Amazon Cruise 7N High Water

Amazon Cruise 7N High Water


7 Nights


$ 8435


May – Nov 2022





Amazon River Cruise

A cruise down the Amazon River is arguably the most gratifying natural adventure on the planet. The adventurer is embraced inside Mother Nature’s Cradle of Life as they travel through the world’s biggest rainforest, which spans nine nations and encompasses 40 percent of South America. The Amazon River starts in Peru’s Andes foothills and runs east for 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) to the Atlantic Ocean.

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!


  • 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.
One of our most remarkable travel experiences. The pristine Amazon headwaters delivered well beyond our expectations. The naturalists are some of the best we’ve ever had. Great accommodations and services, but the food were out of this world. Thank you!

Jack S. – Del Mar. CA


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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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. 

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

The Ship

Aqua Nera


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.

Departure Dates & Rates

May – Nov 2022


Single Supplement

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Kingdoms of Peru

Kingdoms of Peru




$ 7390.00


JAN 9th, 2022






Another of our pioneering expeditions. Explore the coast of Peru to meet the fascinating Pre-Inca Cultures including sites like the Pyramids of Tucume & Museum, the Lord of Sipan Museum, the biggest mud citadel of the world Chan Chan, the archeological site of the Lady of Cao, the temples of the Sun and the Moon in Trujillo, the private museum of our hotel in Paracas, the biggest ancient religious site of the Americas, Pachacamac, and fly over the Nasca Lines (Optional)

Enjoy superb wildlife encounters at Ballestas Islands and look for endemic birds and Spectacle bears at Chaparri Reserve. Birdwatch with renowned ornithologist Fernando Angulo Pralongo at Bosque de Pomac.

Learn about the colonial times in Chincha, experience firsthand the Afro Peruvian culture through its music with the Ballumbrosio family, taste the superb and quite diverse Peruvian cuisine every day, and enjoy three unique culinary experiences.

Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!

Departure: January 9th, 2022


  • Meet Luminaries & scientists in the field
  • Access to Back-of-the-house Collections
  • Close Contact with Locals
  • Culinary Experiences
  • 5 & 4 Star Hotels & 1 Basic Lodge
  • Optional 12 pax Airplane Overflight
  • Meet Walter Alva, the discoverer of the Lord of Sipan -the Tutankamon of the Americas, and see the undisplayed pieces and mommies of the lady of Cao during a private tour with the leading field archeologist

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– John Hemingway


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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Lima

Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel.

A short stroll away you can find many great restaurants, the wonderful Mercado de Surquillo -where most great chefs buy their fresh products and the best and biggest arts and crafts market in South America.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel (Meals aloft)

Day 2

The Southern Coast

After breakfast, the day begins with a drive through the Southern Coastal desert of Peru, crossing fertile valleys and oasis.

After the very interesting 2 hours and 45-minute drive, we will visit El Carmen town, the heart of the Afro Peruvian community of Peru. Afro Peruvians are an important component of Peru’s identity.

Later on, we will enjoy lunch at the beautiful Hacienda San Jose, built during the seventeenth century.

After lunch, we will explore Hacienda San Jose before driving for an hour to the Paracas Bay, where we will lodge at Hotel La Hacienda. A fine dinner with Pisco Sours included follows.

Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D)

Day 3 

The Nasca Lines, The Paracas Pre-Inca Culture, Pisco, Paso Fino & more.

After breakfast, we will drive 20 minutes to the Pisco airport to embark on one of the most enigmatic experiences in the world, an overflight over the Nasca Lines. Our 1 hour and 30-minute flight will take us to enjoy good sightings of the most elaborated figures of the Nasca and Palpa plateaus.

After this unique and unforgettable experience, we will drive 30 minutes to the Julio C. Tello Museum.

We will then continue to the beautiful Tacama vineyard and factory. There, we will also enjoy lunch followed by a Peruvian Paso Fino horse show and a Pisco and wine sampling session.

Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D).

