DAY 1 LIMA
(Meal Plan: None)
Welcome to Lima, the ‘city of the Kings’ and South America’s gastronomic capital. Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the airport and privately escorted to your hotel to settle in.

DAY 2 LIMA
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
Your sightseeing tour explores the modern districts of Lima and its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. As you wander the main plaza and Plaza San Martin it is hard not to wonder about its diverse architecture. Your guide will introduce you to the city’s architectural heritage. We then proceed to Santo Domingo Monastery boasting fine carved choir stalls, the oldest of Lima. It was here that San Marcos University, the first in South America, was founded in 1551.  Your tour ends in the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.

The remaining of your day will be at leisure.

DAY 3 LIMA – IQUITOS – AQUA NERA
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Upon arrival from your morning flight, you will be picked up at Iquitos airport and taken to enjoy a delicious welcome lunch. Afterwards, you will embark the Aqua Nera and settle into your suite as you begin your exciting cruise adventure. Following an introduction to the expert naturalist guides onboard and a routine safety drill, you will enjoy your first gourmet Amazonian dinner, created by the world-renowned Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. During High water season, you will also be introduced to the historic city of Iquitos and have the chance to visit an indigenous Amazon community before embarkation.

DAY 4 AQUA NERA
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
LOW WATER
Today you will enjoy early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River. Afterwards, you will canoe or kayak along the Yanayacu-Pucate River and keep watch for the Amazon’s legendary pink river dolphins. In the afternoon you will visit an Amazonian village, where you will have the opportunity to interact with native riberenos (people of the river) and visit local school children.

HIGH WATER
Today you will set sail to the Yarapa River where you will be able to spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. You will have the chance to try line fishing for the Amazon’s notoriously ferocious piranhas while the naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo. In the afternoon you will sail to Lake Clavero where villagers rely on traditional dugout canoes to get around. Swim in the lake’s calm waters or visit the native residents of Amazonia who welcome you to their community with open arms. 

DAY 5 AQUA NERA
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
LOW WATER
Today, you will wake to a beautiful jungle sunrise, enjoying breakfast in the middle of the lush jungle, while birdwatching along the Samiria River. Swimming and kayaking are some of the recommended activities in this part of the Reserve. In the evening, embark on a wildlife excursion on the blackwaters of Nauta Caño, and end the night with extraordinary stargazing.

HIGH WATER
Today you will explore the blackwater tributaries of the Yanallpa River by skiff. You will have the chance to disembark and walk deep into the wildlife-rich Amazonian rainforest. In the afternoon you will board a skiff again to cruise along the El Dorado river in search of exotic nocturnal creatures.

DAY 6 AQUA NERA – IQUITOS- LIMA
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
This morning you will enjoy a guided visit to the local market where you will marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon. Afterwards you will return to Aqua Nera where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast before disembarking. En route to the airport you will have the chance to visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees are rehabilitated before they are released back into the wild. Please note all itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.

Return by flight to Lima where you will spend the night at an airport hotel.

DAY 7 LIMA – GUAYAQUIL
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
Today, fly from Lima to Guayaquil, a Coast-side city in Ecuador filled with traditional streets and modern displays of art, architecture and more. This day will be at leisure.

DAY 8 GUAYAQUIL
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
Your Half Day Tour starts at 9:00 am heading to visit a Cocoa Plantation of approximately 100 hectares located in the valley of Cerecita. This activity allow to know the traditions of the farmer life style and tradition. In this place we appreciate the diversity of plantations and tropical trees of our region. We will learn the fermentation processes of the cocoa fruit. This technology is defined as “Natural Planting Chocolate”. In this activity we differentiate ourselves in one important factor: that chocolate is made in the same plantation, giving us an unparalleled importance to the origin of this ecuadorian product. In the afternoon, we´re going to start a city tour, heading to the downtown of Guayaqui City, visiting the Malecón Simón Bolívar, Puerto Santa Ana on the banks of Guayas River, here we will find the music museum, the old brewery and the artisan market, we will also visit the cobbled streets and the colonial style houses of the first traditional Barrio of Guayaquil “place of the city”, ending the tour we´ll be heading to the Viewpoint of the Galleon to enjoy the majestic panoramic view.


