Peru Birding Extravaganza
Sep
11
to Sep 28

Peru Birding Extravaganza

Description: With over 1800 species of birds, Peru is second only to Colombia in bird richness. MTAE is offering a Peru birding Grand Tour. This trip is limited to 5 persons only. You will need to be physically fit and able to handle high elevations, accustomed to a bit of roughing it, early rising, heat and humidity, cold and snow, and of course have a passion for birds. 

Cost: TBA. 

Itinerary:  September is a fine time for birding in Peru. Austral migrants are still present, but getting ready to head south for the summer breeding season, and boreal migrants are already showing up to spend the northern winter. September is well into the Amazonian dry season, so rain-outs will be unlikely, and all-day rains will probably be non-existent. 

Our itinerary will include some coastal desert and pelagic birding out of the city of Lima, a search for outlying Andean ridge and mid-elevation specialties near Tarapoto and Moyobomba in northern Peru, and river island, white-sand, and south-of-the Amazon species in Iquitos.  To wrap up the trip we will do a southern Peru transect from the rainforest lowlands of Puerto Maldonado up to snow-line in the Andes. This latter route is infrequently birded, and is certain to turn up a number of surprises. 

If you are seriously interested, contact devon.mtae@gmail.com ASAP, as we do have the opportunity to tweak the itinerary to accommodate the search for <must-see> species on participants lists. 

The trip will wrap up in the Incan capitol of Cusco, and if participants wish, we can add in an excursion to Machu Picchu (itself a great birding, as well as archeological destination). 

Leader(s) and Contact: The trip will be led by Devon Graham (devon.mtae@gmail.com) who has worked in Peru since 1994, and who has birded all the noted locations (with the exception of pelagic birding in Peru). 

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Oct
26
to Nov 4

Medical Service Expedition - Mazan River (9d/9n)

Description:  Medical service expedition aboard the M/V Esperanza to provide acute and lasting medical care to communities on the Mazan River. Led by a licensed Peruvian MD.

Cost: $1425, paid to Project Amazonas. Tax-deductible for US tax-payers. Includes one night hotel in Iquitos, airport reception and drop-off, lodging and meals while on board the M/V Esperanza, crew services, etc. Additional nights hotel in Iquitos at the end of the trip not included. 

Itinerary: Departs Iquitos at 9 AM on Sunday 27 October 2019. Participants should arrive on Saturday 26 October (hotel and orientation dinner at 6 PM included). Return to Iquitos by noon on Monday 4 November 2019. Participants free to depart Iquitos by mid-afternoon on that day. 

Optional Extension: 5-13 November 2019. Participants may wish to extend their time in the Amazon with a volunteer excursion to the Madre Selva Biological Station and Orosa Clinic on the Orosa River, with return to Iquitos by 2 PM on Wednesday 13 November (with participants free to depart Iquitos from late afternoon onward). The volunteer extension trip is priced at $1385 and is tax deductible for US tax-payers. 

Leader(s): Peruvian MD (TBA), Devon Graham (Project Amazonas)

Contact: Devon Graham

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Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition - Napo &amp; Mazan Rivers
Jan
18
to Jan 28

Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition - Napo & Mazan Rivers

Description: Amazon boat-based fish collecting on the Napo and Mazan rivers and tributaries. Apart from a few species of designated food fishes that are prohibited for export or CITES listed species (e.g. stingrays), most of the 150-250 species typically encountered can be shipped back home. Fish are cared for on-board the boat during the duration of the expedition, and are shipped through a licensed commercial exporter in Peru. MTAE works with a USA importer for arranging export to the USA. For shipping to other countries (Canada, UK, etc.), participants wishing to take fish back will need to contact their appropriate government agencies to make permit arrangements. Under current regulations, it is unfortunately impossible to ship fish to Australia or New Zealand.

