Its surroundings covering nearly half of the territory of Peru, the Amazon is the mightiest river in the world, flanked by vast stretches of lush rainforest. Those interested in Amazon River travel have been visiting these waters for all of our 31 years of existence, and we continue to be amazed at the natural wonders we find on our 10-day Amazon River cruise.

The rainforest canopy shelters the richest and most diverse ecosystem on Earth, making it the perfect adventure trip for anyone who cares about nature. Trust the experts at International Expeditions to provide a comprehensive look at the landscapes, wildlife and current conservations issues facing the Amazon River travel. Small-ship cruise enthusiasts can also find insider’s tips, as well as photography and stories from past IE guests.

Travelers interested in Amazon River cruises will also enjoy expedition videos and the latest in travel news from IE’s knowledgeable Amazon naturalist travel guides.

rodent fossils discovered in ucayali river amazonNew Rodent Fossils in Amazon Area Confirm Hypotheses
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University recently found the oldest fossils on the South American continent along the banks of the Ucayali River, an offshoot of the Amazon River.
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piranha fishing amazon riverAmazon River Cruises Offer Piranha Sightings and Fishing
Travelers who venture into a tributary with slower-moving waters on our Amazon cruise will likely find red-bellied, white or black piranhas.
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peruvian amazon is for nature loversNature Lovers Will Find a Wealth of Diversity in the Peruvian Amazon
Travelers exploring the Peruvian Amazon will find a stunning array of animals, including the world's largest collection of bird species and the third largest assortment of mammals.
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Travelers sailing along on Amazon River cruises don't need to listen closely to hear the low, rumbling growl of red howler monkeys. Amazon Travelers Can Hear Red Howlers From Miles Away
Travelers need not listen closely to hear the low, rumbling growl of red howler monkeys—these primates can be heard up to three miles away.
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amazon river conservation world wildlife fundHappy Anniversary to our Amazon Partner WWF
Protecting and conserving the Amazon, a place two-thirds the size of the U.S., is a big job. We’re thrilled to have teamed up with WWF for years to provide conservation focused nature travel to this precious region – and to other destinations within Peru.
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amazon river birding species listAmazon River Birding Species List
Are you an avid birder? Guests on our Amazon River cruise compiled this impressive list of species.
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amazon river birding marsh birdsAmazon River Marsh Birds
Although the Amazon River basin boasts more than 1,500 unique species of birds (roughly one-third of the world's population), many travelers have become entranced by the vast collection of marsh birds that have been known to populate the region.
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pacaya-samiria preserve squirrel monkey northern peruSee 13 Species of Primate in Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
The Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in northern Peru is home to one of the richest collections of animals on the planet, with more than 520 species of bird, 65 reptiles and 260 varieties of fish, among others.
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james cameron fights to stop amazon river damJames Cameron Fights to Stop Amazon River Dam
James Cameron is returning to Brazil to film a 3D movie highlighting the plight of the indigenous people who will be uprooted by the construction of a dam on the Amazon river.
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new catfish species discovered in peruvian amazon
New Catfish Species Discovered in Amazon Jungle
A new species of armoured catfish that eats wood with spoon-shaped teeth has been discovered in a remote area of the Amazonian jungle in Peru.
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amazon river seeds spread by fish poop
Amazon's Seeds Spread Best by Fish Poop
As loggers, farmers and builders clear more and more patches of forest, the reproductive efforts of trees in the Amazon rainforest are being helped out by tambaqui, a fruit-eating species of fish.
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an amazon river shaman experience
An Amazon Shaman Experience
Day 6 of our own Amazon River trip includes a visit to a well-respected Amazon village shaman, and is always considered a highlight by guests.
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ecuador agrees not to exploit amazon river basin oil
Ecuador Agrees Not to Exploit Amazon Oil
Ecuador signed a recent deal with the United Nations not to exploit its oil-rich Amazon reserves. This should help to protect some 675 sq miles of the Amazon.
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new freshwater stingrays discovered in amazon river
Fresh Water Stingrays Discovered in Amazon
Scientists have just discovered two new species of fresh water stingrays in the Amazon rainforest near the port city of Iquitos, Peru. These two stingray species both look like pancakes with noses...
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amazon medical clinic updateAmazon Medical Project: Fall Update
"When I first came to Peru to work in mid-1990, I brought with me a straw bag holding a microscope, a few pills, and a book or two, along with my doctor’s “black bag” containing very basic medical instruments ..."
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amazon river conservation world wildlife fundHappy Anniversary to our Amazon Partner WWF
Protecting and conserving the Amazon, a place two-thirds the size of the U.S., is a big job. We’re thrilled to have teamed up with WWF for years to provide conservation focused nature travel to this precious region – and to other destinations within Peru.
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http://www.ietravel.com/blog/amazon-river/southern-hemisphere-constellations

