Monday, June 26, 2017



The rivers in the Iquitos area of Peru are home to a vast number of colorful ornamental fish.  The exportation of these fish has become a successful  sustainable industry and provide some income for people living along these rivers.

Read more...
 http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Amazon-Fish.html

 

Friday, June 23, 2017













China’s Blind Cave Fish

A group of international scientists are studying the little known cave fish of China as part of an effort to conserve the endangered cave ecosystem.  Of particular interest is the Humpback Golden Line Barbel, a fish rarely found and of which little is known.
Danté Fenolio,one of the leaders of our annual herp trips, is part of this team.

Read more...
http://www.newsweek.com/extremely-rare-and-weird-blind-fish-found-subterranean-cave-china-628256

Thursday, June 22, 2017













GreenTracks, Inc. has joined in the effort to protect fragile populations of amphibians in Chile’s forests.

Read More... http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Chile-Frog-conservation.html

 

Monday, June 19, 2017












It’s always nice to get feedback from our clients. Here is one we received from Paula Hooser who recently did the Moche Route in Northern Peru. This Peruvian Archaeology program includes the Sipan Tomb - one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the last 30 years, the Tucume pyramids, the Sun and Moon Temples and the capital of the Chimu empire, Chan Chan.
  
“Good afternoon, George.                          

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in the Moche Route tour. I apologize for not getting this note off sooner, but I did want to let you know what an AMAZING time we had!  The trip was really fascinating and our tour guide, Mercedes, was absolutely wonderful!  She really made the history come alive for us and we could tell she was very passionate about the history of Peru.  While we went on to see the more famous parts of Peru, for me, these three days were the highlight of our trip.  I would go back in a heartbeat, and I’d want Mercedes as my guide again!  I’d recommend her to anyone I knew that was visiting that area of Peru. The hotels were nice; the van and driver were great.

 Many thanks to you and your team for such a wonderful experience.”

Read more about Moche Route  program...
http://www.greentracks.com/Northern_Peru_Tour_Programs.htm#MocheRoute

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017










Possible Second 2017 Amazon Herping Trip if interest is there.
September 23 - October 1, 2017.
We have a short window of opportunity to try to make this work.

Details here....   https://www.greentracks.com/Amazon-Herping-2017-Second-Trip-Intro.html

 

Monday, May 29, 2017




















About a third of Peru’s population is indigenous, and the great majority of tribes are found in the Amazon region. These groups have, to one degree or another, assimilated into a riverine culture but tribal distinctions exist, sometimes markedly so.

Read More... http://www.greentracks.com/Facebook-Content/Amazonian-Indian-Tribes.htm

 

Friday, May 26, 2017














Who wouldn't want to see a Jaguar in the wild?  In Brazil's Pantanal tropical wetland at the Jaguar Research Center Jaguar sightings are guaranteed.  Paul Donahue, naturalist, wildlife artist, photographer, environmental activist and builder of canopy walkways shares a story and photos of coming across a Jaguar sneaking up on a Caiman.
 

Read More...  http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Jaguar-and-caiman.html

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017



Before indiscriminate harvesting of eggs took its toll, the vast white sand beaches along the Amazon used to blacken when countless thousands of River Turtles (genus Podocnemis) crawled out to dig their nests. Those days a long past! But thanks to a head start program the turtles are making a comeback.

Read More...   http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Amazon-River-Turtles.html

 

Friday, May 19, 2017



The Amazon region is home to a wide array of wading birds.  Some are transitory migrants while others are permanent residents.  One of our favorites, the Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus), falls into the latter category. Endemic to the neotropical region, this lovely bird is found from central Panama south across most of tropical South America.  Capped Herons tend to be loners and they tend to be shy, so seeing one is always special.

Read More ...  http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Birds-in-Amazonian-Peru.html

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Sometimes, if the boat we are using is small enough and the water level sufficiently high, we like to wander upstream on tiny tributaries of the Amazon. There is something exhilarating about easing up a blackwater stream with treetops so close you are practically sitting among them.

Read More...   http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/sloth-attack.html

 

Monday, May 15, 2017


Each wildlife excursion is slightly different and occasionally we will see something unexpected.  Tapirs are nocturnal animals, but we have seen them during the day at times. Tapirs are the largest land mammal in South America.

Read More... http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Tapir1.html


Friday, May 12, 2017

Harpy Eagle


No matter how remote the spot may be, there are still animals that are extremely difficult to encounter in the wild. They may be rare, secretive, or strictly nocturnal. Or it could be that their habitat is one that makes them hard to observe. One example of this is the Harpy Eagle, easily the world's most powerful bird of prey and so difficult to find that it holds a nearly mythical place in the world of wildlife enthusiasts.