Cost: $1925 ($200 discount for repeat clients) - includes 2 nights hotel in Iquitos, airport pickup/drop-off, all accommodations and meals aboard Esperanza riverboat or equivalent, skiff use, crew services, etc. 

Cost DOES NOT include fish shipping costs, which depend on the weight and destination of the shipment. Shipment costs are divided among participants according to how many boxes of fish they are taking back, and which have ranged from $100-$200/box in the past (varies with the total size of the shipment)

Itinerary: Participants should arrive in Iquitos on Sat 18 January 2020, or on an early flight on Sun 19 January. Departure from the hotel to the port at 9 AM on 19 January. Itinerary will include the black-water Mazan River as well as the white-water Napo River and tributaries. Return to Iquitos early afternoon on Tuesday 28 Jan., with transfer of fishes to the exporters facility for acclimatization and processing. Opportunity to visit the exporters facility and purchase additional fish if desired. Overnight in Iquitos with group dinner on the Iquitos Boulevard. On Wednesday 23 Jan., there is opportunity to revisit the exporters, or to visit other exporters and to make more purchases. Participants may depart any time on Wednesday 23 Jan 2020. 

Leader(s): Devon Graham

Contact: Devon Graham

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Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition
Aug
8
to Aug 16

Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition

Description: Amazon Fish collection expedition - boat-based on the Amazon and tributaries (itinerary TBD). Apart from a few species of designated food fishes that are prohibited for export, and CITES listes species (e.g. stingrays) most of the 150-250 species typically encountered can be shipped back home. Fish are cared for on-board the boat during the duration of the expedition, and are shipped through a licensed commercial exporter in Peru. MTAE works with a USA importer for arranging export to the USA. For shipping to other countries (Canada, UK, etc.), participants wishing to take fish back will need to contact their appropriate government agencies to make permit arrangements. Under current regulations, it is unfortunate that it is impossible to ship fish to Australia and New Zealand (without excessively onerous expense and paperwork).

Cost: $1545 ($200 discount for repeat clients) - includes 2 nights hotel (standard hostal with fans, but no A/C) in Iquitos, airport pickup/drop-off, all accommodations and meals aboard Esperanza riverboat, skiff use, crew services, etc. 

Cost DOES NOT include fish shipping costs, which depend on the weight and destination of the shipment. Shipment costs are divided among participants according to how many boxes of fish they are taking back, and which have ranged from $100-$200/box in the past (varies with the total size of the shipment)

Itinerary: Participants should arrive in Iquitos on Saturday 8 August 2020, or on an early flight on Sunday 9 August 2020. Departure from the hotel to the port at 9 AM on 10 Aug. Return to Iquitos early afternoon on Friday 14 August, with transfer of fishes to the exporters facility for acclimatization and processing. Opportunity to visit the exporters facility and purchase additional fish if desired. Overnight in Iquitos with group dinner on the Iquitos Boulevard. On Saturday 15 August, there is opportunity to revisit the exporters, or to visit other exporters and to make more purchases. Participants may depart any time on Saturday 15 August (or late on 15 Aug.)

Leader(s): Devon Graham

Contact: Devon Graham

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Aug
29
to Sep 7

Medical Service Expedition - Napo River (10d/10n)

Description:  Medical service expedition aboard the M/V Esperanza to provide acute and lasting medical care to communities on the Napo River. Led by a licensed Peruvian MD.

Cost: $1585, paid to Project Amazonas. Tax-deductible for US tax-payers. Includes one night hotel in Iquitos, airport reception and drop-off, lodging and meals while on board the M/V Esperanza, crew services, etc. Additional nights hotel in Iquitos at the end of the trip not included. 

Itinerary: Departs Iquitos at 9 AM on Friday 30 August 2019. Participants should arrive on Thursday 29 August (hotel and orientation dinner at 6 PM included). Return to Iquitos by noon on Saturday 7 September. Participants free to depart Iquitos by mid-afternoon on that day. 

