Peru, South America
Location
5 Days
Duration

Aria Amazon Cruise

Welcome to Peru, South America!

ROUTE: Iquitos, Nauta, Maranon River, Yanayacu, Pucate River, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Samiria River, Nauta Cano, Yanayacu Yacapana, Iquitos

DURATION: 5 Days

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Overnight on board the M/V Aria Cruise
  • Expedition on board our boats to Yanayacu – Pucate River
  • Opportunity here to fish for the ferocious piranha
  • Visit to a community located along the great river Marañon
  • Naturalist guide talk and visit to one of the sustainable development projects in Amazonia
  • Cooking lessons
  • Excursion to Nauta Caño
  • Marañon exploration and trail walk
  • Yanayacu Islands Exploration Yacapana and fishing
  • Tour of Iquitos
  • Visit the Manatee Rescue Center
AIRFARE: International Airfare Upon Request
ACCOMMODATIONS:  Hotels used (or similar)
FIRST:
  • Please inquire
DELUXE:
  • M/V Aria Cruise Ship
LUXURY:
  • Please inquire

 Included: 

Accommodations Per Person Sharing, including hotel taxes

Arrival & departure transfers where applicable

Local guides where applicable

Meals per itinerary

Park entrance fees and sightseeing fees where applicable

Applicable transportation

Not Included:

Airfare and air taxes

Cancellation, baggage, travel and medical insurance

Items of a personal nature such as baggage porterage, gratuities/tips, laundry, telephone calls, bottled water, etc.

Visa and visa fees

Optional sightseeing and activities

Meals, beverages and services not mentioned in itinerary

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Day 1 ARRIVAL - NAUTA - EMBARKATION - MARAÑON RIVER

CRUISE – 4 NIGHTS

Activities:

  • Your guides await you, as your flight from Lima glides in for landing at Iquitos International Airport. After you’ve claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus for your journey to the river.
  • Transfer to Nauta’s main wharf Enjoy a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive through the Peruvian countryside to the small village of Nauta. You will be traveling along the only road out of town . . . and it only goes as far as Nauta.
  • 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 four 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.

Overnight: Cruise Ship (D)

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Day 2 MARAÑON RIVER -YANAYACU - PUCATE RIVER - PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE

Activities:

  • After breakfast Expedition on board our boats to Yanayacu – Pucate River: This morning, visit the Yanayacu – Pucate River within Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Here on this black water river you can observe many species of flora and fauna, especially macaws and several species of primates like squirrels monkeys, capuchins monkeys and the famous river dolphins, either pink or gray.
  • You will also have the opportunity here to fish for the ferocious piranha.
  • Return to the ARIA AMAZON for Lunch.
  • Lecture in the lounge by our naturalist guides who will tell you about sustainable development projects carried out in this part of the Peruvian Amazon.
  • Village Visit: On this visit to a community located along the great river Marañon, our expert guides will introduce you to the native people of Amazonia. You will be invited to visit the lands where they practice subsistence farming and see how they cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. In the primary forest, your guides will also teach you about the fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.
  • Return to the ARIA AMAZON.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Cruise Ship – (B, L, D)

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Day 3 SAMIRIA RIVER - VILLAGE VISIT - NAUTA CAÑO - PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE

Activities:

  • Exploration, breakfast on board and walk along the Samiria River.
  • This morning your naturalist guide will talk about sustainable development projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil.
  • Your guide will also show you the artificial nests created in the sand to protect turtle eggs.
  • Then we will go into the jungle to encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the value of medicinal plants found here. Keep an eye out for the famous Ceiba tree, the highest in the Amazon.
  • We will have the opportunity to make brief trips in traditional Amazonian canoes and to swim in the waters of the Samiria River.
  • Return to the ARIA AMAZON.
  • Cooking lessons.
  • Lunch.
  • 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. As we make our way back to the ARIA AMAZON, you may also see alligators, frogs and fishing bats.
  • Return to ARIA AMAZON.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Cruise Ship – (B, L, D)

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Day 4 MARAÑON RIVER - “CASUAL” TERRA FIRME FOREST WALK - YANAYACU YACAPANA

Activities:

  • Breakfast.
  • Marañon exploration and trail walk: We 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.
  • Canoeing at Sapira Creek – Marañon river (Optional)
  • Return to the ARIA AMAZON.
  • Lunch.
  • Yanayacu Islands Exploration Yacapana and fishing: The locals call Yacapana Islands “Islands of the Iguana” for the large number of these reptiles – like tiny dinosaurs – that inhabit them. We pass by in the skiff, giving you the opportunity to take plenty of pictures. After our arrival at one particular spot, you may use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish.
  • Your naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and its wildlife while you watch the sunset.
  • En route, we will also go in search of the world’s largest aquatic plant called “Victoria Regia.”
  • As the sun goes down, photograph the freshwater Amazon dolphins both gray and pink.
  • Back to ARIA AMAZON.
  • Once back on board, the ship will continue its journey down stream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night.
  • 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.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Cruise Ship – (B, L, D)

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Day 5 CHECK OUT - DISEMBARK AT THE MAIN WHARF - CITY TOUR - TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

Activities:

  • Breakfast.
  • Travel summary.
  • Morning Excursion: Depending on the weather, we will tour the flood zone that borders the city of Iquitos and observe the houses and shops that actually float on the Itaya River for several months of the year.
  • Then 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, we will take you on a tour of Iquitos, glorious city in the days of the rubber boom.
  • Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release 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.

Departure: Guides will help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you have boarded your flight back to Lima. – (B)

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.


Meals as per itinerary: (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)


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Location Name: Peru, South America
Area (SQ KM): 1,285,216
Population: 30,444,999
Capital: Lima
Language(s): Spanish, Quéchua (both official); Aymara; many minor Amazonian languages
Religion: Roman Catholic , Seventh-Day Adventist, Christian
Currency: Peruvian sol - PEN
Time Zone: GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) – 5 GMT
Electricity: 220 V
Phone Country Code to Call (Peru, South America): 51


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