This is one of the most popular lodges in the Amazon for many reasons, but don't just take our word for it:
The Amazonia lodges offer you the opportunity to custom design your own itinerary (see sample options on right). The main lodge has access to a great variety of ecosystems that you can explore as well as many native communities downriver.
There are many facilities, offered by no other tour operators, to give you unique experiences in exploring the rainforest. One example is the canopy zipline system. Many companies have canopy walkways or towers, but only with Amazonia can you actually fly from tree to tree, with nothing underfoot except a hundred feet of rainforest. Rated in the top 15 Ziplines in the world . This is the only zipline complex in the Amazon, consisting of 5 canopy platforms, 3 ziplines and a canopy walkway between trees. No extra charge for canopy complex use.
Another example is the newest in underwater hydrophonic technology, to allow guests to actually listen to the communication of pink dolphins and other aquatic animals.
The lodge has the largest trail system in the Amazon at the Research Center. The trail system consists of 52 miles of trails over 1000 acres. Over 40 social groups of monkeys live on the trail system, representing 12 different species. Visitors who come for at least 6 days can spend one or more nights at the Research Center, where more wildlife can be seen
The lodge is located in virgin territory near the ecologically important and abundant Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve close to Iquitos, Peru, but away from any other facility. The most mega-diverse region in all of the Amazon may be the the Area de Conservacion Regional Comunal de Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo (ACRCTT). These are the only tourist facilities with access to this magnificent reserve. The ACRCTT was originally designated a reserve 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. Subsequent scientific research has found one of the world's richest variety of plants, amphibians, reptiles and birds. In 2003, Chicago's Field Museum's Rapid Biology Inventory #11 found more species of mammals and trees in the ACRCTT than any other documented natural area in the entire world. Scientists such as Richard Bodmer (Tropical Research Program, University of Florida) have found that the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo contains the greatest diversity of mammals of any region so studied in all of the Amazon (research of Michael Vallqui: 93 mammal species vs. the second place high of 79 species recorded at Cocha Cashu biological station in Manu Reserve). . The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo has the highest number of primate species of any protected park or reserve in the world (Suzi Leonard, 14 species - now thought to be 16 with new data on owl monkeys).
Noted bird authority Ted Parker made two trips here before his untimely death and was able to add many species to his Peru bird list - birds which were previously only known to exist in Brazil (the eastern boundary of the reserve is close to the border with Brazil). Over 600 bird species have been recorded on site, a record for any lowland site in the Amazon basin. On the Big Day for birding in May, 262 species of birds were recorded in a single day by our birding specialist guide, the highest total (by far) in the region.
Notable wildlife within easy distance of the lodge include: pygmy marmosets, squirrel monkeys, titi monkeys, saddle-backed tamarins, pink dolphins, giant river otters, sloths, macaws, parrots, hoatzins, caimans and much more.
One of the few lodges in Peru in an acidic water ecosystem, with no species that can transmit diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue or zika
Dates : Departures will be available every day. One week trip is 8 days, 7 nights, including hotel nights in Iquitos, if needed due to flight schedule. Can start on any day for 2 or more people. For single passengers, we will try to match you with others who are going out.
with main lodge only:
4 days = US$795 per person
5 days = US$895 per person
with both lodges:
6 days = US$1095 per person
7 days = US$1195 per person
8 days = US$1295 per person
$100 per person per extra night
There is no single supplement. Children under 16, traveling with their parents can go for $750 per person per week and $75 per person per extra night. Ask us for group rates.
Price includes: all lodging, transfers, food, tips, tour and guide services.
Does not include International airfare or departure taxes.
Reservations are made with a deposit of $100 per person.
In 2017, all departures to the lodge will be after arrival of LA 2240, arriving to Iquitos at 12:10pm
All flights going back to Lima from Iquitos on the last day should be after 6pm
"If you want an authentic experience in the Jungle then look no further... simply put you will have the time of your life and see the worlds greatest ecological wonder. Please do your best to preserve the environment and people as they are and leave as small a footprint as you can so generations more can experience this."
"Our 6 night trip was just great! We ended up camping for 3 nights. Staying 3 days directly in the jungle was at times intense but a very rewarding and intimate experience. The lodges were great too, and felt like a 5 star hotel after the camping. The guides were friendly, knowledgable and spoke good English." Jan
"My wife and son just returned from a week and it was a trip that with stay with us a lifetime. We got some funny looks from friends and family when they found out we were taking an 8 year old to the Amazon, but thankfully we didn't let that sway us from booking."
"My son and I really enjoyed the trip. Christian was a great guide. We saw monkey, cayman, poison dart frog, anaconda, numerous bird. We a good time zip lining and Bass fishing. We actually had time to volunteer in the clinic for one morning. We would definitely do again." Jose
"We spent 3 nights at the Lodge the first part of August. It was an amazing experience! Everything was taken care of....airport pick-up, an incredible boat ride on the Amazon to get to the lodge, 3 excellent meals/day, and tons of options for excursions while you are there. We saw (and held) a caiman, various frogs and toads and more."
