G Adventures is increasing its capacity on the Amazon River by more than 30 per cent with the launch of a newly refurbished, purpose-built vessel for 2013, which started sailing this month.
Carrying 32 passengers, the comfort-level Queen Violeta has 16 cabins that are all outside facing and designed for viewing the wildlife, communities and villages along the river as guests cruise through the rainforest.
G Adventures’ Amazon River cruises take guests on a trip that explores both the cultural and natural sides of this remote part of the world. The spacious Queen Violeta has large open deck spaces where briefings with top naturalists take place during voyages.
“Experiencing and giving back to local communities is part of our DNA at G Adventures. On these trips guests are led by local guides to learn about community life in remote villages along the river and taste local Amazonian dishes made from local produce, both ashore and onboard,” says Rich Heller, marine product manager, G Adventures.
“The Amazon is a huge draw for wildlife lovers with exotic species such as toucans, sloths and pink dolphins being seen regularly on our daily skiff excursions, led by experienced Amazon Reserve guides. The skiff enables us to take guests deeper into the jungle down small tributaries where the wildlife is much more diverse.”
Each journey along the Amazon includes visits to local villages where travellers learn about local life from schooling to handicrafts, and spend some time with a local family. Swimming in the river is also a not-to-be-missed experience in the Amazon.
The new Amazon Riverboat sails the following itinerary:
Amazon Riverboat Adventure – A nine-day trip from Lima return is priced from $1,470 CAD pp, for departures from May 2013 – January 2014. Includes return flights from Lima to Iquitos, six nights aboard the Queen Violeta Amazon riverboat with meals, two nights in comfort hotels with breakfast, arrival transfer, canopy walkway excursion in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, and launches and land excursions with G Adventures’ expert naturalist team.
For more information or to book please visit www.gadventures.com.
About G Adventures
G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering the widest selection of affordable small group tours, safaris and expeditions to more than 100 countries on all continents. It was the first adventure travel company to offer 100% guaranteed departures in 2013. Powered by an international team of passionate travellers, the award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travellers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife. The intimate, authentic and sustainable approach to small-group travel introduces travellers to the highlights of a destination while offering the freedom to explore it on their own. Whatever age, interest, ability or budget, G Adventures has a genuine life-changing experience. For more information please visit www.gadventures.com.