Read More...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

VENOMOUS SNAKES IN THE AMAZON


Ever since the first outsider set foot in the Amazon, the world has been subjected to countless lurid tales of a Green Hell teeming with slithering snakes, each capable of recognizing a human and all determined to maim and kill. Aside from being demonstrably untrue at all levels, this approach reflects a basic flaw in our way of viewing nature.

 http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Amazon-Snakes.html

Thursday, May 26, 2016

 

GreenTracks announces affordable Amazon cruise


In the 24 years GreenTracks has been offering Amazon wildlife cruises, the trend has unfortunately been one of increasing levels of “luxury” and soaring prices. Whereas years ago we could travel on an inexpensive yet comfortable riverboat to remote areas, see plenty of wildlife and see no other people but remote riverside villagers that found us as interesting as we them, now it’s not that easy to do. Today high-end luxury riverboats seem to cater more to the cruise-set rather than wildlife and nature enthusiast. Gourmet sculptures of food too pretty to eat that you might find in a New York restaurant are now a selling point for these vessels. It seems we are being insulated from the real world, numbed with drinks in our Jacuzzi, rather than experiencing the historic real Amazon.

In light of this trend, we are pleased to inform you of a couple of Amazon cruises being offered on a historic Amazon vessel, owned and operated by a wildlife biologist that harken back to an experience near to the best of those cruises years ago. The food of regional and international dishes is good. The Victorian period style boat is comfortable. You’ll have an air-conditioned cabin to sleep in and showers with hot water. Wildlife viewing excursions by boat and walking.

Only 2 dates are currently offered:
    October 1 – 5, 2016
    October 28 – November 1, 2016

And the price?  We hope this turns out to be a new trend!  Low!
$899 per person in a Triple or Quad cabin. Great for 3 or 4 person family or friends.
$1,160 per person in a Twin-Share Double cabin, perfect for couples.
$1,500 in a Single cabin.

Check this out:   http://www.greentracks.com/Rio-Amazonas-Cruise.html


 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Amazon Herping Tour 2016

Amazon Herping Tour 2016
October 22 - 30, 2016

The 2015 Herping Tours with Tom Crutchfield, Dante Fenolio and Bill Lamar were so much fun that they have decided to do it again. If you missed the first trips, here is another chance to join them in the Amazon for great herping and good times. This is a "Herper Friendly" trip... All about having fun and relaxing. No special skills or knowledge required to join us. Just come and have fun!

 http://www.greentracks.com/Amazon_Herping_Expedition-3.html

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Calling of the Howler Monkeys


The call of the Howler Monkey is one of the most notable, and eery, sounds of the rainforest. The alpha male makes this call to define the territory of his troop. Sometimes competing troops can be heard calling back and forth to each other. Stereo monkeys. The sound can carry for several miles. Howling recorded on a recent GreenTracks Amazon Riverboat Cruise. 




See video HERE

GreenTracks Amazon Cruises

 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Animals Seen on Recent Amazon Wildlife Cruise

The June 6 - 12, 2014 GreenTracks Amazon Wildlife Cruise was as always, filled with exotic wildlife, stunning scenery, great traveling companions...

See more photos and read the story here 

Night Monkey






 GreenTracks Amazon Cruises

 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Harpy Eagle Sighting!

While traveling upriver in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve on the Clavero riverboat, we were spotting wildlife from the observation deck when, much to our surprise, a rarely seen Harpy Eagle flew across the river in front of us. We stopped the boat and watched as the Harpy, the most powerful raptor in the world, landed on the top of a tree and sat there for 10 minutes, allowing us all to get photos.





Last Minute Amazon Cruise Deal !
Clavero Amazon Wildlife Cruise, July 6 - 12, 2014
Stretch your Dollars and do something you’ve long waited to do.


http://www.greentracks.com/Discount-Amazon-Cruises.htm

 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Venomous Snakes in the Amazon

 

South American Lancehead













Ever since the first outsider set foot in the Amazon, the world has been subjected to countless lurid tales of a Green Hell teeming with slithering snakes, each capable of recognizing a human and all determine...

See More...

 

Friday, August 2, 2013

New GreenTracks videos


GreenTracks Amazon Cruise Films has two new videos up on YouTube.

The GreenTracks Amazon Riverboat Wildlife Cruise focuses on the flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest. Also to be appreciated is the spectacular beauty of the forest rivers and creeks. These black-water rivers are known locally as El Espejo de la Selva (the mirror of the rainforest) for their highly reflective qualities.