Contact:  Devon Graham devon@projectamazonas.org

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Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition
Aug
10
to Aug 17

Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition

Description: Amazon Fish collection expedition - boat-based on the Amazon, Napo and Mazan Rivers and tributaries. Apart from designated food fishes that are prohibited for export, most of the 150-200 species typically encountered can be shipped back home. Fish are cared for on-board the boat during the duration of the expedition, and are shipped through a licensed commercial exporter in Peru. MTAE works with a US importer to ship fish from Peru to the USA. For shipping to other countries (Canada, UK, etc.), participants wishing to take fish back will need to contact their appropriate government agencies to make their own arrangements. 

Extension Option:  If participants elect to extend from the previous week's expedition they will receive the "repeat client" discount for the second week. 

Pre-trip Discus Collecting Option (additional cost): On Friday night/Saturday night 10 & 11 August, a special night-fishing mini-expedition for discus will be offered. Inquire about costs and availability. This is the new moon (11 Aug) when it is easiest to collect discus. 

Cost: $1525 ($200 discount for repeat clients) - includes 2 nights hotel in Iquitos, airport pickup/drop-off, all accommodations and meals aboard Esperanza riverboat, skiff use, crew services, etc. 

Cost DOES NOT include fish shipping costs, which depend on the weight and destination of the shipment. Shipment costs are divided among participants according to how many boxes of fish they are taking back, and which have ranged from $100-$200/box in the past (varies with the total size of the shipment)

Itinerary: Participants should arrive in Iquitos on Saturday 10 August 2019, or on an early flight on Sunday 11 August. Departure from the hotel to the port at 9 AM on 11 August. Itinerary will include the black-water Nanay River as well as the white-water Amazon and Napo Rivers and tributaries. Return to Iquitos early afternoon on Friday 16 August 2019, with transfer of fishes to the exporters facility for acclimatization and processing. Opportunity to visit the exporters facility and purchase additional fish if desired. Overnight in Iquitos with group dinner on the Iquitos Boulevard. On Saturday 17 August, there is opportunity to revisit the exporters, or to visit other exporters and to make more purchases. Participants may depart any time on that day. 

Leader(s): Devon Graham

Contact: Devon Graham

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Amazon Fish Collecting-Amazon, Apayacu and Ampiyacu rivers &amp; area
Aug
3
to Aug 10

Amazon Fish Collecting-Amazon, Apayacu and Ampiyacu rivers & area

Description: Amazon Fish collection expedition - boat-based on the Amazon heading downriver from Iquitos and visiting the Apayacu and Ampiyacu rivers and area. Apart from a few species of designated food fishes that are prohibited for export, or CITES listes species (eg: stingrays), most of the 150-250 species typically encountered can be shipped back home. Fish are cared for on-board the boat during the duration of the expedition, and are shipped through a licensed commercial exporter in Peru. MTAE works with a US importer to ship fish from Peru to the USA. For shipping to other countries (Canada, UK, etc.), participants wishing to take fish back will need to contact their appropriate government agencies to make their own arrangements.  With current regulations, it is impossible to ship to Australia or New Zealand, unfortunately.

Extension Option:  If participants elect to extend for the next week's expedition they will receive the "repeat client" discount for the second week. 

Cost: $1525 ($200 discount for repeat clients) - includes 2 nights hotel in Iquitos, airport pickup/drop-off, all accommodations and meals aboard Esperanza riverboat, skiff use, crew services, etc. 

Cost DOES NOT include fish shipping costs, which depend on the weight and destination of the shipment. Shipment costs are divided among participants according to how many boxes of fish they are taking back, and which have ranged from $100-$200/box in the past (varies with the total size of the shipment and final destination).

