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Abercrombie & Kent to launch Peru riverboat for a maiden voyage in 2025

Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group has announced the launch of its new riverboat in Peru, the company's first in South America.

Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group has announced the launch of its new riverboat in Peru, the company’s first in South America.

With almost 25 years of experience in touring in Peru, A&K has a deep understanding of the Amazon’s unique biodiversity and cultural heritage. 

The company has long-standing experience in river cruising, following decades of cruising Egypt’s Nile River, combined with the maritime legacy of owner Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio’s family. 

The new venture is the result of a collaboration between A&K and its expedition yacht brand in the Galapagos, Ecoventura. Drawing on Ecoventura’s extensive experience and success in building and operating luxury expedition vessels in the sensitive environment of the Galapagos Islands, they are uniquely positioned to develop a riverboat that showcases the same level of expertise, sustainability, and attention to detail in the heart of the Amazon.

‘The launch of this new riverboat marks a momentous chapter for Abercrombie & Kent’, says Cristina Levis, CEO of Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group.

A&K Peru Riverboat

‘This venture embodies our unwavering commitment to delivering experiences that are not only luxurious but also deeply enriching and sustainable. We are excited to introduce our guests to the untold stories and serene beauty of the Peruvian Amazon in a manner that honours and preserves the essence of this remarkable destination.’

The new riverboat will feature 10 double cabins and two single cabins, with each suite showcasing an elegant design that incorporates local materials and artistry, and affords guests uninterrupted views of the ever-changing landscapes through expansive floor to ceiling windows. The ship will have a 1:1 staff to guest ratio. 

The onboard dining offering will celebrate the diverse culinary heritage of the Amazon, offering dishes that highlight local flavours and ingredients. 

Other features on board will include an outdoor swimming pool, massage room, and a gym inspired by Amazonian traditions.

Immersive excursions

Three-toed sloth hanging in a tree in the Amazon.
Three-toed sloth hanging in a tree in the Amazon.

Itineraries will be meticulously crafted and span three and four nights, departing from Iquitos to Nauta, and offering guests an exploration of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to encounter abundant wildlife and engage with indigenous communities. 

These voyages can be combined to create an immersive seven-night experience, exploring both the Marañon and Ucayali rivers, with all journeys conveniently starting and ending in the port town of Nauta, a short transfer from the city of Iquitos, home to the nearest airport.

The riverboat’s itineraries delve deep into the heart of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, where guests embark on guided excursions in search of encounters with the Amazon’s incredible wildlife – from the elusive pink river dolphins, three-toed sloth, and a myriad of bird species.

A&K Philanthropy

Machu Picchu. Credit: Willian Justen de Vasconcellos.
Machu Picchu. Credit: Willian Justen de Vasconcellos.

A&K supports local communities through A&K Philanthropy (AKP) initiatives worldwide. This new venture in the Amazon will aim to foster meaningful connections between guests and the region’s indigenous people. 

A&K’s riverboat journey aims to provide authentic engagement with local communities, offering insights into their culture. Guests will have the opportunity to visit local schools supported by AKP, engage with community members, and learn about traditional ways of life.

These interactions will contribute to the empowerment and preservation of local communities, with the company stating  it is committed to supporting sustainable development, education, and conservation initiatives in the Amazon region. 

Bookings on the Peruvian riverboat will be available from June. A&K offers the opportunity to combine the Amazon adventure with a tailor-made visit to Machu Picchu. 

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