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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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Expeditions' newest mini water treatment plant has just been completed in the village of San Jose de Paranapura. About 60 families live in this village on the Rio Ucayali. A four-stage filtration system produces up to 2,200 liters of clean water each day. For these families, our water treatment plant means parasite-free water to drink, brush their teeth and cook with every day! Boiling is the only other way to get clean water, requiring harvesting of trees to build and sustain a fire.

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Bill Robison, International Expeditions’ Director of Product Development, spent the first part of 2009 in Laos and Vietnam researching locations for our 15-day itinerary. Follow Bill’s series of updates on these fascinating countries, as well as how he’s put together a Laos and Vietnam tour that covers the spectacular natural beauty and culture of Southeast Asia.

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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.

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While drinking dirty river water might be better than having no water at all, International Expeditions believes that every person should have pure water, and the health and conservation benefits are enormous!

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The Amazon is an integration of rivers and jungles combined to form the largest wilderness area in the world — the Amazon Basin. Occupying over 2.5 million square miles and including major portions of nine South American countries, this area contains an enormous diversity and abundance of fauna and flora. Despite the hundreds of scientists who have explored the Amazon and the masses of data that have been compiled, most of its huge area is only vaguely known with thousands of new species waiting to be discovered.

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All too often we talk ourselves out of special escapes – like travel. But no matter the reasons we give for forging vacations, there are so many benefits to travel with a purpose – the kind of journeys you’ll find in abundance at International Expeditions!

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