Amazon River Tour Stargazing
South America is different from its northern counterpart in many ways, but this will be especially apparent to stargazers or amateur astrologists searching the night skies.
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travel halloween traditions

Does the Rest of the World Trick-or-Treat?
As you travel around the globe you can find a number of fascinating ways to celebrate one of the world’s oldest holidays.
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subterranean amazon river

Subterranean River Found Under the Amazon Basin
Brazilian scientists reported finding a new river in the Amazon basin that they estimate is the same length but nearly 100 times as wide, The Guardian reports.
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undiscovered amazon river tribePreviously Unknown Tribe Discovered in the Amazon
Satellite images and flights over the western Amazon recently revealed the existence of a previously unknown indigenous group.
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when is the best time of year to travel to the amazon river
When Is the Best Time to Travel to the Amazon?
A quick survey of our Travel Planners has uncovered the most popular question they get about our Amazon tour: When is the best time to go?
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amazon pharmacy in the rainforest
Discovering Pharmacy & Modern Medicine in the Rainforest
While sometimes overlooked by those studying modern medicine, the Amazon’s medicinal plants and Shamans provide a vital link between nature’s ecosystems, ancient medicine and modern cures.
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rare chocolate discovered in peru
Rare Chocolate Rediscovered in Peru
A variety of the cacao plant, thought to have been wiped out, has been rediscovered in Peru's Maranon Canyon.
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peruvian amazon is for nature loversNature Lovers Will Find a Wealth of Diversity in the Peruvian Amazon
Travelers exploring the Peruvian Amazon will find a stunning array of animals, including the world's largest collection of bird species and the third largest assortment of mammals.
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insider's travel tip fog-free photographyInsider’s Travel Tip: Fog-Free Photographs
How to keep your camera and glasses from fogging up.
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walking tour of lima peruInsider’s Travel Tip: Morning Walk Through Pre-Inca History
Do you need a suggestion for stretching your legs in Lima? Just blocks from our Lima accommodations at the Swissôtel is the Huaca Huallamarca, a pre-Inca tomb where more than 50 mummies were found...
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george ritchey amazon voyage photography tips
Tips for a Productive Amazon Photo Workshop
George Ritchey tips for how to capture, preserve and enhance their memories while exploring the narrow tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon.
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anaconda sighting on the peruvian amazon river
Anaconda Sighting on the Peruvian Amazon
What happens when Amazon cruise naturalists spot an anaconda along the riverbanks? An IE guest found out when he got an up-close and personal meeting with a female anaconda during an excursion!
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authentic peruvian pisco sour recipe
Authentic Pisco Sour Recipe
Be sure to check out this Pisco Sour recipe sent in by our own Amazon River tour Expedition Leader, Jorge Salas. The frozen Pisco Sour is a happy hour staple on our Amazon River cruise aboard, La Amatista!
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band playing aboard an amazon riverboat cruise
My "Amazon Moment"
IE employees LOVE getting out of the office and traveling. Creative Services Editor Emily Harley shares memories from her Amazon River expedition aboard La Amatista.
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 amazon river boat cruise guest poem about trip
 Guest Poem: The Amazon - Up Close & Personal
"We’ve had a week of wondrous sights
On Amatista with her crew.
Exciting days and peaceful nights,
And friendships made with all of you..."

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 a second home in earth's great wilderness
 A Second Home in Earth's Greatest Wilderness
When International Expeditions' founders Richard Ryel and Steve Cox first dreamed of bringing curious wildlife enthusiasts to the Peruvian Amazon more than 30 years ago, they had no idea that their company would establish such deep roots in this remote corner of the Earth.
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photography tips for your amazon river expedition cruise
More Photo Tips for Your Amazon Voyage
We’re sharing veteran wildlife and nature photographer George Ritchey’s tips for getting the most out of your equipment and experience on his April 22 Amazon Voyage photo workshop.
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