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Aqua Amazon River Cruise
Embark on the voyage of a lifetime aboard the first luxury vessel in the Amazon. The 24-passenger small ship M/V Aqua caters to the most discriminating and adventurous of world travelers, providing an unforgettable journey into areas penetrated by only a privileged few - the earth’s mightiest river, the Amazon. As your small ship docks along the river, knowledgeable and experienced nat uralists will take you, via small launches, into remote estuaries in the Peruvian rain forest and the massive Pacaya Samiria Reserve which spans more than 5 million acres. As you explore these pristine wilderness areas teeming with hundreds of species of wildlife and birdlife, you will also encounter local people living in villages as they have for centuries. And when the day’s sightseeing is over, the comforts of your luxurious floating hotel await you.

The Peruvian Amazon has two distinct seasons that can influence this itinerary. No matter the season the M/V Aqua operates year-round, departing Tuesdays and Saturdays. Every voyage is uniquely appealing, based on the changing seasons. During the flooded season (December – May), the river and estuaries grow, allowing launch boats to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the dry season (June – November), the river recedes and beautiful sandy river beaches form. This fabulous 8-day itinerary is also offered as a shorter 5-day or 4-day cruise, but note that all itineraries are subject to change slightly to accommodate the changes in water levels for the different seasons.
read more Embark on the voyage of a lifetime aboard the first luxury vessel in the Amazon. The 24-passenger small ship M/V Aqua caters to the most discriminating and adventurous of world travelers, providing an unforgettable journey into areas penetrated by only a privileged few - the earth’s mightiest river, the Amazon. As your small ship docks along the river, knowledgeable and experienced naturalists will take you, via small launches, into remote estuaries in the Peruvian rain forest and the massive Pacaya Samiria Reserve which spans more than 5 million acres. As you explore these pristine wilderness areas teeming with hundreds of species of wildlife and birdlife, you will also encounter local people living in villages as they have for centuries. And when the day’s sightseeing is over, the comforts of your luxurious floating hotel await you.

The Peruvian Amazon has two distinct seasons that can influence this itinerary. No matter the season the M/V Aqua operates year-round, departing Tuesdays and Saturdays. Every voyage is uniquely appealing, based on the changing seasons. During the flooded season (December – May), the river and estuaries grow, allowing launch boats to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the dry season (June – November), the river recedes and beautiful sandy river beaches form. This fabulous 8-day itinerary is also offered as a shorter 5-day or 4-day cruise, but note that all itineraries are subject to change slightly to accommodate the changes in water levels for the different seasons.
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Amazon River Cruise Aboard Aqua

Amazon River Cruise Aboard Aqua

Day 1 - SAT - Iquitos / Amazon River

Day 2 - SUN - Tahuayo River, Charo Lake, Yacapana Islands

Day 3 - MON - Marañon River/ Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Day 4 - TUE - Birthplace of the Amazon / Puerto Miguel

Day 5 - WED - Ucayali River / Yanallpa Area

Day 6 - THR - Puinahua River / Hatum Posa Lake and Pacaya River

Day 7 - FRI - Puinahua / Pacaya and Sapote Rivers

Day 8 - SAT - Iquitos: Disembark, City Tour, Airport Transfer


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Day 1 - SAT - Iquitos / Amazon River

Fly to Lima, transfer to Iquitos, board the M/V Aqua in the evening. As you settle into your over-sized suite, your small ship cruise will begin its journey toward the Yanayacu River, deep in the heart of Amazonia. Over the next seven days, you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure, to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travelers. Your Cruise Director and Guides will give a safety and orientation talk. Enjoy Peruvian cuisine, considered some of Latin America’s best, and raise a glass of fine South American wine to toast the beginning of a beautiful journey.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Aqua
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - SUN - Tahuayo River, Charo Lake, Yacapana Islands

Sunrise on the Amazon River! Our sumptuous daily breakfast buffet features a broad choice of traditional breakfast egg dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh-squeezed fruit juices. This morning board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure tour, traveling from the Amazon through the Huaysi short-cut canal to explore the Tahuayo black water river. (The Flooded Season, Dec. – May, will explore the Yanayacu “black water” and Yarapa Rivers). Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots and plenty of cold potable water will always be available for you on board the skiffs. As we float down the Tahuayo, occasional fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes will give us a cheerful greeting. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth share this wonderful environment with us. Upon arrival at Charo Lake, bait your hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia’s fearsome piranhas! As you fish, trained naturalist guides will also tell you the story of the lake and its inhabitants. Back onboard the M/V Aqua relax prior to lunch and then enjoy an after lunch visit to the Yacapana Islands “Iguana Islands”.

In the late afternoon, there is the chance to see and photograph both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. The people of the Amazon believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations. Return to the M/V Aqua Peruvian small ship and continue our journey upstream, toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali, Marañon, and the Amazon Rivers merge. Perhaps sip a pre-dinner pisco sour on the Upper Deck, while you watch the sun set.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Aqua
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - MON - Marañon River/ Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Choose between two morning excursions (either a skiff exploration, or a guided jungle walk). On the full-morning skiff excursion: Travel from Yanayacu Creek to remote Chingana, a small creek where giant river otter usually nest. See howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds. Learn first-hand about the important medical value of jungle plants. And we will show you famous Kapok Trees, the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. On the guided Jungle walk, your Park Ranger will tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. Visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. The ranger may also show you the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle eggs.

