Rendering of the Aqua Nera river boat in the Amazon.
Two people kayaking on river in the Peruvian Amazon
Woman holding baited hook while fishing for piranha
Horned screamer bird perched in the canopy in Amazon jungle
Skiff boat cruising along Amazon River
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South America Amazon Cruise

Aqua Nera Amazon River Cruise

Setting a new standard of luxury river cruising in the Amazon, each Aqua Nera small ship cruise is inspired by the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical blackwater lagoons and convey a sense of Amazon tranquility, refined elegance and a touch of drama. Aboard Aqua Nera, explore winding jungle tributaries; stop at remote villages to meet locals; stargaze from the peaceful deck; and search for wildlife life caimans, tree frogs, pink river dolphins, hundreds of bird species and breathtaking flora.

Cruise along three powerful Amazon tributaries: the Marañón, Ucayali and Pacaya Rivers as well as several hidden black water lakes in both high-water and low-water seasons. Stretch your legs with exciting jungle walks, test your skills fishing for piranhas, and take skiff rides into the depths of the mysterious Amazon jungle.

Two main seasons influence the Peruvian Amazon River: a high-water season (November through May) and a low-water season (June through October). Traveling to Peru in either season offers rich rewards, fabulous sites and amazing opportunities to view plant and animal life, but note that only high-water routes cruise along the Amazon River. The M/V Aqua Nera sails year-round and every voyage is uniquely appealing, based on the changing seasons. During the high-water season the river and estuaries grow, allowing launch boats to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the low-water season the river recedes and beautiful sandy river beaches form. 

Cruise aboard the modern Aqua Nera, a classy Amazon riverboat. Enjoy her crew’s attentive care and her comfortable spaces.This vessel is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to her mix of jungle decor and modern feel, plus her intimate size.

The Aqua Nera Amazon River cruise operates an 8-day, 5-day and 4-day cruise, departing Saturdays and Tuesdays, to provide the Amazon experience that is best for you. Note that itineraries are subject to changes to accommodate the variable water levels for the different seasons.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Amazon cruises.



Itinerary

8-Day High-Water Itinerary

The 8-day High-Water Aqua Nera itinerary operates Saturday to Saturday, round-trip from Iquitos, Peru, during the general high-water season of November through May. Cruise deep into the Amazon River to the Samiria River and along the Ucayali River as far as the El Dorado River.

Route map for 8-day High Water Aqua Nera Peru Amazon River Cruise Itinerary
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Day 1
SAT - Arrive Iquitos & Embark

Arrive on a morning flight (separate arrangements can be made for afternoon arrivals), receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Get to know the historic city of Iquitos and perhaps visit an indigenous Amazon community. In the early evening, embark the Aqua Nera and settle into a generously sized suite for one of life’s greatest adventures. After an introduction to naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, ámaZ, is one of Peru’s most renowned dining establishments.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
SUN - Yarapa River & Clavero Lake

Board comfortable skiffs and set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Ready the binoculars for tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. Line-fish for Amazon’s notoriously ferocious piranhas as the naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo. In the afternoon, sail to Lake Clavero where villagers rely on traditional dugout canoes to get around. Swim in the lake’s calm waters or visit native residents of Amazonia who welcome you to their community with open arms.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
MON - Yanallpa River & Dorado River

Explore the blackwater tributaries of the Yanallpa River by skiff, disembarking to walk deep into the wildlife-rich Amazonian rainforest. Later, take skiffs along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal creatures.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
TUE - Nuata, Village Visit & Birthplace of the Amazon

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, sampling exotic snacks if you wish. In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. By nightfall, meet new passengers who are joining for the four-night trip. Begin the journey together along the Marañon River.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
WED - Yanayacu-Pucate River & Lisboa

Rise with the sun for early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River and enjoy breakfast in the middle of the jungle. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River while seeking the legendary pink river dolphins. In the afternoon, visit a local village and interact with the native people and visit local schoolchildren.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
THU - Samiria River

The rewards for an early start to the day are plentiful: a full day excursion including a picnic lunch accompanied by the jungle symphony and fishing on the blackwater of the Samiria River. On the way back to the Marañon River after lunch, venture out by skiffs alongside the banana boats transporting jungle products, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
FRI - Nauta Cano River & Jungle Walk in Casual

As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the extraordinary blackwater Nauta Caño River. In the afternoon, take a jungle walk on the firm soil forest of Casual while looking for flora and fauna that may include medicinal trees, insects and poison dart frogs. Learn more about the different rainforest strata and ecosystems. At night, focus the hi-tech telescope on the sky to identify the stars, planets and the milky way.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
SAT - Disembark Iquitos, Market & Manatee Rescue Center

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, sampling exotic snacks if you wish. Return to the Aqua Nera for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Overnight accommodations aboard the Aqua Nera; all meals while cruising; all excursions; beverages, including non-alcoholic, selected wines and national beer; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee; laundry.