DAY 9 GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – AQUA MARE
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Depart from Guayaquil on a flight to Galapagos Island. Once you arrive at Baltra airport, you will be met by our team and escorted on a short cross-island transfer to the jetty. Receive a warm welcome aboard Aqua Mare, the Galapagos islands’ first 50m luxury super yacht with our 16-strong crew where you will be treated with the utmost attention courtesy of our 1:1 crew to guest ratio. A delicious Nikkei-inspired lunch crafted by consultant chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will be served and you will also receive a snorkeling kit complete with mask, fins, snorkel, and an optional shorty wetsuit for your personal use during the week. You will also receive as a welcome gift a special waterproof bag to place your belongings during wet landings and an Aqua Expeditions water bottle. 

The afternoon will see you head out onto your first excursion to Playa Las Bachas on the northern part of Santa Cruz Island for a short 20-minute hike taking us to two ponds where you can observe various species of flamingos, ducks, shore birds and sometimes marine iguanas. It is also possible to spot Darwin finches, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds among the coastal vegetation, mangroves, and saltbush. For those who prefer to snorkel, the beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles, so you will no doubt come across one or two! Head home to the yacht for the evening to indulge in your first sumptuous dinner in the Archipelago, making it the perfect start to your Galapagos adventure.

DAY 10 AQUA MARE
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
For those who missed the equatorial crossing the night before, ask our crew for your very own equator crossing certificate – although this is usually reserved for our young explorers, even the young at heart will proudly be able to take this home! This morning explore Genovesa Island, where you will take a tender ride along the volcanic rocks of El Barranco to view the fur seals resting inside rock crevices. A 1.5 km hike inland takes us to the lava fields to view red-footed boobies as well as great frigate birds and Galapagos storm petrels.

After the visit, we will return to the yacht to get suited up for your snorkeling session to view bottlenose dolphins, schools of hammerhead sharks, colorful fish and pristine corals. The tenders will accompany us alongside the cliffs to observe the animal species that rest on the cliffs before a splendid lunch back onboard. The afternoon sees us at Bahía Darwin’s coralline beach for hiking, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, or kayaking. Make it a family affair after dinner at the lower deck Beach Club by enjoying a private movie screening. We recommend watching the Planet Earth documentary on the Galapagos, the swashbuckling box office Master and Commander, or simply enjoy the starlit skies from the upper deck.

DAY 11 AQUA MARE
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start the morning early with a workout or a guided meditation on our upper deck followed by a refreshing breakfast. Our first excursion of the day will take us to the northeast of Santiago Island with a dry landing at Bahía Sullivan to discover recent Pahoehoe lava flows.  

After a sumptuous lunch and lecture on the geology of the Galapagos from one of our expert scientist guides onboard Aqua Mare, we depart to Sombrero Chino Island, so named after the small crater that forms the islet. The surrounding crystal-clear waters provide a great opportunity to observe sea lions and penguins from above. There will be time for snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking. Return to the yacht for evening sundowners and a barbecue dinner on the upper deck, with the volcanic island serving as a stunning backdrop to your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

DAY 12 AQUA MARE
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
With an early morning anchor at Bartolomé Island, you will embark upon a mild climb up to the summit of a spatter cone for a spectacular view of the island’s iconic Pinnacle Rock. Cool down afterwards with a snorkel where you may encounter sea turtles and Galapagos penguins, before heading back to the yacht for lunch as we sail towards Santa Cruz Island.

Our afternoon excursion takes us to Cerro Dragón or Dragon Hill, so named because in 1975 it was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where scientists could still find a healthy population of land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus). The hiking trail begins with a wet landing and continues inland to a flamingo lagoon, ending with the option to swim and snorkel from the beach or walk along the mangroves and sand dunes of the south beach. Back onboard, swap tales of your magnificent excursion over an al fresco dinner encompassing South American Pacific coast and Peruvian Nikkei style crafted by consultant chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

DAY 13 AQUA MARE
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning you will explore the El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve to see these wild Galapagos creatures up close in their natural habitat. The area is also a great place to observe Darwin finches, yellow warblers, flightcatchers, cattle egrets, and if lucky Galapagos Rails.

