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.