Experience unparalleled luxury while exploring the northern Amazon River aboard the M/V Aria, a floating boutique hotel that redefines expedition cruising. Custom-built in 2011, this 147-foot-long vessel accommodates up to 32 guests in 16 exquisitely designed suites. Each suite features soft lighting, fine Peruvian cotton linens, and artwork by local craftspeople, offering a serene retreat after adventurous days exploring the Amazon. Relax in the indoor and outdoor lounges, soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi on the observation deck, or unwind in the generously sized dining room. With a dedicated crew of 24, including English-speaking naturalist guides, the M/V Aria ensures an unforgettable journey filled with luxury, comfort, and unparalleled exploration of one of the world's most captivating regions.

Highlights

Iquitos, the Peruvian Amazon, sailing the Amazon River, piranha fishing, Nauta Caño stargazing, jungle walks, Pink dolphin searching, Manatee Rescue Center

Itinerary Details

Arrival in Iquitos (Peru) – Marañon River Excursion – Boarding the Aria Amazon Riverboat

AM: 10:00 am: Flight from Lima to Iquitos, Peru – In the Peruvian capital city of Lima, Surtrek representatives will assist you in checking in for your two-hour flight to the country’s northeastern city of Iquitos, a rustic outpost that offers explorers the most direct and accessible path to the heart of the Amazon.

PM: 12:00 pm: Arrival in Iquitos – At the Iquitos airport, representatives of the Aria Amazon riverboat operation will be waiting to welcome you and assist you with your luggage. 1:00 pm: Transfer to the Nauta Lounge – From the airport, you will be driven in an air-conditioned vehicle through the scenic Peruvian countryside for your first glimpse at Amazonian wildlife, ecosystems, and local villages, as well as riverside and jungle landscapes. Enjoy the 1-1/2-hour drive to the small village of Nauta. You will be traveling along the only road out of town, which only goes as far as Nauta. 1:30 pm: Lunch – You will most likely be served a box lunch en route to the Aria Amazon’s Nauta Lounge; however, if you arrive on an early morning flight, you’ll be able to have your lunch at the lounge itself, which is a designer facility possessing its own refreshment area, relaxing cushioned chairs and bathroom facilities. 3:00 pm: Marañon River Excursion – After reaching the lounge, we will set off on your first skiff excursion along the Marañon River. During this ride, you can listen to the many species of Peruvian birds as they call their mates through the leafy canopy. You’ll also learn about the habitats essential to the livelihoods of the endangered Amazon river dolphins, taricaya turtles and manatee. 6:00 pm: Boarding the Aria Amazon – We will then board the Aria Amazon, a river cruise ship that was custom-built to explore the Peruvian Amazon and the famed Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in absolute comfort and luxury. You’ll note, however, that the riverboat makes a minimal impact on the delicate Amazon river and the rainforest environment. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. 6:30 pm: Routine safety drill and introduction to the ship’s naturalist guides – 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 you’ll have the first nightly briefing about your next day’s Amazon adventure. You will meet your 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. 7:30 pm: 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 the Aria’s 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.). 8:30 pm: Free time to enjoy the ships ample number of amenities, which include a Jacuzzi, an indoor lounge and bar, an outdoor observation deck and a massage room. Perhaps sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring. Alternatively, you head directly to your cabin to relax and dream about the day ahead.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Wake up early to watch the sunrise for the first time on the Amazon River. Get your first, dramatic glimpse of your upcoming adventures and then sit down to a sumptuous buffet breakfast; this will feature a wide variety of dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:00 am: Sailing and Birdwatching – Aboard the Aria’s comfortable skiffs, we will ride from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. To reap the most rewards out of this river journey, experienced naturalist guides will be on board to help guests spot wildlife in an environment designed by Mother Nature to conceal them. These small-group excursions result in less of a human presence, and typically lead to more up-close wildlife sightings. Keep your binoculars ready to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. 11:00 am: Return to Aria Amazon – Cold towels will be awaiting you back on board the Aria Amazon. As the ship continues down the Amazon River, you will have free time to rest or take a nap before lunch.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – Enjoy a light lunch in the air-conditioned dining room. 1:00 pm: Piranha Fishing Excursion – To start the afternoon, we’ll go fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas. While casting your line out to hook one of these predators, the Aria’s naturalist guides will share stories with you about Lake Moringo and its legends. In this area, we will also observe toucans, macaws, and iguanas, among many other bird and wildlife species. 3:00 pm: Free time – Returning to the boat, you will have time to relax on board the Aria and enjoy its Jacuzzi, the indoor lounge & bar, and the outdoor observation deck. 4:30 pm: Wildlife-Watching Excursion – As the sun sets, we will head off on an evening wildlife excursion with extraordinary early stargazing on the black waters of the Nauta Caño. Before dinner, sip a Pisco sour on the upper deck at dusk. 6:30: Return to the ship to freshen up 7:00 pm: Dinner – We will gather to dine on innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Aria’s Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences. 9:30 pm: Free time until turning in for the night.

AM: 5:30 am: Birdwatching Excursion – Rise with the sun for early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River. 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee, and fresh juice. We will stop near a quiet place where you will see and hear quite a show put on by Mother Nature as you enjoy your meal. 8:00 am: Jungle Walk Excursion: After breakfast, we will explore the Marañon River until reaching the Casual community. Here, we will begin hiking a trail through the firm-soil forest, observing the different species of flora and fauna. Keep your binoculars ready to observe tanagers and Orioles, as well as various reptiles and amphibians such as colorful and eye-catching poisonous frogs. You’ll also learn about medicinal trees and plants, as well as find out more about the different rainforest canopies. 11:00 am: Free time to relax and freshen up for lunch

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch 1:00 pm: Free Time to relax and enjoy the ship’s Jacuzzi, the indoor lounge and bar, and the outdoor observation deck. 2:30: Water Sports Excursion & Pink Dolphin Search – Swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as we look for the legendary Pink river dolphin. 5:00 pm: Free Time to freshen up, relax and take in the sights of the Amazon as we sail downriver. 6:30 pm: Crew Introductions – This evening, before dinner, we will gather to introduce you to some of the crew members who you may not have already met. These are the ones who work “behind the scenes” to ensure you countless exceptional experiences on board the Aria Amazon. 7:00 pm: Dinner – We will again gather for sumptuous Amazonian and international cuisine created by the Aria’s executive chef. 8:00 pm: Star-gazing Activity – This evening’s focus is on the Aria’s hi-tech telescope, which you can use to peer into the night sky to identify planets and constellations in the clear Amazonian heavens. 9:00 pm: Free time and socializing until turning in for the night.