After a mouth-watering lunch and afternoon lecture on the evolution of Darwin finches presented by our expert guides in the panoramic lounge, you will take a tender ride to Darwin Station and National Park headquarters to observe tortoises in captivity at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre, as well as the different age hatchlings categorized by islands. There will be free time to enjoy the town of Puerto Ayora before returning to the ship. Refreshing superfruit juices await at our Beach Club, which is located at water level at the aft of the ship or enjoy the scenic sunset views from the upper deck. For divers there is the option of a full day of diving instead of joining the day excursions.

DAY 14 AQUA MARE
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Rise and shine to a guided meditation on our upper deck before disembarking in Punta Suárez for this morning’s excursion. This visitor site is one of the most interesting landing sites in Galapagos, due to the high percentage of unique endemism in its fauna such as Española mockingbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos tortoises, marine iguanas, and the unique Waved Albatross. 

In the afternoon, we will take a tender ride to the beautiful array of islets where you will be able to snorkel alongside playful sea lions, sea turtles, sharks, rays and many different species of reef fishes. The last visit of the day will be Bahía Gardner, an outstanding coralline sand beach that boasts one of the biggest colonies of sea lions in the Galapagos. Back at the yacht, head over to our bar to socialize over Happy Hour with a glass of our special Aqua Bloody Mary as the crew prepares for departure to our next anchorage.

DAY 15 AQUA MARE
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After a night of sailing, you will visit Santa Fé (also known as Barrington) Island for your penultimate day. It is one of the oldest in the Galapagos Islands (around 3.6 million years old), with the island being characterized to some degree by its vegetation of palo santo trees, a pear cactus that is called Opuntia Echio Barringtonensis, and many other native bushes. Here we will spot land iguanas, lava lizards, swallow-tailed gulls, shearwater petrels, red-billed tropic birds, mockingbirds, Darwin finches, and Galapagos hawks. After the visit, we will be able to take advantage of the last full day in the Galapagos by snorkeling, kayaking, or stand-up paddle boarding.

As you enjoy lunch onboard – we recommend the Galapagueña lobster lettuce wraps with Acevichado dressing – the boat will sail to South Plaza Islet, located off the eastern shore of Santa Cruz. In the afternoon you disembark at Plaza Sur Island, a small, but diverse little islet. Head out on a two-hour hiking excursion led by your guide to discover the island’s unique landforms. Swap notes on everything you’ve seen today at your final recap briefing once back aboard and toast farewell under the amazing starlit skies of the Archipelago to your new found friends over a glass of wine.

DAY 16 AQUA MARE – GALAPAGOS – QUITO  
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
You begin your last day with a luxurious breakfast before bidding farewell to the Aqua Mare crew. Your last visit before leaving paradise is a final short excursion to drive up the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to the twin craters of Los Gemelos en route to the airport. It is a remarkable location surrounded by lush vegetation — with help of the expert naturalist guides you may spot short-eared owls, or if lucky, a vermilion flycatcher.

Memories of this last adventure will accompany you as you are escorted to Baltra Island for the departing flight back to the mainland and onto the Ecuatorian capital of Quito.

DAY 17 QUITO
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch)
Your sightseeing tour takes you to visit the historic old town, declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, because of its wealth of Spanish, Flemish and Moorish architecture. Visit the Congress building with its intricate stonework façade, the monastery of San Agustin, the church of San Francisco as well as the Independence Square, which is surrounded by the Government Palace and Cathedral. Continue on to Panecillo Hill topped with a statue of Quitos Winged Virgin Panecillo Hill from which a sight of colonial and modern Quito can be seen. You are welcomed by spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the city below before culminating your tour with a visit to the Equatorial monument – an irresistible opportunity to straddle both hemispheres.

DAY 18 QUITO 
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
At proper time, you will be picked up from your hotel in Quito and privately escorted to the airport for your upcoming flight back home and connections.

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