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Amazon Explorer – High Water Season

Amazon River Cruise Information

  • Aria Amazon
  • River Boat
  • 32 Capacity
  • 5 Days
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Summary : Experience the diverse environments of the Amazon aboard a luxurious riverboat during the high water season. Fish for piranhas in hidden black water lakes. Explore the jungle and venture into the Amazon wilderness to see the unparalleld diversity of life and meet indigenous people. Observe monkeys, toucans, caimans, iguanas, sloths and possibly dolphins during expeditions with highly knowledgeable naturalist guides. Enjoy incredible scenery on one of the most luxurious and exciting journeys to the Amazon.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins


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Day 1
Iquitos / Nauta / Embarkation / Amazon River

Today you will meet at Iquitos International Airport then journey with your group by air-conditioned vehicle through the Peruvian countryside to arrive at Nauta Lounge in time for lunch, or you will be served a box lunch en route depending on the flight arrival time. In the afternoon, you will set off on your first skiff excursion to visit the birthplace of the Amazon. At 6:00 pm, you will board the Aria Amazon. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to your naturalist guides, gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences.

Day 2
Yanallpa River / Dorado River

By skiff, explore the black waters of the Yanallpa River, disembarking to walk deep into the Amazonian rain forest. Later, board the skiffs again to cruise along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife and with extraordinary stargazing.

Day 3
Pacaya River / Ucayali River / Tapiche River

The rewards of an early start today are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River. After lunch, venture out by skiffs on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins. Focus a hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

Day 4
Clavero or Yarapa River / Amazon River

Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Visit a remote Amazonia village in the afternoon. This evening before dinner, we will gather to introduce you to some of the crewmembers whom you may not have met, working 'behind the scenes' to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon.

Day 5
Iquitos / Manatee Rescue Center / Transfer to the Airport

At the Bellavista Nanay morning market along the Nanay River, sample exotic snacks from the Peruvian Amazon like 'Suri', Amazon caterpillars that are considered especially appetizing. Return to the Aria Amazon for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, you will make one last truly memorable stop at the Manatee Rescue Center, a very special kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees. You will also visit San Juan craft market on route to the airport. Lunch or box lunch will be provided, depending on the exact departure flight time, which may vary. Other local activities may be included as well, according to the flight schedule.


Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions – and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

What to Expect in High Water Season:

The Amazon River in Peru has essentially two seasons; a high water season (Dec through May) and a low water season (Jun through Nov). Whichever season you choose, you will see spectacular wildlife and plant life. During the high water season, when the Amazon Basin’s rivers and streams are approximately 23 feet higher than lower water season, more rivers, creeks and lakes are navigable. Flooded waterways put travelers much closer to the Amazon jungle canopy making it very likely to see many more mammals, including monkeys, and birds. The average temperature is slightly cooler (about 86 degrees Fahrenheit). During high season, areas to walk and hike are sometimes limited, you may encounter more mosquitoes, and fishing in the Amazon River can be more limited—though you still have close to a 50:50 chance of making a catch.

Special Guest Departures:
Conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau – 2/12/2018
Travel with explorer, filmmaker, and ocean conservation champion, Jacque Cousteau's son Jean-Michel Cousteau.


Group transfers to/from vessel when arriving and departing on recommended flights; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; bike use; excursions; non-alcoholic beverages plus select wine and beer only; Pacaya Samiria entrance fee. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

Airfare to and from Iquitos; private transfers; travel insurance; departure taxes; visa fees if applicable; items of a personal nature such as boutique purchases; guide and crew gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.

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