New Colombian Magdalena River Cruise from AmaWaterways and Metropolitan Touring


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Many cruise companies open their ships and itineraries, most of them open in Europe, and other important areas. But the first, the creator of luxury river cruises waterways Today about a pioneering partnership with Metropolitan Turing, the leading cruise company in South America, to offer a new river cruise experience in Colombia. Beginning in December 2023, travelers may discover the history and mystery of the Magdalena River.

AmaWaterways will become the first luxury river cruise line to sail the Magdalena River, which runs through Columbia as the main river. It flows north about 949 miles through the western half of the country.


The Magdalena River and its valleys cross a wide range of ecosystems, such as the páramo (a high altitude ecosystem) in its headwaters, dry forests in the upper part of the valley, rainforests in its middle course, and swamps and wetlands in its lower course. Spectacular caimans, green iguanas and brown pelicans are abundant in these ecosystems, but other animal species such as the West Indian manatee, the Magdalena tinamo, the Todd’s parrot, the American alligator, the Colombian sliders, the Magdalena River turtle, the Dahl’s frog-headed turtle and the red-footed turtle are endangered extinction. A few hippos can also be seen.

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Starting in December 2023, guests will be immersed in unique experiences on the beach and at sea, a new specially designed, all-suite, eco-friendly river cruise ship. The new ship and cruise program will include years of design experience from AmaWaterways president and co-founder Rudi Schreiner – known as the ‘Godfather of River Cruising’ – as well as decades of Metropolitan Touring experience on expeditions in the Galapagos.

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Fishermen along the Magdalena River

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Founded in 1953 by a group of young, futuristic entrepreneurs, Metropolitan Touring has become the leading tour operator in Ecuador and South America, creating sustainable and authentic experiences for explorers throughout Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. In the Galapagos, it owns and operates three expedition ships: La Pinta Yacht Isabella II and Santa Cruz 2, as well as the award-winning Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.

On mainland Ecuador, the Casa Gangotena boutique hotel in the heart of the historic center of the capital Quito, and Mashpi Lodge, a luxurious cocoon in the woods northwest of Quito, form part of the company’s portfolio. Both hotels have over the past decade been recognized as among the best in South America, winning numerous awards including Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice, Travel and Leisure’s World Best Awards, Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, and many more. global travel.

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Certainly. Metropolitan Touring seems a natural fit for AmaWaterways.

A family-owned company celebrating 19 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers award-winning river cruises with 25 ships sailing the Danube in Europe, the Rhine, Moselle, Maine, Rhone, Saône (2021), Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian waterways, Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, and Chobe River The African and the Nile in Egypt (2021). Under the leadership of experienced river cruise founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristen Karst, the company is known for its innovative luxury ballroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; Wellness activities including a wide range of excursions included on the beach featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning cuisine – including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant plus fine wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. AmaWaterways is leading the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of the AmaMagna, which is twice as wide as conventional river vessels and offers a new dimension in luxury river cruises. The company also offers a variety of cruises and brand relationships, with sailings geared toward active travelers and families as well as group and charter options.

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Guests will be able to choose between two seven-night itineraries with pre- and post-trip programs to explore the magnificent Magdalena River and delve into Colombia’s vibrant cultural and natural heritage. Accompanied by a skilled team, which will include a wellness director on board, travelers on river cruises on the Magdalena will enjoy in-depth connections with local nature, wildlife, culture, flavors and people, as well as activities such as kayaking, hiking and birdwatching.

“Relying on the expertise of each company, AmaWaterways and Metropolitan Touring together have created a unique program of river and road trips that will immerse travelers as they experience the beauty of the ‘Thousand Rhythms River’,” said Camilo Calderon, General Manager of Metropolitan Touring Colombia.

“Also, it’s very exciting to be able to launch a new river cruise destination like Columbia,” concluded Kristen Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of AmaWaterways. “We are celebrating 19 years of creating authentic river cruise experiences in Europe, Asia and Africa, and now, with our globally recognized destination partner, Metropolitan Touring, we will be able to give our guests the opportunity to explore a fourth continent while discovering the nature/culture gems of Colombia while traveling along the river Magdalena.”

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