The 147-foot Aria Amazon cruise ship is a masterpiece of refined style and provides eco-friendly luxury cruises from Iquitos. Designed by innovative Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the floating boutique hotel was custom-built to explore the Amazon.
Life Aboard The Aria Amazon Cruise Ship
The Aria Amazon features 16 oversized suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and California-King-sized beds and welcomes 32 passengers into its upscale interiors. The fully air-conditioned ship has a light, airy feel, thanks to ample natural light, a neutral color palette, and rich hardwoods. The Aria Amazon is also filled with amenities and social spaces.
Picture yourself sipping a pisco sour on the shaded outdoor lounge or gazing up at the stars from the observation deck. Watch the river from the outdoor Jacuzzi with a local craft beer, treat yourself to a soothing treatment in the onboard massage room, or work up a sweat in the exercise room. Whatever you do while aboard the Aria Amazon, 27 crew members, including a health and safety officer, work to meet your every need.
Excursions From Your Aria Amazon Cruise
While you aren’t being pampered aboard the riverboat, you will be discovering the Amazon River and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve on a series of exhilarating excursions. Choose between four-, five- and eight-day itineraries, each of which changes to make the most of the wet and dry seasons. You will start your excursions by heading to the lower deck and boarding one of four auxiliary boats. These aluminum skiffs are outfitted with low-emission engines and ergonomic seats. The maximum group size for excursions is eight passengers, and an English-speaking naturalist guide will lead each small group.
Enjoy a picnic breakfast in the jungle while listening to the birds wake for the day. Then, go fishing in the black waters of the Pacaya River. Swim, canoe and kayak in the Clavero River and watch for pink dolphins in the Ucayali River. Jungle walks, both during the day and after dark, are opportunities to meet the local wildlife. You may also be able to visit the Manatee Rescue Center. For many guests, other highlights include fishing for piranhas and visiting local communities. During a visit to the Bellavista Nanay morning market along the Nanay River, sampling local snacks, such as “Suri,” made from Amazonian caterpillars, is a must.
Culinary Experiences Aboard The Aria Amazon
Award-winning consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is redefining what cruise cuisine should be. As one of Peru’s most renowned chefs, Schiaffino started by working with anthropologists and environmental scientists to understand the local flavors and culinary traditions of the Amazon. Chef Schiaffino created a menu of rainforest-to-table gastronomy using 70% locally sourced ingredients and focused on sustainable produce.
Taking things a step further, Schiaffino elevated Peruvian cuisine into a multi-sensory experience with dishes such as scallops with wild almonds and umari fruit, plantain and yucca gnocchi, and hearts of palm soufflé. An all-inclusive cruise, the Aria Amazon is a luxury retreat in the rainforest. And, with two sets of interconnecting rooms, everyone from families and groups of friends can join in on the fun.
Suites & Cabins
Lower Deck Design Suite
These spacious suites are designed to ensure you get a feel of the Amazon environs. With the large panoramic windows and fully equipped ensuite facilities, guests will love their stay. Some of the lower deck suites are interconnected to accommodate traveling friends.
Upper Deck Design Suite
These air-conditioned design suites are equipped with large windows allowing you to have great views of the Amazon River. Each suite comes with an ensuite bathroom with a hot water shower, a basket of toiletries, a hairdryer, bathrobes, and slippers.