Experience the Amazon from the perspective of conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau on an incredible 4 night journey.
Monday: IQUITOS - NAUTA - EMBARKATION - MARAÑON RIVER
We will meet at Iquitos International Airport then journey together by air-conditioned vehicle through the Peruvian countryside to arrive at our Nauta Lounge in time for lunch, or we will serve a box lunch en route depending on the flight arrival time. In the afternoon, we will set off on your first skiff excursion to visit the birthplace of the Amazon. At 6:00pm, we will board the ARIA AMAZON. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to our naturalist guides, we gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by our Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences.
Tuesday: UCAYALI RIVER - PACAYA RIVER
Boarding our skiffs, we start the day like Amazon River dwellers, cruising along the Ucayali River. As these farmers and fishermen go about their business, we search for pink river dolphins in these pristine waters. Later in the day, we return to the skiffs, to ride along the black waters of the Pacaya River at dusk, searching for the mysterious wildlife that come out after dark and with extraordinary stargazing.
Wednesday: PACAYA RIVER - UCAYALI RIVER - TAPICHE RIVER
The rewards of our early start today are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River. After lunch, we venture out by skiffs on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.
Thursday:CLAVERO LAKE - SAN JOSE FLOODED FOREST
Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Come afternoon, take a short jungle walk in the San Jose flooded forest and see the unforgettable giant water lilies. This evening before dinner, we will gather to introduce you to some of the crewmembers whom you may not have met, working "behind the scenes" to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the ARIA AMAZON.
Friday: ARRIVAL IN NAUTA - MANATEE RESCUE CENTER - TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
This morning, we will visit the local fresh market with your guides who can identify the day’s catch by the fishermen of Amazonia and the region’s exotic fruits. Return to the ARIA for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, we visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. We will also visit San Juan craft market on route to the airport. Lunch or box lunch is included, depending on the exact departure flight time, which can vary. Other activities may be included as well, according to the flight schedule.
Note: This itinerary is for reference only. It is subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.
In 2015, the Aria Amazon, which first set sail in 2011, was completely refreshed with new upgrades from bed linens to state of the art lighting. The 45 meter (147 foot) long Aria was designed by the innovative Peruvian architect Jordi Puig. Extremely generous dining and lounging areas include an outdoor river facing Jacuzzi. Floor to ceiling windows face the Amazon River in the ship’s 16 Design Suites, each measuring 23 square meters (250 square feet). Four suites can interconnect for families. Upgrades to the spa include new decor for enhanced relaxation. This striking black hulled ship accommodates a maximum of 32 guests plus 26 crew including a paramedic and four English-speaking naturalist guides. Aqua Expeditions highly experienced river pilots and the most rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the waters of the Peruvian Amazon.
Unique opportunities for our guests on these departures include:
Experience the Amazon from the perspective of a conservationist:Discover this fascinating destination as you learn about the challenges they face preserving wildlife habitats, delicate ecosystems and evolving cultural traditions and economic pressures which threaten the environment. Listen to evening talks and join the conversation with Jean-Michel as you learn about international conservation from a true expert.
Enjoy insider access:Meet and get to know Jean-Michel Cousteau in the intimacy of a small group of travelers as you share excursions into the Amazon jungle. Grab a bike or a kayak and pedal or paddle beside this fun and entertaining world traveler as he shares hilarious moments from his many journeys.
Learn from a master: Try your hand at your own video storytelling as you receive valuable tips from a world-class film producer. Relax in the evening as Jean-Michel provides a personal perspective before you enjoy screenings of some of his award-winning films.
Join in interactive Q&A Sessions:Ask questions to this world-class explorer in evening discussions following his storytelling about his adventures and hear what he’s learned about advocacy in ocean conservation. Discover the man and the vision behind the Ocean Futures Society through informal conversations over drinks.
ABOUT JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU
Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has been an impassioned diplomat for the environment and our ocean planet. As Founder, Chairman of the Board and President of Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit marine conservation and education organization, Jean-Michel has championed understanding worldwide about the critical relationship between people and the sea and the importance of wise environmental policy.
Traveling the Amazon originally with his esteemed father, 35 years ago, Cousteau and the Ocean Futures Society team returned in 2008 to this bio-diverse ecosystem to film “Ocean Adventures – Return to the Amazon” for PBS. An award-winning producer of over 80 films, Jean-Michel has been recognized internationally with numerous prestigious awards for his pioneering work in ocean conservation. In May 2016, he was honored with the highest French civilian order of distinction, the Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur, Knight of the Legion of Honor by the President of France, François Hollande.
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