"Unfortuntately It is not often that you receive things that are as advertised. With regard to our vacation / adventure it was just that. Everything about this experience was memorable. There was never a dull moment and the knowledge of the staff (especially Christian) was superb. The food was excellent and lodge was clean and nicely done." Nadir
"I cannot tell you what an incredible experience I and my young adult children had at the Lodge. Thank you so very much for making such a place – and the extraordinary cultural and natural interpretation – available to us. We agreed that it was the high point of our trip to Peru. The staff was friendly and accommodating." Adair
"My experience at the Lodge and Research Centre was excellent. When the boat arrives and you see the Lodge for the first time it’s hard to believe it’s real! I loved the walkway system suspended from the forest floor and connecting rooms and facilities. Great communal areas and good rooms. Did not expect clean towels as well: life was more comfortable than I expected!
If you are hoping to… lose weight, no chance! The food was excellent and different fish species from the river were on the menu: can’t beat that!
Hiking can be hard but I wanted to see the forest and you can’t get any closer than that: for me it has been rewarding. Poisonous dart frogs and the “prehistoric” looking hoatzin by an interior lake, two magnificent orchids in bloom…… I don’t mind hiking!
And being on the river is just wonderful.
Fishing is a great experience, especially for kids. There were family while I stayed, kids loved it! But if you travel on your own, don’t be put off, as it’s easy enough to enjoy people company and share experiences, especially around the table in front of great food!
My guide Hosias was most experienced, born… next forest house! Can’t be more knowledgeable than that, growing up in the very place. What a keen eye and ear for wildlife (catch phrase was always “how did you see that?” You need your guide to see wildlife in the forest!).
Missing the forest already, I wish I had more time and could stay longer, I would love to see the forest when is flooded now…
Top marks for me, delighted an experience like this is available and I would like to give credit to all the team for the tremendous effort in running the Lodge/Research Centre and the activities for the guests." Aldo
"A truely once in a lifetime trip. Everything was perfect right from the resection in Iquitos. Big thanks to our guide Wennie, who was fantastic, helping us to see everything we had on our bucket bug! shame we couldn't have stayed longer. an Amazing facility in a beautiful place." Chris
"Trip was fantastic! We loved it, and our guide was wonderful. Wished we could have stayed longer. Only regret was not taking our long sleeved, long legged, light coloured clothing to protect against mosquito attack." Thanks for helping it happen. Julianne
"Trip was great thank you. We had a great time. Facilities were much better than expected and people were lovely. We met the owner, she was very friendly. Cheers" Kerby
"It was awesome! Absolutely fantastic! Thank you for helping us!" VerDel
"The setting of the lodge is amazing and peaceful. The amenities at the Lodge and Research center are very wonderful and clean, allowing us to be very comfortable and also enjoy the nature and serenity of the jungle. The private tour guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the jungle and taught us a lot about the Amazon." Elle
"EDGAR WAS GREAT WITH MY DAD, HE WAS VERY ACCOMMODATING ON HIKES. HE WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE WILDLIFE AND PLANTS. WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR TRIP." Angela
Things to do
1. View pink dolphins.
2. Visit a native shaman.
3. Medicinal plant hikes.
4. Swim in a blackwater lake which has warm thermal springs.
5. Excursions to see beautiful birds such as Parrots, Tanagers, Cotingas, Trogons and Toucans.
6. Canoe into flooded varzea forest (Feb-May).
7. View pygmy marmosets, the world's smallest primates, which live in trees close to both lodges.
8. Close look at unusual hoatzin birds (when young fledge Jun-Aug)
9. Fish for piranha.
10. Hike to a manakin lek.
11. Visit a native elementary school (Jun-Dec).
12. View caiman crocodiles (Jul-Oct).
13. Hike and camp in remote terra firme forest.
14. View unusual beetles and leaf hoppers.
15. Visit native artisania market.
16. Canoe portage to interior lakes, called cochas, rich in wildlife.
17. View tree frogs and poison dart frogs, including several species newly discovered.
18. Jungle survival training.
19. Birding (a list of 599 species for the area near the lodge).
20. Visit native communities.
21. Follow jaguar or peccary tracks in the forest.
22. Fish for peacock bass (late Jul-Oct).
23. Visit a native family, via translator hear oral traditions and native lore.
24. Visit conservation projects.
25. Greatest amount of flowering plants (May-Jul).
26. Greatest amount of fruiting plants (Dec-Apr).
27. Parakeets feeding at kapok (Jun).
28. View a diversity of primate species.
29. Search for giant anaconda (Jun-Oct).
30. Canoe around giant, fortress-like ficus (Dec-Jun).
31. Learn the weaving of native baskets.
32. Hike to see giant kapoks.
33. Fish with traditional native bow and arrow or spear.
34. View sloths, anteaters and other mammals.
35. Fly through the treetops on a canopy zipline.
36. Evening lake boat trips to view southern constellations and nocturnal wildlife, such as boat-billed herons, potoos, owl monkeys and more.
