Peter Jenson founded the first of the Explorama Lodges in the Peruvian Amazon in 1964.
From the beginning protecting the rain forest and the well being of local people were intimately intertwined with the operation of the Lodge.
I first heard about Peter and Explorama in 1981 from Richard Ryel, founder of International Expeditions.
So even before I met Peter, I felt that in some small way I was following in his footsteps.
After we met, became friends and spent time together I realized what a rare and special privilege following in Peter Jenson’s footsteps was.
Before he was done Peter had started 3 lodges, a field station and a “camp,” employing over 200 people. He has been instrumental in protecting 250,000 acres of rain forest.
What made Peter so special to me was not just what he accomplished, but how he accomplished it—with humor and flare.
Peter died Saturday at his home in Ceiba Tops on the Amazon.
Now that he is gone, I would like to postpone following in his footsteps for as long as possible.
Peter would understand