The luxury riverboat Aria Amazon navigates a winding river through the lush green jungle of the Peruvian Amazon.
Open-air aluminum boat with 10 travelers & 1 guide floats through dense aquatic foliage beside the jungle forest in the Amazon.
adventure travelers take pictures into the amazonian jungle canopy from small boats
sloth with baby hanging in the canopy on the aria amazon river cruise
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South America Amazon Cruise

Aria Amazon River Cruise

Experience the world as it was at the very beginning of time, when wildlife was rich and abundant, when trees grew tall and flowers bloomed everywhere. During your luxurious Amazon River cruise aboard the 32-guest Aria Amazon, explore winding jungle creeks by motorized skiff and stop at remote villages to search for local crafts. Journey along three powerful Amazon tributaries: the Marañón, Ucayali and Pacaya Rivers as well as several hidden black water lakes in both high-water and low-water seasons. In this glorious environment, parrots and macaws perch in trees, fuzzy howler monkeys leap from branch to branch and prehistoric-looking caiman swim by. Rare pink dolphins arc through the water, giant Victoria Regia water lilies abound and you won’t be able to help but practice your photography skills.

Be aware that two main seasons influence the Peruvian Amazon River: a high-water season (November through May) and a low-water season (June through October). Traveling to Peru in either season offers rich rewards, fabulous sites and amazing opportunities to view plant and animal life, but note that only high-water routes cruise along the Amazon River. The Aria Amazon sails 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.

Cruise in comfort aboard the Aria Amazon, a luxury Amazon riverboat with chic styling and plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure none of the wildlife is missed. This vessel is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to her classy feel and size. 

The Aria Amazon River cruise is offered as either an 8-day, 5-day or 4-day cruise, departing Fridays and Mondays, to provide the Amazon experience that is best for you. Note that itineraries are subject to changes to accommodate the variable water levels for the different seasons.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Amazon cruises and Amazon trips.



Itinerary

8-Day High-Water Itinerary

The 8-day High-Water expedition generally operates November through May. Touch the Ucayali, Marañon and Amazon Rivers. High-Water departures can mean more rain, encouraging fruiting and flowering of plants and riverside wildlife activity, as well as more extensive exploration and access via water.

Route map of Aria Amazon River Cruise 8-day high-water itinerary, round-trip from Iquitos, Peru, sailing round-trip from Nauta with visits along the Maranon & Ucayali rivers.
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Day 1
FRI - Arrive Iquitos, Peru, Transfer to Nauta & Embark

Arrive on a Noon flight and receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by your crew. Board your private transfer to downtown Iquitos, for a panoramic city tour and a welcome lunch. Then transfer to Nauta port for embarkation.

Settle into your generously sized suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to your naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aria Amazon’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SAT - Amazon River, Yacapana Islands & Nauta Caño River

Start the day with early morning birdwatching along the majestic Amazon River. After breakfast, head out for a skiff excursion along the Yanayacu Yacapana River, a tributary of the Amazon River, in search of wildlife including parrots, hawks, monkeys and sloths. In the evening, embark on a wildlife excursion on the black waters of Nauta Caño River. End the night with extraordinary stargazing.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Yanayacu Pucate River, Marañon River, Village Visit & Jungle Walks

Begin the day’s adventures near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising along Yanayacu Pucate in the comfort of our private skiffs. Visit an Amazon village to interact with native riberenos (people of the river) and witness a demonstration of Aguaje palm harvesting. Kayak, canoe, and swim in the area’s enchanting black waters, while staying on the lookout for the legendary pink dolphins. After lunch, take a jungle walk in Casual’s Forest and look for flora and fauna including medicinal trees, insects and poison dart frogs.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
MON - Nauta, Birthplace of the Amazon & Marañon River

This morning, visit the local fresh market with your guides who can identify the day’s catch by the Amazonian fishermen as well as the region’s exotic fruits. After breakfast, take a short boat ride along the Marañon River and visit an experienced beekeeper in the community of San Francisco. In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the birthplace of the Amazon River. At night, meet the new passengers who have signed on for the four-night trip, as the ship starts the journey along the Marañon River.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
TUE - Ucayali River, Yanallpa Creek & Dorado Lake