Day 4

Ballestas Islands, Natural History Paradise, and Pachacamac

We will start the day with a 2-hour speed boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, part of the Paracas National Reserve, Peru’s largest coastal wildlife sanctuary. The Islands are home to thousands of resident and migratory sea birds, including several endangered or threatened South American species. 

We will then drive back to Lima arriving in time for lunch at Hacienda Los Ficus.

After lunch, we will drive only 4 miles to the Pachacamac Pre-Inca and Inca remains in the Lurin Valley.

After the visit, we will drive one hour or so to Lima.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L (Dinner on your own. Your leader will propose great options)

Day 5

Culinary and Pre-Inca Lima

After a leisurely breakfast, we will visit a very well-kept market. There we will see and taste and learn about the impressive array of local products including potatoes, fruits, seafood, and others that together with local creativity have shaped Peruvian cuisine into one of the nests of the world.

We will then drive for 20 minutes to a private culinary experience local where you will learn to prepare and taste in small portions multiple flavors from all over Peru. This is truly a feast!

After the Peruvian cuisine complete experience, you will have free time to shop at the huge Handicraft Market of the city, walk at the heart of the lively Miraflores district, visit LarcoMar shopping mall that overlooks the Lima bay and has superb Alpaca and Vicuna shops, or just relax at the hotel. 

Dinner will be enjoyed today at Huaca Pucllana, a beautiful restaurant located overlooking a well restored and beautifully illuminated Pre-Inca temple right in Miraflores district. A perfect way to say goodbye to Lima, the “City of the Kings”

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D

Day 6

To Chiclayo, North of Peru.

In the morning, we will drive to the Lima airport and fly north, for 1 hour, to Chiclayo. Upon arrival, we will check-in at the Hotel Casa Andina Select, the best hotel in town, and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit Tucume, a complex of 26 pyramids of the Lambayeque culture located in the middle of a beautiful Equatorial Dry Forest, one of the most endangered habitats of the world.

Upon arrival we will walk around some of the pyramids, understanding the cultures of Northern Peru. We will also visit the site museum before moving to Horcones Hotel and Restaurant.

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 7

Bosque de Pomac & the Lord of Sipan Museum

Early in the morning, we will drive one hour to Pomac forest.

Upon our early arrival to Pomac, we will birdwatch for endemics.

We will then continue with some people to people experiences and crafts shopping. 

Back in Chiclayo, we will enjoy lunch at Fiesta Restaurant, considered one of the best in the whole country and Latin America. Some consider that the best ceviche in the world is served here!

Later we will return to the hotel and enjoy time to freshen up before departing to visit the Lord of Sipan Museum.

After the complete Lord of Sipan experience, we will enjoy dinner at a basic but traditional restaurant while enjoying a traditional “Peña Norteña”, our first exposure to the music and dances of the north coast of Peru. This is a night of fun and celebration!

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 8

Chaparri Reserve

After breakfast, we will drive two hours to Chaparri Reserve, the greatest communal conservation project in Peru.

Upon arrival at Chaparri, we will check in, enjoy lunch and meet the local rangers.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a comfortable hike along the “Huachuma” trail, where we may find several Tumbesian endemics and other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and where we will analyze the ora of the unique ecosystem.

In the evening, and after dinner, a night birding walk follows, along the main track, looking for Scrub Nightjar, Pacific Pygmy-Owl, West Peruvian Screech-Owl, and endemic insect species.

Overnight Chaparri Ecolodge. B, L, D.

Day 9

Chaparri and back to Chiclayo.

We will start the day near the lodge, watching hummingbirds bathe in the stream. After breakfast, we will embark on another hike looking for wildlife and enjoy lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon we will drive back to Chiclayo with birding and panoramic stops along the way.

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 10

Lady of Cao and Trujillo

Today we will drive south, towards Trujillo. Lunch will be enjoyed at the old and charming coastal town of Pacasmayo.

We will then continue crossing deserts and valleys until reaching Cao. We will visit the archeological site and first-class museum and meet the researchers.

