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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 (

Chris Gillette -

Daniel Cueva -