- Aqua Nera Amazon River Cruise -

Pick-up location: Aeropuerto Internacional de Iquitos.
Contact: José Carlos +51 98336584

Setting a new standard for luxury river cruising on the Amazon, Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical black water lagoons and bears the hallmarks of contemporary style and generous interiors that Aqua Expeditions cruise ships are known for.

Aboard the Aqua Nera, award-winning architects Noor Design crafts every space to perfection. The vessel’s 20 spacious Design Suites convey a sense of Amazon tranquility, while the social spaces showcase refined elegance with a touch of drama. Tastefully woven into the design are accents and details from the rubber boom era and the colorful cultures of Portugal, Spain and Peru.

Aqua Nera operates alongside the Aria Amazon, taking guests into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon in the comfort of luxury. The cruise features cuisine by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s finest chefs who is celebrated for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce. Every day, expert naturalist guides conduct small-group excursions that reward guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world’s most biodiverse rainforest.

Suites

King Bed Configuration
Interconnecting Suite
Interconnecting Suite – King Bed Configuration
Interconnecting Suite – Twin Bed Configuration
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Award-winning architect Noor Design draws inspiration from the peaceful black water lagoons and tributaries of the Mirrored Forest in the Peruvian Amazon to craft an aesthetic for Aqua Nera’s suites that is impeccably stylish and inviting.

  • 20 luxurious 322 sq. ft (30 sq. m) Design Suites, two 644 sq. ft (60 sq. m) interconnecting suites, inclusive of ensuite bathrooms
  • Deluxe ensuite bathrooms with spacious walk-in shower and overhead rain-shower.
  • Equipped with pampering organic natural hair and bath amenities
  • Premium California-King-sized beds, twin bed configuration available.
  • Floor-to-ceiling panoramic view for all suites
  • Interior sofa for all suites
  • Large double closets with chest of drawers and electronic safe
  • All suites are fully air-conditioned
  • Music docking station
  • Professional hairdryer

Deck Plans & Ship Specifications

Year Built: 2020

Year Operational: 2021

Cabins: 20 suites across 2 decks

Ports of Embarkation: Iquitos (Peru)

Vessel’s Registry: Peru

Type of Vessel: River Expedition Vessel

Length: 62.4 meters / 205 feet

Beam: 11.5 meters / 38 feet

Draft: 1.5 meters / 5 feet

Cruising Speed: 12 knots

Electricity: 220 volts

Engines: 2 x Caterpillars, Tier 3 Emission compliant

Generators: 2 x Caterpillars, encapsulated for noise reduction

Water: Reverse osmosis and UV water treatment plant

AC: Central air-conditioning throughout

Laundry: Complimentary service (no dry cleaning on board)

Safety: ISM Compliant

Internet: Two hours of complimentary access per day to high-speed Starlink WiFi. Charges of US$100 apply for unlimited use.

Itineraries

High Water Season (December through May)

4D/3N

After arriving on a noon flight*, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by one of our representatives and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before boarding one of our cruises.

The cruise staff will take you to your room. Following an introduction from our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

*Group transfer between airport and port if booked on our recommended flights.

**Separate arrangements can be made for morning arrivals.

Aboard our skiffs, we will set sail from the Amazon River to the Yanayacu Yacapana River. Ready your binoculars to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks, and sloths. Line-fish for Amazon’s notoriously ferocious piranhas while our naturalist guides share their knowledge of the Amazonia.

In the afternoon, we sail to Yarapa River, a black water tributary of the Ucayali River. Here we’ll embark on a stargazing session and an excursion in search of nocturnal wildlife.

We get an early start to the day to explore Clavero Lake aboard our skiffs. Here, villagers rely on traditional dugout canoes to get around. You’ll have the opportunity to swim in the lake’s calm waters or visit native residents of Amazonia who will welcome you to their community with open arms.

In the afternoon, we will explore the Marañon River in search of different kinds of wildlife. In the evening, meet some of the crew members who have been working behind the scenes to ensure your exceptional experience aboard Aqua Nera.

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market. Marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon and sample exotic. For those interested, there’ll also be the opportunity to visit an experienced beekeeper in the community of San Francisco.

Return to the Aqua Nera for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees are rehabilitated before they are released back into the wild.

*Group transfer between airport and port if booked on our recommended flights.

5D/4N

After arriving on a noon flight*, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our crew. Board our private transfer to downtown Iquitos for a city tour and welcome lunch. Next, we head to Nauta port to board Aqua Nera.

Our staff will show you your room for the next few days. Following an introduction from our naturalist guides, and a routine safety drill. Gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Recommended Flights
LATAM*

Group transfer between airport and port if booked on our recommended flights.

*Separate arrangements can be made for morning arrivals.

We will wake up early for a morning biswatching session along the Marañon River. Afterward, we will have breakfast in the middle of the jungle. 

Next, visit an Amazonian village where you’ll be able to interact with the locals and witness an Aguaje palm harvesting demonstration.