AM: 6:00 am: Fish Market Excursion – This morning, we will visit the local fresh market with your guides, who can identify the fishermen’s catch and the region’s exotic fruits. 7:00 am: Breakfast & Packing Up – Return to the Aria Amazon for breakfast and to pack up. 9:00 am – Manatee Rescue Center Excursion – Before saying goodbye, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for injured or abandoned Amazonian manatees. After being treated, they are then released back into the wild. 10:30 am: Handicraft Market Excursion – We will also visit San Juan craft market en route to the airport.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch or Box Lunch – A tasty sit-down lunch or a box lunch will be provided, depending on the exact time of your flight’s departure. 1:30 pm: Airport Departure – You will be driven to the Iquitos airport, where you will have plenty of time to check in and relax before your departing flight to Lima, home or onward. Guides will help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you board your flight back to Lima. At this time, local Aria and Surtrek representatives will undoubtedly wish you a fond farewell …until the next time you visit South America. NOTE: Other local activities may be included as well, depending on the Aria’s recommended flight schedule.

Prices

First Deck

USD$ 4050

Second Deck

USD$ 4200

Included in the price

Included in these all-inclusive cruise rates are:

  • Groups transfers between vessel and Iquitos airport when arriving/departing on recommended flights
  • All meals while onboard
  • All off-boat excursions, led by knowledgeable guides
  • Premium selected wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving or departing on recommended flights
  • Use of all sports equipment for excursions, including kayaks and bicycles
  • Services of the on-board paramedic
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to and from Iquitos, Peru
  • International Flights
  • Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Boutique purchases

Friday - Arrival in Iquitos (Peru) – Marañon River Excursion – Boarding the Aria Amazon Riverboat

AM: 10:00 am: Flight from Lima to Iquitos, Peru – In the Peruvian capital city of Lima, Surtrek representatives with assist you with checking in for your two-hour flight to the country’s northeastern city of Iquitos, a rustic outpost that offers explorers the most direct and accessible path to the heart of the Amazon.

PM: 12:00 pm: Arrival in Iquitos – At the Iquitos airport, representatives of the Aria Amazon riverboat operation will be waiting to welcome you and assist you with your luggage. 1:00 pm: Transfer to the Nauta Lounge – From the airport, you will be driven in an air-conditioned vehicle through the scenic Peruvian countryside for your first glimpse at Amazonian wildlife, ecosystems, and local villages, as well as riverside and jungle landscapes. Enjoy the 1-1/2-hour drive to the small village of Nauta, and note that you’ll be traveling along the only road out of town …one that only goes as far as Nauta. 1:30 pm: Lunch – You will most likely be served a box lunch en route to the Aria Amazon’s Nauta Lounge; however, if you arrive on an early morning flight, you’ll be able to have your lunch at the lounge itself, which is a designer facility possessing its own refreshment area, relaxing cushioned chairs and bathroom facilities. 3:00 pm: Marañon River Excursion – After reaching the lounge, we will set off on your first skiff excursion along the Marañon River. During this ride, you can listen to the many species of Peruvian birds as they call their mates through the leafy canopy. You’ll also learn about the habitats essential to the livelihoods of the endangered Amazon river dolphins, taricaya turtles and manatee. 6:00 pm: Boarding the Aria Amazon – We will then board the Aria Amazon, a river cruise ship that was custom-built to explore the Peruvian Amazon and the famed Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in absolute comfort and luxury. You will note, however, that the riverboat makes a minimal impact on the delicate Amazon river and the rainforest environment. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. 6:30 pm: Routine safety drill and introduction to the ship’s naturalist guides – 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 you’ll have the first nightly briefing about your next day’s Amazon adventure. You will meet the Aria’s 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. 7:30 pm: 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 the Aria’s 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.). 8:30 pm: Free time to enjoy the ships ample number of amenities, which include a Jacuzzi, an indoor lounge and bar, and an outdoor observation deck. Perhaps sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring. Alternatively, you can head directly to your cabin to relax and dream about the day ahead.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee, and fresh juice. 8:00 am: Skiff Riding Excursion – We commence today’s adventures near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising along Yanayacu-Pucate River in the comfort of the Aria’s state-of-the-art skiffs. On the black water river, you can observe the vibrant flora and fauna while looking for macaws and several species of primates like capuchin and squirrel monkeys, as well as the famous Amazon River dolphins, either pink or gray. Amazonian people hold the belief that these dolphins possess the magical power to turn into men and women of great beauty. 10:00 am: Water Excursions – Kayak, canoe and swim in these unspoiled black waters, keeping eyes peeled for the Amazon’s legendary pink dolphins.

PM: 12:00 pm: Return to the ship for lunch 2:00 pm: Village Visit – In the afternoon, we will visit a remote village along the Marañon River to learn about traditions, customs and folklore. You will meet and interact with local villagers in this remote part of the world and learn about real way of life. Walk around with the Aria’s naturalist guides to see how Aria expeditions work with these communities to improve their natural resources management. We will learn about traditional uses of medicinal plants from a shaman whose knowledge of spiritual healing has been down from generation to generation since time immemorial. You will also have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts directly from the community’s artisans. 5:00 pm: Return to the Aria / free time to relax, freshen up and enjoy the ship’s Jacuzzi, the indoor lounge and bar, and the outdoor observation deck. 7:00 pm: Dinner – We will gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Aria’s Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences. 8:00 pm: Star-gazing Activity – This evening’s focus is on the Aria’s hi-tech telescope, which you can use to peer into the night sky to identify planets and constellations. 9:30 pm: Free time to socialize and enjoy the ship’s facilities before turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee, and fresh juice. We will stop near a quiet place where you will see and hear quite a show put on by Mother Nature as you enjoy your meal. 8:00 am: Samiria River Skiff Excursion with optional fishing – After breakfast, we will set off in skiffs for an excursion along the Samiria River with optional fishing. On the black water river, you can observe the vibrant flora and fauna while looking for macaws and several species of primates like the capuchin and squirrel monkeys.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch 1:30 pm: Rainforest Presentation – Listen carefully to the after-lunch flora and fauna lecture presented by the Aria’s naturalist guides. 3:00 pm: Jungle Hiking – Later this afternoon, we will venture out for a singularly thrilling jungle walk through the high Amazon rainforest. 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. 5:30 pm – Return to the ship / Free Time 6:30 pm: Staff Introductions – You will be introduced to the crew members who you may not have already met. These are the people who work “behind the scenes” to ensure you countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon. 7:00 pm: Dinner – We will gather for more innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Aria’s executive chef. While you dine, we will continue our journey upriver toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Marañon rivers merge. 8:00 pm: Free time and socializing until turning in for the night.

AM: 5:00 am: Wake-up call – For those wishing to go on this morning’s early morning excursion. 6:00 am: Fish Market Excursion – This morning, we will 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. 7:00 am: Breakfast & Packing Up – Return to the Aria for breakfast and to pack up. 9:00 am – Manatee Rescue Center Excursion – Before saying goodbye, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for injured or abandoned Amazonian manatees. After being treated, they are then released back into the wild. 10:30 am: Handicraft Market Excursion – We will also visit San Juan craft market en route to the airport, a last chance to pick up that special Amazonian souvenir.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch or box lunch – Lunch or a box lunch will be provided, depending on the exact departure flight time, which may vary. 1:30 pm: Departure – You will be driven to the Iquitos airport, where you will have plenty of time to check in and relax before your departing flight back to Lima, home or onward. Guides will help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you board your flight back to Lima. At this time, Aria and Surtrek representatives will undoubtedly wish you a fond farewell …until the next time you visit South America. NOTE: Other local activities may be included as well, depending on the Aria’s recommended flight schedule.

