Visit the Amazon in style enjoying the best Luxury Amazon Cruises in Peru. Delve deep into pristine rainforest of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve on an unforgettable voyage to one of Peru’s most remote rainforest areas. Spaning more than five million acres of flooded forest, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is the largest, protected flooded forest in the world. Due the nature of this fragile ecosystem, the best way to explore is by boat. Here are our handpicked recommendations for the best luxury Amazon cruises.
Luxury Amazon Cruises
Either luxury amazon cruise can be booked by individual rooms, or private chartered for groups and special occasions. Cruises start from 3 nights / 4 days – though to venture into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve proper, you need to take a 4 night / 5 day cruise; shorter cruises will take you around the area near the reserve, but not within it.
Luxury Amazon Cruises with Delfin
Delfin I: The Delfin I Amazon Cruise is the most luxurious option offered by Delfin, with a total of just four cabins. There are two deluxe suites and two master suites. The intimate size, with a maximum of eight passengers, makes it a great option for private charters for families and groups of friends.
Delfin II: The Delfin II showcases how luxury meets authenticity. With 14 large guest suites, the vessel is kitted out with a massage room, observation area, lecture room and sundeck. Occasionally runs special departures for guest lecture cruises.
Delfin III: The latest addition to the Delfin fleet is a larger vessel with capacity for 42 passengers. The style and service you’d expect from Delfin is continued, and the vessel includes a gym, spa, indoor/outdoor top deck with a pool.
Luxury Amazon Cruises with Aqua Expeditions
Aria Amazon: Offering a high level of luxury and comfot, the Aria fits up to 32 guests in its sixteen design suites. The Aria includes a plush lounge, jacuzzi and exercise room, with top Lima chef Pedro Moguel Schiaffino shaping the gastronomy offered. Aqua also offers luxury cruises in South East Asia.
Luxury Amazon Cruises: The Experience
Whether you opt for cruising with Delfin or Aqua, the journey to Pacaya Samiria begins in Iquitos, to which there are regular, short direct flights from Lima.
From here you travel up the Amazon River to its source where the Ucayali and Maranon rivers — two of Peru’s three mighty rivers — converge. Your cruise will continue on the Ucayali and into the Pacaya and Samiria Rivers. It is quite likely that you will view the Amazonian river dolphins during a visit to Pacaya Samiria as well as a wide variety of birds, and it is easy to visit some Amazonian communities along the journey.
Asides from enjoying the Amazon from aboard your luxury vessel, excursions are taken daily in groups with fellow passengers in small motorized skiffs. This enables you the best chance to spot pink and grey dolphins, sting rays, manatees, giant otters, and other flora and fauna in the Amazon.
Exploring the Amazon: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
During the rainy season in the Andes, water levels rise in the Amazon, flooding 85% of the reserve and making it only accessible by boat. As such, the flora and fauna are quite unique. Fish often feed on seeds as trees grow underwater. It is visually striking and often referred to as the “forest of mirrors.”
14 Days / 13 Nights
Gain authentic insight into Peru with this two-week Luxury meets Authenticity itinerary which offers a balance between first-class comfort and first-class experiences. Visit vibrant villages in the Sacred Valley to learn about local customs and traditions, trek from lodge-to-lodge in the shadows of Apu Ausangate… Click to learn more.
Contact us now for expert, honest travel advice for choosing the best luxury Amazon cruises.
Alternatives to Luxury Amazon Cruises
You might also like to consider exploring the Amazon elsewhere in Peru, staying at luxury or more rustic lodges for wildlife-watching opportunities.