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Aria Amazon Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Cruise the Amazon in Style

Review for Amazon River Cruise on Aria Amazon
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023

Aqua Expedition's Aria Amazon and its staff highlighted our trip to South America in the headwaters of the Amazon area of Peru. We were met in Iquitos, Peru for a fabulous lunch before heading to the community of Nauta where we boarded the Aria. Everything about the ship was first class. Each room has a wall of glass windows that allows you to take in the sights of the jungle terrain as you passed it by. The staff provided service on the boat that was beyond expectations. The delicious food and service were top-notch. The cleaning staff restocked our room routinely for anything we might need and they always added a special touch with their creative folded towel creatures. The musicians provided entertainment that got us all dancing on the deck. Finally, the guides/naturalists were excellent. Their incredible knowledge added a richness to the excursions that I would have never expected. Because they are mostly native to the jungle villages themselves, we were treated to stories that we would have never appreciated without their background. We fished for piranha and hiked through the jungle terrain to spot the wildlife that calls the jungle their home. We saw tropical birds, dolphins, sloths, monkeys, caimans, and so much more. We spent an afternoon in one of the villages, actually seeing the inside to their homes and how they lived and prepared meals. All of us gained a new appreciation for the culture and traditions that the villagers shared. We wrapped up our last day with a picnic and volleyball game on an Amazon River beach. It was a very special trip that the Aria staff made even more special. Our thanks to them for helping us bring us an experience of a lifetime.

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