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Peru: new river cruises planned

Image by James Paddock from Pixabay

Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is to launch riverboat cruises in Peru next year. The vessel, described as a “floating boutique hotel” will operate on the waterways of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. The reserve covers more than 20,000 square kilometres of rainforest between the Maranon and Ucayali rivers which  are major tributaries of the Amazon. With months of heavy rain in between October and April and drier conditions during the northern hemisphere summer, it is home to a huge variety of funa and flora, including over 500 bird species, 102 mammals a some 1000 plants.

A rendering of the riverboat (courtesy A&K)

Three and four night voyages will start next April. They can be combined to create a seven night trip taking in both the Maranon and Ucayali and beginning and ending in the port town of Nauta, not far from the nearest airport. Guests occupying ten double and two single cabins may spot pink river dolphins and three-toed sloths There will be opportunities to kayak or canoe on backwaters, take rainforest walks or fish. The boat will have and outdoor swumming pool and a gym.

The new venture is a collaboration between A&K and its expedition yacht brand Ecoventura, which draws sustainability expertise from operating in the Galapagos Islands.


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