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Aqua    4 Day / 3 Night programs

 

High Water Itinerary (December - May)
Low Water Itinerary (June - November)

 


Aqua  Itinerary,  4 Day / 3 Night, High Water (December - May)
Embark - Iquitos, Disembark - Nauta

Day 1 - Saturday: LIMA to IQUITOS - AMAZON RIVER

Fly from Lima to Iquitos on the afternoon flight. Your guides await you at Iquitos International Airport. Claim your luggage then board our air-conditioned bus for the short ride to the river.

Transfer to Iquitos’ Main Wharf. The Aqua Amazon, your home for the next three nights, awaits you.

Embarkation and Check-in. Welcome to the low key luxury of the Aqua Amazon. Settle into your well appointed river facing suite as the vessel begins to move and thus begins one of life’s great adventures. Ascend to the Observation Deck if you wish, to take in the view, as the Aqua Amazon leaves Iquitos behind.

Safety Drill and Briefing on the Observation Deck. Before dinner, participate in our routine safety drill and then head into the air-conditioned Indoor Lounge to meet the cruise director and for your first briefings from our naturalist guides about the adventures ahead.

Welcome Dinner. Toast your journey with our sommelier-selected fine South American wine that accompany the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Aqua Expeditions Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Schiaffino’s healthy and innovative recipes incorporate the freshest local products – fruits, fish, spices – adding culinary adventure to our journeys. (Menus always offer choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance of your voyage). Perhaps a nightcap on the Observation Deck, counting constellations. (Dinner)

Day 2 - Sunday: AMAZON RIVER - CHARO LAKE - YACAPANA ISLAND

Sunrise over the River. Catch your first glimpse of the Amazon, as you watch the sun come up over this vibrant world of wonderful wildlife.

Our sumptuous daily breakfast buffet offers a wide selection of traditional egg dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh-squeezed juices, made from luscious tropical fruits you may never have tasted before.

River Exploration and Fishing Trip at Charo Lake. Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold potable water are always available for you on board the skiffs.

As we travel from the Amazon River onto its black water tributaries, fishermen paddling dugout canoes greet us. Our naturalist guides help you to spot terns, egrets, orioles, hawks and kingfishers as well as monkeys among Amazonia’s other fascinating inhabitants.

At Charo Lake, bait your hooks to catch piranhas, as the Guarani Indians named these creatures, and other Amazon fish as well.

Return to the Aqua Amazon to icy cold towels while fresh squeezed camu camu juice awaits you. The vessel continues up the Amazon River, while you relax, or even take a nap, before lunch.

Lunch of Peruvian inspired midday fare in our air-conditioned dining room.

In mid afternoon, enjoy a lecture about the fish of the Amazon in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about the 28 species of piranha swimming in the black waters of the Amazon and its tributaries, as well as catfish and Paiche.

Yacapana Islands Exploration, Dolphin Sighting, and Night Excursion. Back on the skiffs, we head off to the Yacapana Islands, or “Iguana Islands” so called because of their resident reptiles. Looking like tiny dinosaurs, they crawl over the ground and rest in the treetops. As we continue exploring the waterways by skiff, gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats.

As the sun sets, different kinds of wildlife come out. Search for caiman, frogs and owls.

To the Headwaters. Return to the Aqua Amazon as it continues upstream, to where the Ucayali, Marañon, and Amazon Rivers converge. This is considered the birthplace of the Amazon River. Perhaps sip a pre-dinner Camu Camu Sour on the Observation Deck as the sun sets followed by a delicious dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 - Monday: MARAÑON RIVER - PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE

Breakfast and Jungle Walk. Starting out from Pacaya-Samiria Ranger Station No. 1, take a jungle walk guided by the Park Ranger who introduces you to the sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia and leads the way to one, where villagers plant palms to obtain oil.

Return to the Aqua Amazon for Lunch, followed by a siesta.

At 3 pm, enjoy a lecture about the Taricaya Turtles in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Our naturalist guides recount the history of these adorable creatures along the Amazon, their near extinction and the recent efforts successfully growing the turtle population in the Pacaya Samiria Nature Reserve.

