MV Aria was built in 2010 and refreshed in 2015 and offers the height of luxury on the Amazon river. She is the flagship for Aqua Expeditions and has accommodation for up to 32 passengers. With a crew of 27, guests will be well looked after. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the Amazon River, its wildlife and people.
With 16 large staterooms, accommodation on Aria is faultless. The suites have been designed to a high specification by a world-renowned Peruvian interior designer and boast a separate seating area and a well-equipped bathroom with complimentary organic toiletries. All suites have huge floor-to-ceiling picture windows so you can enjoy fantastic views of the river from the comfort of your own room. Rooms are fully air conditioned.
There is ample room to relax, both indoors and outdoors, with an indoor lounge/bar and a spacious observation deck complete with jacuzzi. Sitting in the jacuzzi while watching pink dolphins swim past in an unforgettable experience. The resident naturalist guides give presentations relating to the wildlife seen or activities enjoyed that day.
MV Aria has an excellent - and well-deserved - reputation for its five-star Peruvian cuisine, utilising many ingredients found only in the Amazon jungle. Meals are served in the dining room with its panoramic windows and the menus, which change daily, have been designed with the assistance of one of Peru's top ten chefs. There is a fine selection of wines to accompany meals while the bar serves a wide range of alcholic and soft drinks.
For those wanting to burn off a few pounds there is an exercise room. Aria also has a small boutique, while those who prefer relaxation can enjoy a massage in the dedicated treatment room.
MV Aria has four motor launches in which guests can explore the river system, plus kayaks, to supplement jungle walks. Four expert English-speaking naturalist guides are on hand to accompany guests on excursions on the river and in the vast Pacaya Samiria Reserve with its abundant land and marine life, including the pink Amazon dolphin, black caiman and three-toed sloth.
Open: MV Aria offers 3, 4 and 7-night cruises year-round.
Location: MV Aria departs from Nauta, abiut a 2 hour drive from Iquitos, which is reached by a 90-minute flight from Lima.
Rooms: The 16 air conditioned suites measure 23sq m and have twin/double beds, sitting areas and ensuite bathrooms with rain shower, organic toiletries and 24-hour hot water The suites are located on the first and second floors and four are interconnecting, ideal for families.
Activities: Amazon river cruising, kayaking, fishing and biking in Nauta
Facilities: Exercise room, boutique, on-board paramedic, indoor bar, lounge, outside lounge, massage room, observation deck.
Dining: Meals are taken in the dining room.
Children: Children aged 7 and over are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics and a valid Yellow Fever certificate is needed.
Communication: There is no internet access.