AMAZON RIVER CRUISES
The Amazon Basin covers roughly 60% of Peru’s total territory.
This densely-forested region is one of the most biodiverse habitats on Earth; over 44% of Peru’s avian species and 65% of its mammal varieties are found here.
“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt–it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”
Peru’s tributaries merge with rivers from across the northern half of the continent, flowing over 3,000 miles from the Andes to the Atlantic.
Iquitos, in Peru’s far northeast, is an island city surrounded by three such rivers: the Nanay, Itaya and the Amazon.
Iquitos is the departure point for luxurious multi-day Amazon river cruises, including the M/V Aria, a 147-foot river expedition vessel, launched in 2011.
Naturalist Guides and Top-Notch Culinary Team
Guests (up to 32) are supported by a staff of 27 crewmembers, including three naturalist guides and a top-notch culinary team. Each of the 16 suites features air conditioning and outward-facing panoramic windows.
Two sets of first deck suites are interconnecting.
Common area amenities include an indoor bar/lounge, indoor dining room, outside lounge, jetted tub, exercise room, massage room, and observation deck.
Exotic Wildlife Watching & Birding
Three, four, and seven-night cruise programs are available year-round.
Each day, guests are presented with full or half-day options to explore narrow river branches, visit indigenous communities, or view exotic wildlife.
Longer cruise programs visit the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, spanning more than five million acres. Here, visitors can observe pink river dolphins, monkeys, sloths, caimans, and a rainbow of birds.
From the town of Shell, a 35-minute scenic flight reaches the Amazon community of Quehueri´ono.
The remaining journey to the lodge is made by dugout canoe. Total travel time is approximately six hours, with numerous stops along the way.
The return trip includes a land transfer from Shiripuno River Bridge to the town of Coca, followed by a 30-minute commercial flight to Quito.
As this is a rainforest region, the climate is humid and tropical—the average temperature is 90° F, with averages varying from 80° F to a steamy 100° F. March through June is rainy season, known for its swollen rivers.