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DRY SEASON - May to November
RAINY SEASON - December to April
SAT
AM
Iquitos Airport

M/V Aqua Amazon River Cruise
M/V Aqua


M/V Aqua Amazon River Cruise Map
PM
Amazon River
SUN
AM
Amazon & Tahuayo Rivers and Charo Lake
PM
Yacapana Islands Exploration andDolphin Sighting
MON
AM
Marañon River/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
PM
Monkey and Dolphin Expedition & Optional Marañon River Night Excursion
TUE
AM
Birthplace of the Amazon/Puerto Miguel Village/Marayali River
PM
Nauta City/Iquitos Airport
WED
AM
Ucayali River & Yanallpa Area
PM
Sapote River
THU
AM
Puinahua River/Hatum Posa Lake and Pacaya River
PM
Pacaya-Samiria National Park
FRI
AM
Puinahua/Pacaya Rivers and Carocurahuayte Lake
PM
Sapote River Fishing Trip & Farewell Dinner
SAT
AM
Optional Amazon River Skiff Trip
PM
San Juan Amazonian Indians' Market
Iquitos Airport
, Iquitos to Lima

Detailed Itineraries

DRY SEASON ITINERARIES - June-November
M/V Aqua 4-Day Amazon River Cruise - Dry Season
SAT to TUE - 4 Days/3 Nights

NOTE: The weather in Iquitos is warm and humid with average high temperatures of 95°F and lowest temperatures of 70°F.
The dry season is from May to November.
The wet season is from December to April.

The seasons feature particular differences in the plant and animal life as well as in the climate. All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions and time of year. River and tributary levels may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified at the captain's discretion.

Bring comfortable, soft-soled shoes, lightweight pants and long-sleeved tops, hat, sunglasses, lightweight rain gear, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, BINOCULARS, camera and spare batteries. Don't forget to include some items that you can give away to the locals (T-shirts, pens and paper are especially prized).

Itinerary

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

Day 1, Saturday - Iquitos/Amazon River
If you are already in Iquitos, your guide will pick you up at your hotel. Otherwise, your guides await you as your flight arrives at Iquitos International Airport. After you've claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus and transfer to Iquitos' main wharf. There the M/V Aqua lies at anchor, awaiting your arrival. As you settle into your suite your vessel will start on its journey toward the Yanayacu River, deep in the heart of Amazonia. Over the next seven days you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travelers.
8:00 PM - Safety Drill and Briefing on the Top Deck
Before dinner, you will perform a routine safety drill. Following that, your Cruise Director and guides will give a brief orientation talk about life on board, where you will go and what you will see on your Amazon journey.
8:30 PM - Welcome Dinner
Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world's best. Here it is presented with a touch of European flair, and a vegetarian dish is always available. (D)

Day 2, Sunday - Amazon & Tahuayo Rivers and Charo Lake
6:30 AM - Breakfast
Be up early to catch the sun on the river. The sumptuous daily breakfast buffet features a broad choice of traditional breakfast egg dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh-squeezed fruit juices.
7:30 AM - Tahuayo River Exploration and Fishing Trip at Charo Lake
This morning you will board a comfortable excursion skiff for your first adventure, traveling from the Amazon through the Huaysi short-cut canal to explore the Tahuayo black water river. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots and plenty of cold potable water will always be available for you on board the skiffs. As you float down the Tahuayo occasional fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes will give you a cheerful greeting. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth share this wonderful environment. Upon arrival at Charo Lake you can bait your hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia's fearsome piranhas (and other fish as well). As you fish, trained naturalist guides will also tell you the story of the lake and its inhabitants.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
Icy cold towels await you and you have some time to relax, or perhaps even take a nap.
1:00 PM - Lunch
Enjoy lighter mid-day fare in the air-conditioned dining room.
4:00 PM - Yacapana Islands Exploration and Dolphin Sighting
Locals call the Yacapana Islands the 'Iguana Islands' because of the huge population of these reptiles. Amazon folklore says that if you touch an iguana, you will develop some of their traits; nobody wants to be ugly, so the iguanas are well protected. You will pass by in the skiff, giving you a chance to snap good photos. As the sun sets, you will have the chance to see and photograph both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. The people of the Amazon believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations.
6:30 PM - To the Headwaters
You will return to the M/V Aqua vessel and continue your journey upstream toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali, Marañon, and the Amazon Rivers merge.
8:00 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 3, Monday - Marañon River/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (Nauto Caño and Yanayacu-Pucate)
6:30 AM - Breakfast
Today you can choose between two options:
Option 1:
7:30 AM - Full-Day Excursion at Ranger Station No. 2
Travel by skiff from Yanayacu Creek all the way to remote Chingana, a small creek where giant river otter usually nest. These handsome animals were killed in great numbers for their pelts, and are now threatened with extinction. On this excursion you will also see howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds. You will also go deep into the jungle where you will encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the important medical value of jungle plants. You will see famous Kapok Trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. Enjoy a generous picnic lunch at the park Ranger Station No. 2 before returnng to the vessel.
Option 2:
8:30 AM - Guided Jungle Walk/Siesta/Monkey and Dolphin Expedition.
This morning your Park Ranger will tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. The ranger may also show you the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle eggs.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch, followed by a Siesta
4:00 PM - Monkey and Dolphin Expedition
On this late afternoon expedition, you are likely to see the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins - including the unusual pink ones - found in the Amazon. Later, keep your eyes directed toward the jungle canopy, where you can spot at least several kinds of primates-among the 13 species of monkeys resident in the National Park. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of tamarins and howlers, dusky titi monkeys and pigmy marmoset monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more than 200 species of birds.
6:00 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua.
7:30 PM - Dinner
8.30 PM - Optional Night Excursion
This evening you will take the skiffs out in search of caimans, tree boas, tarantulas, and frogs. After this night adventure, the M/V Aqua will start sailing downstream on the Marañon River, toward the headwaters of the Amazon. (B, L, D)

