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Amazon Riverboat Exploration

Amazon Riverboat Exploration

Trip Details:

Operator:   Earthwatch
Price From: 2,575 USD
Program duration: 15 days
Trip Dates: 01-01-2017

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About this program

Discover the pristine waterways of the Amazon basin of northeast Peru by way of riverboat. Meet local Cocama people that live near the basin to help create conservation plans to protect the ecosystems and wildlife of the area.

Explore the coastline by canoe or walk quietly along the riverbeds looking for river turtles and other wild animals. Between activities, relax on the riverboat, enjoy a good book and incredible scenery.

Photo Credit: Earthwatch, Pablo Puertas, Mary Rowe

Itinerary

Day 1:

Meet in Iquitos and stay overnight at the Casa Morey

Days 2-6:

Travel to Nauta and board riverboat; Begin navigating the Amazon Daily activity includes: Dolphin Census: As you boat along with the current, you'll spot, count, and identify the species of individual pink river dolphins and grey dolphins. Terrestrial Transect Macaw Monitoring:From a boat, observe and count these colorful birds at 500-meter intervals. Fishing Census: The fish practically jump out of the water onto the team's hand-made rods and nets. Measure, weigh, and identify the species of everything you catch. Caiman Tracking: Take to the river at night to find these smaller relatives of the alligator. The team will locate caimans by shining headlights that reflect back when they catch their eyes. You'll safely capture, measure, and release any caimans you catch.

Days 7-8:

Visit local Cocama community along the river; navigate back to Nauta, and return to Iquitos

Country Fast Facts

Peru

Flag Flag_of_Peru
Continent:South America
Official Language(s)Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Capital:Lima
Population31,141,643 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s)Eqautorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna, Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Subtropical oceanic, Temperate oceanic.
Major Airport(s):Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP)
Economic Driver(s):Agriculture, Manufacturing, Extraction, Tourism

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