If you wish, get an early start and head out for a wildlife search along the Ucayali River. Later, head out on skiffs in search of pink river dolphins and witness the local farmers and fishermen go about their business. At dusk, ride along the black waters of El Dorado River, searching for the mysterious wildlife that comes out after dark.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
WED - Ucayali River, Puinahua River & Zapote River

Start the day with a hearty breakfast, before heading out to explore the Zapote River on skiffs. This will be a full-day river safari with a picnic lunch under the Amazonian shade. Walk in the floodplain forest and learn about the medicinal trees, insects and frogs which inhabit the region. Later, cruise along the Ucayali River and enjoy the stunning sunset.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
THU - Clavero Lake, Ucayali River & Yarapa River

Start the day searching for wildlife along the Ucayali River. After breakfast, choose to go canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the blackwater Clavero Lake, or visit an Amazonian village. In the afternoon, explore the Yarapa River by skiff, in search of different kinds of wildlife. This evening before dinner, meet the crew members who have been working behind the scenes to ensure your exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
FRI - Market, Disembark Nauta, Manatee Rescue Center & Depart Iquitos, Peru

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon. Return to Aria Amazon for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Overnight accommodations aboard the Aria Amazon; all meals while cruising; all excursions; non-alcoholic beverages; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee.

Exclusions

Airfare; guide and crew gratuities; alcoholic beverages; boutique purchases; private transfers to/from vessel; spa services; visas; insurance of any kind; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $500 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Aria Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Plan flights to arrive to Iquitos between 12:00pm noon and 2:00pm on Day 1, in order to participate in a city tour and lunch prior to transfer; otherwise, arrive by 5:00pm to make the transfer to Nauta for embarkation. Group transfers to/from vessel are provided when arriving and departing on recommended flights. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Disembarkation is from 8:30-8:45am on the final day. Plan flights to depart Iquitos no earlier than 12:00pm on the final day (flights may be available up to 5:00pm). If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether it’s in a kayak or on foot, the Aria Amazon offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, fishing and visiting local communities. The ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level.

Themed Departures

The Aria Amazon has special guest-hosted departures bringing aboard celebrity chefs, the company founder and environmental experts.

Skiff Rides

Two or three daily excursions in customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, which carry up to eight passengers each, showcase the unique wildlife, birds and plantlife of Amazonia. Search for armored catfish, red bellied piranhas and the beady-eyed heads of spectacled caimans in the enigmatic black waters. Above water, see yellow spotted Amazon River turtles, sapphire blue beaked Amazon kingfishers streak past and antediluvian prehistoric hoatzin birds alight on high branches near dusky Titi monkeys playing in the tree canopy.

Kayaking, Swimming & Fishing

Kayak the calm waters of the Amazon River while keeping an eye out for Amazon wildlife. Highly-trained guides lead skiffs to one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools on the earth, cosseted by lush tropical rain forest. In the black waters of the Pacaya River, try fishing for vibrant red-bellied piranhas, a fun activity for new and passionate anglers.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Kids 5 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount. Children under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed as the third guest sharing with two full-fare adults pays $500 per night.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on the high-water season of November through May and low-water season of June through October. The itinerary may occasionally be altered slightly for safety or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. The ability to be flexible makes this style of small ship cruising unique.

8-Day Low-Water Itinerary

The 8-day Low-Water expedition generally operates June through October and focuses on village visits along the Ucayali, Marañon and Amaazon Rivers. Low-Water departures can mean less rain which may allow for guided walks on rainforest trails and sandy river beaches.

Route map of Aria Amazon River Cruise 8-day low-water itinerary, round-trip from Iquitos, Peru, sailing round-trip from Nauta with visits along the Amazon, Maranon & Ucayali rivers.
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Day 1
FRI - Arrive Iquitos, Peru, Transfer to Nauta & Embark

Arriving on a noon flight, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by your crew. Board your private transfer to downtown Iquitos, for a panoramic city tour and a welcome lunch. Then transfer to Nauta port for embarkation. Settle into your generously sized suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to your naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aria Amazon’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
SAT - Clavero Lake, Ucayali River & Yarapa River

Start the day searching for incredible wildlife along the Ucayali River, including parrots, egrets, hawks and monkeys. After breakfast, choose to go canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the blackwater Clavero Lake, or visit an Amazonian village where you can interact with native riberenos (people of the river). At dusk, explore the Yarapa River in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Amazon River, Tahuayo River & San Pedro Forest

