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AMAZON RAINFOREST WORKSHOP

Specially Designed for Educators & Naturalists  --  hosted by Environmental Expeditions / EcoTeach

Group Leader  CHRISTA DILLABAUGH 

Clinical Associate Professor  DR. MOLINA WALTERS, Arizona State University

with other Workshop Faculty:

Research Biologist, DR. STEPHEN MADIGOSKY, Widener University
Canopy Ecologist,  DR. PHIL WITTMAN,  Canopy Quest
 

9-DAY WORKSHOP  June 29 - July 8, 2012 door-to-door.  Cost is $1950 land only, plus ~ $325 in-country air, and your int'l air roundtrip Lima.  (Pay your deposit by credit card using the button below, then SAVE $100 if you pay your balance by check or money order 2-3 months prior to departure.)

Click here for Amazon Workshop Registration Form (PDF format). $400 Deposit reserves your place.

Click here for Additional Trip Interruption and Cancellation Travel Insurance information.  Land cost covers Basic Travel Insurance for all participants. Travel insurance and logistics are managed by EcoTeach.  Email Deb Smucker or call 800-626-8992, ext. 12 with insurance questions.

For additional information on the program or experience in Peru, email Dr, Frances Gatz, or call 1-800-669-6806 at Environmental Expeditions, 9335 Fraser Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910.

MACHU PICCHU EXTENSION  

Price is based on double occupancy and includes: Basic comprehensive travel insurance  ●  Sessions with scientists  ●  Naturalist guide(s) who are the very best!  ●  Involvement in an Amazon service project  ● Visit to Monkey Island  ●  Payments by check or credit card  ● Online learning support  ●  In-country departure taxes ($14)  ●  Minimum tips for staff and guide ($50) ●  All meals and purified water at the Amazon Lodges  ●  Private in-country transportation (bus, boat)  ● Activities and entrance fees.
Participants often comment that this Amazon Rainforest Workshop is one of their most memorable lifetime experiences. The program introduces the many scientific and geographic dimensions of the Amazon rainforest and river system, while offering a unique opportunity to see how indigenous people rely on the rainforest for their food, shelter, medicine and livelihood. Together we fly to Iquitos in the upper Amazon basin in northern Peru. Immerse yourself in the rainforest. Experience local customs first-hand at the Culture and Craft Fair. Field sessions take place at: 1) Explorama Lodge; 2) ExplorNapo Lodge; and 3) the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies (ACTS) near Iquitos. Please note that the Lima to Iquitos round-trip flight is not included in the land cost of this workshop.

Download Sections of our Amazon Travel Guide Introduction, Detailed Itinerary, Experiential Model, Costs, Q&A, Safety,

Other Important Travel Documents:  Brief Packing List, Physician Letter, Detailed Packing List, Map, Ecological Diagram,

Clinic Wish List, and Cancellation Form. 

Unique, active, and fun! Through field experiences at four rainforest lodge facilities in the Amazon basin of Northern Peru, you are engaged in an immersion experience. This expedition is an eye-opening introduction to the environmental and cultural aspects of the Amazon Rainforest and river system.  The program is a developing country experience that is safe, comfortable, and accessible. The expedition is a life-changing experience.

PROGRAM FEATURES

A week of non-stop life experiences includes:  Trading with the Yagua      Fishing for piranha      Night hikes in search of camouflaged creatures      Up-close with primates at Monkey Island      By boat in search of Dolphins      Learning Roof Thatching using Irapay Palm      Testing your skills using a Blow Gun      You'll have a special opportunity to.

Insect Camouflage & Mimicry      Neotropical Butterflies      Rainforest Canopy Research      Rainforest Conservation  Neotropical Birds & Migration   Reptiles and Amphibians      Rainforest Ecosystem Comparisons  Amazon River Amazon River System, Geology, and Soils      Medicinal Plants      Orchids & Bromeliads

Why choose the Peruvian Amazon?  It provides easy access to primary rainforest areas, has political stability and a friendly culture, and provides unparalleled learning opportunities for educators and students alike. Experience the Rainforest of a developing country firsthand and without the disruptive influence of major tourist development.  Meet indigenous people living their daily lives in harmony with their rainforest environment and observe first-hand how indigenous people use the forest for medicine, food, and shelter. Explore the canopy layer of the rainforest on the Canopy Walkway at the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies. ACTS is a science, education, and tourism facility located on a wilderness area encompassing 250,000 acres of primary rainforest.

Your visit to Monkey Island’s primate conservation project will also no doubt be a highlight. You’ll see as many as seven kinds of monkeys in their natural environment and be able to interact with up-close and personal.  Watch the Woolly Monkeys tangle, playing  with each other in the lower branches of a nearby tree.  Marvel at the strength of the prehensile tale of the Spider Monkey. Observe the social and foraging behaviors of the Sakis, Tamarins, Marmosets, and Uakaris. Ten species of bananas as well as fruit trees are grown on the island to provide food for the monkeys. 

The Village Service Day is part of the expedition's intercultural exchange that is celebrated with official recognition by village leaders during the day. Our goal is to provide collaborative activities that are engaging and meaningful.  Participants  Our service activities are organized by the non-profit CONAPAC.

