Signature Adventure Day 1:
Iquitos -> Main Lodge
Upon arrival in Iquitos, you will be greeted after clearing baggage security in Iquitos Airport by our staff in the parking lot waiting area. They will be wearing T-shirts with our logo, (the head of a hoatzin bird in a diamond shape).
From the airport, you will travel to the river and board a speedboat for the 4 hour ride up the Amazon river, and into the Tahuayo tributary to the main lodge.
Lunch is provided upon arrival, and you are introduced to your personal guide before afternoon and evening excursions begin.
Signature Adventure Day 2:
Main Tahuayo Lodge
After breakfast, the first item on the agenda is to try out our well-known canopy platforms and ziplines. This activity offers a unique view of the Rainforest Canopy, where you might catch a glimpse of bird of paradise and other wildlife. After ziplining for the morning, join your guide on a hike into the varzea forest behind the lodge. In this ecosystem, it isn’t uncommon to see pygmy marmosets, owl monkeys, yellow-crowned brush tailed rates, and wire-tailed manakins. If you’re lucky, you might also see black tamarins, saddle-backed tamarins, and trogons. Following these activities, you guide will bring you back to the lodge for lunch. Your next stop could be into Lake Tapaje, where your guide will take you around in canoes to explore this beautiful ecosystem. The evening would be closed off with dinner, and potentially a night-time canoe ride to stargaze on the river.
Signature Adventure Day 3:
Main Tahuayo Lodge
For your third day, before sunrise, head out for a special birding tour to see many different species when they are the most active. After returning back to the lodge for food, canoe out with your guide into the tahuampa forest (flooded forest) to paddle past giant ficus trees, see the charismatic hoatzin birds, horned screamers, and look for caiman from observation platforms. After leaving the tahuampa forest, return to the lodge for lunch before heading out to the terra firme forest. From here you can hike with your guide into frog valley search for beautiful little poison dart frogs, which were studied by scientists from Uppsala University (Sweden) September-November 2013. In the terra firme forest you can also see a bat cave and if you are feeling brave, even crawl through. Once you make it back to the motorboat, you and your guide can head to Lake Charo to catch a glimpse of pink dolphins. En route to Lake Charo, be sure to keep an eye out for squirrel monkeys, sloths, and raptors. After the day of hiking, return to the lodge for dinner and to relax.
Signature Adventure Day 4:
Main Tahuayo Lodge
For your fourth day in the Amazon, and last day at the main lodge, join your guide after breakfast to go fishing for piranha on the river. All equipment for fishing is provided from the lodge. After fishing, and taking a dip in the river, come back to the lodge for lunch. Your next stop would be to the native village of El Chino. Here you could visit the artesania cooperative where some of the locals sell their crafts as souvenirs. In addition to this, you could also visit the farm and the newly built schools in the village. After your visit to the village, you would come back to the main lodge to pack your things for your departure to the research center lodge the next day.
Signature Adventure Day 5 and 6:
Main Tahuayo Lodge -> Research Center Lodge
After breakfast, you will depart with your guide to the remote research center lodge. On the boat ride over we stop often to see bats, sloths, monkeys, raptors, and toucans. It will take all of the morning to make it to the research center lodge, and so lunch will be provided upon arrival. After lunch, and for the rest of your stay at the research center lodge, you would be hiking with your guide through the various ecosystems that surround the lodge. On days where you decided to stay out for the full day, a lunch would be packed for you to take a long with you.
The rainforest here is more pristine, and guests often see rare wildlife that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. With 100 km of hiking trails, laid out in a grid to facilitate the scientific collection of population data, there is never a lack of paths to follow. The trails go through several ecosystems, including bajial, high and low restinga, palm swamp and terra firme. On any of the hikes, you may 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. Boating the various lakes and rivers from the research center we often see caiman as well as the highly endangered giant river otters.
Signature Adventure Day 7:
Research Center Lodge
For your last full day in the Amazon, after breakfast you would hike with you guide to Lake Yarina. From here, you can see beautiful hoatzin birds on their nests, as well as blue and yellow macaws and howler monkeys. After spending the day at Lake Yarina, you would return back to the research center lodge for dinner and to prepare your things for returning to the main Tahuayo lodge.
Signature Adventure Day 8:
Research Center Lodge -> Tahuayo Lodge -> Iquitos -> Onward
On the morning of your last day, you would return to the main Tahuayo lodge after having breakfast at the research center lodge. After getting all of your things together, having lunch in the main lodge dining hall, and filling out a survey about your experience, the departing groups will all board the afternoon boat back to Iquitos. From here, you would fly to Lima and continue on to your next destination.