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Sail the mighty Amazon River onboard a 147-foot-long floating hotel

Sail the mighty Amazon River o...
The M/V Aria, cruising the Amazon River in Peru
The M/V Aria, cruising the Amazon River in Peru
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The M/V Aria, cruising the Amazon River in Peru
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The M/V Aria, cruising the Amazon River in Peru
The M/V Aria offers a rare chance to observe the wonders of the Amazon region from an unobstructed vantage point
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The M/V Aria offers a rare chance to observe the wonders of the Amazon region from an unobstructed vantage point
The ship comes equipped with indoor and outdoor lounge areas, an observation deck, indoor gym and gourmet dining facilities
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The ship comes equipped with indoor and outdoor lounge areas, an observation deck, indoor gym and gourmet dining facilities
Taking a break from all the wildlife watching, guests can relax in the outdoor jacuzzi or sun deck
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Taking a break from all the wildlife watching, guests can relax in the outdoor jacuzzi or sun deck
The ship comes equipped with indoor and outdoor lounge areas, an observation deck, indoor gym and gourmet dining facilities
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The ship comes equipped with indoor and outdoor lounge areas, an observation deck, indoor gym and gourmet dining facilities
The M/V Aria offers 3, 4 or 7-night itineraries, giving passengers the chance to explore the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, located deep within the Amazon River basin
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The M/V Aria offers 3, 4 or 7-night itineraries, giving passengers the chance to explore the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, located deep within the Amazon River basin
The ship’s accommodation quarters consists of 16 spacious suites, each featuring an en suite, lounge area and large panoramic river views
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The ship’s accommodation quarters consists of 16 spacious suites, each featuring an en suite, lounge area and large panoramic river views
The M/V Aria is an intimate cruise ship that can accommodate a maximum of 32 passengers plus crew
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The M/V Aria is an intimate cruise ship that can accommodate a maximum of 32 passengers plus crew

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.

The ship’s accommodation quarters consists of 16 spacious suites, each featuring an en suite, lounge area and large panoramic river views
The ship’s accommodation quarters consists of 16 spacious suites, each featuring an en suite, lounge area and large panoramic river views

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.

Source: Aqua Expeditions, Jordi Puig via Ignant

3 comments
fireflies
Well thats a bit different to when I travelled down the Amazon from Iquitous 20 years ago. We paddled dug out canoes, were eaten by mosquitoes and camped with villagers by the river in open wood huts. We fished for pirahna (unsuccessfully) and hiked through the jungle in sandals. But our trip cost $30US a day. I suspect the above experience might cost a little more!! Not sure whether it would be any more amazing than our trip. We saw, anacondas, monkeys, pink dolphins gliding by the canoe and caiman which the children were playing with! However, I also caught Hep A and two of the party were left behind in the jungle as they had a disagreement on how many days they had paid for on their jungle trip. For all I know, they are still there...
Derek Howe
whooo, PRICEY! But it would be pretty damn cool, and I'd hope those giant windows are 1 way...otherwise that would be awkward.
Derek Howe
I just noticed the curtain...it would've been cooler if they put those electronic tinting windows in (which go full dark, like the ones on the 787), instead of normal windows.