Among our most popular offerings are our Family Journeys and those trips that offer the opportunity for multiple generations to travel and learn together. The mighty Amazon provides a veritable educational playground for travelers of every age and we are happy to add this week-long program in Peru to the Princeton Journeys roster over the winter holiday break, December 26, 2011 – January 2, 2012.
After beginning the Journey in bustling Lima, the group will fly to Iquitos to board the classically-styled riverboat, Delfin II, in nearby Nauta. Follow the main channel of the Amazon River up from Peru's lowlands to the secluded waterways of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers—the headwaters of the Amazon. Retreat from modern civilization while journeying into largely untouched rainforest and backwaters of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
Activities and meals are designed so that families may share the time and experiences together, but excursion options will cater to a variety of activity levels and interests. Swim with pink river dolphins, go fishing for piranhas, meet with local villagers in a riverside community, or just relax topside aboard the boat taking in the Amazonian scenery.
Please note: Princeton travelers will join those from the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
This trip has been developed specifically for a family—youngsters with parents, grandparents, or other adult friends or relatives—that wants to experience the natural world together. An optional pre-trip extension to Machu Pichhu is offered December 21-26, 2011.
About the Study Leader
Dr. Morgan Tingley will serve as the Princeton Study Leader for this program.
A lifelong nature-lover, Dr. Tingley recently came to Princeton as a post-doctoral researcher in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy having received his Ph.D. in environmental science and conservation biology from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.Sc. in zoology from Oxford University. His research focuses on bird community ecology, and the environmental and anthropogenic factors that cause changes in bird distributions and community assemblages over time. Most recently, he has focused on the effects of climate change on bird communities in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He has taught college courses in wildlife ecology, ornithology, and conservation biology, for which he won a teaching award from UC Berkeley. His most recent paper, "Birds track their Grinnellian niche through a century of climate change," was met with wide media coverage. An avid birder, Dr. Tingley has seen over 20% of the world's 10,000 bird species and enjoys visits to the world's tropical rainforests to experience biodiversity at its greatest.
During our journey, Dr. Tingley will be available to discuss a number of topics such as the ecology of lowland Amazonian rainforest, Peruvian bird diversity, and conservation of Neotropical biodiversity.