Amazon Discovery Cruise (Aqua Nera)

Amazon Discovery Cruise (Aqua Nera)

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Get a taste of the most biodiverse rainforest in the world aboard the Aqua Nera. Begin your journey in Iquitos, a rustic city which is the beating commercial heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Our 3-night itineraries focus on the Marañon, the Amazon River’s largest tributary, as well as other neighboring waterways, the Yarapa and Yanayacu-Pucate. Discover the habitats of these nutrient-rich waterbodies and how they — and the jungle around them — support a vast array of wildlife.

Regardless of the low water or high water season, our local born-and-bred naturalist guides know the characteristics of Amazonian birds and animals. With their keen senses, they guide Aria Amazon and Aqua Nera’s ergonomic, low-emission skiffs to the jungle trails or tributaries where up-close wildlife encounters are likeliest. Knowing the Peruvian Amazon and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve like the back of their hand helps our guides make the most of your whirlwind trip to the Amazon.

• Low Water Season (June through October) vs. High Water Season (November Through May)

If seeing glorious Amazon rainforest at its lushest and getting up close to lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying slightly cooler temperatures) sounds most attractive, then December to May might be your best choice.

If jungle hikes and spotting exotic migratory birds perched on trees between flights across Amazonia appeals most to you, while still having the chance to see capuchin monkeys, kinkajou, and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions, you might be happier choosing the warmer, low water season.

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Amazon Discovery Cruise (Aqua Nera)
Vessel Type: Luxury River Expedition Length: 62.4 meters / 205 feet Passenger Capacity: 40 Built: 2019/2020 Setting a new standard for luxury river cruising on the Amazon, Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical blackwater lagoons and bears the hallmarks of contemporary style and generous interiors that Aqua Expeditions cruise ships are known for. Aboard the Aqua Nera, award-winning architects Noor Design crafts every space to perfection. The vessel’s 20 spacious Design Suites convey a sense of Amazon tranquility, while the social spaces showcase refined elegance with a touch of drama. Tastefully woven into the design are accents and details from the rubber boom era and the colorful cultures of Portugal, Spain and Peru. Aqua Nera operates alongside the Aria Amazon, taking guests into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon in the comfort of luxury. The cruise features cuisine by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s finest chefs who is celebrated for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce. Every day, expert naturalist guides conduct small group excursions that reward guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world’s most biodiverse rainforest. On Board Living and Social Areas Sun Decks Indoor and outdoor bars Indoor dining room and outdoor private dining Screening room with theater-style seating Outdoor cinema under the stars Games room with pool table Outside shaded lounge with single and double day beds Antique and artisanal boutique Lobby lounge Observation deck with outdoor sunbeds Top deck gym overlooking the river Infirmary with onboard medical staff Outdoor top deck plunge pool with private cabanas Two spa treatment rooms, one single and one double.


Day 1 - Day 1 Peru Iquitos – Amazon River
Arriving on a morning flight*, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our crew and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon continues with an introduction to the historic city of Iquitos and the opportunity to visit an indigenous Amazon community.In the early evening, embark the Aqua Nera and settle into your generously-sized suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Amaz, is one of Peru’s most renowned dining establishments.*Separate arrangements can be made for afternoon arrivals.
Day 2 - Day 2 Peru Yarapa River – Clavero Lake
Aboard our comfortable skiffs, we set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Ready your binoculars to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. Line-fish for Amazon’s notoriously ferocious piranhas while our naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo.In the afternoon, we sail on to Lake Clavero where villagers rely on traditional dugout canoes to get around. Swim in the lake’s calm waters or visit native residents of Amazonia who welcome you to their community with open arms.
Day 3 - Day 3 Peru Yanallpa River – Dorado River
We explore the blackwater tributaries of the Yanallpa River by skiff, disembarking to walk deep into the wildlife-rich Amazonian rainforest. Later, we board the skiffs again to cruise along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal creatures.
Day 4 - Day 4 Peru Nauta Town – Manatee Rescue Center – Transfer To The Airport
In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish.Return to the Aqua Nera 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.
Day 5 - Please Note:
This itinerary is based on the High Water Season (November-May), it varies slightly for the Low Water Season (June–October). All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

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    • Experience the world’s most biodiverse land ecosystem in the most intriguing and rewarding way alongside top naturalist guides. An intimate experience with wildlife, nature and culture is made possible by our small-group excursions of no larger than 8, which limit our footprint on the environment and transforms an Amazon cruise adventure into a deeply personal experience.
    • Led by our naturalist guides, venture into the world’s richest land ecosystem with a wealth of knowledge.
    • Closest to its source, the mighty Andes mountains, the Amazon river is as pristine as Amazon’s waters get. This makes it perfect for a wide range of water activities and excursions.
    • The Peruvian Amazon is home to about 200 communities, each offering a fascinating glimpse into a way of life in harmony with the river and rainforest.