Luxury Amazon tours perfectly complement the rainforest.
After you arrive in the Amazon, you will be greeted by your tour guide. And you will be escorted to your luxury lodge or cruise vessel. Even on this journey, you will see different animals and hear the sounds of Amazonia.
Imagine beautifully colored parrots, monkeys moving through the canopy and giant rainforest trees.
The following lodges and cruises have been carefully selected. They offer you professional tours, wildlife-rich rainforest, luxury-class accommodation and attentive, high-quality service.
The Delfin I Cruise
As one of the world’s best travel experiences, this cruise tops our list of luxury Amazon tours.
The Delfin I has been featured in CNN Money, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler and Travel+Leisure. And it certainly deserves the attention.
Departing from Iquitos, north Peru, the Delfin I offers you a memorable luxury experience.
With only four over-sized suites, the Delfin I is the epitome of exclusive luxury on the Amazon River. Two of the suites provide private whirlpools.
You will enjoy gourmet cuisine with white-glove service and a cocktail from the cruise bar in the evenings.
Suites are wrapped with 180° panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. This allows you constant connection to the rainforest. You can relax on your king size bed or sofa bed watching many colorful parrots flying over Amazonia.
Along with the suites on the second deck, you will find the dining room to enjoy casual and refined dining. Dishes include both Peruvian and international cuisine. Taste juices and desserts made from rainforest fruits and savor the flavors of the Amazonian environment.
Of course, this is just from the cruise vessel, which serves to complement this stunning environment.
The top deck offers one more surprise with luxury seating on large, soft sofas for nature watching or stargazing.
A very peaceful area, enjoy observing the stunning detail of the Milky Way. Also enjoy the silhouettes and reflections of the trees and waterways. These give the reserve its second name as ‘the forest of mirrors.’
For an introduction to the Delfin vessels, click the video below.
From the Delfin I, head into one of the most diverse areas of the Amazon Rainforest. Enjoy skiff expeditions, forest walks, and kayaking in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
You will be accompanied by some of the best guides in the Amazon. Spot a fantastic amount of animals and plants. Find and observe several different monkeys, toucans and macaw parrots. You will also find prehistoric-looking reptiles, orchids and giant rainforest trees.
The few suites on this floating boutique hotel book up quickly. So you don’t miss out, we recommend sending your request 6 to 12 months before your intended travel date.
The Delfin II Cruise
The Delfin II offers you a similar level of luxury to the Delfin I above and is its sister vessel. The only difference is the size and number of suites.
The Delfin II departs from Iquitos in northern Peru. The vessel offers 14 large guest suites. You can also choose one of the 4 master suites at the front of the ship with 180° panoramic windows.
The 10 suites provide large movie-screen-sized windows keeping you connected to the rainforest. This means you can spot different plants and animals from the comfort of your luxurious king-sized bed.
Your en-suite bathroom offers the finest organic amenities and all-cotton towels and bathrobes. Your suite then provides wonderful views. The individual reading lights create the epitome of calm luxury and enjoyment.
The dining room is located on the upper deck. This is where you will enjoy delicious cuisine of both Peruvian and international dishes.
Peruvian gastronomy is regarded as one of the world’s finest and you’re sure to find some new favorites. For dessert or a juice, you will can enjoy flavors from the rainforest. A favourite is from the camu camu fruit. This is a citrus fruit world famous for its medicinal properties and it’s sustainably harvested from the reserve. The fruit adds a delicious flavoring to a number of desserts and juices.
In addition to excellent suites and dining, the Delfin II features other comfortable areas. You can find the lounge, lecture room, bar, entertainment center, and the observation deck with library.
The observation deck features big, soft sofas and chairs. This is a fantastic place to watch the rainforest and river pass by. The bartender is always on hand to provide cocktails and drinks. And tea and coffee is always available.
Enjoy boat tours, rainforest walks (dependent on wet or dry season), and kayaking experiences. Enjoy the fantastically diverse and wildlife-full Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Explore this section of the Amazon Rainforest to find different animals. See howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys and capuchins. You can also see pink dolphins, giant lilies, tree-living anteaters, sloths and colorful birds. And some nights you will explore the reserve to spotlight for nocturnal wildlife.
La Selva Lodge
An award-winning experience, La Selva Lodge sits in Ecuador’s Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. You will experience a section of rainforest home to more animals and plants than anywhere else on Earth.
The lodge offers you a fantastic luxury experience in the Amazon Rainforest. And sustainability and responsibility are at the heart of La Selva Lodge concept.
The lodge sits on the bank of Lake Garzacocha. You will enjoy comfortable bamboo styled cabins, excellent cuisine and fantastic views over the rainforest.
There are nineteen very spacious and comfortable suites in total. And these are separated into family suites catering to parents with children, scenic suites and superior suites.
The suites offer rainforest showers, private balconies and fantastic views. The family suites include extra-spacious bathrooms, hammocks and a tub on a private porch.
