Re: Peru Collecting Trip

> I would be more than happy to create a page and put it under my web site:
> Fish Link Central

Somehow I am getting the feeling that people are expecting more than I've
got.  I asked someone from Margarita Tours to send me their propectus(?) by
email.  A friend who headed-up the tour last year sent me the fish list. 
Both are just text files but I thought others might like to see them.  They
are attached.

So far as I know Margarita Tours doesn't have a web page but I am sure that
they would appreaciate any advertising they can get.  The person I
contacted at Margarita Tours is Devon.  His personal email address is
jg7ge65m at umiami_ir.miami.edu .

Hope this is of use to you.

Carl & Joyce Camper <chateaustripmin at mcn_net> | Wanted:
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                        Margarita Tours=0D
         Tropical Fish Collection and Study Expedition =0D
          Napo River and Rio Tacshacuraray Area with =0D
           Visits to many Blackwater Creeks and Ponds=0D
                 4th through 11th January 1997=0D
                          followed by=0D
                *11th through 18th January 1997=0D
(*for additional$650.00 you may wish to take advantage of two full weeks =
sailing from the riverport of Iquitos, Peru with experience crew and =
American tour leaders and=0D
biologists.  Led by senior Aquarist/Biologist Dr. David Schleser, a =
veteran research scientist in the=0D
Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon regions.  Includes visit to fish exporting =
facilities in Iquitos.=0D
Please read the following information carefully and keep this with your =
trip file.  Complete the Reservation Form, and=0D
attach your reservation check for $400.00 per person*.  Please make this =
check payable to:=0D
                Margarita Tours, Escrow Account=0D
          P.O. Box 2513, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33303-2513=0D
                     Tel/Fax (954) 764-8274=0D
*If you are coming from outside of the US, please contact Margarita =
Tours, Inc., to make payment arrangements.=0D
What's included:=0D
     Round trip airfare from Miami, Florida to Iquitos, Peru.  You =
travel aboard a comfortable=0D
     FAUCETT PERUVIAN AIRLINES, L1011 wide body jet with a delicious =
in-flight meal. =0D
     All drinks are free, the service is excellent and courteous.  =
Direct flight time is=0D
     approximately 4 hours 15 minutes.=0D
     All airport receptions, at Miami International Airport, and upon =
arrival in Iquitos.  Once=0D
     you arrive at the FAUCETT counter in Miami International Airport, =
our representative=0D
     will contact you and assist you with the counter check-in, and with =
your luggage.  A=0D
     representative will likewise assist with departure from Iquitos, =
Peru.  =0D
     All transfers to and from airport, one night hotel in Iquitos, all =
luggage handling.=0D
     Six days and seven nights aboard M/V Delfin, double-occupancy =
cabins, all meals aboard,=0D
     picnic lunches while on shore excursions and collection forays.=0D
     All guide services, shore excursions, and lectures=0D
     Services of the Aquarist/Biologist who will personally guide you in =
your study and=0D
     collection efforts; short lectures, daily informal =
seminars/discussions on various aspects of=0D
     tropical fish biology/ecology of the Amazon region.=0D
     Visit to Tropical Fish Exporting facility in Iquitos, Peru.=0D
     Unlimited use of our expedition skiffs and experienced crew=0D
Not included:=0D
     Round-trip transportation from your home town to Miami, Florida.=0D
     Fees for passports and other travel documents.=0D
     Tips to guides, crew.=0D
     Airport departure taxes, including the Iquitos Airport departure =
tax of US $25.00*.=0D
     Prescription medicines, bug-repellent, etc.=0D
     Fee for processing of fish collecting permit, customs fees and =
clearance, services of fish=0D
     exporter in preparing documents, clearing customs, etc.  This fee =
