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Women in the Amazon Trip
September 24-30, 2017
Led by Dolly Arevalo Beaver, Nelly Pinedo and Avi (Celeste) Taricuarima
Amazonia Expeditions has been the leading advocate for women’s rights in the upper Amazon basin. We were the first company to hire and train native women to work as guides and administrators in positions equal to men. When we started in the early 1980s, such a practice was virtual heresy in Iquitos, Peru.
In addition to our employment practices, lodge owner Dolly Beaver has spent decades working to empower and improve the lives of the indigenous women of the Tahuayo River basin. Listening to their concerns and problems, Dolly incorporated a not for profit foundation, Angels of the Amazon, which built and helps fund a fine rural clinic, and has provided children with educational opportunity far beyond the elementary school level the government was providing.
Dolly further helped the organize the native women into an economic collaborative, called Asociacion Manos Amazonica. The collaborative generates work and cash income while preserving traditional arts and crafts. Empowering women through the beauty of their art, we helped create women leaders who have become a political force in their communities. The women artisans use renewable resources, organic plant and dyes from the forest, this way benefiting conservation efforts in the ACRCTT reserve. Their art creations are sold to tourists and other organizations. As results of this effort the women have gained respect,political voice and financial independence. In 2016 the Angels foundation constructed a fine building in the largest village of the upper Tahuayo River, a center for the women to train, work, socialize and organize.
We know it all too well that if women are given a chance they will do their part to help making a better world for all, so this is no different here. We want to continue our efforts and mission and invite you to Join us in the next Amazon Adventure-Women only trip Sept 24-30. You will be guided by our expert female naturalist guides who are respected for their courage, position and knowledge. Your presence will uplift and reassure the many women who constantly work to survive in natural harsh environment that their efforts are valid. I will be your host and I hope to share with you all that I know about the Amazon Rainforest and it’s habitants as well.
Land cost $1195 per person
No extra cost if traveling as a single
Includes all in Amazon (all transfers, lodging, meals, private guide, excursions customized to your liking, gear such as jungle boots, wifi, entrance fees, conservation fees, port taxes, etc.).
Optional expenses only: cola or beer drinks, souvenirs, tips, laundry.
To confirm reservation please make a deposit $250 per person
payment can be made by credit card on our PayPal site (click on the “buy now” button).
3% service charge waived for deposit
Amazonia Expeditions does not assume responsibility for problems or losses arising from the operation of flights such as cancellations, delays or lost luggage. For protection against problems with airlines or other problems such as illness or political or natural disasters beyond control of the tour operator we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.
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excursions are described in detail on websites
Must arrive on LA 2240 departing Lima, Peru at 10;10am arriving Iquitos at 12;10pm
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).
Speedboat transfer (note–is 4 hours) up the Amazon, then the Tahuayo tributary to our lodge.
*From the main lodge
Exploring the Amazon forest from 100 feet above the forest floor on our canopy platforms and ziplines.
Hike into varzea forest behind 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.
Canoe into tahuampa forest (flooded forest), canoe past giant ficus trees, see hoatzin birds, horned screamers, look for caiman on observation platform.
Motorboat to terra firme forest, hike into frog valley.
Motorboat to Lake Charo to see pink dolphins, swimming. En route look for squirrel monkeys, sloths, raptors.
Visit native village of El Chino. Visit artisania cooperative and meet with native women. Learn traditional weaving technique. Meet with some women in the homes.
*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.
It is on the trail grid that biologist Rose Hores spent three years studying one of the world’s rarest monkeys, the Red Bald-headed Uakari and also is where Dr. Janice Chism has spent a decade researching a describing a species of saki monkey unknown to science. AmazoniaExpeditions has supported the important conservation oriented research of these and many more women scientists and graduate students.
Morning return to the main lodge
Farewell celebration of the mother spirits of the Amazon
Afternoon boat to Iquitos
Transfer to airport or hotel
*A note on our two lodges
The Main Lodge:
Cabins have private bathrooms
Greater variety of activities
The Research Center:
Cabins have shared bathrooms
Better hiking, over 50 miles of trails through a variety of ecosystems
Lodge is more remote, in more pristine forest
Reservations must be made in advance.
Please bring two copies of your passport picture page for help in reconfirming flights and as entrance requirement for the reserve. No visa is required. No vaccination certificate is required. In our 33 years working in this region we have not yet had a traveler become sick with a tropical disease. Please contact us for more information.
Clothes for the jungle
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
Other things to bring
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; bring biodegradable soap and shampoo; 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.
Needed for optional purchases such as souvenirs. US currency is good for all of that, but make sure your bills are in virtually new or mint condition.
Please forward any questions, dietary requests, etc.
The following is required reading to prepare you for your trip.
the Frequently Asked Questions for Amazon Preparation which are found here
Please let me know if I can provide any additional help in your preparation.
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