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The World's Best Destinations For Wildlife

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Peruvian Amazon Wildlife

Rainforest Cruises are proud to announce that two of the destinations we offer cruises to, namely the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuador's spectacular Galapagos Islands, have been included on USA TODAY's list of nominees for the World's 10 Best Places For Wildlife.

The list, consisting of destinations spanning the globe, was compiled by wildlife experts from Natural Habitat Adventures and includes nominees from remote islands in the Pacific to the wild expanses of Africa. Despite the vast differences in geographical location, they all have one thing in common: the opportunity for visitors to observe some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet in stunning natural settings.

Amazon Monkeys

Peru is home to some of the most luxurious riverboats available on the Amazon, and when combined with the opportunity to visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, a 5-million-acre mosaic of pristine rainforest habitat, one can see why these cruise itineraries are so popular with our passengers and why the reserve has been included as one of the nominees for World's 10 Best Destinations For Wildlife.

The Amazon's tributaries and confluences within the reserve are home to frolicking pink and grey river dolphins and her lagoons often covered in giant lily pads, obscuring the teeming fish and caiman beneath the surface. The shores are lined with scores of marsh birds as overhead, troops of howler monkeys, elusive sloths and flocks of brilliant macaws and bright butterflies can be spotted by eagles and other sharp-eyed visitors.

To vote for the Peruvian Amazon's Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve click here.

Fish Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands, isolated in the Pacific 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, are equally as stunning and home to some of the most unique and endemic wildlife on Earth. A plus is that given their lack of fear of humans they can be witnessed from very close quarters! Passengers can swim with sea turtles and Galapagos penguins, snorkel with the friendly sea lions or even walk amongst iguanas and blue-footed boobies on the shorelines. Contact us for more information as to your Galapagos cruise options.

To vote for the Galapagos Islands, click here.

You can place your vote for your favorite destination for wildlife until NOON (ET) Monday, 9 February 2015. We wish good luck to all the nominees, but we obviously have our favorites!

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Rainforest Cruises is a boutique travel company specializing in Amazon river cruises and tours, providing you with the finest collection of cruises in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and Panama. As South American travel experts we have all the advice you need to help you find and book your dream cruise and an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.


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The Johannson family encounter a sloth on their rainforest cruise.
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