My wife and I just returned from a wet season trip with IE to Lima and the Amazon.
It was tremendous! A comparable experience to visiting the Serengeti a couple years ago:
1. The diversity of wildlife is extreme and up close and personal.
2. The vastness of it all approaches infinity.
3. The staff and guides were top drawer professionals.
Lima is a hidden secret. Old (1500's +) colonial Lima is attractive and full of history. Really old (200's +) Inca villages and pyramids are overwhelming in their appeal.
Then you go to Iquitos and start your Amazon journey. The mother ship is in great condition and very comfortable, clean and welcoming. The staff is friendly, helpful, supportive, knowledgeable. The naturalists/guides are the best. Experts in the wildlife and flora and good-natured and personable.
Yes, it is hot and humid, but very bearable. Yes, there are mosquitos at night, but again very manageable. (We've all experienced much much worse in the US.)
In the wet season (50 feet higher water than in dry season) you don't get to walk as much as you do in dry season because terra firma is so much further into the rain forest than you can reach in a boat. But we did get to visit villages and walk in the rain forest.
We swam. We went out every morning and afternoon in the skiffs to explore smaller rivers and lakes. Sloths, monkeys, iguana, boa, anaconda, caiman, tarantula, piranha, frogs, toads, and more bird types than you can count.
Wow - What a Show!
Review by ShimasWay8 months ago
Excellent trip to the Amazon. Everything was taken care of smoothly.
Review by CradlesandCrayons11 months ago
Peru amazon, ship and accomodations were better than I expected. Meals and food were great. Multiple daily excursions to see wildlife were the highpoint of the trip. The guides really knew what they were doing and seemed as excited about seeing and finding Amazon wildlife as we were. Village visits and the cultural education our guides imparted gave me the sense of life and living in this region.
Review by Fedefw11 months ago
IE is an oasis in a desert of travel companies. Our experience was fantastic. The people and their attention to our details are what made our travel experience with IE so authentic.
Review by Mirhane1 year ago
Could not have been happier with our trip to the Amazon river. It was an effortless and stress free vacation. They made it so easy from booking to traveling even up to our departure at the end. We had a beautiful room on the boat with an incredibly attentive crew and staff. The food was amazing and the boat was clean and relaxing. The naturalists and tour guide were so knowledgeable and invested in our day to day excursions that we truly had an experience of a lifetime. We do quite a bit of traveling and international expeditions is by far more than worth it. Can’t wait to plan our next adventure with them .Five stars from start to finish !
Review by Hooshmand1 year ago
I have emailed you asking for my balance months ago and never received a reply. How much do I owe you? I need to know for planning purposes.
Thank you, Marla
Review by EBeynon1 year ago
Fabulous trip! Very well organized. Very knowledgeable guides. Great food and accommodations.
Review by Jmk Cosi1 year ago
IE is my favorite travel company. My biggest problem is that I have taken almost all of their trips that interest me.
Review by Nerfy1 year ago
The guide Martin was very knowledgeable .. There were no hiccups in the trip.. transportation was readily available, we ate when it was time to eat, the lodging was excellent. No complaints (except for the zillion steps we had to climb but that is Peru).
Review by Blackrock1 year ago
No muss, no fuss booking. Very helpful and straight forward.
Review by Chanteile1 year ago
IE is agreat highly recommended.
Review by Gibert Wzorek1 year ago
The trip was really wonderful overall. Staff and guides were excellent. Logistics well organized. Food was delicious. The islands and the nature were beautiful. The naturalist was a lot of fun, eventhough he was rather technical at times .. using scientific names. We kidded him about knowing too much and he was a good sport about it.
My only complaint was that our cabin (C7) was next to the motor and the generator. We did not get one good night's sleep. Besides the noise there was the vibration from the motor. Imagine putting you heat under the water in a hot tub when all the spouts are on. Even when the motor wasn't on, the generator was going. Augh!!! I took a blanket and slept in the lounge one night which helped a bit. Also, my nephew had a different quieter cabin so I slept there a few nights. My husband muddled through. I would be sure that passengers who choose rooms C7 and also C6 know they are noisy. I have certainly learned my lesson.
