No more than 40 guests will be on board the Aqua Nera, joining sister vessel the Aria Amazon and introducing a new level of luxury to Amazon river cruising. The sense of space throughout is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows but is by no means an illusion on this elegant vessel where every suite measures an impressive 30 sqm.
The Pacaya Samiria Reserve, on the headwaters of the Amazon basin, spans more than five million acres and teems with wildlife and aquatic life. Endangered pink Amazon dolphin, black caiman and three-toed sloth are among the signature species of this far-flung corner of Peru. You’re not cocooned from nature: a fleet of four launches will take you on daily excursions down the river, accompanied by expert naturalist guides as you explore the small inlets and winding river systems of the flooded forest.
Back on board, downtime is relaxed. Soak in the plunge pool on the top deck, enjoy a spa treatment or perhaps a gentle work-out in the gym. Retire to the ample, panoramic lounge-bar to unwind or head outside to the observation decks and watch the Amazon sunset.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
"Obviously Machu Pichu was a highlight but Ollaytaytambo was impressive, Chinchero was lovely and Cusco was fantastic [we're looking into buying a house there!] the Vistadome, particularly with the staff on the return journey to Cusco, who put on a fashion show, music and dancing for us, which they genuinely seemed to enjoy too, was fantastic. I'd also really recommend Huaco Pacllano in Lima - I'd never seen a site like it before."SAG, Hythe
Highlight: Machu Picchu - truly breath taking.PT, Swindon
There were so many highlights, but Machu Picchu and climbing Huana Picchu and the whole Galapagos trip are the most memorable.GJ, Richmond
We love Peru and the people every time we go back it is a memorable experience.JL, Cobham
Highlight?: Walking and running on the cliffs of Lima. Food tour in Lima.CC, Settle
A short note of thanks for organising our Peruvian holiday. The fast moving itinerary went exactly to plan, all the accommodation was excellent and exactly as you described....We all thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks and will recommend JLA to friends.AF, Chiswick
Highilght: Watching condors rise on the thermals in Sondondo.RE, London
Highlight?: Machu PicchuRN, London
The Inca Trail with the 3 day camping has to be the most memorable part. It was an extraordinary adventure - tough, exhilarating, stunning and as a family with grown up children an amazing challenge to do as a group of 5. We all loved Peru and our holiday. Peru surprised us. It blew our minds. The country is stunning, the people charming, the history fascinating and the food absolutely delicious. We look forward to returning and maybe trying the Salcantay trek! We will definitely want to return to El Tambo for more chill time!GC, London
Highlight: Being able to recreate photographs at Sasqaywaman above Cusco of our relatives who came to live in Peru in 1910.CC, Bristol
Highlights: So many . Cuzco ,explora stay in Sacred Valley ( including amazing hikes) , Macchu Picchu , lunch at AStrid y Gaston in LIma.MO, London
"The most enjoyable… having chocolate pancakes in the narrow cobbled streets of Cusco. And in the mountain village of Aguas Calientas. And in lots of other places. The kids having fun with the cats at the cat park of Lima. Meeting a mountain family and finding out about their way of life. This included meeting their guinea pigs – kept purely for their meat.”LBM, South Africa
Peru was incredible. The slick organisation of Journey Latin America allowed us to really enjoy every moment. The service was excellent and I would thoroughly recommend.HG, Malvern
"We saw some amazing scenery, the train was wonderful and Machu Picchu unbelievable."PS, Stanmore
We really enjoyed the whole trip and found the Peruvian people very friendly and helpful and determined to better themselves and their country.SJ, Cambridge
Highlight?: Too many to mention but the Condors and Machu Picchu were spectacular.GB, Westerham
Highlight?: Probably the condors at Colca Canyon.PT
“It is great to know that you are going to have a fantastic holiday every time you travel to Peru.JL, Cobham
"It is difficult to pick out just one experience from such a plethora of new ones. There was so much to see and absorb in Peru which was fascinating, but Machu Picchu must rate very highly in our list of memorable events on the mainland as must the whole Colca Canyon experience including the drives through the Highlands to Chivay."ND,
A fantastic travel company for Peru. Highly respected locally. The whole Itinerary was flawless with extremely professional local reps in Peru. I believe the Inca trail company in Cusco to be the best there!JD, Swansea
"The people, mixing with the Peruvian people in the markets, talking and laughing with them."JL, Cobham
For me, I think that it was the Lords of Sipan and Royal Tombs Museum, and the Temple of the Moon at Trujillo. For Angela, it was Tucume and the Temple of the Moon.PS, Reading
“The range of experiences was like an assault course on the senses. The geography, the cultural diversity, the wildlife, the colours.”RC, Ealing
Most memorable experience: “Colca Canyon, Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu without doubt. The journey from Ingapirca to Cuenca was very beautiful.”CR, Truro
Highlights?: Visiting Machu Picchu and climbing the mountain. The hot springs at Colca Lodge. Seeing the condors in the Colca Canyon. Trying to walk 100yds at almost 5000m. :-)MP, London
Most Memorable Moment?: Cusco - such a great atmosphere with so much history.MH, Manchester
Highlight?: The Ausangate trail. Loved it.ID, Hereford
Most memorable aspect: “, Macchu Pichu and Peru in general, especially in Cusco. We bought ourselves an open top bus ride in Cusco which was excellent value and was well worth doing. We also enjoyed an excellent 4 hour historical city tour in Lima which was a good way to learn about the city.”DP, Watford
The Belmond train ride to Machu Picchu followed by the tour round Machu Picchu was stunning and very memorable. However, the Amazon was also wonderful, especially the breakfast in a creek, the sunset trip, and the walk in the rainforest.MS, Alton
It was memorable because of the cultural and geographical variety so can't pick out particular part. We were in 3 different climates, in mountains, jungle and coast. Probably enjoyed the places where we had most interactions with nature i.e. Lake Titicaca and jungle.SL,
A new level of luxury to river cruising in the Peruvian Amazon
To set sail along the rivers and channels of this immense ecosystem is always a privilege. To do it in the utmost style is an absolute treat.
David Nichols - Product & Marketing
With an affinity for the wild, wide open spaces of South America's far reaches, David has been with us since the early 90s and bolsters our Product department with his exceptional ground knowledge.
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Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
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