is currently US $60.00*,=0D
     and is paid directly to the Fish Exporter when your fish are =
processed on Friday afternoon. =0D
     NOTE: For transport of tropical fish as checked-in luggage (i.e., =
     quantities), you are limited to the contents of one (1) 54-quart =
plastic cooler.  Fish export=0D
     documentation fees, shipping preparation and packing in Iquitos, =
etc., are not the=0D
     responsibility of Margarita Tours, Inc.=0D
*Airport departure taxes and fish export fees may be subject to change =
without notice.  Margarita=0D
Tours, Inc., will attempt to advise you of any changes of which it is =
aware, but is not responsible=0D
for any additional costs that may be incurred by such changes.=0D
         Tropical Fish Collection and Study Expedition=0D
                 Riverboat Expedition Itinerary=0D
                       8 Days / 7 Nights=0D
DAY 1 (Jan 4/Saturday) Upon arrival in the city of Iquitos, we clear =
customs and are met by=0D
     our representatives and transferred directly to the Port of Iquitos =
where we board the=0D
     riverboat "M/V Delfin".  Following a brief orientation and port =
clearing procedures, the=0D
     vessel departs.  We are passing the now sleeping town of Iquitos =
and it is time for a final=0D
     drink before "hitting the bunks" and settling down for the nights =
cruise down the Amazon=0D
     River.  Sometime in the early morning, we enter the Rio Napo and =
continue upriver on=0D
     this important tributary of the Amazon.=0D
DAY 2 (Jan 5/Sunday) Wake up at your leisure on Sunday morning and savor =
a cup of hot=0D
     coffee on the upper deck while you enjoy your first view of the Rio =
Napo and the=0D
     spectacular scenery along its banks.  You will be served a =
delicious American-style=0D
     breakfast at which time you will be given briefing materials and =
advised as to the days=0D
     itinerary.  In the late morning, we arrive at the small town of =
Mazan.  Here you have the=0D
     opportunity to briefly disembark and pay a short visit to the =
friendly residents of the town. =0D
     Lunch is served as we depart Mazan, and by mid-afternoon we make =
our first collecting=0D
     foray.  Return to the Delfin to sort out and house our "catch", =
clean up, and have a well-earned and ample supper.  We will overnight =
aboard the Delfin in the vicinity of=0D
     Tutapishca Village.=0D
DAY 3-4 (Jan6-7/Monday-Tuesday) Our day starts early while you are still =
asleep as we cruise=0D
     upriver to new collecting sites.  We will be making frequent stops =
at a variety of collecting=0D
     sites including the villages of Oro Blanco and Tostado, as well as =
at Zapote stream and its=0D
     adjoining blackwater lakes.  Late Tuesday afternoon we arrive at =
the village of Negrollrio=0D
     where we have supper and remain for overnight.=0D
DAY 5 (Jan 8/Wednesday) We depart early from our anchorage and after =
breakfast, arrive at=0D
     our first collecting area for the day.  Continuing upriver, we will =
make an early afternoon=0D
     arrival at the mouth of the Tacshacuraray River.  This is the =
furthest upriver on the Rio=0D
     Napo that we will go. We will eat supper and overnight at the =
village of Cruz de Plata.=0D
     After supper, our Expedition Aquatic Biologist, Dr. David Schleser, =
will give an informal=0D
     lecture on the fishes, aquatic biology, etc. of the region.=0D
DAY 6 (Jan 9/Thursday) Early Thursday morning, grab a cup of coffee to =
wake up, and off we=0D
     go up the blackwater river of Tacshacuraray.  The Tacshacuraray =
area represents a varied=0D
     forest area full of small streams, blackwater lakes, ponds and =
swamps.  This area abounds=0D
     in desirable aquarium fishes.  After the first collecting, we =
return to the Delfin for=0D
     breakfast, and then go back to collect in more sites.  In the late =
morning, we return to the=0D
     Delfin for lunch and immediate departure back to Iquitos.  Supper =
is served as we cruise=0D
     down the Rio Napo, and another evening lecture is given for those =