Day 4, Tuesday - Birthplace of the Amazon/Puerto Miguel Village/Marayali River
Horned Screamers cleared for takeoff
Horned Screamers cleared for takeoff
5:30 AM - Birthplace of the Amazon
This morning the
M/V Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Rise early and be on the skiffs at 5:30 AM - to view one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the Amazon River. It is here that the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, forms the world's greatest waterway - nature is at its most dramatic. Your dawn excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song as you glide in small boats past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds.
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Puerto Miguel Village
You will travel by skiff to Puerto Miguel native village, where you can meet and interact with local villagers from this most remote part of the world, and can learn a bit more about their culture, traditions, and folklore. You will also have the chance to trade items for local handicrafts.
11:00 AM - Return to the
M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Disembarkation
Step off the
M/V Aqua in the small city of Nauta wherean air-conditioned bus awaits you. Enjoy a one and 1/2-hour drive through the Peruvian countryside before arriving at Iquitos International Airport. Your guides will assist you with your baggage and check-in, and will wait with you until you are ready to board your flight to Lima. (B, L)


M/V Aqua 5-Day Amazon River Cruise - Dry Season
TUE to SAT - 5 Days/4 Nights

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

Day 1, Tuesday - Iquitos/Nauta/Embarkation/Marañon River
Your guides await you as your flight arrives at Iquitos International Airport. After you've claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus and transfer to Nauta, and drive about one and ½ hours through the countryside. There the M/V Aqua lies at anchor, awaiting your arrival. Take a few moments to settle into your suite before dinner. Over the next four days you will sail along several tributaries of the Amazon, as well as on the mighty river itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure, to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travelers.
8:00 PM - Safety Drill and Briefing on the Top Deck
Before dinner you will perform a routine safety drill. Following that, your Cruise Director and guides will give a brief orientation talk about life on board, where you will go and what you will see on your Amazon journey.
8:30 PM - Welcome Dinner
Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world's best. Here it is presented with a touch of European flair, and a vegetarian dish is always available. (D)

Day 2, Wednesday - Ucayali River & Yanallpa Area
7:00 AM - Breakfast
8:00 AM - Jungle Walk to Yanallpa Lake
This morning you will go in search of the bizarre-looking birds called 'hoatzins,' that live in huge colonies in a very strange Jurassic Park-like lake. As you hike your guides will teach you orientation techniques used in the deep jungle.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
4:00 PM - Ucayali Exploration and Discovery Tour
This afternoon you will cruise the majestic Ucayali River, giving you a chance to see and meet native 'balseros,' or fishermen, who will demonstrate their skill and let you see their catch - including a type of 'armored' catfish with a shell-like skin. They take it to the market in the small village of Requena. You will also find a 'banana balsero' raft loaded with hundreds of clusters of bananas, drifting down the river to market.
6:00 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
7:30 PM - Dinner
8:30 PM - Night Trip on Sapote River
Your guides will show you several types of caiman, members of the alligator family, along the fish-rich Sapote River. Chances are good that you will surprise other night-dwelling creatures as well.
10:00 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua to sail upstream on the Puinahua River (B, L, D)

Day 3, Thursday - Puinahua River/Hatum Posa Lake and Pacaya River
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Jungle Walk Near Hatum Posa Village
On this walk your guides will introduce you to native people doing subsistence farming, and will tell you how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm income. Deep in the primary forest, your guides will also show you the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
4:00 PM - Pacaya River Exploration, Plus Night Trip from Ranger Station No. 1 to Yanayacu Lake
In the late afternoon you will take the skiffs along the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where you can view the abundant life that is hidden in the deep rainforest. You may see saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and the easy-to-spot heavy howler monkeys. As the sun sets you will hear the loud, ferocious sounding warning signals made by howler monkeys marking their territories. When night falls you will hear the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as other nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the tree tops. You will use the special spotlight torches to locate night creatures, including, perhaps, huge caimans.
7:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
Tonight the vessel will be docked by the No. 1 Ranger Station in Pacaya-Samiria National Park.
8:00 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 4, Friday - Puinahua/Pacaya Rivers and Carocurahuayte Lake
6:30 AM - Pacaya Exploration; Breakfast on the Skiffs
In the bright morning light your guides will show you parrots, macaws, toucans, and many different types of monkeys. You will also go to the dolphin feeding spots along Yanayacu Lake where you will be delightfully surrounded by these creatures while enjoying a light breakfast and fresh juice.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You will begin the homeward journey, sailing toward Iquitos.
12:30 PM - Lunch
3:30 PM - Sapote River Fishing Trip
Armed with poles and bait, you will go to a special place on this fish-rich river, where you can catch some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin. The key target will be piranhas, the small carnivorous fish with a fearsome reputation-considered a good food source by the locals.
6:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You will sail downstream all night, as you make your way to Iquitos.
8:00 PM - Farewell Dinner
Just minutes after being in the wilderness, surrounded by monkeys and birds, and the other wildlife of the rainforest, you will find yourself sitting down to a final gourmet feast in the ship's dining room.
9:00 PM - Crew Presentation
Tonight the guides will introduce some of the crew members you haven't yet met on the trip, but have worked behind the scenes to give you an unforgettable experience. (B, L, D)

