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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.