In addition to comfortable suites, the lodge features a fantastic restaurant and bar. This opens out to beautiful views over the lagoon from a wrap-around window. Enjoy delicious fresh meals from the restaurant overlooking the rainforest. Choose from cold beer, soft drinks, juices and cocktails from the bar.
You will head out with your highly trained Amazon guide to spot many different animals and plants in the Amazon Rainforest. You will see some fascinating wildlife.
Your guide will help you spot several different monkeys, primitive looking reptiles and a wide range of colorful birds. You will also visit the Yasuni clay lick for almost guaranteed sightings of colorful parrots.
The Delfin III Cruise
The Delfin III offers a spacious yet intimate interior. Enjoy large lounging and dining areas with very comfortable accommodation.
Choose from a range of suites catering to how much space and comfort you would like.
Select from the Suites and Upper Suites offering comfortable accommodation and beautiful views. You can also choose the very spacious Corner and Owner’s Suites. These are at the front of the vessel. And they offer some of the best views as you head deep into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Relax in comfort and enjoy fantastic wildlife excursions. In the Delfin III dining room, you will be served a variety of delicious meals. The dishes have been specially designed with influence from Amazonia. Attentive staff are on hand for your dining needs.
On your itinerary, explore the wildlife of the Tahuayo Rivers and Pacaya Samiria Reserve with expert nature guides. This is one of the Amazon’s most diverse areas. See some amazing spectacles. Spot monkeys jumping through the trees, pink dolphins playing in the rivers and fascinating reptiles. You will also enjoy flocks of toucans and parrots flying over the rainforest.
The Tambopata Research Center
The Tambopata Research Center is in another of the rainforest’s most wildlife-rich areas. You can reach the lodge from Puerto Maldonado, Peru. From here you will travel deep into the impressive Tambopata National Reserve.
You will be very close to a large macaw clay lick documented by National Geographic. This is a fantastic place to observe hundreds of colorful macaw parrots.
Skilled guides will escort you through the rainforest on many different trails. See many different rainforest animals. Spot several different monkey, reptiles, beautiful butterflies and many colorful birds.
For a luxury experience, choose the premium accommodation option – the Deluxe Suite. This provides you a spacious suite, indoor and outdoor bath and your own lounge area.
You can even observe wildlife from the comfort of your accommodation.
As one of the most sought after wildlife sightings in the Amazon, you have a 20% chance of spotting wild jaguar. These are often seen by the river. This is one of the highest chances of seeing wild jaguar in the Amazon Rainforest.
The Amazon Villa
Nestled in southern Peru’s Amazon Rainforest sits the Amazon Villa. This is at the edge of the wildlife-rich Tambopata National Reserve.
The Amazon Villa is the most exclusive experience on this list as the entire villa is your private lodge. With an extra bed, this is also a great choice for small families looking for a private family trip.
The surrounding area is part of one of the world’s largest regions of continuous, protected tropical forest. This extends through southern Peru and into Bolivia.
It’s not surprising that this section is also one of the Amazon’s most diverse areas for animals and plants.
With a great many clay licks and fascinating lakes, enjoy touring the rainforest to find many different animals. See monkeys, colorful parrots and toucans. You will also find interesting reptiles and hopefully some rarer Amazon wildlife.
This is your exclusive lodge for your rainforest stay and you can enjoy a selection of fantastic rainforest activities.
The lodge features a very comfortable king-sized bed. You also have a 40 inch flat screen television to watch nature documentaries, a place to use your laptop and WiFi. The villa provides electricity in the rainforest and a dining room to enjoy excellent private meals.
You also have a spacious bathroom equipped with hot water and a tub. Enjoy soaking in comfort at the end of a long, incredible day in the Peruvian rainforest.
To complement your premium experience at the Amazon Villa, you can choose from a variety of activities.
Choose from rainforest walks, star gazing from the canopy tower, caiman watching or spending a day at Lake Sachavacayoc. You can also visit the parrot clay lick or macaw clay lick or head out on night walks. Enjoy a sunset boat ride on the Tambopata River or take part in rainforest craft workshops. You can then finish your tour with a picnic dinner around a cozy fire.
The Manatee Amazon Cruise
The Manatee Amazon Cruise offers you comfortable exploration of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest.
Each day, you will head out from the many vessel with your expert guide to explore different trails and waterways. Your friendly rainforest guide will help you find many animals and plants.
You will be exploring one of the world’s best areas for wildlife. This region has won world records for wildlife-richness. See different monkeys, parrots and have chance sightings of pink dolphins in the waterways.
Visit the Yasuni claylick to see parrots flocking to the clay. Enjoy guided trail walks and canoe exploration scouting for fascinating animals. On a few nights, head out scouting for night-active species for a different set of animals. You will also visit a tall canopy tower for fantastic views across Amazonia.
There are a few different itineraries you can choose from depending on your time available. You have a choice of the 3-night, 4-night or 7-night Amazon itineraries.
The Anakonda Cruise
The Anakonda Amazon Cruise is the slightly larger sister vessel of the Manatee above. This provides a very comfortable way to explore the famous Yasuni National Park.
