Amazonia Lodges Birdwatching Tour
The ACRCTT conservation reserve, near where these lodges are located, has the greatest biodiversity of any site yet documented in the lowland Amazon rain forest. This includes over 600 different species. They have counted as many as 262 different species in a single day led by their outstanding birding guide Edson Galan. An itinerary specializing in birding must be booked well in advance.
Look at the variety of ecosystems to bird in!
Day 1 (trip starts after arrival of people to Iquitos on LA 2240, scheduled to arrive just past noon)
Transfer in from airport or hotel and speedboat transfer (4 hours) up the Amazon, then the Tahuayo tributary to the main lodge.
Evening excursion L, D
Day 2 At the Main Lodge
Full day birding on 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. B,L,D
Day 3 Morning in varzea ecosystem, afternoon in secondary growth habitats around the villages B,L,D
Day 4 Morning in tahuampa ecosystem (flooded forest; afternoon birding in cocha (oxbow lake). B,L,D
Day 5 Full day birding in terra firme forest B,L,D
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 B,L,D
Day 7 Morning birding in high and low restinga forest, and palm swamp forest. Afternoon birding at Dolphin Lake B,L,D
Day 8 Full day birding Lake Yarina B,L,D
Day 9 Morning return to the main lodge. Afternoon boat to Iquitos and transfer to airport or hotel B,L
A note on the two lodges
The main lodge
9 days / 8 nights = US$1995 per person (no single supplement)
Subtract $150 for each day less, add $150 for each day more
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.