ARIA - Low Water Season (June–November)

Your guides await you, as your flight from Lima glides in for landing at Iquitos International Airport.

Visited Areas

Iquitos

Minimum

1 passenger

Operation

All year

ARRIVAL/NAUTA/EMBARKATION/MARAÑON RIVER
Arrival
Your guides await you, as your flight from Lima glides in for landing at Iquitos International Airport.
After you’ve claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus for your journey to the river.

Transfer to Nauta’s main wharf
Enjoy a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive through the Peruvian countryside to the small village of Nauta. You will be traveling along the only road out of town . . . and it only goes as far as Nauta.

Check-In
From the moment you step on board, enjoy the ARIA AMAZON’s low-key luxury. As you settle into your handsomely appointed, generously proportioned suite, you will feel the vessel begin to move the beginning of one of your life’s great adventures. We suggest you stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view, as the ARIA AMAZON leaves Iquitos behind.
Over the next four days, you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular journey to a place visited by only a very few of even the most experienced world travelers.

Safety Drill and Briefing on the Upper Deck
Before dinner we will perform a routine safety drill. Then it’s into the air-conditioned lounge, where you will learn about life on board, and will have the first nightly briefing about your next day’s Amazon adventure. You will meet our naturalist guides and your cruise director, who will use video, photos, and maps to introduce the details of your journey deep into the Peruvian Amazon.

Welcome Dinner
Sit down, relax, sip fine South American wine, toast the beginning of a beautiful journey and enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine, created by our Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences. Schiaffino’s imaginative use of local products – fruit, fish, spices – makes every meal a delightful adventure. (The menu always offers choices, including a vegetarian option.)
Perhaps sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring.

YANAYACU – PUCATE RIVER / MARAÑON RIVER / PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE
Breakfast

Expedition on board our boats to Yanayacu – Pucate River
This morning, visit the Yanayacu – Pucate River within Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Here on this black water river you can observe many species of flora and fauna, especially macaws and several species of primates like squirrels monkeys, capuchins monkeys and the famous river dolphins, either pink or gray. Your naturalist guide will tell you about sustainable development projects carried out in this part of the Peruvian Amazon.

Return to the ARIA AMAZON

Lunch

Enjoy a light lunch in our dining room with air conditioning

Lecture in the lounge by our naturalist guides.

Marañon river exploration and Village Visit

We have chosen this time of day to observe the wildlife activity to sunset, including friar apes, monkeys capuchin and howler monkeys. As the sun sets, you will hear the second symphony of the Amazon rainforest, as other nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the treetops. En route back to the boat, you can see nocturnal creatures, including, perhaps, huge caimans and alligators.

Return to ARIA AMAZON

Dinner

SAMIRIA RIVER / NAUTA CAÑO / PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE
Exploration, breakfast on board and walk along the Samiria River

This morning your naturalist guide will talk about sustainable development projects in the Amazon. You will visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. Your guide will also show you the artificial nests created in the sand to protect turtle eggs. Then we go into the jungle to encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the value of medicinal plants found in the jungle. Keep an eye out for the famous Ceiba tree, the highest in the Amazon. We will have the opportunity to make brief trips in traditional Amazonian canoes and to swim in the waters of the Samiria River.

Return to ARIA AMAZON

Lunch

Excursion to Nauta Caño and night exploration
Nauta Caño is part of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, also known as the forest of mirrors due to its dark lagoons, which reflect the beautiful scenery. In this area we will observe toucans, macaws, and iguanas, among many other species. As we make our way back to the ARIA AMAZON, you may also see alligators, frogs and fishing bats.

Return to ARIA AMAZON

Dinner

MARAÑON RIVER / TAHUAYO RIVER / AMAZON RIVER
Breakfast

Marañon exploration and trail walk.

We sail along the Marañon River, watching the different species of flora and fauna as we approach the Casual community where we will hike on land. Here you will see a plethora of wildlife, so keep your binoculars ready to observe tanagers and orioles as well as various reptiles and amphibians. Keep an eye out for the beautiful and eye-catching but poisonous frogs along this fascinating trail, as well as trees and medicinal plants.

Return to the ARIA AMAZON

From this point, start sailing downstream toward Iquitos.

Cooking Lessons

Lunch

Tahuayo river exploration and piranha fishing
This afternoon you will board our comfortable boat to sail from the Amazon River and enter to
Tahuayo River. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water are always available in our boats. As you float down the river, occasional fishermen paddling in their canoes. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, tropical songbirds, pipites, black collared hawks and sloth share this wonderful place with us. After our arrival at a particular spot, you may use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish species.

Return to ARIA AMAZON

Once back on board, the ship will continue its journey down stream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night.

Meet in the lounge with our naturalist guides for the Crew Presentation
The guides will introduce some of the crew members whom you may not have met, who worked “behind the scenes” to ensure your memorable trip has been filled with countless exceptional experiences.

Dinner

ARRIVAL IN IQUITOS/CHECK OUT AND DISEMBARK AT THE MAIN WHARF/CITY TOUR/TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
Breakfast

Travel briefing

Morning Excursion – dependent on the river level

We will have the opportunity to visit an animal rescue center called “Fundo Neycer” on the Amazon River. Here, monkeys and birds receive much needed care from experts in the management and recovery of wildlife species.

Return to the ARIA AMAZON

Sadly, it’s time to finish packing. Please leave your packed suitcases in your suite for pickup before going to lunch.

Light Lunch

Disembarkation / City Tour / Manatee Rescue Center / Transfer to the Airport

This afternoon, we will take you on a tour of Iquitos, glorious city in the days of the rubber boom. Visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. Later, we stop at the Amazonian Indian Market San Juan, where, you may wish to shop for local crafts before leaving.

Guides will help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you have boarded your flight back to Lima.

Transportation in / out to Airport – Boat
Full board.
All activities assisted by guides.
Personalized assistance.
Tickets to the National Reserve

IQUITOS
Iquitos, Nauta, Marañon River, Yanayacu River, Pucate, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Tahuayo River, Yanayacu – Yacapana

All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

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