who are interested.  In=0D
     the late evening, we pass by Mazan, continuing on to the junction =
of the Rio Napo and the=0D
     Amazon which we reach after you have retired for the night.  Near =
this point, we anchor=0D
     for a few hours.=0D
DAY 7 (Jan 10/Friday) A very early departure from our anchorage - we =
sail upriver on the=0D
     Amazon well before you are up for the day.  As we travel through =
the maze of Amazon=0D
     river channels, breakfast is served.  After breakfast, we will stop =
briefly at the Amazon=0D
     River town of Indiana for a visit to the market and for general =
sightseeing.  As we=0D
     continue upriver, now is the time to prepare your fish for =
transport to the Exporters, and=0D
     also to pack your personal belongings.  You have plenty of time to =
do all this and also sit=0D
     on the upper deck and watch the Amazon go by.  As we near Iquitos, =
boat traffic on the=0D
     river increases and there are increasing signs of human habitation. =
 Lunch is the last meal=0D
     aboard the Delfin, and immediately after eating we arrive at the =
Port of Iquitos where we=0D
     disembark and are transferred to our hotel.  Your fish are taken =
directly to Aquario=0D
     Yacaruna for processing of permits, packing, and if desired, water =
changes and=0D
     oxygenation.  In the early afternoon you have time to visit the =
Plaza de Armas, the=0D
     riverfront walk, and view many of the rubber-boom era buildings =
present in the "down-town" area of Iquitos.  At 4:00 PM, we visit =
Aquario Yacaruna to visit the facilities,=0D
     purchase any fish you might still have room for, and pay for the =
export permits.  When=0D
     you are finished at the fish exporters, or if you are not taking =
fish home, you are free to=0D
     sightsee and shop until 8:00 PM when we will meet for a farewell =
dinner at a popular local=0D
     restaurant "El Meson".  After an excellent and varied meal, you are =
free to party all night -=0D
     the only requirement being that you are at the hotel for Saturday =
mornings transfer to the=0D
DAY 8 (Jan 11/Saturday) Departure from the hotel to the Iquitos airport. =
 Your fish will meet=0D
     you at the airport, and will likely already be inspected, checked =
in, and ready to go.  You=0D
     will receive whatever assistance necessary during the check in =
procedures.  Late morning=0D
     departure aboard FAUCETT PERUVIAN AIRLINES Flt. #291 direct to =
Miami, Florida. =0D
     Your arrival time in Miami is approximately 4:15 PM (Eastern =
Standard Time).  You=0D
     should allow at least two and a half (2.5) hours connecting time =
for your connecting time=0D
     to your home town.  Do not let your local travel agent persuade you =
that 1 or 1.5 hours is=0D
     sufficient time!!=0D
TRIP #2 - 11th THROUGH 17th JANUARY=0D
The itinerary for the second trip will be similar to that of the first, =
however for those passengers=0D
that may be extending for the second week, we will attempt to collect at =
a variety of sites not=0D
visited during the first trip.  Extending passengers will also have the =
opportunity to spend all of=0D
Saturday (11 January) exploring the city of Iquitos.=0D
Trip Insurance:=0D
We highly recommend that you protect yourself and your equipment through =
the purchase of traveler's insurance.  In=0D
case your Homeowners and Medical policies do not cover you abroad, we =
strongly suggest you purchase special travel=0D
coverage through a company such as Travel/Safe or American Express.=0D
Money Exchange:=0D
Money Exchange is easily taken care of in Iquitos.  US Dollars are =
widely accepted in Iquitos, and most stores/hotels=0D
will change dollars into Nuevo Sols at the official bank rate.  There is =
no black market rate for dollars in Peru.  Do not=0D
change dollars at the airport in Miami as you will receive a very poor =
exchange rate.  We feel that for a one-week=0D
expedition, the amount of US $200.00 should be more than sufficient to =