Prices

First Deck

USD$ 4050

Second Deck

USD$ 4200

Included in the price

Included in these all-inclusive cruise rates are:

  • Groups transfers between vessel and Iquitos airport when arriving/departing on recommended flights
  • All meals while onboard
  • All off-boat excursions, led by knowledgeable guides
  • Premium selected wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving or departing on recommended flights
  • Use of all sports equipment for excursions, including kayaks and bicycles
  • Services of the on-board paramedic
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to and from Iquitos, Peru
  • International Flights
  • Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Boutique purchases

Monday - Arrival in Iquitos (Peru) – Marañon River Excursion – Boarding the Aria Amazon Riverboat

AM: 10:00 am: Flight from Lima to Iquitos, Peru – From the Peruvian capital city of Lima, Surtrek representatives will assist you in checking in for your two-hour flight to the country’s northeastern city of Iquitos, a rustic outpost that offers explorers the most direct and accessible path to the heart of the Amazon.

PM: 12:00 pm: Arrival in Iquitos – At the Iquitos airport, representatives of the Aria Amazon riverboat operation will be waiting to welcome you and assist you with your luggage. 1:00 pm: Transfer to the Nauta Lounge – From the airport, you will be driven in an air-conditioned vehicle through the scenic Peruvian countryside for your first glimpse at Amazonian wildlife, ecosystems, and local villages, as well as riverside and jungle landscapes. Enjoy the 1-1/2-hour drive to the small village of Nauta, and note that you’ll be traveling along the only road out of town, one that only goes as far as Nauta. 1:30 pm: Lunch – You will be served at least a box lunch en route to the Aria Amazon’s Nauta Lounge; however, if you arrive on an early morning flight, you’ll be able to have your lunch at the lounge itself, which is a designer facility possessing its own refreshment area, relaxing cushioned chairs and bathroom facilities. 3:00 pm: Marañon River Excursion – After reaching the lounge, we will set off on your first skiff excursion along the Marañon River. During this ride, you can listen to the many species of Peruvian birds as they call their mates through the leafy canopy. You’ll also learn about the habitats essential to the livelihoods of the endangered Amazon river dolphins, taricaya turtles and manatee. 6:00 pm: Boarding the Aria Amazon – We will then board the Aria Amazon, a river cruise ship that was custom-built to explore the Peruvian Amazon and the famed Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in absolute comfort and luxury. You will notice, however, that the riverboat makes a minimal impact on the delicate Amazon river and the rainforest environment. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. 6:30 pm: Routine safety drill and introduction to the ship’s naturalist guides – 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 the Aria’s 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. 7:30 pm: Welcome Dinner – Sit down, relax, sip fine South American wine, toast the beginning of an intriguing journey and enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Aria’s 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.). 8:30 pm: Free time to enjoy the ship’s ample number of amenities, which include a Jacuzzi, an indoor lounge and bar, an outdoor observation deck and a massage room. Perhaps sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring. Alternatively, you can head directly to your cabin to relax and dream about the day ahead.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, Peruvian specialties, hot coffee, and fresh juice. 8:00 am: Yanallpa River Expedition: This morning, board a skiff to explore the fascinating Yanallpa River, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guides will tell you about the jungle as we explore what scientists call a “gallery forest” because of its dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we explore this type of riparian vegetation, keep your eye out above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy saki monkeys. 11:00 am: Return to the Ship to relax and freshen up

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch 1:00 pm: Free time to enjoy the ship’s Jacuzzi, the indoor lounge and bar, and the outdoor observation deck. 3:30 pm: Exploring the Jungle of Mirrors and the Dorado River – In the afternoon, you will go on a magical journey through the “Jungle of the Mirrors,” where towering trees are reflected in the dark river. We move on to the Dorado River, where you may observe enchanting parrots, macaws and a variety of primates unperturbed by our presence. As the sun goes down and we will make our way back to the Aria Amazon, you may see alligators, frogs and bats. 6:30 pm: Re-board the Aria 7:30 pm: Dinner – We will again gather for sumptuous Amazonian and international cuisine created by the Aria’s executive chef. 8:00 pm: Star-gazing Activity – This evening’s focus is on the Aria’s hi-tech telescope, which you can use to peer into the night sky to identify planets and constellations in the clear Amazonian heavens. 9:00 pm: Free time and socializing until turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Picnic Breakfast – Disembarking the ship, enjoy an early morning picnic breakfast, accompanied by a symphony real-life jungle sounds. 8:00 am: Expedition Along the Pacaya River – After eating, we will head out on an excursion along the Pacaya River, observing and exploring the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. You will 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, which can be quite funny. You will have a chance to visit and fish in some of the most beautiful lakes in the protected reserve and to meet some of the friendly local people who take care of the reserve’s natural resources. Your nature guides will discuss the Aria’s involvement in the natural resource management of Amazonia.

PM: 12:00 pm: Picnic Lunch – We will have a picnic lunch en route back to the Aria, and as we return, you will be able to see the famous Ceiba tree, the tallest in the Amazon. 1:00 pm: Re-board the Aria / Free Time to relax 3:00 pm: Exploring the Ucayali & Tapiche Rivers – After your break, we will venture out by skiff on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena. Keep your eye out for two different kinds of freshwater dolphins, but especially the unusual Pink dolphins found in the Ucayali & Tapiche rivers. We’ll also spot arboreal lizards, iguanas and look up to catch a glimpse of some of the area’s 200 bird species. 6:00 pm: Return to the Aria Amazon 7:00 pm: Dinner 8:00 pm: Star-gazing Activity – This evening’s you’ll have another chance to use the Aria’s hi-tech telescope to peer into the clear Amazonian heavens. 9:00 pm: Free time and socializing before turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, Peruvian specialties, hot coffee, and fresh juice. 8:30 am: Expedition Along the Clavero or Yarapa Rivers – This morning, you can choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming in the black water of the Yarapa or Clavero rivers. We will sail on a lake where villagers paddle in their traditional dugout canoes. You may wish to take a dip in this lake’s calm waters or visit the community to interact with Amazonian locals who will be pleased to welcome you. 11:00 am: Return to the Aria Amazon – From this point, start sailing downstream toward Iquitos.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – Lunch and presentation in the lounge by the Aria’s naturalist guides. 2:00 pm: Amazonian Village Visit: We will sail along the great Amazon River, observing the flora and fauna, and then stopping at a riverside community that actively conserves the forest’s natural resources and their own ancestral customs. 5:00 pm: Return to the Aria Amazon / Free Time – Once back on board, the ship will continue its journey downstream, sailing toward Iquitos on the Amazon River through the night. 6:30 pm: Crew Introductions – Before turning in, we will meet in the lounge with our naturalist guides for the Crew Presentation. The guides will introduce you to the crew members who you may not have already met. These are the people who work “behind the scenes” to ensure that your trip is filled with countless exceptional experiences. 7:00 pm: Dinner 8:00 pm: Free time and socializing before turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy a light buffet breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee, and fresh juice. 8:00 am: Market Excursion – Depending on the weather, we will visit the traditional Bellavista Nanay market, bordering the Nanay River, to view and sample products of the Peruvian Amazon – including exotic snacks like the Amazon Caterpillar. Called “Suri,” these caterpillars live in palm trees and are considered an appetizing snack for Amazonia people, even for those in the city. 11:00 am: Return to the Aria Amazon / Packing Up – Sadly, the tour is winding down and it will be time to start packing.

