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The niche eco-aware Canadian cruise company G Adventures has a mindset that travel is an exchange, not a commodity. The company sees itself as a social enterprise, which means they work with local entrepreneurs and small businesses to strengthen the communities in the areas tours are operated. The company believes the societal value of the journeys they undertake is just as important as the profit they earn; they are also determined that tourism should be a force for global good and are committed to promoting sustainable solutions in communities around the globe.
G Adventures’ 30-passenger vessel Amatista explores the Peruvian Amazon on six-day sailings from Iquitos. This specially-designed hardwood and steel riverboat was launched in 1994 and renovated in 2011. The vessel has 15 wood-panelled cabins, all with windows, air-conditioning and private bathrooms. Seven cabins are on Upper Deck and eight on Lower Deck. On the Observation Deck there’s an open bar area and reading lounge, plus two open deck spaces, one of which is covered. In the restaurant on Upper Deck the cuisine is regional and features fresh food from the jungle.
There are daily excursions aboard Amatista’s two motorized skiffs; these are guided by the vessel’s two insightful naturalist guides. Days are filled with excursions to the smaller tributaries and remote arteries of the Amazon when there’s the chance to see the endangered pink Amazon dolphins and three-toed sloth high up in the tree canopy. Night-time excursions on the skiffs afford the chance to spot caimans and capybara.
During the voyage two full days are spent in the Pacaya-Samriria National Reserve – Peru’s largest national park - which is deep within this pristine rainforest and accessible only by water. Also known as the ‘Mirrored Forest’ this is one of Peru’s most fertile havens for spotting Amazonian mammals, birds and plants that have established habitats among the national park’s five million acres. A visit to this hidden ecosystem is to come upon a world filled with neon-brilliant birds alighting on emerald green trees inhabited by playful packs of acrobatic monkeys and an azure sky crisscrossed by graceful hawks and herons above a panorama of fluttering butterflies.
The crew of 15 is always on hand to ensure guests are comfortable and get the most out of this rare cruise. They talk about living in this lush environment while after dinner turn into talented musicians playing Peruvian instruments and encouraging guests to learn indigenous songs. We also endorse the company’s philosophy of encouraging guests to interact with the local communities.
Twin Cabin - Main Deck