Experience the world as it was at the very beginning of time. Sail the waters of the mighty Amazon.
Every week of the year, the award-winning Aqua Expeditions’ luxurious Aria Amazon takes 32 passengers deep into Peru’s Amazon wilderness to places only ever visited by only a fortunate few. Daily water-based excursions on comfortable launch boats allow guests to experience such wonders as pink dolphins and six-foot-wide water lilies, to fish for sharp-toothed piranha, and to interact with the people who live out their days along the river.
Aria Amazon’s expert guides, all under long-term contract to Aqua Expeditions, provide rich narrative detail about life along the Amazon. They enrich guest’s journeys to such little-visited areas as the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve and the headwaters of the river, with stories about the life and folklore of the area. In fact, many of the guides grew up in Amazonia.
The 32 guests aboard the 147-foot-long Aria Amazon enjoy fine wine and haute cuisine, in all-inclusive comfort equivalent to a five-star boutique hotel. The 16 over-sized staterooms all feature en-suite seating areas, generous beds, and wall-to-wall panoramic windows. The observation deck with outdoor jacuzzi and the lounge are also glorious places to sip a pisco sour and watch the world go by. Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s star chefs, created the Aria Amazon’s gourmet menu. Fine South American wines are included at every meal. Travelers can book three-, four-, or seven-night journeys, every Monday and Friday. All departures are guaranteed.
Aqua Expeditions operates year-round, and every voyage is uniquely appealing, based on the changing seasons. During the high water season, the river and estuaries grow, allowing launch boats to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the low water season, the river recedes and beautiful sandy river beaches form.
Amazon River voyages depart from the port city of Iquitos, Peru. Iquitos is served by numerous daily flights from Lima, Peru’s capital. The flights take one hour and twenty five minutes.
Aria Amazon is Aqua Expedition’s 147-foot flagship. Its 16 luxury guest suites, designed by an internationally renowned Peruvian interior designer, measure a generous 240 square feet, and feature large, outward facing panoramic windows and en suite sitting areas. All suites are air conditioned, and four are interconnected, to cater to families. Guests can socialize in the dining room, bar, on the observation deck with outdoor jacuzzi and at the lounge. There is also a small boutique and an exercise room. You’ll be served by a crew of 24, including a cruise director, paramedic and four skilled naturalist guides.
Cabins: 16 suites:
- 8 Design Suites on first deck
- 8 Design Suites on second deck
- All outside-facing with large panoramic windows
- All air conditioned with en suite sitting areas
- 4 interconnecting suites for families
- Twin beds that can be converted to a California king-sized bed
- En suite sitting area
- Internal communications system, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer, and a basket of toiletries.
- Hot water around the clock.
- Indoor Bar-Lounge
- Dining Room
- Outside Lounge
- Outdoor Jacuzzi
- Exercise Room
- Observation Deck
Guests may choose three-, four-, or seven-night itineraries. Each day will bring amazing new wonders, as guests set out with guides in a fleet of four launches to float toward the source of the mighty Amazon. Each day, you will explore the small inlets and various winding river systems that make up the flooded forest. Pacaya Samiria Reserve, located on the headwaters of the Amazon basin, spans more than five million acres. Twice the size of Yellowstone Park, it teems with wildlife and aquatic life. Visitors will have the opportunity to see hundreds of species, including the endangered pink Amazon dolphin, black caiman, and three toed sloth.
Explorers aboard the Aria Amazon will enjoy a menu of fresh, delicious world-renowned Peruvian fare, whether served on board or on an adventure. Dinner each evening promises to be a culinary feast for the senses, paired with select wines from South America. The menu has been created with the assistance of Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s top ten chefs.
|Port of embarkation||Iquitos,Peru|
|Type of Vessel||River Expedition Vessel|
|Length||147 feet / 45 m|
|Beam:||29.5 feet / 9 m|
|Draft:||5 feet/1.5 m|
|Gross Tonnage:||500 tons|
|Cruising Speed:||12 knots|
|Engines:||2 new Cummins 4000 HP Marine Engines|
2 x 135 KVA Cummins
(encapsulated for noise reduction)
|Water:||9000-liter water treatment plant|
|Safety:||Radio communication with separate battery pack, satellite phone, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in each cabin, automatic defibrillator on board.|
|Launch Boats:||Four auxiliary aluminum launch boats equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communication with the main vessel. Each boat has a capacity of 8 passengers.|
|Crew:||24, including a cruise director, paramedic and 4 English-speaking naturalist guides.|
|Accommodation:||Up to 32 passengers with private facilities (Additional accommodation for one child in each cabin)|