Monkey and Dolphin Expedition. On this late afternoon expedition, you are very likely to have another chance to see the Amazon’s two different kinds of freshwater dolphins—gray and pink. Keep your eyes on the jungle canopy too, where our naturalist guides help you to spot some of Pacaya Samiria’s 13 species of monkeys including Tamarins, Howlers, Dusky Titi and Pygmy Marmoset monkeys. Watch for caiman, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see many species of birds.

Return to the Aqua Amazon and Briefing. Time to learn about tomorrow’s adventures and review your Wildlife Checklist with our naturalist guides followed by dinner at 8pm. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - Tuesday: AMAZON BIRTHPLACE - VILLAGE VISIT - NAUTA CAÑO / IQUITOS

Breakfast then Birthplace of the Amazon. On this last morning of your Amazon adventure, the Aqua skirts the edges of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Here we witness one of the great phenomena of the Southern Hemisphere as the sun rises over the birthplace of the Amazon River.

Two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, converge to ‘give birth’ to the world’s greatest waterway. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks populated by Large-billed Terns, Laughing Falcons, Gray Tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic Short-tailed Parrot, and countless other colorful birds.

Village Visit. Meet the genuinely welcoming people of Amazonia at this riverside community. Your naturalist guide acts as interpreter so that you may talk with them about their life along the Amazon. Of course, no one has to interpret these kids’ bright smiles and wide-eyed curiosity about you. This visit also offers an excellent opportunity to buy easy to pack artisanal handicrafts, from painted coconut bowls to surprisingly chic seed bead jewelry.

On the way back to the Aqua Amazon, we navigate on a small connector canal between the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, to admire the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, or Victoria Amazonica.

Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before your onward journey.

Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer to the Airport. En route to Iquitos airport, your naturalist guides bring you to visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about this highly successful program. See how the manatees are cared for and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat.

Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30. Your guides will help you with check-in, and will stay with you until its time to board for your flight back to Lima, or transfer to a hotel in Iquitos. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

 


Aqua  Itinerary,  4 Day / 3 Night, Low Water (June - November)
Embark - Nauta, Disemark - Nauta

Day 1 - Saturday: LIMA - IQUITOS - NAUTA - AMAZON RIVER

Fly from Lima to Iquitos on the afternoon flight. Your guides await you at Iquitos International Airport. Claim your luggage then board our air-conditioned bus for the ride to the river.

Transfer to Nauta Wharf. Enjoy a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive through the Peruvian countryside to the small village of Nauta. You will be traveling on the only road out of town to the end of the line, as it only goes as far as Nauta. The Aqua Amazon, your home for the next three nights, awaits you.

Embarkation and Check-in. Welcome to the low key luxury of the Aqua Amazon. Settle into your well appointed river facing suite as the vessel begins to move and thus begins one of life’s great adventures. Ascend to the Observation Deck if you wish, to take in the view, as the Aqua Amazon leaves Nauta behind.

Safety Drill and Briefing on the Observation Deck. Before dinner, participate in our routine safety drill and then head into the air-conditioned Indoor Lounge to meet the cruise director and for your first briefings from our naturalist guides about the adventures ahead.

Welcome Dinner. Toast your journey with our sommelier-selected fine South American wine that accompany the Amazonia-influenced cuisine of Aqua Expeditions Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Schiaffino’s healthy and innovative recipes incorporate the freshest local products – fruits, fish, spices – adding culinary adventure to our journeys. (Menus always offer choices, including a vegetarian option – please let us know any other specific dietary requirements in advance of your voyage). Perhaps a nightcap on the Observation Deck, counting constellations. (Dinner)

Day 2 - Sunday: AMAZON RIVER - CHARO LAKE - YACAPANA ISLANDS

Sunrise over the River. Catch your first glimpse of the Amazon, as you watch the sun come up over this vibrant world of wonderful wildlife.

Our sumptuous daily breakfast buffet offers a wide selection of traditional egg dishes, Peruvian specialties, homemade baked goods and fresh-squeezed juices, made from luscious tropical fruits you may never have tasted before.

River Exploration and Fishing Trip at Charo Lake. Board our comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold potable water are always available for you on board the skiffs.

Travel from the Amazon River onto its black water tributaries where fishermen paddling dugout canoes greet us. Our naturalist guides help you to spot terns, egrets, orioles, hawks and kingfishers as well as monkeys among Amazonia’s other fascinating inhabitants.

