This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
Aqua Expeditions, Peru
Interiors likened to those of a five-star hotel, but with an unmistakable explorer feel, and a one-to-one staff-to-passenger ratio make cruising along the Peruvian Amazon feel even more special. Aboard Aria Amazon, famed chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino presents refined cuisine to savor as you slip past the region’s most incredible wildlife. Take in lectures from world-renowned experts, including conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau, who will teach you about the marvels of the Amazon. While staying in one of the ship’s 16 light-filled suites, embrace each moment of your journey, from encountering pink dolphins playing in their natural habitat to meeting the local community as they offer insight into one of the world’s most magical expanses of rain forest.
Suites from $8,925 per person for the seven-night Expedition Cruise from Iquitos. Book online at aquaexpeditions.com