Amazon River

Blog posts about International Expeditions' Amazon River cruises
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A variety of the cacao plant, thought to have been wiped out, has been rediscovered in Peru's Maranon Canyon. The plant was used to make a chocolate called "Pure Nacional," known for it's fruit and floral flavors.

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Over the next few days, we’ll be 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. With over 35 years of wildlife photography experience and credits including Robb Report, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Birmingham Magazine, Ritchey will teach travelers how to capture, preserve and enhance their memories while exploring the narrow tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon.

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It’s time to get into the spirit of the holiday season, and IE wants to give two lucky winners a special gift. We’re giving you one open-ended question and two chances to win the book Romancing the Rain — a photo journey into the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

Become an International Expeditions fan on Facebook or weigh-in via Twitter and finish this sentence:

I am thankful that travel _____________________

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What happens when Amazon cruise naturalists spot an anaconda along the riverbanks? Recent IE guest Kieth Chelm found out when he got an up-close and personal meeting with a female anaconda during an excursion! Special thanks to Mr. Chelm for sharing this video and his thoughts.


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At International Expeditions, we're always thrilled to hear about the wonderful experiences our guests' had during their journeys. So, we were especially excited to read this poem written by Amazon Riverboat cruise  guest Lucy Allison!

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.

Each morning on the skiffs we went
In search of birds and mammals too.
So many happy hours were spent,

November 12, 2010

Quick Photo Tips

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One of the best ways to preserve memories of your International Expeditions journey is with great photos! So we asked some of our favorite photographers for tips to get the best possible shots. If you are going to be shooting from an open jeep or vehicle,  there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the sharpest pictures.

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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.

October 22, 2010

An Amazon Shaman Experience

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We found the following story about one man's encounter with a shaman deep in the Amazon River Basin fascinating. Although not near as "off the grid" as this man's singular journey, 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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International Expeditions' Amazon mini water treatment plants in the remote villages of San Jose de Paranapura, Irlanda and Santa Teresa, Peru are already making a big impact on the health of villagers! According to Dr. Linnea Smith, who operates the Amazon Medical Clinic, she is treating far fewer cases of intestinal parasites and common diarrhea now that the water treatment plants are providing clean drinking water.

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Ecuador signed a recent deal with the United Nations not to exploit its oil-rich Amazon reserves. This deal sets up a trust fund by wealthy countries that will be worth half the expected earnings from the potential sale of oil. This should help to protect some 675 sq miles of the Amazon. This is an area that is home to indigenous tribes, thousands of species of trees and, of course, nearly 1 billion barrels of crude oil.

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