Journey deep into Peru’s Amazon rainforest on an historic Rubber Boom era riverboat to explore and survey endangered Amazon wildlife.
If you want a more intimate experience of the Amazon and deeper insights about the land, the cultures and the animals, this is your golden opportunity. The location is a great one: deep within Peru’s Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, the largest protected natural area in Peru, of 10,800 square miles, in a zone of restricted access. The Pacaya-Samiria is home to some of the largest populations of wildlife in all the Amazon. Pink and gray river dolphins, packs of howler and squirrel monkeys, massive flocks of brilliant macaws, huge lagoons covered in giant lily pads and teeming with fish of all sizes and colors...all of these and more... an Amazon jungle the way it was a hundred years ago.
This riverboat expedition will also help rare species and endangered habitats within the Reserve. You will spend some of your time in the wild with pink river dolphins, macaws, monkeys, and caimans as a part of on-going research project monitoring endangered wildlife. The objective is to monitor the populations of baseline indicator species to help identify the impacts of human (both indigenous and outsider) activities in the reserve. Some of the conspicuous indicator species used are pink dolphins, which leave when fish are scarce, and macaws, which leave when fruits and nuts are in short supply. These animals are easy to observe and count and your assistance with this process allows biologists to detect changes in the habitat. You do not need to be a trained scientist to be a big help! What’s more, the animal monitoring takes place in shifts at all times of day and early evening so you can participate as little or as much as you please.
Your home will be a 108 ft. riverboat hailing from the Rubber Era (built in Germany in 1906) and meticulously restored to reflect the architecture of that period. It is the only ship from the Rubber Boom remaining in the Amazon. The boat is air-conditioned and features private cabins. Boarding this beautiful boat is like walking onto a movie set - even though it has all of the modern comforts, including e-mail, a movie room, and a library - with the perfect look of the late 19th Century, right down to the (working) Victrolas! The food is excellent and everyone enjoys the unforgettable pleasures of Peruvian hospitality.
This is your best opportunity to see the magic of the rainforest and the Amazon River, be a part of some of the most vital work going on in one of the most exciting places on earth, with a company that is known world-wide for it's intimate knowledge of this exotic land. You will have the Amazon Riverboat experience of a lifetime.
This seven day/six night trip departs Iquitos, Peru on selected dates in 2009. The cost of the trip is $2500 per person in a twin cabin. With over 17 years of operation GreenTracks has provided memorable experiences of the Amazon to thousands of travelers.
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