Exclusions

Airfare; guide and crew gratuities; boutique purchases; private transfers to/from vessel; spa services; visas; insurance of any kind; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Aqua Nera Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Plan flights to arrive to Iquitos by 12:00pm noon on day 1, to arrive in time for the afternoon skiff tour, or by 3:00pm in order to make the 6:00pm embarkation time. Group transfers to/from vessel are provided when arriving and departing on recommended flights. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Disembarkation is at 9:00am on the final day. Plan flights to depart Iquitos no earlier than 11:00am on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether it’s in a skiff, kayak or on foot, the Aqua Nera offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, fishing and visiting local communities. The ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level.

Skiff Rides

Two or three daily excursions in customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, which carry up to eight passengers each, showcase the unique wildlife, birds and plantlife of Amazonia. Search for armored catfish, red bellied piranhas and the beady-eyed heads of spectacled caimans in the enigmatic black waters. Above water, see yellow spotted Amazon River turtles, sapphire blue beaked Amazon kingfishers streak past and antediluvian prehistoric hoatzin birds alight on high branches near dusky Titi monkeys playing in the tree canopy.

Kayaking, Swimming & Fishing

Kayak the calm waters of the Amazon River while keeping an eye out for Amazon wildlife. Highly-trained guides lead skiffs to one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools on the earth, cosseted by lush tropical rain forest. In the black waters of the Pacaya River, try fishing for vibrant red-bellied piranhas, a fun activity for new and passionate anglers.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount. Children under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed as the third guest sharing with two full-fare adults pays $500 per night.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on the high-water season of November through May and low-water season of June through October. The itinerary may occasionally be altered slightly for safety or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. The ability to be flexible makes this style of small ship cruising unique.

8-Day Low-Water Itinerary

The 8-day Low-Water Aqua Nera itinerary operates Saturday to Saturday, round-trip from Iquitos, Peru, during the general low water season of June through October. Explore the Peruvian Amazon by cruising to the Samiria River and along the Ucayali River as far as the Puinahua River.

Route map for 8-day Low Water Aqua Nera Peru Amazon River Cruise Itinerary
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Day 1
SAT - Arrive Iquitos & Embark Nauta

Arrive on a morning flight (separate arrangements can be made for afternoon arrivals), receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport and take a private transfer to the exclusive Nauta Lounge for a welcome lunch before embarkation. Settle into a generously sized suite aboard the Aqua Nera and begin one of life’s greatest adventures. After an introduction to the naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, ámaZ, is one of Peru’s most renowned dining establishments.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
SUN - Yanayacu-Pucate River & Lisboa

Rise with the sun for an early morning birdwatching experience along the Marañon River. Later, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River and look out for Amazon’s legendary pink river dolphins. In the afternoon, visit an Amazonian village, and interact with native riberenos (people of the river) and visit local schoolchildren.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
MON - Samiria River & Nauta Cano River

Awake to a lush jungle sunrise and birdwatching along the Samiria River, enjoying breakfast in the middle of the lush jungle. Swimming and kayaking are some recommended activities at this part of the reserve. In the evening, embark on a wildlife excursion on the blackwaters of Nauta Caño and end the night with extraordinary stargazing.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
TUE - Nauta, Village Visit & Birthplace of the Amazon

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, sampling exotic snacks if you wish. In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the birthplace of the Amazon River. By nightfall, meet the new passengers who signed on for the four-night trip, and start the journey together along the Marañon River.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
WED - Ucayali River, Yanallpa River & Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Board skiffs and start the day like Amazon River dwellers: cruising along the Ucayali and Yanallpa River. As farmers and fishermen go about their business, search for pink river dolphins in these pristine waters. In the afternoon, explore a fascinating blackwater stream aboard skiffs, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. While guides regale you with tales and insights about the jungle, explore what scientists call a gallery forest because of dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. Explore this type of riparian vegetation and keep eyes peeled for parrots, macaws and fluffy monk saki monkeys.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
THU - Puinahua River & Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

This morning, embark on a full-day excursion along the Pacaya tributary within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, observing and exploring the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. Sail among a wide variety of wildlife, birds including large parrots, macaws, herons and storks, and many species of primates like the capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys. After a picnic lunch, visit some of the most beautiful lakes in Pacaya Samiria and meet local guardians of the reserve’s natural resources. On the return, behold the famous Ceiba tree, the tallest of its kind in the Amazon.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
FRI - Ucayali River, Village Visit & Clavero Lake

Today, choose among jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming excursions on the blackwaters of the Yarapa or Clavero River. In the evening, before dinner, meet some of the crew members who work behind the scenes to ensure a memorable experience aboard the Aqua Nera.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SAT - San Jose Paranapura, Disembark Nauta to Iquitos & Manatee Rescue Center

Visit the quaint riverside town of San Jose de Paranapura en route to Nauta for disembarkation. Before saying goodbye, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a sanctuary for orphaned Amazonian manatees to rehabilitate before their release back into the wild.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Overnight accommodations aboard the Aqua Nera; all meals while cruising; all excursions; beverages, including non-alcoholic, selected wines and national beer; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee; laundry.

