BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- International Expeditions, the world leader in engaging and authentic nature travel, is offering travelers a special $500 per person savings on four July Amazon riverboat cruises. While reaping rare savings on summer departures, travelers enjoy an in-depth look at the legendary nature and vibrant culture of the Peruvian Amazon.
Guests on the 10-day Amazon Voyage expedition travel more than 600 miles aboard the classically styled 28-passenger riverboat La Amatista, enjoying chances of rare wildlife sightings. Daily outings on this small-ship adventure take travelers deep into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to spot diverse wildlife, hike into the rainforest, and even fish for piranha. During excursions into the narrow river tributaries, guests may spot more than 100 kinds of birds, pink and gray river dolphins, sloths, giant otters and nocturnal animals such as caimans and capybaras.
Amazon cruise passengers also spend time with riberenos in remote river villages, handing out school supplies to children and meeting with a local shaman. Ensuring a high level of authenticity, IE varies the villages guests visit during their Amazon expedition.
"Each day aboard La Amatista was 'the best,'" said Amazon River cruise guest Ginger Adams of England, Arkansas. "Just when I thought the Amazon couldn't get any better or more interesting it did. What an adventure!"
When not discussing the rainforest or village life with the local guides, guests can stargaze on the open-air top deck or sip cocktails while enjoying the evening entertainment, courtesy of the ship's local crew.
Prices for the July 1, 8, 15 and 29 Amazon riverboat cruises start at $2,998 per person (with discount), and include accommodations, excursions, complimentary laundry aboard La Amatista, most meals, guides, transfers, and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.
Celebrating 31 years of nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth's most exhilarating destinations. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits. International Expeditions has been named to Travel + Leisure's list of "World's Best" tour operators & safari outfitters for seven consecutive years and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine's list of "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth."
SOURCE International Expeditions