The Avalon Advantage
A journey with Avalon Waterways along the impressive Amazon River means you’ll experience the most inclusive adventure in one of the most unique areas of the world. Topping the proverbial bucket list is Machu Picchu, and Avalon gets you VIP access with two entrances to the ruins and top-notch accommodations. Aboard the Amazon Discovery, you’ll experience an intimate setting. With an intimate 44-passenger capacity and a crew of 29, your every need will be attended as you experience the wilds of the Amazon while being cradled in luxury both day and night. With Avalon Waterways, we also deliver a more enriching experience with our Local FavoritesSM, designed to introduce you to the unique stories and people in each destination. An expert Tour Director, a Cruise Director, and experienced Naturalists accompany you on your adventure, ensuring no detail is overlooked.
Amazon River Cruises
The Mighty Amazon
Embark on a journey to one of the world’s vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon. Experience the Amazon wilderness where it originates in Peru. The Amazon Basin covers an area larger than Western Europe, but it’s in Peru’s Amazon where biodiversity is at its greatest and the rainforest is untamed. The Amazon basin accounts for nearly 40% of the South America continent and spans across eight countries: Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. Over the past several million years, the Amazon has become the world’s most bio-diverse place and Peru’s Amazon offers visitors some of the most prolific wildlife viewing opportunities in its five million acres. The Amazon River, stretching over 4,000 miles, actually begins as a tiny stream in Peru up in the Andes Mountains near Arequipa. This stream merges with other streams as they descend from the mountains and become larger and larger finally forming the two main headwaters of the Amazon River in Peru. It is the Ucayali and the Maranon Rivers that join together near Iquitos, Peru to form the mighty Amazon. The river carries more water than any other in the world and is responsible for nearly 1/5 of all the fresh water that flows into our oceans. The surrounding rainforest and the river itself support over 3,000 species of fish, 40,000 plant species, 1,300 bird species, 1,500 species of amphibian and reptiles, and at least 500 mammals. That’s approximately 15% of the world’s total species found in one area covering 2.6 million square miles. Your cruise along Peru’s Amazon ventures deep into the Amazon jungle past the point of where deep water boats can go. You will come face to face with the elusive wildlife that is so abundant here as you cruise into the flooded forest with your expert Naturalists. Go fishing for Amazon fish including piranha, take a swim with the pink dolphins, explore the dense jungle on foot and visit native communities while on your Amazon cruise with Avalon Waterways. While the Amazon region covers almost 60% of Peru, there are many other areas beyond the Amazon to be discovered in Peru and Avalon Waterways includes the must see spots! Spend time in the Peru’s capital, Lima, the Sacred Valley, and, of course, Machu Picchu.
Your Own Personal Expert
Each day the Amazon Discovery’s expert Naturalists provide rich narrative about life along the Amazon as you journey into little-visited areas like the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve while interacting with the people who live out their days along the river. The Amazon Discovery’s guides and crew have firsthand knowledge of Amazon River animals, plants and birds, as well as the history of this part of Peru. Each of the Naturalists onboard lead guests of the Amazon Discovery on daily expeditions aboard comfortable skiffs deep into the Amazon’s tributaries and on foot into the sultry Amazon rainforest. True ribereños, or “river dwellers”, our English speaking Amazon experts grew up here on the banks of the Amazon, and know every bird and mammal call as well as they do the sound of their mother’s voice. They possess a local native’s ability to spot a brown-throated three-toed sloth sleeping high up in the tree canopy, an anaconda slithering along the shoreline and even the elusive capybara hiding in the high grass after nightfall. Beyond the Amazon, your experienced Tour Director introduces you to Peru and one of the wonders of the world…Machu Picchu! Not only will you spend two days exploring this ancient citadel you will also discover Peru’s colorful costumes, traditional Andean customs, and Inca hospitality in the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Lima.
Included is the Name of the Game
At Avalon, "included" is one of our favorite words. Spacious Deluxe suites with sitting area and floor to ceiling windows—included. Unique Local FavoritesSM, designed to immerse you in the culture—included. Services of one of our highly rated professional Tour Directors—included. The most included sightseeing, led by Certified Local Guides—included. VIP entrance into the must-see sites—included. Expansive panoramic views throughout the ship—included. Dining experiences that will amaze you both on cruise and off—included.