Day 5, Saturday - Iquitos to Lima
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Last Skiff Trip (optional)
A brief skiff trip along the majestic Amazon will give you a last chance to photograph the wildlife of the jungle.
10:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You have time to pack and prepare for the next stage of your journey. Please leave your packed luggage in your cabins to be transferred to the bus, before coming to the dining room for a light lunch.
12:00 PM - Light Lunch
12:40 PM - Disembarkation/City Tour and Transfer to the Airport
You will spend the afternoon in the remote city of Iquitos, accessible only by river or air. This bustling town, complete with a house built by Gustave Eiffel, was once a rich center of the rubber industry. After a city tour you will make a stop at San Juan Amazonian Indians' Market for some last-minute shopping.
4:00 PM - Arrive at Iquitos International Airport, where your guides will help you check-in and will wait with you until you flight departs. (B, L)
Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.


M/V Aqua 8-Day Amazon River Cruise - Dry Season
SAT to SAT - 8 Days/7 Nights

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

Day 1, Saturday - Iquitos/Amazon River
Your guides await you as your flight arrives at Iquitos International Airport. After you've claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus and transfer to Iquitos' main wharf. There the M/V Aqua lies at anchor, awaiting your arrival. M/V Aqua on the Amazon riverAs you settle into your suite your vessel will start on its journey toward the Yanayacu River, deep in the heart of Amazonia. Over the next seven days you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travelers.
8:00 PM - Safety Drill and Briefing on the Top Deck
Before dinner, you will perform a routine safety drill. Following that, your Cruise Director and guides will give a brief orientation talk about life on board, where you will go and what you will see on your Amazon journey.
8:30 PM - Welcome Dinner Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world's best. Here it is presented with a touch of European flair, and a vegetarian dish is always available. (D)

Day 2, Sunday - Amazon & Tahuayo Rivers and Charo Lake
6:30 AM - Breakfast
Be up early to catch the sun on the river. The sumptuous daily breakfast buffet features a broad choice of traditional breakfast egg dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh-squeezed fruit juices. 7:30 AM - Tahuayo River Exploration and Fishing Trip at Charo Lake
This morning you will board a comfortable excursion skiff for your first adventure, traveling from the Amazon through the Huaysi short-cut canal to explore the Tahuayo black water river. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots and plenty of cold potable water will always be available for you on board the skiffs. As you float down the Tahuayo occasional fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes will give you a cheerful greeting. Keep your binoculars ready to spot a vast variety of wildlife: terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth share this wonderful environment. Upon arrival at Charo Lake you can bait your hooks to try to catch one of Amazonia's fearsome piranhas (and other fish as well). As you fish, trained naturalist guides will also tell you the story of the lake and its inhabitants.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
Icy cold towels await you and you have some time to relax, or perhaps even take a nap.
1:00 PM - Lunch
Enjoy lighter mid-day fare in the air-conditioned dining room.
4:00 PM - Yacapana Islands Exploration and Dolphin Sighting
Locals call the Yacapana Islands the 'Iguana Islands' because of the huge population of these reptiles. Amazon folklore says that if you touch an iguana, you will develop some of their traits; nobody wants to be ugly, so the iguanas are well protected. You will pass by in the skiff, giving you a chance to snap good photos. As the sun sets, you will have the chance to see and photograph both gray and pink freshwater dolphins. The people of the Amazon believe that these dolphins turn into humans to steal handsome men or pretty women from their villages during celebrations.
6:30 PM - To the Headwaters
You will return to the M/V Aqua vessel and continue your journey upstream toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali, Marañon, and the Amazon Rivers merge.
8:00 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Sulfur Butterfly
Sulfur Butterfly, one of
millions to be seen!

Day 3, Monday - Marañon River/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (Nauto Caño and Yanayacu-Pucate)
6:30 AM - Breakfast
Today you can choose between two options:
Option 1:
7:30 AM - Full-Day Excursion at Ranger Station No. 2
Travel by skiff from Yanayacu Creek all the way to remote Chingana, a small creek where giant river otter usually nest. These handsome animals were killed in great numbers for their pelts, and are now threatened with extinction. On this excursion you will also see howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds. You will also go deep into the jungle where you will encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the important medical value of jungle plants. You will see famous Kapok Trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. Enjoy a generous picnic lunch at the park Ranger Station No. 2 before returnng to the vessel.
Option 2:
8:30 AM - Guided Jungle Walk/Siesta/Monkey and Dolphin Expedition.
This morning your Park Ranger will tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. The ranger may also show you the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle eggs.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch, followed by a Siesta
4:00 PM - Monkey and Dolphin Expedition
On this late afternoon expedition, you are likely to see the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins, including the unusual pink ones found in the Amazon. Later, keep your eyes directed toward the jungle canopy, where you can spot at least several kinds of primates among the 13 species of monkeys resident in the National Park. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of tamarins and howlers, dusky titi monkeys and pigmy marmoset monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more than 200 species of birds.
6:00 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
7:30 PM - Dinner
8.30 PM - Optional Night Excursion
This evening you will take the skiffs out in search of caimans, tree boas, tarantulas, and frogs. After this night adventure, the M/V Aqua will start sailing downstream on the Marañon River, toward the headwaters of the Amazon. (B, L, D)