On an afternoon expedition, search for two different kinds of freshwater dolphins, including the unusual pink ones found in the Amazon. The National Park has 13 species of primates. Keep your eyes directed toward the jungle canopy, where you may catch a glimpse of tamarins, howlers and pigmy marmoset monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more than 200 species of birds. Still not enough!... How about a post-dinner night excursion! Take the skiffs out in search of caimans, tree boas and frogs.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Aqua
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - TUE - Birthplace of the Amazon / Puerto Miguel

Skirt the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres. Take a pre-dawn skiff ride to view one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the Amazon River at the union of the Ucayali and Marañon tributaries. Glide past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds. Travel to Puerto Miguel village, where you can meet and interact with local villagers from this most remote part of the world, and learn about their culture, traditions, and folklore. Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers who have taken the 4-Day journey. This afternoon travel by skiff along the Ucayali River to Yucuruche Lake and take a short jungle walk to see the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies or “Victoria Regias”. Over dinner, meet new passengers who have come aboard for the 5-Day journey.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Aqua
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - WED - Ucayali River / Yanallpa Area

Go on a jungle walk in search of the bizarre-looking birds called “hoatzins”, which live in huge colonies in the strange, Jurassic Park-like Yanallpa Lake. In the afternoon, cruise the majestic Ucayali River, giving you a chance to see and meet native balseros, or fishermen, who will demonstrate their skill and let you see their catch. Also see “banana balsero” rafts, loaded with hundreds of clusters of bananas, drifting down the river to market. Take an after dinner skiff excursion to search for caiman, members of the alligator family, along the fish-rich Sapote River. (The Flooded Season, Dec. – May, will explore the “mirrored forest of the Dorado River).
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Aqua
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - THR - Puinahua River / Hatum Posa Lake and Pacaya River

Take a morning jungle walk near Hatum Posa Village. Guides will introduce you to native people doing subsistence farming, and will tell you how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm income. They will also show you the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle. In the late afternoon, take our skiffs along the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where you can view the abundant life that is hidden in the deep rainforest. You may see saki, capuchin and howler monkeys with their ferociously loud calls which serve as warnings and mark their territory. Tonight the vessel will be docked by the No. 1 Ranger Station in Pacaya Samiria National Park.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Aqua
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - FRI - Puinahua / Pacaya and Sapote Rivers

Lets do breakfast on the skiffs! On Yanayacu Lake, guides point out parrots, macaws, toucans, monkeys, and dolphins. 11:00 a.m. In the afternoon, try your hand at fishing on the Sapote River. (Or, Carocurahuayte Lake during Flooded Season). There are more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin. The key target will be piranhas, the small fish with a fearsome reputation are considered a good food source by the locals. Enjoy a final farewell dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Aqua
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - SAT - Iquitos: Disembark, City Tour, Airport Transfer

A brief skiff trip along the majestic Amazon will give you a last chance to photograph the wildlife of the jungle. Enjoy your final lunch onboard. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of bustling Iquitos, once a rich center of the rubber industry. See a house built by Gustave Eiffel and stop at San Juan Amazonian Indians’ Market for some last-minute shopping. Conclude your Peru small ship cruise at 4 pm upon arrival at Iquitos Airport, where your guides will help you check-in and will wait with you until your flight departs at 5:30 pm.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the 8-day itinerary listed above, there are 4- and 5-day itineraries:

5 Day Itinerary
Day 1 - TUE – Arrival /Nauta/ Embarkation/ Marañon River
Day 2 - WED - Ucayali River/yanallpa area
Day 3 - THU - Puinahua River/Hatum Posa Lake /Pacaya River
Day 4 - FRI - Puinahua/Pacaya and Sapote Rivers
Day 5 - SAT – Disembark, Iquitos city tour, airport transfer

4-Day Itinerary
Day 1 - SAT - Iquitos/Amazon River
Day 2 - SUN - Amazon/Tahuayo (Yanayacu) River and Charo (Corrientes) Lake
Day 3 - MON - Marañon River/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Day 4 - TUE - Birthplace of the Amazon/Puerto Miguel Village and Marayali River

Itinerary Notes

The itinerary is subject to change slightly to accommodate changes in the water levels during the different seasons. We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be flexible makes our style of cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

The Aqua Amazon Luxury cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru. Embarkation aboard M/V Aqua is at 6:00pm on day 1 of the outlined itinerary. Disembarkation is at 4:00pm on the last day. Please plan flights accordingly. For help scheduling flights and information on group charter flights from Lima to Iquitos please contact our adventure coordinators.
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Departs Weekly:
4 Day Saturday-Tuesday | 5 Day Tuesday-Saturday | 8 Day Saturday-Saturday

$3315 - 4 Day Master 2014-15

For the ultimate luxury aboard the M/V Aqua, book one of spacious master suites, measuring a generous 240 square feet and including a separate, intimate seating area for optimum privacy. These four fully air-conditioned suites, 105, 106, 205, and 206, face outward at the very front of the vessel, and are wrapped in panoramic glass windows.

$3165 - 4 Day Suite 2014-15

Suites - 101-104, 201-204 All of the M/V Aqua's oversized suites measure a spacious 230 square feet, with a comfortable en suite seating area and extra-large windows that enable you to get the "big picture" of the rivers and their banks from the comfort of your air-conditioned room.

$4420 - 5 Day Master 2014-15

$4220 - 5 Day Suite 2014-15

$7735 - 8 Day Master 2014-15

$7385 - 8 Day Suite 2014-15


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Included

Overnight accommodations aboard the M/V Aqua; all meals while cruising; all excursions; beverages (non-alcoholic, selected wines and beer); group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; Pacaya Samiria entrance fee.

Exclusions

Airfare; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax; guide and crew gratuities; private transfers to/from vessel; boutique purchases.

Room Configuration

The M/V Aqua offer single occupancy at an additional 25% of the adult rate. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount.

Families & Children

7 year old age minimum. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount. Third person in a cabin being a child under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed pays $400 per night 2014, $500 per night 2015.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days - $200 service charge
120 to 91 days - deposit non-refundable
90 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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