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8 Day Amazonia’s Classic Adventure Wildlife Tour in The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve, Loreto

Tahuayo Lodge, Peru

Unforgettable Wildlife Tour Peru

Since 1981, Amazonia Expeditions Peru has been delivering spectacular adventures into the upper Amazon basin as the area’s leading ecotourism operator. Join them in the Amazonian Tahuayo Reserve to hike, canoe, and zip line your way through the most biodiverse region yet studied. Your itinerary will be customized to your needs and interests by your highly trained private guide to deliver an unforgettable experience. Let the adventure begin!

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible
  • Group size: Maximum 20 participants
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 6 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Iquitos
  • Languages: English and Spanish speaking guides
  • All entrances and conservation fees are included.

Highlights

  • 7 days with activity
  • Excursions customized to your liking
  • Canoe, hike, and zip line to observe the wildlife
  • Chance to see pink dolphins, birds, poison frogs, monkeys, and otters
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Private guide service
  • All meals provided
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:20
Check-out Time:
16:00

Tahuayo Lodge

Tahuayo Lodge is the main lodge located in the heart of the Amazon. Amazonia’s main lodge on the Tahuayo River is not a resort, nor a hotel, but a comfortable lodge, suitable for adventurous travelers wishing to experience the Amazon Rainforest. Their vision with the Tahuayo Lodge is to provide you with most of the comforts of home while still remaining deeply connected to nature all around you. The lodge offers all-inclusive Peruvian/ international style buffet meals, private bathrooms, and electricity (limited) provided by solar panels.

The Amazon Research Center Peru Lodge (ARC)

The Amazon Research Center Peru Lodge (ARC) is located approximately 15 kilometers upriver from the main Tahuayo Lodge. The ARC Lodge is smaller, quieter, more remote and in a more pristine undisturbed forest with a different variety of wildlife. The centerpiece of the ARC is the trail grid system, the largest of its kind in the Amazon.

A note on the two lodges

  • The Tahuayo Lodge (the main lodge): Cabins have private bathrooms, a greater variety of activities
  • The Research Center Peru Lodge (ARC): Cabins have shared bathrooms, better hiking (over 50 miles of trails through a variety of ecosystems), more wildlife, and the lodge is more remote, in a more pristine forest.

Program

Day 1

  • The trip starts after the arrival of people on LA 2240, scheduled to arrive just past noon
  • Transfer in from the airport or hotel
  • Airport pickup: Look for the booth in the baggage area of Iquitos Airport, by the restrooms, with Amazonia Expeditions Peru's logo (head of a hoatzin bird in a diamond shape).
  • Hotel pickup: please let them know the address for where to pick you up.
  • Speedboat transfer (four hours) up to the Amazon, then the Tahuayo tributary to the lodge
  • Evening excursion
  • Meals included: Lunch and dinner

Days 2 to 4 At the Tahuayo Lodge

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

The main lodge has a greater variety of excursions of the two lodges. The following is but a sample list of activities to choose from:

  • The Canopy Experience: Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience exploring high in the treetops. Located in the pristine forest near Tahuayo Lodge, the zip line system is located entirely within the rainforest canopy. It is the only one of its kind in the Amazon. It is truly an amazing experience ascending into the treetops. Once at the top, the adventure begins!
  • Hike into varzea forest behind the 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 the observation platform.
  • Motorboat to Terra Firme forest, hike into frog valley to see beautiful little poison dart frogs, which were studied by scientists from Uppsala University (Sweden).
  • See bat cavity (a huge tree whose center has rotted out); braver people can crawl through bat cavity.
  • Motorboat to Lake Charo to view pink dolphins, swimming in the lake. En route look for squirrel monkeys, sloths, and raptors.
  • Visit the native village of El Chino. Visit artisan cooperative. Visit with a shaman (subject to his availability). Visit a farm. Visit a school.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Days 5 to 7 At Amazon Research Center Lodge

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

There are over 100 kilometers 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.

You can see many different species of monkeys, including brown and white capuchins, saki monkeys, titi monkeys, squirrel monkeys, pygmy marmosets, mustached 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 the saki monkey project

Together with biologist Janice Chism, Amazonia Expeditions Peru are investigating a possibly undescribed species of saki monkey that lives in flooded forests along the Tahuayo River. All guests who visit the research center are invited to participate in this research by sharing any photos you are able to take of the saki monkeys.

