Weird and wonderful encounters with amazing animals and plants.
The great Amazon River basin is vast with an area of 5.4 million sq.km, about 70% of the area of Australia. Its humble beginnings are in a freshwater spring in an alpine marsh high in the Andes near Cusco in Peru. It draws its water from nine countries on its way to the Atlantic Ocean in far off Brazil.
The river travels through diverse ecosystems, from the mountain marshes through cloud forest, lowland tropical forest and rainforest jungle, just to name a few. A drop of water takes 6 weeks (on average) to travel 6516 km from source to mouth. You’ll travel on part of this great journey.
You travel in a small group, escorted by trusted local naturalist guides.
- contains 20% of the world’s fresh water,
- discharges over 200,000 cubic metres of water every second (!) into the Atlantic,
- has a flow 12 times that of the Mississippi River,
- contains 30% of the world’s species with 20% of the world’s plants, > 1500 species of bird and thousands of insects and frogs, many of which are undescribed.