Blog posts about International Expeditions' Amazon River cruises
Guests on last week's Amazon River tour spotted six primate species: brown capuchins, red howlers, monk sakis, night monkeys, squirrel monkeys and even pygmy marmosets!
The pygmy marmoset (pictured right) is the smallest monkey and – unlike other monkeys – have claws.
Guests on our September 18 Amazon river tour have already spotted some rarities this week during their daily excursions, including a Hawk Eagle and River Otters! Everyone at the home office hope the lucky folks aboard La Amatista have more extraordinary sightings.
Giant River Otter Facts: This South American River Otter is the world's largest - up to six feet long - and only lives in the rivers and creeks of the Amazon, Orinoco and La Plata river systems.
International Expeditions’ 30th Anniversary issue of Environs – our nature travel guide – is now in the mail! In keeping with our longstanding commitment to doing our part for a greener world, we’ve taken steps to ensure our annual catalog is as eco-friendly as possible.
Steve Cox, our Executive Director and one of IE's founders, was profiled by respected travel blogger Everett Potter.
By Expedition Leader Jorge Salas
During our Amazon Voyage, we explore the Pacaya River, in the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, the heart of the Amazon. International Expeditions supports a Yellow Spotted River Turtle project in the reserve. This project protects the eggs of these endangered turtles until they are hatched, then reintroduces the turtles in the Pacaya-Samiria.
What was it like last month in the Amazon? International Expeditions Expedition Leader Jorge Salas shares the sights and sounds of the June 12 Amazon Voyage in this new video!
Not only did guests spot monk sakis, great black hawks, jabiru storks, horned screamers and more wildlife, they also got to glimpse life along the river with visits to a Ribereño village.
Travel Planner Charlie Weaver (shown here in Patagonia) has spent the past seven days on International Expeditions' Amazon River cruise and has cell service as La Amatista heads back toward Iquitos (go figure!).
11:00 a.m.: Our excursions are amazing! We have seen lots of pink dolphins, blue-and-gold macaws, hoatzins, a chestnut-eared araçari, an emerald tree boa, a fer-de-lance and numerous other birds.
Anyone who has visited the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands has snapped a picture of Lonesome George and his equally lonesome lady companion tortoises. Now the Galapagos National Park has found five eggs laid by one of George's female companions.
Eggs laid last year turned out to be infertile, but we're holding out hope!
There is so much left to be discovered in our world, and science has just released two exciting findings relating to the Amazon River and its surrounding rainforest!
Amazon River 11 Million Years Old:
Geologists studying boreholes in the sediment at the mouth of the Amazon River say the river took its present shape approximately 2.4 million years ago. LEARN MORE
New Sub-Species of Monkey Found in Brazilian Amazon:
A quick survey of our Travel Planners has uncovered the most popular question they get about our Amazon tour: When is the best time to go?
In truth, though it may sound cliché, there really is no bad time to visit the Amazon River; however, your personal preferences and activities will play a big part in choosing which time of the year you should take an Amazon cruise.