Amazon River

Blog posts about International Expeditions' Amazon River cruises
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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.

The director has been fighting to ban the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant from being built on the Xingu River, an Amazon tributary, but his protests failed to keep President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from approving plans last week.

Now Cameron is planning to show his support for the local tribes by shooting a movie about their lives.

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Notes on the back of a 400-year-old letter have revealed a previously unknown language once spoken by indigenous peoples of northern Peru, an archaeologist says.

Penned by an unknown Spanish author and lost for four centuries, the battered piece of paper was pulled from the ruins of an ancient Spanish colonial church in 2008.

But a team of scientists and linguists has only recently revealed the importance of the words written on the flip side of the letter.

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The Amazon Medical Project supports the Yanamono Medical Clinic in the remote Amazon basin of northeastern Peru by providing primary care, involving locally trained people and encouraging preventative medicine. The clinic was founded in 1990 by Dr. Linnea J. Smith, M.D., who took her first Amazon rainforest tour with IE.

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This is the fifth installment in a series by Wayne Zanardelli, an IE guest who generously shared notes from his recent Amazon adventure aboard La Amatista.

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853 days ago, Ed Stafford took the first steps of what would become a record-breaking trek, following the length of the Amazon river as it winds its way across the South American continent.

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These expert Peru travel tips were given by our Peruvian Expedition Leader, Jorge Salas-Guevara. Expedition Leader Jorge is a favorite among International Expeditions guests, having led expeditions to the Amazon and Papua New Guinea.

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This is the fourth installment in a series by Wayne Zanardelli, an IE guest who generously shared notes from his recent Amazon adventure aboard La Amatista.

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This is the third installment in a series by Wayne Zanardelli, an IE guest who generously shared notes from his recent Amazon adventure aboard La Amatista. Get caught up with Part I and Part II here.

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With school back in session and two full-time gardeners, a lot is happening at the IE-funded Las Malvinas urban garden project in Iquitos, Peru! During a typical week, over 300 students regularly come and go for classes in the gazebo and hands-on work in the garden. Our in-country partner sent this update.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials are planning an unprecedented relocation of 700-800 clutches of sea turtle eggs from beaches of Alabama and northwestern Florida to the Atlantic coast. The oil spill coincided with turtle breeding season. If allowed to hatch along the Gulf, the baby turtles would likely swim directly into the mass of crude oil spewing encroaching on Alabama and the Florida panhandle.

While nest have been relocated individually, relocation at this scale has never been attempted anywhere in the world.

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