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G Adventures launches new Amazon riverboat

Courtesy G Adventures

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island. — G Adventures increased its capacity on the Amazon River by more than 30 percent with the launch of a newly refurbished, purpose-built vessel that started sailing in May.

The 32-passenger Queen Violet has 16 cabins that are all outside facing and designed for viewing the wildlife, communities and villages along the river. Its large open deck spaces are used for briefings with top naturalists during voyages.

“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,” said 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 travelers 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.

G Adventures offers a selection of affordable small group tours, safaris and expeditions to more than 100 countries on all continents.