As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the extraordinary Amazon River. After breakfast, explore the Tahuayo River, a blackwater tributary of the Amazon River, while your naturalist guides share stories of Amazonia. After lunch, take a jungle walk at San Pedro or Puerto Prado’s forest to learn about the Amazonian flora and fauna.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
MON - Nauta, Village Visit & Birthplace of the Amazon

This morning, visit the local fresh market with your guides who can identify the day’s catch by the Amazonian fishermen as well as the region’s exotic fruits. After breakfast, take a short boat ride along Marañon River and visit an experienced beekeeper in the community of San Francisco. In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the birthplace of the Amazon River. At night, meet the new passengers who have signed on for the 4-night trip, as the boat starts her journey along the Marañon River.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
TUE - Marañon River & Yanayacu Pucate River

Get an early start to the day with a birdwatching excursion along the Marañon River. After breakfast, explore the blackwaters of Yanayacu Pucate River with the possibility to see sloths, great egrets, parrots and Taricaya turtles. Visit an Amazon village to witness a demonstration of Aguaje palm harvesting. After lunch, go fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas and for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
WED - Samiria River & Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

The rewards of your early start today are plentiful, including a picnic lunch under the Amazonian shade, orchestrated to the sound of the jungle symphony. Go fishing along the black waters of Samiria River and choose to go on a jungle walk, canoeing, kayaking, or swimming inside the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Later, cruise along the Ucayali River and enjoy the sunset.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
THU - Puerto Prado Forest & Amazon River

After breakfast, embark on a morning skiff excursion on the Marañon River. Make sure to bring along your binoculars to try to spot sloths and birds along this majestic river. In the afternoon, sail along the river to go to Puerto Prado, an indigenous village where there’ll be an opportunity to see giant water lilies.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Market, Disembark Nauta, Manatee Rescue Center & Depart Iquitos, Peru

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon. Return to Aria Amazon for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Overnight accommodations aboard the Aria Amazon; all meals while cruising; all excursions; non-alcoholic beverages; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee.

Exclusions

Airfare; guide and crew gratuities; alcoholic beverages; boutique purchases; private transfers to/from vessel; spa services; visas; insurance of any kind; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $500 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Aria Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Plan flights to arrive to Iquitos between 12:00pm noon and 2:00pm on Day 1, in order to participate in a city tour and lunch prior to transfer; otherwise, arrive by 5:00pm to make the transfer to Nauta for embarkation. Group transfers to/from vessel are provided when arriving and departing on recommended flights. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Disembarkation is from 8:30-8:45am on the final day. Plan flights to depart Iquitos no earlier than 12:00pm on the final day (flights may be available up to 5:00pm). If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether it’s in a kayak or on foot, the Aria Amazon offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, fishing and visiting local communities. The ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level.

Themed Departures

The Aria Amazon has special guest-hosted departures bringing aboard celebrity chefs, the company founder and environmental experts.

Skiff Rides

Two or three daily excursions in customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, which carry up to eight passengers each, showcase the unique wildlife, birds and plantlife of Amazonia. Search for armored catfish, red bellied piranhas and the beady-eyed heads of spectacled caimans in the enigmatic black waters. Above water, see yellow spotted Amazon River turtles, sapphire blue beaked Amazon kingfishers streak past and antediluvian prehistoric hoatzin birds alight on high branches near dusky Titi monkeys playing in the tree canopy.

Kayaking, Swimming & Fishing

Kayak the calm waters of the Amazon River while keeping an eye out for Amazon wildlife. Highly-trained guides lead skiffs to one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools on the earth, cosseted by lush tropical rain forest. In the black waters of the Pacaya River, try fishing for vibrant red-bellied piranhas, a fun activity for new and passionate anglers.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Kids 5 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount. Children under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed as the third guest sharing with two full-fare adults pays $500 per night.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on the high-water season of November through May and low-water season of June through October. The itinerary may occasionally be altered slightly for safety or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. The ability to be flexible makes this style of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day High-Water Itinerary

The 5-day High-Water expedition generally operates November through May and focuses on exploration along the Ucayali River. High-Water departures can mean more rain, encouraging fruiting and flowering of plants and riverside wildlife activity, as well as more extensive exploration and access via water.

