year built
crew members
124 feet
28 feet
8.5 feet
cruising speed
8 knots

The 124-foot M/V Amatista, sailing in the Peruvian Amazon River, was built with traditional riverboat lines yet boasts such comforts as air-conditioned cabins and private bathrooms for a maximum of 28 passengers. Boasting roomy public spaces, a cheery upper deck, and stunning, take-it-all-in sightlines, the ship’s decks are the perfect spot from which to survey the pristine rainforest and the dazzling array of colorful birdlife that inhabit it. Spacious, comfortable and well-adorned, the Amatista is an ideal Amazon small cruise ship.

Amatista Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Amatista review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our Amazon experts have been aboard the Amatista firsthand. Please read our Amatista review below then contact our experts to compare the Amatista with other small cruise ships and riverboats offering Amazon cruises.

Choose the Amatista for her size, which is perfect for navigating the Amazon River, with a spacious dining room, fully-stocked bar, lounge room for a cool escape from mosquitoes, basic sleeping berths and open bridge policy. The Amatista is not a luxury boat but provides all the basic accommodations necessary to have a successful, adventurous experience in the Amazon.

Common Areas Aboard Amatista

The exterior bar-lounge, interior lounge/lecture room, dining room and observation deck offer full views of the Peruvian Amazon. Amatista’s exterior passageways offers nonstop views of the river, as passengers find plenty of opportunities to stand outside their private cabins or socialize in common areas. The covered sun deck lounge with bar offers a 360-degree panoramic view.

Dining Aboard Amatista

Inspired by the tropical flavors of the Amazon, the food and beverages on Amatista are prepared with fresh local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are enjoyed buffet style in the dining room, highlighting the region’s fusion cuisine. All meals include a variety of salads and fruits, and a bread. Vegetarian dishes, gluten-free meals and children’s menus are available upon request made in advance. An outdoor BBQ may be offered, weather-depending.

Activities Aboard Amatista

Activities aboard Amatista are designed to capitalize on fluctuating water levels in Peru’s Amazon, which means the order of activities may shift depending on weather, water levels, the captain, crew and guides in order to see the most wildlife as possible. Two naturalist guides present daily briefings for the morning and afternoon excursions to prepare guests for the adventurers ahead. Activities often include skiff rides, jungle walks, night excursions by skiff, swimming, fishing for piranha and visits to local communities.

Guides & Crew Aboard Amatista

A crew of 15 ensures the Amatista riverboat cruises smoothly, while two naturalist bilingual guides (English and Spanish speaking) take care of guests’ educational and adventure needs.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Amatista

There are 7 upper deck cabins and 7 lower deck cabins, all with independently controlled air conditioning units. Each cabin features beautiful classic style wood veneer, exterior view windows, a private bathroom with shower, desk with lockable drawer, wardrobe, chest of drawers, dresser, hairdryer and amenities basket, as well as smoke detectors and hot water 24 hours a day.