New luxury cruise ships to set sail on Peru's Amazon river

Photo: ANDINA/Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini.

Photo: ANDINA/Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini.

16:20 | Lima, Feb. 24.

New luxury cruise ships will set sail to the Peruvian stretch of the Amazon River amid a robust development of the luxury tourism sector in the jungle region of Loreto, the regional director of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Gina Guerrero said on Monday.
In statements to Andina news agency, the official said that more foreign travelers are visiting the natural landmark after the Amazon River and Rainforest, also known as Amazonia, was named a new world natural wonder in 2012. 

"California-based Viking River Cruises will built two 100-meter long river cruise ships with a carrying capacity of 100 people which are scheduled to be delivered by the second half of 2014," said Guerrero.

Likewise, the tourist official said the Portuguese company, Mystic Cruises, is already building two other luxury vessels to cruise up the Amazon river from Iquitos to Manaus.

Furthermore, Guerrero stressed that luxury tourism will foster the economy in the Amazonian region since affluent travelers spend on average around US$4,000 and US$5,000 per week when they are holidaying in Loreto. 

Indeed, she noted that the number of high-consumption tourists flocking to Peru will soar 9 percent to 1.8 million visitors this year, after growing 7 percent in 2013.

The Amazon River is the largest river in the world by volume, with a total flow greater than the top ten rivers of the world, combined. It also accounts for almost one-fifth of the total river flow and has the biggest drainage basin in our planet.


Published: 2/24/2014
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