Day 4, Tuesday - Birthplace of the Amazon/Puerto Migual Village/Marayali River
5:30 AM - Birthplace of the Amazon
This morning the M/V Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Rise early and be on the skiffs at 5:30 AM to view one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the Amazon River. It is here that the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, forms the world's greatest waterway - nature is at its most dramatic. Your dawn excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song as you glide in small boats past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds.
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Puerto Miguel Village
You will travel by skiff to Puerto Miguel native village, where you can meet and interact with local villagers from this most remote part of the world, and can learn a bit more about their culture, traditions, and folklore. You will also have the chance to trade items for local handicrafts.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
4:00 PM - Ucayali River and Yucuruche Lake
This afternoon you will travel by skiff along the Ucayali river to Yucuruche Lake, where will walk a little ways into the jungle to see the world's largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies or 'Victoria Regias.' You will be one of a very small number of people who have ever seen these plants bloom at night.
7:00 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
8:30 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 5, Wednesday - Ucayali River & Yanallpa Area
7:00 AM - Breakfast
8:00 AM - Jungle Walk to Yanallpa Lake
This morning you will go in search of the bizarre-looking birds called 'hoatzins,' that live in huge colonies in a very strange Jurassic Park-like lake. As you hike your guides will teach you orientation techniques used in the deep jungle.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
4:00 PM - Ucayali Exploration and Discovery Tour
This afternoon you will cruise the majestic Ucayali River, giving you a chance to see and meet native 'balseros,' or fishermen, who will demonstrate their skill and let you see their catch - including a type of 'armored' catfish with a shell-like skin. They take it to the market in the small village of Requena. You will also find a 'banana balsero' raft loaded with hundreds of clusters of bananas, drifting down the river to market.
6:00 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
7:30 PM - Dinner
8:30 PM - Night Trip at Sapote River
Your guides will show you several types of caiman, members of the alligator family, along the fish-rich Sapote River. Chances are good that you will surprise other night-dwelling creatures as well.
10:00 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua to sail upstream on the Puinahua River (B, L, D)

Day 6, Thursday - Puinahua River/Hatum Posa Lake and Pacaya River
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Jungle Walk Near Hatum Posa Village
On this walk your guides will introduce you to native people doing subsistence farming, and will tell you how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm income. Deep in the primary forest, your guides will also show you the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
4:00 PM - Pacaya River Exploration, Plus Night Trip from Ranger Station No. 1 to Yanayacu Lake
In the late afternoon you will take the skiffs along the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where you can view the abundant life that is hidden in the deep rainforest. You may see saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and the easy-to-spot heavy howler monkeys. As the sun sets you will hear the loud, ferocious sounding warning signals made by howler monkeys marking their territories. When night falls you will hear the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as other nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the tree tops. You will use the special spotlight torches to locate night creatures, including, perhaps, huge caimans.
7:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
Tonight the vessel will be docked by the No. 1 Ranger Station in Pacaya-Samiria National Park.
8:00 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 7, Friday - Puinahua/Pacaya Rivers and Carocurahuayte Lake
6:30 AM - Pacaya Exploration; Breakfast on the Skiffs
In the bright morning light your guides will show you parrots, macaws, toucans, and many different types of monkeys. You will also go to the dolphin feeding spots along Yanayacu Lake where you will be delightfully surrounded by these creatures while enjoying a light breakfast and fresh juice.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You will begin the homeward journey, sailing toward Iquitos.
12:30 PM - Lunch
3:30 PM - Sapote River Fishing Trip
Armed with poles and bait, you will go to a special place on this fish-rich river, where you can catch some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin. The key target will be piranhas, the small carnivorous fish with a fearsome reputation-considered a good food source by the locals.
6:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You will sail downstream all night, as you make your way to Iquitos.
8:00 PM - Farewell Dinner
Just minutes after being in the wilderness, surrounded by monkeys and birds, and the other wildlife of the rainforest, you will find yourself sitting down to a final gourmet feast in the ship's dining room.
9:00 PM - Crew Presentation
Tonight the guides will introduce some of the crew members you haven't yet met on the trip, but have worked behind the scenes to give you an unforgettable experience. (B, L, D)

