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Aqua Expeditions, Iquitos

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Peru, Central + South America: a boutique hotel and Amazonian cruise experience all in one, reserve a spot aboard 12-suite
215 Calle Huallaga
Tel: 51 65 60 1053's insider take:

Though they are hardy expedition vessels, the 12-suite M/V Aqua and 16-suite M/V Aria feel more like boutique hotels that just happen to float through the Amazon's isolated Pacaya Samiria Reserve. The requisite high-profile architect (Peru's Jordi Puig), high-thread-count linens, and high-end gift shop offerings are part of the package. Whether on one of the multiple naturalist-guided excursions or from your outsize bedroom window, you'll see pink dolphins, tree-clinging sloths, massive squadrons of birds and monkeys, and the occasional anaconda. All meals have a decidedly local flavor, thanks to executive chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. And as for local piracy issues, which you may have read about in 2009, the Peruvian government has since established patrol posts to safeguard against repeat incidents.—Abbie Kozolchyk

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