Included for Every Avalon Guest:
- Comfortable beds with premium mattresses
- Fine cotton bed linens & European-style duvets
- Internal communication system
- Choice of bed configuration (in certain suites)
- Daily maid service with nightly turndown service
- Bedside tables with reading lamps
- Floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows
- Large private bathroom featuring full shower, hairdryer, makeup mirror, and premium bath amenities
- Soft, luxurious honeycomb bathrobes & slippers
- Easy under-bed luggage storage and generous closet space
- Purified water, replenished daily
- In-room safe
- Individual climate control
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard– served in the elegant dining room and prepared by a team of culinary experts
- A Peruvian cuisine cooking demonstration
- Complimentary local beer, Pisco-based cocktails, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and bottled water at all times
- Complimentary wine with dinner
- Air-conditioned indoor lounge with nightly entertainment
- Professional Cruise Director and staff to help throughout your cruise
- Amazon Naturalists on board
- Multimedia natural history lectures each day and cultural performances
- Private guided shore excursions
- Bottled water, beer & soft drinks on all onboard excursions
- Plunge Pool
Cruising in Luxury & Comfort
Built in 2015, the new Amazon Discovery ship allows guests to explore the Peruvian Amazon in the utmost comfort. This spacious and indulgent ship boasts an intimate atmosphere with only 22 suites, allowing a maximum of 44 guests on board. Each of these luxury suites features en-suite sitting areas, individual air conditioning, polished and sustainable wood flooring, and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that frame the Amazon Jungle in the backdrop. Your suite even comes with a telescope for stargazing. En suite bathrooms with therapeutic bath amenities incorporate the latest eco-sensitive technology. Soft lighting, natural fibers and neutral hues create a relaxing and luxuriously comfortable enclave where one’s only challenge may be to decide whether to gaze upon the Amazon from atop a luxurious bed (which can be separated into two twin beds in Flora and Fauna suites) made with 100% cotton high thread count sheets or while lounging on the open-air deck, binoculars in hand. Two-times-daily cabin service ensures that your suite is always fresh and perfect, making the wilds of the Amazon a little tamer. It’s truly the best ship on the Amazon.
Relax in the indoor, air-conditioned lounge with a book on the Amazon, listening to a lecture, learning how to prepare a Peruvian ceviche, or enjoying a glass of wine. The floor to ceiling windows that encompass the lounge ensure you won’t miss any of the ever-changing scenery of Amazonia as you cruise. There is also a spacious, open-air deck with plenty of sunshine for those who wish to soak it up on cushioned loungers. Or ease into the ship’s plunge pool to cool off after a shore excursion in the sultry rainforest. Guests seeking fresh Amazon air without being exposed to the sun will find plenty of space and comfortable seating under the expansive awning of the Canopy Lounge. For those seeking a little more strenuous activity, an air-conditioned exercise room is available. Or what better way to relax after a day of adventurous sightseeing by having a stone massage or skin treatment in the Rainforest Spa? The choices are endless.
Ship Features & Amenities:
- English-speaking staff and personalized service
- Non-smoking interior
- Air-conditioned Indoor lounge
- Outdoor lounge
- Open-air deck
- Plunge pool
- Exercise room
- Infirmary with 24-hour paramedic on board
- Open seating dining room
Ship Overview Suites Photo Gallery
Experience famed Peruvian cuisine—a combination of tastes from the Incas, Spanish, Chinese, Africans, Italians, and Japanese. Each meal is locally sourced and designed by an expert culinary team with a selection of Peruvian dishes as well as Western favorites. As you take in the passing scenery, indulge in the innovative menus featuring roasted meats, grilled fish, savory vegetables, sun ripened tropical fruits, decadent desserts, and free-flowing wine.
While breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, dinner is served at your table with a choice of entrees. The culinary experience on the Amazon Discovery is superb. Paired with premium South American wines, each meal promises to be a Peruvian culinary feast.
On land your day starts with breakfast at your hotel. Included lunches and dinners may be in your hotel or at local restaurants. We also include several authentic experiences to help round out your vacation. You’ll start your vacation with an exclusive dinner in one of Lima’s finest mansions, Casa Garcia Alvarado, hosted by its owner. You will also experience exquisite Peruvian cuisine throughout your vacation at all of our specially selected restaurants.
Every Avalon hotel has been carefully selected by our regional experts. With high-quality service, desirable amenities, spacious guestrooms, and central locations, each is sure to exceed your expectations. View our cruise itinerary for a full list of hotels, amenities and photos.
Amazon River Cruises