Adventure on the Amazon River by AQUA Expeditions, the Luxurious Floating Hotel
Have you ever been to travel in Amazon? Amazon is the largest river in the world, with length between 6,259 km and 6,712 km. Amazon is also the largest drainage basin in the world (about 7,050,000 square kilometers), because a lot of water fall onto the land surrounding the river. Amazon River is runs from Peru to Brazil (through 7 countries in South America, like: Peru, Brazil. Bolivia, Venezuela, Columbia, Guyana, and Ecuador). Amazon is home to many other ‘extreme’ of natural wildlife. Giant catfish (a fish with a big flat heads and "whiskers" on either side of their heads), the history said that the largest catfish has been captured weighing over 200 pounds. Arapaima gigas or the local known as Pirarucu is one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. We can also find this fish in Amazon River. Across the Amazon River is like a dream that turn into reality. A river that take us deep into the heart of one of the world’s most spectacular jungles and a landscape that goes far beyond the limits of our imagination. It’s a journey where few travelers have gone before more than of 1000 species of exotic flow and ancient trees, over 400 species of birds, including hundreds of mammals.
From this hub I’ll take you in the wild adventure across Amazon. It’s an unusual trip, you will be on a luxurious cruise that features an exercise room and outdoor Jacuzzi, taste delicious meals from the gourmet chef, with cabin is the equivalent of a five-star hotel room. We aren’t cruising the Caribbean or Mediterranean. But we are cruising deep in the heart of darkness, in the Amazon River. Feel the luxurious experience in such a remote location by Aqua Expeditions through M/V Aqua and M/V Aria floating hotel.
This vessel has length about 130 feet (40 meters), beam about 24 feet (7.30 meter) and draft about 7.3 feet (2.25 meters). The cruising speed about 10 knots. Gross tonnage of M/V Aqua is about 400 tons, with 2 new Cummins 380 HP Marine Engines. M/V Aqua is the first luxury cruise ship in the northern Amazon River. M/V Aqua was designed by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig for Aqua Expeditions in 2007. M/V Aqua offer an extraordinary level of comfort for the guest. M/V Aqua can accommodate about 24 passengers plus crews (16 crews and 3 guides). This cruise ship was completed with modern navigation technologies, comfortable lounge, sleeping and dining accommodations. There are standards for cruise ship travel in M/V Aqua and of course, safety on the water (lifejackets in all cabins). M/V Aqua offers luxury and comfort n a boat with minimalist interiors, spacious cabins with enormous windows to enjoy spectacular views of the river. The minimum age allowed is 7 years old.
M/V Aqua was separated into three decks (main deck, second deck and observation deck). M/V Aqua contains 12 suites, divided by 4 Master Suites measuring 240 square feet and 8 Suites measuring 230 square feet. Each cabins have twin beds, these beds are convertible to California king-size beds (Sheet and bedspreads with 100% Peruvian cotton). The most interesting thing is all suites face outside with large panoramic windows. The social area including Indoor Bar-Lounge (to enjoy the cocktail) while listening soft music, dining room with delicious menu by executive chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, Observation deck (we can enjoy the sun bathing while reading book and watching the river go by), On board boutique (we can buy small collection of crafts and indigenous arts from the Amazon region), outdoor longue (this are provide drinks and light snacks, especially for the night where we can see stars glistening brighter). All the suites on this cruise ship are comparable to a 5-star hotel and completed with private baths, luxury toiletries, safe deposit boxes and fine linen to sleep. The ship also equipped with a satellite phone.
