About Aqua Expeditions
Based in Loreto, Peru, Aqua Expeditions is the fulfillment of CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro’s long-time ambition. Previous experience working with a Galapagos Islands tour company gave him the experience and expertise he needed to found Aqua Expeditions and introduce passengers to the remote region of Peru’s Amazon River.
Founded in 2007, the one-ship line operates year-round, sailing three-, four- and seven-night cruises from Iquitos. Committed to sustainable tourism, the company has vowed to leave as small a footprint as possible while introducing visitors to the Amazonia people, culture, rainforest, jungle and wildlife of the region. Its practices include careful monitoring of emissions, waste management and fuel efficiency, as well as safe-food and water-purification protocols.
The M/V Aqua is the only vessel in the fleet at this time. Commissioned and built in 2007, the 400-ton, 24-passenger ship resembles a houseboat moored in Seattle’s Lake Union. It’s tall, contemporary and features enormous picture windows. Designed by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the ship uses sustainable and local materials whenever possible. There is a staff of 17, including three English-speaking naturalists/guides, and three skiffs for excursions.
The ship features suites that could be found on much larger sea-going vessels. Staterooms average 230 square ft. and include flat-screen TV’s, sitting areas and in-suite baths. The ship is fully air-conditioned, but has no radio, cell-phone or Internet access. (There is a satellite phone for emergencies.) The lounge does, however, have DVD’s and a flat-screen television. Small DVD players are also available to borrow for in-suite use.
Public rooms include an indoor bar and lounge, an observation deck, an outdoor lounge, a boutique and a dining room. Meals are prepared with local ingredients and a Peruvian flare; South American wines are included with supper. Naturalists onboard speak English; daily excursions are included.
M/V Aqua attracts well-heeled, seasoned travelers, looking for unique experiences. Oddly, for a cruise company that emphasizes luxury and adventure, the line welcomes families. Not only can the vessel accommodate one child (over the age of seven years), but it also has several connecting staterooms for larger family groups. Of course, there are no facilities specifically for children, but families interested in the remarkable ecosystem and culture of the Amazon will be welcomed and accommodated.
Seven-night cruises begin and end in Iquitos on Sundays, and each of the three-, four- and seven-night itineraries vary, depending on whether it’s high-water season or low-water-season. Three night cruises end in — and four-night cruises begin in — Nauta, near the origin of the Amazon River. Port stops include visits to local villages for rainforest walks, nighttime skiff trips to find caiman (jungle alligator-like reptiles), forays to hunt for anacondas and piranhas, and the occasional picnic lunch off the ship.
Calle Huallaga 215
Tel: (51 65) 60 1053
Fax: (51 65) 23 4827
Cell: (51 65) 96570 0600
Sales & Marketing:
Tel: (51 1) 368 3868
Fax: (51 1) 368 5759
Cell: (51 1) 99355 9345
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Our office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 17:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time