Itinerary: Participants should arrive in Iquitos on Saturday 3 August 2019, or on an early flight on Sunday 4 August. Departure from the hotel to the port at 9 AM on 4 August. Itinerary will include the black-water Nanay and Momon rivers as well as the white-water Amazon and creeks and lakes (both white- and black-water) eastward to the Apayacu and Ampiyacu rivers. The furthest east that we will travel will be the historic town of Pevas. Return to Iquitos early afternoon on Friday 9 August 2019, with transfer of fishes to the exporters facility for acclimatization and processing. Opportunity to visit the exporters facility and purchase additional fish if desired. Overnight in Iquitos with group dinner on the Iquitos Boulevard. On Saturday 10 August, there is opportunity to revisit the exporters, or to visit other exporters and to make more purchases. Participants are free depart any time on that day. 

Leader(s): Devon Graham, Michael Barber (of Go Wild Peru - Contact Michael for fish collecting and orchid photography in southern Peru)

Contact: Devon Graham, Michael Barber

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Jul
20
to Jul 27

Medical Service Expedition - Pintuyacu River (7d/7n)

Description: A medical service trip aboard the M/V Esperanza riverboat providing acute and lasting medical care to communities on the Pintuyacu River. Led by a Peruvian MD, and accompanied by young doctors and advanced medical students from around the globe. All spaces currently open (as of Jul 2018). 

Cost & Space: $1155 - Paid to Project Amazonas. Tax-deductible for US tax-payers. Includes airport reception and drop-off, first night hotel in Iquitos, all transport, lodging and meals aboard the M/V Esperanza. Translator and guide services included. 

Itinerary: Participants should arrive in Iquitos on Saturday 20 July 2019 (hotel and orientation dinner at 6 PM included). Departure to port area at 9 AM on 21 July. Return to Iquitos by noon on 27 July 2019. Participants free to depart Iquitos by mid-afternoon on that day.

Contact: Devon Graham

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Amazon Birding Expedition (10d/10n)
Jun
23
to Jul 3

Amazon Birding Expedition (10d/10n)

Description: Amazon Birding Expedition visiting the Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve, Amazon river islands, the Madre Selva Biological Station, and the Santa Cruz Forest Reserve. 

Cost and Space: 1925 / repeat client 1725. MaxiMUM of 8 participants. 

Itinerary: Inquire about details.

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Jun
8
to Jun 14

Amazon Natural History & Photography (7d/7n)

Description: A Natural History and Photography expedition to the Madre Selva Biological Station in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. The Amazon rainforest has so much to see and photograph that nature buffs and photographers will be challenged to take it all in. Macro-photographers, in particular will find an incredible array of fantastic insects, spiders, frogs, and flowers to test their skills on. Tele-photographers will want to focus on some of the fantastic birdlife that abounds in the area. Those wishing for more time in the Amazon can take advantage of an extension to the Santa Cruz Forest Reserve (16-19 June)

Cost and Space: US $1385 (repeat client rate = $1285). Includes airport reception and drop-off, 1 night hotel in Iquitos, all meals, lodging and fess at field stations, river and ground transportation and guides Discounted rates available for teens and pre-teens. Inquire. 

Santa Cruz extension: $595. Discounted rate available for teens and pre-teens. 

Itinerary: Visits the Madre Selva Biological Station (Orosa River, south bank tributary of the Amazon). 

9 Jun - Participants should arrive in Iquitos by 5 PM or on an early flight the following morning. Overnight in Iquitos (hotel and welcome dinner included). 

10 Jun  - Transfer to port of Iquitos and travel via speedboat to Madre Selva Biological Station (3.5 hours + stops). Next 6 nights spent at Madre Selva. 

15 Jun - AM travel from Madre Selva back Iquitos with noon arrival. Participants doing the extension will disembark in Mazan and travel directly to the Santa Cruz Forest Reserve. For departing participants, flights can be booked anytime from late afternoon onward. 

19 Jun - Extension participants travel from Santa Cruz to Iquitos, arriving at noon. Departure flights can be booked anytime from late afternoon onward. 

