Amazon & Andes of Northern Peru
It would take a lifetime to “see” the Amazon. The best you can hope to do it to see one part of it really well. Peru is the source of the Amazon River and this is your chance to get a deep look into the people, plants and animals of this corner ofthe Amazon. Throw away all your preconceptions; this trip will surprise you around every corner. For example the average temperature in June is less than 80 degrees F. Worried about biting insects? No problem, this time of year you can wear shorts and teeshirt and not be bothered at all (hard to believe but true!)
We begin in the lowland Amazon Basin (Selva Baja)
You will need a sense of adventure. This is not a champagne and cavier cruise ship option but we do get up close and personal with the wild life by using a local guides and non-motorized dugout canoes. Accommodation is in remote villages and jungle huts on stilts, clean and comfortable but don’t expect wi-fi! This is a peaceful and quiet way to see the animals of the Pacaya Samiria. With a max of 2 persons in a canoe you will be free relax and let your guide point out the amazing wildlife as you drift along. The narrow waterways mean that you are under the dappled light of the tree canopy most of the time. Sun bathing and waterhole swimming are an unexpected surprise.
Then we take in the high Amazon (Selva Alta)
Called the “eyebrow of the Amazon this mountainous area is still covered by rainforest but has more human history due to its more livable environment. Ancient cultures coveted this area as an alternative to the desert areas to the west and the flooded rain forest to the east. This is a mix of natural wonders such amazing birdlife and waterfalls (one of the world's highest) and human spectacles like the massive mountain fortress of Kuelap. Archeologists are still discovering secrets in this remote and magical place.
Tour Leader - Whitney Thurlow
Whitney is an IFMGA qualified guide and lives in Wanaka New Zealand. Whitney was previously the training officer for the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association and owner and chief guide for Aspiring Guides. Whitney’s year is spent guiding in New Zealand, Italy, Norway and Peru. Originally attracted to Peru’s Cordillera Blanca Mountains, Whitney has spent the last 8 years exploring Northern Peru. His fascination for the “Selva” has lead him from the highland jungle down to the lowland rainforest of the Rio Huallaga.