aria small amazon ship cruises down the river on a calm sunny day with the jungle behind it
looking down the amazon river with jungle on either side on a sunny day
adventure travelers kayaking down teh amazon river with lush green foliage on either side
sloth with baby hanging in the canopy on the aria amazon river cruise
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South America Amazon Cruise

Aria Amazon River Cruise

Experience the world as it was at the very beginning of time, when wildlife was rich and abundant, when trees grew tall and flowers bloomed everywhere. During your luxurious Amazon River cruise aboard the 32-guest M/V Aria, explore winding jungle creeks by motorized skiff and stop at remote villages to search for local crafts. Journey 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. In this glorious environment, parrots and macaws perch in trees, fuzzy howler monkeys leap from branch to branch and prehistoric-looking caiman swim by. Rare pink dolphins arc through the water, giant Victoria Regia water lilies abound and you won’t be able to help but practice your photography skills.

Be aware that 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 Aria 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 in comfort aboard the Aria, a luxury Amazon riverboat with chic styling and plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure none of the wildlife is missed. This vessel is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to her classy feel and size. 

The Aria Amazon River cruise is offered as either an 8-day, 5-day or 4-day cruise, departing Fridays and Mondays, 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 learn more about AdventureSmith’s Amazon cruises.



Itinerary

8-Day High-Water Itinerary

The 8-day High-Water expedition generally operates November through May, uniquely roundtrip from Iquitos, Peru. Cruise farther than any other itinerary, touching the Ucayali, Maranon and Amazon Rivers. High-Water departures can mean more rain, encouraging fruiting and flowering of plants and riverside wildlife activity, as well as more extensive exploration and access via water.

Route map of 8-day High-Water Aria Amazon River Cruise operating roundtrip from Iquitos, Peru, and traveling the Amazon, Maranon and Ucayali Rivers, with stops at Nauta, Yarapa River, Lake Moringo, Nauta Caño, Marañon Creek, Yanayacu-Pucate River, Yanallpa River, El Dorado River, Pacaya River, Yarapa or Clavero River.
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Day 1
FRI - Arrive Iquitos & Embark

Be met at Iquitos International Airport then enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant or 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 6:00pm, board the Aria Amazon. Settle into your generously proportioned suite. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to the naturalist guides, gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SAT - Amazon River, Yarapa River, Lake Moringo Fishing & Nauta Caño

Aboard comfortable skiffs, set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Keep binoculars ready to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. Go fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas while the naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo. As the sun sets, head off on an evening’s wildlife excursion with extraordinary stargazing on the black waters of Nauta Caño.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Marañon Creek & Yanayacu-Pucate River

Rise with the sun for an early morning birdwatching excursion along the Marañon River. After breakfast, take a jungle walk on the firm soil forest “Casual,” while looking for flora and fauna which include medicinal trees, insects and poison dart frogs; learn more about the different rainforest stratas. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River while looking for legendary pink river dolphins. Focus the ship’s hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
MON - Birthplace of the Amazon, Village Visit & Marañon River

This morning, visit the local fresh market with the guides who can identify the day’s catch by the fishermen of Amazonia and the region’s exotic fruits. In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. Tonight you will meet the new passengers who have signed on for the four-night trip, as they join for the journey together along the Marañon River.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
TUE - Yanallpa River, Amazonian Rainforest & El Dorado River

By skiff, explore the black waters of the Yanallpa River, disembarking to walk deep into the Amazonian rainforest. Later, board the skiffs again to cruise along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
WED - Pacaya River & Ucayali River

The rewards of today’s early start are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River. After lunch, venture out by skiffs on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
THU - Yarapa or Clavero River & Remote Amazonia Village

Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Visit a remote Amazonia village in the afternoon. This evening before dinner, gather to be introduced to some of the crew members whom you may not have met, working behind the scenes to ensure countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
FRI - Disembark Iquitos, Manatee Rescue Center & Craft Market

At the Bellavista Nanay morning market along the Nanay River, sample exotic snacks from the Peruvian Amazon like “Suri,” Amazon caterpillars that are considered especially appetizing. Return to the Aria for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, make one last truly memorable stop at the Manatee Rescue Center, a very special kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees. Also visit San Juan craft market en route to the airport. Lunch or 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 recommended flight schedule.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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

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 Aria 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 on two-wheels, in a kayak or on foot, the Aria offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, cycling, 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.

Themed Departures

The Aria has special guest-hosted departures bringing aboard celebrity chefs, the company founder and environmental experts. For details, view this blog post: Aqua Expeditions Themed Departures.

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.

All Terrain Biking

Take the opportunity to cycle around the town of Nauta, with ten bikes available for guests. Nauta is a classical Peruvian town in the north-eastern part of Loreto Province, located on the north bank of the Marañón River, south of Iquitos and just a few miles from the confluence of the Río Ucayali. Bike through Nauta and discover traditional Peruvian houses and schools, shop for unique Peruvian and Amazonia souvenirs and cycle next to a major tributary of the Upper Amazon.

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 expedition generally operates June through October and focuses on village visits along the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers. Low-Water departures can mean less rain which may allow for guided walks on rainforest trails and sandy river beaches.

