Description: Join us for 5 nights at Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, and 4 additional nights at the Madre Selva Biological Station. Trips average over 100 species of reptiles and amphibians, along with pink and gray river dolphins, marmosets and other small mammals, numerous birds and fantastic arthropods.
Cost: $1850 (1st time adult rate). Rates include include airport reception and drop-off, 1 night hotel in Iquitos, all meals, lodging and fees at field stations, river and ground transportation and guides. Repeat client rate is $1650 (adult). Discounted rates available for teens (ages 13-18: $1295) and pre-teens (age 12 and under: $925).
Itinerary: Includes the Madre Selva Biological Station (Orosa River, south bank tributary of the Amazon), and the Santa Cruz Forest Reserve (Mazan River-north of the Amazon and west of the the Napo River). The two sites are separated by a major biogeographical barrier (the Amazon River) which adds considerable additional diversity of herps over what would be seen at just one site.
30 Jan 2019 (Wed) - Participants should arrive in Iquitos by 5 PM or on an early flight the following morning. Overnight in Iquitos (hotel and welcome dinner included).
31 Jan 2019 (Thu) - Transfer to port of Iquitos and travel via speedboat to Santa Cruz Forest Reserve (2 hours). Next 5 nights spent at Santa Cruz.
4 Feb 2019 (Mon) - AM travel from Santa Cruz to Madre Selva Biological Station (~4 hours). Next 5 nights at Madre Selva.
9 Feb 2019 (Sat) - AM travel from Madre Selva back to Iquitos (3.5-4 hours) with arrival by noon. Final group lunch on the Iquitos waterfront. Participants free to book late afternoon or evening flights out of Iquitos.
Leader(s) & Contact:
Mike Pingleton (Expedition Co-Leader - herp identification, photography)
Devon Graham (MTAE - logistics, booking, payments)