Cruising the Amazon
Everyone knows the Amazon is the world's longest river. Many can also identify its exotic, ecologically vital imprint. And a few can also highlight the incredibly diverse array of wildlife and indigenous cultures.
But those few notions only begin to indicate the immensity of an Amazonian voyage, especially in its upper reaches, among the soaring mountains and epic landscapes of Peru. For here is one of the world's genuinely great adventures and an experience 180 degrees from the norm.
Here, you will start among the enduring fascination of the Inca Empire, including Lake Titicaca, where native people still live on islands made of reeds, and journey into the very heart of the Amazonian rainforest.
And, once surrounded by the river's incredible multiplicity, you will feel you have travelled back in time as well as location, with the stunning wildlife, birds and plants taking you into unimagined realms of discovery – like the vast Pacaya Samiria Preserve, acknowledged as one of the gem's of the Amazon.
It should also be obvious you need a specialist operator to enjoy this grand experience, and Aqua Expeditions are not only the the region's No 1 choice for Amazon River cruises , they offer a level of comfort and style that puts five-star resorts to shame.
The 130ft-long MV Aqua is the first true luxury ship on the northern Amazon, purpose-built and fully equipped with an impressive array of mod cons and creature comforts – like expansive suites for just 24 guests, a soothing indoor lounge and even its own boutique.
Fine dining is another highlight, with one of Peru's culinary stars, Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, creating a menu that draws on both local and European influences while wine is also included with meals, offering of the finest South American vintages.
Of course, your voyage comes complete with highly-trained river guides, who know all the flora and fauna and will take you on as many as three expeditions a day, aboard comfortable motorised skiffs. Its personable, reliable and hospitable but above all, utterly memorable.
If you would like more information on Amazon River cruises or Aqua Expedition cruises, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677