VENTflash #196: Another Amazon River Cruise Opportunity January 06, 2016

Posted by Victor Emanuel

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Victor Emanuel

Victor Emanuel started birding in Texas 68 years ago at the age of eight. His travels have taken him to all the continents, with his areas of concentration being Texas, Ari...

Dear friends,

Our second Amazon River Cruise of 2016, February 18-28, will depart in a little over a month. Since the start of the new year, we have received notice of cancellation by two couples who had been registered on this trip. Because cancellation penalties were incurred, we are able to offer these newly available cabins at a discount of $2,000 per person in double occupancy. The published fee is $6,495 in double occupancy; with the discount, the fee is $4,495 in double occupancy. In addition, these cabins are available to single travelers for $6,995. These cabins will be sold on a first-come basis.

La Estrella Amazonica

La Estrella Amazonica — Photo: International Expeditions

VENT’s Amazon River Cruise is among our most popular trips. Unlike many companies, we operate on one of the wildest stretches of the river, upstream from the Peruvian city of Iquitos. Our itineraries include plenty of time on the main river in addition to exploration of its two principal tributaries: the Ucayali and Marañon rivers. Our trips are scheduled for the high water season, when we can explore smaller tributaries in comfortable and stable flat-bottom skiffs. Every outing away from the ship offers unique and delightful experiences in one of the world’s grandest ecosystems.

Our Amazon River Cruise is one of our most casual and relaxing tours. Upon embarkation the ship becomes your home for a week, eliminating the inconvenience of continual accommodations changes. Contrary to popular misperceptions, there are not hordes of biting insects in Amazonia, and it is not terribly hot. During the warmest time of the day we will be on our air-conditioned ship.

Skiff Excursion

Skiff Excursion on the Amazon — Photo: International Expeditions

If you have ever had a desire to see the Amazon River or the greater ecosystem of Amazonia, please consider the VENT tour for the following reasons:

1) We include an inaugural day on the coast near Lima where we see a host of Pacific Coast specialty birds including Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Booby, Red-legged Cormorant, Inca Tern, and others, as well as a colony of South American Sea Lions.

2) We use a lovely newer ship, La Estrella Amazonica, featuring an environmentally friendly design and spacious rooms with private viewing decks. It is one of the most comfortable vessels available for an Amazon River cruise.

3) Amazonica’s twin skiffs are among the most spacious and stable to accompany any Amazon voyage. In particular, the side-rail seating configuration differs from the front-facing configuration of all other skiff operations. This approach allows for greater maneuverability within the skiff and for 360 degree viewing.

4) We offer pre- and post-cruise options to the endemic-rich Tumbes region of Northwestern Peru and to the famed Inca site of Machu Picchu.

5) In addition to the naturalists on the ship’s staff, you will have the expertise of two outstanding VENT leaders, David Ascanio and David Wolf, who possess years of experience in Amazonia.*

Amazonian sunset

Amazonian Sunset — Photo: Andrew Whittaker

*Due to a serious family matter, Paul Greenfield, originally scheduled to co-lead this trip, will be unavailable. Replacing Paul is veteran VENT leader David Wolf, who possesses decades of tour leading experience in South America.

The Amazon is a wonderland of natural attractions filled with sunsets, rainbows, giant cloud formations, and tropical forest of a dozen shades of green. It truly is a “must visit” destination for anyone who loves birds and the natural world. I hope you can take advantage of this great opportunity.

Amazon River Cruise: Birding and Natural History Odyssey Aboard La Estrella Amazonica, February 18-28, 2016 with David Ascanio and David Wolf; original fee is $6,495 in double occupancy from Lima. Two cabins are available at $4,495 in double occupancy; $6,995 in single occupancy. Limit 28.

Those interested in maximizing their time in Peru are encouraged to join our optional cruise pretrip and extension. Our Northwestern Peru Pre-trip explores the woodlands of Peru’s northwestern coastal zone, an area that abounds with range-restricted specialty birds, foremost among them the White-winged Guan. The Machu Picchu Extension visits the incomparable ancient capital of the Inca while seeking many of the special birds of the Peruvian Andes in the regions of Cuzco and the Urubamba River Valley.

Northwestern Peru Pre-trip, February 12-19, 2016 with a local leader; $3,995 in double occupancy from Lima.

Machu Picchu Extension: Birds, Ruins and History, February 27-March 5, 2016 with Doris Valencia and a second leader to be announced; $4,295 in double occupancy from Lima.