Peru
  • 5 days/4 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $4,460 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Explore the Amazon on this luxury cruise!

Explore the majesty and mystery of the Amazon on this small-ship, luxury cruise through one of the most biologically-fascinating regions on the planet. Join our expert guides as they introduce you to the colorful wildlife, intriguing cultural practices and exquisite jungles found along the Amazon River. This all-inclusive South American vacation package offers the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation as days are filled with hiking amidst monkeys and boating beside crocodiles, while evenings are ornamented with exquisite dining, refreshing cocktails and an unforgettable display of stars. Discover remarkable medicinal plants and learn how the Amazonian people make use of over 2000-types of fruit before returning to your floating five-star hotel to relax and reminisce these unforgettable adventures to the background sounds of an ecosystem teeming with life. All the while, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service handles every detail so you’re only task is to soak in the beauty of the Peruvian Amazon.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Small Ship
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

Discover the wildlife-rich rainforests, hidden waterways, and small, riverside villages of the Peruvian Amazon in the most intimate, impressive way possible: by upscale private riverboat. This custom voyage exploring one of the world's greatest river systems is guaranteed to delight, inspire and rejuvenate, sending you home with a splendid collection of photos, knowledge and memories to last a lifetime. This five-day, exclusive adventure along the Amazon River presents the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation.

  • Take in a chorus of exotic birdsong and monkey calls from the observation deck of the M/V Aqua, your home for your five-day Amazon adventure
  • Float the Ucayali River on the lookout for three-toed sloths, orioles, iguanas and horned screamers
  • Befriend the children in the 10-family village of Magdalena and get to know native balseros as they fish for “armored” catfish
  • Explore the Pacaya River by skiff, watching and listening for capuchin, saki and howler monkeys leaping between the trees
  • Fish for black, white and red bellied piranha, considered a good food source by the locals
  • Savor a five-star Peruvian dinner and soak up the star-studded beauty of an Amazonian night before retiring to the comfort of your oversized suite

*Note that this trip highlights our low water (June-November) itinerary. Please inquire for details regarding our high water (December-May) itinerary.

Squirrel Monkey
Photo: Squirrel Monkey

I was very impressed with how well organized the trip was, how smoothly everything ran, the great quality of the food and accommodations and the incredible knowledge of the guides.

Matt L Chicago, IL

This was one of my favorite trips. The planning and creativity of our guide and your staff made it unforgetable.

Mark G New York, NY

Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Lima / Iquitos / M/V Aqua
Aboard the ship on the Amazon Cruise
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: M/V Aqua

After arriving at Iquitos International Airport, you will be met and shuttled through the Peruvian countryside to the small village of Nauta (1.5 hours).

From there, board the M/V Aqua, your upscale river cruise boat and home for the next 4 nights.

Take a tour of your vessel as your experienced crew help you settle into your cabin. Set sail as dusk falls, enjoying a local Pisco Sour, made from a Peruvian grape brandy.

Before dinner, enjoy a brief orientation, learning about the wildlife you will see in the days to come, as well as the history and geography of the Amazon basin.

Dinner is a feast of traditional Amazonian/ Peruvian cuisine, created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Before bed, kick back on the observation deck under a star-lit Amazonian sky.

About the M/V Aqua
The 130-foot-long, M/V Aqua is the first true luxury cruise ship on the northern Amazon River in Peru and was custom built for Aqua Expeditions by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig in 2007 to offer an extraordinary level of comfort for their guests.

The M/V Aqua can accommodate a maximum of 24 cruise ship guests plus crew. This luxury cruise ship is the perfect size to sail along the Amazon River, providing extremely comfortable lounge, dining and sleeping accommodations and modern navigation technologies and standards for cruise ship travel and safety on the water.

The M/V Aqua’s twelve oversized cruise ship suites, including 4 Master suites, feature en suite sitting areas and generous outward-facing picture-windows with panoramic Amazon river views. Each of the handsomely decorated, air-conditioned cruise ship suites measure between 230 to 240 square feet. Four of these suites can be interconnected, to cater to families.

Day 2: Ucayali / Yanallpa / Dorado River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Amazon River Cruise Ship
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: M/V Aqua

This morning we will board the skiffs to cruise the the Yanallpa River, an amazing black water stream part of the vast Amazon flooded forest.

As we explore what scientists call a “gallery forest” because of its narrow vegetation creating a tunnel of leaves, keep your eyes open for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys.

Then, enjoy lunch back on board the M/V Aqua.

This afternoon, take a magical journey through the “Mirrored Forest” of the Dorado River, seeing towering trees reflected in the black water river, while spotting dozens of enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, and a great variety of primates and sloths.

As we make our way back to our vessel, you will also have the chance to see caimans, frogs, and fishing bats.

Day 3: Puinahua River / Hatum Posa Lake/ Pacaya River
Cruising the Amazon
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: M/V Aqua

On Day 3, rise early to cruise Hatum Posa Lake, a beautiful and intricate ox-bow lake, where we will almost certainly see monkeys and many types of birds, including neo-tropical cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and horned screamers.

