Tour operator Aqua Expeditions is an adventure travel company that offers guests the chance to cruise the Amazon River in Peru, while staying on board a 147-foot-long (45-meter) floating hotel. Designed by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the M/V Aria is an intimate cruise ship that can accommodate a maximum of 32 passengers, plus crew. The unique accommodation offers a rare chance to observe the wonders of the Amazon region from an unobstructed vantage point – be it from one of the ship’s numerous outdoor decks, or from the privacy of a guest suite.
The accommodation quarters of the M/V Aria consists of 16 spacious suites, each featuring an en suite, lounge area and large panoramic river views. With the bed positioned to face the dramatic outlook, this just might be the best spot to get a look at a bird-eating spider or an anaconda – the world’s largest snake. Travelers might also be lucky enough to get a glimpse of an endangered pink dolphin, a three-toed sloth or even a black jaguar.
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Taking a break from all the wildlife watching, guests can relax in the outdoor jacuzzi or sun deck. The ship also comes equipped with indoor and outdoor lounge areas, an observation deck, indoor gym and gourmet dining facilities.
Aqua Expeditions offers 3, 4 or 7-night itineraries on board the M/V Aria, giving passengers the chance to explore the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, located deep within the Amazon River basin. While the tours no doubt provide for a rare experience into one of Peru’s most well preserved havens for wildlife, plants and birding, they don’t come cheap! A 3-night itinerary will set you back approximately US$5,670 per couple.View gallery - 8 images