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9-day Amazon Discovery Trip

Amazon rainforest, tropical ecology and cultural immersion

On the Amazon Discovery trip, the opportunity to learn will surround you – over your head, beneath your feet and everywhere you look.  You’ll experience one of the world’s most astonishing and important ecosystems – the tropical rainforest!   Unrivaled in its scale and complexity, the Amazon harbors at least 10% of the world’s known biodiversity, accounts for 20% of the world’s fresh water and shelters 350 ethnic groups. Students will have a chance to experience this firsthand as they explore Amazon biodiversity, indigenous cultures and spend a day of service in an Amazon village.

Read the full 9-day Amazon Discovery itinerary.

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The Highlights:

  • Explore the Amazon on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway at the Amazon Conservatory for Tropical studies.
  • Participate in a Village Service Day and collaborate with local community members on sustainable development and community improvement projects.
  • Join the Yagua people as they teach their age-old cultural traditions and ceremonies.
  • Work on your bartering skills when you trade items such as t-shirts and fish hooks for Yagua handicrafts, such as blow guns, paddles, necklaces, and woven baskets.
  • Hike along jungle trails and boat down Amazon tributaries in search of Amazon birds, monkeys, insects and plants.
  • Meet with a local shaman and learn about medicinal plants and traditional rainforest medicines from the Amazon.
  • Fish for Piranha in the flooded forest.

Trip Details

  • Where:
    Peruvian Amazon
  • Trip Length:
    9 days / 8 nights
  • Available Trip Dates:
    Year round (ideal for Winter term and Spring break)
  • 2020 Program Fee:
    $2175 land/participant with 10 participants and 1 free Trip Leader
  • Program Fee Includes:
    Accommodations (based on double occupancy), meals as outlined and purified water at the lodges, private in-country transportation (bus, boat), naturalist guides, tips for staff and guides, activities and entrance fees for activities listed.
  • Free Travel for Trip Leaders:
    Free trip leader travel includes both land and air.
  • Notes:
    With 14 students and 2 free trip leaders, the trip price would be $2,280/land per participant.