Life on the Amazon River

Walter Wust

GO WILD: As the MV Aqua cruises the Peruvian Amazon, travelers can see black caimans, howler monkeys and pink dolphins

Most travelers associate Brazil with the Amazon and Peru with the Andes. Yet, some two-thirds of Peru is actually covered by dense Amazonian rain forest. Since it's far too massive to experience by air, the best way to take in Peru's Amazon basin is on the water — sailing along its vast expanse in a riverboat. And while there are many traditional boats that allow you to cruise the river in luxury, the new MV Aqua will give your trip a touch of cool.

From the port city of Iquitos (about an hour by plane northeast of Lima),...

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