Educational Program Rainforest/Jungle Itinerary:
After clearing customs in Lima Airport look for our staff member holding up a sign with our logo. You will then be taken to a hotel in Lima (Usually Hotel Melodia).
Transfer back to the airport. Fly to Iquitos.
Speedboat to lodge. First we travel on the Amazon River. Here we can see many marsh birds as well as small native villages that dot the river banks. Then we go up a smaller tributary, the Tahuayo River, which leads to the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve. We arrive at the jungle lodge by lunch. Orientation to the lodge, includes assigning cabin bungalows, research laboratory and library, dining hall and other facilities. The lodge was rated as one of the "ten best wilderness lodges in the world" by Outside Magazine. Evening excursion by boat to see caiman crocodiles and tree boas.
Daily itinerary can vary according to the group's interests, weather conditions, etc., but here is a sample:
Before breakfast birdwatching along riverbank ecosystem. After breakfast hike through forest to see manakin lek, owl monkeys and pygmy marmoset habitat. Then ascend into canopy onto platforms and use ziplines to travel to various canopy platforms. After lunch visit blackwater lake to see with pink dolphins. It was here that Sy Montgomery studied the pink dolphins to write her two books about these fascinating freshwater mammals. After supper evening excursion to see nocturnal birds such as potoos, nightjars and owls.
Before breakfast visit to butterfly colpa, where these colorful insects swarm to feed on marine sediment deposits. After breakfast hike in terra firme ecology to study plant diversity including trek to frog valley to see poison dart frog conservation and breeding study project. After lunch visit to native riberenos village to learn about their culture and native participation in the agronomy conservation project. After supper a native shaman will perform a ceremony of good luck and good health at the lodge.
Before breakfast birdwatching in varzea ecology. After breakfast hike through forest to identify medicinal plants. After lunch canoe into a blackwater lake to observe monkeys, nesting hoatzin birds and horned screamers. After supper evening excursion to view boat-billed herons and night herons.
Canoe into tahuampa forest (flooded forest), canoe past giant ficus trees, see hoatzin birds, horned screamers, look for caiman on observation platform.
Days 7 - 10
Travel upriver to the Research Center Lodge. hike the trail grid, helping to habituate populations of 12 different species of primates. Participate in ongoing research conservation programs. Swim in Dolphin Lake. Return to the main lodge on day 10.
Before breakfast birdwatching in a cocha (lake formed by a river meander). After breakfast by motorized boat up the Tahuayo River to see macaws, parrots and monkeys living in habitat by the river's edge. After lunch put on mosquito repellent for hike into aguajal ecology (swampy forest) to see the unique flora and fauna of this ecosystem. After supper farewell fiesta.
Before breakfast, fishing for piranha. After breakfast hike to see giant kapok trees. Monkeys may be seen along the way. Afternoon return to Iquitos by boat. Brief tour of Iquitos city and markets, such as the "witches" marketplace. Transfer to airport. Fly Iquitos-Lima-USA.
Cost for school groups:
About $120pp per day, plus airfare. Cost includes all land in Peru, transfers, lodging, meals, guided excursions, entrance fees, tourist taxes, port taxes, laundry, gear, etc.