After Cao, we will drive to the colonial city of Trujillo, one of the first Spanish cities in South America, and where the Spanish Conqueror, Francisco Pizarro, first disembarked. We will check-in at the fine Casa Andina Private Collection hotel.

Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel tonight.

Day 11

UNESCO Chan Chan, Arcoiris, Cooking Class and Huanchaco Ree Rafts.

After breakfast, we will visit Chan Chan, the biggest mud citadel of the World, known as the “Machu Picchu of the North”.

We will then continue to Huanchaco beach, where we will enjoy a Cebiche and Pisco Sour cooking class at the best restaurant in town, with great ocean views.

After lunch, we will walk to the beach to meet local fishermen and their “Caballitos de Totora”.

Dinner will be enjoyed at Club Central.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D.

Day 12

Huacas del Sol y la Luna. Farewell Lunch. Transfer to Airport. Fly the US.

In the morning we will visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, remains of the capital city of the Mochicas, the most ancient culture that ruled the north.

We will first visit the small, but well-displayed Moche Huacas museum.

Then, we will be impressed with the visit to “Huaca de la Luna”. 

After the visit, we will enjoy a wonderful lunch of modern Peruvian delicacies before transferring to the airport to fly to Lima and connect with flights back home.

NOTE: Late checkouts have been requested to the hotel and will be confirmed closer to the departure date.


Casa Andina Private Collection – Miraflores

With a strategic location in the heart of Miraflores, the Private Collection Miraflores has been designed to express the local flavor with all the amenities, facilities, and services of a first-class hotel. The Private Collection Miraflores provides an unmistakable local style and includes an exquisite collection of contemporary art, which along with valuable colonial antiques, decorates the rooms and common areas.

La Hacienda Bahia – Paracas

It is located on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Paracas. Luxury and simplicity blend perfectly. Every room has been designed to provide a comfortable stay and the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of life on the bay. The restaurant, o ers the best view of the bay. Multiple activities are available, from a good spa to water adventure sports, including sailing, fishing, and much more.

Casa Andina Select – Chiclayo

A landmark of the city, it offers its visitor center of the city Location, just minutes from downtown and the airport.

This is a modern and functional hotel, with spacious common areas, terrace, pool, and event areas. distributed in 7 floors. Internet center, Wi-Fi, and ATMs are just some of the services that are offered to customers. AC Included.

Chaparri Eco-Lodge – Chaparri

Chaparri Ecolodge is located in the dry forests of northern Peru. It provides a tranquil escape in a spectacular landscape of the foothills of the Andes, with excellent wildlife viewing. It is a communal award-winning project. Even though basic, the sta is truly warm. The 6 Rooms available are clean, feature en suite bathrooms, solar hot water, and electricity. Food is served on a simple terrace. A stream pool and hammocks are available. No AC (One night stay).

Casa Andina Private Collection – Trujillo

This is a hotel with 147 rooms, distributed in 14 levels, that proposes, through its architecture and decoration, the integration of the Pre-Inca culture symbols and the modern design. This five-star hotel has an ideal location at the entrance of the Golf Urbanization, providing our guests with easy access from the airport and the city center. Internet Center, high-speed Wi-Fi, Fitness Center (open 24 hours), swimming pool, hair salon, and spa are part of the amenities. AC included.

Costa del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel – Lima

Most international flights to Lima arrive during the late PM. The Lima Airport hotel makes it easy to take the early flights the next morning. The hotel is only a short walk from the gate, and using this hostelry will spare you a 1 to 2-hour drive to the city. The hotel includes a full range of leisure facilities: a 24/7 restaurant, bar, and spa. The rooms are modern and very comfortable.

Departure Dates & Rates


9 Jan, 2022



Single Supplement






Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete Pre-Departure documents.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader/Lecturer during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Accommodations as noted (The best available at each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Water at included meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistance, and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Head Guide, Driver, and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

  • This special and by the invitation-only expedition is limited to 14 participants. There are just a few spaces left and we highly recommend that you book very soon. To do so call us now at 888 832 7280, or email us at


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