Shedd Adventures 2013

Amazon (November 1 to 10)

Riverboat through the rainforest
You’ll cruise more than 600 miles of the mighty Amazon River, going deep into Peru’s Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. By boat and on foot, you’ll explore the floodplain forest, tributaries and lagoons, watching for macaws, monkeys, sloths, river turtles and rare pink river dolphins by day and caimans, capybaras, frogs and other nocturnal wildlife after dark. You’ll also visit a ribereño village and meet the people highlighted in Shedd’s Amazon Rising exhibit.

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Itinerary
Nov. 1 — Fly independently to Lima, Peru.
Nov. — Tour historic Lima and fly over the Andes to Iquitos. Board the riverboat and enjoy stargazing and storytelling with local guides.
Nov. 3 — Navigate the waterways aboard stable excursion boats. Venture into the flooded varzea in search of local wildlife.
Nov. 4 — Explore the forest, rivers and lagoons on foot and aboard excursion boats. Search for pink dolphins and wading birds.
Nov. 5 — Enjoy breakfast, then board excursion boats for deeper access to the vast wetland. At night, board excursion boats andwalk in the rainforest to find caimans, capybaras, common potoos, frogs and nocturnal wildlife.
Nov. 6 — Hike around the ranger station to explore the igapó. Search for scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks and red howler monkeys.
Nov. 7 — Visit the Ribereño people at their village on the riverbanks. Stroll through their gardens, learn about medicinal plants from the village shaman, visit a school or join in a game of soccer.
Nov. 8 — Birdwatch along the Yarapa River and try piranha fishing.
Nov. 9 — Tour the city of Iquitos. Fly to Lima and connect with overnight flights.
Nov. 10 — Arrive in the U.S. and connect with flights home.

Meet Lesley de Souza, your Shedd Aquarium guide
Research biologist Lesley de Souza, Ph.D., recently joined Shedd’s conservation team in a two-year postdoctoral position. She continues the aquarium’s research in Guyana’s North Rupununi region, where intensive fieldwork is needed to assess and protect the area’s rich aquatic biodiversity.

Before joining Shedd, Dr. de Souza spent nine years studying freshwater fishes and lizards in Guyana and other parts of Latin America. She holds a Ph.D. in biology from Auburn University.

Read about her research on her New York Times Scientists at Work blog.

Your journey includes
• Full educational program with lectures and field interpretation
• All scheduled in-country transportation by air, land and ship. In-country air price is subject to change
• All excursions accompanied by English speaking naturalist guides.
• Complete pre-departure information.
• All meals aboard.
• All transfers, porterage and service charges.
• In summary, everything except international and U.S. domestic airfare and departure taxes; ticketing fee; air or ship fuel surcharges; tips to naturalist guides and crew; passport fees; and items of a personal nature, alcoholic beverages, etc.
• 1 complimentary Sponsor level Shedd Aquarium membership per household

Voyage accommodations
Our newly built Amazon riverboat will be outfitted with the latest amenities, including cabins with spacious, private balconies with two chairs to enjoy relaxing views of the passing  rainforest. For excursions, we will board two stable 18-passenger excursion boats accompanied by knowledgeable local naturalist guides. As a special perk, you can take advantage of complimentary laundry service during your seven-night voyage.

For reservations and more information

Cheryl Mell
312-692-3161
cmell@sheddaquarium.org

Journey cost, per person

Double Occupancy
Lower Deck: $4,566
Upper Deck: $4,766
Single Occupancy
$6,315
Limited singles available in Lower Deck. Cabins only.

Aquarium membership included with your adventure

Continue your connection with nature after you return home. Each household with a Shedd Adventures traveler receives a complimentary Sponsor-level Shedd Aquarium membership.

Other travel opportunities

This trip is one of four offered through Shedd Adventures in 2014. See where else you could venture.

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