37. Search for boa constrictors and other snakes.
38. View brilliant tropical fish such as cichlids, angel fish, tetras, etc.
39. Observe monkeys on trail grid behind the research center.
40. Visit butterfly colpa, where 100's of species swarm (July-Oct)
41. Marine fossil collection (Aug - Sep)
42. Assist in wildlife census or other scientific project
43. fish for peacock bass and other sportfish (June-Oct.)
Travel to the lodge requires that you fly into Iquitos, Peru. From Iquitos we take you by boat up the mighty Amazon River, for a distance of about 50 miles, then up the Tahuayo tributary, another 40 miles.The trip takes 4 hours by our speedboat. The lodge on the Tahuayo River is rustic, yet comfortable. There are fifteen cabins; some are honeymoon cabins, with a single large bed, others are cabins with two beds and a few are family style cabins with one large bed and several single beds. Half of the cabins now have new private bathrooms. The other half of our cabins have shared bathrooms. Cabins with private bathrooms are assigned on the basis of earliest reservation.
The entire lodge is screened and features a dining hall, areas to socialize and relax and a conservation education laboratory with library. There are flush toilets that use a sanitary septic system and showers. There is now solar power and satelite-based wi fi at the lodges, with 2 rooms at each lodge set up for C-pap machines.
There is a laundry staff and daily laundry service is provided without charge. We believe that this service is unique among jungle lodges.
"My trip was fantastic! It was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. The lodges were great, the perfect mix of civilization in wilderness, without too much modern technology to get in the way of enjoying the natural beauty. My guide, Orlando was amazing! He knew so much and created so many exciting adventures, ones that I shall not be soon forgetting. Thank you so much for everything, throughout the entire process of preparing for the trip. You were so much help and it was wonderful dealing with a company that is so willing to answer so many questions. I greatly appreciate it and wish more companies could be as helpful as yours.
"The trip was fantastic. The lowest score from anyone in my family was a 9.5, which is really saying something since they truly use the fully 10 point scale! No complaints at all. The lodge was perfect, the service excellent, our guide was excellent, the wildlife viewing was sufficient, the interaction with the natives was a highlight, the fishing was so-so but good enough, and the educational experience was outstanding. There were no delays, etc. with any of the connections, which also helped. The only negatives were the humidity and bugs but we knew that ahead of time so expectations were managed. A really wonderful trip across the board!" Mark
"I really enjoyed my trip and stays at the Lodge and the Research Center, and my night out camping with Manuel Huayllahua Silva and the boat driver and support person. In particular I think the Research Center is a great balance between room comforts, size and more remote location (and traditional rather than hot tin roof).
The 1:1 or 1: small group guiding is really a luxury and very much appreciated, Manuel was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and we found most things I was really hoping to see. Next time I come to Peru I'll try to stay 5-6 days at the Research Center and camping. And perhaps also visit the Brazilian or Bolivian Pantanal.
I will be highly recommending the lodge and center to friends and colleagues, retired and otherwise who are avid adventurers. Gillian
"This place is magnificent. I felt close to nature every second of this trip. My guide Melisa was absolutely wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and also very Kind. All the staff was very friendly as well. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a true Amazonian experience. I hope I get chance to return in the future. Thank you to everyone who helped me throughout this trip and a special thank you to Melisa!" Kaylan
"I felt spoiled from the moment + arrive at the main lodge! Manuel was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable about the jungle, animals, birds + all! He was always cheerful + accommodating. He was very careful with our safety at all times. There were several things that made his time with us outstanding
1 His Knowledgeable of facts
2 He always come back + showed us the facts + animals in your books.
3 He was fun + funny + made lots of jokes with us.
4 He helped us with pictures + videos
5 He seemed just as excited as we were to find the animals + to track then.
6 Value added: His knowledgeable of the village
7 He tour as to his home to meet family + he took us on a tow of village + tought us about local people.
8 HE WAS TOP RATE
Beto was very helpful as driver Javier was on some of our adventures + he was great too! TOP RATE!
All staff was so very nice + helpful.
It was a wonderful stay! We may come back with my family + we will certainly tell friends!" Paula
"This trip + experience has by far, been the most amazing adventure I¨ve ever had. "A trip of a life + me" is an understatement. From the boat departing from Iquitos to the lodge to the research center a back, every single day was fined with new adventures + experiences. Manuel, our guide was so excited about every excursion, finding animals, swimming + teaching us about his country, environment a the jungle. His passion spills over in every aspect of who he is of what he does.
He always goes the extra mile to make sure we are happy + feel like we had an adventure. The Amazon is indeed a unique place + not going everyday distractions, but what make this trip stand out the most was the people, the staff that genuinely wanted us to have magnificent memories.
One of the things that touched me most was Manuel introducing us into his home + meeting his wife + children. His wife taught us to make bracelets and I got to drill holes in the lucky seed, I bean. I will never forget those small genuine acts of kindness. Also the day we went to Terra Firma with Javier sharing his knowledgeable about the medicinal preparations of plants, trees him was fascinating. The casual conversations we had about things getting to know each of them just a bit better That`s what life is all about!" Tia