8D / 7N
Cusco – Peru
Best: March to December
When to go

This in depth exploration of 8days/7nights in the Area de Conservacion Reserva Comunal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo, out of Iquitos city in NE Peru explores a variety of different ecosystems. The water ecology is very acidic so there are no species of mosquitoes that carry malaria, yellow fever, dengue or zika. Highlights include viewing pink dolphins, exploring the canopy with ziplines, platforms and walkway and viewing the greatest diversity of monkeys found in the Amazon basin.


Day 1: River journey to lodge

Transfer in from airport or hotel

If airport: Look for our booth in the baggage area of Iquitos Airport, by the restrooms, with our logo (head of a hoatzin bird in a diamond shape).

Speedboat transfer (note–is 4 hours) up the Amazon, then the Tahuayo tributary to our lodge.

Evening excursion

Meals: Lunch, dinner


Day 2 to day 4

*From the main lodge

Guided excursions in and around the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve. Every day your private guide will discuss a selection of activities that you can choose to do. There is no extra cost for private guide or customizing your itinerary to your needs and interests.

The main lodge has the greater variety of excursions of our two lodges. The following is but a sample list:

Canopy platforms and ziplines

Hike into varzea forest behind lodge; highly probable to see pygmy marmosets, owl monkeys, yellow-crowned brush tailed rats, wire-tailed manakins. Also possible to see black tamarins, saddle-backed tamarins, trogons.

Hike to Lake Tapaje, explore by canoe.

Canoe into tahuampa forest (flooded forest), canoe past giant ficus trees, see hoatzin birds, horned screamers, look for caiman on observation platform.

Motorboat to terra firme forest, hike into frog valley. See beautiful little poison dart frogs, which were studied by scientists from Uppsala University (Sweden) September-November 2013. See bat cave; braver people can crawl through bat cave.

Motorboat to Lake Charo to see pink dolphins, swimming. En route look for squirrel monkeys, sloths, raptors.

Fish for piranha.

Visit native village of El Chino. Visit artisania cooperative. Visit with shaman (subject to his availability). Visit farm. Visit school.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 5 to day 7

*To the Amazon Research Center lodge, ARC

The Research Center is more remote. On the boat ride to the Research Center we stop to see bats, sloths, monkeys, raptors, toucans.

We have over 100 km of hiking trails from the research center, most of the trails are laid out in a grid to facilitate the scientific collection of population data. The trails go through several ecosystems, including bajial, high and low restinga, palm swamp and terra firme. We can see many different species of monkeys, including brown and white capuchins, saki monkeys, titi monkeys, squirrel monkeys, pygmy marmosets, moustached tamarins, saddle-backed tamarins, and sometimes uakaris, as well as giant tayra weasels and tamandua anteaters. Data collected from camera traps also reveal a high density of jaguar live here but these are rarely seen.

You can participate in our saki monkey project (described on our website)

Boating the various lakes and rivers from the research center we often see caiman as well as the highly endangered giant river otters.

Hiking to Lake Yarina (full day) we can see hoatzins on their nests, blue and yellow macaws and caiman.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 8

Morning return to the main lodge

Afternoon boat to Iquitos

Transfer to airport or hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*A note on our two lodges

The Main Lodge:

Cabins have private bathrooms

Greater variety of activities

The Research Center:

Cabins have shared bathrooms

Better hiking, over 50 miles of trails through a variety of ecosystems

More wildlife

Lodge is more remote, in more pristine forest

Reservations must be made in advance.


(Includes all in Amazon)

All transfers
 Private guide
 Excursions customized to your liking
 Gear such as jungle boots
 Entrance fees
 Conservation fees
 Port taxes, etc.

Not Included:

 Optional expenses only: cola or beer drinks, souvenirs, tips, laundry.

What to bring

  • Bring two copies of your passport picture page for help in reconfirming flights and as entrance requirement for the reserve. No visa is required.
  • Long and short pants.
  • Long sleeved shirts and tee shirts.
  • Rain gear.
  • Hat with brim.
  • Swim suit.
  • Comfortable footwear and flip flops.We have jungle rubber boots in various sizes available for you (it is important to use our boots to help prevent the spread of amphibian chytridiomycosis disease, spread from microscopic soil particles from foreign forests). Bring high socks to wear in the boots. Canoe enthusiasts like reef walkers or water moccasins. Daytime high temperatures are 80-88 F
  • Sun block (you are close to the equator where there is less atmospheric protection from UV).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Canteen or water bottle.
  • Binoculars.
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Personal toiletries
  • Small battery operated fan
  • Daypack or small backpack. We provide three meals a day but if you like to snack between meals bring some snacks in zip lock bags.
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