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July 4, 2012updated Feb 07, 2013

Explore the Peruvian Amazon River in Perfect Luxury with Aqua Expeditions

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Loreto, Peru – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

M/V Aria, the latest vessel from Aqua Expeditions, specializing in luxury cruises down the Peruvian Amazon, whisks guests on Amazonian odysseys of unprecedented opulence. Its three-, four- or seven-night itineraries (from $2,700 per person) explore the breadth of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, roughly the size of Belgium. Skiffs small enough to navigate the river’s narrow waterways are used for twice-daily expeditions that include piranha fishing, caiman “hunting,” a shaman ceremony and chance encounters with pink dolphins, anteaters and three-toed sloths. The 500-ton, 147-foot riverboat, cruising at a speed of 12 knots, accommodates up to 32 guests who are served by a staff of 28. A subdued color palette and clean lines—imagine Mies van der Rohe’s version of a modernist houseboat—run throughout the liner, which boasts an al fresco Jacuzzi, exercise room and dining salon with daily tasting menus crafted by renowned Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Sixteen deluxe Design Suites feature king-size beds, a sitting area, Kara toiletries and the Amazon lapping against floor-to-ceiling windows. Après your outing, retire to the second-deck lounge, complete with a bar, for a pisco sour, or opt for a therapeutic treatment in the massage room as you watch the sun set over the mighty river.

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