Category Archives: Amazon

La Estrella Amazonica to Set Sail on the Amazon

La Estrella Amazonica

La Estrella Amazonica

International Expeditions new riverboat, the La Estrella Amazonica, is set to sail the Amazon River starting this summer. The 31-passenger riverboat is replacing the more rustic, wood-hulled La Amatista, which has been retired.

The La Estrella Amazonica offers a range of amenities new to the region, including private balconies for every cabin, a multimedia lecture room, fitness center, kayaks, a nightly reception with complimentary Peruvian cocktails, wine and beer, and the Amazon’s largest observation deck.

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International Expeditions Offers Two New Ways to Cruise the Amazon and Save $500 This Summer

International Expeditions, a pioneer in travel to the Peruvian Amazon, is offering $500 savings on two new programs designed to help explorers discover more of Peru’s wonders within often limited vacation time.

International Expeditions is offering travelers two new tour options combining a four-night Amazon River cruise with many of Peru’s other wonders. Guests traveling on June 29 or July 27, 2012 departures have the option of pairing a four-night Amazon riverboat expedition with four nights at either Machu Picchu or IE’s rainforest lodges. As a special introduction to these new Amazon programs, IE is also offering guests a discount of $500 per person.

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Amazon Rainforest Destruction on the Decline in 2011

Decline in Amazon Rainforest Destruction

As reported by International Expeditions, the work of the WWF and many other organizations in fighting for more than 40 years to preserve the rainforests seems to be paying off. Forest loss in Brazil fell to the lowest levels since the government began tracking it in 1988. reports that only about 2,400 square miles of forests were cleared in 2011, which is down 10.9 percent from last year’s losses.

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Celebrate in the New Year with an Authentic Pisco Sour

A Pisco Sour

A Pisco Sour

Celebrating New Years and looking for a different cocktail to ring in the new year? Look no further than an authentic Pisco Sour, a claimed national drink of both Chile and Peru.

Pisco is a clear, fermented brandy that has been distilled from fresh musts of Muscat grapes in copper alembic stills since the Spanish conquest, and is considered part of Peru’s cultural heritage. This liqueur is also the national spirit of Chile, although each country has a distinct history and uses Pisco for different cocktails.

Here’s a Pisco Sour recipe from International Expedition’s Amazon River tour Expedition Leader, Jorge Salas. The frozen Pisco Sour is a happy hour staple on their Amazon River cruise aboard, La Amatista.
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Tired of Winter? Warm Up with a Small Ship Cruise

Tired of this ever-persistent winter? Longing for a color palette void of white and grey? Consider a small-ship cruise in more tropical locales.

Sunstone Tours & Cruises is spotlighting three small-ship destinations this winter; Central America (including Costa Rica and Panama), the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. These “hot” destinations (no pun intended) provide intimate access to unique wildlife, landscapes found no where else and cultures disconnected from the modern world. We currently have great deals (for a limited time) on select sailings:

  • Costa Rica & Panama – Free land extensions and up to $600 savings per couple.
  • The Amazon – Save between $500 and $1000 per person on select sailings.
  • The Galapagos Islands – Free roundtrip airfare or save $1,000 per person on select sailings.

Visit our special warm weather, tropical small ship cruise website for further information on these destinations, itineraries, dates and rates.

Family Adventure Cruises

Want a family vacation that creates life-long memories for everyone. Consider a family adventure cruise this year.

A family adventure cruise aboard a small ship is a wonderful way for your family to experience the world and to reconnect with your children and your inner-child. Read the rest of this entry

Cruise Review: Upper Amazon

Linda Androlia, President of Sunstone Tours & Cruises, recent had the opportunity to preview the upcoming Upper Amazon itinerary from Lindblad Expeditions, in partnership with National Geographic. What follows is a summary of that trip.

June 7, 2010 – Iquitos, Nauta & the Maranon River

We have arrived! At last after so many years (the last trip of the Polaris up the Amazon River was back in 1996), Lindblad has returned with guests to the largest rainforest on earth.

On landing in Iquitos airport, we were met by the natural history staff of the Delfin II in the airport, and soon enough we were off to the village of Nauta on the banks of the Marañon River. By driving to Nauta from Iquitos we saved ourselves time and the ship a long sail. By the time we boarded the Delfin II, we were only a hop, skip and a jump from the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. We were anxious to get started, so in the afternoon we put on our rubber boots and went for a walk in the Amazon. Read the rest of this entry