Leader(s) and Contact: Devon Graham, PhD tropical biology (logistics, booking, payments, trip preparation) (devon.mtae@gmail.com)

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Amazon Birding Expedition (10d/10n)
Mar
31
to Apr 9

Amazon Birding Expedition (10d/10n)

Description: Amazon Birding Expedition visiting the Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve, Amazon river islands, the Madre Selva Biological Station, and the Santa Cruz Forest Reserve. 

Cost and Space: $1925 (repeat client $1725). Maximum of 8 participants. 

Itinerary: Inquire. Itinerary can be adjusted to target specific species. 

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Mar
30
to Apr 8

Amazon Birding Expedition (10d/10n)

Description: Amazon Birding Expedition visiting the Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve, Amazon river islands, the Madre Selva Biological Station, and the Santa Cruz Forest Reserve. 

Cost and Space: 1925 / repeat client 1725. MaxiMUM of 8 participants. 

Itinerary: Inquire about details. Dates are currently flexible and can be adjusted either direction. 

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Santa Cruz Volunteer Expedition (7d/7n)
Mar
16
to Mar 22

Santa Cruz Volunteer Expedition (7d/7n)

Description:  Volunteer opportunity to the Santa Cruz Forest Reserve. Volunteers will be expected to work 4-5 hours daily, with remaining time free for other activities. Maintenance of trails and bridges, surveys of trees, reforestation, GPS mapping, light construction.

Requirements:  Volunteer participants should be able-bodied and must be able to swim. They should also be tolerant of insects, spiders, heat, humidity and sweat. Dietary flexibility is highly encouraged (specialized food items are NOT locally available, and vegans may have a difficult time).

Cost: US $795, paid to Project Amazonas ($400 tax-deductible for US taxpayers). Includes airport reception and drop-off, all field station lodging and fees, all river transport, all meals and hotel in Iquitos the night of 16 March. Any additional nights lodging in Iquitos are not included. 

Schedule: Depart from Iquitos for Santa Cruz Forest Reserve at 9 AM on 17 March; Return to Iquitos by 12 noon on Saturday 23 March.  

Leaders(s) and Contact:  Led by Devon Graham/Don Dean/Emerson Torres (one or more will be present full time). Contact devon@projectamazonas.org

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Feb
10
to Feb 22

Medical Service Expedition - Apayacu, Orosa, Matahuayo Rivers (dates subject to confirmation)

Description:  Boat-based medical service trip to provide acute and lasting medical care to communities on the Apayacu, Orosa and Matahuayo Rivers. Trip is led by a licensed Peruvian MD and anchored by faculty, residents and students from the University Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, USA.

Cost: $1650

Itinerary: Apayacu, Orosa and Matahuayo Rivers, Loreto, Peru

Leader(s): Peruvian MD-TBA/University Medical Center, Jackson, MS

Contact: Devon Graham

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Volunteer Service Expedition - Orosa River Clinic (9d/9n)
Nov
6
to Nov 14

Volunteer Service Expedition - Orosa River Clinic (9d/9n)

Description:  A volunteer trip to benefit Project Amazonas. Volunteers will work at maintenance and upgrading of the Orosa Clinic installation on the Orosa River. Volunteers will be expected to work ~5 hours daily, with the remaining time free for other activities at the nearby Madre Selva Biological Station (where they will be housed) or in nearby communities.  

Cost:  $1385 (Paid directly to Project Amazonas:  $700 tax-deductible for US tax-payers). Includes all transport, lodging at the Madre Selva Biological Station, meals, airport reception and drop-off in Iquitos, Peru. Volunteers should plan to arrive on 5 November (1-night hotel in Iquitos included) or on an early flight on 6 November, and can  depart any time late afternoon or evening on 14 November. 

Itinerary: Depart Iquitos at 10 AM on 6 November 2018, reaching Madre Selva Biological Station on the Orosa River by 3-3:30 PM. Return to Iquitos by 1 PM on 14 November. 