Day 8, Saturday - Iquitos to Lima
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Last Skiff Trip (optional)
A brief skiff trip along the majestic Amazon will give you a last chance to photograph the wildlife of the jungle.
10:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You have time to pack and prepare for the next stage of your journey. Please leave your packed luggage in your cabins to be transferred to the bus, before coming to the dining room for a light lunch.
12:00 PM - Light Lunch
12:40 PM - Disembarkation/City Tour and Transfer to the Airport
You will spend the afternoon in the remote city of Iquitos, accessible only by river or air. This bustling town, complete with a house built by Gustave Eiffel, was once a rich center of the rubber industry. After a city tour you will make a stop at San Juan Amazonian Indians' Market for some last-minute shopping.
4:00 PM - Arrive at Iquitos International Airport, where your guides will help you check-in and will wait with you until you flight departs. (B, L)


RAINY SEASON ITINERARIES - December-April
M/V Aqua Amazon River Cruises

SAT
AM
Iquitos Airport

M/V Aqua Amazon River Cruise
M/V Aqua


M/V Aqua Amazon River Cruise Map
PM
Amazon River
SUN
AM
Amazon & Yanayacu Rivers/ Corrientes Lake/Yarapa River
PM
Yacapana Islands Exploration andDolphin Sighting
MON
AM

Marañon River/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (Nauto Caño and Yanayacu-Pucate)

PM
Monkey and Dolphin Expedition & Optional Marañon River Night Excursion
TUE
AM
Birthplace of the Amazon/Puerto Miguel Village/Marayali River
PM
Nauta City/Iquitos Airport
WED
AM
Ucayali, Yanallpa & Dorado Rivers /Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
PM
Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion
THU
AM
Puinahua River/Hatum Posa Lake
PM
Pacaya River Exploration, plus Night Trip from Ranger Station No. 1 to Yanayacu Lake
FRI
AM
Puinahua/Pacaya Rivers and Carocurahuayte Lake
PM
Sapote River Fishing Trip & Farewell Dinner
SAT
AM
Optional Amazon River Skiff Trip
PM
San Juan Amazonian Indians' Market
Iquitos Airport
, Iquitos to Lima

M/V Aqua 4-Day Amazon River Cruise - Rainy Season
SAT to TUE - 4 Days/3 Nights

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

Day 1, Saturday - Iquitos/Amazon River
Your guides await you as your flight arrives at Iquitos International Airport. After you've claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus and transfer to Iquitos' main wharf. There the M/V Aqua lies at anchor, awaiting your arrival. As you settle into your suite your vessel will start on its journey toward the Yanayacu River, deep in the heart of Amazonia. Over the next seven days you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travelers.
8:00 PM - Safety Drill and Briefing on the Top Deck
Before dinner, you will perform a routine safety drill. Following that, your Cruise Director and guides will give a brief orientation talk about life on board, where you will go and what you will see on your Amazon journey.
8:30 PM - Welcome Dinner
Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world's best. Here it is presented with a touch of European flair, and a vegetarian dish is always available. (D)

Day 2, Sunday - Amazon & Yanayacu Rivers/Corrientes Lake/Yarapa River
6:30 AM - Breakfast
Enjoy the first of your generous breakfast buffets, complete with traditional breakfast egg dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh-squeezed juices.
8:00 AM - Yanayacu River Exploration
This morning you will board a comfortable excursion skiff to begin your first adventure along the Yanayacu ('black water') River. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots and plenty of cold potable water are always available on the skiffs. As you float along this river you will pass fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes and will have the chance to see a great variety of wildlife, including terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth. Your guides will provide lots of detail about life along the river as you journey past its banks. Upon arrival at Corrientes Lake you will have the chance to fish for the fearsome, sharp-toothed piranha, highly valued as a food among the local people. Return to the M/V Aqua as midday approaches.
11:00 AM - Icy towels await you to help you cool off from your time on the river.
1:00 PM - Lunch
Enjoy lighter mid-day fare in the air-conditioned dining room.
4:00 PM - Yarapa River Exploration and Night Excursion
After time for a siesta you will board the skiffs again to explore the narrow Yarapa River, where you are likely to spot squirrel monkeys, herons, egrets, and the unusual horned screamer. As the sun sets, you will become aware of the rich and varied sounds of diurnal creatures marking their territories. As soon as it is dark enough, the spotlights will be turned on to search for night wildlife-nighthawks, frogs, opossums, tarantulas, and caimans are easily spotted along this part of the river.
7:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
The M/V Aqua continues to make its way upstream, toward the birthplace of the Amazon River - the dramatic spot where the Ucayali, Marañon, and Amazon River all unite in a rush of water.
8:30 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 3, Monday - Marañon River/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (Nauto Caño and Yanayacu-Pucate)
6:30 AM - Breakfast
Today you can choose between two options:
Option 1:
7:30 AM - Full-Day Excursion at Ranger Station No. 2
Travel by skiff from Yanayacu Creek all the way to remote Chingana, a small creek where giant river otter usually nest. These handsome animals were killed in great numbers for their pelts, and are now threatened with extinction. On this excursion you will also see howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds. You will also go deep into the jungle where you will encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the important medical value of jungle plants. You will see famous Kapok Trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. Enjoy a generous picnic lunch at the park Ranger Station No. 2 before returning to the vessel.
Option 2:
8:30 AM - Guided Jungle Walk/Siesta/Monkey and Dolphin Expedition.
This morning your Park Ranger will tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. The ranger may also show you the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle eggs.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch, followed by a Siesta
4:00 PM - Monkey and Dolphin Expedition
On this late afternoon expedition, you are likely to see the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins, including the unusual pink ones found in the Amazon. Later, keep your eyes directed toward the jungle canopy, where you can spot at least several kinds of primates among the 13 species of monkeys resident in the National Park. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of tamarins and howlers, dusky titi monkeys and pigmy marmoset monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more than 200 species of birds.
6:00 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
7:30 PM - Dinner
8.30 PM - Optional Night Excursion
This evening you will take the skiffs out in search of caimans, tree boas, tarantulas, and frogs. After this night adventure, the M/V Aqua will start sailing downstream on the Marañon River, toward the headwaters of the Amazon. (B, L, D)