PM: 12:00 pm: Light Lunch – A sit-down lunch or a box lunch will be served, depending on the exact departure flight time. 1:30 pm: Disembarkation / Manatee Rescue Center – After disembarking the Aria, this afternoon we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center in Iquitos. A kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees, this center rescues, rehabilitates and releases these enormous creatures back into the wild. 3:00 pm: Amazonian Crafts Market – Later, we stop at the indigenous San Juan Market, where you may wish to shop for local crafts before leaving. 4:30 pm: Departure – You will be driven to the Iquitos airport, where you will have plenty of time to check in and relax before your departing flight to Lima, home or onward. Guides will help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you board your flight back to Lima. At that time, Aria and Surtrek representatives will undoubtedly wish you a fond farewell …until the next time you visit South America. NOTE: Other local activities may be included as well, depending on the Aria’s recommended flight schedule.

Prices

First Deck

USD$ 5400

Second Deck

USD$ 5600

Included in the price

Included in these all-inclusive cruise rates are:

  • Groups transfers between vessel and Iquitos airport when arriving/departing on recommended flights
  • All meals while onboard
  • All off-boat excursions, led by knowledgeable guides
  • Premium selected wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving or departing on recommended flights
  • Use of all sports equipment for excursions, including kayaks and bicycles
  • Services of the on-board paramedic
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to and from Iquitos, Peru
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Boutique purchases

Monday - Arrival in Iquitos (Peru) – Marañon River Excursion – Boarding the Aria Amazon Riverboat

AM: 10:00 am: Flight from Lima to Iquitos, Peru – In the Peruvian capital city of Lima, Surtrek representatives will assist you with checking in for your two-hour flight to the country’s northeastern city of Iquitos, a rustic outpost that offers explorers the most direct and accessible path to the heart of the Amazon.

PM: 12:00 pm: Arrival in Iquitos – At the Iquitos airport, representatives of the Aria Amazon riverboat operation will be waiting to welcome you and assist you with your luggage. 1:00 pm: Transfer to the Nauta Lounge – From the airport, you will be driven in an air-conditioned vehicle through the scenic Peruvian countryside for your first glimpse at Amazonian wildlife, ecosystems, and local villages, as well as riverside and jungle landscapes. Enjoy the 1-1/2-hour drive to the small village of Nauta. You will be traveling along the only road out of town, which only goes as far as Nauta. 1:30 pm: Lunch – You will most likely be served a box lunch en route to the Aria Amazon’s Nauta Lounge; however, if you arrive on an early morning flight, you’ll be able to have your lunch at the lounge itself, which is a designer facility possessing its own refreshment area, relaxing cushioned chairs and bathroom facilities. 3:00 pm: Marañon River Excursion – After reaching the lounge, we will set off on your first skiff excursion along the Marañon River. During this ride, you can listen to the many species of Peruvian birds as they call their mates through the leafy canopy, learn about the habitats essential to the livelihoods of the endangered Amazon river dolphins, taricaya turtles and manatee. 6:00 pm: Boarding the Aria Amazon – We will then board the Aria Amazon, a river cruise ship that was custom-built to explore the Peruvian Amazon and the famed Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in absolute comfort and luxury. You will note, however, that the riverboat makes a minimal impact on the delicate Amazon river and the rainforest environment. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. 6:30 pm: Routine safety drill and introduction to the ship’s naturalist guides – 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 the Aria’s 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. 7:30 pm: 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 the Aria’s 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.). 8:30 pm: Free time to enjoy the ships ample number of amenities, which include a Jacuzzi, an indoor lounge and bar, and an outdoor observation deck. Perhaps sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring. Alternatively, you head to your cabin to relax and dream about the day ahead.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – The Aria’s sumptuous daily breakfast buffet features a wide variety of dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:00 am: Ucayali River Exploration – This morning, board the skiffs to explore a fascinating Ucayali River, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. As the local farmers and fishermen go about their business, we will search for Pink river dolphins in these pristine waters. Your guides will tell you about the jungle as we explore what scientists call a “gallery forest” because of its dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we explore this type of riparian vegetation, watch above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys. We will also have the opportunity to hike the Yanallpa Gorge, watching the forest and the animals that can be spotted along the way. 11:00 am: Return to Aria Amazon to relax

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch 1:00 pm: Presentation – Lecture on the Amazon given by the naturalist guides. 2:00 pm: Pacaya River Exploration and Piranha Fishing – This afternoon, you will board a small but comfortable motorboat to explore the blackwater Pacaya river. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water are always available in these boats. As we troll along, the occasional fisherman will paddle past in their homemade canoes. Keep your binoculars ready to spot terns, tropical songbirds, black hawks, monkeys and sloths necks that share this enchanted place with us. After our arrival at a particular point, you may use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas of the Amazon. As you fish, trained naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and its inhabitants. 4:30 pm: Return to Aria Amazon – Cold towels will be awaiting you back on board the Aria Amazon. As the ship continues down the Amazon River, before dinner you will have free time to rest, take a nap or marvel at the landscape passing by. 7:00 pm: Dinner: We will gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Aria’s Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences. 8:00 pm: Star-gazing Activity – This evening’s focus is on the Aria’s hi-tech telescope, which you can use to peer into the night sky to identify planets and constellations in the clear Amazonian heavens. 9:00 pm: Free time and socializing until turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Picnic Breakfast – The rewards of our early start today are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by a symphony of real-life jungle sounds. 8:30 am: Expedition Along the Pacaya River: This morning we continue our excursion along the Pacaya River, observing and exploring the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. You will 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, who can be very funny. We will have the opportunity to visit and fish in some of the most beautiful lakes in the protected reserve and to meet some of the friendly local people who take care of the reserve’s natural resources. Your nature guides will discuss the Aria’s involvement in the natural resource management of Amazonia.

