Hearts of palm soufflé, scallops with wild almonds and umari fruit, plantain and yucca gnocchi, escolar fish in aji panka chili adobo, grilled paiche with Amazon huatia potatoes are just some of the regional delicacies created by Aqua Expeditions Amazon Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Schiaffino has earned global recognition, including from The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, for his innovative Amazonia-influenced cuisine, served at Malabar and Amaz, two of his top-ranked Lima restaurants, as well as on board the Aqua Amazon and Aria Amazon.

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino 1Though Peruvian cuisine has made its way around the world, many of Schiaffino’s obscure yet delectable ingredients grow only the Amazon jungle. He has spent years studying the cooking traditions and food resources of Amazonia, working beyond the kitchen with anthropologists and environmental scientists. The Lima based chef returns often to go even deeper into this dense jungle in search of the next sustainable ingredients he’ll incorporate to create original recipes for Aqua Expeditions guests on the Amazon.

Schiaffino says around 70% of all ingredients on board are sourced in the waters and rainforest surrounding our journey, but guests may rest assured that dishes also stay true to more accessible indigenous traditions like Peruvian ceviche, with its succulent tranches of just caught river fish, juicy onions, cilantro, coriander and corn kernels the size of South Sea pearls.

Asked about his quests of gourmet discovery, Schiaffino replies with the excitement of a New World explorer in the time of Columbus: 

“First I may hear from friends in Iquitos or villagers along the river about an unfamiliar dish or ingredient. So I start asking questions. Back in Lima, I dig to learn more, asking anthropologists and other experts.. Then, knowing my curiosity won’t be satisfied without tasting it myself, I plan another visit, sometimes heading off on a speedboat for eight hours or more. The Amazon constantly offers up tastes and flavors I’ve never imagined before.”

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Five Star Peruvian Cuisine
Aria Amazon

Aria Amazon

Custom built for Aqua Expeditions by leading Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the Aria Amazon allows her guests to explore the Peruvian Amazon in utmost comfort. The 45 meter (147 foot) Aria Amazon set sail...

Deck Plan & Ship Facts

Deck Plan & Ship Facts

Aria Amazon: Cruise Ship FACTS Year Built: 2011 Port of Embarkation: Iquitos, Peru Vessel’s Registry: Peru Type of Vessel: River Expedition Vessel Length: 147 feet / 45 meters Beam: 29.5 feet / 9 meters...

Take a Dip in the Jacuzzi

Take a Dip in the Jacuzzi

Many days on the Amazon River reach scorching temperatures with high humidity. While our skiffs pick up cooling breezes and all our suites are air conditioned, upon returning from a day out on the...

Five Star Peruvian Cuisine

Five Star Peruvian Cuisine

Hearts of palm soufflé, scallops with wild almonds and umari fruit, plantain and yucca gnocchi, escolar fish in aji panka chili adobo, grilled paiche with Amazon huatia potatoes are just some of the regional...

Recipes from our Executive Chef

Recipes from our Executive Chef

At least once during any Aria Amazon voyage, usually during the midday heat, our chef invites guests to gather in the air-conditioned Indoor Lounge for a cooking demonstration of Amazonia inspired dishes, perhaps a...

Excursions Off the Vessel

Excursions Off the Vessel

Off-ship excursions into the Amazon jungle from the Aria Amazon showcase the unique Amazon wildlife, birds and plantlife of this rich habitat. Aqua Expeditions customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, take up to...

Guides And Crew

Guides And Crew

Four professionally trained naturalist guides lead guests of the Aria Amazon on daily expeditions aboard our comfortable skiffs deep into the Amazon’s tributaries and on foot into the sultry Amazon rainforest. True ribereños, or...

Shopping On Board

Shopping On Board

The Aria Amazon’s onboard boutique offers guests the convenience of shopping at their leisure for high quality, thoughtfully selected Peruvian handicrafts, and jewelry and Aqua Expedition souvenirs. Artisanal items featured here include original pieces...

Design and Architecture

Design and Architecture

Following the success of the Aqua Amazon, renowned Peruvian architect Jordi Puig was asked to continue his work for Aqua Expeditions with the design of a second ship, the Aria Amazon. His design of...

Suites

Suites

All 16 Design Suites on the Aria Amazon across the first and second deck measure 23 square meters (250 square feet), with individual air conditioning, polished timber flooring and a wall of floor to...

Indoor Lounge

Indoor Lounge

Floor to ceiling panoramic windows on both sides confer a seamless connection to the ever-changing scenery of Amazonia from this spacious living room finished with wood flooring and soft lighting. Relax over homemade plantain...

Outdoor Lounge

Outdoor Lounge

Nature takes care of the lighting on our generous outdoor deck on the Aria Amazon, with plenty of sunshine for those who wish to soak it up on cushioned loungers during the day to...

Observation Deck

Observation Deck

Many guests on the Amazon Aria arrive thinking that most of their days will be spent alternating between Amazon River shore excursions and lounging in relaxation in the privacy of their spacious suites. In...

Dining Room

Dining Room

Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s Amazonia-inspired cuisine offers up plenty of reasons to take one’s eyes off the captivating landscapes showcased by the floor-to-ceiling windows which define this elegant space. Designed to balance the...

Workout Facilities

Workout Facilities

The Aria Amazon’s signature walls of glass come in especially helpful here in the ship’s dedicated workout space, offering engrossing distraction for guests on the treadmill and stationery...

A Day Aboard the Aria Amazon

A Day Aboard the Aria Amazon

A recent guest, and frequent New York Times contributing writer, shared notes from a low water Aria Amazon 4 Night Cruise: The sun should be beating down on us though its only 6:30 am...

Take a Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour

Enjoy a glimpse of what your journey on the Aria Amazon will be like as you travel deep into the jungles and waterways of northern Peru spotting wildlife and learning about the ecosystems within...