AM: After breakfast, we begin our tour of this enigmatic city, accessible only by boat or by air. Iquitos is a boom/bust town made famous for its lavish history during the Rubber Era of the 19th Century. Today, we can observe the crumbling remains of ostentatious imports such as tiles and balconies from Europe that are aging under the relentless elements of the Jungle. Arguably, the most famous of which is the ‘Iron House’ allegedly designed by Gustave Eiffel himself, which is situated on the main plaza and now houses a restaurant.
Our walk will take us to the main promenade where we will enjoy views of the Itaya and Amazon Rivers. Nearby, we will visit the Amazon Regional Museum, with its impressive collection of ethnic art from dozens of tribes throughout the Amazon region, including 80 life-size representations. Many handicrafts are sold nearby should you want to support local artisans. Afterwards, we will transfer to our ship for our adventure in the Amazon.
PM: In the early evening, embark on the Aqua Nera and settle into your generously-sized suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to our 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.
Please Note: Group transfers are provided between the airport and the cruise port if booked on our recommended flights. Separate arrangements can be made for afternoon arrivals.
Meals: (B, L, D)