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Amazon River Cruise—January & February 2015
Aboard La Estrella Amazonica

In 2015, VENT will return to South America with two Amazon River Cruises. For these departures we’ll use a beautiful vessel, La Estrella Amazonica, featuring an environmentally friendly design, superior stability and viewing conditions, spacious rooms with private viewing decks, and good cuisine. It is one of the most comfortable river boats available.

La Estrella Amazonica

La Estrella Amazonica— Photo: International Expeditions

Our Amazon River Cruise is among our most popular trips. Unlike many companies, we visit one of the wildest stretches of the river, upstream from the Peruvian city of Iquitos. Our itineraries include plenty of time on the main channel of the Amazon in addition to exploration of the Ucayali River, one of the Amazon’s principal tributaries. Our trips are scheduled for the high water season, when we can explore smaller tributaries and back channels in comfortable and stable flat-bottom skiffs. Every outing away from the ship offers unique and delightful experiences with Amazonian wildlife, from parrots perched in riverside trees to massive Horned Screamers standing watch over flooded lagoons and huge macaws winging across a brilliant Amazonian sunset, in addition to a pageant of hawks, herons, kingfishers, trogons, monkeys, river dolphins, crocodiles, and more.

Visiting remote and unspoiled regions, this trip will be an unforgettable excursion—a full Amazonian rainforest and river experience. While birding is an important element of this program, you will be immersed in the full suite of Amazonian wildlife. Our trip also includes presentations from the cruise staff and VENT leaders on an array of topics that underscore the trip’s educational component. We’ll learn about the complex natural history of the Amazonian ecosystem and its wildlife and gain insight into the local indigenous culture through a visit to a riverside village.

Skiff Excursion

Skiff Excursion — Photo: International Expeditions

If you haven’t yet made your winter travel plans, we strongly encourage you to consider this marvelous opportunity to explore one of the great ecosystems of the world. Cabins are still available on both departures.

Amazon River Cruise, January 8-18, 2015 with Steve Hilty and David Ascanio; $6,295 in double occupancy from Lima. Limit 28.

Amazon River Cruise, February 19-March 1, 2015 with David Ascanio and Andrew Whittaker; $6,295 in double occupancy from Lima. Limit 28.

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