Amazon River

Blog posts about International Expeditions' Amazon River cruises
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Scientists have just discovered two new species of fresh water stingrays in the Amazon rainforest near the port city of Iquitos, Peru. These two stingray species both look like pancakes with noses. The two "pancake" species belong to the first new stingray genus found in the Amazon region in more than two decades. They also represent just the fourth neotropical stingray genera. In addition to their pancake-like appearance, both rays are big, have slits on their bellies and a tiny spine on their tails.

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For the past seven years, Travel + Leisure readers and our guests have named IE one of the "World’s Best" Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters! To qualify for the awards, tour operators were judged on six criteria: staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food and value — everything that goes into creating the experience of a lifetime for you!

February 04, 2011

Authentic Pisco Sour Recipe

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Saturday marks National Pisco Sour Day in Peru. Pisco, a clear, fermented brandy has been distilled from fresh musts of Muscat grapes in copper alembic stills since the Spanish conquest, and is considered part of Peru's cultural heritage. This liqueur is also the national spirit of Chile, although each country has a distinct history and uses Pisco for different cocktails.

January 25, 2011

My "Amazon Moment"

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IE employees LOVE getting out of the office and traveling. Creative Services Editor Emily Harley shares memories from her Amazon River expedition aboard La Amatista.

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We’re 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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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,

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