Amazon River Cruising
Cruising the Amazon river has never been easier, and one company in particular is giving its lucky passengers the opportunity to do it in style.
Aqua Expeditions has launched it’s second luxury river boat the MV Aria to ply the waters of the Peruvian Amazon for up to 7 nights for 32 lucky guests. The 16 suites on board the vessel, come complete with huge panoramic glass windows and air conditioning, so you can watch the amazing diversity of the Amazon Rainforest without worrying about the mosquitoes or the humidity.
If you do want to leave the luxury of your room the ship hosts 2 daily guided tours a day, so depending on the season you watch pink dolphins catch their lunch, go trekking through the jungle or chasing caiman by torchlight, insect repellent is highly recommended. Upon returning to the ship guests are treated to gourmet Peruvian cuisine or you can relax in the hot tub or on the observation deck.
The low number of guests are extremely well looked after by a crew of 24 people including a paramedic and English speaking guides. As always on a cruise ship there is an on board bar but this is not a party boat and guests are often spotted attending presentations about the local wildlife and ecosystem.
Aria Expeditions also has another luxury river boat, the MV Aqua which offers a similar experience on a slightly smaller boat (a maximum of 24 passengers). You can check out both boats via the link here. You can catch a video review from the Cruise Today here.
Cruises start and end at the Capital of the Peruvian Amazon, the city of Iquitos. The city of just over 400,000 is extremely isolated, and is widely considered the largest city in the world not accessible by road. Visitors must arrive on river barges or via aircraft. Iquitos airport has a number of daily flights, with a few different airlines, from the capital Lima, as well as a flight on Copa Airlines from Panama City.
Getting to Peru may also be a little difficult for those not living in the Americas but LAN Chile, TAM Brazil and Aerolineas Argentinas offer good connections to Lima via their respective hub. If you are going via Buenos Aires don’t forget to check out our recommendations for the city’s hippest hotels here.