Other opportunities are scheduled to join the Yagua people as they demonstrate and teach their age-old cultural traditions and ceremonies. Trading is a way of life for them and there is an opportunity to trade items such as t-shirts and fish hooks for their native handicrafts, such as blow guns, paddles, necklaces, and woven baskets.

STEP 1: Click here for Amazon Workshop Registration Form (PDF format).  To make your reservation, please complete and sign this form, and return it to Deb Smucker at EcoTeach, by: Email, Phone/Fax: 800-626-8992, ext. 12; or Mail: EcoTeach, PO Box 604, Poulsbo, WA 98370.  Your $400 trip deposit may be made by credit card online through the payment button above on this webpage or by check payable EcoTeach.     Your $400 deposit reserves your place.  Save $100 by paying your balance using check or money order.

Click here for Additional Trip Interruption and Cancellation Travel Insurance information should be considered at the time of deposit.  Land cost covers Basic Travel Insurance for all participants. Travel insurance and logistics are managed by EcoTeach.  Email Deb Smucker or call 800-626-8992, ext. 12 with insurance questions.

For additional information on the program or experience in Peru, email Frances Gatz or call 1-800-669-6806 at Environmental Expeditions, 9335 Fraser Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910.

STEP 2:  Book your International Flights.  Please contact us to help you make sure that you are booking the correct flights to coordinate and see notes on flights below.

STEP 3:  Check your passport.  If it is not valid for 6 months after the return date of the trip, please renew by the end of March.  All passport numbers for your group are needed to purchase internal flights within Peru 3 months prior to departure.  Your delay could mean that your group pays a higher rate for these internal flights.

STEP 4:  On receipt of your reservation form, EcoTeach will email a secure link for you to enter your health and travel data onto a password-protected profile page.  This information is needed to book your in-country flights, so please respond promptly to this request for information.

STEP 5:  Subsequent to your $400 Deposit, the payment schedule is:  April 5 ($1000) + May 5 (Balance due).  Your deposit may be made by credit card and you can make all other payments by credit card online (click the payment button above), however you can SAVE $100 if you make the balance of your payments by check or money order payable EcoTeach and mail to EcoTeach, PO Box 604, Poulsbo, WA  98370.

STEP 6: No immunizations are required to enter Peru, however the Center for Disease Control does have several recommendations for Peru.  Please read this Physician Letter from a doctor who resides in the Amazon. We STRONGLY encourage you to take this letter with you when you consult your doctor or a travel clinic on the question of  immunizations as neither Environmental Expeditions nor EcoTeach can provide medical advice.

Note workshop cancellation policy:

180 days + prior to departure

$95 cancellation fee + any nonrefundable payments made on behalf of the participant

179 to 95 days prior to departure

$395 cancellation fee + any nonrefundable payments made on behalf of the participant

Less than 95 days prior to departure

no refunds

~ For Air Transportation ~

Please note this important information about booking your international flights below.  Flights inside Peru and logistics are handled by EcoTeach.  The Lima/Iquitos/Lima flights will be approximately $325.  Air travel from departure points in the U.S. to and from Lima, Peru is not included in the land cost and varies widely in cost. 

Pay careful attention to the dates as the return flights depart Lima before and after midnight and can be confusing.  Note that reduced rates online are non-refundable.  You are responsible for any penalties associated with flight corrections when you are booking on your own.  If you need assistance in booking your international flights or help to research the most economical options, email Deb Smucker or call 800-626-8992, ext. 12, at EcoTeach, PO Box 604, Poulsbo, WA 98370.  In any case please email Deb Smucker at EcoTeach a copy of your flight itinerary so that she can coordinate logistics in Peru. 

We recommend booking your flights on United, American, or Delta Airlines.   Please allow at least 2-3 hours connection time on your international flights to Lima.  Airlines are often delayed, making it easy to miss a connection that has no back-up flight until the next day.  

FLIGHTS TO LIMA: You can plan to arrive Lima in the evening on June 29. We we will make arrangements for you to be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.  Please note that transfers for participants arriving into Lima at an alternate time need to be arranged ahead of time and will be billed separately.  We are arranging air flights for your group to travel together to Iquitos the next morning. 

FLIGHTS BACK TO THE STATES: After our Amazon Workshop program, you will arrive back into Lima late afternoon/evening on July 7 to connect with late night departures to the U.S. You will want to book your return flight to depart on the night of July 7, after 10pm.

Your flight will likely be an overnight flight so you will arrive home on the following day.  Pay close attention to the date for any flights leaving just after midnight (12A.M.) and let us know if you need help to make certain you are booking correct flights.

FLIGHTS BACK TO THE STATES (MACHU PICCHU EXTENSION): The flights from Cusco back to Lima will be in the afternoon of July 12. You can book your air to depart anytime after 10pm on July 12.

~ Academic Credit & Workshop Materials ~

Email Frances Gatz or call 1-800-669-6806 at Environmental Expeditions to request information about the educational program, experience in Peru, or academic credit.   Numerous texts, articles, and handouts are also included online for each participant.

The Amazon Rainforest Workshop is a program designed by

Environmental Expeditions, 9335 Fraser Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

1-800-669-6806

Questions?   Environmental Expeditions' Amazon Rainforest Workshops are hosted by EcoTeach:

 

 

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