Route map of 8-day Low-Water Aria Amazon River Cruise from Iquitos, Peru, embarking in Nauta and traveling the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers, with stops at Yanayacu Pucate, the Samiria River, Nauta Caño Amazonian Natural Park, Pacaya River, Yarapa or Clavero River & San Jose Flooded Forest.
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Day 1
FRI - Arrive Iquitos & Embark Nauta

Be met at Iquitos International Airport then journey by air-conditioned vehicle through the Peruvian countryside to arrive at the Nauta Lounge in time for an included lunch, or be served a box lunch en route depending on the flight arrival time. In the afternoon, set off on your first skiff excursion along the Marañon River. At 6:00pm, board the Aria Amazon. Settle into your generously proportioned suite. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to our naturalist guides, we gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by our Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
SAT - Yanayacu Pucate & Marañon River

Commence today’s adventures near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising along Yanayacu Pucate in the comfort of state-of-the-art skiffs. Kayak, canoe and swim in these unspoiled black waters, keeping eyes peeled for the Amazon’s legendary pink dolphins. In the afternoon, visit a remote village along the Marañon River to learn about traditional customs. Focus the ship’s hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Samiria River & Nauta Caño Amazonian Natural Park

Set off by skiffs for an excursion along the Samiria River with optional fishing. Listen carefully to the after lunch flora and fauna lecture, then venture out for a singularly thrilling jungle walk across the high Amazon rainforest. Upon returning in the evening, enjoy the jungle symphony and extraordinary stargazing on local boats along the Enchanted Lake.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
MON - Birthplace of the Amazon, Village Visit & Marañon River

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. In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. Tonight meet the new passengers who have signed on for the four-night trip to start the journey together along the Marañon River.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
TUE - Ucayali River & Pacaya River

Boarding the skiffs, start the day like Amazon River dwellers, cruising along the Ucayali River. As these farmers and fishermen go about their business, search for pink river dolphins in these pristine waters. Later in the day, return to the skiffs to ride along the black waters of the Pacaya River at dusk, searching for the mysterious wildlife that come out after dark.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
WED - Ucayali River & Pacaya River

The rewards of today’s early start are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River. After lunch, venture out by skiffs on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
THU - Yarapa or Clavero River & San Jose Flooded Forest

Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Come afternoon, take a short jungle walk in the San Jose de Sarapanga forest and see the unforgettable giant water lilies. This evening before dinner, gather to be introduced to some of the crew members whom you may not have met, working behind the scenes to ensure countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Disembark Nauta, Manatee Rescue Center & Craft Market

Visit the town of Nauta, founded in 1930. Today, villagers from around Amazonia gather here to sell the products they harvest in their rural communities. Go on a guided walk around Nauta to gain insights into the daily life of these remote people. Return to the Aria for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. Also visit San Juan craft market en route to the airport. Lunch or 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 recommended flight schedule.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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

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 Aria 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 on two-wheels, in a kayak or on foot, the Aria offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, cycling, 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.

Themed Departures

The Aria has special guest-hosted departures bringing aboard celebrity chefs, the company founder and environmental experts. For details, view this blog post: Aqua Expeditions Themed Departures.

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.

All Terrain Biking

Take the opportunity to cycle around the town of Nauta, with ten bikes available for guests. Nauta is a classical Peruvian town in the north-eastern part of Loreto Province, located on the north bank of the Marañón River, south of Iquitos and just a few miles from the confluence of the Río Ucayali. Bike through Nauta and discover traditional Peruvian houses and schools, shop for unique Peruvian and Amazonia souvenirs and cycle next to a major tributary of the Upper Amazon.

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.

5-Day High-Water Itinerary

The 5-day High-Water expedition generally operates November through May and focuses on exploration along the Ucayali and Amazon Rivers. High-Water departures can mean more rain, encouraging fruiting and flowering of plants and riverside wildlife activity, as well as more extensive exploration and access via water.

Route map of 5-day High-Water Aria Amazon River Cruise operating roundtrip from Iquitos, Peru, and traveling the Amazon and Ucayali Rivers, with stops at Nauta, Yanallpa River, El Dorado River, Pacaya River and Yarapa or Clavero River.
Read More
Day 1
MON - Arrive Iquitos & Embark Nauta

Arrive at Iquitos International Airport and be met by the guide for a journey by air-conditioned vehicle through the Peruvian countryside. Arrive at the Nauta Lounge for lunch, or be served a box lunch en route depending on the flight arrival time. In the afternoon, set off on your first skiff excursion to visit the birthplace of the Amazon. At 6:00pm, board the Aria Amazon and settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. After a routine safety drill and introduction of the naturalist guides, dine on the most innovative Amazonian cuisine created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino whose restaurant Malabar is one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
TUE - Yanallpa River, Amazonian Rainforest Walk & El Dorado River

Awake to the sounds and movements of Amazonia. Explore by skiff the black waters of the Yanallpa River, disembarking to walk deep into the Amazonian rainforest. Later, board the skiffs again to cruise along El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife and extraordinary stargazing.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
WED - Pacaya River & Ucayali River

