Aqua Expedition Luxury Amazon Cruise
Embark on a voyage of a lifetime, sailing the Earth's mightiest river, the Amazon, on the luxury Aqua Amazon. Three, four and seven night itineraries are available on the Aqua or alternatively the boat can also be chartered exclusively for private use.
The Aqua Amazon is not currently operational. Please speak to our Latin America specialists to find out about the Aria Amazon, also run by Aqua Expeditions, and other alternatives.
At a Glance
First luxury cruise to sail the remote northern Amazon in Peru - there are now two luxury cruises available with the Aqua's sister vessel, the Aria
The eagle-eyed naturalist guides are superb
Offers once in a lifetime three, four and seven night cruises with all excursions and meals included
Spacious cabins at 230 square feet with large picture windows, air-conditioning and en-suite sitting areas
Superb service with one-to-one staff to guest ratio
Four of the suites can be interconnected to cater to families wishing to explore the Amazon in luxury
The menu has been carefully designed by one of Lima’s most famous chefs, a large selection of wines are available too
The first luxury vessel to sail the Amazon, Aqua Amazon caters to the most discriminating and adventurous of travelers, providing an unforgettable journey into areas penetrated by only a privileged few. Knowledgeable and experienced naturalist guides will take you along remote estuaries in the Peruvian rainforest and Pacaya Samiria Reserve. As you explore these pristine wilderness areas teeming with wildlife, you will also encounter people living in villages as they have for centuries. When the day’s sightseeing is over the comforts of your luxury floating hotel will await you.
The Aqua Amazon is a 130ft vessel with 12 luxury air-conditioned suites measuring a generous 230-240 square feet and feature large panoramic windows. Four suites can be interconnected to cater for families. The boat also has a dining room, bar, observation deck and lounge.
Guests may choose from regular 3, 4 and 7 night itineraries on board the Aqua Amazon. Alternatively for something extra special the boat may be exclusively chartered, perhaps for a family celebration or for a group of friends wishing to travel together.
Each day you will journey through the small inlets and various winding river systems that make up the flooded forest. Pacaya Samiria Reserve spans more than 5 million acres, rich with wildlife, including monkeys, toucans and parrots, the endangered pink Amazon river dolphin, black alligators and giant river otters.
The accommodation on board the Aqua Amazon comprises eight spacious cabins measuring 230 square feet, four suites with a small sitting area and four Master Suites measuring 240 square feet, with a completely separate sitting area. The suites have twin beds which can be converted to a California king-size bed, are fully air-conditioned and have private en suite bathrooms with hot water rain showers and luxury amenities. All suites are outward facing and feature floor to ceiling panoramic windows, affording fantastic views over the river.
Children from the age of 7 years are welcome on board the Aqua Amazon. Four of the suites are interconnecting and an additional bed can be provided for one child or an additional adult, on request. The naturalist guides are great with children and each day in the Amazon will be packed with new discoveries. A journey on board the Aqua Amazon will be both an educational and fun filled experience for all youngsters.
The Aqua Amazon has an upper Observation Deck with a indoor bar and lounge for socialising or briefings by the guides as well as an outside sitting area, with comfortable sun-loungers and an overhead canopy, great for chilling out with a book and watching the wildlife. Gourmet meals, featuring a blend of Peruvian and European cuisine and showcasing lesser known Amazonian ingredients, are served in the elegant dining area. There is also a small on-board boutique. Additionally the Aqua Amazon has three skifts to support the daily excursions.
The Aqua Amazon has a cruise ship staff of 17, for up to 24 passengers. The staff includes a Cruise Director, paramedic and three expert naturalist guides.
The Aqua Amazon cruises offer up to three optional expeditions each day, which usually take between 2-3 hours and are accompanied by the ship's bilingual naturalist guides who will show you the very best of the local wildlife. Expeditions include journeys through the waterways on skiffs, visits to local villages and jungle hikes and for those with a sense of adventure; piranha fishing, river swimming with pink dolphin and alligator spotting at night. There are also plenty of surprises along the way!
Location & Directions
Cruises down Peru’s Amazon River begin in Iquitos, Peru and transport you by luxury cruise ship deep into the Amazon rainforest and jungle and the Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
When to go
The Aqua Amazon operates year-round, and every voyage is uniquely appealing, based on the changing seasons. During the wetter season from December to May, the river and estuaries grow, allowing launch boats to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the 'drier' season from June to November, the river recedes and beautiful sandy river beaches form. In a typical year, the Amazon experiences 200 rainy days, which means that there will be days of heavy rain even in the Amazon’s low water season.