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    An Amazon adventure

    Travel Weekly Editor in Chief Arnie Weissmann recently joined a jungle cruise offered by G Adventures on the Peruvian Amazon aboard the Queen Violetta, a riverboat leased by the operator earlier this year. Pictured here, a sunset over the Amazon. TW photos by Arnie Weissmann

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    An Amazon adventure

    The Queen Violetta, alongshore at sunset.

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    An Amazon adventure

    The Amazon River town of Nauta, as seen from a deck on the Queen Violetta.

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    An Amazon adventure

    Activity along the banks of the Amazon town of Nauta.

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    An Amazon adventure

    A flock of great white egrets settle in a swampy clearing off a tributary of the Amazon.

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    An Amazon adventure

    A tiny poison dart frog rests on the palm of the hand of a G Adventures guide.

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    An Amazon adventure

    Scott Bahr, vice president of product development and strategic alliances for Marriott Vacations Worldwide, displays a small piranha he caught.

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    An Amazon adventure

    But as you can see here, there is nothing small about its teeth.

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    An Amazon adventure

    A G Adventures guide, holds a fruit-eating piranha caught by a local fisherman (right), while Vacation.com's Christine James snaps a photo.

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    An Amazon adventure

    The day's catch.

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    An Amazon adventure

    Guests had an opportunity to swim in the Amazon during the trip. Although the group had gone piranha fishing earlier that same morning, everyone returned to the boat safe and sound.

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    An Amazon adventure

    A G Adventures guide holds a 15-foot anaconda's head down with a forked stick while a guest holds on to the tail.

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    An Amazon adventure

    The snake's head.

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    An Amazon adventure

    A brown capuchin, at right, approaches a resting howler monkey.

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    An Amazon adventure

    A macaw.

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    An Amazon adventure

    A local family that has gathered turtle eggs in its dugout canoe. The eggs will be turned over to conservation officials for protection.

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    An Amazon adventure

    A fisherman paddles upstream on a tributary of the Amazon.

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    An Amazon adventure

    The children on the trip helped prepare lunch at a local village.

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    An Amazon adventure

    The group visited a local school, met the students and dropped off supplies.

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    An Amazon adventure

    The skiff that took passengers from the Queen Violetta to explore the Amazon's smaller tributaries.

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    An Amazon adventure

    An iguana sunning itself on an upper tree branch.

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    An Amazon adventure

    A capped heron.

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    An Amazon adventure

    G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip

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    An Amazon adventure

    Industry executives gather on the Queen Violetta with G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip. Front row, (L to R), Karryn Christopher, Signature Travel Network and Glenn Wells, Merit. Middle row, Christine James, Vacation.com; Poon Tip; Denise Harper, G Adventures director of sales, Canada; Tiffany Glass, Vacation.com; and Nicole Mazza, TravelSavers. Back row, Ron Fenska, G Adventures director of sales; Pelin Karaca, Holbrook Travel; Scott Bahr, Marriott Vacations Worldwide; Lindsay Pearlman, Ensemble Travel Group; and Joe Winheim, Travel Tix.

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