Later, go swimming, kayaking, or canoeing in the Yanayacu-Pucate River and keep an eye out for the legendary pink river dolphins. Finally, board the skiffs again to cruise along the Yanaquillo River for a dusk excursion in search of nocturnal animals.

Today, we will have plenty to do: we will start a full-day excursion including a picnic lunch in the middle of the jungle, fishing along the black waters of the Samiria River, and an option to go canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or a jungle walk inside the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. On the way back to the Marañon River after lunch, we venture out by skiff keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Finally, we will return to the Aqua Nera to rest, have dinner, and share our experiences before sleep.

As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the extraordinary black water Nauta Caño River. If you wish, embark on a bike ride from Puerto Prado Village to Santa Cruz Village along the riverbank.

In the afternoon, take a jungle walk while looking for flora and fauna which may include medicinal trees, insects, and poison dart frogs.

Before dinner, meet the incredible crew who’ve been working behind the scenes to ensure your exceptional experience aboard Aqua Nera.

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish.

Return to the Aqua Nera for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees are rehabilitated before they are released back into the wild.

Group transfer between the airport and port if booked on our recommended flights

Recommended Flights
LATAM*

8D/7N

After arriving on a noon flight*, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our crew and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before boarding Aqua Nera.

Our staff will show you your room for the next few days. Following an introduction from our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Recommended Flights
LATAM*

Group transfer between the airport and port if booked on our recommended flights

*Separate arrangements can be made for morning arrivals.

Aboard our comfortable skiffs, we set sail from the Amazon River to the Yanayacu Yacapana River. Ready your binoculars to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. Line-fish for Amazon’s notoriously ferocious piranhas while our naturalist guides share their knowledge of the Amazonia.

In the afternoon, we sail to Yarapa River, a black water tributary of the Ucayali River. Here we’ll embark on a stargazing session and an excursion in search of nocturnal wildlife.

We get an early start to the day to explore Clavero Lake aboard our comfortable skiffs. Here, villagers rely on traditional dugout canoes to get around. You’ll have the opportunity to swim in the lake’s calm waters or visit native residents of Amazonia who will welcome you to their community with open arms.

In the afternoon, we will explore the majestic Marañon River in search of different kinds of wildlife.

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish. For those interested, there’ll also be the opportunity to visit an experienced beekeeper in the community of San Francisco.

In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. By nightfall, you will meet the new passengers who signed on for the four-night trip, as we start our journey together along the Marañon River.

We will wake up early for a morning biswatching session along the Marañon River. Afterward, we will have breakfast in the middle of the jungle. 

Next, visit an Amazonian village where you’ll be able to interact with the locals and witness an Aguaje palm harvesting demonstration.

Later, go swimming, kayaking, or canoeing in the Yanayacu-Pucate River and keep an eye out for the legendary pink river dolphins. 

Finally, board the skiffs again to cruise along Yanaquillo River for a dusk excursion in search of nocturnal animals.

Today, we will have plenty to do: we will start a full-day excursion including a picnic lunch in the middle of the jungle, fishing along the black waters of the Samiria River, and an option to go canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or a jungle walk inside the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. On the way back to the Marañon River after lunch, we venture out by skiff keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Finally, we will return to the Aqua Nera to rest, have dinner, and share our experiences before sleep.

As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the extraordinary black water Nauta Caño River. If you wish, embark on a bike ride from Puerto Prado Village to Santa Cruz Village along the riverbank.

In the afternoon, take a jungle walk while looking for flora and fauna which may include medicinal trees, insects, and poison dart frogs.

Before dinner, meet the incredible crew who’ve been working behind the scenes to ensure your exceptional experience aboard Aqua Nera.

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish.

Return to the Aqua Nera for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

Group transfer between airport and port if booked on our recommended flights

Recommended Flights
LATAM*

Low Water Season (June through November)

4D/3N

After arriving on a noon flight*, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our crew. Board our private transfer to downtown Iquitos for a city tour and welcome lunch. Next, we head to Nauta port to board Aqua Nera.

Our staff will show you your room for the next few days. Following an introduction from our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Recommended Flights: LATAM*

Group transfer between airport and port if booked on our recommended flights.

*Separate arrangements can be made for morning arrivals.

Wake up early for a birdwatching session along the Amazonas River. After breakfast, embark on a skiff excursion from the Amazon River to one of its tributaries, Tahuayo. 

Learn about the region from our expert naturalist guides and go fishing for Amazonia’s notorious piranhas. As the sun sets, head out for an evening excursion in search of wildlife, and we will finish our day with a stargazing session.

Discover the black waters of Clavero Lake and pay a visit to the communities that live on its banks. Go kayaking, canoeing, or swimming before returning onboard for a sumptuous lunch. 

In the afternoon, head out for a short jungle walk in San Jose de Paranapura forest, where you’ll be able to see the famous giant water lilies. 

Before dinner, meet the incredible crew who’ve been working behind the scenes to ensure your exceptional experience aboard Aqua Nera.

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market. Marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon and sample exotic snacks if you wish. For those interested, there’ll also be the opportunity to visit an experienced beekeeper in the community of San Francisco.

