Peru Amazon River Cruise
A Natural History & Wildlife Voyage Aboard the M/V Aria
The mystique and allure of the Amazon beckons those who are fascinated with the natural world. The Peruvian Amazon is home to the most biologically diverse wildlife on earth. Over 25,000 plant species have been identified in Amazonia and it is hypothesized at least as many remain yet undiscovered. This 8-day Amazon river cruise voyage takes us deep into the heart of the world’s greatest wilderness through an ever-changing vista of lush tropical rainforest. Our elegant riverboat, the M/V Aria, plies these waters with grace, affording superb wildlife viewing from her observation deck. Enjoy expertly-guided daily excursions and savor gourmet meals in utmost comfort as the Amazonian landscape drifts by. A shorter, 7-day version of this itinerary is also available, featuring a 5-day Amazon River cruise.
- Spot aquatic wonders such as the pink river dolphin
- Partake in night expeditions to experience the nocturnal wildlife that inhabits the region
- Explore narrow tributaries aboard aluminum skiffs in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
- Search for some of the 13 species of primates found in the Reserve, including tamarins, howlers, capuchin, squirrel, and pigmy marmoset monkeys.
- Visit ribereños (river dwellers) in their villages and meet local subsistence farmers
- Experience sustainable resource management projects
- Cast your fishing line for sharp-toothed piranha
Peru Amazon River Cruise
DAY 1: LIMA
Arrive to Lima this evening and spend the night in Miraflores.
DAY 2: LIMA / IQUITOS / AMAZON RIVER
Morning at leisure in Lima, then flight to Iquitos and drive to the port of Nauta to board the M/V Aria to begin your 7-night cruise.
DAY 3: AMAZON RIVER / YARAPA RIVER / UCAYALI RIVER
First tour on the skiffs along the Amazon River looking for wildlife. Lunch on board. Afternoon canoeing and swimming at Lake Clavero.
DAY 4: YANALLPA / DORADO RIVER / PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE
Morning exploration of the Amazon flooded forest within the Reserve. Peruvian cooking lesson on board before lunch. Afternoon journey through the “Forest of Mirrors” due to its dark lagoons that reflect the scenery, observe parrots, macaws and a variety of primates.
DAY 5: BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMAZON / NAUTA TOWN
Locate the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers merge. Visit local villagers in this remote part of the Amazon and learn about the medicinal value of jungle plants. Afternoon walk around Nauta and visit the Sapi Sapi Lagoon.
DAY 6: YANAYACU / MARAÑON RIVER / PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE
Explore the Yanayacu – Pucate River within the Reserve looking for freshwater pink dolphins. Afternoon ride the skiffs in search of wildlife until sunset including howler, capuchin and squirrel monkeys. A delicious dinner is served back on board.
DAY 7: SAMIRIA RIVER / NAUTA CAÑO / PACAYA-SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE
Encounter wildlife in the jungle and look for the magnificent Ceiba tree followed by canoeing and swimming in the Samiria River. Afternoon at Nauta Caño which is part of the Reserve, search for toucans, macaws, monkeys, and iguanas, among other species.
DAY 8: MARAÑON RIVER / TAHUAYO RIVER / AMAZON RIVER
Sail along the Marañon River watching the different species of flora and fauna and go for a nature hike. Afternoon exploration of the Tahuayo River, possibly spotting of terns, tropical songbirds, pipites, black collared hawks and sloth. Fish for piranha. Gourmet farewell dinner on board.
DAY 9: AMAZON RIVER / NAUTA / IQUITOS / LIMA
Final morning wildlife excursion. Disembark, drive to tour Iquitos and the Manatee Rescue Center. Flight back to Lima, board overnight flight home.
DAY 10: USA
Make your onward connections home.
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Peru Amazon River Cruise
Dates & Rates
DeparturesOn Request Contact us for availability Plan ahead to secure your space! Read more about booking a cruise with Southwind
2018 Land Cost (1st Deck Suite)
$9,445 p.p.d. (2-3 participants)
$9,345 p.p.d. (4-12 participants)
$2,445 Single Supplement
Note: A shorter, 7-day itinerary is available from $5,530 p.p.d.
Upper or Second Deck Suites are also available, please see the PDF below for those rates.
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Peru Amazon River Cruise
LIMA: JW MARRIOTT HOTEL — Enjoy a view of the Pacific Ocean against the shoreline at one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top-20 Latin American hotels, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima. This 5-Star facility has a prime location near the Larcomar shopping and entertainment center, and all the features you would expect from a luxury property.
M/V ARIA — This elegant, stylish 130-foot flagship, designed by renowned Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, is the finest vessel cruising the Peruvian Amazon. The luxurious riverboat features large outward-facing panoramic windows and en suite sitting areas. All suites are air conditioned.
BROWSE ALL AMAZON CRUISE VESSELS — Southwind Adventures works with a select few Amazon cruise vessels, carefully choosing the foremost ships operating on the Peruvian Amazon River. To ensure the best quality experience for our travelers, we select leading cruise vessels based on the following criteria: safety, comfort, guides and itineraries.
Peru Amazon Cruise
AMAZON LODGES Length: 4 Days/3 Nights from Cusco or Lima Season: April to December Families and travelers with limited time, who want a taste of the Amazon rainforest, will enjoy the Reserva Amazonica or Sandoval Lake lodge, 45 min by boat from Puerto Maldonado. Both allow access to small oxbow lakes as well as forest trails with a variety of habitats.
LAKE TITICACA Length: 4 Days/3 Nights from Cusco Season: April to November Introduction: For those who want to experience authentic Quechua culture first-hand and feel like you’ve traveled back in time, nothing beats a visit with a family on Taquile Island, one of Lake Titicaca’s natural islands.
AREQUIPA AND COLCA CANYON Length: 5 days/4 nights from Lima Season: Mid-April to mid-November Introduction: Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca in southern Peru is one of the deepest canyons in the world. Since its walls are not as vertical, the valley is filled with small towns that preserve their ancestral traditions.
PARACAS RESERVE Length: 4 Days/3 Nights from Lima Season: Year-round A visit to Paracas is a journey to one of South America’s most important protected coastal-marine systems. Whales, orcas, dolphins, sea lions and sea otters are just a few the 36 species of marine and land mammals found in the reserve.
MANU BIOSPHERE RESERVE Length: 5 Days/4 Nights from Cusco Season: April to October For travelers wanting to maximize their wildlife viewing opportunities in a short extension, few places in the Amazon Basin can compete with Manu National Park in southeastern Peru. It is considered to be one of the most pristine and important rainforest reserves on the planet!
NORTHERN PERU Length: 4 days/3 nights from Lima Season:Year-round Long before the Incas controlled the country, sophisticated cultures existed along the Peruvian coast; and northern Peru is one of the best destinations for visiting the remains of their cities. Moche sites including the renowned Lord of Sipan and the pyramids.
NAZCA LINES Length: 3 days/2 nights from Lima Season:Year-round The mysterious lines etched into the coastal plains near the town of Nazca have fascinated scientists, archaeologists and visitors for decades. Best viewed from the air, Nazca figures such as the monkey, fish, hands and whale are highlights.
CARAL RUINS Length: 2 days/1 night from Lima Season:Year-round In 2001 researchers stunned the archaeological community by carbon-dating the ruins at Caral back to 2627 BC. Step back in time to an early civilization while touring this UNESCO World Heritage Site.