cover the cost of souvenirs, bar tab, and other=0D
incidental expenses incurred.  If you are taking fish home, remember to =
budget $60.00 for permit costs, and all=0D
passengers should remember to budget $25.00 for airport departure taxes. =
 Credit cards are accepted at some stores,=0D
restaurants and hotels.  Travelers checks can only be cashed at banks =
and should not be brought.  All US bills=0D
should be relatively unworn and free of tears, ink writing and other =
blemishes, or they may not be accepted.  =0D
Travel Documents and Legal Considerations:=0D
Entering Peru is simple and without any difficulties.  U.S., Canadian, =
and E.E.C. citizens are required to have only a=0D
valid passport, no visa is necessary.  Citizens of other countries =
should contact the nearest Peruvian embassy/consulate=0D
for requirements.  Firearms and ammunition are forbidden for import, or =
to carry or convey to another person.  Drug=0D
offenses are severely punished in Peru and all luggage is searched upon =
arrival and departure from Iquitos International=0D
Airport and/or sniffed by drug dogs.=0D
Health Requirements:=0D
Physical and dental check-ups are recommended for the convenience and =
safety of all travelers.  We carry full safety and=0D
emergency equipment and we are equipped to provide emergency first-aid =
in case of illness and injury.  Specialized=0D
medical attention may be difficult to secure and it will not be =
available on the remote rivers which we will travel.  No=0D
inoculations are required for entry into Peru, however tetanus is =
recommended, and passengers may wish to consult with=0D
their physician regarding malaria prophylaxis.  As always, consult with =
your personal physician prior to your trip. =0D
Expenses for emergency medical care, evacuation or hospitalization are =
not covered in the trip fees, and shall not be=0D
considered the responsibility of Margarita Tours or its operators.=0D
The Iquitos area, located only a few degrees south of the Equator, is =
characterized by strong tropical sun and rain forest. =0D
The amount of rain and temperature fluctuation is about the same =
throughout the year, with occasional cold fronts in=0D
June and July (temperatures rarely down to 65 degrees F).  The =
temperature varies from the mid- to high 80's during the=0D
day, night-time temperatures can drop some 10 degrees.  Rain normally =
occurs during the afternoon or night.  Humidity=0D
levels are high.=0D
Camera Equipment:=0D
The Amazon, with its beautiful scenery, is a photographers paradise.  We =
highly recommend a variety of film speeds for=0D
the jungle environment.  Those with video cameras can get excellent =
footage even in low light situations.  You should=0D
carry sealable plastic bags to protect your camera equipment from rain =
and moisture.  Bring plenty of film - it is=0D
expensive in Iquitos.=0D
What to Bring:=0D
=10  Personal toiletry articles and soap=0D
=10  Prescription medicines=0D
=10  Insect repellent (Muskol, Jungle Juice, etc. (High=0D
DEET content)=0D
=10  Lightweight shorts and pants=0D
=10  Flashlight with batteries and bulbs=0D
=10  Tennis shoes or other canvas-topped shoes which=0D
dry quickly, with rubber soles =0D
=10  Hat with wide brim or bill=0D
=10  Fannypack or small backpack, weather proof=0D
=10  Light poncho or rain jacket=0D
=10  Lightweight shirts, both long/short sleeves=0D
=10  Lightweight jacket or windbreaker=0D
=10  High SPF sunscreen=0D
=10  Polarized sunglasses=0C=0D
Persons with particular dietary or medical needs (vegetarian diet, =
diabetes, hypersensitivity, etc.), or with physical=0D
disabilities should notify Margarita Tours well ahead of time so that =
all possible arrangements can be made to=0D
accommodate their needs.  We may not be able to make last-minute =
arrangements once you are in Peru.=0D
Leave all expensive items (jewelry, watches, etc.) at home.  Your trip =
will be enhanced if you take a few minutes to=0D
contemplate what you will need to be comfortable.=0D
Fish List from Rio Napo Trip, January 27-February 2, 1996