Exclusions

Airfare; guide and crew gratuities; boutique purchases; private transfers to/from vessel; spa services; visas; insurance of any kind; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Aqua Nera Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Plan flights to arrive to Iquitos by 12:00pm noon on day 1, to arrive in time for the afternoon skiff tour, or by 3:00pm in order to make the 6:00pm embarkation time. Group transfers to/from vessel are provided when arriving and departing on recommended flights. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Disembarkation is at 9:00am on the final day. Plan flights to depart Iquitos no earlier than 11:00am on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether it’s in a skiff, kayak or on foot, the Aqua Nera offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, fishing and visiting local communities. The ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level.

Skiff Rides

Two or three daily excursions in customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, which carry up to eight passengers each, showcase the unique wildlife, birds and plantlife of Amazonia. Search for fascinating wildlife living in the water, below the surface, as well as high above in the forest canopy.

Kayaking, Swimming & Fishing

Kayak the calm waters of the Amazon River while keeping an eye out for Amazon wildlife. Highly trained guides lead skiffs to one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools on the earth, cosseted by lush tropical rain forest.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount. Children under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed as the third guest sharing with two full-fare adults pays $500 per night.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on the high-water season of November through May and low-water season of June through October. The itinerary may occasionally be altered slightly for safety or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. The ability to be flexible makes this style of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day High-Water Itinerary

The 5-day High-Water Aqua Nera itinerary operates Tuesday to Saturday, beginning in Nauta, Peru, and ending in Iquitos, Peru, during the general high-water season of November through May. Cruise along the Maranon River to the Samiria River. The 5-day High Water Itinerary follows days 4-8 of the 8-day High Water Itinerary.

Route map for 5-day High Water Aqua Nera Peru Amazon River Cruise Itinerary
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Day 1
TUE - Arrive Iquitos & Embark Nauta

Arrive on a morning flight (separate arrangements can be made for afternoon arrivals), receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, embark the Aqua Nera and settle into a generously sized suite for one of life’s greatest adventures. After an introduction to naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, ámaZ, is one of Peru’s most renowned dining establishments.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
WED - Yanayacu-Pucate River & Lisboa

Rise with the sun for early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River and enjoy breakfast in the middle of the jungle. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River while seeking the legendary pink river dolphins. In the afternoon, visit a local village and interact with the native people and visit local schoolchildren.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
THU - Samiria River

The rewards for an early start to the day are plentiful: a full day excursion including a picnic lunch accompanied by the jungle symphony and fishing on the blackwater of the Samiria River. On the way back to the Marañon River after lunch, venture out by skiffs alongside the banana boats transporting jungle products, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
FRI - Nauta Cano River & Jungle Walk in Casual

As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the extraordinary blackwater Nauta Caño River. In the afternoon, take a jungle walk on the firm soil forest of Casual while looking for flora and fauna that may include medicinal trees, insects and poison dart frogs. Learn more about the different rainforest strata and ecosystems. At night, focus the hi-tech telescope on the sky to identify the stars, planets and the milky way.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
SAT - Disembark Iquitos, Market & Manatee Rescue Center

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, sampling exotic snacks if you wish. Return to the Aqua Nera for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Overnight accommodations aboard the Aqua Nera; all meals while cruising; all excursions; beverages, including non-alcoholic, selected wines and national beer; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee; laundry.

Exclusions

Airfare; guide and crew gratuities; boutique purchases; private transfers to/from vessel; spa services; visas; insurance of any kind; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Aqua Nera Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Plan flights to arrive to Iquitos by 12:00pm noon on day 1, to arrive in time for the afternoon skiff tour, or by 3:00pm in order to make the 6:00pm embarkation time. Group transfers to/from vessel are provided when arriving and departing on recommended flights. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Disembarkation is at 9:00am on the final day. Plan flights to depart Iquitos no earlier than 11:00am on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether it’s in a skiff, kayak or on foot, the Aqua Nera offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, fishing and visiting local communities. The ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level.

Skiff Rides

Two or three daily excursions in customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, which carry up to eight passengers each, showcase the unique wildlife, birds and plantlife of Amazonia. Search for armored catfish, red bellied piranhas and the beady-eyed heads of spectacled caimans in the enigmatic black waters. Above water, see yellow spotted Amazon River turtles, sapphire blue beaked Amazon kingfishers streak past and antediluvian prehistoric hoatzin birds alight on high branches near dusky Titi monkeys playing in the tree canopy.

