Amazon Research Center Peru Lodge
The Amazon Research Center Peru Lodge (ARC) is located approximately 15 km upriver from the main Tahuayo Lodge. The ARC is smaller, quieter, and less opulent than our main lodge, but it is still comfortable and cozy with private cabins, a hammock room, a lounge and delicious buffet style meals.All cabins are on raised stilts and feature balconies, with half of the cabins overlooking the river, and the other half overlooking the forest. A couple of cabins have a matrimonial queen bed, while the rest have 2-3 beds. Unlike the main lodge, all cabins share bathrooms. About half of the cabins are electrified and the lodge does have wifi by satellite connection.
The location of the lodge is in more pristine, undisturbed forest. It is the only existing man-made structure in the million acre ACRCTT conservation zone. The nearest human habitation is over 15 km distance. The ecological diversity and species diversity is greater than that found at the main lodge, although from each lodge one can find a number of interesting species not found at the other lodge. To learn more about ongoing research at the ARC and how you can be a part of it, read about the Amazon Research Center Experience.
The Amazon Research Center (ARC) Peru Lodge was launched in 2007, as a long-term conservation initiative undertaken in consultation with government offices in Iquitos, Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Chicago Botanical Garden, and the Tahuayo River communities Comite de Gestion.
The ARC is within a national conservation reserve, the Area de Conservacion Regional Comunal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo (ACRCTT). It is a 1 million acre (445,000 ha) uninhabited reserve. A Rapid Inventory study by the Field Museum, as well as other independent studies have described the ACRCTT as having the greatest biodiversity yet documented in a lowland Amazonian forest. Over 100 species of non-volant mammals, 16 species of primates and over 600 species of birds have thus far been documented.
The facilities of the ARC offer a unique opportunity for scientists, students and interested travelers to participate in scientific investigations in the Amazon rainforest. Much of the ongoing fieldwork research is conservation related, part of an effort to understand and preserve the most mega-diverse region yet documented in all the lowland Amazon forest. The ARC lodge, which houses researchers, students and other guests is a comfortable facility, while being located in remote Amazon wilderness. The closest other man-made structure, which is the supporting ecotourism Tahuayo Lodge of Amazonia Expeditions, is more than 12 miles (18 km) distance, reachable only by boat. The closest city, Iquitos, is more than 100 miles (+140 km) by boat.