Amazon River

Blog posts about International Expeditions' Amazon River cruises
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This is the second installment in a series by Wayne Zanardelli, an IE Guest who was kind enough to pass along observations about his latest Amazon cruise. Read Part I here.

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Avid traveler Wayne Zanardelli has chronicled his adventures to 83 countries in a series of more than 30 journals. Highlights of Mr. Zanardelli's travels include meeting the sons of both Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay; a private train trip between Beijing and Moscow; and sleeping in a tented oasis in Tunisia. Now Mr. Zanardelli shares journal excerpts from his Amazon River cruise with IE.

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IE Creative Services Editor Emily Harley recently traveled on our Amazon River cruise! Now she shares thoughts on this unique small-ship adventure.

While I’ve already had a wonderful meeting our Expedition Leader Hernando and eating and touring my way around Lima, I know from years at IE that our Amazon tour doesn’t start until we’re on the boat.

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The oil spill is beginning to reach the Gulf’s shores, and its effects are already being felt in towns and cities that depend on it - this is in addition the local wildlife in both the land and sea that are dying by the thousands.

We have compiled from many different sources ways you can help contribute to the cleanup and save local wildlife.

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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.

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Spotting the first light-pink river dolphin rippling the murky waters is an excursion highlight for everyone on our Amazon River cruise. After their last Amazon tour aboard La Amatista, our friends at WWF shared five myths about the Amazon's pink river dolphins they learned from our Peruvian naturalists.

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Recently, IE guests from around the country told us why they loved the Amazon. All of the participants were entered into a drawing for the book Tree of Rivers. The lucky winner was Jo Ann Schermerhorn of Magnolia, Texas.

"My husband and I had planned to go to the Amazon but it was never convenient. A few days before he died he asked me to promise him I would go even if I had to go alone. I told him I would. I went alone and had the most incredible time.

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Like books? Like the Amazon? LOVE free books about the Amazon? Then International Expeditions has a contest for you!

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February 17, 2010

At "Home" in Lima

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IE Creative Services Editor Emily Harley spent Thanksgiving on our Amazon River tour! Now she shares thoughts on this unique small-ship adventure. The small town where I grew up from in Kentucky and even Birmingham, where I now live, have history. But they ain't got nothing on Lima, Peru! Our Amazon tour officially kicks off after a drool-inducing breakfast at the Swissotel with a tour of Lima's most historic sites.

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