PM: 12:00 pm: Picnic Lunch – We will have a picnic lunch en route, and as we return to the Aria, you will be able to see the famous Ceiba tree, the tallest in the Amazon. 1:30 pm: Return to Aria Amazon / Free time 2:30 pm: Exploring the Ucayali & Tapiche Rivers: During this skiff expedition, we’ll be keeping our eyes out for two different kinds of freshwater dolphins but especially the unusual pink dolphins found in the Ucayali & Tapiche rivers. We’ll also spot arboreal lizards, iguanas and look up to catch a glimpse of some of the area’s 200 bird species – not to mention banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena. 5:30 pm: Return to Aria Amazon / Free time 7:00 pm: Dinner: We will gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Aria’s Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences. 8:00 pm: Free time to socialize and enjoy the ship’s facilities before turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy the Aria’s sumptuous daily breakfast buffet featuring a wide variety of dishes, including Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:00 am: Clavero Lake Exploration – This morning, you can go canoeing or kayaking in Yarapa or Clavero Lake. As we navigate these waters, you’ll see local villagers paddling in their traditional dugout canoes. You may wish to swim in one of these lake’s calm waters and visit the community to interact with Amazonia neighbors who will be pleased to welcome you. 11:00 am: Return to Aria Amazon. From this point, start sailing downstream toward Iquitos.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch 2:00 pm: San Jose Flooded Forest Hiking: This afternoon, we will disembark for a short jungle walk in the San Jose flooded forest and observe unforgettable giant water lilies. 4:30 pm: Return to Aria Amazon / Free time 6:30 pm: Meet in the lounge with the Aria’s naturalist guides for the Crew Presentation: This evening, the guides will introduce some of the crew members who you may not have already met. These are the people who work “behind the scenes” to ensure that your memorable trip is filled with countless exceptional experiences. 7:00 pm: Farewell Dinner 8:00 pm: Free time to socialize and enjoy the ship’s facilities before turning in for the night.

AM: 6:00 am: Fish Market Excursion – This morning, we will visit the local fresh market with your guides who can identify the day’s catch by the fishermen of Amazon and the region’s exotic fruits. 7:00 am: Breakfast & Packing Up – Return to the Aria for breakfast and to pack up. 9:00 am – Manatee Rescue Center Excursion – Before saying goodbye, we visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. 10:30 am: Handicraft Market Excursion – We will also visit San Juan craft market on route to the airport.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch or box lunch – Lunch or a box lunch will be provided, depending on the exact departure flight time, which may vary. 1:30 pm: Departure – You will be driven to the Iquitos airport, where you will have plenty of time to check in and relax before your departing flight home or onward. Guides will help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you board your flight back to Lima. At this time, Aria and Surtrek representatives will undoubtedly wish you a fond farewell …until the next time you visit South America. NOTE: Other local activities may be included as well, depending on the Aria’s recommended flight schedule.

Prices

First Deck

USD$ 5400

Second Deck

USD$ 5600

Included in the price

Included in these all-inclusive cruise rates are:

  • Groups transfers between vessel and Iquitos airport when arriving/departing on recommended flights
  • All meals while onboard
  • All off-boat excursions, led by knowledgeable guides
  • Premium selected wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving or departing on recommended flights
  • Use of all sports equipment for excursions, including kayaks and bicycles
  • Services of the on-board paramedic
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to and from Iquitos, Peru
  • International Flights
  • Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Boutique purchases

Friday - Arrival in Iquitos (Peru) – Marañon River Excursion – Boarding the Aria Amazon Riverboat

AM: 10:00 am: Flight from Lima to Iquitos, Peru – In the Peruvian capital city of Lima, Surtrek representatives will assist you with checking in for your two-hour flight to the country’s northeastern city of Iquitos, a rustic outpost that offers explorers the most direct and accessible path to the heart of the Amazon.

PM: 12:00 pm: Arrival in Iquitos – At the Iquitos airport, representatives of the Aria Amazon riverboat operation will be waiting to welcome you and assist you with your luggage. 1:00 pm: Transfer to the Nauta Lounge – From the airport, you will be driven in an air-conditioned vehicle through the scenic Peruvian countryside for your first glimpse at Amazonian wildlife, ecosystems, and local villages, as well as riverside and jungle landscapes. Enjoy the 1-1/2-hour drive to the small village of Nauta. You will be traveling along the only road out of town …which only goes as far as Nauta. 1:30 pm: Lunch – You will be served a box lunch en route to the Aria Amazon’s Nauta Lounge; however, if you arrive on an early morning flight, you’ll be able to have your lunch at the lounge itself, which is a designer facility possessing its own refreshment area, relaxing cushioned chairs and bathroom facilities. 3:00 pm: Marañon River Excursion – After reaching the lounge, we will set off on your first skiff excursion along the Marañon River. During this ride, you can listen to the many species of Peruvian birds as they call their mates through the leafy canopy. You’ll also learn about the habitats essential to the livelihoods of the endangered Amazon river dolphins, taricaya turtles and manatee. 6:00 pm: Boarding the Aria Amazon – We will then board the Aria Amazon, a river cruise ship that was custom-built to explore the Peruvian Amazon and the famed Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in absolute comfort and luxury. You will notice, however, that the riverboat makes a minimal impact on the delicate Amazon river and the rainforest environment. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. 6:30 pm: Routine safety drill and introduction to the ship’s naturalist guides – 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 have your first nightly briefing about the next day’s Amazon adventure. You will meet the Aria’s 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. 7:30 pm: 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 the Aria’s 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.). 8:30 pm: Free time to enjoy the ships ample number of amenities, which include a Jacuzzi, an indoor lounge and bar, and an outdoor observation deck. Perhaps sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring. Alternatively, you can head directly to your cabin to relax and dream about the day ahead.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy the Aria’s sumptuous daily breakfast buffet featuring a wide variety of dishes, including Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:00 am: Sailing and Birdwatching – Aboard the Aria’s comfortable skiffs, we will ride from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. To reap the most rewards of this river journey, experienced naturalist guides will be on board to help guests spot wildlife in an environment designed by Mother Nature to conceal them. As these small-group excursions result in less of a human presence, they typically lead to more up-close wildlife sightings. So, keep your binoculars ready to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and listless sloths.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch 1:00 pm: Piranha Fishing Excursion – To start the afternoon, we’ll go fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas. While casting your line out to hook one of these predators, the Aria’s naturalist guides will share stories with you about Lake Moringo and its legends. 3:00 pm: Free time – Returning to the boat, you will have time to relax on board the Aria and enjoy its Jacuzzi, the indoor lounge and bar, and the outdoor observation deck. 5:00 pm: Wildlife-Watching Excursion – As the sun sets, we will head off on an evening wildlife excursion with extraordinary stargazing on the black waters of Nauta Caño. 7:30 pm: Dinner – We will gather to dine on innovative Amazonian and international cuisine. 8:30 pm: Free time until turning in for the night.

