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Native Amazonian property

Here at Aqua Expeditions, we consider the conservation of the natural environment and traditions of the Peruvian Amazon locals part of our responsibility as a sustainable company.  We encourage all of our guests to adopt an active role in the protection of the area and since our inception have carried out initiatives in cooperation with the local communities, including releasing endangered Taricaya turtles back into the wild. To nurture this Amazon species, we have been working with conservationists since 2008 to protect the eggs until they hatch and then release hatchlings into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. In 2012, this project expanded to include the re-location of Taricaya habitats on a semi-artificial beach in Aqua Expeditions’ dock in the city of Nauta.

Captured by drone, are the highlights of what guests can expect on one of our 3, 4 or 7 night Aqua Expeditions cruises along the remote Peruvian Amazon. Travel by skiff deep into her tributaries to listen to the sounds of the abundant bird life and wildlife which inhabit the rich forests of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Learn about the unique comforts and customized, gourmet cuisine from Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino which await you on your cruise experience on board the Aria Amazon.

Getting up-close to the multitude of wildlife in the Amazon rainforest is not an easy task, which is why an experienced naturalist guide and well-organized river expedition is a must. Aqua Expeditions’ local naturalist guides have lived most of their lives along the banks of the Amazon and offer an immense knowledge of its surroundings. With over 15 years of experience, they possess an incredible talent to identify every bird and mammal calls. Our ornithology expert George can even imitate the unique sounds of dozens of bird species native to the Amazon region almost to perfection.

With a genuine passion to teach guests about the wonders of the Amazon, its complex ecosystem, and how to take care of it, Aqua’s naturalist guides are an essential part of the Aqua experience, making every excursion educational, fun, and memorable.

We have selected 10 must-see Amazon River animals guests can expect to see while exploring the Peruvian Amazon with the help of our Aria Amazon expert guide, George Davila. Learn about the unique characteristics of each species and their International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) status as we take you on a virtual tour of the Peruvian Amazon’s exotic wildlife.