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Aqua    8 Day / 7 Night programs

 

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

 


Aqua  Itinerary,  8 Day / 7 Night, High Water (December - May)
Embark - Iquitos, Disembark - Iquitos

Day 1 - Saturday: LIMA to IQUITOS - NAUTA - MARAÑON 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 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.

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 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. 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 River, 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 and into its black-water tributaries where fishermen paddling dug-out 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.

Returning to the Aqua Amazon, 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.

Endangered Amazon Lecture in the air-conditioned Indoor 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, including Camu Camu tree planting and wildlife education for local youth.

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.

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. Dinner at 8:00 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

After breakfast, 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 at 11:00 to a delicious lunch followed by a siesta.

In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about the marine life and 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 tributaries, as well as catfish and Paiche.

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 Pigmy Marmoset monkeys. Keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see many species of birds.

Return to the Aqua Amazon at 6pm and receive a briefing about tomorrow's adventures followed by dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

Birthplace of the Amazon. After breadkfast,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, Victoria Amazonica.

Lunch. Share a last meal with fellow passengers who have taken the three-night journey.

Afternoon Excursions to Nauta or Nauta Caño. For our guests who wish to explore on land, we organize three-wheel motorized ‘moto’ tours of the small riverside Peruvian town of Nauta. This village is very important to the local river communities, as it is the port where they come to sell their produce.

Others venture to Nauta Caño within Pacaya Samiria Reserve which is known as the mirrored forest, which makes perfect sense as you gaze upon its glistening black water lagoons. Our naturalist guides use their eagle eyes to help you spot toucans, parrots and macaws overhead and iguanas, sloths and monkeys among the soaring trees. On the way back to the Aqua, the glorious sunset is reflected in these glistening waters.

Return to the Aqua Amazon at 6 pm followed by dinner. Meet new passengers who come aboard for their four-night trip, as we start our journey along the Ucayali River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 - Wednesday: UCAYALI - YANALLPA - DORADO RIVERS - PACAYA-SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE

Yanallpa River Expedition. After breakfast, within the vast Amazon flooded forest, cruise along an amazing black water stream, as your guides tell you about the rainforest. We explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we float through this tunnel, our naturalist guides help you to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy Monk Saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks.

Return to the Aqua Amazon at 11 followed by lunch.

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 that are successfully growing the turtle population in the Pacaya Samiria Nature Reserve.

Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion. At 4 pm, take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the “Mirrored Forest” to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, Blue-and-Yellow Macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the Aqua, our guides point out caimans and frogs in the water, and fishing bats overhead.

Return to the Aqua Amazon around 7:30 followed by a delicious dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 - Thursday: PUINAHUA RIVER - HATUM POSA LAKE - PACAYA RIVER

Hatum Posa Lake Expedition. Rise early to cruise this magnificent ox-bow lake. We follow its shoreline, sure to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, Neo-tropic Cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and our favorite Horned Screamers. From here we continue by skiff into other black water lakes linked to this huge lake in the flooded forest.

Return to the Aqua Amazon followed by breakfast. At 9 am, begin your jungle walk near Hatum Posa or a Village visit. Walk into the jungle to meet native Amazonia people. With our guides as your interpreters, ask about subsistence farming in Amazonia and they will tell you how to cultivate these wild plants and trees. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides identify for you the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise Amazonia’s natural pharmacy.

Return to the Aqua Amazon followed by lunch.

Pacaya River Exploration, Night Trip from Ranger Station No. 1 to Yanayacu Lake. In the late afternoon, our skiffs skim the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest. This time of day gives you the best chance to see the most activity among rainforest animals, including fluffy Monk Saki monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, and the Howler monkeys. As the sun sets, listen for the loud, ferocious-sounding warning signals made by Howler monkeys, marking their territories.

When night falls, you listen for the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as nocturnal animals send their piercing calls across the tree canopy. As we take the skiffs back to the Aqua, special spotlight torches help our naturalist guides to locate caiman and owls.

Return to the Aqua Amazon around 7:30 pm and enjoy a relaxing dinner while discussing your day with your dinner companions. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 - Friday: PUINAHUA - PACAYA RIVERS AND CAROCURAHUAYTE LAKE

Pacaya Exploration and Breakfast Aboard the Skiffs. We take to the river as the sun rises to see and hear a treasure trove of wildlife, including parrots, macaws, toucans, and many kinds of monkeys. We pack a luxurious “bag breakfast” for you, of homemade baked goods, light sandwiches, freshly squeezed juices and hot Peruvian coffee. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot, so we won’t be the only ones enjoying our happy meal here.

Return to the Aqua Amazon as we start sailing down river, toward Iquitos.

Lunch followed by a Carocurahuayte Lake fishing trip in the afternoon. Travel by skiff to this splendid lake, where catching some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin is assured. Guides know all the best tricks to lure piranhas, those small, mostly carnivorous fish with a big reputation for their vicious bite.

Return to the Aqua Amazon in the evening as the ship continues downstream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night.

Evening briefing in the Indoor Lounge - A recap of our trip, wildlife sightings and review of your Wildlife Checklist with our naturalist guides.

Dinner followed by Crew Presentation. After dinner, your naturalist guides introduce the very important crew members whom you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless Aqua Expeditions experience. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 - Saturday: CHECK OUT - DISEMBARK AT IQUITOS - CITY TOUR - TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

Breakfast at 7:30 followed by a morning excursion dependent on the level of the river. Weather and time permitting, we set off on this 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, visit the bustling food market that supports the entire Peruvian Amazon, where all the inhabitants of Amazonia sell and purchase their goods.

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

Disembarkation/Manatee Rescue Center and 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. 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,  8 Day / 7 Night, Low Water (June - November)
Embark - Nauta, Disemark - Iquitos

Day 1 - Saturday: LIMA to IQUITOS - NAUTA - MARAÑON 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 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.

