Visit the Amazon in style by 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. Aracari shares our handpicked recommendations for the best luxury Amazon cruises.
Amazon Cruises in Peru
The best luxury Amazon cruises are run by Delfin Amazon Cruises and Aqua Expeditions: Delfin I, Delfin II, Delfin III and the Aqua Expedition’s Aria Amazon. Luxury amazon cruises all depart from Iquitos, a short domestic flight from the captial, Lima.
The best luxury amazon cruises can be booked by individual rooms, or privately chartered for groups and special occasions. Cruises start from 3 nights / 4 days – though to venture into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve proper, you do need to take a 4 night / 5 day cruise; shorter cruises will take you around the area near the reserve, but not within it.
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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: Luxury meets authenticity on the Delfin II. Slightly larger than the Delfin I, 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 largest of the luxury amazon cruises recommended by Aracari, the Delfin III vessel has a capacity for 42 passenger, with extra space allowing for a gym, spa and indoor/outdoor top deck with a pool.
Luxury Amazon Cruises with Aqua Expeditions
Aria Amazon: Offering a high level of luxury and comfot with a contemporary style, 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 gastronomic offering.
Wildlife Watching on the best Luxury Amazon Cruises
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.
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Exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
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.
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.”
Luxury Lodges: The alternative 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.
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