10 REASONS TO TRAVEL WITH AMAZONIA EXPEDITIONS FOR YOUR ADVENTURE TO THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
1. Leading Biodiversity
We have unparalleled access to the 1+ million-acre Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Regional Conservation Area (ACRCTT) which we helped to establish and has been described by biologists as having the greatest biodiversity yet documented in the Amazon Basin. This region is especially rich in Monkeys (16 species), birds (over 600 species) and other species including the endangered Giant River Otter, Amazon River Dolphin (pink dolphin) and the Bald Red Uakari, one of the rarest primates on Earth, found only in the ACRCTT reserve and buffer zone.
2. No Handling/Harassment of Wildlife/Exploitation
It is part of our ethical mission to not handle or disturb wildlife in their natural setting. If you are looking for a selfie holding wildlife, then this is not the trip for you. All the animals you will see with us are truly wild and we have no pets, cages, or trained animals.
3. The top-rated ecotourism company in the Amazon Rainforest
- Trip Advisor #1 rated Specialty Lodging in the Amazon Region, #1 rated in Peru, and #1 rated in all of South America.
- 2019 Winner of the “Premio Nacional del Ambiente” the highest environmental honor personally awarded by the President of Peru for environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
- Rated #1 in the western Amazon by National Geographic for conservation practices.
4. Canopy Experience
Experience the Tree Giants & Canopy of the Amazon Rainforest. Completely rebuilt in 2019, our NEW Canopy Experience allows you to explore 6 canopy platforms and zoom through the rainforest on 4 ziplines more than 100 ft above the rainforest floor. All excursions including the Canopy Experience are included in the cost of your trip.
5. The BEST Guides in the Amazon Rainforest
Our local guides have the best skills and highest professional training standards of any company in Amazonia. All guides are certified in first aid wilderness training, fluent in English, and frequently tested to make sure their information on rainforest biology is up to date. All our head guides are permanent employees, not on temporary contracts. During the COVID-19 pandemic we were one of few to keep our workforce employed during the tourism shutdown. Our staff is 100% vaccinated against COVID. Learn more about our guides here.
6. Meaningful contribution to the local communities
We maintain close, meaningful, relations with the local Tahuayo communities. In conjunction with our nonprofit organization Angels of the Amazon we have built one of the finest rural health clinics in all of Amazonia and pay for staff, equipment, and supplies. We have built a high school for the communities of the upper Tahuayo River & are now rebuilding the elementary school. To learn more about our mission and project see here.
No other ecolodge in the Amazon basin takes safety measures as we do. Our lodge staff are trained to handle emergency situations and all our guides are certified in wilderness first aid. As a formal business, all our boats are frequently inspected by the Peruvian Coast Guard and our boat pilots are fully licensed. All boats are supplied with flotation jackets (with correct sizes for children). In addition, unlike other regions such as Nauta and Puerto Maldonado to the south, the blackwater ecosystems of the Tahuayo River basin do not have the mosquito species Anopheles darlingi or Aedes aegypti. Therefore, no malaria preventatives or additional vaccinations are necessary for our trips. Learn more here.
8. Two Lodges and Trail Grid
For longer trips a stay at the Research Center is included in the price of your trip. Each of our lodges has access to unique ecosystems home to their own unique flora & fauna. Visiting two lodges greatly increases your chances of spotting a greater variety of wildlife.
9. Leading Contributor to Scientific Research
We are more than just a tourism business. Our lodges host an active program of scientific research and affiliation with leading universities and other institutions.
10. Experience the REAL Amazon Rainforest & REAL Peru
The Amazon Region is the largest in Peru (60% of Peru’s landmass) and to experience the REAL Peru, you must also experience the Amazon Rainforest. Our lodges are located 4 hours (by speed boat) from the city of Iquitos – this is how far you need to travel to reach truly untouched rainforest. This is pure wilderness – no roads, power lines, or waterlines. We offer a 100% authentic experience. You will not find any tourist traps, pet animals, fake “tribal shows” while traveling with us.