International Expeditions

Discover Your True Nature

International Expeditions

For 33 years, travelers have relied on International Expeditions’ matchless expertise to discover the captivating wildlife, inspiring landscapes and fascinating cultures of Earth’s most pristine natural and cultural wonders. Our small-ship adventures to the Peruvian Amazon and Galapagos Islands, intimate group journeys to Patagonia, Panama, Costa Rica, Machu Picchu, India and Cuba, and in-depth safaris open the world to curious travelers. IE’s engaging, small-group itineraries delve wildlife, customs and ecological issues — all through the eyes of passionate, knowledgeable local naturalists. Our award-winning itineraries include a conservation focus that affords our guests opportunities to visit scientific researchers and even participate in community service projects on select tours.

Insider Tip

Have guests who want a personal look at all the wildlife an area offers? IE's naturalist guides are happy to take guests on spontaneous pre-dawn birding excursions...just ask!

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Amazon Star is designed to offer you an unprecedented personal experience in this untamed frontier. Spacious, air-conditioned cabins feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, so you are constantly surrounded by rainforest vistas. Cabin interiors feature furniture hand-crafted by Peruvian artisans, plush linens and roomy baths.

Aboard the 48-guest Panorama, emphasis is placed on time outdoors. A Sun Deck is equipped with loungers, chairs and a bar. After briefings, enjoy the lounge, which features a small library and comfy sofas. When not taking meals featuring Cuban specialties in privately owned paladars, enjoy a sumptuous selection of both international cuisine.

The luxurious Zafiro blends stylish design and modern comforts with classic touches, including floor-to-ceiling windows and — for those on the Upper Deck — private balconies. A staff and crew of 24, including an IE Expedition Leader, cruise director and local naturalist guides, ensure an unprecedented level of service.

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Spectacular accommodations and wonderful friendly service guides were out of this world

By: Suzie

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2015

What a wonderful spectacular trip down the Amazon River. The service , the food, the accommodations , the guides were wonderful it was outstanding
Travel Advisor:  Aline Coleman

A Voyage You Will Remember

By: JohnSt2

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

My wife and I had a fantastic trip on the upper Amazon with International Expeditions aboard La Estrella Amazonica. The ship is three years old; it’s beautiful, spacious and spotless. The rooms are air conditioned and with the ship movement breeze and the overhead fans the outdoor areas are very comfortable. The food was excellent on board! The fresh fruits were unbelievable as were the juices made from them. The Chef's Peruvian recipes were fantastic. You can’t beat the fresh vegetables and the Peruvian spices (not hot – flavorful). The entire IE team is totally committed to ensuring that the guests enjoy every minute of their Amazon Adventure! Lots of attention was paid to "special" treats. Our team leader Angel Cardenas, and our two naturalists (Juan Tejada & Usiel Vasquez) were absolutely wonderful, they are very enthusiastic, bright, knowledgeable, & obviously love their jobs. Make sure that you travel with IE on La Estrella Amazonica. You will have an unbelievable experience.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor
Not Recommended

Mechanical malfuncction

By: kathy

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2016

We were to travel on La Estrella Amazonica for a week. As we were en route from the LIma hotel to the airport to fly to Iquitos, we found out that La Estrella had a mechanical malfunction and that we would not be able to travel on the boat. We were rebooked on two other Amazon river boats, which worked out well, but it did mean changing boats half way through the week. This wasn't the holiday that we anticipated, but I do think we saw all the same things.

Amazon Queen

By: Kirky

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2017

It was very, very good.
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham

Sailing on the Amazon Star

By: Satisfied Traveler

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2017

Satisfactory accomodations.
Travel Advisor:  Georgia Schley Ritchie
Not Recommended

Amazon River Trip

By: KJ

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2017

We had a great time however I was slightly disappointed with level of service & meals onboard this cruise. Very disappointed that they did not have sufficient supplies of white wine & the meals were very repetitive.

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