Amazon River

Blog posts about International Expeditions' Amazon River cruises

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world, but the delicate balance of the ecosystem is threatened every day by deforestation and industrialization. The ever-changing climate may also present issues when it comes to preserving the rainforests, but indigenous people living in the Amazon are adjusting their practices to accommodate the changes.

Emmy and BAFTA award-winner Rick Rosenthal is a distinct blend of biologist, educator and filmmaker who has spent decades filming in some of Earth's wildest waters. Rick is bringing the expertise he's gainied while filming documentaries such as “Planet Earth” and “Great Migrations” for the BBC, Disney Nature, National Geographic and Discovery Channel to IE's October 11 Amazon River cruise.

Since the beginning of the year, International Expeditions guests have been hearing and reading about the new custom-designed riverboat, La Estrella Amazonica, we’re launching for our Amazon River cruises.

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International Expeditions co-founder Richard Ryel is headlining our October 4 Amazon River cruise aboard the new La Estrella Amazonica riverboat. As he prepares to return to the Peruvian Amazon, a destination that he pioneered travel to 33 years ago, we asked Richard to talk to us about his deep passion for the Amazon rainforest.

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The Northern horned screamer is a large bird that doesn’t quite fit in with other species…in fact; there are only three species in their family Anhimidae. Northern horned screamers live in aquatic areas with lots of emergent vegetation and when walking on water lettuce or hyacinth, look like a very large goose.  Their feet, however are not webbed, but they have fairly heavy long toes that support their weight on the floating mats of vegetation. 

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You already know that International Expeditions’ Amazon River cruises are a great way to connect with nature, but the experts at Travel + Leisure say it is also a prime spot to get over being “suddenly single.”

May 06, 2013

Beware of the Boto?

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The enigmatic pink river dolphin, aka Boto, of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers is an aquatic creature that many guests to the region can’t wait to observe. Most guests on IE’s Amazon River cruises do not come away disappointed as these lovely creatures are fairly abundant in many areas of the Peruvian Amazon.

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The green iguana is one of the iconic species of the neotropical rainforest. This species has an extensive range stretching from Northern Central America southward throughout the Amazon Basin. They’ve also been introduced in South Florida, as well as the lower Rio Grande area of South Texas. Green iguanas are the largest lizard in the Amazon Basin, including the Peruvian Amazon, and large males may reach six feet in length. Females are considerably smaller, reaching about four feet in length. 

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