Private Amazonia Guides

One of the most important parts of your Amazon Rainforest experience will be the quality of your personal guide. Amazonia has taken the lead in staff treatment for guides and other employees in the Amazon Jungle, supporting our mission of providing beneficial support to the local community. Taking the unusual position of giving full benefits and supporting equal opportunity, employees remain with Amazonia for many years. The staff at Amazonia Expeditions has the highest credentials, and most professional conduct out of all other lodges in the Amazon, and they regularly update their knowledge at special training seminars. All of our guides are certified in wilderness first aid, and many have special focuses in specific types of amazonian wildlife, which is an achievement that is unique to Amazonia Expeditions.

First Equal Opportunity Employer

Amazonia Expeditions was the first tourism company in Iquitos to provide equal opportunity to both men and women in training and employment (we were told by other tour operators in the early 1980’s that it was a “crazy idea that would never be accepted”). The high morale and dedicated work ethic that people note among our staff is a result of the owners’ commitment to have a respectful, pleasant, professional and productive working environment for the staff.

We do not tolerate any ill treatment among the staff based on gender, age, experience (in most tourism companies more experienced staff members haze newcomers), position (staff who clean toilets, wash dishes and clean sheets are just as important for a pleasant tourist experience as guides and managers), strength, education, skin color (in much of Peru light skinned Peruvians enjoy privileges over dark skinned Peruvians), sexual preference, ethnicity (in much of Peru having Amerindian facial features or surnames is a basis for discrimination), or religious preference (we have Evangelical Christians, Catholics, believers in jungle mother spirits and atheists working respectfully together). New staff members are quickly taught the company’s ethic of treating everyone with respect.

Full Time with Benefits

In addition to providing our guides with regular opportunities to expand their knowledge at special training seminars, Amazonia Expedition also invests in offering full time positions to our guides and other staff members. This is an uncommon practice in the upper Amazon basin, as other lodges offer their guides 90 day contracts to avoid paying for workers benefits. In addition to offering salaries, we also invest in retirement pensions, full family health care insurance, annual paid 30 days of vacation, and long term employment with continued training and educational development for all of our employees.

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Most of our guides have been with us for many years, and have really gotten to know the ecosystems of the Tahuayo River Basin. Amazonia Expedition employees have particularly high morale as they appreciate the benefits of their employment. To learn more Click Here

I... want to commend you on the open hiring you do at the lodge as well as your philanthropy. I was told that your organization was the first in the area to hire female guides as well as LGBTQ. This was wonderful news to us and we felt like the match of our trip and the Amazonia Expedition Co. was even more perfect than we realized. I was also told that you help give back to the villages and other organizations in the area and it just made us feel really great that we were able to experience this space.
All the staff were extremely welcoming and the food was delicious.
Rachel & Steven