PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Embark on possibly the most rewarding nature and wildlife expedition in the world, in the Peruvian Amazon aboard five-star, eco-friendly luxury and comfort. Aria Amazon is a river cruise ship that is custom-built to explore the Peruvian Amazon and the famed Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in absolute comfort and luxury — with minimal impact to the delicate Amazon river and rainforest environment.
  • On board, 16 spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows give guests a full view of the Amazon’s majestic river and rainforests. The top deck features ample amenities that include a jacuzzi, indoor lounge and bar, and an outdoor observation deck.
  • In the dining room, guests also savor the best of Peruvian cuisine with a comprehensive dining menu created by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s most accomplished chefs known for using produce and ingredients from the Peruvian Amazon.
  • On board an Aqua Expeditions’ Amazon river cruise, guests get to experience the world’s most biodiverse land ecosystem and life-enriching wildlife encounters in the most intriguing and rewarding way alongside top naturalist guides. An intimate experience with wildlife, nature and culture is made possible by our small-group excursions of no larger than 8, which limit our footprint on the environment and transforms an Amazon cruise adventure into a deeply personal experience.

EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE

We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.

ACTIVITIES:


Amazon Rainforest
Small-group excursions into the Amazon jungle from the Aria Amazon showcase the unique Amazon wildlife, birds and plant life of this rich habitat. Aqua Expeditions customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, take up to eight passengers in each on two to three daily excursions deep into Amazonia’s snaking tributaries, in search of armored catfish, red-bellied piranhas, and the beady-eyed heads of spectacled caimans in the enigmatic black waters. Just as captivating is the scene above water where yellow-spotted Amazon river turtles meander along the muddy shoreline, sapphire blue beaked Amazon kingfishers streak past, and antediluvian prehistoric hoatzin birds alight on high branches in close proximity to dusky titi monkeys frolicking in the tree canopy.



Amazon River
Closest to its source, the mighty Andes mountains, the Amazon river is as pristine as Amazon’s waters get. This makes it perfect for a wide range of water activities and excursions. (1) Kayaking: Guests can also try kayaking the calm waters of the Amazon River while keeping an eye out for Amazon wildlife or even try fishing for piranhas. Whether you’re new to fishing or you’re a passionate wrangler, catching vibrant red-bellied piranhas in the black waters of the Pacaya River will get the adrenaline pumping! (2) Swimming: Let our experienced guides also take you by skiff to one of the most beautiful natural freshwater swimming pools on Earth. Take a dip in the Amazon’s warm, welcoming waters, cosseted by lush tropical rainforest. (3) Fishing: Even though the Amazonian piranhas look like they pack deadly force with their razor-sharp teeth, the locals eagerly put them on their dining plate without much hassle. Follow our guides and discover the Amazon’s piranha habitats and try line fishing for these small yet fearsome aquatic creatures. (4) Launch Boats: In accordance with Aqua Expeditions safety policies and environmental conservation and responsible travel guidelines, these skiffs are equipped with the latest Mercury 60 HP Marine Outboard engines, which operate at ultra-low emissions levels as certified by the California Air Resources Board. These energy-efficient vessels produce 65 percent lower emissions than required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency standards. Captains on board are constant radio contact with the Aria Amazon to ensure the safety of our guests while they explore the Amazon.



Human Habitats
The Peruvian Amazon is home to about 200 communities, each offering a fascinating glimpse into a way of life in harmony with the river and rainforest. The inhabitants along the riverbanks in Amazonia are known as ribereños and consist of a mélange of ethnic groups that includes detribalized natives, mestizos, and those of European descent. They are transitional communities, which have neither the benefits of a traditional tribal community with its medicine man nor the benefits of modern civilization with its available medical care, except for annual immunizations and elementary schooling. The ribereños live on a rich floodplain that annually undergoes drastic environmental change. Because of this they have become resilient and adaptable to other changes as well, including social, economic, and environmental factors. Cruising the Amazon river, we see the ribereños almost every day. For village visits, Aqua Expeditions plans visits to a different village on every journey. This arrangement prevents a village from becoming commercialized and helps encourage and preserve the original way of life. It also lets us carry out regular health checks and take note of each village’s needs and concerns as they arise.



