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Sail the mighty Amazon River onboard a 147-foot-long floating hotel


November 7, 2012

The M/V Aria, cruising the Amazon River in Peru

The M/V Aria, cruising the Amazon River in Peru

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Tour operator Aqua Expeditions is an adventure travel company that offers guests the chance to cruise the Amazon River in Peru, while staying on board a 147-foot-long (45-meter) floating hotel. Designed by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the M/V Aria is an intimate cruise ship that can accommodate a maximum of 32 passengers, plus crew. The unique accommodation offers a rare chance to observe the wonders of the Amazon region from an unobstructed vantage point – be it from one of the ship’s numerous outdoor decks, or from the privacy of a guest suite.

The accommodation quarters of the M/V Aria consists of 16 spacious suites, each featuring an en suite, lounge area and large panoramic river views. With the bed positioned to face the dramatic outlook, this just might be the best spot to get a look at a bird-eating spider or an anaconda – the world’s largest snake. Travelers might also be lucky enough to get a glimpse of an endangered pink dolphin, a three-toed sloth or even a black jaguar.

Taking a break from all the wildlife watching, guests can relax in the outdoor jacuzzi or sun deck. The ship also comes equipped with indoor and outdoor lounge areas, an observation deck, indoor gym and gourmet dining facilities.

Aqua Expeditions offers 3, 4 or 7-night itineraries on board the M/V Aria, giving passengers the chance to explore the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, located deep within the Amazon River basin. While the tours no doubt provide for a rare experience into one of Peru’s most well preserved havens for wildlife, plants and birding, they don’t come cheap! A 3-night itinerary will set you back approximately US$5,670 per couple.

Source: Aqua Expeditions, Jordi Puig via Ignant

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Well thats a bit different to when I travelled down the Amazon from Iquitous 20 years ago. We paddled dug out canoes, were eaten by mosquitoes and camped with villagers by the river in open wood huts. We fished for pirahna (unsuccessfully) and hiked through the jungle in sandals. But our trip cost $30US a day. I suspect the above experience might cost a little more!! Not sure whether it would be any more amazing than our trip. We saw, anacondas, monkeys, pink dolphins gliding by the canoe and caiman which the children were playing with! However, I also caught Hep A and two of the party were left behind in the jungle as they had a disagreement on how many days they had paid for on their jungle trip. For all I know, they are still there...


whooo, PRICEY!

But it would be pretty damn cool, and I'd hope those giant windows are 1 way...otherwise that would be awkward.

Derek Howe

I just noticed the curtain...it would've been cooler if they put those electronic tinting windows in (which go full dark, like the ones on the 787), instead of normal windows.

Derek Howe
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