Avalon Waterways will operate its first itineraries on the mighty Amazon this year with the introduction of an 11-day Peruvian adventure.
|Aria on the Amazon River in Peru.|
Photo: Avalon Waterways
Joining Avalon’s program in 2014 is the 45-metre Amazon explorer Aria, a contemporary 16-suite ship designed for cruising South America’s greatest river in style. It features floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor Jacuzzi, an exercise room, indoor and outdoor lounges, a bar, a boutique, an elegant dining room and an open-air sun deck.
From this month, Aria will offer three-night cruises as part of an 11-day itinerary from Lima. Guests will venture deep into the Amazon jungle in search of wildlife including rare pink dolphins, as well as visiting indigenous communities and the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve under the guidance of a local naturalist. Other highlights include the ancient Andean city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the extraordinary mountain-top ruins of Machu Picchu. An optional two-day extension provides a chance to see the mysterious Nazca lines. One of the world's more exotic river cruises? Captain Rivers certainly thinks so.
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