In 2007, Aqua Expeditions established itself as a global leader in small ship luxury cruising by bringing international luxury and local knowledge to the previously little explored Peruvian stretch of the Amazon River with the launch of the Aqua Amazon luxury cruise ship and expanding this tradition with a second cruise ship, the Aria Amazon which set sail in 2011.
Our nature-based luxury cruises down the Amazon River offer uniquely “up close” journeys, surrounding you with exotic wildlife and the natural beauty of Amazonia while also allowing guests to experience Peru at a leisurely pace and get to know first-hand, one of the most culturally and environmentally-diverse countries on earth.
Located in the northwest of South America, Peru is a treasure trove rich with history and culture across its captivating landscape. The Amazon rain forest comprises almost 60% of its national territory, yet Peru also encompasses the majestic Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, which was the largest state in pre-Columbian America, the vast Pampa Colorada with its mysterious Nazca Lines, the towering canyons of the Colca River near Arequipa and Lake Titicaca where natives still live on floating islands made of reeds. In Peru, miles of Pacific beaches meet vast desert areas and the towering Andes Mountains where lush green cloud forests are home to an abundance of wildlife distinct from that of the Amazon.
Peru is a country of 28 million people. Most speaking Spanish, one of many legacies brought to the Americas by Old World explorers like Christopher Columbus yet many Peruvians still speak Quechua, the language of our native Inca ancestors. The landscape is dotted with rural haciendas and elegant churches built by the Spaniards, who conquered this rugged land of mountains, rivers, and valleys in the 16th century. This is a land of small villages and outdoor markets where indigenous women gather in their rainbow-colored clothing topped by dark felt bowler hats to trade Peru’s vast array of potatoes for juicy corn.
Peru is also the stylish capital city of Lima, a gourmand’s destination for innovative gastronomy and the cultural center of the country. A visit to Lima would not be complete without exploring the cultural center opened by internationally renowned photographer Mario Testino, best known for his iconic image of Princess Diana, vividly connects his high fashion photography to the indigenous cultures of his tradition rich homeland.
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