AM: 5:30 am: Birdwatching Excursion – Wake up early to watch the sunrise on the Amazon River, a first, dramatic glimpse of your upcoming adventures. Once you’re up, head out for some optional early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River. 7:00 am: Breakfast – Your sumptuous daily breakfast buffet will feature a wide variety of dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:00 am: Jungle Walk Excursion – After breakfast, we will take a jungle walk on the firm-soil forest to the Casual community. As we hike, you can observe the local fauna and flora, including medicinal trees, insects and poison-dart frogs, while learning more about the different rainforest canopies. 11:00 am: Return to Aria Amazon – Cold towels await you back aboard the Aria Amazon. As the ship continues down the Amazon River, you have free time to rest or take a nap before lunch.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – Enjoy a light lunch in the Aria’s air-conditioned dining room. 1:00 pm: Free Time to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. 2:30 pm: Water Sports Excursion & Pink Dolphin Search – Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as we look for legendary pink river dolphins. 5:00 pm: Free Time to freshen up, relax and take in the sights as we sail downriver 6:30 pm: Staff Introductions – This evening before dinner, we will gather to introduce you to some of the crew members whom you may not have met. These are the people who work “behind the scenes” to ensure you countless exceptional experiences on board the Aria Amazon. Before dinner, join them on the upper deck for a sip of Pisco sour. 7:00 pm: Dinner – We will gather for more innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Aria’s executive chef. 8:00 pm: Star-gazing Activity – This evening’s focus is on the Aria’s hi-tech telescope, which you can use to peer into the night sky to identify planets and constellations. 9:00 pm: Free time and socializing until turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Return to the Aria for breakfast. Enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee, and fresh juice. 8:00 am: Fish Market Excursion – This morning, we will 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. 10:00 am – Free Time to relax and enjoy the Aria’s social facilities

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – Enjoy a light lunch in the Aria’s air-conditioned dining room. 1:00 pm: Free time 3:00 pm: Reaching the Amazon Headwater – In the afternoon, as the Aria Amazon skirts the edge of the vast Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin), we will witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the birthplace of the Amazon River. Here, the junction of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon form one of the greatest waterfalls in the world. You will witness one of the true spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere …certainly nature at its most captivating. 6:00 pm: Meet the New Passengers – Tonight you will meet the new passengers who have signed on for the four-night trip, as we start the Aria’s voyage along the Marañon River. 7:00 pm: Dinner 8:00 pm: Free time and socializing before turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 pm: Breakfast – Your sumptuous daily breakfast buffet will feature a wide variety of dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:00 pm: River Expedition on the Yanallpa River – This morning, board the skiff to explore the fascinating Yanallpa River, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guides will tell you about the jungle as we explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. By skiff, we will explore the black waters of the Yanallpa River, disembarking to walk deep into the Amazonian rain forest. As we explore this type of riparian forest, look above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy saki monkeys.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – Return to Aria Amazon for lunch and a presentation on the Amazon given by the naturalist guides. 2:30 pm: Dorado River Exploration and Sunset Excursion – This afternoon we will take a magical journey through the “Jungle of the Mirrors,” where towering trees are reflected in the dark river. We move on to the Dorado River where you may observe enchanting parrots, macaws and a variety of primates, unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the Aria Amazon, you may see alligators, frogs and fishing bats. 5:30 pm: Return to the Aria Amazon / Free time 7:00 Dinner: Dinner 8:00 pm: Free time and socializing until turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Picnic Breakfast – The rewards of our early start today are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by a symphony of real-life jungle sounds. 8:30 am: Expedition Along the Pacaya River: after eating, we will continue our excursion along the Pacaya River, observing and exploring the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. You will sail among a wide variety of wildlife and birds, including large parrots, macaws, herons and storks and many species of primates like the capuchin, howler monkeys and squirrel monkeys, which can be quite funny. You will have the opportunity to visit and fish in some of the most beautiful lakes in the protected reserve and meet some of the friendly local people who take care of the reserve’s natural resources. Your nature guides will also discuss the Aria’s involvement in the natural resource management of Amazonia.

PM: 12:00 pm: Picnic Lunch – We will have a picnic lunch en route back to the ship, and as we return to the Aria, you will be able to see the famous Ceiba tree, the tallest in the Amazon. 1:30 pm: Return to Aria Amazon / Free time 2:30 pm: Exploring the Ucayali & Tapiche Rivers: During this skiff expedition, keep your eyes out for two different kinds of freshwater dolphins, but especially the unusual pink dolphins found in the Ucayali & Tapiche rivers. We’ll also spot arboreal lizards, iguanas and look up to catch a glimpse of some of the area’s 200 bird species – not to mention banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena. 5:30 pm: Return to Aria Amazon / Free time 7:00 pm: Dinner: We will gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Aria’s executive chef. 8:00 pm: Free time to socialize and enjoy the ship’s facilities before turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – On board the Aria, enjoy a light breakfast consisting of homemade baked goods, Peruvian specialties, hot coffee, and fresh juice. 8:00 am: Expedition Along the Clavero or Yarapa Rivers – This morning, you can choose to go jungle walking, canoeing or kayaking or swimming on the black waters of the Yarapa or Clavero rivers. We will sail on these waters where villagers paddle in their traditional dugout canoes. You may wish to swim in one of the lake’s calm waters and visit the community to interact with these Amazonian neighbors, who will be pleased to welcome you. 11:00 am: Return to the Aria Amazon – From this point, we start sailing downriver toward Iquitos.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – Lunch and presentation in the lounge by the Aria’s naturalist guides. 1:30 pm: Village Visit: We sail along the great Amazon River, observing the flora and fauna, then stop at a riverside community that actively conserves the forest’s natural resources and their own ancestral customs. 4:30 pm: Return to the Aria Amazon / Free Time – Once back on board, the ship will continue its journey downriver, sailing toward Iquitos on the Amazon River through the night. 8:00 pm: Crew Introductions – Before dinner, you can meet in the lounge with the naturalist guides for the Crew Presentation. The guides will introduce you to crew members who you may not have already met. These are the people who work “behind the scenes” to ensure that your trip is filled with countless exceptional experiences. 7:00 pm: Dinner 8:00 pm: Free time to socialize and enjoy the ship’s facilities before turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee, and fresh juice. 8:00 am: Market Excursion – Depending on the weather, we will visit the traditional Bellavista Nanay market, on the bank of the Nanay River, to view and sample products of the Peruvian Amazon, including exotic snacks like the Amazon Caterpillar. Called “Suri,” these thick insects live in palm trees and are considered an appetizing snack for people in the Amazon …even those in the city. 11:00 am: Return to the Aria Amazon / Packing Up – Sadly, the tour is winding down and it will be time to start packing.

