Singapore — The Amazon River Quest boat ride had its grand opening to the public on Saturday at Singapore’s River Safari.
The boat ride is designed to simulate an open-top boat voyage down the Amazon River, complete with some 30 exotic animal species native to the Amazon rainforest habitat.
As the 10-minute ride journeys through a 483 meter-long (528 yards) man-made river, visitors will be able to view such species as the red-backed bearded saki monkey, the collared peccary, the red howler monkey, the giant anteater, and the Brazilian tapir.
Park guests who took the boat ride Saturday morning said the highlights were the jaguars (which are housed in a glass enclosure), and the flamingos, reported The Straits Times.
The Amazon River Quest is not a thrill ride, but it does include some gentle plunges and visitors sitting in the front row will likely get wet.
For safety reasons, the boat ride is for guests with a minimum height of 1.06 meters (3.48 feet). Children between 1.06 and 1.35 meters (3.48 and 4.43 feet) must be accompanied by a supervising adult. The park does have a Child Swap Waiting Room for families with a young child.
The park also notes that the boat ride is not suitable for wheelchair bound visitors.
The Amazon River Quest is scheduled to be closed for maintenance one day per month beginning January 6, 2014, and visitors are advised to check the dates before heading down to the park. The closure dates are listed on the River Safari website.