Charting the Waters of Sustainable Tourism

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Cruise ships don’t often drum up the idea of eco-conscious tourism, but the Aqua Expeditions travel company is trying to change that with the Aria Amazon river cruise ship. Designed by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the ship provides a five star cruise experience down the Amazon river without sacrificing the creature comforts one would expect. Equipped with a bar, lounge, dining room, air conditioning, an exercise room and an observation deck with a Jacuzzi, tourists are able to observe the sites and sounds of one of the most secluded parts of the earth without leaving a footprint. Built using high quality materials from across the globe by a Peruvian workforce, the Aria features 16 guest cabins with huge floor to ceiling windows, to ensure a spectacular view at all times of the day. But along with such luxury, the company is committed to preserving the natural beauty their cruise offers patrons. The ship is equipped with fuel-efficient engines to limit CO2 emissions and their marine generators are encapsulated to minimize noise and vibration. All waste is treated onboard so that any water that must be discharged into the rivers is 100% clean, and remaining waste is recycled upon disembarkation. Like a photo safari, the efforts of Aqua Expeditions will help promote tourism while minimizing disturbance to the Amazon, and raise awareness of the area’s beauty so necessary for stimulating conservation efforts. A bright combination of design and sustainability in a dark jungle.

Nathaniel Barlam


Amid the unrest of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RISD, Nathaniel manages to find the time to read, write, hang out with friends, play drums, and listen to music. Nathaniel has learned a lot about architecture firsthand thanks to opportunities to live and work in Rome and Brooklyn during the past year. Coming from a family with strong roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Nathaniel has always maintained a strong love for NYC especially, and after his studies finish up in Providence he may move there for a while. He hasn't decided yet. You can connect with him via Linkedin or by visiting his Portfolio page.

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