Day 4, Tuesday - Birthplace of the Amazon/Puerto Miguel Village/Marayali River
5:30 AM - Birthplace of the Amazon
This morning the M/V Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Rise early and be on the skiffs at 5:30 AM to view one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the Amazon River. It is here that the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, forms the world's greatest waterway - nature is at its most dramatic. Your dawn excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song as you glide in small boats past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds.
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Puerto Miguel Village
You will travel by skiff to Puerto Miguel native village, where you can meet and interact with local villagers from this most remote part of the world, and can learn a bit more about their culture, traditions, and folklore. You will also have the chance to trade items for local handicrafts.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Disembarkation
Step off the M/V Aqua in the small city of Nauta where an air-conditioned bus awaits you. Enjoy a one and 1/2-hour drive through the Peruvian countryside before arriving at Iquitos International Airport. Your guides will assist you with your baggage and check-in, and will wait with you until you are ready to board your flight to Lima. (B, L)


M/V Aqua 5-Day Amazon River Cruise - Rainy Season
TUE to SAT - 5 Days/4 Nights

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

Day 1, Tuesday - Iquitos/Nauta/Embarkation/Marañon River
Your guides await you as your flight arrives at Iquitos International Airport. After you've claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus and transfer to Nauta, for a drive of about one and ½ hours through the countryside. There the M/V Aqua lies at anchor, awaiting your arrival. Take a few moments to settle into your suite before dinner. Over the next four days you will sail along several tributaries of the Amazon, as well as on the mighty river itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure, to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travelers.
8:00 PM - Safety Drill and Briefing on the Top Deck
Before dinner you will perform a routine safety drill. Following that, your Cruise Director and guides will give a brief orientation talk about life on board, where you will go and what you will see on your Amazon journey.
8:30 PM - Welcome Dinner
Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world's best. Here it is presented with a touch of European flair, and a vegetarian dish is always available. (D)

Day 2, Wednesday - Ucayali, Yanallpa & Dorado Rivers/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
7:00 AM - Breakfast
8:00 AM - Yanallpa River Expedition
This morning you will board the skiffs to explore this amazing black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest. Your guides will tell you about the rainforest and its dynamic life as you explore what scientists call a 'gallery forest' - its narrow vegetation creates a tunnel of leaves. As you float through this tunnel it is easy to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy saki monkeys up very close.
10:30 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
4:00 PM - Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion
This afternoon you will take a magical journey through the 'Mirrored Forest,' seeing towering trees reflected in the black water river, while spotting dozens of enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, and a great variety of primates and sloths enjoying nature unperturbed by your presence. As you make your way back to the vessel you will also have the chance to see caimans, frogs and fishing bats.
7:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
8:00 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 3, Thursday - Puinahua River/Hatum Posa Lake and Pacaya River
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Jungle Walk Near Hatum Posa Village
On this walk your guides will introduce you to native people doing subsistence farming, and will tell you how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm income. Deep in the primary forest, your guides will also show you the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
4:00 PM - Pacaya River Exploration, Plus Night Trip from Ranger Station No. 1 to Yanayacu Lake
In the late afternoon you will take the skiffs along the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where you can view the abundant life that is hidden in the deep rainforest. You may see saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and the easy-to-spot heavy howler monkeys. As the sun sets you will hear the loud, ferocious sounding warning signals made by howler monkeys marking their territories. When night falls you will hear the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as other nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the tree tops. You will use the special spotlight torches to locate night creatures, including, perhaps, huge caimans.
7:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
Tonight the vessel will be docked by the No. 1 Ranger Station in Pacaya-Samiria National Park.
8:00 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 4, Friday - Puinahua/Pacaya Rivers and Carocurahuayte Lake
6:30 AM - Pacaya Exploration; Breakfast on the Skiffs
In the bright morning light your guides will show you parrots, macaws, toucans, and many different types of monkeys. You will also go to the dolphin feeding spots along Yanayacu Lake where you will be delightfully surrounded by these creatures while enjoying a light breakfast and fresh juice.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You will begin the homeward journey, sailing toward Iquitos.
12:30 PM - Lunch
3:30 PM - Sapote River Fishing Trip
Armed with poles and bait, you will go to a special place on this fish-rich river, where you can catch some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin. The key target will be piranhas, the small carnivorous fish with a fearsome reputation-considered a good food source by the locals.
6:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You will sail downstream all night as you make your way to Iquitos.
8:00 PM - Farewell Dinner
Just minutes after being in the wilderness, surrounded by monkeys and birds, and the other wildlife of the rainforest, you will find yourself sitting down to a final gourmet feast in the ship's dining room.
9:00 PM - Crew Presentation
Tonight the guides will introduce some of the crew members you haven't yet met on the trip, but have worked behind the scenes to give you an unforgettable experience. (B, L, D)

