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Remote Upper Amazonia with alumni UBC

The fabled Amazon rainforest is a place where lines are blurred. Mighty rivers and their tributaries not only interweave the megadiverse forests but also invade large tracts during “high water”, creating a unique mosaic of habitats. We invite you aboard our exclusively chartered 38-passenger expedition vessel to discover the great diversity and beauty of these habitats and their resident wildlife on a journey we’ve tailored especially for alumni UBC expeditioners.

From our meeting point at Lima, we’ll fly over the Andes to Iquitos, a surprisingly sophisticated city that has no roads to the outside world. Here we’ll board La Estrella Amazonica, and sail upstream on the Amazon and along the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, wedged between two important Amazon tributaries.

We’ll skirt past the buttressed trunks of trees that tower like rocket ships and hone in on many fantastic and colourful birds, watch for monkeys and sloths, and see orchids and bromeliads clinging to the limbs of overhanging trees. We’ll watch for the spectacular Giant Water-lily and Pink River Dolphins in the waters below, and anticipate the possibility of spotting the Harpy Eagle, one of the world’s fiercest predators.

Several times daily and on some nights too, we will walk in the forest or use specially designed excursion boats to investigate tributaries and lagoons that radiate off the main river. Our excursions are accompanied by local expert naturalists with vast knowledge of the rainforest. They will complement our experience by providing evening presentations on the region’s history, geography, and wildlife in air-conditioned comfort.

We are excited to offer a four-night post-trip extension to the Andean cloud forests of northern Peru. This rarely explored region is rich in endemic birds and highland specialties, including the bizarre Oilbird, the splendid Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and a myriad of colourful tanagers. One of our prime targets is seeing the spectacular display flight of the male Marvelous Spatuletail -- considered by some to be the most beautiful hummingbird in the world! Information forthcoming. Please contact us to indicate your interest.
 
For travellers residing in B.C. and in Alberta, Manulife Travel Insurance is now available through alumni UBC. Please visit the site: ubc.alumnigetaways.com for more information and to protect your travel investment.
Alumni Expeditions Expedition Cruise alumni UBC

Peru | 9 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Feb 23 - Mar 03, 2018
Cost:
US$5595 - US$7195 (depending on cabin type)
Group Size:
Limited to 36 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double or triple occupancy, in hotel or aboard Zafiro, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation, domestic flights, park entrance fees, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as described in the itinerary, services of your study leaders Chris Harley (UBC) and Jean Iron (Worldwide Quest) and local guides. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$275.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Day 2: Fly to Iquitos, board the Zafiro
Day 3: Amazon tributaries near the junction of the Río Marañon and Ucayali
Days 4 – 5: Amazon River,  Río Ucayali
Day 6: Dorado and/or Zapote Creek
Day 7: Travel up the Río Marañon
Day 8: Río Marañon above Nauta
Day 9: Disembark in Iquitos, fly to Lima, depart
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Ship Information

The Zafiro - meaning sapphire, a type of precious stone, in English - is a state-of-the-art luxury Amazon River vessel, that began sailing the Peruvian Amazon in October 2015. Passengers can expect the same highly-trained expert guides, hospitality and attention to detail on board, but the difference being her stylish design and modern facilities. Her 19 spacious suites feature all mod-cons, with air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and magnificent views from floor to ceiling windows and for those on the Upper Deck, their private balconies too. The boat itself has exercise and massage rooms, and an outdoor Jacuzzi on her rangy Observation Deck, itself equipped with sunloungers and bar lounge.

Your Tour Leaders

Bio coming soon!

A past president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and retired school principal, Jean Iron is active writing for nature publications and participating in Wildlife Surveys for the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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Alumni Expeditions Expedition Cruise alumni UBC

Peru | 9 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Feb 23 - Mar 03, 2018
Cost:
US$5595 - US$7195 (depending on cabin type)
Group Size:
Limited to 36 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double or triple occupancy, in hotel or aboard Zafiro, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation, domestic flights, park entrance fees, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as described in the itinerary, services of your study leaders Chris Harley (UBC) and Jean Iron (Worldwide Quest) and local guides. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$275.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"We explored some of the most untouched forest."

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