Amazon, Indonesia, Antarctica, Greek Islands
International Expeditions handles trips for many zoos, museums and conservation
organizations. In 1991 they established a foundation to counteract misuse and exploitation of rainforest habitats and to help
provide funding for the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research
(ACEER), a facility located in a protected Amazon
Staff and Crew: Peru
- Itinerary: After one night in Lima, eight-day expedition
starts just south of the equator at Iquitos in Peru, 2,300 miles from the
Amazon’s mouth where the Amazon branches into the Ucayali and Pacaya
tributary rivers intoremote locations of the rainforest. The river
is narrow and the shores are close. Several villages of river and rainforest
people are visited, but most of the area is scarcely inhabited except for
wildlife. The boat returning downstream
passes through the region in daylight that was cruised during the night
going upstream. The itineraries
vary depending on river conditions and the interests of the passengers.
- Cabins: 12. Cabins are outside with picture
windows, are air-conditioned and have a private bath with shower.
- Dining: The dining room
has large windows. There is single open
seating. Cuisine is international with fresh vegetables, fruit,
fish and other local produce. Vegetarian and other diets are available.
- Facilities and Activities:
Aquamarina goes to the headwaters
of the Amazon above Iquitos where most boats stop. English-speaking Peruvian
guides accompany passengers on shore excursions. Slide shows are shown. Passengers
are singles and couples of all ages who have the common interest of birding and
and environmental conservation and preserving nature for future generations.
Children are welcome on most expeditions and there sometimes are special
departures for students and families. Naturalist guides accompany boat and shore excursions
with passengers observing wildlife, hiking in the jungle, and visiting
river and forest villages. Each
passenger receives comprehensive information about the destination
with wildlife checklists and reading suggestions. In the low water season, there is more jungle hiking. High water season has mostly boat excursions. Mosquitoes
are worse during low water season; during high water season they were not
a problem. Assume that it will rain sometime every day all year round. Temperatures
are similar to southern Florida in the summer.
- Recent Fares Reported to Us: Rainforest cruise
including hotel in Lima (and sometimes air) is from $3,398. Optional
extensions offered are by air to Cusco and Machu Picchu and the Inca fortress
of Sacsahuaman or by speedboat (3 1/2 hours) down the Amazon to the Amazon
Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER) on the Napo River and a
walk on aerial pathways and platforms 10 stories high in the treetop canopy.
Discount for group (15 persons). Sometimes there are no single supplements.
International Expeditions also charters small ships for cruise and land
tours of the Greek isles and Turquoise Coast and of Indonesia, including
Bali and Komodo Island National Park.
For current fares and
detailed itineraries of International Expedition boats,
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