Bony Tongues
Osteoglossum bicirrhosum

Boulengerella maculata
Hoplias malabaricus
Hoplerythrinus unitaeniatus
Erythinus erythrinus
Characidium sp.
Elachocharax sp.
Nannostomus trifasciatus
Nannobrycon equis
Pyrrhulina eleanorae
Pyrrhulina semifasciatus
Pyrrhulina sp. "Zig-zag stripe" (maybe a Copella)
Copeina guttata
Schizodon fasciatum
Leporinus sp. aff. frederici
Abramites hypselonatus
Rhytiodus sp.
Hemiodopsis of microlepis group
Chilodus punctatus
Prochilodus nigricans
Curimata rhomboides
Curimata of spilura group
Curimatopsis macrolepis
Thoracocharax stellatus
Thoracocharax securis
Carnegiella myersi
Carnegiella strigata
Mylossoma aureum
Serrasalmus rhombeus
Serrasalmus sp. aff. spilopleura
Pygocentus nattereri
Rhaphiodon vulpinus
Charax sp.
Roeboides sp.
Cynopotomus sp.
Acestrorhynchus falcirostris
Triportheus albus
Triportheus elongatus
Triportheus angulatus
Prionobrama filigera
Prionobrama sp.
Chalceus macrolepidotus
Chalceus erythrurus
Paragoniates alburnus
Aphyocharax dentatus
Stethaprion erythrops
Poptella sp.
Iguanodectes sp.
Astyanax bimaculatus
Tetragoopter argenteus
Moenkhausia lepidura complex
Moenkhausia dichroura
Moenkhausia sp. aff. colletti
Moenkhausia oligolepis
Moenkhausia sp. "tail light"
Moenkhausia others
Gymnocorymbus sp. aff. thayeri
Gymnocorymbus sp. aff. socolofi
Hyphessobrycon loretoensis
Hyphessobrycon sp. aff. heterorhabdus
Hyphessobrycon sp. "glow light"
Hyphessobrycon bentozi
Hyphessobrycon unilineatus
Hemmigrammus sp. aff. rodwayi
Hemmigrammus sp. aff. ocellifer
Hemmigrammus pulcher
Phenogaster pectinatus
Paracheirodon innesi
Axelrodi stigmatius

Doras punctatus
Doras(?) sp.
Amblydoras handcocki
Platydoras costatus
Anadoras grypus
Parauchenipterus galeatus
Tatia sp. aff. auloygia
Aucenipterus sp.
Centromochus heckelii
Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum
Brachyplatystoma filamentosum
Sorubim lima
Pinirampus pirinampu
Calophysus macroterus
Pimelodella of gracilis group
Pimelodella of altissimus group
Pimelodella blochi
Pimelodella sp. aff. cristata
Leirius pictus
Heptapterus sp.
a cetopid catfish
a trichomycterid (candiru)
Dianema longibarbis
Hoplosternum sp.
Brochis splendens
Corydoras sp. "fine spotted"
Corydoras rabauti
Plecostomus sp.
Ancistris sp.
Hypoptopoma sp. aff. gulare
Otocinclus sp. aff. mariae
Loricaria sp. (with eggs)
Loricaria sp.
Rhinoloricaria lanceolata
Rhinoloricaria sp.
Hemiodontichthys sp.
Bunocephulus sp.
Bunocephulus caracoides
Agmus lyriformis

Rivulus elongatus
Rivulus rubrolineatus

Cichla monoculus
Hypselocara temporalis
Aequidens tetramerus
Laetacara thayeri
Crenicichla sp.
Crenicichla johanna
Crenicichla cincta
Astronotus ocellatus
Biotodoma cupido

Satanoperca jurupari
Apistogramma cruzi
Apistogramma bitaeniata
Apistogramma cacatoides
Mesonauta insigne
Hero appendiculatus
Pterophyllum scalare
Bururquina moriorum
Chaetobranchus flavescens

Monocirrhus polyacanthus
Trinectes sp.
Colomesus asselus
Potamorhamhis sp.
Anchovella sp.
a knifefish