Jonathan– Operations & Website
Jonathan has always had a sense of adventure, having been around the world twice when he was younger. Yet somehow on those travels he never made it to South America to fulfill his childhood dream of visiting Machu Picchu. After several years of working as a Credit Risk Specialist and Actuarial Analyst in London’s Banking and Insurance sectors, he decided to take a short holiday to see it. Little did he know that short holiday would turn into moving to Peru.
Jonathan arrived in Peru, via the Amazon River itself, in October of 2011. After a thrilling jungle stay in hammocks in the Colombian Amazon near Leticia, he made the long boat journey from the Tres Fronteras to Iquitos, only to then compete in the longest raft race in the world, The Great Amazon Raft Race. It took him and his team three days to travel the 180km between Nauta and Iquitos on a wooden raft built with their own fair hands, and since then the Amazon has always felt like home.
Jonathan met Jeremy when playing for the local Lima ex-pat team, The Kiteflyers FC, but they soon got to know each other better off the pitch. Jeremy realized that Jonathan shared his passion for the Amazon, knew a thing or two about websites and spreadsheets, and after his Amazon experiences would know and appreciate the comfort and quality of the cruises offered by Rainforest Cruises more than most.
Customers will be pleased to know that Jeremy has yet to let Jonathan start selling cruises on his 4-passenger wooden raft.
Favorite Rainforest Cruises Boat
Lo Peix Amazon River Cruise in Brazil
The Lo Peix is a traditional Brazilian Amazon adventure cruise. This riverboat offers some of the most customisable itineraries around. You can include some exciting optional activities such as swimming with pink dolphins, an overnight jungle camp, nocturnal jungle walks, tree climbing and more.
South American Destinations Visited
Ecuador: Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil
Colombia: Cartagena, Bogota, Manizales, Armenia, Medellin, Cali, Pasto, San Agustín, Tolú, Santa Marta, Villa de Leyva, San Gil, Leticia
Peru: Lima, Ica, Arequipa, Tacna, Nazca, Colca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata, Chachapoyas, Trujillo, Mancora, Iquitos, Tarapoto, Huaraz, Oxapampa, Inca Trail, Santa Rosa
Bolivia: Santa Cruz
Next Trip: Iguazu Falls
Expert Reviews Written By Jonathan:
After cruising overnight to Española, our first excursion was a hike at Punta Suarez where we saw an amazing variety and quantity of wildlife. Many iguanas and sealions greet you, you’ll spot nesting colonies of both Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, bachelor sealions will gather and often block your path. After a short walk we were treated to incredible coastal views and witnessed a spectacular blowhole formation. Further along the trail we witnessed a couple of Galapagos Hawks.
The location was spectacular, and I felt privileged to experience this tiny sand bar of tranquility, the sounds of the jungle echoing as we swam about. The beach remains nameless, only visible at certain times of the year, and given the ever-changing fluid dynamics of the river, may not be there much longer. This thought made the experience even more memorable and me more grateful for having been a part of it. On my return to the boat I found I had a new friend waiting for me outside of my cabin - a stunning Giant Blue Morpho butterfly. What luck!