Blog posts about International Expeditions' Amazon River cruises
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.
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.
While it make take years to study the impact of the Gulf oil spill, in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon, thousands of miles from the BP rig, oil spills have been a fact of life for more than 30 years.
In villages like San Cristobal, the indigenous Achuar people believe their maladies are caused by exposure to oil. They suffer fainting spells, vomiting, chronic diarrhea, headaches and skin infections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.