Overview

Experience the world as it was at the very beginning of time by sailing the waters of the mighty Amazon and discover Peru’s Pacaya Samiria National Park. About the size of Belgium, it is like nowhere else in the world. It is truly nature at its most unspoiled and most lovely.

Explore a black water lake deep in the park to find a group of bubble-gum-pink dolphins gracefully jumping and ready to play.

Experience a brief, Amazonian rain shower and afterwards be rewarded with a vast rainbow arcing overhead, filling the enormous sky with color.

Hike to an area where six-feet-wide Victoria Regia water lilies burst into bloom at twilight.

Discover Amazon birds, hundreds of species the colors of an artist’s palette. Sometimes it is hard to imagine that such colors exist in nature.

Your journey will also give you the opportunity to meet and interact with the local people who live along the river. Tiny villages, not often visited by outsiders, provide a warm welcome, allowing you to experience a way of life that has remained the same for centuries. It will be a highlight of your journey.

When is the best time to go?

Our Peruvian Amazon programs operate year-round, and every voyage is uniquely appealing, based on the changing seasons. During the high water season, the river and estuaries grow, allowing launch boats to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the low water season, the river recedes and beautiful sandy river beaches form.

The Amazon, one of life’s great travel experiences!

 

Sample Itinerary

Pacaya Samiria Reserve, located on the headwaters of the Amazon basin, spans more than five million acres. Twice the size of Yellowstone Park, it teems with wildlife and aquatic life.

Guests may choose three, four, or seven-night itineraries. Each day will bring amazing new wonders, as you set out with guides in a fleet of three launches to float toward the source of the mighty Amazon.

You will explore the small inlets and various winding river systems that make up the flooded forest. Our guests will have the opportunity to see hundreds of species, including the endangered pink Amazon dolphin, black caiman, and three toed sloths.

Daily water-based excursions on comfortable launch boats allow guests to experience such wonders as pink dolphins, black caiman and three-toes sloths. Hike to beautiful area to see six-foot-wide water lilies bloom at twilight, or fish for sharp-toothed piranha, and interact with the people who live along the river.

The Aria’s expert guides, provide rich narrative detail about life along the Amazon, they will truly enrich your journey with stories about the life and folklore of the area. In fact, many of the guides grew up in Amazonia.

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Dates/Pricing

2018 Prices

 Design Suite
  7 Night Itinerary 4 Night Itinerary   3 Night Itinerary
First Deck Suites $8,925 $5,100 $3,825
Second Deck Suites 9,275 $5,300 $3,975

 

2019 Prices

 Design Suite
  7 Night Itinerary 4 Night Itinerary   3 Night Itinerary
First Deck Suites $9,450 $5,400 $4,050
Second Deck Suites $9,800 $5,600 $4,200

Prices are in US Dollars. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

Children Discount:
20% discount for children 12 years of age and younger. If the child is the third person in the room, sleeping on a sofa bed, $500 per night. (Seven year minimum age requirement.)

Single Supplement:
25% additional charge.

Triple Occupancy:
20% discount for third person in the cabin (sleeping on sofa bed.)

Prices Include:
Accommodations on board the Aria
All excursions
All meals
Beverages (non-alcohol, select premium wines, sparkling wine and national beer)
Bike use
Group transfers to/from the Aria when arriving and departing on recommended flights
Pacaya Samira entrance fees

Prices Do Not Include:
International and domestic airfare
Guide and crew gratuities
Items of a personal nature (boutique purchases)
Private transfers
Spa services
Visas
Travel insurance

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Accommodations

 

The Aria

It took 200 people and a full year to build one of the world’s most luxurious small ships, the elegant 147-foot, M/V Aria.

Its sixteen 250-square-foot luxury design suites, all feature floor-to-ceiling windows that frame nature at its most exotic. Spacious en-suite bathrooms with “rain” showers add an elegant touch, and central air conditioning ensures comfort. Several-times-daily cabin service ensures that your suite is always fresh and perfect. Add to that a sun deck, an outdoor Jacuzzi and exercise room, and an open-air deck that is perfect for watching wildlife along the shore during the day or sipping a pisco sour while stargazing at night.

You’ll be served by a crew of 27, including a cruise director, paramedic and four skilled, English-speaking naturalist guides.

Lima’s superstar chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose Malabar Restaurant was named one of the World’s Best 100 Restaurants by the 2011 Pellegrino Awards serves as Executive Chef. That means that he designs the menus served onboard the M/V Aria. Schiaffino’s dishes draw on ultra-fresh ingredients from the rainforest, abundant fresh fruit, local caught-this-morning fish, and his own creativity. Imagine a meal that starts with sachaculantro and sweet chili bread, followed by Amazon bass tiradito with cocona sauce, topped by a dessert of pineapple chips with coconut foam and passion fruit sauce. The variety of fresh-baked breads, the extensive wine list, and of course, the “national drink,” Peru’s most popular Pisco sour, all add to the culinary experience. The opportunity to enjoy gourmet Peruvian fare puts our guests at the cutting-edge of Peru’s culinary world.

 

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Extensions

Most people combine this trip with our “Highlights of Peru” itinerary. Please click here for details.

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