Amazon River Expedition

Trip Leader(s)
Dr. Darin Croft, Professor in the Department of Anatomy
February 16–24, 2019
Trip Description

Join us for this phenomenal natural history voyage aboard this ideal small expedition river vessel, uniquely designed to cruise the remote tributaries of the Amazon into areas few other visitors have ever been. Visiting the mysterious Amazon River Basin, one of Earth’s most exotic natural realms and our planet’s largest rainforest ecosystem, is an unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The longest navigable river in the world, the Amazon winds more than 4000 miles from its source in the Andes Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, and its tributaries fan out over 1.5 million square miles to sustain the lush flora and extraordinary fauna of this fragile environment.

boat in the Amazon

Highlights include:

  • Two nights in the deluxe CASA ANDINA PRIVATE Collection hotel

  • Private guided tour of Lima's historic colonial district, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Visit to the lively, traditional Upper Belen Market.

  • Visit to the Manatee Rescue Center for an up-close encounter with these endangered, gentle animals.

  • Five-night cruise round-trip Nauta on the Amazon, Ucayali, Maraiion and Pucate Rivers and their tributaries.

  • Naturalist-led small boat excursions along blackwater rivers and flooded forests in search of exotic Amazonian wildlife.

  • Boat excursion into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to encounter pink river dolphins.

  • Small boat Excursion to see the fascinating giant Victoria amazonica water lilies.

  • Nature walk through the virgin rainforest led by expert naturalists who identify the unique flora and fauna.

  • Nighttime excursion in search of nocturnal rainforest animals, such as caiman, bats and capybara.

  • Exotic red-bellied piranha fishing expedition.

  • Specially arranged visit to an Amazon village to learn more about the traditional culture, history and customs of the indigenous ribereños.

  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the preservation of the endangered Amazon Basin by planting a tree in the rainforest.

  • Cooking demonstration of Amazonian specialties in a local village


Cabin Prices from: $5295 per person, double occupancy, (cruise only)

For more information about this trip, please contact Sarah Doody at 904.432.3141 or email