Amazonia Expeditions has been operating in the Amazon Region for over 40 years and we have shown over 30,000 guests the beauty and wonder of the rainforest. During this time we have built an impressive track record.
NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CONTRACTING MALARIA: 0
NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CONTRACTING ZIKA: 0
NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CONTRACTING YELLOW FEVER: 0
NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CONTRACTING DENGUE: 0
NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CONTRACTING ANY TROPICAL DISEASE: 0
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In the Tahuayo River b
If you put your hand in the water of our rivers and lakes you can see the red color tint of the water. This indicates high acidity, water in which Aedes aegypti & Anopheles darlingi cannot reproduce. For this reason, we have also never had any tropical disease outbreaks in the Tahuayo River basin. (See examples below)
Mosquito-Bourne illness in the Iquitos area
You may find on the several online sources that the larger Iquitos region has had an estimated 150,000 cases of dengue since 2001 (25% of the population) and over 100,000 cases of malaria (15%). These statistics are true. However, the overwhelming number of these cases come from the area south of Iquitos, along Nauta Road. This area is a hot zone for malaria and dengue. We do not travel there and we suggest you avoid travelling there as well. Rest assured, this area is far from downtown Iquitos and even farther from our main lodge which is over 140km away Remember that Aedes aegypti and Anopheles darlingi do not stray more than 100 meters from the place where they hatched.
Since 2001 we have had about 30,000 tourists (over 40,000 since 1981) and not one has ever contracted dengue, malaria or any other tropical disease. This is statistical proof that our itinerary, consisting of transfer from Iquitos Airport, through downtown Iquitos to the port, and then to the Tahuayo River, does not expose people to the species of mosquitoes that carry disease. This means that if you are visiting our lodge no vaccinations or malaria prophylaxis (which can have serious side effects) are required.