Return to the Aqua Nera for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

*Group transfer between airport and port if booked on our recommended flights.

Recommended Flights: LATAM*

5D/4N

After arriving on a noon flight*, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our crew. Board our private transfer to downtown Iquitos for a city tour and welcome lunch. Next, we head to Nauta port to board Aqua Nera.

Our staff will show you your room for the next few days. Following an introduction from our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Recommended Flights: LATAM*

Group transfer between airport and port if booked on our recommended flights.

*Separate arrangements can be made for morning arrivals.

Wake up early for a birdwatching session along the Marañon River. After breakfast, head out for a morning wildlife excursion with the possibility of seeing sloths, great egrets, parrots, and Taricaya turtles. 

Later, we explore the Yanayacu Pucate River and go fishing for Amazonia’s notorious piranhas. 

End the day with a dusk excursion in search of nocturnal wildlife.

Today, we will have plenty to do: we will start a full-day excursion including a picnic lunch in the middle of the jungle, fishing along the black waters of the Samiria River, and an option to go canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or a jungle walk inside the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. On the way back to the Marañon River after lunch, we venture out by skiff keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Finally, we will return to the Aqua Nera to rest, have dinner, and share our experiences before sleep.

As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the Pahuachiro River. After breakfast, visit Puerto Prado Village where there’ll be an opportunity to ride a bike to Santa Cruz Village along the riverbank. You could also visit an experienced beekeeper in the community of San Francisco.

In the afternoon, head out for a boat ride to the Amazon River. Before dinner, meet the incredible crew who’ve been working behind the scenes to ensure your exceptional experience aboard Aqua Nera.

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market. Marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon and sample exotic snacks if you wish.

Return to Aqua Nera for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a sanctuary for orphaned Amazonian manatees to rehabilitate before their release back into the wild.

Group transfer between airport and port if booked on our recommended flights

Recommended Flights
*LATAM

8D/7N

After arriving on a noon flight*, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our crew. Board our private transfer to downtown Iquitos for a city tour and welcome lunch. Next, we head to Nauta port to board Aqua Nera.

Our staff will show you your room for the next few days. Following an introduction from our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera’s renowned consulting chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Recommended Flights: LATAM*

Group transfer between airport and port if booked on our recommended flights.

*Separate arrangements can be made for morning arrivals.

Wake up early for a birdwatching session along the Amazonas River. After breakfast, embark on a skiff excursion from the Amazon River to one of its tributaries, Tahuayo. 

Learn about the region from our expert naturalist guides and go fishing for Amazonia’s notorious piranhas. 

As the sun sets, head out for an evening excursion in search of wildlife, and finish your day with a stargazing session.

Discover the black waters of Clavero Lake and pay a visit to the communities that live on its banks. Go kayaking, canoeing, or swimming before returning onboard for a sumptuous lunch. 

In the afternoon, head out for a short jungle walk in San Jose de Paranapura forest, where you’ll be able to see the famous giant water lilies.

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market. Marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon and sample exotic snacks if you wish. For those interested, there’ll also be an opportunity to visit an experienced beekeeper in the community of San Francisco.

In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hem: the birthplace of the Amazon River. At nightfall, meet the new passengers boarding Aqua Nera for the next four nights.

Wake up early for a birdwatching session along the Marañon River. After breakfast, head out for a morning wildlife excursion with the possibility of seeing sloths, great egrets, parrots, and Taricaya turtles. 

Later, we explore the Yanayacu Pucate River and go fishing for Amazonia’s notorious piranhas. End the day with a dusk excursion in search of nocturnal wildlife.

Today, we will have plenty to do: we will start a full-day excursion including a picnic lunch in the middle of the jungle, fishing along the black waters of the Samiria River, and an option to go canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or a jungle walk inside the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. On the way back to the Marañon River after lunch, we venture out by skiff keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Finally, we will return to the Aqua Nera to rest, have dinner, and share our experiences before sleep.

As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the Pahuachiro River. After breakfast, visit Puerto Prado Village where there’ll be an opportunity to ride a bike all the way to Santa Cruz Village along the riverbank. You could also visit an experienced beekeeper in the community of San Francisco.

In the afternoon, head out for a boat ride to the majestic Amazon River. Before dinner, meet the incredible crew who’ve been working behind the scenes to ensure your exceptional experience aboard Aqua Nera.

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market. Marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon and sample exotic snacks if you wish.

Return to Aqua Nera for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a sanctuary for orphaned Amazonian manatees to rehabilitate before their release back into the wild.

Group transfer between airport and port if booked on our recommended flights

Recommended Flights
LATAM*

Inclusions and Exclusions

What is included?
  • All meals while on board
  • Selected premium wines and beer, non-alcoholic drinks
  • Twice-daily excursions with knowledgeable local guides
  • Group transfers to/from the vessel when traveling on recommended flights
  • Pacaya Samiria entrance fee
  • Laundry
  • Two hours of complimentary access per day to high-speed Starlink WiFi. Charges of US$100 apply for unlimited use.
What is not included?
  • Ilimited wifi (extra cost of 100 USD).

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