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Crossing the Andes Mountains will be the team's first major challenge. We are counting on students to help us choose our route through the mountains.

We’re getting prepared to leave for Peru in less than three weeks. Lots of things need to get done before we depart: buying and testing equipment, shipping our canoes, giving school assemblies, visiting doctor’s offices, applying for permits, and sending emails and making phone calls to our family and friends.

The Wilderness Classroom has been to Peru before. However, we’ve never planned an expedition this big. By the time the Trans-Amazon Expedition is completed, we will have canoed over 3,000 miles to learn about how people, plants, and animals live in the Amazon rainforest. Along the way we will study global climate change, also called global warming, and witnessing how it impacts the rainforest’s waterways, plants, animals, and people.

Before we leave, we need research Peru and the Amazon so we can be prepared for the secrets the rainforest holds. We’re using books, the Internet, and making phone calls to scientists, educators, and people along our route. The best preparation for an expedition begins at home.

Over the next three school years, you can join our team as we travel over 3,000 miles across South America.

Once we arrive in Peru’s capital city, Lima, our first goal will be to purchase bicycles for the first part of our expedition. We plan to ride bikes from Lima to Yurimaguas, a city where two major rivers come together to form the upper Amazon River. Our bicycle journey will take us up and over the Andes Mountain, the longest mountain range in the world. By the time we pedal our bikes to Yurimaguas, we will have passed through as many ecosystems as if we were to walk from the North Pole to the Equator.


We will start our journey near Chan Chan, the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America. Scientists believe that a thousand years ago, close to 30,000 people lived in this city perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Once we’re in Yurimaguas we will begin to paddle our canoes toward the Atlantic Ocean along the greatest river on earth, the Amazon. It’s hard to talk about the Amazon River as just one river, though. Over 10,000 other rivers feed into the Amazon. Rivers that feed into other rivers are called tributaries. 17 of these tributaries are over 1,000 miles long, and they carry a lot of water. In fact, the Amazon watershed is responsible for maintaining and transporting 20% of the world’s fresh water that drains into an ocean. It covers an area of more than 7,000,000 square miles in five South American countries: Peru, Bolivia, Equador, Venezuela, and Brazil.

We have a lot to learn, both before we leave and once we arrive in Peru. Think about what you would like us to study during the Trans-Amazon Expedition. With your teacher’s help, you will be in charge of making decisions for the expedition. So, you’ll have to do your research too. We’re counting on you to keep us safe, informed, and on track to reach our goal of canoeing the greatest river on earth.

Keep Exploring!


We think the most important thing is exercise, because if you are not in good shape you may not make the entire trip. You have a computer for research and other Spanish speakers.

We think the most important thing is research on climate, weather, and the land so they know what they need to make it through the journey.

Five of 8 students voted for research because they felt that not only would research give you good background so that you are prepared to learn more during the trip, but that research would tell you the best way to exercise and might also help you with Spanish.

Five of 8 students voted for research because they felt that not only would research give you good background so that you are prepared to learn more during the trip, but that research would tell you the best way to exercise and might also help you with Spanish.

I think that the most important thing to do is research. If you are going into a foreign place, you don't know what is there, or the dangerous animals or plants that are there. Happy researching.

I believe research is the most valuable use of your time becuse it is helpful along your journey and you might run into dangerous animals or plants. I agree with Tuniee!!

All 3 things are important and should be practiced equally.

I think that all of it is important but I think that reaserch is most important by a little. I mean you need to reaserch so you can tell us about the Amazon also you need to reaserch so you know what you are dealing with. So you don't run into any poisonous animal or plant. Excersize is important because you need to stay in shape to hike and bike ride and paddle the boats and walk and much much more. You also need to learn Spanash so you can comunicate with the people so you can learn more about their culture. So they all are important to me.

i really imiar you and your team because you all saved your money to follow your dream trip when i get your age i wanna do the same because you dont just go on a trip you see things up close and learn more about them and thats really cool love.casey1

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