PM: 12:00 pm: Light Lunch – Lunch or a box lunch will be served, depending on the exact departure flight time. 1:30 pm: Disembarkation / Manatee Rescue Center – After disembarking the Aria with the assistance of the crew, this afternoon you will visit the Manatee Rescue Center in Iquitos. A kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees, this center rescues, rehabilitates and releases these enormous creatures back into the wild. 3:00 pm: Amazonian Crafts Market – Later, we stop at the indigenous San Juan Market, where, you may wish to shop for local crafts before leaving. 4:30 pm: Departure – You will be driven to the Iquitos airport, where you will have plenty of time to check in and relax before your departing flight to Lima, home or onward. Guides will help with check in at the airport and will stay with you until you board your flight back to Lima. At this time, Aria and Surtrek representatives will undoubtedly wish you a fond farewell …until the next time you visit South America. NOTE: Other local activities may be included as well, depending on the Aria’s recommended flight schedule.

Prices

Fisrt Deck

USD$ 9450

Second Deck

USD$ 9800

Included in the price

Included in these all-inclusive cruise rates are:

  • Groups transfers between vessel and Iquitos airport when arriving/departing on recommended flights
  • All meals while onboard
  • All off-boat excursions, led by knowledgeable guides
  • Premium selected wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving or departing on recommended flights
  • Use of all sports equipment for excursions, including kayaks and bicycles
  • Services of the on-board paramedic
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to and from Iquitos, Peru
  • International Flights
  • Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Boutique purchases

Friday - Arrival in Iquitos (Peru) – Marañon River Excursion – Boarding the Aria Amazon Riverboat

AM: 10:00 am: Flight from Lima to Iquitos, Peru – From the Peruvian capital city of Lima, Surtrek representatives will assist you with checking in for your two-hour flight to the country’s northeastern city of Iquitos, a rustic outpost that offers explorers the most direct and accessible path to the heart of the Amazon.

PM: 12:00 pm: Arrival in Iquitos – At the Iquitos airport, representatives of the Aria Amazon riverboat operation will be waiting to welcome you and assist you with your luggage. 1:00 pm: Transfer to the Nauta Lounge – From the airport, you will be driven in an air-conditioned vehicle through the scenic Peruvian countryside for your first glimpse at Amazonian wildlife, ecosystems, and local villages, as well as riverside and jungle landscapes. Enjoy the 1-1/2-hour drive to the small village of Nauta. You will be traveling along the only road out of town, which only goes as far as Nauta. 1:30 pm: Lunch – You will most likely be served a box lunch en route to the Aria Amazon’s Nauta Lounge; however, if you arrive on an early morning flight, you’ll be able to have your lunch at the lounge itself, which is a designer facility possessing its own refreshment area, relaxing cushioned chairs and bathroom facilities. 3:00 pm: Marañon River Excursion – After reaching the lounge, we will set off on your first skiff excursion along the Marañon River. During this ride, you can listen to the many species of Peruvian birds as they call their mates through the leafy canopy, learn about the habitats essential to the livelihoods of the endangered Amazon river dolphins, taricaya turtles and manatee. 6:00 pm: Boarding the Aria Amazon – We will then board the Aria Amazon, a river cruise ship that was custom-built to explore the Peruvian Amazon and the famed Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in absolute comfort and luxury. You will note, however, that the riverboat makes a minimal impact on the delicate Amazon river and the rainforest environment. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. 6:30 pm: Routine safety drill and introduction to the ship’s naturalist guides – 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 the Aria’s 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. 7:30 pm: 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 the Aria’s 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.). 8:30 pm: Free time to enjoy the ships ample number of amenities, which include a Jacuzzi, an indoor lounge and bar, and an outdoor observation deck. Perhaps sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring. Alternatively, you head to your cabin to relax and dream about the day ahead.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee, and fresh juice. We stop near a quiet place where you will see and hear quite a show put on by Mother Nature while you enjoy your meal. 8:00 am: Skiff Riding Excursion – We commence today’s adventures near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising along Yanayacu-Pucate River in the comfort of the Aria’s state-of-the-art skiffs. On the black water river, you can observe vibrant flora and fauna while looking for macaws and several species of primates like the capuchin and squirrel monkeys as well as the famous Amazon River dolphins, either pink or gray. Amazonian people hold the belief that these dolphins possess the magical power to turn into beautiful women and men. 10:00 am: Water Excursions – Kayak, canoe and swim in the unspoiled black waters of the Yanayacu-Pucate River, keeping eyes peeled for the Amazon’s legendary Pink dolphins.

PM: 12:00 pm: Return to the ship for lunch 2:00 pm: Village Visit – In the afternoon, we will visit a remote village along the Marañon River to learn about local traditions, customs and folklore. You will meet and interact with local villagers in this remote part of the world and find out about their day-to-day way of life. Walk with the Aria’s naturalist guides to see how Aria expeditions work with these communities to improve their natural resources management. We will learn about traditional uses of medicinal plants from a shaman whose knowledge of spiritual healing has been handed down from generation to generation since time immemorial. You will also have the opportunity to buy local handicrafts directly from the artisans. 5:00 pm: Return to the Aria / Free time to relax, freshen up and enjoy the ship’s Jacuzzi, the indoor lounge and bar, and the outdoor observation deck. 7:00 pm: Dinner – We will gather for innovative Amazonian and international cuisine. 8:00 pm: Star-gazing Activity – This evening’s focus is on the Aria’s hi-tech telescope, which you can use to peer into the night sky to identify planets and constellations. 9:30 pm: Free time to socialize and enjoy the ship’s facilities before turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee, and fresh juice. 8:00 am: Samiria River Skiff Excursion with optional fishing – After breakfast, we will set off by skiff for an excursion along the Samiria River with optional fishing. On the black water river, you can observe the vibrant flora and fauna while looking for macaws and several species of primates like the capuchin and squirrel monkeys.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch 1:30 pm: Rainforest Presentation – Listen carefully to the after-lunch flora and fauna lecture presented by the Aria’s naturalist guides. 3:00 pm: Jungle Hiking – Later this afternoon, we will venture out for a singularly thrilling jungle walk through the high Amazon rainforest. 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. 5:30 pm – Return to the ship / Free Time 6:30 pm: Staff Introductions – You will be introduced to the crew members who you may not have already met. These are the people who work “behind the scenes” to ensure you countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon. 7:00 pm: Dinner – We will gather for more innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Aria’s executive chef. While you dine, we will continue our journey upriver toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Marañon rivers merge. 8:00 pm: Free time and socializing until turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy a light breakfast on board, consisting of homemade baked goods, hot coffee, and fresh juice. 8:00 am: Amazonian Village Visit – This morning, we will visit the town of Nauta, which was founded in 1930. The village is the main point where villagers from around Amazonia come to sell the products they harvest in their rural communities. We’ll walk around Nauta to gain insights into the life of these coastal peoples. We will also visit the local fresh market, with your guides on hand to point out the different fish caught by the fishermen of Amazonia, and all types of indigenous fruits. 10:00 am – Free time to relax and enjoy the Aria’s social facilities

