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“Amazing Amazon”
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Amazon River
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3-Day Amazon Jungle Adventure from Iquitos
Ranked #215 of 1,373 things to do in Peru
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Spent 5 days and 4 nights cruising the Peruvian Amazon on the Delfin 1. The Amazon basin is an amazing place. We did this in late FEB early MAR and the waters were high which allowed us to get into many streams and tributaries that would not be accessible in the low water season. We saw amazing bird and animal life and even swam in the Amazon. The cruise itself on the Delfin 1 was amazing. This ship only has four suites which were quite large. Each had it's own large private deck area and ours even had it's own whirlpool tub on the deck which we thoroughly enjoyed using. This ship has lots of outdoor space which we really enjoyed. The food was superlative as were the service and the guides. This is definitely the highest-end cruise available in the Peruvian Amazon market and is well worth the price. Next we would love to do this again in the low water season which would provide a very different Amazon experience. If we did this again the Delfin 1 would definitely be our choice.

2  Thank SteveTait
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

Naturalist and co-author of an upcoming book on medical shamanism, Segundo Mesia Coral, currently working aboard the riverboat La Estrella Amazonica, provides an amazing Amazon experience. Raised in a river village with a university degree in biology and a specialty in ornithology, Segundo provides a running commentary, in impeccable English, on the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest. A kind and humorous man, Segundo makes sure that everyone has a good time and sees all the sights. He has amazing eyesight and can spot birds and animals hiding in the treetops. During our night trip, he reached in to the murky water and pulled out a three foot caiman, the highlight that night. The La Estrella Amazonica, owned by International Expeditions, provides one week expeditions along the Amazon tributaries that border the five million acre Pacaya - Samaira National Reserve. The riverboat is modern and clean. The staff is friendly and helpful. The riverboat departs from Iquitos, Peru. International Expeditions booked our flight to Iquitos through Lima where our group experienced a series of cancelled connecting flights and numerous other problems; I would try to avoid Lima when booking this trip.

1  Thank 0mro
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Aria is a first class adventure in every aspect. Their attention to detail, quality and service must be experienced to be believed. We were a bit concerned that the marketing photo's would be great but the real thing might not be. Surprise..the experience was better than the photos. Great food, very informative tour guides and superb service.

The price may seem a bit high, but to get this level of quality and service in the jungle requires some real investment. Even small details that include a high degree of security that takes place quietly in the background allows you to sleep soundly in your comfortable bed as your slowly cruise the river. We did four days and think that is just right. Three might be too short and on the seven day you would repeat a few events but that would fine also.

4  Thank Ed K
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

My husband and I just returned from an outstanding experience aboard the MV Aria. We cannot recommend it highly enough!

Though the Amazon is breathtakingly beautiful (and pictures simply do not do it justice!), what made this trip so outstanding was the staff (including the guides). Everyone on the Aria team takes great pride in their work and it really shows. They tend to every detail so that you can just relax and enjoy the experience - and enjoy it, we did!

The Aria is a beautiful and very comfortable boat. It is definitely the best on the Amazon. All the service from housekeeping to food and beverage service and beyond was very personalized with many fun and heartfelt surprises along the way. The service wasn’t 5-star: it was 10-star! Everyone was very warm and caring, always smiling and attending to our every need. We especially loved the playful spirit and wonderful sense of humor of the guides and everyone on staff. We laughed out loud every day while seeing beautiful and magical scenery and abundant wildlife along the way.

Be prepared to fall in love with the Amazon River, the Aria and all of the wonderful guides and staff members, including the guides Daniel, Julio, Roland and Juan, the skiff drivers, the captain, the staff members Elvis, Jorge, Aquilles, Oskar, Adela and Gabriella and so many who were so wonderful to us. I wish I had written down all of their names. It truly made us sad to have to say goodbye to them!

We booked our private tour of Peru through Orient-Express, which included visits to Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco before spending four days exploring the Amazon on the Aria. Orient-Express did an impeccable job and I highly recommend working with them for a trip to Peru. We opted for the 4-day trip onboard the Aria rather than the 7-day trip. I would recommend the 4-day. The people that were traveling on the Amazon for 7 days found it to be a bit too long.

The attire on the Aria is casual so don’t fret about looking stylish. For the excursions, we wore our Ex-Officio hiking pants and shirts with UPF and insect shield built in. Hats and sunscreens were a must, as well as insect spray for exposed skin. Be sure and speak with your doctor about immunizations beforehand! For meals on the ship, nice casual is fine. The men will be comfortable in khakis and a sport shirt with flip-flops. Ladies, that means you can wear a sundress or a skirt if that’s comfortable for you but it isn’t necessary. Palazzo pants, slacks, leggings and a tunic or a nice casual top will be great with flip-flops. I took dresses but never felt the need to wear them.

You’ll see all sorts of exotic wildlife. We got to see a boa constrictor and I even got to touch an Anaconda for the first time. However, you needn’t be afraid. The guides were born and raised on the Amazon and they know the flora and fauna very well. We never felt unsafe – only inspired and enchanted by the magical experience!

The rooms feel cold when you first walk in but it’s best not to adjust the thermostat. The people who had issues were the people who fiddled with it. It might feel cool when you walk in but as soon as you take a shower, the room will feel warmer and more humid. Keeping the thermostat at the same temperature kept it regulated for us and we were very comfortable. There was plenty of hot water and great water pressure in the shower, by the way.

Like someone mentioned on an earlier post, the noise and vibration from the boat motor bothered me the first night. A fellow passenger kindly gave me an extra pair of earplugs and I slept like a baby after that. If you're a light sleeper, take earplugs and you’ll be fine. My husband, as usual, had no sleep issues. :)

Do bring simple little gifts (pens, paper, stickers, etc.) to give to the local children. They were so excited to meet the tourists and it meant a lot to them to receive simple gifts.

Technically, we visited during the rainy season but there was very little rain. The rain we did experience never put a "damper" (pun intended!) on our positive experience in Peru. Everything was so green and lush throughout the country. Also, there are fewer tourists during the rainy season. We had rain for a few hours while in Machu Picchu but since we stayed at the Sanctuary Lodge we had ample opportunity to enjoy the site the next day. On the Amazon, we only experienced one heavy rain storm and that was on our last day. According to the guides, the heaviest rains usually take place in February and March.

17  Thank Melody5
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

The Amazon River starts in Peru and it is the least traveled part of this massive river. Our small group of 13 plus a guide flew to Iquitos to board our brand new river boat for our nature cruise. The ship is large, very comfortable with a staff of 16. The food was excellent and plentiful and the sun deck has a fully stocked bar with a free special cocktail each night. Six talented members of the crew entertained us each night before dinner. Our days were spent in the two skiffs searching for the vast number of wildlife in small rivers off the Amazon with our two naturalists. We spent a morning fishing for piranhas and we caught so many we later learned how to cook them. International Expeditions owns the boat and they had two members from the home office to make sure we were enjoying the experience. It was a perfect trip for me and I look forward to my next adventure with them.

8  Thank cjvagabond
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