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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Peru & The Amazon
About The Amazon River In Peru

About The Amazon River In Peru

The Amazon River originates in streams that run through the Andes Mountains then flows mightily across South America through Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. Considered the longest river...

Pacaya Samiria Reserve

Pacaya Samiria Reserve

Located deep within the Amazon rainforest and accessible only by water, the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, also known as the “Mirrored Forest”, offers one of Peru’s most fertile havens for sighting Amazon mammals, birds and...

 Best Times To Visit Peru And The Amazon

Best Times To Visit Peru And The Amazon

Conditions along the Amazon River in Peru divide into two seasons: a high water season from December through May and a low water season that lasts from June until November. Cruising the Amazon in...

Visit Machu Picchu And The Sacred Valley In Peru

Visit Machu Picchu And The Sacred Valley In Peru

Machu Picchu, the fabled “Lost City of the Inca,” (and Quechua for “old mountain”) is a true masterpiece of the Inca civilization. Machu Picchu, built around 1450, lies 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of...

Amazon Animals & Wildlife

Amazon Animals & Wildlife

The Amazon animals and wildlife you experience while traveling with us both on board our cruiseships and on skiff excursions couldn’t be more diverse and fascinating. Scarlet Macaw, Ringed Kingfisher, Orange-backed Troupial, Yellow-headed Caracara,...

Map  - Peru & the Amazon River

Map – Peru & the Amazon River

Aqua Expeditions luxury cruises on the Amazon River begin in Iquitos, Peru considered the birthplace of the Amazon River, and transport guests in exceptional comfort deep into the Amazon rainforest and Pacaya Samiria Reserve....

Visit Cusco (Cuzco) In Peru

Visit Cusco (Cuzco) In Peru

At 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) above sea level, Cusco (Cuzco), the onetime southern capital of the Incas, today offers visually stunning opportunities to observe how native traditions in Peru intersect with Spanish colonial heritage....

Visit Lake Titicaca In Peru

Visit Lake Titicaca In Peru

According to Inca legend, Sun God Inti ordered his children Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo to rise from the waters of Lake Titicaca in Peru and establish the Inca civilization. Today Lake Titicaca is...

Visit Arequipa And The Colca River Canyon

Visit Arequipa And The Colca River Canyon

At 3,233 meters (10,607 feet) deep, the Colca River Canyon slices through the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Peru for more than 100 kilometers, running twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in...

Visit Lima Peru

Visit Lima Peru

Peru’s capital and international gateway city, Lima makes a convenient and fascinating complement to Aqua Expeditions luxury cruise on the Amazon River.  Lima stretches for miles along South America’s Pacific coast and while at...

Peru Bird List

Peru Bird List

A visit to the Amazon region in Peru is an unparalleled opportunity to see birds you will never see anywhere else. On every Amazon cruise, each of our guests receives a complementary copy of...

Amazon Wildlife Lists

Amazon Wildlife Lists

Cruising the Amazon River on board the Aria or the Aqua Amazon takes our guests on a nature tour of unimaginable richness. The diversity of mammals living in the Amazon’s rainforest accompany us as...

Visit the Nazca Lines

Visit the Nazca Lines

In the arid Peruvian coastal plain, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Lima, living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary beings as well as geometric figures several kilometers long were scratched into the dry...

Take a Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour

Learn the secrets of Amazonia, her wildlife, birds, cultural traditions and ecosystems as you travel on board the Aqua Amazon or the Aria Amazon. Begin your journey...