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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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Upon arrival in Iquitos transfer to the dock located in the small village of Nauta, a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive through the Peruvian countryside. You will be travelling along the only road out of town and it only goes as far as Nauta. Board the Aria Amazon to begin your Amazon adventure. (D)
Spend the morning visiting the Yanayacu - Pucate River within Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Here on this black water river you can observe many species of flora and fauna, especially macaws and several species of primates including squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys and the famous river dolphins, either pink or grey. This afternoon visit a community located along the great river Maranon. 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. (B)(L)(D)
This morning your naturalist guide will talk about sustainable development projects in Amazonia. 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. Head 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. There will be an opportunity to make brief trips in traditional Amazonian canoes and to swim in the waters of the Samiria River. In the afternoon visit Nauta Cano, 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, observe toucans, macaws and iguanas, among many other species. On return to the Aria Amazon, you may also see alligators, frogs and fishing bats. (B)(L)(D)
Sail along the Maranon River, watching the different species of flora and fauna as you approach the Casual community. Here you will see a plethora of wildlife. Keep an eye out for the beautiful and eye-catching but poisonous frogs along this fascinating trail, as well as trees and medicinal plants. After lunch explore the Yanayacu Islands. The locals call them 'Islands of the Iguana' for the large number of these reptiles that inhabit them. As the sun sets there is the opportunity to use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish. (B)(L)(D)
Depending on the weather, 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. Visit the traditional market of Bellavista Nanay, bordering the Nanay River, to see products from the Peruvian Amazon. This afternoon, en route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, an animal orphanage for the Amazonian manatees where they rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. Later, stop at the Amazonian Indian Market San Juan, where you may wish to shop for local crafts before leaving. (B)(L)
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