River cruises are, unsurprisingly, red-hot right now. But for many, the biggest revelation about river cruising is that they’re not just confined to the waterways of Europe. On the contrary – river cruises are offered in some of the most exotic parts of the world, including the fabled Amazon River.

Rainforest Cruises' MV Cattleya will set sail this June, offering boutique voyages along the Peruvian Amazon. Rendering courtesy of Rainforest Cruises

Rainforest Cruises’ MV Cattleya will set sail this June, offering boutique voyages along the Peruvian Amazon. Rendering courtesy of Rainforest Cruises

One company, Rainforest Cruises, is taking full advantage of this exotic waterway with the forthcoming launch of the new M/V Cattleya, which will celebrate its maiden voyage by sailing with the boutique travel company through the Loreto region of the Peruvian Amazon.

What makes the Cattleya so unique is that she was designed purposely to have a sleeker profile and more efficient technical spaces than other vessels of her size in the Amazon. This, in turn, gives her a more shallow draft, meaning she can navigate into regions of the Amazon that are inaccessible to other vessels. Aside from making her more versatile, guests are treated to increased opportunities for wildlife sightings, not to mention the benefits of sailing aboard a new, technologically-advanced vessel.

The Cattleya boasts four spacious suites featuring king-size beds, luxury amenities, and fine linens and bathrobes. House wines are included in the cost of the cruise, and cuisine prepared onboard ranges from traditional specialties made with local ingredients to familiar favorites. It’s uncommonly intimate, and can best be thought of as a sleek European barge cruise experience, transported to the Amazon River.

One of the highlights of Cattleya’s four-and-five day itineraries is the opportunity to visit the remote Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. It’s the largest protected wetland reserve in the world and one of the most biologically-diverse sites on the planet – but opportunities to explore the jungle like never before exist thanks to a tree-top canopy that gives visitors a birds-eye view of this unique environment.

A floating village near Iquitos, on the Peruvian Amazon. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

A floating village near Iquitos, on the Peruvian Amazon. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

Solo travellers can revel in the ship’s low single supplement of just 25 percent, and children under 13 years of age receive a 25 percent discount. Children under the age of eight aren’t recommended for this trip, but a trip to the Amazon can be an amazingly educational experience, and one that isn’t merely limited to adult participation.

The Cattleya will set sail in June with Rainforest Cruises. More information on this new vessel, along with Rainforest’s wide array of Amazon river cruises, can be found by paying a visit to their website.

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