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Established 1981

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The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve

Amazonia Expeditions has exclusive access to the Area de Conservacion Regional Communal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo (ACRCTT), over 1.1 million acres commonly known as the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo reserve, which provides you with the opportunity to experience an unmatched variety of wildlife. The site has more species of monkeys than any protected park or reserve in the world. Scientists have also documented the greatest diversity of species of mammals and birds of any site studied in the lowland Amazon basin.

1 Million Acres of Biodiversity

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.

The Trail Grid

Nestled within the ACRCTT is Amazonia’s scientific trail grid, the largest grid in the Amazon itself. This trail grid spans over 1000 acres, covers 4 separate ecosystems and is used by students and researchers alike to study more about the region and biodiversity within.

Scientific Observation in the Amazon

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve was originally designated 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.

Maps of Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve was originally designated 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. Amazonia Expeditions played a major role in the development of the reserve. Subsequent scientific research has found one of the world’s richest variety of plants, amphibians, reptiles, and birds.

Amazon Research Center Trail Grid

The centerpiece of the ARC research facilities is the Trail Grid system. Located behind the Research Center Lodge, it contains 55 miles (75 km) of trails spread over more than 1000 acres (2200 ha) and slicing through four different ecosystems. It is the largest scientific trail system offered in the Amazon. Many more miles of trails radiate out from the grid. Twelve species of primates have significant populations on the grid. Some 50 additional species of mammals are found, including apex predators such as jaguar and puma. While about half of all research takes place at the ARC on the trail grid, other research opportunities utilize the many lakes and rivers, native communities downriver and other unique ecosystems found near the main tourism lodge.

Saki Monkey Project

Together with biologist Janice Chism, we are investigating a possibly undescribed species of saki monkey that lives in flooded forests along the Tahuayo River.  All our guests who visit the Research Center are invited to participate in this research by sharing any photos you are able to take of the saki monkeys.

Since 2008 we have been observing 4-5 groups of sakis which live in the area covered by the trail grid at the Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center. We are trying to put together a photographic atlas of the sakis so we can document how many individuals are in each group, the identity of these individuals and any demographic changes in the groups (such as the birth of babies, departure of maturing offspring, or changes in male or female membership). We are also trying to document the facial patterns of these monkeys because this is how we will figure out whether they are a new species or one that is known to science but hasn’t been reported in this area before.

Would you like to help? If you have an opportunity to photograph these monkeys we would really like to know the following:

When did you take the photo?

We will need the month, day and year the photo was taken. 

Where did you take the photo?

Please specify whether you were on the trail grid. The coordinates of the nearest grid node are fine. (For example, D19, or between B5 and B6). If you have a GPS unit with you and can get a reading that is also great.

If you see the sakis while you are on the river again a GPS reading is ideal. It is often easier to get a good reading on the river than in the forest. No GPS? Ask your guide for helpful landmarks.

How many sakis did you encounter?

Your guide will be really helpful here as well. Guides often see monkeys that we miss.

Extra Credit Points

Was there anything that struck you or your guide as interesting or unusual about this encounter? For example, were the sakis hanging out with another species of monkey or maybe having a fight with another group of sakis?

Do we have permission to use your photos

By taking part in this project and supplying us with the photo we assume you are willing to allow us to use the photo in our research.  Are you also willing for us to publish your photo in a scientific paper? If you give us permission to publish the photo we will always credit you as the photographer. Thank you for being willing to participate in this project. Your photos will be enormously helpful to us in figuring out which species of sakis are in this area and following the demographic changes in our study group when we can’t be there ourselves.

Biodiversity in the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Region

Biologists refer to this region as the “green paradise” of the Amazon forest. Within this region there exist exceptional national parks and reserves that contain the best wildlife viewing experiences to be found in the Amazon.

Primates

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo reserve has a greater diversity of species of monkeys than that recorded in any protected park or reserve in the world. The variety (at least 15 species) is a focus of many guests. Learn more about these different species on our Primates page.

Birds

With over 600 species, the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Conservation Reserve has a higher count of bird species of any site in lowland Amazon forest. It is an outstanding experience for birders and nature lovers. Learn more about the birds in the Amazon, and their scientific names

Amazonia Expeditions, Inc., Travel Agency, Tampa, FL

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!!

Region

Established 1981

 

 

 

Start Your Adventure Today!

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve

Amazonia Expeditions has exclusive access to the Area de Conservacion Regional Communal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo (ACRCTT), commonly known as the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo reserve, which provides you with the opportunity to experience an unmatched variety of wildlife. The site has more species of monkeys than any protected park or reserve in the world. Scientists have also documented the greatest diversity of species of mammals and birds of any site studied in the lowland Amazon basin.

1 Million Acres of Biodiversity

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.

The Trail Grid

Nestled within the ACRCTT is Amazonia’s scientific trail grid, the largest grid in the Amazon itself. This trail grid spans over 1000 acres, covers 4 separate ecosystems and is used by students and researchers alike to study more about the region and biodiversity within.

Scientific Observation in the Amazon

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve was originally designated 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.

Amazon Research Center Trail Grid

The centerpiece of the ARC research facilities is the Trail Grid system. Located behind the Research Center Lodge, it contains 55 miles (75 km) of trails spread over more than 1000 acres (2200 ha) and slicing through four different ecosystems. It is the largest scientific trail system offered in the Amazon. Many more miles of trails radiate out from the grid. Twelve species of primates have significant populations on the grid. Some 50 additional species of mammals are found, including apex predators such as jaguar and puma. While about half of all research takes place at the ARC on the trail grid, other research opportunities utilize the many lakes and rivers, native communities downriver and other unique ecosystems found near the main tourism lodge.

Maps of Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve was originally designated 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. Amazonia Expeditions played a major role in the development of the reserve. Subsequent scientific research has found one of the world’s richest variety of plants, amphibians, reptiles, and birds.

Amazon Research Center Peru Lodge

The Amazon Research Center (ARC) Peru was launched in 2007, as a long-term conservation initiative.
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.

Biodiversity in the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Region

Biologists refer to this region as the “green paradise” of the Amazon forest. Within this region there exist exceptional national parks and reserves that contain the best wildlife viewing experiences to be found in the Amazon.

Primates

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo reserve has a greater diversity of species of monkeys than that recorded in any protected park or reserve in the world. The variety (at least 15 species) is a focus of many guests. Learn more about these different species on our Primates page.

Birds

With over 600 species, the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Conservation Reserve has a higher count of bird species of any site in lowland Amazon forest. It is an outstanding experience for birders and nature lovers. Learn more about the birds in the Amazon, and their scientific names

Amazonia Expeditions, Inc., Travel Agency, Tampa, FL

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!!