Travel along the Amazon River to its black water tributaries where fishermen paddling dug-out 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 as 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.

Peruvian inspired midday fare for lunch in our air-conditioned dining room.

Enjoy an afternoon lecture about Amazon River fish 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 at 7:30 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. Then enjoy another Amazonia dinner from our Chef. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

Breakfast followed by a 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 lunch, followed by a siesta.

In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about the endangered animals of the Amazon in the air-conditioned Indoor 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. Keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see many species of birds.

Return to the Aqua Amazon at 7:30 followed by dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - Tuesday: YUCURUCHE LAKE - BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMAZON - PUERTO PRADO VILLAGE VISIT - NAUTA

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, Victoria Amazonica.

Breakfast followed by Birthplace of the Amazon/Puerto Prado Village. 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 Puerto Prado 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 meal with fellow passengers who have taken the three-night journey.

Nauta Town Visit. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit the town of Nauta. This village is our only access point to Iquitos during our expedition. Nauta is very important to the local river communities, as it is the port where they come to sell their produce. We will take a leisurely walk through town, to experience what life in a large river community is like.

Return to the Aqua Amazon. At dinner, meet the new passengers who come aboard for their four-night trip, as we start our journey along the Ucayali River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 - Wednesday: UCAYALI RIVER - MAGDGALENA VILLAGE - PUINAHUA CANAL

Ucayali River Exploration. Today, explore the Ucayali River, the Amazon’s largest tributary, in search of slow-moving Three-toed Sloths, Green Iguanas, and monkeys as well as orioles, Horned Screamers, kingfishers and many other birds in this especially busy time for Amazon wildlife.

After breakfast, Jungle Walk to Magdgalena. Stroll through the village of Madgalena, a small community of just ten families. After you meet the people, including lots of lively and curious children, your naturalist guides lead you through the jungle to a beautiful lake to behold the world’s largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies, Victoria Amazonica.

Return to the Aqua Amazon followed by lunch.

Enjoy a lecture about 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 that are successfully growing the turtle population in the Pacaya-Samiria Nature Reserve.

Ucayali Exploration, Puinahua and Discovery Tour. Cruise the majestic Ucayali River to see and meet native fishermen, who may even let you see their catch, including a type of “armored” catfish with a shell-like skin, and show you how they reel them in. We are also likely to spot, and have an opportunity to photograph, the banana rafts, loaded with hundreds of clusters of bananas, floating down the river to market. Our guides will keep on the lookout to help you spot woodpeckers, parrots, macaws, and toucans.

Return to the Aqua Amazon and compare notes with dinner companions over an Amazonia-influenced menu from our Executive Chef. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 - Thursday: PUINAHUA RIVER - HATUM POSA LAKE - PACAYA RIVER

Breakfast at 7:30 followed by a jungle walk Near Hatum Posa Village. Walk into the jungle to meet native Amazonia people. With our guides as your interpreters, ask about subsistence farming in Amazonia and they will tell you how they cultivate these wild plants and trees. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides identify for you the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise Amazonia’s natural pharmacy.

Return to the Aqua Amazon and lunch.

Pacaya River Exploration, Night Trip from Ranger Station No. 1 to Yanayacu Lake. In the late afternoon, our skiffs skim the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest. This time of day gives you the best chance to see the most activity among rainforest animals, including fluffy Monk Saki monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, and the Howler monkeys. As the sun sets, listen for the loud, ferocious-sounding warning signals made by Howler monkeys, marking their territories.

When night falls, you listen for the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as nocturnal animals send their piercing calls across the tree canopy. As we take the skiffs back to the Aqua Amazon, special spotlight torches help our naturalist guides to locate caimans and owls.

Return to the Aqua Amazon at 7:30. Tonight the vessel will dock by the No. 1 Ranger Station in Pacaya-Samiria. Dinner at 8:00. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 - Friday: PACAYA RIVER - PUINAHUA VILLAGE VISIT

Pacaya Exploration and Breakfast aboard the Skiffs. We take to the river as the sun rises to see and hear a treasure trove of wildlife, including parrots, macaws, toucans, and many kinds of monkeys. We pack a luxurious “bag breakfast” for you, of homemade baked goods, light sandwiches, freshly squeezed juices and hot Peruvian coffee. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot, so we won’t be the only ones enjoying our happy meal here.

After breakfast, armed with poles and bait, we take you to a special place on this fish-rich river, to catch some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin. Guides know all the best tricks to lure piranhas, those small, mostly carnivorous fish with a big reputation for their vicious bite.

Return to the Aqua Amazon at 11:00. At this turning point, we start sailing down river, toward Iquitos.

Lunch followed by a Village Visit. This optional afternoon excursion is a short informational walk with our naturalist guides into a riverside village to see firsthand the way of life in these remote communities of fishermen and farmers.

Return to the Aqua Amazon at 5:30. Once we are back on board, the ship continues downstream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night.

Evening Briefing in the Indoor Lounge - A Recap of Itinerary and Sightings followed by Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Crew Presentation. After dinner, your naturalist guides introduce the very important crew members whom you may not have met, as they have been busy “behind the scenes” to create your seamless Aqua Expeditions experience.

Day 8 - Saturday: CHECK OUT - DISEMBARK AT IQUITOS - CITY TOUR - TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

Breakfast then Morning Excursion. Dependent on the level of the river. Weather and time permitting, we set off on this 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, visit the bustling food market that supports the entire Peruvian Amazon, where all the inhabitants of Amazonia sell and purchase their goods.

Return to the Aqua Amazon at 11:00 followed by an early lunch. Share a last lunch with 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 and efforts to help these endearing mammals. 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.