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – Enjoy a light lunch in the Aria’s air-conditioned dining room. 1:00 pm: Free time 3:00 pm: Reaching the Amazon Headwater – In the afternoon, as the Aria Amazon skirts the edge of the vast Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin), we will witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the birthplace of the Amazon River. Here, the junction of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form one of the greatest waterfalls in the world. You will witness one of the true spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere …certainly nature at its most captivating. 6:00 pm: Meet the New Passengers – Tonight you will meet the new passengers who have signed on for the four-night trip, as we start our journey together along the Marañon River. 7:00 pm: Dinner 8:00 pm: Free time and socializing until turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Fill up on the Aria’s sumptuous daily breakfast buffet, which features a wide variety of dishes, including Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:00 am: Ucayali River Exploration – This morning, board the skiff to explore a fascinating Ucayali River, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. As the local farmers and fishermen go about their business, we will search for Pink river dolphins in these pristine waters. Your guides will tell you about the jungle as we explore what scientists call a “gallery forest” because of its dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we explore this type of riparian vegetation, watch above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys. We will also have the opportunity to hike the Yanallpa Gorge, watching the forest and the animals that can be spotted along the way. 11:00 am: Return to Aria Amazon to relax

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch 1:00 pm: Presentation – Lecture on the Amazon given by the naturalist guides. 2:00 pm: Pacaya River Exploration and Piranha Fishing – This afternoon, you will board a small but comfortable motorboat to explore the blackwater Pacaya river. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water are always available in these boats. As we troll along, the occasional fisherman will paddle past in their homemade canoes. Keep your binoculars ready to spot terns, tropical songbirds, black hawks, monkeys and sloths necks that share this enchanted place with us. After our arrival at a particular point, you may use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas of the Amazon. As you fish, trained naturalist guides will tell you the story of the lake and its inhabitants. 4:30 pm: Return to Aria Amazon – Cold towels will be awaiting you back on board the Aria Amazon. As the ship continues down the Amazon River, before dinner you will have free time to rest, take a nap or marvel at the landscape passing by. 7:00 pm: Dinner: We will gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine in the ship’s air-conditioned dining room. 8:00 pm: Star-gazing Activity – This evening’s focus is on the Aria’s hi-tech telescope, which you can use to peer into the night sky to identify planets and constellations in the clear Amazonian heavens. 9:00 pm: Free time and socializing until turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Picnic Breakfast – Disembarking the ship, enjoy an early morning picnic breakfast, accompanied by a symphony real-life jungle sounds. 8:00 am: Expedition Along the Pacaya River – After eating, we will head out on an excursion along the Pacaya River, observing and exploring the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. You will 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, which can be quite funny. You will have a chance to visit and fish in some of the most beautiful lakes in the protected reserve and to meet some of the friendly local people who take care of the reserve’s natural resources. Your nature guides will discuss the Aria’s involvement in the natural resource management of Amazonia.

PM: 12:00 pm: Picnic Lunch – We will have a picnic lunch en route back to the Aria, and, as we return, you will be able to see the famous Ceiba tree, the tallest in the Amazon. 1:00 pm: Re-board the Aria / Free Time to relax 3:00 pm: Exploring the Ucayali & Tapiche Rivers – After lunch, we will venture out by skiff on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping our eyes out for two different kinds of freshwater dolphins, but especially the unusual Pink dolphins found in the Ucayali & Tapiche rivers. We’ll also spot arboreal lizards, iguanas and look up to catch a glimpse of some of the area’s 200 bird species. 6:00 pm: Return to the Aria Amazon 7:00 pm: Dinner 8:00 pm: Star-gazing Activity – This evening’s focus is on the Aria’s hi-tech telescope, which you can use to peer into the night sky to identify planets and constellations in the clear Amazonian heavens. 9:00 pm: Free time and socializing before turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast – Enjoy the Aria’s sumptuous daily breakfast buffet featuring a wide variety of dishes, including Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:00 am: Clavero Lake Exploration – This morning, you can go canoeing or kayaking in Yarapa or Clavero Lake. As we navigate these waters, you’ll see local villagers paddling in their traditional dugout canoes. You may wish to swim in one of these lake’s calm waters and visit the community to interact with Amazonia neighbors who will be pleased to welcome you. 11:00 am: Return to Aria Amazon. From this point, start sailing downstream toward Iquitos.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch 2:00 pm: San Jose Flooded Forest Hiking: This afternoon, we will disembark for a short jungle walk in the San Jose flooded forest and observe unforgettable giant water lilies. 4:30 pm: Return to Aria Amazon / Free time 6:30 pm: Meet in the lounge with the Aria’s naturalist guides for the Crew Presentation: This evening, the guides will introduce some of the crew members who you may not have already met. These are the people who work “behind the scenes” to ensure that your memorable trip is filled with countless exceptional experiences. 7:00 pm: Farewell Dinner 8:00 pm: Free time to socialize and enjoy the ship’s facilities before turning in for the night.

AM: 7:00 am: Breakfast & Packing Up – Return to the Aria for breakfast and to pack up. 8:00 am: Visiting Nauta Village – This morning, we will 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. Together we will walk around Nauta to gain insights into the daily life of these remotes people. 9:00 am – Manatee Rescue Center Excursion – Before saying goodbye, we visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. 10:30 am: Handicraft Market Excursion – We will also visit San Juan craft market on route to the airport.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch or box lunch – Lunch or a box lunch will be provided, depending on the exact departure flight time, which may vary. 1:30 pm: Departure – You will be driven to the Iquitos airport, where you will have plenty of time to check in and relax before your departing flight home or onward. Guides will help with check in at the airport and stay with you until you board your flight back to Lima. At this time, Aria and Surtrek representatives will undoubtedly wish you a fond farewell …until the next time you visit South America. NOTE: Other local activities may be included as well, depending on the Aria’s recommended flight schedule.

Prices

First Deck

USD$ 9450

Second Deck

USD$ 9800

Included in the price

Included in these all-inclusive cruise rates are:

  • Groups transfers between vessel and Iquitos airport when arriving/departing on recommended flights
  • All meals while onboard
  • All off-boat excursions, led by knowledgeable guides
  • Premium selected wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving or departing on recommended flights
  • Use of all sports equipment for excursions, including kayaks and bicycles
  • Services of the on-board paramedic
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to and from Iquitos, Peru
  • International Flights
  • Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Boutique purchases

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star rating  Si vives en Ecuador o vas a turismo a este hermoso país en América del Sur, te recomiendo Surtrek Day Tours, conocerás Quito, Guayaquil, las Galápagos de la mano de bien organizados y profesionales guías, mis amigos y yo estamos satisfechos de haberlos contratado.

Roberto139
February 26, 2016

star rating  Hola, estuve viajando con mi familia por Bolivia y Chile a través de Surtrek y el servicio fue excelente.

ebuenavida
January 29, 2020

star rating  Lo mejor es la vista de todo el centro histórico quiteño y recomendable ir de noche.
La comida es rica y sabrosa, los precios no son los mas económicos.

215lionell
June 22, 2016