This itinerary offers travelers a 7-day / 6-night adventure experience in the wilderness of the Amazon basin, tailored to the interests of the individual traveler and led by a highly experienced native wilderness guide fully trained in survival and first aid techniques.
Water sources in this part of the Amazon are highly acidic, meaning that the alkaline-loving mosquito species that carry malaria, yellow fever, dengue or Zika are not found in these forests. Activities included in this itinerary include the opportunity to explore the rainforest canopy using zip lines, and nights spent wilderness camping.
Transfer from airport or hotel.
Airport transfer: All participants need to do is look for our booth in the baggage claim area at Iquitos airport. We’re easy to find; located not far from the restrooms at a booth decorated with our name and logo (a hoatzin bird’s head surrounded by a diamond-shaped border).
Following the airport or hotel transfer, participants will be transported on a 4-hour journey up the Amazon River as far as the confluence with the Tahuayo River. Our rainforest lodge is situated on the banks of this tributary of the Amazon.
That evening, guests will be invited to take part in a nocturnal excursion.
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Day 2 and day 3
Venturing into the forest from the main lodge, guests will be offered the choice of a series of excursions in the forests within and around the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve, giving them ample time to acclimate to the Amazon rainforest environment. During these forest excursions, a naturalist guide will offer a detailed interpretation of the Amazon habitat and discuss with participants the different activities they can choose from. The services of a private guide and the service of tailoring the itinerary to match the interests and abilities of the participants are provided at no additional cost.
Below we list some examples of the excursions available:
- Canopy platforms and zip lines
- Hikes into the forest behind the lodge, where guests are likely to spot a number of typical rainforest species, such as pygmy marmosets, owl monkeys, yellow-crowned brush-tailed rats, wire-tailed manakins, black tamarins, saddle-backed tamarins and trogons.
- Hike to Lake Tapaje, exploration by canoe.
Canoeing into a flooded forest ecosystem, we will pass giant ficus trees and observe hoatzin birds and horned screamers, as well as searching for caimans from our observation platform.
- Motorboat to trailhead, for a hike into terra firme forest and into an area where poison dart frogs can be observed, and a bat cave can be visited and explored.
- Motorboat to Lake Charo to observe pink dolphins and enjoy a swim. En route to the lake, the guide will encourage participants to keep an eye out for squirrel monkeys, sloths and raptors. It is also possible to fish for piranha in this part of the forest.
- Visit native village of El Chino: Here we will visit a local handcraft cooperative, a village shaman (depending on his availability), as well as visiting a rainforest farm and the local school.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 to day 6
During this section of this Amazon Forest Adventure itinerary participants will camp in the Amazon wilderness in the company of an experienced private naturalist guide and assistant guide. Participants will be encouraged to learn more about jungle survival techniques, such as building a palm leaf shelter and how to find sources of drinking water and food, and making a fishing spear. Meals will be prepared using a campfire after each day’s exploration of the Amazon rainforest wilderness. On the evening of Day 6, the group will emerge from the forest and return to the main lodge.
- Morning excursion in the forests around the lodge.
- Afternoon boat ride to the city of Iquitos.
- Transfer to airport or hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on your final day.
2 nights accommodation and 1 night in camp.
Entrance fee to the TNR (Tambopata National Reserve)
All transport from your arrival to Puerto Maldonado until your departure.
English speaking guide.
All the assistance required
Flights to and from Puerto Maldonado.
Tree climbing (with ropes and harnesses).
Drinks (They can be purchased from the bar).
What to bring to the tour?
- 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.
- 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.