The Mirrored Rainforest


The Northern Caiman Lizard is found throughout the Amazon Basin. This beautifully colored lizard spend most of their time in trees overhanging water where they can drop into the water if threatened. They are excellent swimmers.They feed on a number of small aquatic animals, but prefer snails.



Visit our website to see all of our Amazon Tours and Cruises

GreenTracks Amazon Cruises

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Showmanship vs. Reality


Showmanship vs. Reality on reality TV wild animal shows.
by Bill Lamar


The abundance of nature oriented television shows is a blessing and a curse. After an auspicious beginning with properly researched and well-filmed documentaries, ratings—largely a function of the preferences of the sofa-set—began to change their direction. One can see the transition from inspired work such as the films by Sir David Attenborough to features that showcase sweating pseudo-Tarzans spewing words like “jungle,” “aggressive,” “survival,” etc. They have devolved into tired depictions of Man vs. Nature that inevitably cast the natural world as something dangerous and in need of conquering…. and, of course, they showcase anything with blood. What was a lofty and necessary pursuit has degenerated into cheap thrills.

  Read the entire article at
http://www.GreenTracks.com/pub/Show-Reality.html 

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

THE AMAZON


THE AMAZON, PART I: Origin of the Amazon Basin
By William W. Lamar


Eons prior to the Panama Canal the Atlantic Ocean brushed lips with the Pacific across a tranquil strait dividing the great landmass that is modern South America. What we call Venezuela and the Guianas formed an ancient Tertiary fortress that blocked the open Atlantic to the north, while what is now Brazil and the rest of the continent, by dint of sheer size, kept the oceans apart to the south. After two of the earth’s plates, in a Miocene crash of epic proportions, dueled to a tectonic tie, the Andes emerged, magnificent and gleaming, from a sea of roiling foam. 

 Read the entire article at
http://www.greentracks.com/pub/Amazon-part-1.html 


THE AMAZON, PART II: Discovery of the Amazon
By William W. Lamar


 There is an ancient cemetery at Triana, on the Guadalquivir River in Spain. Its gravestones and plaques are mute reminders of a colorful Sevillian culture and tradition from Moors and Sephardis to gypsies, flamenco dancers, matadors, and ceramicists to Torquemada and The Inquisition.


 Read the entire article at
http://www.greentracks.com/pub/Amazon-part-2.html 

 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Amazon Wildlife Cruise Special


The following departures are discounted 10%
July 7 - 13
August 4 - 10
September 8 - 14

The glory days of Amazon riverboat history are coming to an end.  The two most historically important boats plying its waters—the M/F Clavero and the M/F Ayapua—are being retired to a maritime museum in 2014. But for now, these beautifully restored reminders of the magnificent opulence of the Rubber Boom are still carrying passengers on the most unforgettable trip of a lifetime-deep into the remote regions of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve of Peru.

Seeing the Amazon in all its magnificence—the river, the rainforest, the wildlife, people and customs—from the comfort of ships that have been such a part of the history of the Amazon Basin is an experience unlike any other.  Surrounded by the trappings of a bygone era, one can actually feel what it was like to be traveling the Amazon in the early 1900's. It’s almost like starring in a movie!  From the picturesque bar and dining room to the air-conditioned Victorian-style cabins, these riverboats evoke all the charm of a bygone era.  But it will come to an end after 2013, so we are soaking up the sights and sounds to the max.  Come join us!


The M/F Ayapua, named after Lake Ayapua in Brazil, was built in Hamburg, Germany in 1906 and transported rubber along the Purus, Japua, Jura, Putumayo and Yavari rivers in Brazil and Peru during the early part of the 20th century. Restoration work was undertaken from 2004 to 2006.


The M/F Clavero, is a historic naval boat of the Peruvian Amazon and is the oldest boat still traveling on the Amazon River. The Clavero was built in Paris, France, in 1878 and its original name was the Cahuapanas. The Peruvian Navy bought her in 1892 to be used on the Amazon.
Restoration work has been on-going for several years.

If you want a more intimate experience of the Amazon and deeper insights about the history, the land, the cultures and the animals, this is your golden opportunity.

Call 970-884-6107 for more information or to reserve your space now.