Day 5, Saturday - Iquitos to Lima
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Last Skiff Trip (optional)
A brief skiff trip along the majestic Amazon will give you a last chance to photograph the wildlife of the jungle.
10:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You have time to pack and prepare for the next stage of your journey. Please leave your packed luggage in your cabins to be transferred to the bus, before coming to the dining room for a light lunch.
12:00 PM - Light Lunch
12:40 PM - Disembarkation/City Tour and Transfer to the Airport
You will spend the afternoon in the remote city of Iquitos, accessible only by river or air. This bustling town, complete with a house built by Gustave Eiffel, was once a rich center of the rubber industry. After a city tour you will make a stop at San Juan Amazonian Indians' Market for some last-minute shopping.
4:00 PM - Arrive at Iquitos International Airport, where your guides will help you check-in and will wait with you until you flight departs. (B, L)


M/V Aqua 8-Day Amazon River Cruise - Rainy Season
SAT to SAT - 8 Days/7 Nights

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

Day 1, Saturday - Iquitos/Amazon River
Your guides await you as your flight arrives at Iquitos International Airport. After you've claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus and transfer to Iquitos' main wharf. There the M/V Aqua lies at anchor, awaiting your arrival. As you settle into your suite your vessel will start on its journey toward the Yanayacu River, deep in the heart of Amazonia. Over the next seven days you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travelers.
8:00 PM - Safety Drill and Briefing on the Top Deck
Before dinner, you will perform a routine safety drill. Following that, your Cruise Director and guides will give a brief orientation talk about life on board, where you will go and what you will see on your Amazon journey.
8:30 PM - Welcome Dinner
Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world's best. Here it is presented with a touch of European flair, and a vegetarian dish is always available. (D)

Day 2, Sunday - Amazon & Yanayacu Rivers/Corrientes Lake/Yarapa River
6:30 AM - Breakfast
Enjoy the first of your generous breakfast buffets, complete with traditional breakfast egg dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh-squeezed juices.
8:00 AM - Yanayacu River Exploration
This morning you will board a comfortable excursion skiff to begin your first adventure along the Yanayacu ('black water') River. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots and plenty of cold potable water are always available on the skiffs. As you float along this river you will pass fishermen paddling in their dug-out canoes and will have the chance to see a great variety of wildlife, including terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloth. Your guides will provide lots of detail about life along the river as you journey past its banks. Upon arrival at Corrientes Lake you will have the chance to fish for the fearsome, sharp-toothed piranha, highly valued as a food among the local people.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua as midday approaches. Icy towels await you to help you cool off from your time on the river.
1:00 PM - Lunch
Enjoy lighter mid-day fare in the air-conditioned dining room.
4:00 PM - Yarapa River Exploration and Night Excursion
After time for a siesta you will board the skiffs again to explore the narrow Yarapa River, where you are likely to spot squirrel monkeys, herons, egrets, and the unusual horned screamer. As the sun sets, you will become aware of the rich and varied sounds of diurnal creatures marking their territories. As soon as it is dark enough, the spotlights will be turned on to search for night wildlife. Nighthawks, frogs, opossums, tarantulas, and caimans are easily spotted along this part of the river.
7:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
The M/V Aqua continues to make its way upstream, toward the birthplace of the Amazon River - the dramatic spot where the Ucayali, Marañon, and Amazon River all unite in a rush of water.
8:30 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 3, Monday - Marañon River/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (Nauto Caño and Yanayacu-Pucate)
6:30 AM - Breakfast
Today you can choose between two options:
Option 1:
7:30 AM - Full-Day Excursion at Ranger Station No. 2
Travel by skiff from Yanayacu Creek all the way to remote Chingana, a small creek where giant river otter usually nest. These handsome animals were killed in great numbers for their pelts, and are now threatened with extinction. On this excursion you will also see howler and capuchin monkeys, the squirrel-sized monkeys called tamarins, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds. You will also go deep into the jungle where you will encounter wildlife and learn first-hand about the important medical value of jungle plants. You will see famous Kapok Trees (ceiba pentandra), the tallest trees in the Amazon Basin. Enjoy a generous picnic lunch at the park Ranger Station No. 2 before returning to the vessel.
Option 2:
8:30 AM - Guided Jungle Walk/Siesta/Monkey and Dolphin Expedition.
This morning your Park Ranger will tell you all about sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. You will visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. The ranger may also show you the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle eggs.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch, followed by a Siesta
4:00 PM - Monkey and Dolphin Expedition
On this late afternoon expedition, you are likely to see the two different kinds of freshwater dolphins, including the unusual pink ones found in the Amazon. Later, keep your eyes directed toward the jungle canopy, where you can spot at least several kinds of primates among the 13 species of monkeys resident in the National Park. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of tamarins and howlers, dusky titi monkeys and pigmy marmoset monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars at the ready, as you are likely to see more than 200 species of birds.
6:00 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
7:30 PM - Dinner
8.30 PM - Optional Night Excursion
This evening you will take the skiffs out in search of caimans, tree boas, tarantulas, and frogs. After this night adventure, the M/V Aqua will start sailing downstream on the Marañon River, toward the headwaters of the Amazon. (B, L, D)