Kayaking, Swimming & Fishing

Kayak the calm waters of the Amazon River while keeping an eye out for Amazon wildlife. Highly-trained guides lead skiffs to one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools on the earth, cosseted by lush tropical rain forest. In the black waters of the Pacaya River, try fishing for vibrant red-bellied piranhas, a fun activity for new and passionate anglers.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount. Children under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed as the third guest sharing with two full-fare adults pays $500 per night.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on the high-water season of November through May and low-water season of June through October. The itinerary may occasionally be altered slightly for safety or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. The ability to be flexible makes this style of small ship cruising unique.

4-Day High-Water Itinerary

The 4-day High-Water Aqua Nera itinerary operates Saturday to Tuesday, beginning in Iquitos, Peru, and ending in Nauta, Peru, during the general high-water season of November through May. Cruise along the Ucayali River to the El Dorado River. The 4-day High Water Itinerary follows days 1-4 of the 8-day High Water Itinerary.

Route map for 4-day High Water Aqua Nera Peru Amazon River Cruise Itinerary
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Day 1
SAT - Arrive Iquitos & Embark

Arrive on a morning flight (separate arrangements can be made for afternoon arrivals), receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Get to know the historic city of Iquitos and perhaps visit an indigenous Amazon community. In the early evening, embark the Aqua Nera and settle into a generously sized suite for one of life’s greatest adventures. After an introduction to naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, ámaZ, is one of Peru’s most renowned dining establishments.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
SUN - Yarapa River & Clavero Lake

Board comfortable skiffs and set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Ready the binoculars for tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. Line-fish for Amazon’s notoriously ferocious piranhas as a naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo. In the afternoon, sail to Lake Clavero where villagers rely on traditional dugout canoes to get around. Swim in the lake’s calm waters or visit native residents of Amazonia who welcome you to their community with open arms.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
MON - Yanallpa River & El Dorado River

Explore the blackwater tributaries of the Yanallpa River by skiff, disembarking to walk deep into the wildlife-rich Amazonian rainforest. Later, take skiffs along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal creatures.

Accommodations

Aqua Nera

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
TUE - Disembark Nauta to Iquitos, Market & Manatee Rescue Center

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, sampling exotic snacks if you wish. Return to the Aqua Nera for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Overnight accommodations aboard the Aqua Nera; all meals while cruising; all excursions; beverages, including non-alcoholic, selected wines and national beer; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; laundry.

Exclusions

Airfare; guide and crew gratuities; boutique purchases; private transfers to/from vessel; spa services; visas; insurance of any kind; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Aqua Nera Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Plan flights to arrive to Iquitos by 12:00pm noon on day 1, to arrive in time for the afternoon skiff tour, or by 3:00pm in order to make the 6:00pm embarkation time. Group transfers to/from vessel are provided when arriving and departing on recommended flights. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Disembarkation is at 9:00am on the final day. Plan flights to depart Iquitos no earlier than 11:00am on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether it’s in a skiff, kayak or on foot, the Aqua Nera offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, fishing and visiting local communities. The ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level.

Skiff Rides

Two or three daily excursions in customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, which carry up to eight passengers each, showcase the unique wildlife, birds and plantlife of Amazonia. Search for armored catfish, red bellied piranhas and the beady-eyed heads of spectacled caimans in the enigmatic black waters. Above water, see yellow spotted Amazon River turtles, sapphire blue beaked Amazon kingfishers streak past and antediluvian prehistoric hoatzin birds alight on high branches near dusky Titi monkeys playing in the tree canopy.

Kayaking, Swimming & Fishing

Kayak the calm waters of the Amazon River while keeping an eye out for Amazon wildlife. Highly-trained guides lead skiffs to one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools on the earth, cosseted by lush tropical rain forest. In the black waters of the Pacaya River, try fishing for vibrant red-bellied piranhas, a fun activity for new and passionate anglers.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount. Children under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed as the third guest sharing with two full-fare adults pays $500 per night.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on the high-water season of November through May and low-water season of June through October. The itinerary may occasionally be altered slightly for safety or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. The ability to be flexible makes this style of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

High-water season is November to May and allows for more extensive exploration and access via water. Low-water season is June through October and may allow for more trail walks.

Itineraries span varying days of the week, depending on trip length: 4-Day Saturday-Tuesday, 5-Day Tuesday-Saturday, 8-Day Saturday-Saturday.

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Oct-Dec 2020 Rates
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The Aqua Nera 40-guest Amazon luxury riverboat is setting a new standard of luxury for river cruising in the Peruvian Amazon as a brand new vessel in 2020.

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