Manatee Rescue Center
Guests aboard the Aria Amazon have the opportunity to visit the Manatee Rescue Centre in Iquitos, an important non-profit and locally-run establishment dedicated to rescuing orphaned manatees and rehabilitating these gentle giants of the Amazon River. Besides learning about manatee rescue and their eventual release back into the wild, guests are also given the chance to feed these adorable creatures.

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Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Design Suite Double

Embark on rewarding wildlife discoveries in the Peruvian Amazon aboard five-star, eco-friendly luxury and comfort. Designed by innovative architect Jordi Puig, Aria Amazon is a river cruise ship that is custom-built to explore the Peruvian Amazon and the famed Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in absolute comfort and luxury — with minimal impact to the delicate Amazon river and rainforest environment. On board, 16 spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows give guests a full view of the Amazon’s majestic river and rainforests. The top deck features ample amenities that include a jacuzzi, indoor lounge and bar, and an outdoor observation deck. In the dining room, guests also savor the best of Peruvian cuisine with a comprehensive dining menu created by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s most accomplished chefs known for using produce and ingredients from the Peruvian Amazon.

With small-group excursions of no larger than eight conducted by highly-experienced naturalist guides, guests can be assured of the most fulfilling, life-enriching wildlife encounters they can get in the Amazon rainforest. Our custom-designed ergonomic fleet of private launch boats, manned skillfully by our captain and crew, adds to the comfort of every wild exploration.

When it comes to private time on the Aria Amazon, experience the purity of Amazonia in ultimate comfort and style. Our 16 spacious, river-facing Design Suites — including 4 interconnecting suites — are furnished with inviting hardwood interiors along with premium fittings and beddings such smooth-as-silk high thread count Peruvian cotton sheets. In the fully air-conditioned comfort of your river cruise suite, admire the Amazon landscape and spot wildlife from the comfort of your plush daybed right next to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Without a doubt, our suites are the most luxurious retreat you deserve after a day’s fruitful adventures in the river and rainforest.

Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Design Suite Double
Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Design Suite Bathroom

Aria Amazon Design Suite Double

Aria Amazon Design Suite Twin

Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Interconneting Suites

Aria Amazon Interconnecting Suite

Offering an unparalled world-class dining experience on an Amazon river cruise ship. This is what a world-class restaurant in the middle of the Amazon is meant to look like. With Aria Amazon consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino championing the use of local Amazonian produce and ingredients in his acclaimed cuisine, guests get to enjoy the most exquisite Peruvian rainforest-to-table cuisine from the Aria Amazon galley, with a view to match.

Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Dining

Restaurant

A born and bred Peruvian, chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is known for being one of the first culinarians in his country to put local cuisine on the international map by bringing out the best of Peru’s regional flavors. Since 2007, he has partnered with Aqua Expeditions as Consulting Chef on board the Aria Amazon, overseeing the on board menu and dining experience. Chef Schaffino’s commitment to excellence lets him transform uncommon ingredients into captivating, authentic dishes that deserve their place alongside well-known Peruvian favorites such as ceviche. On board the Aria Amazon, guests savor dishes such as hearts of palm soufflé, scallops with wild almonds and umari fruit, plantain and yucca gnocchi, escolar fish in aji panka chili adobo, grilled paiche with Amazon huatia potatoes — the delicious results of chef Schaffino’s culinary mind.

Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Indoor Lounge Deck

Indoor Lounge

Air-conditioned with plenty of natural light, plush deep sofas, soothing hardwood decor and a well-stocked bar as a centerpiece, this is arguably one of the best spots in Peru to sip on a pisco sour.

Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Outdoor Lounge Deck
Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Outdoor Lounge Deck

Outdoor Lounge

Drift away on an afternoon siesta amid the sounds of the rainforest.

Designed with immaculate style and exclusivity in mind, the social spaces of the Aria Amazon makes every second on board an unforgettable experience. Choose your favourite place to unwind. Facilities onboard include an observation deck, indoor and outdoor lounges, outdoor jacuzzi and massage room. For excursions, there are four auxiliary aluminum launch boats and each boat has a capacity of 8 passengers.

Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Jacuzzi

Outdoor Jacuzzi

Cool off and relax in our river-facing jacuzzi, with a cocktail in hand if you like.

Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Massage Room

Massage room

The best way to pamper yourself after a day’s adventure is a soothing massage by our experience on board therapist.

Area & Location

Area, Country
Iquitos, Peru
Nearest Airport
Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport
Local Currency
Nuevo Sol
Time Change
GMT – 5
Language
Spanish
Best time to go
May through September

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