Over 50 teams are expected to take part in the 13th annual Great River Amazon Raft Race event this October in Peru. I love wacky travel trips, and I dare you to step outside your comfort zone! It also raises money for charity – and that’s a big feel-good bonus.
Kicking off on October 6, this race is the longest of its kind in the world, with contestants travelling 180km over three days along the mighty Amazon River from Nauta to Iquitos. Those teams up to the challenge must construct their own balsa-log rafts and gather in Iquitos on October 4.
This challenging event is looking to attract a record number of adventure seekers from all over the world with the catch phrase ‘The Faint of Heart Need Not Apply’. Last year, 50 teams from Peru, Australia, England, America, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Iran and Israel turned out to participate in this unique sporting event.
Since 1999 the Amazon Rafting Club, based in Iquitos, has invited rafters, canoeists, rowers, paddlers and adventurers from all over the world to compete in the Great River Amazon Raft Race and teams are encouraged to gain sponsorship to donate to a charity of their choice.
Peru‘s Tourism Board coordinator for Asia Pacific, Rosana Guinea says: “This very challenging, but fun event has been growing in popularity over its 13 years. This year the organisers are aiming to draw in more local and international contestants than ever before, as it is a great way to experience and explore the captivating Amazon River and its surroundings.”
The raft racers will be venturing down the longest river in the world and experiencing a diversity of life that is unequalled anywhere on Earth. For those who prefer to experience the world’s longest river in style, companies such as Aqua Expeditions and Delfin Amazon Cruises offer luxury cruises which set sail from Iquitos. There are also a number of lodges available throughout the Amazon basin in Peru.
The race only costs $US150 once you get to Peru. That includes a couple nights’ of basic accommodation along with all contestants. Most of the entries so far this year look to be from the US.
More info on the Great River Amazon Raft Race: www.grarr.org
More info about Peru: www.peru.travel