Music "Shooting Star" by Dexter Britain from Zenith EP.

Houseboat Amazon Presents

This film is about diving into exploration. It is about shedding preconceived notions of science and being wrapped in the awe of the daily discovery in the Amazon rainforest. Our main research goal was to uncover the mystery surrounding an elusive “flying” saki monkey that had not been seen alive for over 80 years. It is a rainforest detective story with a happy ending.

Houseboat Amazon is an international team of wildlife professionals, students and scientists from Brazil, US, Colombia, and Mexico; a Brazilian houseboat captain and crew; and rural guides that joined us en route from January-May 2017 on five rivers. We invite the audience to immerse themselves in our daily lives as we lived and worked together on a 60-foot houseboat, where three languages were spoken (Portuguese, English, and Spanish).

  Ivan, our "super guide" pauses for a photo of a monkey in a very tall tree. Photo by Juan Pablo Bueno

Ivan, our "super guide" pauses for a photo of a monkey in a very tall tree. Photo by Juan Pablo Bueno

Join us in hand-carved canoes as we glide through flooded forest -- and pull up your rubber boots to follow us through the challenging terrain of rainforest. We not only see amazing creatures and record new species, but we work with the local communities to discover what they eat, including monkeys, caiman, and tapirs.

En route, we discuss the need for ecoliteracy in countries like the US and how urban actions impact people in small rainforest communities that seem remote and disconnected. This kind of film can be powerful tool for engaging an audience for whom real rainforest exploration is a complete mystery.

Find your passion hidden in a tangle of vines, the splash of a pink dolphin, or the flutter of a giant blue morpho’s wings. And maybe, just maybe, find it in a fluffy missing monkey.


Become the wild in the wilderness. Join us to find your heart in the jungle.

-Houseboat Amazon

Juan Pablo Balances on a moving canoe to film the HBA Team.  Photo by Marcel Santana


...And many more!

Just some of the gear our DP Juan Pablo would bring with him in the field. Along with the drone and camcorder, he often brought his still Nikon camera, binoculars and a GPS unit. We would hang our gear in small saplings to keep ants from getting in it. Photo by Ivan Batista Logo 2.png