Travel

Raft race attracts adventure seekers

Rae Wilson

OVER 50 teams are expected to take part in the 13th annual Great River Amazon Raft Race event this October in Peru. 

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 said: "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.

For more information on the Great River Amazon Raft Race visit the Great River Amazon Raft Race website.

For more information about Peru visit the Peru Travel website.

>> More travel stories

Topics:  peru, travel, travelling




Missing trainer Bindi Cheers located

Trainer of Grafton Cup Prelude winner Zar Zar Binks Bindi Cheers has a joke with jokcey Matt Paget at the presentation. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Horse trainer found three days after she went missing

Asbestos, weather add costs, delay park project

Progress on the upgrade on McLachlan Park in Maclean.

An asbestos find will add $105,000 to a council project.

Up to 10,000 to be hit hard by greyhounds ban

The greyhound industry wants time and the opportunity to prove that the sport can be viable and sustainable.

"A disaster for regional and outer-metropolitan communities"

Latest deals and offers

Vintaea: Why I left The Bachelor on the first night

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is stalling divorce

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce

The Bachelor host: this year's season is a cracker

The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg.

GUNSBERG says tonight will be "the best night of TV of the year".

Kerri-Anne Kennerley to Sonia Kruger: "Stay brave"

She said her television peer should "stay brave"

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started