At Charo Lake, bait your hooks to catch piranhas, as the Guarani Indians named these creatures, and other Amazon fish as well.

Return to the Aqua Amazon where icy cold towels and fresh squeezed Camu Camu juice await you. The vessel continues up the Amazon River, while you relax, or even take a nap, before lunch.

Lunch of Peruvian inspired midday fare in our air-conditioned dining room.

In the mid afternoon, enjoy a lecture about the diverse fish of the Amazon River in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about the 28 species of piranha swimming in the black waters of the Amazon and its tributaries, as well as catfish and Paiche.

Yacapana Islands Exploration, Dolphin Sighting, and Night Excursion. Back on the skiffs, we head off to the Yacapana Islands, or “Iguana Islands” so called because of their resident reptiles. Looking like tiny dinosaurs, they crawl over the ground and rest in the treetops. As we continue exploring the waterways by skiff, gray and pink freshwater dolphins swim and play around our boats.

As the sun sets, different kinds of wildlife come out. Search for caiman, frogs and owls.

To the Headwaters. Return to the Aqua Amazon as it continues upstream, to where the Ucayali, Marañon, and Amazon Rivers converge. This is considered the birthplace of the Amazon River. Perhaps sip a pre-dinner Camu Camu Sour on the Observation Deck as the sun sets followed by a sumptuous dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 - Monday: MARAÑON RIVER - PACAYA-SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE (YANAYACU-PUCATE)

Breakfast and Guided Jungle Walk in the Primary Forest. This morning your naturalist guide takes you on foot into the Amazon jungle, to encounter more wildlife and to learn about sustainable resource management projects. Visit one of these, where villagers plant palms to obtain oil. Your guide may also show you the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle eggs. Trek deeper into the jungle, as your guide points out the Amazon’s natural pharmacy of medical plants under a canopy of kapok trees, the tallest trees in the Amazon.

Return to the Aqua Amazon for a Peruvian-inspired lunch, followed by a siesta.

In the mid afternoon, enjoy a lecture about the endangered animals of the Amazon in the air-conditioned lounge. One of our naturalist guides will introduce the major threats to this magnificent but precarious eco-system we are exploring and describe some successful initiatives including Camu Camu tree planting and wildlife education for local youth.

Monkey, Dolphin and Caiman Expedition. On this late afternoon expedition, you are very likely to have another chance to see the Amazon’s two different kinds of freshwater dolphins—gray and pink. Keep your eyes on the jungle canopy too, where our naturalist guides help you to spot some of Pacaya Samiria’s 13 species of monkeys including Tamarins, Howlers, Dusky Titi and Pygmy Marmoset monkeys. Watch for caiman, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see many species of birds.

Return to the Aqua Amazon for another dinner created by our Executive Chef. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - Tuesday: YUCURUCHE LAKE - BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMAZON - VILLAGE VISIT -IQUITOS

Ucayali River and Yucuruche Lake. Rise early to travel by skiff along the Ucayali River to Yucuruche Lake, where we walk a little way into the jungle to see the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, Victora Amazonica.

Breakfast and Birthplace of the Amazon/ Village Visit. On this last morning of your Amazon adventure, the Aqua Amazon skirts the edges of Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. We witness one of the great phenomena of the Southern Hemisphere as the two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, converge to ‘give birth’ to the world’s greatest waterway, the Amazon River. Nature here appears especially dramatic: birdsong accompanies your morning excursion as you glide past river banks populated by Large-billed Terns, Laughing Falcons, Gray Tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic Short-tailed Parrot, and countless other colorful birds.

Travel onward by skiff to a native village, to meet and interact with the hospitable Cocama Indians. With your naturalist guide acting as interpreter, you may ask them about their way of life along the river as they share their culture, traditions, and folklore with you. This is also an excellent opportunity to purchase some of their handicrafts and original folk art.

Return to the Aqua Amazon for lunch. Share a last lunch with your fellow passengers, before your onward journey.

Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center/Transfer to the Airport. En route to Iquitos airport, your naturalist guides bring you to visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about this highly successful project. See how the manatees are cared for and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat.

Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30. Your guides will help you with check-in, and will stay with you until its time to board for your flight back to Lima, or transfer to a hotel in Iquitos. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.