Explore the mystery and beauty of the Amazon aboard the Aria, a 16-suite luxury river boat that offers the ultimate in style and comfort. Spend your day exploring the sublime natural wonders and fascinating culture of the Amazon, then take a break back onboard your ship as you relax and unwind aboard this floating palace of style and comfort.
Each day of your journey offers a different opportunity for adventure. Some highlights include a journey to the Yarapa River, where you’ll have the chance to spot the Amazon’s one-of-a-kind pink dolphins, and a visit to the native village of Puerto Prado to meet the Cocama Indian tribe. Throughout the trip you’re sure to spot some of the Amazon’s amazing diversity of wildlife, including exotic birds, monkeys, piranhas and giant water lilies, among others.
After each day’s adventure, take a moment to sit back and relax on the Aria as you enjoy world-class food prepared with local ingredients along with wine and cocktails, and take in the sublime sunsets and panoramic views of the river from the ship’s huge picture-frame windows.
See the Itinerary field below for a more detailed tour description.It is highly recommended that you take LAN flight 2382 from Lima in order to board the Aria on time. If there are any unexpected delays with flight 2382, the Aria will most likely wait for your arrival.
Day 1: Friday
Upon arrival at the Iquitos International Airport, you'll be met by a representative who will take you by air-conditioned coach to the main wharf in Iquitos. Here, you'll board the Aria and embark on the Amazon journey of a lifetime!
After you getting settled into your room, go through a brief safety training with the staff . Then, enjoy a delicious onboard dinner prepared with local products, including fruit, fish and wine. Meet your naturalist guides and the cruise director while enjoying the beautiful views of the Amazon Rainforest from the upper deck of the boat.
Day 2: Saturday
Wake up early and catch a glimpse of the majestic sunrise over the Amazon River. Then, enjoy a healthy breakfast before starting your day.
With your local guide, explore the Yacapana Isles, home to many species of iguanas and other wildlife. As you cruise down the Amazon River, you'll have excellent photo opportunities of the native flora and fauna along the riverbanks. You can also learn how to fish for piranhas in the Amazon with your naturalist guide!
Enjoy time to rest before lunch on board the Aria. Then, head to the Yarapa River, where you'll have the opportunity to see the famous pink freshwater dolphins. As nightfall approaches, keep an eye out for nocturnal wildlife including frogs and bats before returning to the Aria.
Back on board, enjoy a pisco sour before dinner on the roof deck.
Day 3: Sunday
Early in the morning, go on an optional excursion, if you wish, to see the wildlife along the Ucayali River. Then, enjoy breakfast on board in the dining room before a jungle hike.
Hike through the Amazon Rainforest to the small village of Magdalena. Interact with locals, and then head further into the rainforest with your guide and make your way to a beautiful lake, home to the famous giant water lilies. Then head back to the Aria for lunch and time to rest.
After lunch, set off on foot along the Ucayali River with your guide to spot pink dolphins, monkeys, birds and other wildlife native to the Amazon. As you walk through the rainforest, keep an eye out for colorful macaws and howler monkeys.
When you’re back on board the Aria, enjoy the beautiful sunset before dinner.
Day 4: Monday
Wake up early for a spectacular visit to the headwaters of the Amazon basin. After breakfast, the Aria will cruise along the edges of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, the largest protected area in Peru. Hear birds chirp and see other wildlife along the riverbanks as you glide along the Amazon.
Later, hop in a small boat for a ride to the native village of Puerto Prado, where you'll meet Cocama Indians. Learn about the culture and customs of this village while admiring their native art and crafts. Then, make your way back to the Aria for one last lunch on board before disembarking for the ride to the airport.
On your way to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where you'll see a presentation about how marine biologists and volunteers at this rescue center are helping with the conservation of these mammals. See manatees and learn about this endangered species!
To best fit this itinerary into your Peru travel plans, it is highly recommended that you take LAN flight 2283 back to Lima
Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather.