About Us

Established 1981
 
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About Us

Established 1981

 

 

 

Start Your Adventure Today!

Our Mission

We are more than just a tourism business. We aspire to offer the best tourism program in the Amazon basin as part of our greater mission to conserve the most biodiverse site yet studied by biologists, in collaboration with the nearby indigenous community.  Although we focus on offering the best experience for tourists in the Amazon, our true mission is the preservation of the region around us. In order to protect the immense biodiversity contained within this area, our efforts are geared both towards the aid of indigenous and ecological communities.
The indigenous people have a truly beautiful culture and way of life, but the addition of schools, clinics, and economic initiatives help them to advance without having to damage the ecosystems around them. 

Providing a high-quality experience to our guests by assigning private guides, native to the region, who are educated, professional and friendly, offering the greatest diversity of excursions found in the Amazon and customizing itineraries to the needs and interests of each visitor.

Conservation and Study of the Environment, specifically of the ACRCTT (Area de Conservacion Regional Comunal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo) through political, economic, scientific, and community initiatives.

Supporting the Local Community and our Team Members by building, supporting and helping to staff the finest rural clinic in the Amazon basin, conducting educational programs and offering scholarships for the native children and supporting sustainable economic initiatives that bring wealth to the community.

Promoting Scientific Education and Investigations through programs for interns, school groups, interested visitors, and the community as well as supporting and conducting scientific investigations of plants, animals and ecosystems.

Our Mission

We are more than just a tourism business. Although we focus on offering the best experience for tourists in the Amazon, our true mission is the preservation of the region around us. In order to protect the immense biodiversity contained within this area, our efforts are geared both towards the aid of indigenous and ecological communities.
The indigenous people have a truly beautiful culture and way of life, but the addition of schools, clinics, and economic initiatives help them to advance without having to damage the ecosystems around them.

Providing a high quality experience to our guests

Conservation and Study of the Environment

Supporting the Local Community and our Team Members

Promoting Scientific Education and Investigations

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve

The most mega-diverse region in all of the Amazon may be the Area de Conservacion Regional Comunal de Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo (ACRCTT), which is also known as the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo reserve. Only Amazonia Expeditions has tourist facilities with access to this magnificent reserve. Peru’s first state reserve, it covers an expanded area of precious, ecologically diverse western Amazon rainforest. Exceeding 1.1 million acres, its approx. 1,600 square miles covers appreciably more land area than does the state of Rhode Island (1045 sq. mi). The ACRCTT was originally designated a reserve 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.

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve

The most mega-diverse region in all of the Amazon may be the Area de Conservacion Regional Comunal de Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo (ACRCTT), which is also known as the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo reserve. Only Amazonia Expeditions has tourist facilities with access to this magnificent reserve. Peru’s first state reserve, it covers an expanded area of precious, ecologically diverse western Amazon rainforest. Exceeding 1.1 million acres, its approx. 1,600 square miles covers appreciably more land area than does the state of Rhode Island (1045 sq. mi). The ACRCTT was originally designated a reserve 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.

Meet the Owners

The owners of Amazonia Expedition and the Tahuayo lodges have deep roots in the Iquitos region of the Amazon rainforest, with broad knowledge and appreciation of both the local culture as well as the biological attributes of the upper Amazon basin.

Dolly Beaver

Owner of the Tahuayo Lodge & Founder of Angels of the Amazon

Paul Beaver

Founder of Amazonia Expeditions

Meet the Owners

The owners of Amazonia Expedition and the Tahuayo lodges have deep roots in the Iquitos region of the Amazon rainforest, with broad knowledge and appreciation of both the local culture as well as the biological attributes of the upper Amazon basin.

Dolly Beaver

Owner of the Tahuayo Lodge & Founder of Angels of the Amazon

Paul Beaver

Founder of Amazonia Expeditions

Our Guides

Included in the cost of your trip is a personal guide who will accompany you throughout all of your activities. At the start of each day your guide will discuss a selection of activities that you can choose from. Based on the weather and general logistics of each day, different activities will be available, but your guide will always be there to help you to choose which activities best suit you. Your guide will be available from before dawn, throughout the day, and into the evening to allow you to fit in all of the activities you hope to, whether it be sunrise hikes, or to observe nocturnal activity.

Nixon Irarica Tello

Head Guide

Manuel Huayllahua

Head Guide

 

Melisa Lima Sangama

Head Guide

 

Nelly Priscilla Pinedo Alvarado

Head Guide

Claudio Huayllahua Sánchez

Head Guide

 

Adrian Gomez Villacorta

Head Guide

 

Andy Bicerra

Staff Biologist

Javier Anibal Alván Arévalo

Head Guide

 

Rafael Campos Sinti

Head Guide

 

Welister Perez

Head Guide

Juan Walter Lomas

Head Guide

Ronaldo Ricopa

Head Guide

Lander Juan Peña Ramirez

Head Guide

Jhonatan Eliu Guevara Linares

Head Guide

Our Guides

Included in the cost of your trip is a personal guide who will accompany you throughout all of your activities. At the start of each day your guide will discuss a selection of activities that you can choose from. Based on the weather and general logistics of each day, different activities will be available, but your guide will always be there to help you to choose which activities best suit you. Your guide will be available from before dawn, throughout the day, until into the evening to allow you to fit in all of the activities you hope to, whether it be sunrise hikes, or to observe nocturnal activity.

Nixon Irarica Tello

Head Guide

Manuel Huayllahua

Head Guide

 

Melisa Lima Sangama

Head Guide

 

Nelly Priscilla Pinedo Alvarado

Head Guide

Claudio Huayllahua Sánchez

Head Guide

 

Adrian Gomez Villacorta

Head Guide

 

Andy Bicerra

Staff Biologist

Javier Anibal Alván Arévalo

Head Guide

 

Rafael Campos Sinti

Head Guide

 

Welister Perez

Head Guide

Juan Walter Lomas

Head Guide

Ronaldo Ricopa

Head Guide

Lander Juan Peña Ramirez

Head Guide

Jhonatan Eliu Guevara Linares

Head Guide

Our History

Almost forty years ago, a young Dr. Paul Beaver was conducting zoological field research when he learned from the natives about the incredible biodiversity in the upper Tahuayo River basin. His expeditions through the rainforest eventually led to the creation of Amazonia Expeditions a pioneer adventure travel company in the region.

Our History

Almost forty years ago, a young Dr. Paul Beaver was conducting zoological field research when he learned from the natives about the incredible biodiversity in the upper Tahuayo River basin. His expeditions through the rainforest eventually led to the creation of Amazonia Expeditions a pioneer adventure travel company in the region.

Charity Work

Amazonia Expeditions has long provided aid to reciprocate the kindness, conservation ethic and assistance provided to us by the indigenous people of the Tahuayo River. To this end, Amazonia’s director Dolly Arevalo Beaver incorporated a non-profit organization, Angels of the Amazon (AOA), recognized by the (US) IRS as a legal non-profit. AOA has managed to raise funds to provide substantial support for the local communities. The aid provided can be categorized into three major spheres: medical and health care, educational assistance and economic programs.

Learn More

Charity Work

Amazonia Expeditions has long provided aid to reciprocate the kindness, conservation ethic and assistance provided to us by the indigenous people of the Tahuayo River. To this end, Amazonia’s director Dolly Arevalo Beaver incorporated a non-profit organization, Angels of the Amazon (AOA), recognized by the (US) IRS as a legal non-profit. AOA has managed to raise funds to provide substantial support for the local communities. The aid provided can be categorized into three major spheres: medical and health care, educational assistance, and economic programs.

Learn More

FAQs

What clothes should I wear in the jungle?

We simply recommend rain gear, short and long-sleeved shirts and pants, a hat with a brim and a bathing suit. To be any more specific would be self-defeating because people have such great individual differences in what they feel is appropriate.  For footwear, sneakers, sandals, or water moccasins are good for resting at the lodge or for boat rides. However, for walking in the forest, you will be required to wear the boots that we provide to you. We have rubber boots available in various sizes. Bringing your own jungle footwear could introduce microscopic soil microbes that could harm our ecosystems. Most people like to have long socks to wear in our boots.

Do I need any vaccinations or malaria preventatives?

No malaria preventatives or vaccinations are recommended for the trip. 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. Thus there is no zika, malaria or yellow fever.

More detailed information can be found here: https://perujungle.com/your-zika-and-malaria-free-experience/

What documents are required?

If you are a citizen of the USA or Canada all you need is a passport. You do not need a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you must check on-line with the Peru consulate. You do not need a vaccination card (unless you are also traveling to Puerto Maldonado in Peru). Please note that passports must be valid for 6 months after your visit.

Can my children come?

We have lots of children visit, from ages 6-17. 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.  Children receive a 25% discount on the cost of their trip.

What is the food like?

We serve buffet style, with a variety of western style and regional foods at every meal.  Servings include some vegetarian dishes. Our culinary staff can also prepare special dishes–let us know at least a month in advance for special dietary needs. Please remember that we 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.

Do you have laundry service?

Yes, we have a nominal charge, $12 USD, for a bag of clothes to be laundered. Clothes are laundered in a traditional jungle fashion, beaten on logs, and then hung out to dry by the sun (may take a day to dry, or longer depending on the weather).

Can I request a salt free diet?

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 our buffet table are served with an adequate level of salt.

Do you charge a supplement to single travelers.

We do not charge anything extra for single travelers (does not apply to extensions to the Andes). We consider ourselves a tour operator, not a hotel. Lodging is incidental to the main objective of your trip, an experience in the rainforest.

What are the guidelines for giving tips?

Tipping is optional. Our travelers enjoy their stay with no pressure or expectations about tipping. Our staff provides service for a salary. If you feel that the quality of services rendered was outstanding and you are highly motivated to tip, the amount is solely at your discretion. If you wish to give something to all of the behind the scenes people responsible for maintenance, cleaning, and cooking, a tip can be given the care of the lodge supervisor.

What gifts can I bring for the indigenous people?

Gift giving must be done very carefully, to ensure that the relationship between visitors and locals continues to be one of mutual affection and does not turn into a problematic situation where locals become dependent or expectant on gifts from tourists. Additionally, we must ensure that goods are distributed equally amongst the community to avoid some becoming resentful because some of their neighbors receive special attention/gifts. The relationship of our tour company and the natives are managed by Dolly Arevalo (link to Dolly Bio), herself a native of the region.

Please read some more at www.angelsoftheamazon.org

 

We have a few ways to make a suggested contribution that does not interfere with cultural norms.

  • Give a tax-deductible donation to AOA to buy some books the teachers want. We can have the books ready in Iquitos for you to bring to the school and give to the teacher.  Suggested donation USD $30-100
  • Host a nutritional breakfast at a school.  Donation to AOA is USD $250
  • Pay two weeks salary of a nurse at the clinic USD $400
  • You can also donate through on our website using the “Donate Now” button at angelsoftheamazon.org
What if I have to cancel?

All Amazon land trip purchases are 75% refundable up to 45 days before trip departure. If we buy your airfare at a discounted price that is usually non-refundable. We do not automatically include trip cancellation insurance with your fee, so if you want to protect your investment against cancellation we recommend that you buy trip cancellation insurance.

Should I purchase travel insurance?

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. We have seen too many times people that have to cancel at virtually the last minute because of health reasons or the illness of a family member. Problems with airlines are also another common issue. Losses due to flight cancellation, delay or lost luggage are possible when traveling anywhere in the world. In addition (very rarely) trips can also be canceled due to problems beyond the control of the tour operator (labor strike, natural disaster, etc.) and are thus non-refundable. Please contact us via our email at [email protected] if you wish information about travel insurance.

What is a typical day like in the jungle?

There is no typical day. You will appreciate this before traveling if you complete all of your required reading. Every day is different, every week is different. The wonder of the Amazon is the incredible biodiversity. As a result, common wildlife encounters are rare, while rare wildlife encounters are common. The Amazon is a dynamic, ever-changing environment. There are hundreds of interesting things that you could take place during your trip. This is why many people do return trips; we even have several guests who have done more than 10 trips in the past three decades. Every trip to the Amazon is a completely different and often unpredictable experience. See more here: https://perujungle.com/biodiversity-in-the-amazon/

How long should I stay?

We are in a region of mega-biodiversity so there is a lot to see and do. We recommend a minimum stay of 8 days. But we do have people staying as short as 3 days and some as long as 3 months. For people staying 5 days or less we only use the main lodge. There is a great variety of activities from the main lodge, hiking in varzea and terra firme ecosystems, canoe in flood forest, canopy zip line, swim in a lake, visit native communities, etc. But the wildlife is different and the forest more pristine at our remote Research Center Lodge. You must stay a minimum of 6 days total to include a visit to the Research Center Lodge.

Where should I put my valuables for safe keeping?

We have never had a theft at the lodge. But if you are worried you can give items to the lodge supervisor to store securely.

Will my camera by affected by humidity?

Years ago cameras would sometimes be affected by the humidity. People used to bring silica gel to put inside zip lock bags with their cameras. But the new cameras that operate with digital chips don’t seem much affected by humidity. Remember when you go by boat or canoe to keep your camera in a water-tight floatable when not taking photos. We are not responsible for damage done to cameras, cell phones or other personal items by the jungle environment.

Do you have the latest in technology?

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 we have access to all goods and services that other parts of the world have access to. Surprisingly we 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 4 stroke motors do not yet exist for sale in Iquitos or are just not reliable enough for practical use.

How many bags can I bring?

We have no limit on the number of bags you can bring with you to the lodge. However, if you have any extra luggage it can be secured free of charge at our office in Iquitos city.

Do you have electricity

Electricity is provided to our lodge via solar power with battery storage along with a backup generator used during peak hours. Charging plugs are US style. The voltage is 220v not 120v (as in the United States) However, nearly all modern electronics (cameras, cell phones, laptops) can charge on 220v with no issue.

What is the required reading and where do I find it? Do I really need to read it?

The required reading list is located on the bottom section of your itinerary.

 

We do know this is not a standard trip for most people. That is why we send a required reading list (not suggested or recommended reading) About 5% of people do ignore this required reading, and it is easy to tell as they arrive unprepared and confused, asking questions they should already know the answers to, and getting significantly less enjoyment from their trip as people who have conscientiously prepared for their adventure.

Just in case you missed it. Here it is again:

Required Reading

Important: The following is required reading to prepare you for your trip.

  1. Read your itinerary and suggested preparation list that follows your itinerary.

 

  1. Read over our website, http://www.perujungle.com  especially the history, mission, and Tahuayo Lodge webpages and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Amazon Preparation which are found at http://perujungle.com/faqs/

 

  1. “Like” Amazonia’s Facebook to see daily photos and news from the Amazon:
    Use this web address to find us on Facebook at facebook.com/amazonia.expeditions

 

  1. Diary of an Amazon Jungle Guide; Amazing Encounters with Tropical Nature and Culture: revised and expanded edition by Paul Beaver, Ph.D. – Gives insight into local culture, ecological diversity and the nature of wildlife encounters in the Amazon. Rated 5 stars on Amazon.com

 

  1. CODE OF CONDUCT: Guests are expected to abide by a code of conduct that shows respect to indigenous people, the environment, wildlife, staff and fellow guests. Please note the five bullet points below.
  • The staff of Amazonia Expeditions treats all guests with respect and kindness and management expects that guests will also treat all staff, native people and fellow guests with appropriate respect and will not tolerate abusive behavior on the part of its guests.
  • Although raising one’s voice, or yelling, may be considered the norm in some cultures, it can be perceived to be very rude by local standards. Raising one’s voice in anger may result in your guide or other staff members feeling uncomfortable in your presence and may affect the overall quality of your trip. In Peru using vulgar, abusive language is a criminal misdemeanor.
  • 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!
  • Inappropriate behavior will result in the guest being directed to leave without refund or if deemed excessive, with a criminal complaint.

Traveler understands that wilderness travel has inherent risks and agrees to hold Amazonia Expeditions and all its employees harmless and free of liability. Traveler further agrees that any disputes arising from the trip must be resolved through binding arbitration handled by the Better Business Bureau of West Florida.

Can I handle/touch any animals?

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! See more here: https://perujungle.com/selfie-safaris/

FAQs

What clothes should I wear in the jungle?

We simply recommend rain gear, short and long-sleeved shirts and pants, a hat with a brim and a bathing suit. To be any more specific would be self-defeating because people have such great individual differences in what they feel is appropriate.  For footwear in the forest though, you will be required to wear the boots that we provide to you. Bringing your own jungle footwear could introduce microscopic soil microbes that could harm our ecosystems. Most people like to have long socks to wear in our boots.

What documents are required?

If you are a citizen of the USA or Canada all you need is a passport. You do not need a visa. If you are a citizen of another country you must check on-line with the Peru consulate. You do not need a vaccination card (unless you are also traveling to Puerto Maldonado in Peru).

Do you have laundry service?

Yes, we have a nominal charge, $10 USD, for a bag of clothes to be laundered. Clothes are laundered in a traditional jungle fashion, beaten on logs, and then hung out to dry by the sun (may take a day to dry, or longer depending on the weather).

Can my children come?

We have lots of children visit, from ages 6-17. 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.  Children receive a 25% discount on the cost of their trip.

What is the food like?

We serve buffet style, with a variety of western style and regional foods at every meal.  Servings include some vegetarian dishes. Our culinary staff can also prepare special dishes–let us know at least a month in advance for special dietary needs. Please remember that we 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.

Should I purchase travel insurance?

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. We have seen too many times people have to cancel at virtually the last minute because of health reasons or the illness or death of a family member. Problems with airlines as far as losses due to flight cancellation, delay or lost luggage is another common problem. Trips can also be canceled due to problems beyond the control of the tour operator (and are thus non-refundable). These can include the closure of transportation venues due to labor strikes or political strife, or environmental disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides. Please contact us via our email at [email protected] if you wish information about travel insurance.

Can I request a salt free diet?

It is critically important to ingest a sufficient quantity of salt in a rainforest environment. Most people from a northern clime 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 a condition of hyponatremia will ensue.  Essentially, the plunging level of sodium in the blood drives fluid into the body’s cells.  In the cranium, the resulting swelling of the brain first leads to symptoms of dizziness and headaches, as well as mood swings.  If untreated by the simple ingestion of salt, advanced symptoms include severe vomiting, coma and ultimately death.

Do you charge a supplement to single travelers.

We do not charge anything extra for single travelers (does not apply to extensions to the Andes). We consider ourselves a tour operator, not a hotel. Lodging is incidental to the main objective of your trip, an experience in the rainforest.

What are the guidelines for giving tips?

Tipping is optional. Our travelers enjoy their stay with no pressure or expectations about tipping. Our staff provides service for a salary. If you feel that the quality of services rendered was outstanding and you are highly motivated to tip, the amount is solely at your discretion. If you wish to give something to all of the behind the scenes people responsible for maintenance, cleaning, and cooking, a tip can be given the care of the lodge supervisor.

What gifts can I bring for the indigenous people?

Gift giving must be done very carefully, to ensure that the relationship between our guests and the natives continues to be one of mutual affection and does not degenerate into the natives becoming beggars for goods nor resentful because some of their neighbors receive special attention/gifts. The relationship of our tour company and the natives are managed by Dolly Arevalo, herself a native of the region. She makes sure that all of the people in the communities have access to medical care, that all qualified children have access to higher education, that the women are economically empowered and that the natives are incentivized and rewarded for contributing to the conservation of the region.  Please read some more at www.angelsoftheamazon.org

We have a few ways to make a suggested contribution that does not interfere with cultural norms.

  • Give a tax-deductible donation to AOA to buy some books the teachers want. We can have the books ready in Iquitos for you to bring to the school and give to the teacher.  Suggested donation $30-100
  • Host a nutritional breakfast at a school.  Donation to AOA is $250
  • Pay two weeks salary of a nurse at the clinic $400

You can donate through PayPal using the “Donate Now” button at www.angelsoftheamazon.org

What if I have to cancel?

All Amazon land trip purchases are 75% refundable up to 45 days before trip departure. If we buy your airfare at a discounted price that is usually non-refundable. We do not automatically include trip cancellation insurance with your fee, so if you want to protect your investment against cancellation we recommend that you buy trip cancellation insurance.

Should I purchase travel insurance?

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. We have seen too many times people have to cancel at virtually the last minute because of health reasons or the illness or death of a family member. Problems with airlines as far as losses due to flight cancellation, delay or lost luggage is another common problem. Trips can also be canceled due to problems beyond the control of the tour operator (and are thus non-refundable). Peru has enjoyed political and economic stability and peace for the last two decades, except in the region of Lake Titicaca, where labor strikes typically close access for 1-2 weeks every year. In 2001 a strike closed access to the Inca Trail for a couple of weeks. Several years ago protests in Iquitos shut down the airport for a few days. More common are environmental disasters. Earthquakes are common in Peru and in the 1990s several landslides closed the train tracks to Machu Picchu for periods of days to weeks. Floods typically have more far-reaching consequences. In 2010 a January flood of the Urubamba River damaged the train tracks to Machu Picchu and access to Machu Picchu was closed until June. In February 2012 the Urubamba flooded again and access to Machu Picchu was closed for several days. The time of highest weather risk in visiting Machu Picchu is the months of January and February, although if train tracks are damaged access may be closed through June. The Inca Trail has sometimes been closed any time of the year due to rockslide avalanche, snow, freezing rain, etc. In the Amazon basin, a record flood in April 2012 closed virtually all jungle lodges, though ours remained open. The season of greatest flood risk in the Amazon is late March through the end of May. Please contact us via our email at [email protected] if you wish information about travel insurance.

What is a typical day like in the jungle?

There is no typical day. You will appreciate this before traveling if you complete all of your required reading. Every day is different, every week is different. The wonder of the Amazon is the incredible biodiversity. We have the world’s greatest biodiversity of species but a low abundance of any one species. It is not possible for an environment to support both high biodiversity and high abundance. As a result, common wildlife encounters are rare, while rare wildlife encounters are common. The Amazon is a dynamic, ever-changing environment. There are hundreds of interesting things that you could take place during your trip. This is why many people do return trips; we even have several guests who have done more than 10 trips in the past three decades. Every trip to the Amazon is a completely different and often unpredictable experience.

How long should I stay?

We are in a region of mega-biodiversity so there is a lot to see and do. We recommend a minimum stay of 8 days. But we do have people staying as short as 3 days and some as long as 3 months. For people staying 5 days or less we only use the main lodge. There is a great variety of activities from the main lodge, hiking in varzea and terra firme ecosystems, canoe in flood forest, canopy zip line, swim in a lake, visit native communities, etc.. But the wildlife is better and the forest more pristine at our remote Research Center Lodge. You must stay a minimum of 6 days total to include a visit to the Research Center Lodge.

Where should I put my valuables for safe keeping?

We have never had a theft at the lodge. But if you are worried you can give items to the lodge supervisor to hold.

Will my camera by affected by humidity?

Years ago cameras would sometimes be affected by the humidity. People used to bring silica gel to put inside zip lock bags with their cameras. But the new cameras that operate with digital chips don’t seem much affected by humidity. Remember when you go by boat or canoe to keep your camera in a water-tight floatable when not taking photos. We are not responsible for damage done to cameras, cell phones or other personal items by the jungle environment.

Do you have the latest in technology?

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 and would be cut off from the outside world if not for air flights and incredibly long boat travel up 2000 miles of river. So one should not expect that we have access to all goods and services that other parts of the world has access to. Surprisingly we do have access to some technology and have installed solar power, outlets to charge camera batteries, LED lighting, satellite connected wifi and computer stations and even modern flush toilets. Other technologies, such as electric boat motors or quiet 4 stroke motors do not yet exist for sale in Iquitos.

Erika

Our time in the jungle was an absolute highlight on our trip to Peru! Truly amazing! …Again, we had the most wonderful time. Almost more than words can say. The jungle and the Tahuayo Lodge hold very special places in our hearts and CAN NOT WAIT to return. Thank you again for offering such an amazing trip.

Renee

Our trip was INCREDIBLE. The lodge was great, the food was amazing, and the staff were all so friendly. We loved our stays at the B&B, the main lodge, and the ARC.

Tia & Paula

It was incredible and a trip of a lifetime Paul! My sister Paula and I had an amazing time and loved everything — your facilities and staff are top notch and I want to come back with my husband and daughters!!

What Our Guests

Have to Say…

Erika

Our time in the jungle was an absolute highlight on our trip to Peru! Truly amazing! …Again, we had the most wonderful time. Almost more than words can say. The jungle and the Tahuayo Lodge hold very special places in our hearts and CAN NOT WAIT to return. Thank you again for offering such an amazing trip.

Renee

Our trip was INCREDIBLE. The lodge was great, the food was amazing, and the staff were all so friendly. We loved our stays at the B&B, the main lodge, and the ARC.

Tia & Paula

It was incredible and a trip of a lifetime Paul! My sister Paula and I had an amazing time and loved everything — your facilities and staff are top notch and I want to come back with my husband and daughters!!