Aqua Amazon Cruises
3 night / 4 Day
Day 1: Saturday Lima - Iquitos/Amazon River. (D)
3:30 p.m Depart Lima on LAN AIRLINES LA 2382
5:15 p.m. Arrive Iquitos International Airport.
After you’ve claimed your luggage, you will be met and transferred to the main wharf to board the luxurious M/V Aqua your home for the next three nights.
6:00 p.m. Embarkation and check-in
As you settle into your suite, the M/V Aqua leave port beginning of one of the great adventures of your life. Stand on the Upper Deck to take in the view, as the you leave Iquitos behind.
Over the next three days, you will also sail along the largest tributaries of the Amazon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure, to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travellers.
7:30 p.m. Safety drill and briefing on the Top Deck
You will learn about life on board, and will have the first of the nightly briefings about your adventure to follow. You will meet the naturalist guides and the cruise director, who will use video, photos, and maps to explain the details of your adventure to follow.
8:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner - Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino of Malabar Restaurant, one of the best in Lima. Perhaps enjoy a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring.
Day 2: Sunday Amazon/Tahuayo Rivers & Charo Lake (B,L,D)
This morning an early morning Skiff Expedition on the Amazon River
Experience your first glimpse of the majestic Amazon River, as you watch the sun rise over this green world filled with wonderful wildlife. Return for breakfast and then board the skiffs to take an excursion of Tahuayo River Exploration and Fishing Trip at Charo Lake. You will travel from the Amazon through the Huaysi short-cut canal to explore the Tahuayo Black Water River. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold potable water will always be available for you on board the skiffs. As we float down the Tahuayo, spotting occasional fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys and sloth, share this wonderful environment with us. Upon arrival at Charo Lake, you can bait your hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia’s fearsome piranhas (and other fish as well).
Return to the M/V Aqua where icy cold towels await you. The vessel continues up the Amazon River, you have some time to relax before lunch.
4:00 p.m. Yacapana Islands Exploration and Dolphin Sighting
Locals call the Yacapana Islands the “Iguana Islands,” because of the huge population of these reptiles - like tiny dinosaurs - crawling over the ground and resting in the tree tops. As the sun sets, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and photograph both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. The people of the Amazon believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations.
6:30 p.m. Return to the vessel and continue our journey upstream, toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali, Marañon, and the Amazon Rivers merge.
Day 3: Monday Maranon River/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
This morning your Naturalist will take you on a guided Jungle Walk in the Primary Forest and tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of these projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. Your Guide may also show you the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle eggs. Then we will take you deep into the jungle, where you will encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the important medical value of jungle plants. And we will show you famous Kapok Trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin.
3:30 p.m. Aboard the skiffs take a Monkey, Dolphin and Caiman Expedition, you are likely to see howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, and a vast variety of birds. You are also apt to see the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins - including the unusual pink ones - found in the Amazon. Later, keep your eyes directed toward the jungle canopy, where you can spot at least several kinds of primates. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more than 200 species of birds. As the sun sets and our searchlight comes on, keep your eyes out for caimans, tree boas, tarantulas, and frogs. After this night adventure, the M/V Aqua will start sailing downstream on the Marañon River, back toward the headwaters of the Amazon.
Day 4: Tuesday Yucuruche Lake / Birthplace of the Amazon / Puerto
Prado Village Visit / Iquitos (B,L)
Rise early and be on your skiff at 6:30a to travel by skiff along the Ucayali River to Yucuruche Lake, where we will walk a little way into the jungle to see the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies or “Victoria Regias”. You will be one of a very small number of people who have ever seen these plants bloom.
After breakfast the M/V Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. We board the skiffs to view one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the birthplace of the Amazon River. Here - where the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, form the world’s greatest waterway - nature is at its most dramatic. Your morning excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in small boats past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds.
We will then travel by skiff to Puerto Prado native village, where you will meet and interact with the hospitable native Cocama Indians.
1:15 p.m. You will disembark at the Manatee Rescue Centre where you will have time to visit and learn about the work carried out by the biologist and volunteers before being transferred to the Airport
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Iquitos International Airport
Your guides will help you with check-in, and will stay with you until you have boarded your flight back to Lima.
5:50 p.m. Depart Lima on LAN Airlines flight Lima LA 2383
(above itinerary applies for Jun-Nov, revised itinerary on request for Dec-May departures )
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Dates & Prices
Departures: 4 Day Cruise Every Saturday
5 Day Cruise Every Tuesday
8 Day Cruise Every Saturday
Prices Per Person US$
2014 Prices: Suite Master Suite4 Days $2850 $3000
5 Days $3800 $4000
8 Days $6650 $7000
Single Supplement Add 25% to fare