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Herpetology & Photography Expedition (11d / 10n)

Description: Join us for ten nights in the Amazon jungle at two field stations (Santa Cruz Forest Reserve and the Madre Selva Biological Station) on a tour designed for reptile and amphibian photography. Matt Cage and Mike Pingleton will guide the tour. Trips average over 100 species of reptiles and amphibians. You have a chance of seeing a bushmaster (Lachesis muta), and Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus batesii), and Amazon Harlequin Toad (Atelopus spumarius) and SO much more - among them pink and gray river dolphins, marmosets and other small mammals, numerous birds and fantastic arthropods. You will be able to hike on your own or with a guide day and night and see incredible species in their native habitat. Please see the MT Facebook page ( or Matt Cage’s website ( for more information.

IMPORTANT: this January 2020 tour is currently FULL, so please contact Matt Cage at to get put on a waiting list.

Cost: $1860 (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 $1660 (adult). Discounted rates available for teens (ages 13-18: $1300) and pre-teens (age 12 and under: $900). 

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 reptiles and amphibians (and birds) over what would be seen at just one site. 

15 Jan 2020 (Wed) - Participants should arrive in Iquitos by 5 PM or on an early flight the following morning. Overnight in Iquitos at standard hostal (fans in rooms, but no A/C) and welcome dinner included). 

16 Jan 2020 (Thu) - Transfer to port of Iquitos at 9 AM with travel via speedboat to Madre Selva Biological Station (4-5 hours). Next 4 nights spent at Madre Selva. 

20 Jan 2020 (Mon) - AM travel from Santa Cruz to Madre Selva Biological Station (~4 hours). Next 6 nights at Santa Cruz. 

26 Jan 2020 (Sun) - Early AM travel from Santa Cruz back to Iquitos (2 hours) with arrival by ~ 10 AM. Participants free to depart Iquitos for onward destinations from 2 PM onward.

Leader(s) & Contact: 

Matt Cage or on Facebook at  (herp identification, photography)

Mike Pingleton (Expedition Co-Leader - herp identification, photography)

Devon Graham (MTAE - logistics, booking, payments)