Since 2008, they have been observing 4-5 groups of sakis which live in the area covered by the trail grid at the Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center. They are trying to put together a photographic atlas of the sakis so they can document how many individuals are in each group, the identity of these individuals and any demographic changes in the groups (such as the birth of babies, departure of maturing offspring, or changes in male or female membership). They are also trying to document the facial patterns of these monkeys because this is how they will figure out whether they are a new species or one that is known to science but hasn’t been reported in this area before.

  • 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) where you can see hoatzins on their nests, blue and yellow macaws and caiman
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8

  • Morning return to the main lodge
  • Afternoon boat to Iquitos
  • Transfer to airport or hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Customized packages for a family with children

Amazonia Expeditions has lots of children visit, from ages 6 to 17. At no extra cost, you can have your itinerary customized to include activities your children will enjoy. Families are assigned private guides who have experience working with children. Family cabins include two-story cabins, each floor with a private bath, or large single room cabins for very young children, in our main lodge, and two-room cabins at our research center. A list of references from families that have recently brought children the same age as your children can be emailed to you upon request.

Location

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve

Amazonia Expeditions has exclusive access to the Area de Conservacion Regional Communal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo (ACRCTT), over 1.1 million acres commonly known as the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo reserve, which provides you with the opportunity to experience an unmatched variety of wildlife. The site has more species of monkeys than any protected park or reserve in the world. Scientists have also documented the greatest diversity of species of mammals and birds of any site studied in the lowland Amazon basin.

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve was originally designated by the Peruvian government in 1991 to protect the range of the rare red uakari monkey, an orangutan-looking monkey with a bright red face. Amazonia Expeditions played a major role in the development of the reserve. Subsequent scientific research has found one of the world’s richest variety of plants, amphibians, reptiles, and birds.

Amazon Research Center Trail Grid

The centerpiece of the ARC research facilities is the Trail Grid system. Located behind the Research Center Lodge, it contains 55 miles (75 kilometers) of trails spread over more than 1,000 acres (2,200 hectares) and slicing through four different ecosystems. It is the largest scientific trail system offered in the Amazon. Many more miles of trails radiate out from the grid. Twelve species of primates have significant populations on the grid. Some 50 additional species of mammals are found, including apex predators such as jaguar and puma. While about half of all research takes place at the ARC on the trail grid, other research opportunities utilize the many lakes and rivers, native communities downriver and other unique ecosystems found near the main tourism lodge.

Iquitos City

The city of Iquitos, Peru is the home base for our Amazon River expeditions. This is where your adventure will begin. From Iquitos, travel with your guides nearly four hours up the mighty Amazon river to reach the facilities. Amazonia’s main lodge on the Tahuayo River is not a resort, nor a hotel, but a wilderness lodge made for adventurous travelers.

Iquitos city is the world’s largest city not connected to any other city by road. It is surrounded by huge rivers and impenetrable Amazon flood forest. If not for air flights or an incredibly long boat ride up the Amazon river, Iquitos would be cut off from the outside world. Because of this isolation, one should not expect that the lodge has access to all goods and services that other parts of the world have access to. Surprisingly, they do have access to some technology and have installed solar panels, outlets to charge batteries, LED lighting, satellite connected Wi-Fi and even modern flush toilets. Other technologies, such as electric boat motors or quiet four-stroke motors do not yet exist for sale in Iquitos or are just not reliable enough for practical use.

Food

The food is served in a buffet style, with a variety of western style and regional foods at every meal. Servings include some vegetarian dishes. The culinary staff can also prepare special dishes. Just let Amazonia Expeditions Peru know at least a month in advance for special dietary needs. Please remember that they are in a remote location and can only procure foods that are locally grown or produced. Many food items that people are normally used to, and can be food most anywhere else, are not available in Iquitos city.

It is critically important to ingest a sufficient quantity of salt in a rainforest environment. Most people from a northern climate sweat profusely, as the body attempts to cool itself in the hot, humid environment. The level of sodium lost during sweating must be replenished or severe health problems can occur. For this reason, all of the foods on the buffet table are served with an adequate level of salt.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation at Amazon Research Center
  • 5 nights accommodation at Tahuayo Lodge
  • All meals
  • All transfers
  • Conservation fees
  • Entrance fees
  • Excursions customized to your liking
  • Gear such as jungle boots
  • Port taxes
  • Private guide
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Cola or beer drinks
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport (IQT). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Amazonia Expeditions Peru will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport Airport transfer included: Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Pricing information
  • Children receive a 25% discount on the cost of their trip.
  • Shorter or longer trips are available. Please send an inquiry for the exact prices.

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