*Please Note: This itinerary is operated during high-water season (November-May) and is for reference only. The itinerary may vary due to weather and other conditions. The low water season (June-October) runs with a slightly different route.
The Aqua Nera, currently under construction, is set to create a new level of luxury in the Amazon, perfectly combining contemporary design with affluent finishes. The design of the boat is inspired by the blackwater lagoon of the Amazon River, where the name Aqua Nera comes from. With this in mind, the interiors of the vessel consists of rich, dark-hued wooden elements complimented by Peruvian decor. The 1:1 guest to staff ratio guarantees a personalised service for all aspects of your Peruvian Amazon experience. With a maximum occupancy of 44 passengers, in 20 design suites, each and every guest will feel that they are on an exclusive and immersive adventure. Experience an unparalleled culinary experience with a menu designed by world-renowned chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino complimented by first-class mixology. There are plenty of social areas to relax and unwind in, some of which include; both indoor and outdoor dining areas, lounges and bars along with an observation deck, outdoor plunge pool, a library, on board spa to only name a few.
Receive a warm welcome upon your arrival at Iquitos International Airport by the Aqua Expeditions crew and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon continues with an introduction to the historic city of Iquitos and the opportunity to visit an indigenous Amazon community. In the early evening, embark on the luxurious Aqua Nera and settle into your generously-sized suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to your naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, ámaZ, is one of Peru’s most renowned dining establishments.
Rise with the sun for early morning bird watching along the Marañon River and enjoy breakfast in the middle of the jungle. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as you look for the legendary pink river dolphins. In the afternoon, enjoy the unique opportunity to visit an Amazonian village, to interact with the native people and visit local schoolchildren.
Your rewards for an early start today are plentiful: a full day excursion including a picnic lunch that is accompanied by the jungle symphony, and fishing along the black waters of the Samiria River. On the way back to the Marañon River after lunch, venture out by skiffs alongside the banana boats transporting jungle products, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.
As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the extraordinary blackwater Nauta Caño River. In the afternoon, take a jungle walk on the firm soil forest of Casual while looking for flora and fauna which may include medicinal trees, insects and poison dart frogs. Learn more about the different rainforest strata and ecosystems. At night, focus the ships hi-tech telescope on the sky to identify the stars, planets and the milky way.
In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish. Return to the Aqua Nera for your last breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.