Thinking about an Amazon River Cruise, but not sure which one is for you? Read on for our 4 Best Peru Amazon Cruises.
While Machu Picchu is a clear front-runner when planning any trip to Peru, the Amazon Rainforest, one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet, is a great add-on to a trip full of culture and history! Get ready for exotic birds, incredible wildlife, fascinating indigenous cultures and astounding biodiversity.
Plan Ahead – Peru Amazon Cruises
When planning for an Amazon river cruise, there are some logistical details you should consider. For example, what part of the Amazon do you want to explore? In Peru, you can access the Amazon via Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, or Puerto Maldonado, a smaller town in the south of Peru.
Next, you will want to choose between an Amazon cruise or staying at an Amazon jungle lodge. Both have their pros and cons. However, an Amazon River Cruise is a great way to travel deep into the rainforest to tributaries that you cannot reach while staying at a lodge. Making cruises a popular option. Cruise passengers enjoy relaxing on board, while they pass the spectacular sites of the Rainforest. Below are four fantastic Amazon cruises, all leaving from Iquitos.
Delfin I Cruise – Peru Amazon Cruises
Delfin I is a luxury river vessel that has recently been refurbished taking passengers one step beyond luxury. It is outfitted for 12 passengers and is entirely environmentally friendly. The suite’s decor includes floor to ceiling windows, so passengers don’t miss anything while cruising along. The cruise is an amazing experience, not just for the destination itself, but for their 5-star cuisine, knowledgeable guides and friendly staff that work hard ensuring that this is a trip to remember.
Their 3-night programs leave Iquitos on Mondays, while their 4-night cruises leave on Thursdays. The cruises can always be combined for avid fans of the Amazon!
Activities include exploring remote tributaries to spot monkeys and birds, visiting a local village, swimming in beautiful bays, kayaking, and even paddle-boarding. Your expert guide will take you on all excursions and is there to answer any questions you may have about the Amazon.
Cattleya Cruise – Peru Amazon Cruises
The M/V Cattleya offers a more intimate experience of the Amazon due to the limited capacity of 10 passengers. The onboard staff prides themselves in personalizing the experience with their exquisite cuisine and boutique service. Their expedition cruises run along the Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve, the biggest protected natural area in Peru. The M/V Cattleya can be chartered for memorable trips with friends and family and special occasions. The minimum charter length is 5-nights. Their 3-night cruises leave Iquitos on Wednesdays.
Activities include: Daily shore excursions, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, skiff boat rides up tributaries, a shaman ceremony, hiking & more.
Aria Cruise – Peru Amazon Cruises
The Aria Amazon first set sail in 2011 and was recently refurbished in 2015. Its 16 luxury suites can accommodate 32 guests and are designed to combine adventure and luxury. The lounging areas include an outdoor river facing Jacuzzi, and the suites include floor to ceiling windows to ensure you never miss the sights of the jungle. This particular cruise includes all meals, excursions, beverages, transfers, and the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve entrance fee. The Aria Amazon cruise allows nature lovers to see endangered wildlife, experience the vast biodiversity of the Amazon and travel in comfort and style all at once! Their 3-night discovery cruises leave Iquitos on Fridays.
Activities include shore excursions to search for wildlife, hikes, boat and skiff rides to take you deep into the Amazon’s tributaries, kayaking, swimming, fishing and more.
Amazon Discovery Cruise – Peru Amazon Cruises
The Amazon Discovery is one of the last ships to join the luxury vessels in the Peruvian Amazon. Built in 2015, it can accommodate a total of 44 guests. Aboard the Amazon Discovery vessel, you will get to discover the rainforest while enjoying five-star accommodation and service. Their 6-night cruises venture deep into the jungle, allowing passengers great opportunities to see flora and fauna. Disconnect from the outside world and connect with nature.
Activities include shore excursions, a visit to Monkey Island Private Reserve, the Tahuayo & Yarapa River, San Francisco Village, Yana Yacu Pucate River & Nauta Caño, and Santa Ana.
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