International Expeditions (IE) welcomed a new riverboat to their fleet with a blessing ceremony on the Peruvian Amazon River earlier this month to celebrate the vessel. La Estrella Amazonica will offer travelers the same range of amenities as its sister boats as well as exclusive items that will only be available to its guests.
Each cabin comes with private balconies and onboard, a variety of services will be available like a multimedia lecture room, fitness center, Hobie kayaks and an over 1,000-square-foot observation deck. Nightly, travelers will be treated to a complimentary wine and beer reception.
Fifteen outward-facing cabins will accommodate 31 guests and each sit at 220 square feet. Hand-crafted furniture by Peruvian artisans and native handicrafts will decorate the rooms as well as textiles from Amazonian tribes and river villages. To unwind and take in the jungle sights, the private balconies feature two cushioned chairs for lounging.
"With this new riverboat, we have been able to bring the warmth of Peru and the villages along the river into the décor found in each cabin and our public spaces," said Senior Expedition Leader Jorge Salas, who is overseeing riverboat operations in Peru.
IE has been specializing in small-group journeys for 34 years and continues to pioneer environmentally responsible travel. They are consistently focused on offering exhilarating adventures while preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and areas that they visit. Over the years they have also garnered a number of accolades including Travel + Leisure's list of "World's Best" tour operators & safari outfitters for the past seven years and National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine's list of "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth."
Starting at $4,398 for a ten-day cruise, the rate includes pre-cruise accommodations at Lima's Swissôtel, daily naturalist-guided excursions, nightly receptions with complimentary wine and beer, transfers, tours of Colonial Lima and Iquitos, complimentary laundry service, most meals and a post-tour dayroom.