Birding itinerary

Birdwatching Tour 9 days/8 nights

Total Land cost for 9 days/8 nights: USD $1895 per person

  • The ACRCTT conservation reserve has the greatest biodiversity of any site yet documented in the lowland Amazon rainforest. This includes over 600 different species of birds (see our bird list here). We have counted as many as 262 different species in a single day led by our outstanding birding guide Edson Galan. An itinerary specializing in birding must be booked well in advance.
  • (Recommended 9d/8n but shorter or longer trips available)
  • Includes all in Amazon (all transfers, lodging, meals, private guide, excursions customized to your liking, gear such as jungle boots, wifi, entrance fees, conservation fees, port taxes, etc.).
  • Optional expenses only: cola or beer drinks, souvenirs, tips, laundry.

Day 1 (trip starts after arrival of people on LA 2240, scheduled to arrive just past noon)

  • Transfer in from airport or hotel
  • If airport: Look for our booth in the baggage area of Iquitos Airport, by the restrooms, with our logo (head of a hoatzin bird in a diamond shape).
  • If hotel: please let us know the address for where to pick you up.
  • Speedboat transfer (note–is 4 hours) up the Amazon, then the Tahuayo tributary to our lodge.
  • Evening excursion

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Day 2

At the Tahuayo Lodge

Full day birding in the islands near the mouth of the Tahuayo, a great place for sandpipers, herons, terns, skimmers, stilts, plovers and others.

Evening looking for nocturnally active species along the river.

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Day 3

Morning in varzea ecosystem, afternoon in secondary growth habitats around the villages

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Day 4

Morning in tahuampa ecosystem (flooded forest; afternoon birding in cocha (oxbow lake).

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Day 5

Full day birding in terra firme forest

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Day 6

At Amazon Research Center lodge, ARC

Early morning birding in Palmichal stream, then continue birding up the Tahuayo River to the remote research center lodge

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Day 7

Morning birding in high and low restinga forest, and palm swamp forest

Afternoon birding in Dolphin Lake

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Day 8

Full day birding Lake Yarina

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Day 9

  • Morning return to the main lodge
  • Afternoon boat to Iquitos
  • Transfer to airport or hotel

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A note on our two lodges

The Tahuayo Lodge (main lodge)

  • Cabins have private bathrooms
  • Greater variety of activities

The Research Center Lodge (ARC)

  • Cabins have shared bathrooms
  • Better hiking, over 50 miles of trails through a variety of ecosystems
  • More wildlife
  • Lodge is more remote, in more pristine forest