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Episode 33: The Amazon: How to plan a trip, plus the “selfie tourism” wildlife controversy

December 20, 2017

Visiting the Amazon is a magical experience. The sounds and sights are stunning: pink dolphins, insects buzzing, birds screeching, creatures slithering. You can stay in a rainforest ecolodge, take a boat on the river at night, meet indigenous people.

In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” hosted by AP Travel Editor Beth Harpaz, we hear from Peter Prengaman, AP’s news director in Rio de Janeiro, about his recent trip to the Amazon. Along with tips for how to plan your own trip, we’ll look at issues raised by an animal advocacy group about wildlife encounters in the region. Several reports say sloths and other animals are being harmed by “selfie tourism,” where captive animals are presented to visitors for photos.

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New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She recently completed a quest to visit all 50 states.

Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news - thank goodness - is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.

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