Aqua Expeditions to upgrade both Amazon vessels

Luxury river operator Aqua Expeditions has announced that it will be renovating its two Peruvian Amazon vessels, the Aqua Amazon and the Aria Amazon. The upgrades are being overseen by the boats’ original designer, Peruvian architect Jordi Puig.

The vessels’ exteriors will be outfitted with new woodwork, a fresh coat of paint and new awnings. New wood flooring has been installed throughout most common areas. Additionally, all the suites are being redone with new floors, furniture and amenities, and the bathrooms with new floors and tiles. Both vessels feature newly upholstered furniture, new wall coverings and lighting. New skiffs have also been added on each vessel that seat up to 10 passengers.

Aqua Expeditions was founded eight years ago when it launched the 12-suite Aqua Amazon, which was followed by the 16-suite Aria Amazon. In October 2014, Aqua Expeditions launched a third luxury river cruise vessel, the 20-suite Aqua Mekong, on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia.

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Rainforest Cruises adds Peru lodge option

By Michelle Baran
Treehouse Lodge in Iquitos, Peru.Rainforest Cruises is offering a package that combines a stay at the Treehouse Lodge in Iquitos, Peru, with one of its Peruvian Amazon cruises.

The Miami-based Rainforest Cruises sells cruises and packages on the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon.

The Treehouse Lodge experience will be combined with an Amazon River cruise onboard the eight-passenger Cattleya.

The cruise-tour begins with a two-night stay in the Treehouse Lodge, a 345-acre property in the jungle at the confluence of the Yarapa and Cumaceba rivers, where guests will have the opportunity to view rainforest wildlife from the treetops.

The lodge has 18 bungalows that are between 25 feet off the ground and 65 feet above ground. They are equipped with en suite showers and are sealed by a fine mosquito mesh.

Daily activities include daytime and nocturnal jungle walks to learn about medicinal plants, or to spot insects and night monkeys, piranha fishing in dugout canoes, early morning bird-watching, dolphin-watching, visiting a butterfly farm and visits to the local Jibaro and Kukama communities.

A six-day cruise and lodge package is $2,499 for double occupancy and $3,139 for single occupancy, per person. Included in the tour is a two-night stay in the Treehouse Lodge with full meals and choice of excursions, a four-day Amazon cruise aboard the Cattleya, all transfers and bilingual naturalist Amazon guides.

Peruvian company launches with two Amazon vessels

By Michelle Baran

Rendering of a cabin on the Cattleya.Ucamara Amazon Expeditions, a Peruvian company launched in 2013, launched the six-passenger Acacia in 2013 and is introducing the 12-passenger Cattleya this spring.

Both vessels will navigate the Peruvian Amazon through the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve for three-, four- and seven-night river cruises.

The Acacia features three cabins, all with wooden bunk beds, bedside tables, air conditioning, en suite bathrooms with showers, safe deposit boxes and a minibar. The vessel also features a dining room and indoor lounge.

The Cattleya, scheduled to launch in April, will have six cabins, all with king-size beds, air conditioning and en suite bathrooms with showers. The vessel will also have an observation deck, dining room, indoor lounge and boutique.

Three-night cruises begin at $2,100 per person, based on double occupancy.