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Hiking in the Rainforest

Central & South America

Hiking in the Rainforest

Central and South America travel have long been part of the very soul of International Expeditions, beginning with our first Amazon River cruises, Costa Rica tours and Galapagos Islands cruises 37 years ago. Here, you discover lavish swaths of wilderness that protect Earth's greatest natural and cultural wonders — pristine rainforest, ancient ruins, cloud-covered mountains, monkeys, prolific birdlife and much more. On International Expeditions' inspiring adventures, you can watch sunrise hit the granite towers of Torres del Paine on a Patagonia tour; snorkel with playful sea lions on a Galapagos cruise; explore Inca and Spanish colonial ruins on a Machu Picchu tour; and observe the famed birdlife of Colombia.

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Central and South America

Wildlife in Central & South America

Sea turtle

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Named for its green-grey appearance, the Olive Ridley is the most abundant species of turtle in the world. Despite nesting en masse at twice-yearly events known as arribadas (which are considered one of Costa Rica’s natural wonders), they’re listed as endangered and are under threat from illegal egg-gathering and destructive fishing practices.

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Squirrel Monkey

Small squirrel monkeys feed mainly upon insects and fruits, with the majority the monkey's day spent foraging for food. They spend most of their time high above the forest floor, swinging through the small branches, but every now and again the monkey may venture down out of the trees to look for food or even a playmate.

Galápagos Land Iguana

Commonly spotted on Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, North Seymour and Baltra islands, these ancient-looking iguanas are among the most colorful of all Galapagos Island animals. Growing 3-5 feet long and weighing up to 25 pounds, they come in colors ranging from vivid yellow and rusty orange to red. Land iguana populations were nearly decimated by invasive species during the 20th century, but breeding efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the 1990s led to a successful reintroduction campaign. Nearly 10,000 iguanas roam the islands today, living 50-60 years and feeding primarily on prickly-pear cactus.

Amazon Kingfisher

Although they are named "Amazon" kingfishers, this large bird is a resident of lake shores and large-slow flowing rivers from northern Mexico to central Argentina. Amazon Kingfishers hunt fish and crustaceans from a perch, diving into the water to catch their prey and then returning to the same perch before stunning their prey and swallowing it head first.

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Our Conservation Efforts in Central & South America

Peru: Bond with kids in the Amazon

Would You Drink Water From the Amazon River?

As part of our on-going partnership with the Peruvian NGO CONAPAC, International Expeditions employee Emily Harley-Rei

Adopt-A-School Along the Amazon

For two decades, the Adopt-A-School program has provided a foothold into river villages, giving us an opportunity to bring teachers and community leaders together to promote community health and environmental education.

Bringing Clean Water to Cedro Isla

Through the generosity of IE guests, this summer every family and school room in the small village of Cedro Isla, Peru was given a Sawyer point-of-use water filtration system during a special Amazon cruise.

Saving Galapagos: Charles Darwin Foundation Conserves an Ecological Treasure

The world has been fascinated by the Galapagos Islands ever since Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking book on evolutionary theory, On the Origin of Species, in 1859.