Since 1995, Pandaw River Expeditions has pioneered the great rivers of Asia aboard its luxury replica colonial river steamers, hand crafted in brass and teak. But now, in the company’s 20th anniversary, Pandaw is tackling the rivers of South America with new departures in 2016 on the Amazon Dream.
To launch the new partnership Pandaw is offering four departures between January and November 2016, exploring the lesser visited and more scenically varied region of the Amazon River between Santarem and Belem. Here, the blue waters of the Tapajos River and the mighty Amazon meet for several kilometers, lined by the forests, beaches of fine white sand and the crystal-clear waters of the Tapajos. Not only will guests discover the natural wonders of the great rain forest with its varied wildlife, flora and fauna including pink dolphins, but like Pandaw’s Asian expeditions, they’ll visit local villages such as Maguari and Munduruku, and discover the way of life of the people who make their lives in the rain forest, accompanied by expert local naturalist guides.
The Amazon Dream carries just 18 passengers and provides a comfortable base from which to explore, for those without walking difficulties. All cabins are air-conditioned and well-appointed and complemented by quality French-influenced cuisine.
The 14-night ‘Rio to Santarem’ cruise combines nine nights cruising with land arrangements, staying three nights at the five-star Sofitel Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, located on Copacabana Beach, plus excursions to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain; followed by a flight to Iguazu Falls for a two-night stay at the Hotel das Cataratas, located next to the jaw-dropping waterfalls, and visits to both sides of the falls in Brazil and Argentina. The trip can be extended with two nights in Manaus and two nights in Salvador. Prices start from US$4315 per person twin share.