Day 4, Tuesday - Birthplace of the Amazon/Puerto Miguel Village/Marayali River
5:30 AM - Birthplace of the Amazon
This morning the M/V Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Rise early and be on the skiffs at 5:30 AM to view one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the birthplace of the Amazon River. It is here that the union of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and the Marañon, forms the world's greatest waterway - nature is at its most dramatic. Your dawn excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song as you glide in small boats past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, sandpipers, five kinds of parakeets, the exotic short-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds.
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Puerto Miguel Village
You will travel by skiff to Puerto Miguel native village, where you can meet and interact with local villagers from this most remote part of the world, and can learn a bit more about their culture, traditions, and folklore. You will also have the chance to trade items for local handicrafts.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
4:00 PM - Ucayali River and Yucuruche Lake
This afternoon you will travel by skiff along the Ucayali river to Yucuruche Lake, where you will walk a little ways into the jungle to see the world's largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies or 'Victoria Regias.' You will be one of a very small number of people who have ever seen these plants bloom at night.
7:00 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
8:30 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 5, Wednesday - Ucayali, Yanallpa & Dorado Rivers/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
7:00 AM - Breakfast
8:00 AM - Yanallpa River Expedition
This morning you will board the skiffs to explore this amazing black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest. Your guides will tell you about the rainforest and its dynamic life as you explore what scientists call a 'gallery forest' - its narrow vegetation creates a tunnel of leaves. As you float through this tunnel it is easy to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy saki monkeys up very close.
10:30 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
4:00 PM - Dorado River Exploration and Night Excursion
This afternoon you will take a magical journey through the 'Mirrored Forest,' seeing towering trees reflected in the black water river, while spotting dozens of enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, and a great variety of primates and sloths enjoying nature unperturbed by your presence. As you make your way back to the vessel you will also have the chance to see caimans, frogs and fishing bats.
7:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
8:00 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 6, Thursday - Puinahua River/Hatum Posa Lake and Pacaya River
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Jungle Walk Near Hatum Posa Village
On this walk your guides will introduce you to native people doing subsistence farming, and will tell you how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees to earn farm income. Deep in the primary forest, your guides will also show you the wealth of fruit trees and medicinal plants hidden in the jungle.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
12:30 PM - Lunch
4:00 PM - Pacaya River Exploration, plus Night Trip from Ranger Station No. 1 to Yanayacu Lake
In the late afternoon you will take the skiffs along the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where you can view the abundant life that is hidden in the deep rainforest. You may see saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and the easy-to-spot heavy howler monkeys. As the sun sets you will hear the loud, ferocious sounding warning signals made by howler monkeys marking their territories. When night falls you will hear the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as other nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the tree tops. You will use the special spotlight torches to locate night creatures, including, perhaps, huge caimans.
7:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
Tonight the vessel will be docked by the No. 1 Ranger Station in Pacaya-Samiria National Park.
8:00 PM - Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 7, Friday - Puinahua/Pacaya Rivers and Carocurahuayte Lake
6:30 AM - Pacaya Exploration; Breakfast on the Skiffs
In the bright morning light your guides will show you parrots, macaws, toucans, and many different types of monkeys. You will also go to the dolphin feeding spots along Yanayacu Lake where you will be delightfully surrounded by these creatures while enjoying a light breakfast and fresh juice.
11:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You will begin the homeward journey, sailing toward Iquitos.
12:30 PM - Lunch
3:30 PM - Sapote River Fishing Trip
Armed with poles and bait, you will go to a special place on this fish-rich river, where you can catch some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin. The key target will be piranhas, the small carnivorous fish with a fearsome reputation, considered a good food source by the locals.
6:30 PM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You will sail downstream all night as you make your way to Iquitos
8:00 PM - Farewell Dinner
Just minutes after being in the wilderness, surrounded by monkeys and birds, and the other wildlife of the rainforest, you will find yourself sitting down to a final gourmet feast in the ship's dining room.
9:00 PM - Crew Presentation
Tonight the guides will introduce some of the crew members you haven't yet met on the trip, but have worked behind the scenes to give you an unforgettable experience. (B, L, D)

Day 8, Saturday - Iquitos to Lima
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Last Skiff Trip (optional)
A brief skiff trip along the majestic Amazon will give you a last chance to photograph the wildlife of the jungle.
10:00 AM - Return to the M/V Aqua
You have time to pack and prepare for the next stage of your journey. Please leave your packed luggage in your cabins to be transferred to the bus, before coming to the dining room for a light lunch.
12:00 PM - Light Lunch
12:40 PM - Disembarkation/City Tour and Transfer to the Airport
You will spend the afternoon in the remote city of Iquitos, accessible only by river or air. This bustling town, complete with a house built by Gustave Eiffel, was once a rich center of the rubber industry. After a city tour you will make a stop at San Juan Amazonian Indians' Market for some last-minute shopping.
4:00 PM - Arrive at Iquitos International Airport, where your guides will help you check-in and will wait with you until you flight departs. (B, L)
Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.