The rewards of an early start today are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River. After lunch, venture out by skiffs on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins. In the evening, the guides will focus a high-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
THU - Yarapa or Clavero River & Remote Amazonia Village

Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Visit a remote Amazonia village in the afternoon. In the evening before dinner, gather to meet the crewmembers who have been working behind the scenes to ensure countless exceptional experiences.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

At the Bellavista Nanay morning market along the Nanay River, sample exotic snacks from the Peruvian Amazon like “Suri,” Amazon caterpillars that are considered especially appetizing. Return to the Aria for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, make one last truly memorable stop at the Manatee Rescue Center, a very special kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees. Also visit San Juan craft market en route to the airport. Lunch or 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 recommended flight schedule.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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

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 Aria 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 on two-wheels, in a kayak or on foot, the Aria offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, cycling, 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.

Themed Departures

The Aria has special guest-hosted departures bringing aboard celebrity chefs, the company founder and environmental experts. For details, view this blog post: Aqua Expeditions Themed Departures.

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.

All Terrain Biking

Take the opportunity to cycle around the town of Nauta, with ten bikes available for guests. Nauta is a classical Peruvian town in the north-eastern part of Loreto Province, located on the north bank of the Marañón River, south of Iquitos and just a few miles from the confluence of the Río Ucayali. Bike through Nauta and discover traditional Peruvian houses and schools, shop for unique Peruvian and Amazonia souvenirs and cycle next to a major tributary of the Upper Amazon.

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 expedition generally operates November through May and focuses on exploration along the Maranon and Amazon Rivers. High-Water departures can mean more rain, encouraging fruiting and flowering of plants and riverside wildlife activity, as well as more extensive exploration and access via water.

Route map of 4-day High-Water Aria Amazon River Cruise operating roundtrip from Iquitos, Peru, and traveling the Maranon and Amazon Rivers, with stops at Nauta, the Yarapa River and Yanayacu-Pucate.
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Day 1
FRI - Arrive Iquitos & Embark Nauta

Arrive at Iquitos International Airport and be met by the guide for a journey by air-conditioned vehicle through the Peruvian countryside. Arrive at the Nauta Lounge for lunch, or be served a box lunch en route depending on the flight arrival time. In the afternoon, set off on your first skiff excursion to visit the birthplace of the Amazon. At 6:00pm, board the Aria Amazon and settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. After a routine safety drill and introduction of the naturalist guides, dine on the most innovative Amazonian cuisine created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino whose restaurant Malabar is one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences.

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Aria

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Day 2
SAT - Amazon River, Yarapa River, Lake Moringo Fishing & Nauta Caño

Aboard comfortable skiffs, set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Keep binoculars ready to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. Go fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas while the naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo. As the sun sets, head off on an evening’s wildlife excursion with extraordinary stargazing on the black waters of Nauta Caño.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Marañon Creek & Yanayacu-Pucate River

Rise with the sun for an early morning birdwatching excursion along the Marañon River. After breakfast, take a jungle walk on the firm soil forest “Casual,” while looking for flora and fauna which include medicinal trees, insects and poison dart frogs; learn more about the different rainforest stratas. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River while looking for legendary pink river dolphins. Focus the ship’s hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

Accommodations

Aria

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
FRI - Disembark Iquitos, Manatee Rescue Center & Craft Market

At the Bellavista Nanay morning market along the Nanay River, sample exotic snacks from the Peruvian Amazon like “Suri,” Amazon caterpillars that are considered especially appetizing. Return to the Aria for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, make one last truly memorable stop at the Manatee Rescue Center, a very special kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees. Also visit San Juan craft market en route to the airport. Lunch or 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 recommended flight schedule.

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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

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 Aria 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 on two-wheels, in a kayak or on foot, the Aria offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, cycling, 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.

Themed Departures

The Aria has special guest-hosted departures bringing aboard celebrity chefs, the company founder and environmental experts. For details, view this blog post: Aqua Expeditions Themed Departures.

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.

All Terrain Biking

Take the opportunity to cycle around the town of Nauta, with ten bikes available for guests. Nauta is a classical Peruvian town in the north-eastern part of Loreto Province, located on the north bank of the Marañón River, south of Iquitos and just a few miles from the confluence of the Río Ucayali. Bike through Nauta and discover traditional Peruvian houses and schools, shop for unique Peruvian and Amazonia souvenirs and cycle next to a major tributary of the Upper Amazon.

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 & Details

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 Friday-Monday, 5 Day Monday-Friday, 8 Day Friday-Friday.

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.

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The 32-guest Aria offers a sophisticated boutique hotel aesthetic, with full air-conditioning, floor-to-ceiling windows, private baths, Jacuzzi and fitness equipment. Add a 5-star Peruvian chef and custom ship design and the Aria is one of the most luxurious adventure vessels cruising the Amazon River.

Deals

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Expert Review

Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Taylor Cranney • September 30th, 2019
Expert Review: Aria Amazon River Cruise

What is it like to travel through the Amazon rainforest in luxury aboard the 32-guest Aria riverboat? Read our expert's detailed review of the wildlife, experiences and food.

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