Nature Tours

Amazon Wildlife Ecology Exploration

This in depth exploration of 8 days / 7 nights in the Area de Conservacion Reserva Comunal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo, out of Iquitos city in North-East 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.If however looking for something shorter, why no try our 5D / 4N Manu Macaw Paradise or 5D / 4N Rainforest Expedition programmes?

A note on our two lodges:

1. The Main Lodge:

– The cabins have private bathrooms
– There is a greater variety of activities

2. The Research Center:

– The cabins have shared bathrooms
– There are better hiking opportunities with over 50 miles of trails through a variety of ecosystems
– There is more wildlife in the, immediate, area
– The lodge is more remote, in more pristine forest

Reservations must be made in advance.


Day 1: River journey to the lodge

Upon arrival in Iquitos one of our staff members will be waiting for you to pick you up and transfer you to the lodge. If having a transfer from the 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). The transfer goes by speedboat (note–is 4 hours) up the Amazon, then the Tahuayo tributary to our lodge. Upon arrival you will have time to get settled and unpack your bags before going on an excursion in the evening.

Meals: lunch and 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 the varzea forest behind lodge; there is a high probability 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 the lake by canoe. Canoe into the Tahuampa forest (flooded forest), canoe past giant ficus trees, see hoatzin birds, horned screamers, look for caiman on observation platform.
– Motorboat to the 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. Visit a bat cave (braver people can crawl through the cave).
– Go by motorboat to Lake Charo to see pink dolphins, swimming. En route we will look for squirrel monkeys, sloths and raptors.
– Fish for piranhas.
– Visit the native village of El Chino.
– Visit an artisan cooperative.
– Visit the local shaman (subject to his availability).
– Visit a rainforest farm.
– Visit a local school.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and 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. Exploring the various lakes and rivers from the research center by boat, during those trips 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 and dinner


Day 8

In the morning we’ll return to the main lodge from which we will take the boat to Iquitos, in the afternoon, from where you will be transferred to the airport or your hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner


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

Not Included:

 Optional expenses: 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.



Travel Details

  • Duration: 8D / 7N
  • Location: Iquitos – Perú
  • Customizable: Yes
  • When to go: Best: March to December
  • Travel Style: Nature Tours.
  • Destinations: Iquitos.
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