Route map of Aria Amazon River Cruise 5-day high-water itinerary, round-trip from Iquitos, Peru, sailing round-trip from Nauta with visits along the Ucayali river.
Read More
Day 1
MON - Arrive Iquitos, Peru, Transfer to Nauta & Embark

Arrive on a noon flight and receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by your crew. Board your private transfer to downtown Iquitos, for a panoramic city tour and a welcome lunch. Then transfer to Nauta port for embarkation. Settle into your generously sized suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to your naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aria Amazon’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
TUE - Ucayali River, Yanallpa Creek & Dorado Lake

If you wish, get an early start and head out for a wildlife search along the Ucayali River. Later, head out on skiffs in search of pink river dolphins and witness the local farmers and fishermen go about their business. At dusk, ride along the blackwaters of El Dorado River, searching for the mysterious wildlife that comes out after dark.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
WED - Ucayali River, Puinahua River & Zapote River

Start the day with a hearty breakfast, before heading out to explore the Zapote River on skiffs. This will be a full-day river safari with a picnic lunch under the Amazonian shade. Walk in the floodplain forest and learn about the medicinal trees, insects and frogs which inhabit the region. Later, cruise along the Ucayali River and enjoy the stunning sunset.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
THU - Clavero Lake, Ucayali River & Yarapa River

Start the day searching for wildlife along the Ucayali River. After breakfast, choose to go canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the blackwater Clavero Lake or visit an Amazonian village. In the afternoon, explore the Yarapa River by skiff, in search of different kinds of wildlife. This evening before dinner, meet the crew members who have been working behind the scenes to ensure your exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
FRI - Market, Disembark Nauta, Manatee Rescue Center & Depart Iquitos, Peru

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon. Return to Aria Amazon for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Overnight accommodations aboard the Aria Amazon; all meals while cruising; all excursions; non-alcoholic beverages; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee.

Exclusions

Airfare; guide and crew gratuities; alcoholic beverages; boutique purchases; private transfers to/from vessel; spa services; visas; insurance of any kind; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $500 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Aria Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Plan flights to arrive to Iquitos between 12:00pm noon and 2:00pm on Day 1, in order to participate in a city tour and lunch prior to transfer; otherwise, arrive by 5:00pm to make the transfer to Nauta for embarkation. Group transfers to/from vessel are provided when arriving and departing on recommended flights. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Disembarkation is from 8:30-8:45am on the final day. Plan flights to depart Iquitos no earlier than 12:00pm on the final day (flights may be available up to 5:00pm). If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether it’s in a kayak or on foot, the Aria Amazon offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, cycling, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, fishing and visiting local communities. The ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level.

Themed Departures

The Aria Amazon has special guest-hosted departures bringing aboard celebrity chefs, the company founder and environmental experts.

Skiff Rides

Two or three daily excursions in customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, which carry up to eight passengers each, showcase the unique wildlife, birds and plantlife of Amazonia. Search for armored catfish, red bellied piranhas and the beady-eyed heads of spectacled caimans in the enigmatic black waters. Above water, see yellow spotted Amazon River turtles, sapphire blue beaked Amazon kingfishers streak past and antediluvian prehistoric hoatzin birds alight on high branches near dusky Titi monkeys playing in the tree canopy.

Kayaking, Swimming & Fishing

Kayak the calm waters of the Amazon River while keeping an eye out for Amazon wildlife. Highly-trained guides lead skiffs to one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools on the earth, cosseted by lush tropical rain forest. In the black waters of the Pacaya River, try fishing for vibrant red-bellied piranhas, a fun activity for new and passionate anglers.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Kids 5 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount. Children under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed as the third guest sharing with two full-fare adults pays $500 per night.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on the high-water season of November through May and low-water season of June through October. The itinerary may occasionally be altered slightly for safety or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. The ability to be flexible makes this style of small ship cruising unique.

4-Day High-Water Itinerary

The 4-day High-Water expedition generally operates November through May and focuses on exploration along the Maranon and Amazon Rivers. High-Water departures can mean more rain, encouraging fruiting and flowering of plants and riverside wildlife activity, as well as more extensive exploration and access via water.

