When you think of the Amazon, you picture exotic forest and wild animals. But what are the next images that come to mind? No electricity, no warm water? Lots of heat, dirt and bugs? How can you avoid all these discomforts and travel in style in such an extraordinary destination? Three words: luxury Amazon cruises.
Peru is one of the best Amazon destinations, as over 60% of its territory is covered by the lush rainforest. One of the main gateways to the jungle is Iquitos, a jungle settlement located right on the shores of the Amazon River itself, and an ideal base to launch an Amazon cruise.
In recent years, luxury tourism has taken a step forward in Peru, and the Amazon is no exception. Youíll find an array of excellent cruise ships ready to take you into the heart of the jungle, where there are no roads and human life is scarce. From hot showers to gastronomic meals, from hot tubs to private cabin terraces, no expense is spared to make your Amazon adventure as comfortable and luxurious as possible.
Tempted? Then check out our selection of the 3 best luxury Amazon cruises in Peru.
Entirely refurbished in 2010, the Delfin I offers a true luxury Amazon adventure. Sailing aboard this incredible ship is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This small vessel provides first class amenities that can rival the best international hotels, and that right in the middle of the jungle. With only 4 suites, the Delfin I takes the meaning of luxury a step further than the rest.
All suites are incredibly large and dotted with private terraces, sitting areas, floor-to-ceiling windows for exceptional panoramic views, and state-of-the-art facilities. Two of them even boast their own Jacuzzis. If you are looking for privacy, intimacy, and highly personalized service, the Delfin I is made for you. The 4 suites are equipped with air conditioning, as well as king size beds, eco-friendly bath products, and soft bath robes.
The Delfin I also has an observation lounge where guests can relax to the sounds of the jungle and spot wildlife, a stunning dining room with excellent gourmet cuisine, a cocktail bar featuring live music in the evenings, and an extremely attentive staff ready to meet each and every wish of their guests.
First luxury cruise ship in the Amazon, built in 2007 by a renowned Peruvian architect, the M/V Aqua is the epitome of luxury. Constructed with the highest standards of comfort in mind, this beautiful ship can accommodate only 24 guests on board, allowing for intimate Amazon experiences.
The ship features 12 opulent and spacious suites, all boasting en suite sitting areas and full size windows for panoramic views. All suites are at least 230 square feet, equipped with air conditioning, private facilities with a hair dryer, luxury products, and 24-hour hot water. The suites are decorated to create the feeling of a luxury lodge right in the heart of the jungle.
For the ultimate luxury experience, there are 4 master suites located at the front of the vessel. The suites include a fully separate sitting area, a king-size bed, and panoramic windows to allow for star gazing from the comfort of your cabin.
The 16-member crew is on call 24/7 to ensure maximum comfort. English speaking naturalists are also on board and ready to guide you on adventurous land excursions in the rainforest. M/V Aqua has spacious and lavish social area, from the bar and dining room where gourmet Peruvian cuisine is served, to the indoor lounge, observation deck, and small boutique.
A brand new Amazon cruise ship, the Delfin II offers an alternative luxury rainforest journey. The ship can accommodate up to 28 passengers in 14 spacious suites. Refined elegance characterizes the ship, from the comfortable cabins to the luxuriously appointed social areas.
The especially striking dining room welcomes guests in a cozy ambiance, with sparkling china, candle-lit tables and exquisite, sophisticated cuisine. There is also an observation deck, bar, library, entertainment center, and sun deck equipped with hammocks so guests can soak up the sun while enjoying the breathtaking scenery.
For extreme luxury, choose one of the 4 master suites boasting panoramic views. All suites are elegantly appointed with extra large windows. The wooden interiors and contemporary furniture of each suite make for a modern and inviting haven.
Once youíve seen what luxury means in the Amazon, youíll never want to travel another way. Spend the extra buck and hop on the adventure of a lifetime sprinkled with a touch of luxury.
Richard Leon is Director of Peru Luxury Travel.