Leader(s) & Contact:  Devon Graham (devon@projectamazonas.org), Segundo Rios, Emerson Torres

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Amazon Herpetology & Photography Expedition (11d/11n)
Oct
27
to Nov 6

Amazon Herpetology & Photography Expedition (11d/11n)

Description: A start of the rainy-season* herpetology and photography expedition led by herpetologists and wildlife photographers Chris Gillette and Danny Cueva. With stays at two Project Amazonas field stations - Madre Selva Biological Station (south of the Amazon) and Santa Cruz Forest Reserve (north of the Amazon, west of the Napo), the number of herp species potentially encountered could top 150 or more species. Excellent trail networks at both sites permit easy access to primary and secondary forest habitats, and at Madre Selva, there is also small boat access to floodplain lakes and the opportunity for a tough hike to Lunes Cocha - home to Arapaima gigas (largest fish in the Amazon), hoatzins (leaf-eating birds), and a population of black caimans. Both Danny and Chris have spent extensive time in South America and have years of experience as expert photographers - one uses Canon products, the other uses Nikon, so between them they can provide expert advice on improving your photographic output. 

*We cannot guarantee the weather, but this is normally the time period when heavy rains start in the region, with a resulting explosion of frog and herp activity. If dry, however, there will be an astounding variety of butterflies, sun-loving lizards, and other animals to observe and photograph. 

Cost & Space: $1950 (repeat clients receive a $200 discount). 

Itinerary: Participants should arrive in Iquitos the afternoon of Saturday 27 October (or on an early flight on 28 October). Hotel the night of 27 October is included. Transport between the city of Iquitos and the field stations will be by speedboat. 

Leader(s) and Contact: Devon Graham, PhD (devon.mtae@gmail.com)

Chris Gillette - chrisgillettewildlife@gmail.com

Daniel Cueva - blueeyezlatino@gmail.com

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Peru Birding Extravaganza
Sep
9
to Sep 29

Peru Birding Extravaganza

Description: With over 1800 species of birds, Peru is second only to Colombia in bird richness. MTAE is developing a Peru birding Grand Tour, and up to 5 persons will have the opportunity to accompany us - at cost - on our trial run. You will need to be physically fit and able to handle high elevations, accustomed to a bit of roughing it, early rising, heat and humidity, cold and snow, and of course have a passion for birds. 

Cost: Still to be determined, but this trial run will be at cost to the participants. 

Itinerary:  September is a fine time for birding in Peru. Austral migrants are still present, but getting ready to head south for the summer breeding season, and boreal migrants are already showing up to spend the northern winter. September is well into the Amazonian dry season, so rain-outs will be unlikely, and all-day rains will probably be non-existent. 

Our trial itinerary will include some coastal desert and pelagic birding out of the city of Lima, a search for outlying Andean ridge and mid-elevation specialties near Tarapoto and Moyobomba in northern Peru, and river island, white-sand, and south-of-the Amazon species in Iquitos.  To wrap up the trip we will do a southern Peru transect from the rainforest lowlands of Puerto Maldonado up to snow-line in the Andes. This latter route is infrequently birded, and is certain to turn up a number of surprises. 

If you are seriously interested, contact devon.mtae@gmail.com ASAP, as we still have the opportunity to tweak the itinerary to accommodate the search for <must-see> species on participants lists. We do not yet have a cost estimate on the trip, but as noted above, it will be AT COST, so this is a tremendous opportunity to see a lot of birds and a lot of fantastic country.

The trip will wrap up in the Incan capitol of Cusco, and if participants wish, we can add in an excursion to Machu Picchu (itself a great birding, as well as archeological destination). 

Leader(s) and Contact: The trip will be led by Devon Graham (devon.mtae@gmail.com) who has worked in Peru since 1994, and who has birded all the noted locations (with the exception of pelagic birding in Peru). 

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