Otherwise it was a great trip. Our fellow passengers were so much fun. I also loved visiting Aroya. And the entertainment on the last night was terrific. Thanks to all for such a memorable vacation.
Review by Mayme1 year ago
International Expeditions offer several focused and excellent trips to desirable locations that include very good accommodations and experienced guides. When booking a trip, the office staff is very knowledgeable and offer valuable assistance with questions. We chose IE for a second African safari trip since they spend time in the field with the animals, not in isolated resorts.
Review by Joetato1 year ago
We have taken two trips with IE and both were excellent. We were impressed with organization of the trip as a whole, knowledgeable and friendly guides, and unique, personal experiences.
Review by Zyn Karnick1 year ago
Very easy to work with.
Review by Yukoando1 year ago
Great follow up and vacations marvelous !!
Review by UsU1 year ago
Trip of a lifetime! Very well-organized. Informative local naturalist guides. Great food. Attentive staff. Many opportunities for wildlife viewing and to experience local culture.
Review by Azham1 year ago
Despite some unexpected health problems with the guide at the last minute, a very capable guide was available in a timely fashion.
Despite health problems with an elderly couple, the replacement guide dealt with them with compassion with no interruption of the trip for the other travelers. The itinerary was well chosen, the guide was exceptional, and all the lodging and meals were excellent (if always, however, there seemed to be too much to eat!).
Review by HomeAlone1 year ago
IE Amazon River trip was wonderful! Amazing Staff and breathtaking nature. The Naturalists were great they really seemed to enjoy spending time with us and they were great at pointing out nature and illustrating with personal anecdotes and stories. I am not one to count how many birds I see but their enthusiasm spilled over and I became a birder! Love the monkeys, sloths and pink dolphins we saw frequently! The staff on board was kind and and attentive the concerts at night were a highlight. I loved the passion and graciousness of all the staff.
Review by Arulendran1 year ago
I've traveled with IE on four occasions: to Cuba, Belize and twice to Peru.
All these destinations are, of course, wonderful places to see, but I especially appreciate IE's dedication to sustainable travel and to ensuring that local residents of these destinations benefit from this ecotourism.
Review by Thysis Tiskuviene1 year ago
We have used I.E. for multiple trips. Our experience is that they are a first class company that provides very nice accommodations (but not outrageously expensive ones) and fantastic in-country guides. They do not cut corners like some of their competitors will do. We have closely compared their offerings to ones of cheaper trips to the same place and there's always an obvious reason for the lesser cost companies - less activity/tours during the days, less quality with respect to the guides, seeing fewer unique things in a particular place, etc. If I.E. offers a trip where we want to go, we will always choose them without wondering if we "could do better". We know that we cannot do better with respect to quality and activity.
Review by Ilovegin1 year ago
Traveling with International Expeditions is definitely for the adventurous person. We had an amazing journal through the Galapagos Islands and now are sailing along the coast of Iceland. Friendly easy going staff, nicely accommodated cabins, fresh and healthy food and best of all the Flora, fauna and landscapes toured where surreal. Highly recommend.
Review by Toney Wiesman1 year ago
Have taken good care of us
We have been on 7 trips with them
Five were outstanding
Two were good
Review by Bafford1 year ago
Custom trip to Uganda Gorilla trek and game drives. Exceeded our expectations from start to finish. Price and value were right on point. Highly recommend checking them out.
Review by Melzi1 year ago
Our International Expedition tour guide was from Ecuador. I had the feeling from our first meeting that he was not pleased to be leading a tour in Cuba. I am an elderly widow and was traveling the first time on a tour without a companion. I was nervous about the trip and misplaced things a couple of times, but caused no major inconvenience to the group. However, the guide, although coldly polite, was obviously irritated. We spent one whole day at sea in rough waters, and although I was well, one lady was very seasick. I thought that was time wasted. That being said, my family and I spent 2 weeks on an International Experdition to Peru and had lovely people with which to work and had one of the best vacations we ever had. I would not recommend the trip to Cuba.