Route map of Aria Amazon River Cruise 4-day high-water itinerary, round-trip from Iquitos, Peru, sailing round-trip from Nauta with visits along the Maranon river.
Read More
Day 1
FRI - Arrive Iquitos, Peru, Transfer to Nauta & Embark

Arriving on a Noon flight and receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by your crew. Board your private transfer to downtown Iquitos, for a panoramic city tour and a welcome lunch. Then transfer to Nauta port for embarkation. Settle into your generously sized suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to your naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aria Amazon’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
SAT - Amazonas River, Yacapana Islands & Nauta Caño River

Start the day with early morning birdwatching along the majestic Amazon River. After breakfast, head out for a skiff excursion along the Yanayacu Yacapana River, a tributary of the Amazon River, in search of wildlife including parrots, hawks, monkeys and sloths. In the evening, embark on a wildlife excursion on the black waters of Nauta Caño River. End the night with extraordinary stargazing.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
SUN - Yanayacu Pucate River, Marañon River, Village Visit & Jungle Walks

Begin the day’s adventures near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising along Yanayacu Pucate in the comfort of our private skiffs. Visit an Amazon village to interact with native riberenos (people of the river) and witness a demonstration of Aguaje palm harvesting. Kayak, canoe, and swim in the area’s enchanting black waters, while staying on the lookout for the legendary pink dolphins. After lunch, take a jungle walk in Casual’s Forest and look for flora and fauna including medicinal trees, insects and poison dart frogs.

Accommodations

Aria Amazon

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
FRI - Market, Disembark Nauta, Manatee Rescue Center & Depart Iquitos, Peru

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon. Return to Aria Amazon for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Overnight accommodations aboard the Aria Amazon; all meals while cruising; all excursions; non-alcoholic beverages; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee.

Exclusions

Airfare; guide and crew gratuities; alcoholic beverages; boutique purchases; private transfers to/from vessel; spa services; visas; insurance of any kind; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $500 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Aria Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Plan flights to arrive to Iquitos between 12:00pm noon and 2:00pm on Day 1, in order to participate in a city tour and lunch prior to transfer; otherwise, arrive by 5:00pm to make the transfer to Nauta for embarkation. Group transfers to/from vessel are provided when arriving and departing on recommended flights. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Disembarkation is from 8:30-8:45am on the final day. Plan flights to depart Iquitos no earlier than 12:00pm on the final day (flights may be available up to 5:00pm). If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether it’s in a kayak or on foot, the Aria Amazon offers active ways to explore life along the amazing Amazon River. Adventure activities may include skiff rides, kayaking, cycling, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, fishing and visiting local communities. The ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level.

Themed Departures

The Aria Amazon has special guest-hosted departures bringing aboard celebrity chefs, the company founder and environmental experts.

Skiff Rides

Two or three daily excursions in customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, which carry up to eight passengers each, showcase the unique wildlife, birds and plantlife of Amazonia. Search for armored catfish, red bellied piranhas and the beady-eyed heads of spectacled caimans in the enigmatic black waters. Above water, see yellow spotted Amazon River turtles, sapphire blue beaked Amazon kingfishers streak past and antediluvian prehistoric hoatzin birds alight on high branches near dusky Titi monkeys playing in the tree canopy.

Kayaking, Swimming & Fishing

Kayak the calm waters of the Amazon River while keeping an eye out for Amazon wildlife. Highly-trained guides lead skiffs to one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools on the earth, cosseted by lush tropical rain forest. In the black waters of the Pacaya River, try fishing for vibrant red-bellied piranhas, a fun activity for new and passionate anglers.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Kids 5 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount. Children under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed as the third guest sharing with two full-fare adults pays $500 per night.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on the high-water season of November through May and low-water season of June through October. The itinerary may occasionally be altered slightly for safety or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. The ability to be flexible makes this style of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Details

High-water season is November to May and allows for more extensive exploration and access via water. Low-water season is June through October and may allow for more trail walks.

Itineraries span varying days of the week, depending on trip length: 4 Day Friday-Monday, 5 Day Monday-Friday, 8 Day Friday-Friday.

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

 

2024 Rates
Aria Amazon
From $3450USD
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The 32-guest Aria Amazon offers a sophisticated boutique hotel aesthetic, with full air-conditioning, floor-to-ceiling windows, private baths, Jacuzzi and fitness equipment. Add a 5-star Peruvian chef and custom ship design and the Aria Amazon is one of the most luxurious adventure vessels cruising the Amazon River.

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