Aria Amazon

Location: Peruvian Amazon | Peru

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

Enjoy a hotel with a difference onboard the award-winning Aria Amazon, one of the luxury fleet of cruise boats from Aqua Expeditions, and cruise in the Amazon in style - with its luxurious, elegantly-designed interiors, gourmet cuisine and superb service (there is a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio), it's like travelling on a floating five-star hotel. 
Perfect forHuckleberry Finn aficionados looking for a more adventurous and deluxe boating experience.
In the knowWant to catch a glimpse of the moustached Tamarin monkey? Make sure you book your excursion during the high water season (December to April).

Recommended for...

  • Cruise
  • Setting & Views
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Wildlife & Nature

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Sail on the Aria Amazon along the northern part of the Amazon in Peru, departing from Iquitos for a three, four or seven-night cruise into the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Along the way, keep an eye out for wildlife such as Taricaya turtles, caimans, piranhas, capybaras and manatees, as well as colourful macaws, sloths dangling from branches and spider monkeys swooping through the trees.

Rooms onboard Aria Amazon

The Aria Amazon has 16 spacious Design Suites, which are, as their name suggests, a showcase of design, thanks to innovative Peruvian architect Jordi Puig. Four of the suites can be interconnected, making them ideal for families.

The interiors are inspired by traditional Peruvian style, and have comfortable king-sized beds, polished timber flooring and soft lighting, alongside air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with rainshowers and organic toiletries. The extra-large windows are ideal for optimum wildlife viewing.

Food & Drink

The executive chefs serve up gourmet Peruvian cuisine inspired by the setting - many of the ingredients come from the local waters and rainforest. Enjoy delicious meals in the dining room, whose walls feature contemporary Peruvian art, and whose tables are laid with fine china and crystal glassware. Dishes include ceviche, scallops with wild almonds, hearts of palm soufflé and chocolate fondant, alongside snacks such as homemade plantain chips.

To drink, there are top South American wines on offer, while in the morning you can wake up to a cup of Peruvian coffee.


The observation deck, the outdoor river-facing Jacuzzi and the indoor lounge are perfect for sitting back with a pisco punch cocktail while trying to spot the pink Amazon dolphin - thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, you're guaranteed fantastic views wherever you are on the boat.

There's also a spa for onboard indulgence, whose massages feature essential oils made with indigenous ingredients such as coconut and vanilla, and a workout space if you prefer to be more active. In the evening, relax on deck under the star-filled sky. 

Activities onboard Aria Amazon

There are daily excursions, which you'll undertake with experienced, English-speaking guides, travelling on custom-designed speedboats, or skiffs, which take up to eight passengers each. Whether kayaking the waterways, biking through tropical landscapes, walking through the remote Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for the elusive black jaguar, visiting locals on village expeditions or fishing for piranha, your experiences are sure to be once-in-a-lifetime.

Back onboard, learn more about the Amazon and its wildlife with educational discussions, courtesy of the naturalist guides. There are also cooking demonstrations, giving you the opportunity to find out how to make Amazon-inspired dishes and discover the secrets of mixing a perfect pisco sour.

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Travel is possible (but it’s not the best time)

Travel is not recommended

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Hotel location

You will be met at Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport in Iquitos by naturalist guides from Aqua Expeditions. During high water season from November to May, you will board the Aria Amazon in Iquitos. In the low water season from June to October, you can enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour drive through the Peruvian countryside to the village of Nauta, where you will board the boat. You will disembark at the same place you embark.

At the end of every journey, you will have the chance to visit the Manatee Rescue Center before returning to the airport, and feed and interact with manatees.  

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