Rainforest Amerindian culture, Peru

During May Term we will offer the Neotropical Experience in Peru. In Peru, we will: travel to rain forest sites by boat and foot, experience the local Amerindian culture (Yagua and Maijuna), participate in research projects, learn at the Manatee Rescue, take several birding and herping hikes, study local flora and fauna, be introduced to native Amazonian health care (including practicing shaman), travel in the canopy, and visit the Giant Ceiba tree. Students will receive one interconnected BI course credit (Natural Science with Lab) and one-half GM credit (fulfills the diversity requirement).

Peru Course Faculty:
Dr. Michael D. Bechtel, Biology

Winter Term – ON CAMPUS
GM 295 – Ecology and Culture of the Amazon I (0.5 credit)

BI 295 – Ecology and Culture of the Amazon II (1.0 credit)

Agenda (general)
Day 1: Depart Lima, Peru, and arrive in Iquitos, Peru
Day 2: Travel by boat to the first lodge for facility/ program orientation
Day 3-12: The next days are spent: traveling between four lodges, interacting with local people, completing research opportunities, completing service projects, taking hikes and explorations, exploring the canopy, forest floor, and river, interacting with local services, visiting points of interest, and assisting wildlife rescue centers
Day 13: Travel by boat to the final lodge for cleaning and recap
Day 14: Depart Iquitos, Peru, and arrive in Lima, Peru

Airline Information – You will allowed one carry-on piece of luggage small enough to put under seat or in overhead compartment (45 in X 45 in, less than 70 lbs). Sounds like a bookbag/backpack to me. Remember airline rules on sharp objects, etc. We will discuss!! You will be allowed 1 checked bag at no additional cost.

Cost – The trip cost, ~ $4,500, will include all airfare, ground transportation, housing, and meals from the Minneapolis airport until your return. This includes a 5% contingency fund for emergencies which can be reimbursed if we have no emergencies. Students on the Wartburg meal plans can receive a rebate (see the Controller’s office). Payment schedule will be announced at a later time. You will need a passport, immunizations, and extras (flashlight, poncho, film, batteries, etc.) prior to travel. It is difficult for me to estimate personal costs on the trip but I would say $100 would be a rough guess.

Immunizations – A series of immunizations and antimalarial meds are highly suggested for this adventure. I will let you know where to get the information you need to make decisions at a later date. Generally, at the minimum, you should have all normal childhood immunizations plus yellow fever, and typhoid. Oral malaria medications are highly suggested for this area of the world.