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At the headwaters of the Amazon River, see a riot of rainforest wildlife.
October 20–29, 2017
• Navigate more than 500 miles into the least populated, most pristine tributaries.
• Experience wildlife excursions led by skilled local naturalist guides.
• Enjoy deep access into the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve for the best chance of diverse wildlife sightings.
• Experience your ideal adventure: predawn birding, school visits in local villages, rainforest walks, kayaking, even piranha fishing!
• Choose a pre-trip extension to colonial Lima and/or post-trip extension to Machu Picchu and Cusco.
Your expert guides
The Amazon’s ecosystems are all about water, and no one at Shedd knows more about that life-giving liquid than Allen LaPointe, vice president, environmental quality. He plays a key role in replicating the environmental parameters for the animals in each of Shedd’s exhibit areas, including Amazon Rising. Allen was also involved in water-quality studies in Guyana, South America, in conjunction with Shedd’s conservation research projects there, and has some wild tales to tell. He is a member of the Lt. Governor’s Illinois River Coordinating Council and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s Blue Ribbon Panel.
Bill Ziegler, Brookfield Zoo’s senior vice president of animal programs, has more than 40 years of experience in animal care and wildlife conservation. Among his many areas of expertise is herpetology, the study of reptiles. He received the zoo profession’s highest award for his work in crocodilian conservation and breeding, and he is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s committees on crocodiles and on tortoises and freshwater turtles. He will be your go-to person as you encounter the Amazon’s rich herpetofauna as well as the rest of its diverse wildlife.
Why you want to go!
Only scientists are granted greater access into the deep recesses of Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, where we will explore on land and water, during daylight and after dark, to experience the rainforest primeval.
Getting there and getting home
Please plan to arrive in Lima the evening of Oct. 20 and plan to depart Lima the evening of Oct. 28 or early morning on Oct. 29. Our partners at International Expeditions have a full-service air department and can assist you with booking your flights if needed.
Our floating basecamp for this journey is a newly constructed riverboat with traditional touches and modern amenities.