Birding on the Amazon

Ron Magill Talks About His Amazon Experience

Birding on the Amazon

At International Expeditions, we welcome the feedback of our guests and eagerly read post-trip evaluations to see how we can improve. We were honored to receive this note from wildlife expert Ron Magill of Zoo Miami after he returned from lecturing aboard our Amazon River cruise.

“I don’t know where to begin to thank you for the amazing experience you afforded me by allowing me the privilege of participating in the Amazon cruise! From a deadly bushmaster to highly endangered giant river otters and a plethora of wildlife in between, this trip was unforgettable.

“Everything was fantastic and far exceeded my expectations. I was especially blown away with the private bathrooms and the walk-in shower. As a 6’6” individual, I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to actually be able to stand up and shower
without having to become a contortionist, and to actually have the shower head above my head and not aimed at my naval! You cannot overrate the importance of a good shower on these types of expeditions when high heat and humidity can take its toll. Then, the private balcony provided such wonderful views of the river and surrounding areas was nothing short of awesome!

“The new lecture room was PERFECT!!! I thoroughly enjoyed giving my presentations there and the setup with the large flat screen monitor and Apple TV system could not have worked any better.

As much as can be said about the new ship, it is still second to what really makes International Expeditions stand out above the rest of the operators in the Amazon – the unbelievable dedicated staff members who, by the end of the adventure, become almost like family members. Enough cannot be said about Dennis, Johnny, Segundo, Cliver and the overwhelmingly attentive crew, The food was beyond delicious (I gained six pounds!) and every time I was out of my room for any length of time, it was made up again – sometimes 3-4 times a day.

“I honestly don’t know what I did to deserve such wonderful treatment, but I want you to know that I appreciate it more than you could ever know. As a little boy growing up in a small apartment in New York City, I could only dream of experiencing such things as this Amazon adventure. I could never than you enough for helping make those dreams come true.

“Most Sincerely, 


"Ron Magill”