When you board the M/VAqua. The first luxury expedition vessel ever to
sail the Amazon and its tributaries, you will be embarking on a journey that
will be taken by only a select few. It is an unforgettable combination of 5 stars accommodation and pristine
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 Iquitos’ main wharf there the luxurious M/V Aqua, your home
for the next three nights, awaits you.
Embarkation and check-in from the moment you step on board, you will
enjoy the M/V Aqua’s atmosphere of low-key luxury. As you settle into your
handsomely appointed over-sized suite, you will feel the vessel begin to
move; the beginning of one of the great adventures of your life. Stand on
the Upper Deck to take in the view, as the M/V Aqua leaves
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 travelers.
Safety Drill and Briefing on the Top Deck Before dinner we will perform
a routine safety drill. Then it’s into the air-conditioned lounge, where you
will learn about life onboard, 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.
Welcome Dinner Sit down, relax, sample some south fine American wine,
and enjoy the truly world-class cuisine, created by Executive Chef Pedro
Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of the best in all of
Lima. Schiaffino’s recipes, with their imaginative use of local products –
fruit, fish, and spices – make every meal a delightful adventure. (The menu
always offers choices, including a vegetarian option.) Toast the beginning
of a beautiful journey.) Perhaps enjoy a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under
the stars, before retiring.
Day 2: AMAZON AND TAHUAYO RIVERS / CHARO LAKE / YACAPANA ISLANDS (B-L-D)
See the Sun Rise over the River Be up early to catch your first glimpse
of the majestic Amazon River, as you watch the sun rise over this green
world filled with wonderful wildlife. This initial contact with Amazonia is
only a brief sampling of what the rest of your journey will hold.
Breakfast our sumptuous daily breakfast buffet features a wide choice of
traditional breakfast egg dishes, Peruvian specialties, and fresh-squeezed
juices, made from tropical fruits you’ve never tasted before.
Tahuayo River Exploration and Fishing Trip at Charo Lake This morning
it’s back aboard our comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure,
traveling from the Amazon through the Huaysi short-cut canal to explore the
Tahuayo Blackwater 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, occasional fishermen paddling their dug-out
canoes will give us a cheerful greeting. 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). As you fish, trained
guides will also tell you the story of the lake and its inhabitants.
Return to the M/V Aqua Icy cold towels await you, as you transfer from
your skiffs into the M/V Aqua. As the vessel continues up the
you have some time to relax, or perhaps even take a nap, before lunch.
Lunch Enjoy lighter mid-day fare in our air-conditioned dining room.
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. We will pass by in the skiff, giving you a chance to snap
good photos. 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 believed that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome
men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations.
To the Headwaters We will return to the M/V Aqua vessel and continue our
journey upstream, toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the
Ucayali, Marañon, and the Amazon Rivers merge. Perhaps sip a pre-dinner
Camu-Camu Sour on the Upper Deck, while you watch the sun set.
Guided Jungle Walk in the primary forest, this morning your Naturalist
Guide will tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in
Amazonia, and will take you to 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 medicinal value of many jungle plants. We will also show
you famous Kapok Trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon
Return to the M/V Aqua
Lunch, followed by a nap
Monkey, Dolphin and Caiman Expedition In this late afternoon skiff
excursion, 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—some of the 13 species of monkeys resident in the National Park.
Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of tamarins and dusky titi monkeys, as well
as pigmy marmoset monkeys. 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.
Arrive at the M/V Aqua. Enjoy a hot shower and a cool drink, before
heading to the dining room. The M/V Aqua will start to sail downstream on
the Marañon River, back toward the headwaters of the Amazon.
Day 4: YUCURUCHE LAKE / BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMAZON / PUERTO PRADO VILLAGE
Ucayali River and Yucuruche Lake Rise early and be on your skiff early.
This morning your skiffs we take you 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.” Bring
your cameras. You will be one of a very small number of people who have ever
seen these luxuriant plants bloom.
Birthplace of the Amazon/Puerto Prado Village This morning, the M/V Aqua
skirts the edges of the vast
National 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 two major tributaries—the Ucayali
and the Marañon—unite to form the world’s greatest waterway. Here, you will
experience nature 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 get to know the hospitable Cocama Indians. They will share their
culture, traditions, and folklore with you and you will have the opportunity
to purchase some of their delightful folk art and crafts.
Return to the M/V Aqua
Lunch Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before preparing
for your onward journey.
Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer to the Airport Before we
head for the airport, we will take you to visit the Manatee Rescue Center,
where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that
conservation authorities have seized from local people. Biologists will give
a presentation about the project and its efforts to help these helpless
mammals. You will also see how the manatees are cared for and are prepared
for re-introduction into their natural habitat.
All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other
conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to
High water season: December to May
Low water season: June to November
The difference between high and low water season will be some of the
Cancellations made 131 days or more
before departure will be subject to a penalty of US$ 300 per person.
Cancellations made 130 to 101 days
prior to departure will be subject to a penalty of US$ 550.00 per person.
Cancellations made 100 days or less
prior to departure, full payment will be applied as the cancellation
All meals while on board
All beverages (alcoholic and non
alcoholic with exception of Premium brands)
Transfer to/from vessel when
arriving on recommended flights
Pacaya Samiria entrance fee.
Flight tickets to any destiny
Tips to porters, guides or crew
Additional expenses for any
unforeseen circumstance (medical emergencies, etc)
Bar or shop purchases
Personal expenses or insurance
rates are per person, in US $ dollars.
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