26 Aug 2014 - 11:44 am

The mention of the Amazon river conjures excitement, wonder, even fear. With a basin covering about 7,000,000 square kilometers, the idea of exploring any part of it is indeed overwhelming and mind blowing.  Aqua Expeditions, a luxury cruise line,  makes feasible the once in a lifetime opportunity to see this magnificent body of water up close and in style. 


The cruise line, which takes you all the way to Peru, offers an intimate and ultra luxe experience – allowing its passengers to take part in adventurous excursions, while never venturing too far from comfort.


The boat, designed by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig has only 16 suites in order to accommodate just the right number of people.  The menu on the boat also bears little resemblance to ordinary cruise ships. Created by Lima’s top chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffano (of the Michelin starred Malabar), the menu offers tastes of traditional Peruvian fare, and makes use of locally sourced ingredients: heart of palm, a variety of potatoes, and unique local types of corn. Fruits and vegetables in Latin America are infamous for their freshness and flavor, and luckly this cruise ship provides the best of what’s out there.


The staff are meticulously trained, memorizing every guest’s name by the second day (they are even there to greet you with fresh squeezed juice and smiles after every excursion.) Though you’re in the lap of luxury, you still get to witness plenty of wildlife. The seasoned tour guides (or modern-day Mogli-esque jungle boys) some of whom actually grew up in the Amazon rainforest, have their eyes and ears ready for pink dolphins, crocodiles and giant snakes. If you’ve ever wanted to see the rainforest, this is absolutely the way to do it: on a five start boat with plenty of fresh Pisco Sours.


A friendly tip: ask your guide to take you through the Iquitos banana market. You just might be able to make a dent in the list of 31 types of bananas found in Peru.