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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. 

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By Josh Akers of Jemison, Alabama

My Galapagos Islands tour is one vacation that I will never forget. It is a difficult task to explain to people the wonders of the unique wildlife and beautiful landscape occupying these islands.

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British researchers from the University of Southampton have found several new species of life – and some that were thought to be extinct – during an in-depth study documenting some of the world’s rarest and most fragile coral reefs in the Galapagos Islands.

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Caral is the newest addition to Peru’s collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Found on the northern coast, south of Trujillo, the 5,000 year-old archaeological marvel sits on a dry desert terrace overlooking the green Supe River valley.

Dating to 2900 B.C., Caral is the oldest city in the Americas. The center of an area featuring large, truncated pyramids, archaeologists believe around 3,000 people lived in Caral.

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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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Expedition Leader Zapa reports:

"July in Brazil's Pantanal is good for spotting mammals. It is still green, even during this dry season, so our group saw many cool things.

"This week guests saw a jaguar near our truck during a spotlighting safari (pictured right), a tapir swimming past our canoes and an anteater taking a bath!"

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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.

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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.

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IE’s staff doesn’t just plan journeys to these islands, Galapagos is one of our favorite places to experience Earth’s greatest wonders! Here’s what Destination Manager Amber Rowland had to say about the islands.

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