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The magical winding Amazon River is home to some of the most biodiverse wildlife, birdlife and plant species in the world, and what better way to see it than on a cruise. The Aqua Nera takes guests into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon in the comfort of luxury. Offering exceptional levels of personalized, five-star service enabled by a highly-exclusive 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio and cuisine by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s finest chefs, known for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce.

Begin your journey in the Peruvian Amazon in the riverside city of Iquitos, two hours flying time from Lima and Cusco, or in the smaller town of Nauta a little further south. The region is lush Amazonian jungle, rich in aquatic life, with a high concentration of wildlife in the waters and on land. As you sail towards Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, the Amazon River meets the tributaries of Marañón and Ucayali. Here, you can begin to spot endangered pink river dolphins dipping in and out of the waters around you. On dry land, squirrel and saddleback tamarin monkeys swing from tree branches, and you may even catch a glimpse of the brown three-toed sloth or capybara. The cruise isn’t just about the wildlife and birdlife you can see, it’s also about engaging with local people. There are over 200 communities with around 42,000 people living in the Amazon national reserves and Aqua Expeditions participates in outreach and conservation efforts to ensure they remain protected. You’ll have the opportunity to meet these people, learn about their traditions and way of life as you continue your journey. This enchanting region is ripe for exploration and our Aqua Expeditions cruise is just a taste of what can be discovered. It’s the perfect introduction to the Amazon for first-time adventurers and a trip that shouldn’t be missed on your South American journey.


  • Gourmet dining with delicious local flavours

  • Luxurious accommodation with impressive river views

  • Environmental Responsibility and Community Support

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“Aqua Nera is a different kind of cruise experience, totally focused on conservation of the nature and communities of the Peruvian Amazon, it’s sustainable luxury in a unique and constantly changing environment!”

Head over to our Amazon ships page to compare our full range of Amazon ships.

If you would like to begin creating your perfect Amazon Cruise holiday, Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Travel Specialists on 020 8546 6222.

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  • Our Truly Individual Holidays allow you to choose the destinations, inclusions & budget

  • Our Escorted Small Group Tours offer fantastic itineraries, travelling with like-minded people

  • Winner of 'Tour Operator of the Year - Small' at the 2021 Travel Industry Awards by TTG

  • Winner of 'Best Tour Operator' at the 2019 & 2018 L.A.T.A. Achievement Awards

  • All of our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind


The Travel Industry Awards 2021 - Tour Operator Of The Year - Small Latin American Travel Association Achievement Awards 2019 - Tour Operator Of The Year Latin American Travel Association Achievement Awards 2018 - Tour Operator Of The Year

Why book with Latin Routes?

  • Tailormake your holiday, including the destinations, inclusions and budget
  • From charming guesthouses to 5* luxury, we have a wide range of accommodation to suit you
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you to create your perfect holiday to Latin America

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  • You will be accompanied throughout by an experienced Latin Routes tour leader
  • Size does matter! This is why we keep our groups' maximum number to 16
  • Make Your Day Individual - Choose from 3 different experiences that are already included in the price

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  • We receive excellent reviews from our clients and have a fantastic score on Trustpilot.
  • All of our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind
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