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Observe the wildlife from the Aria Amazon on this exciting five day cruise.
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Three nights cruise accommodation, meals as indicated, premium wine and national beer, transfers to/from the vessel, Pacaya Samiria entrance fee and guided excursions with a bilingual guide.
Recently refurbished, the Aria Amazon offers floor to ceiling windows in all the ship's 16 suites. This striking black hulled ship accommodates a maximum of 32 guests plus 26 crew including 4 English speaking naturalist guides.
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Cruising the Amazon basin
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Meet your fellow travellers at Iquitos International Airport and enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant or you will be served a box lunch en route, depending on the flight arrival time. The afternoon continues with an introduction to this historic city and the opportunity to meet an indigenous Amazon community. At pm board the Aria Amazon. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to the naturalist guides, gather at the ship’s restaurant to experience the innovative Amazonian cuisine created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences. (L)
The Amazon wildlife you experience while travelling on board the Aria Amazon and on skiff excursions is diverse and fascinating. Scarlet macaw, ringed kingfisher, orange- backed troupial, yellow-headed caracara, the Peruvian bird list goes on. Access to the flying wildlife, reptiles, exotic insects, unusual plants and elusive mammals of the Amazon rainforest is what makes the Aqua Expeditions cruising so unique.
Aboard your comfortable skiff, set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Keep your binoculars ready to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. Go fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas while your naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo. As the sun sets, head off on an evening wildlife excursion with extraordinary stargazing on the black waters of Nauta Caño. (B)(L)(D)
Rise with the sun to explore a ‘lost river’ along the Marañon River. After breakfast, take a jungle walk across suspended bridges deep into the high Amazon rainforest. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as you look for legendary pink river dolphins. Focus a hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations. This evening before dinner, gather to meet some of the crew members whom you may not have met, working ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon. (B)(L)(D)
This morning, visit the local fresh market with your guides who can identify the day’s catch by the fishermen of Amazonia and the region’s exotic fruits. Return to the Aria for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying
goodbye, visit the Manatee Rescue Centre, an orphanage for Amazonian manatees where they are rescued, rehabilitated and released back into the wild. You will also visit San Juan craft market en route to the airport. Lunch or a box lunch will be provided, depending on the exact departure flight time, which may vary. Other local activities may be included as well, according to the flight schedule. (B)(L)
NOTE: Five and eight day itineraries are also available. The itinerary may change depending on water levels.
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