After breakfast, your guides will introduce you to native people practicing subsistence farming and how they cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm income.

Deep in the primary forest, you’ll see a wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden deep in the jungle. Afterward, enjoy lunch back on board the ship.

Late afternoon we head out on the skiff in search of monk saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and howler monkeys.

When night falls, listen to the Amazon rainforest symphony of nocturnal animals sending their shrill calls across the tree tops. Taking the skiffs back to the M/V Aqua, your guides will use their special spotlight torches to locate night creatures, including perhaps, huge caimans.

Day 4: Puinahua / Carocurahuayte Lake
Inside the Amazon Cruise Ship
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: M/V Aqua

Back on the Pacaya River as the sun rises, seek out a treasure trove of wildlife including parrots, macaws, toucans, and many kinds of monkeys—as well as some “surprise” species that you have never seen before.

Stopping near a popular dolphin feeding spot, witness quite a show as you enjoy your “bag breakfast” of light sandwiches and fresh juice.

Upon returning to the M/V Aqua, we begin sailing downriver towards Iquitos as we rest and eat lunch.

This afternoon, we will travel to our fishing “hot spot,” Carocurahuayte Lake, where you will be certain to catch some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon basin.

Our key focus will be on piranhas, those small, carnivorous fish with a big reputation for being scary. Once back on board the ship, we continue sailing towards Iquitos through the night as you reminisce over your Amazon journey at a special farewell dinner.

Day 5: Iquitos / Airport
Sundeck on the Amazon River Cruise
Meals Included:  B, L

Weather and time permitting, this will be the last opportunity to see how people live along the Amazon—by visiting the lively riverside community of Belen, in Iquitos, by skiff.

Here, where the houses and shops actually float on the river during some months, you will see the bustling food market for the entire Peruvian Amazon.

Return to the ship for packing and a light lunch before disembarking in Iquitos. Stopping by the Manatee Rescue Center will give us a chance to learn about how biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have seized from local people and fishermen.

Then, we’ll head over to the San Juan Amazonian Indian Market for a last chance to shop for local crafts. Late afternoon, your guides will help you check in for your flight back to Lima.

* This trip is run in partnership with Aqua Expeditions and is based on travel December through May. Please call Austin Adventures for an itinerary that runs June through November.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Aqua Expeditions.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 5 days/4 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $4,460 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • An Austin Adventures representative will meet you upon arrival at the Iquitos International Airport in the baggage claim area and transportation to Nauta will be provided (1.5 hour transfer by private vehicle).
  • Nauta is where you board the M/V Aqua.
  • On Day 5 you will be transferred from Nauta to the Iquitos International Airport arriving at 4:30 pm for your 5:50 pm departure to Lima.
  • Your guides will help you check in and will stay with you until you board your flight back to Lima.
  • Departure tax at the airport can be paid in either US dollars or local currency.
  • Payment is made after check-in and before entering the gate area. Departure taxes cost US$ 6.05 (Lima) and US$ 4.50 (Iquitos) or the equivalent in Soles (domestic flights) or US$ 30.25 or the equivalent in Soles (international flights). Amounts are approximate and subject to change.
Activities
  • Hiking – 1 to 3 mile jungle hikes (easy).
  • Boating – Guided skiff cruises through the jungle, look for wildlife.
  • Fishing – Equipment and instruction provided.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions as indicated by itinerary are included. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy, air-conditioned suite with panoramic windows and private bath.
  • All meals while on board the M/V Aqua.
  • Fully trained, bilingual, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • All excursions.
  • Transfer to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights.
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic, wine and beer).
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Pacaya Samiria entrance fee.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Guide & crew gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air tickets to and from Iquitos, Peru.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Boutique purchases and personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

First class trip. Well planned, kept active, beautiful sites, great people, fantastic guides

David L, Ladue, MO

One of the best trips ever and I'm 80 years old.

Paul R, Sammamish,WA

We had a wonderful trip that really was better than we could have imagined

Boris V, Madison, NJ

Our guides were fantastic. The entire experience was beyond perfect. I know, how could it be, but it was.

Lynne P, Reno, NV

I felt very assured that the details were handled at every step of the way - pre trip and during our travels.

Jayme L, New York, NY
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  • 1. The wilderness: The Amazon is home to many different exotic animals, such as pink and gray dolphins, iguanas, monkeys, and much more. This cruise offers prime opportunities to see most, if not all, of these amazing creatures!
  • 2. Cultural wonders: Learn how locals make life work in this challenging environment as you explore villages, markets and subsistence farming practices along the Amazon.
  • 3. Amazonian nights: At night, the Amazon changes into a whole new world. Once the sun goes down, a nighttime safari experience awaits as you use your flashlight to spot owls, fish, bats and caimans.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like the M/V Aqua, enjoy access to outdoor recreation by day and ultimate relaxation on board at night.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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