Meet the Owners

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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. 

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Dolly Beaver

Dolly Arevalo Shapiama is a native of the Amazon. Dolly is owner of the lodges, Tahuayo Lodge and Amazon Research Center, on the Tahuayo River. Her mother taught in a jungle village before moving to Iquitos city to provide higher education for her children. From a young age Dolly was passionate about charitable work. Dolly’s deep love of the women and children of the Tahuayo River communities motivated her to start the women’s Asociacion Manos Amazonica, as well as make substantial contributions to education (Chino Village High School; scholarships for continuing education in Iquitos) and medical care (Esperanza Clinic; paying for advanced care for Tahuayo residents in hospitals in Iquitos, Lima and the USA) and start the Angels of the Amazon foundation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Paul Beaver, Ph.D.

Dolly’s husband Paul Beaver is owner of Amazonia Expeditions ecotourism company. Paul received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1976 and came to the western Amazon in 1980 to do zoological field research. In 1981 Paul started the Amazon’s first commercial adventure camping company, Amazonia Expeditions. Amazonia Expeditions now operates specialty travel excursions in wilderness and wildlife reserves throughout South America, as well as in Africa and Asia, but the primary focus remains the Amazon forest of the Tahuayo River basin. In 2015 Paul was honored by the University of Chicago for his contributions to conservation and humanitarian concerns with presentation of the prestigious Alumni Public Service Award.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_gallery interval=”5″ images=”1716,1753,350″ img_size=”200×150″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Travel with Confidence during these uncertain times.Our new & flexible booking policies ensure you can book your trip with peace of mind.

COVID-19 Updated policies for New Bookings - December 15, 2021

  • Reserve your trip now with only a USD $100.00 deposit required at the time of booking.
  •  If a Covid-19 related travel ban means you have to cancel your trip we will offer a full refund or trip postponement – your choice.
  •  If you have to reschedule your trip for any reason, just let us know, and we can postpone your trip for a later date without penalty, change in fare, and without expiration date as many times as needed. 

Our Statement on Covid-19

During the pandemic, we faced a 13 month absence of tourists. But instead of laying off our workers, we used this as an opportunity to focus on improving our business. We kept our entire team employed, with additional training, new projects, as well as in conservation & humanitarian work. As a result, now that tourism is back…. we are a stronger company than ever. Our facilities are in the best condition, our staff is the best trained and our guides the most knowledgeable that can be found in the Amazon Rainforest.