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Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition - Napo & Mazan Rivers
Jan
23
to Feb 2

Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition - Napo & Mazan Rivers

Description: Amazon Fish collection expedition - boat-based on the 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 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. 

Cost: $1875 ($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 Wed 23 January 2019, or on an early flight on Thu 24 Jan. Departure from the hotel to the port at 9 AM on 24 January 2019. Itinerary will include the black-water Mazan River as well as the white-water Napo River and tributaries. Return to Iquitos early afternoon on Friday 1 Feb, 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 2 Feb, there is opportunity to revisit the exporters, or to visit other exporters and to make more purchases. Participants may depart any time on Saturday 2 February 2019. 

Leader(s): Devon Graham

Contact: Devon Graham

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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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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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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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Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition
Aug
4
to Aug 11

Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition

Description: Amazon Fish collection expedition - boat-based on the Amazon and Nanay 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 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. 

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 2018) 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 4 August 2018, or on an early flight on Sunday 5 August 2018. Departure from the hotel to the port at 9 AM on 5 August. Itinerary will include the black-water Nanay River as well as the white-water Amazon River and tributaries. Return to Iquitos early afternoon on Friday 10 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 11 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 11 August. 

Leader(s): Devon Graham & Michael Barber (Potomac Valley Aquarium Society & GoWildPeru)

Contact: Devon Graham

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