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)