GreenTracks Amazon Cruises

 

Friday, March 29, 2013

THE HIDDEN AMAZON


Species, species, and more species...
A cornucopia of unrivaled biological diversity, the Upper Amazon Basin boasts the highest number of plant and animal species in the world, with even more than the much celebrated Manu region in southern Peru, or of the Lower Amazon Basin in Brazil.  Area surveys of the Upper Amazon have demonstrated the world’s greatest variety of trees.  A hectare of land (2.5 acres) can have 40 to 300 tree species compared with 4 to 25 in North American forests.  The greatest numbers of monkey species are to be found in this region; 17 kinds have been recorded in one small area.  The Amazon proper indisputably contains the highest number of fish species in the world, with over 2,000 known and another 2,000 species likely.  It also is believed to hold 95% of the world’s 350,000 kinds of beetles and, in one tree alone in the Upper Amazon, over 1,500 species were taken!  Peru has over 400 species of butterflies.  GreenTracks’ long-term natural history inventories in this region have produced the greatest number of amphibian and reptile species for any single locality on earth.  Bird life in the countries comprising the Upper Amazon Basin is staggeringly rich, representing over a fifth of all the species found throughout the world.

Why so many kinds of living things?

There are several theories, among them changing habitat, river barriers to dispersal, and topography.

Forest to grassland and back....
We know from the study of fossil pollen that the Amazon Basin has changed dramatically several times owing to fluctuating relative humidity during glacial and inter-glacial periods through the Pleistocene era.  Much of the forested region we see today has, in fact, been grassland at different times, and this leads some to think the expanding and contracting forest fragments have effectively served as “islands” and thus have allowed for plants and animals to speciate extensively.

Rivers as prisons...
Nearly 150 years ago, the famed naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace noted that range boundaries for a number of animal species in the Amazonian rainforest seemed to coincide with the region's many rivers. That observation marked the origin of one of the leading hypotheses for why the Amazon harbors such extraordinary biodiversity for its size. In its modern form, this "riverine barrier hypothesis" posits that the Amazon's major rivers functioned as natural barriers to gene flow between populations. As a result, the populations ultimately diverged. This model has received a certain amount of support from molecular studies in recent years.

Hills and valleys...
Recent investigations along the Jurua River, one of the Amazon’s largest tributaries, point to a different explanation. The pattern of diversity in frog and small mammal communities along the Jurua does not fit with predictions based on riverbank affiliation. Rather the composition of these communities is best predicted by geographic distance and habitat type. What’s more, the distributions of small mammals terminate perpendicular to the river and parallel to the Andes Mountains, which suggests that the topography of the Amazonian lowlands may generate the biodiversity. Thus far only a single river has been studied, but it is believed that the results can be extended to all large meandering rivers in the region as a working hypothesis.

Going, going, gone...
So, much remains to be studied, and the Amazon Basin stands today as the single most complex, daunting, tantalizing, and stimulating place on the planet.  And it is slipping away at an alarming rate. Scientists estimate that tropical forests cover only 6 percent of the planet, less than half of what they recently occupied. The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, founded to foster the exchange of ideas among scientists working in tropical environments, notes unprecedented changes, with 1.2 percent of the remaining area disappearing every year.

Until recently, the forests and rivers of the Upper Amazon Basin were accessible only to intrepid explorers willing to brave hardship, disease, hostilities, and, perhaps worst of all, their own fears of the great unknown.  Thanks to advances in medicine and travel it is now possible to see this great tropical wilderness first-hand.  Diseases are easily avoided through vaccines and air and boat travel make access simple.  The region is still filled with mystery, but we know so much now that was regrettably unavailable to the early explorers.  Recently, GreenTracks has designed several natural history programs in the Upper Amazon, and they include comfortable lodge accommodations where one can relax or participate in our ongoing projects, such as monitoring amphibian diversity.  Simply tracing the steps of those who first entered the Amazonian region, seeing everything from piranhas to gigantic capybaras and manatees (largest mammal on the continent), and doing so in relative ease and comfort, is a remarkable privilege.  And knowledge has allowed us to see things once considered to be repugnant as beautiful and interesting.

Getting there..... 

GreenTracks has designed new Natural History Programs in the Upper Amazon Basin, some of them featuring lodge accommodations along the Marañón River, where upland forest can be visited.  Our lodge is comfortable and situated in a prime location for access to a diversity of places including the famed Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, the Yanayacu-Pucate River, and the origin of the Amazon River.  It is a superb place for viewing and photographing Amazon flora and fauna.  For those who share with us the desire to simply BE THERE, this is an excellent opportunity to fulfill that dream.

In addition to the Upper Amazon activities, GreenTracks manages high quality programs to:

* Macchu Picchu and the Inca Trail
* Cuzco
* Tambopata National Reserve
* Manu Wilderness & National Park
* Lake Titicaca, Peru & Bolivia
* Madidi National Park, Bolivia
* Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Visit our Website at www.GreenTracks.com

 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

GreenTracks Facebook page now has a new photo album of spectacular photos of Cuzco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Click on the link below.

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