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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.

Update from the Amazon!

The Las Piedras River, the group's main transport route throughout their time in the Amazon.

Dear friends and family,

We have been receiving daily updates from the instructors, who report that the group is enjoying their adventure in the Amazon.  The Fauna Forever team has been keeping the group busy throughout the day, and Boca Pariamanu community members plan regular activities in the afternoons and evenings.  So far the students have enjoyed jungle hikes learning about local flora and fauna, harvested yucca and fruit for their meals, helped plant Brazil Nut trees, and played regular volleyball and soccer games with the community.  Yesterday, most of the group went to a fish farm to get food for an Amazon-style thanksgiving feast, which was prepared and shared together with community members. Fauna Forever founder and Director Chris Kirkby has been sharing his vast knowledge of the region with students through lessons, research activities, and informal conversations with the group.

This afternoon students harvested the Tamishi vine from the forest, and then learned from local artisans to weave baskets using the vine.  Tonight they will enjoy a night hike in search of nocturnal wildlife.


The group sends thanksgiving love and blessings from the Peruvian jungle!