The Anakonda Amazon Cruise is fitted with eighteen spacious suites. These feature large and comfortable beds, private balconies and spacious seating areas. You also have a large observation deck, an outdoor jacuzzi, and an al fresco lounge. This is perfect for relaxing with a cocktail, reading or just enjoying the scenery.
Your dining experience on the Anakonda consists of delicious tropical cuisine. Enjoy tasty Ecuadorian dishes and international classics. As well as the beautifully designed dining room, you can can also arrange for a luxury-style glamping experience. You will dine in the rainforest where staff members prepare a very comfortable camp and bring you your food in the forest.
See the video below for an introduction.
The vessel is fitted with large panoramic windows to keep a connection with the Amazon Rainforest. This allows you to see many different animals and plants from the comfort of the vessel itself. There are also canoes for excursions, 10 kayaks, hammocks, naturalist tour leaders and a travel concierge.
The luxury of the Anakonda Amazon Cruise complements the rainforest. Head into the Amazon with your expert guide to find different animals. See colorful birds, monkeys, reptiles, and other rainforest life. Visit riverside communities for cross-cultural experiences. You can also try glamping, which is a luxury form of camping in the middle of the Amazon.
Choose to kayak the waterways, learn about natural medicine, and explore the many different lakes and rivers. On all your tours, you will see a variety of wildlife.
The Aria Amazon Cruise
The Aria is one of the most visually stunning vessels on the Amazon’s waterways.
The vessel was designed by a leading Peruvian architect. And this provides a luxurious way to explore the Amazon River and Rainforest.
The Aria offers a spacious and indulgent cruise. You can choose from 16 luxuriously designed cabins. Enjoy generous dining and lounging areas and the outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the rainforest. You will head out on fantastic tours to find the Amazon’s animals and plants.
The Aria Amazon Cruise is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows. This provides a constant connecting with this incredible environment. Watch birds and rainforest plants from the comfort of the lounge areas and dining room. You will can also enjoy watching the rainforest from the luxurious comfort of your bed or daybed. Many guests aboard the Aria Amazon Cruise consider laying on the bed watching the rainforest pass by among their favorite cruise experiences.
Four of the suites can be interconnected for families or to provide your own Amazon apartment. This creates a truly luxurious experience. The suites are decorated with natural fibers and relaxing hues and are fitted with air conditioning to keep you comfortable.
Suites measure a spacious 23 square meters (250 square feet) and are lined with polished timber flooring. Your ensuite contains rain showers and organic bath amenities.
The central feature of the suite is the California king size bed (which can be separated into two twin beds). This is fitted with 100% Peruvian high-thread-count cotton sheets. To get a little closer to the window, you also have a cozy window-side day bed. The vessel is then fitted with the latest eco-sensitive technology
The elegantly designed dining room is where you will savor the creations of executive chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s Amazonia-inspired cuisine. The room is decorated with contemporary Peruvian art, fine china and crystal glassware.
The luxury and elegance of the Aria Amazon Cruise only complement the Amazon Rainforest. Aboard customized launch boats, explore the Amazon with some of the region’s best guides. Spot several different monkeys, orchids, bromeliads, toucans, reptiles, parrots, and other colorful birds. A favorite wildlife encounter are the pink dolphins, which can often be seen playing in the Amazon’s waterways.
The Aria Amazon CruiseIquitos, Peru
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The Refugio Amazonas Lodge
You can find the Refugio Amazonas Lodge in the buffer zone of Tambopata National Reserve. The lodge protects its own 200-hectare private rainforest reserve. This is a wildlife-rich section of forest, which you can reach from Puerto Maldonado in Peru.
The lodge is a great option for rainforest visits of 3 or 4 days. Enjoy guided expeditions to find a variety of rainforest life. Animals you can find include different capuchins, squirrel monkeys and many different birds. Friendly and knowledgeable guides will share their passion for the rainforest and wildlife.
You can choose from a menu of activities on offer. This includes guided jungle walks, exploring Lake Condenado and visiting a clay lick. The lick is a fantastic place to observe many colorful macaw parrots visiting the clay. There is also a medicinal plant trail and you can visit an organic jungle farm.
The lodge offers a comfortable experience. And the Refugio Amazonas architecture blends with the local community style. The lodge offers different social areas and a spa. You will then enjoy delicious meals served buffet style in the dining room.
There is also a tall canopy tower for observing the rainforest and birdlife. You may even see monkeys moving through the canopy.
Although not in the same category as some of the other tours on this list, the luxury at the lodge is found in your choice of accommodation.
And if you would like a luxurious experience, we recommend the Refugio Amazonas Lodge Suite. See the image above. This measures 604.07 square feet (52.12 m2) and provides two queen size beds with mosquito nets.
The Top 10 Luxury Amazon Tours – Summary
And here is our selection of the top luxury Amazon tours:
The Aria Amazon CruiseIquitos, Peru
Currently, TourTheTropics.com cannot help you book this experience. However, you can visit the tour operator's website for more information.About the Author: Ash Card is a frequent visitor to the Amazon and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical destinations. Ash has interests including tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the Amazon. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away or posing near waterfalls.