Exploring the Amazon River among the rainforest
And the next project has been introduced and the company is pleased to launch of second luxury vessel. A luxury floating hotel designed to bring us and the exotic of Amazon wildlife together. The Aria is the second project. M/V Aria has length about 147 feet (45 meters), beam about 29.5 feet (9 meters) and draft about 5 feet (1.5 meters). The cruising speed about 12 knots. Gross tonnage of M/V Aria is about 500 tons, with 2 new Cummins 4000 HP Marine Engines. M/V Aria can accommodate about 32 passengers plus crews (24 crews and 4 guides). M/V Aria was launched in April 2011. This luxury vessel took about 395 days to build in the most remote city disconnected by roads in the world. The builders worked on land for 300 days. The company employed more than 200 people in the construction of the M/V Aria. And it took 10 days and over 80 people to bring the vessel down from ship yard into the water.
M/V Aria was separated into three decks (main deck, second deck and observation deck). M/V Aria contains 16 suites, divided by 8 suites on the first deck and 8 suites on the second deck. We can enjoy wildlife among the rainforest without even getting of bed. There are additions in terms of facilities, such as: outdoor Jacuzzi located in outdoor lounge and exercise room. The exercise room is for ones who love to exercise everyday with panoramic views from the full glass walls. So, we can enjoy the scenery of Amazon River while working out on the treadmills. All suites equipped with an iPod docking station, modern décor, a rain showerhead, a lounge chair. Plenty of lounging to be found on the upper deck to enjoy the scenery of Amazon River while reading book. Including 250 square foot designed suite, unforgettable movie screen sized pictures windows, central air conditioning, menu created by executive chef namely Pedro Miguel Schiaffino (he works to prepare a fusion of continental and Peruvian cuisine from fresh ingredients), a very luxurious sun deck and huge floor-to-ceiling windows.
Delicious food from a fusion of continental and Peruvian cuisine
I’ll explain the detail of how luxurious the M/V Aria. Exclusive custom furniture is from Brazil, wallpaper and décor from Malaysia. I heard that the company purchased and imported goods from all over the world, including lightning fixtures from Spain, the best cotton and linens from Peru. State of the art kitchen supplies from United States and then encapsulated noise reducing generators from Brazil. The amenities is came from the best natural products in the Amazon, with the goal is to take us on a breathtaking Amazon adventure while providing all the comforts, including the level of service. We can find kind of this service on Five Star Luxury Hotel. There’s small touches that makes this trip feel very special and luxurious. We’ll be picked up from the airport with Mercedes Benz van and wait to board the cruise boat in a special pavilion with comfy sofas.
The real adventure
Fun activities during the trip
Being aboard the M/V Aria is unforgettable experience. The trip completed with fun activities. Aqua Expeditions try to engage the guests in their surrounding environment, not just enjoying the trip from the comfort of a lounge chair. The company tries to involve the guest with piranha fishing, explore the river with canoe, visit a manatee rescue center, took rainforest hikes, and go looking the wildlife (such as: birds, monkeys, turtle, Pink Amazon Dolphin, etc). It depended on M/V Aria itinerary. How about us who usually speak English? Don’t worry about this, because there are four English-speaking naturalists who lead the trips and they teach about the flora and fauna. There's one thing we must not forget, we have a chance to interact with local people. On this occasion, we have chance to share happiness by give to them school supplies and fishing kits. The company offers various tour package, like: custom luxury cruise vacations, Amazon cruises at a glance, family cruises vocations, Group cruise travel and special occasions, including group cruise tours to the Amazon Rainforest and Jungle, honeymoon cruises in the Amazon.
The people say:
- Aqua expeditions, an experience where you travel to explore a new world, feel like an adventure, aspire to be a nature photographer, make new friends and still be taken care of by an exceptional staff and crew (By Alicia Diez, Valerie Wilson Travel)
- The M/V Aqua provides a safe and luxurious to experience one of the most fascinating areas on our planet (Pamela Walker, Odyssey Travel)
- Traveling on the Aqua is an adventure not to be missed for anyone with a passion for nature and adventure travel to the highest level of comfort (Ann Segar, Provident Travel)
- Experiential Travel is a buzz world now-a-days and Aqua expedition is the perfect example of a true experience (Peter LIoyd, Century Travel)