Aria Amazon Cruises cater to modern adventurers seeking to explore destinations best discovered by cruising. Highly experiential in nature, every journey is guided by an expert in small group excursions. Exceptional service is delivered with intense training and a 1 to 1 guest to crew ratio.
The Aria Amazon first set sail in 2011 and was upgraded in 2015. She was completely refreshed with new upgrades from bed linens to state of the art lighting. The 147 foot long Aria was designed by the innovative Peruvian architect Jordi Puig.
Every ship has contemporary and local design as well as world class cuisine. The menu was created by award-winning chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. The chefs onboard incorporate local fresh ingredients to create the most delectable fare. Sustainability and conservation are achieved through the use of renewable resources, limiting and managing waste.
We hope your are inspired to discover the rainforest with us. For more information about the Amazon see the Peruvian Tourist Association website. You can fly from Iquitos to Cusco in 4 hours to discover Machu Picchu.
Many days on the Amazon River reach scorching temperatures with high humidity. Our skiffs pick up cooling breezes and all our suites are air conditioned. Upon returning from a day out on the water, our guests often make their way up to the Observation Deck. Here you can cool off in the Jacuzzi while watching pink river dolphins cavort and sip a pisco punch.
Even in low water season, the Observation Deck, showcases the ship’s most compelling vistas capturing the river’s dark hues, the verdant spectrum of wildlife and local life on shore and the cerulean sky above the tree canopy. Cap off your day spent on a riveting shore excursion photographing spectacled caimans, fishing for piranhas or trekking among soaring kapok trees encircled by strangler figs.
The Aria has immaculate attention to detail. You will enjoy refined tastes and a sense of adventure on all cruises. Past VIP guests include leading travel journalists from Travel + Leisure magazine, the Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller, the Forbes and Robb Report and many more.
You can relax in spacious dining and lounging areas with an outdoor Jacuzzi that face the river. The 16 Design Suites all have floor to ceiling windows so you can let in as much of the Amazon as you wish whilst still remaining comfortable. Each suite measures 250 square feet. Four suites can interconnect for families.
Aria Amazon highly experienced river pilots and the most rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the waters of the Peruvian Amazon.
Enter this natural, timeless world of undulating strangler vines wrapped around ancient ficus trees and brilliant bromeliads that pop against the jungle’s spectrum. Parrots call out from the dense tree canopy, squirrel monkeys play all day, and pink Amazon dolphins roll their dorsal fins above the dark waters. Neon-brilliant colored tanager, kingfisher and oriole birds soar across the clear cerulean sky.
Off-ship excursions into the Amazon jungle from the Aria Amazon showcase the unique Amazon wildlife. See the birds and plant life of this rich habitat. Our customized aluminum motorized launch boats take up to eight passengers. Go for two or three daily excursions deep into Amazonia’s snaking tributaries.
Search for armored catfish, red bellied piranhas, and the beady-eyed heads of spectacled caimans in the enigmatic black waters. Just as captivating is the scene above water where yellow spotted Amazon River turtles meander along the muddy shoreline. Sapphire blue beaked Amazon kingfishers streak past and antediluvian prehistoric hoatzin birds alight on high branches near dusky Titi monkeys playing in the tree canopy.
Escolar fish in aji panca chili adobo or grilled paiche with Amazon huatia potatoes are just two of the regional delicacies created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Schiaffino has earned global recognition. Notably, he appeared in The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants, for his innovative Amazonia-influenced cuisine. The Malabar and the Amaz are two of his top-ranked Lima restaurants.
Many of Schiaffino’s obscure yet delectable ingredients grow only the Amazon jungle. He has spent years studying the cooking traditions and food resources of Amazonia. He also works with anthropologists and environmental scientists. The Lima based chef returns often to go even deeper into this dense jungle in search of the next sustainable ingredients. These ingredients are incorporated into original recipes for Aria Amazon guests.
Schiaffino says around 70% of all ingredients on board are sourced in the waters and rainforest surrounding our journey. Guests may rest assured that the dishes also stay true to more accessible indigenous traditions like Peruvian ceviche. Just caught river fish, juicy onions, cilantro, coriander and corn kernels the size of South Sea pearls.
All 16 Design Suites on the Aria Amazon across the first and second deck measure 250 square feet. They have individual air conditioning, polished timber flooring and a wall of floor to ceiling glass facing the Amazon River. En suite bathrooms with rain shower and organic bath amenities incorporate the latest eco-sensitive technology.
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