INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY for the Preservation of the Tropical Rainforest
What is Dolphin Corners?
Our lodge on the Yarapa River is known as “Dolphin Corners” because of the high number of pink river dolphins that live in front of the camp most of the year. The lucky folks who visit “Dolphin Corners” between November and June will see the dolphins from the camp’s dining room and our new hammock house. From July to October people will have to go to the mouth of the river to see the dolphins. Our jungle lodge features a one-of-a- kind animal orphanage and the chance to interact with a tame toucan, macaws, monkeys, a pair of ocelots, a porcupine, etc.
There are typical thatched-roof, screened-in bungalows (double occupancy) complete with two single beds, mattress, bedding, pillow, blanket, mosquito netting, wash basin and towel (if needed). We have running showers and flush toilets for your convenience. All buildings are connected by raised, covered walkways, and night- lighting is provided by kerosene lanterns. Canoes and paddles are available for local river excursions. Nutritious meals consist of local fruits, vegetables, chicken and freshly-caught fish from the river. Vegetarian meals are available upon advance request.
Activities include guided nature walks along camp trails; bird watching; local boat excursions (some scheduled excursions at night) to observe wildlife along the river; dolphin observation and census work (optional); fishing; swimming with dolphins; visiting local Indian and Mestizo river- communities; photographic opportunities; and much more.
Ms. Kremer conducts inter-species communication with the use of an underwater speaker and a hydraphone. If she is present when you are visiting, you may get to participate in her very important research and census work. Each day the secrets of the forest will reveal themselves as you visit remote tracts of pristine, primary forest and explore narrow, shaded tributaries.
A birder’s paradise, you will be dazzled by the variety of bird species. Chances are good that you will see the rare Hoatzins, also called the Watson, which are ancestors of the prehistoric teradactyl.
Furthermore, you may have an opportunity to interact with visiting scientists and students who are invited to conduct non-invasive research at the camp. Trip participants will be asked to plant a tree seedling in a deforested area, thus becoming part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Learn while you’re having fun in this “living classroom.”
Visit Dolphin Corners
Pink dolphins, three-toed sloths, howler monkeys, brightly-hued parrots and delicate hummingbirds are just a few of the exotic inhabitants waiting to greet you in one of the earth’s most ecologically important frontiers: the lush Peruvian Amazon rainforest! This is a unique opportunity to experience first-hand, the irresistible “call of the wild” while staying at our comfortable jungle lodge, situated on the Yarapa River, the first tributary of the mighty Amazon River, located approximately 150 miles upstream of the lively city of Iquitos, Peru.
Led by experienced bilingual native guides, you will be introduced to the realm of remote Indian tribes, scarlet macaws and wingless fireflies that live on floating plants and light up like tiny Italian lights. The guides will identify an astonishing variety of wildlife and explain how local Indians use some of the plants for medicinal purposes.
If conditions are right, you may be able to swim with the pink Amazon River dolphins and the other species of grey dolphins, as they live in front of our camp almost all year round. These intelligent, freshwater dolphins have been designated as the “Ambassadors of the Rainforest” by our non-profit organization, The International Society for the Preservation of the Tropical Rainforest (ISPTR) and one of our globally known projects, Preservation of the Amazonian River Dolphin (PARD), in order to focus global attention on this fragile, threatened ecosystem.
These carefully managed educational and conservational tourism programs are offered throughout the year, usually as one- to three-week trips (with options to stay longer). We also organize special photographic and filmmaking expeditions. We can comfortably accommodate up to 35 people. Children seven years of age and up are welcome, too. Trips taken in June, July and August may be personally led by Roxanne Kremer, Executive Director and Founder of ISPTR/PARD. We have been protecting this pristeen, fragile ecosystem for the past 17 years.
Pink Amazon River Dolphin Expeditions
What is included?
• Lodging and meals at the camp. Detoxifying and healing mud baths in our incredible healing clays.
• Guided hikes and canoe trips in the rainforest.
• Distilled bottled water.
• All ground and boat transportation (Maximum weight allowance for bags and possesions on the boat is 40 lb. per person. Anything over 40 lb. will cost an additional $3/lb.
• Services of bilingual native guides.
What’s not included?
• Round-trip airfare from home town to Miami/Iquitos.
• Airport departure taxes.
• Personal telephone calls or faxes.
• Lodging and meals in Iquitos.
• Excess baggage fees. Passport fee.
• Hard and soft beverages. Laundry service.
• Gratuities to guides and boat drivers.
• Admissions to parks/museums.
Cost Per Person (U.S. Currency)
If you are already in Iquitos, Peru, we offer short visits of 2 nights/3 days for:
Number of People:
3-4 Cost Per Person $500
5-6 Cost Per Person $450
7-9 Cost Per Person $400
10-15 Cost Per Person $375
Cost Per Person For One Week (see “What is included?”)
Based on double occupancy. Add $200.00 per person for single occupancy. Bunk house facilities are available for groups of 8-12 people (deduct $100.00 per person).
For stays longer than one week, add $700.00 per person for each additional week.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations are accepted only in writing. The date that a letter is received determines the refund available. Cancellation charges are in accordance with airline regulations.
Time prior to departure:
More than 45 days Cancellation Fee: $100
31 – 45 days 50% of tour package
15 – 30 days: 75% of tour package
less than 14 days: 100% of tour package
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Please read this carefully, as it defines our responsibility with respect to all trips and visitors.
PINK AMAZON RIVER DOLPHIN EXPEDITIONS will not be responsible for mishap, delay, damage, injury, inconvenience occasioned through the default of any individual or company engaged in transportation or providing services. If services in the tour cannot be supplied, the company to an extent it deems reasonable, will arrange for the provision of comparable services. PINK AMAZON RIVER DOLPHIN EXPEDITIONS reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a tour participant and to make changes where it deems necessary for the sake of safety, comfort and convenience of the participants, and to cancel a tour at any time. In addition, PINK AMAZON RIVER DOLPHIN EXPEDITIONS assumes no liability resulting either directly or indirectly from the following causes: acts of Nature, detention, annoyance, weather, quarantines, strikes, civil disobedience, theft, governmental regulations, etc. Trip costs quoted are based on foreign exchange rates for June 1998. We reserve the right to raise the trip fee if there are exceptional cost increases beyond our control. We highly suggest that participants get separate travel insurance.
If you wish to see a wonderful video with great footage of “Dolphin Corners”, our work, rare shots of the river dolphins, and glimpses of the rainforest experience, you may purchase our 40 minute “Lady Roxanne” video for $40 plus $5 shipping. You may contact us at the phone number and email address listed below or use our online order form which can be mailed or faxed.