Peruvian Amazon River Boat Expedition
For our 8th student expedition, we returned to the headwaters of the Amazon river in north-eastern Peru! We spent mid-winter break 2016 in an isolated jungle paradise, joined by Earthwatch scientists and Peruvian biologists to collect information about the wildlife populations in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. From a motorized canoe, we rotated tasks like conducting surveys of dolphins, fish, and fishing bats. We also surveyed macaws and conducted land transect surveys of peccaries, tapirs, deer, monkeys, and game birds. At night, we searched for caimans with a spotlight.
For the students, the week without access to technology, internet and communication home in one of the most biologically diverse and awe-inspiring locations on the planet was a life changing experience.