For former International Expeditions guest Dr. Linnea Smith, her time on an Amazon rainforest tour was truly a life-changing journey that is now having a positive impact on the people of the rainforest. This Wisconsin-based doctor gave up her practice to open a medical clinic in 1990 serving the Yagua and Ribereno people of the Upper Amazon Basin.

Until Linnea arrived, the local people had no access to health care. Now 2,000-2,500 patients arrive each year — most by dug-out canoe or on foot — seeking treatment for malaria, infectious diseases, dental care, and even prenatal care and birthing.

Guests on three special Amazon River cruise departures this May and July will have an opportunity to visit Linnea's medical clinic as well as four other IE-funded conservation and community projects in the Peruvian Amazon.