUNGLE WALK IN CASUAL
Set out on a morning wildlife excursion on the fantastic black water Nauta Cao River to start the day.
We’ll go on a jungle hike in the late afternoon in Casual’s firm-soil forest, searching for flora and fauna that may include medicinal plants, insects, and poison dart frogs. Learn more about the many rainforest ecosystems and strata. Utilize our high-tech telescope at night to gaze at the sky and identify the stars, planets, and milky way.
ARRIVAL IN IQUITOS / MANATEE RESCUE CENTER / TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
Take a guided morning tour of the neighborhood market to admire the Peruvian Amazon’s local products and, if you like, try some exotic foods.
Before disembarkation, head back to the Aqua Nera for breakfast. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center en route to the airport, where abandoned Amazonian manatees recover before being released back into the wild.
Aqua Nera, a new standard-setter for luxury river cruising in the Amazon, was inspired by the enigmatic black water lagoons of the Peruvian Amazon. The spacious rooms and modern, distinctive design are characteristics of Aqua Expeditions cruise ships.
Successful designers Each area of the Aqua Nera is expertly made by Noor Design. The 20 spacious Design Suites on board the ship reflect the tranquility of the Amazon, while the public spaces display elegant elegance with a touch of drama. The design has delicately combined details and components from the rubber boom era and the live cultures of Portugal, Spain, and Peru.
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