Top 10 Riverboat Cruises
Sections of the wild waters of the Peruvian Amazon – like the portion coursing through the 5 million-acre Pacaya Samiria Reserve – are so remote they can only be reached by plane or ship. But the pristine region's ecological riches (think mammoth Victoria Regia water lilies, pink dolphins, sloths, and capuchin monkeys) have long lured veteran travelers. Getting there is no longer a tedious task thanks to Aqua Expeditions' luxury riverboat cruises aboard the M/V Aqua. Conceived by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the über-modern, 12-suite vessel is designed for maximum comfort on three- to seven-night jungle expeditions, which embark via Iquitos or Nauta (airport transfers to the port are provided for select flights). Guests appreciate perks like a master chef and plush, 230-plus-square-foot suites all the more after a full day of fishing for piranha, trekking through the jungle, and paddling through creeks. Ships operate year-round. From $2,685 per person.