Are you ready for a trip-of-a-lifetime to one of the world’s most fascinating ecosystems condensed into an easy school break getaway? Meet Aqua Expeditions.
Here’s how my conversations have gone since we returned from our outrageous adventure in Peru last month.
“You did what?!”
“We went to the Amazon in Peru for Ski Week.”
Blank stare. “How is that even possible?”
Other than the extra steps around vaccinations required, it is astoundingly easy to travel to Peru — even for school break vacation — given the plethora of airline routes, competitive flight pricing on LAN Airlines, and the minimal hour time difference between North and South America with very little jet lag adjustment required on either end. A short internal flight took us from Lima to the port city of Iquitos, our meeting point for our Aqua Expeditions cruise on the Aria, a luxury riverboat with every possible creature comfort including, but not limited too: phenomenal gourmet food, luxurious guest staterooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, gorgeous lounge and dining areas, and a wonderful locally sourced staff.
The Aria is the foundation for an unforgettable adventure for families with school age and up children who want a radically unique experience in a remote destination that is essential to the survival of our planet; approximately 20% of our oxygen comes from the Amazon rainforest. Experiencing the wonders of this ecosystem first-hand is an incredible way to raise conservation-minded children. Not to mention, the adventure is full of thrills and fun from piranha fishing, to jungle hiking through pristine forest, to nighttime caiman catching.
This trip is a dictionary worthy example of indelible education possibilities outside the classroom. In this case, the pictures tell the story. Here’s a taste of photo worthy moments from our trip:
I’ll share all the details about this life-changing family vacation over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Editorial Note: Ciao Bambino was provided a media rate to review Aqua Expeditions for families. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy