Up a Mighty River: The Ultimate Amazon Cruise

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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

Allen LaPointeThe 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 ZieglerBill 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.




Please contact Whitney Holderfield with International Expeditions at 800-633-4734, ext.27169, or whitney.holderfield@ietravel.com.


24 people


• Full educational program with lectures and field interpretation
• Nightly guides’ reception onboard with a complimentary beverage
• All transportation by land and ship
• All excursions accompanied by English-speaking naturalist guides
• Complete pre-departure information
• All meals aboard
• All transfers, porterage and service charges
• Services of Shedd and Brookfield Zoo guides


• International airfare, U.S. departure taxes, ticketing fee
• Air or ship fuel surcharges
• Travel insurance, passport fees
• Items of a personal nature, alcoholic beverages, gratuities to naturalist guides and crew


Double occupancy:
     Lower deck $4,948
     Lower-deck suite $5,148
     Lower-deck triple $4,123
     Upper deck $5,148
     Upper-deck suite $5,348
     Upper-deck triple $4,290
Single occupancy: $7,422
     Lower deck $7,422
     Upper deck $7,622
     Limited availability
In-country air: $399


5-day Machu Pichu/Cusco post-trip extension
Oct. 28-Nov. 2
Double occupancy: $2,348
Single occupancy: $3,298
In-country air: $399
Park fees: $185

3-day colonial Lima pre-trip extension
Oct. 18-20
Double occupancy: $718
Single occupancy: $1,208


A trip to the Amazon incorporates activities by boat and on foot. Participants need to be able to walk without assistance at least one mile over uneven terrain and stand for up to two hours at outdoor locations while listening to a guide; be able to tolerate temperatures reaching into the upper 90 degrees with high humidity;, and be able to climb in and out of excursion boats. Any activity while on the voyage can be skipped if you prefer staying on the boat and relaxing.


Weather: Strong equatorial sun.Daytime temperatures upper 70s-upper 80s; nighttime lower 70s, cooler on the river. Humidity 60% to 80%. Brief showers are possible in late afternoon or evening.

Visas: Bring a valid passport. We recommend that your passport remain valid for at least six months after your departure date. Visas are not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.

Vaccinations: No inoculations are required to enter Peru or to return to the United States after visiting Peru. The CDC recommends malaria pills and the yellow fever shot; however, you should consult with your personal physician.


Cheryl Mell


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