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The Amazon Rainforest stands as the world’s largest container of life and the largest tropical untouched wilderness. Crossing nine nations, the majority of people interested in experiencing this impressive ecosystem touch down in either Peru, Ecuador or Brazil. Of all the Amazon areas, researchers have found the highest diversity and most animals and plants in the western Amazon (including western Brazil) and less diversity in eastern Amazonia. However, because this is still the Amazon Rainforest, the animal and plant life is still spectacular wherever you visit.

Your first view of the rainforest will be from the plane window, which will not doubt fill you with an awe and wonder that has touched many explorers and naturalists before you, such as Charles Darwin, Percy Fawcett and Richard Spruce to name only a few. But when you’re filled with that excitement and wonder, where do you direct it and what do you do in the Amazon Rainforest once you’re here?

If you have a specific interest, this question is relatively easy. These interests will be mentioned in more detail further down the article e.g. photography, volunteering, researching, birdwatching and more. But first, let’s go over some activities the majority of tourists enjoy that are offered on many Amazon Rainforest tours and some activities specific to certain areas of the Amazon Rainforest like observing Clay Licks in the southern Amazon of Puerto Maldonado, Peru.

Jungle Hikes

One of the most enjoyable activities in the Amazon Rainforest and a general activity that can include all others, hiking or simply walking in the Amazon will bring unexpected surprises and is the best activity for your first glimpse of the forest. Familiarize yourself with the trees, vines, plants, insects and animals of this amazing ecosystem.

As you’re walking through the forest, you will encounter strange and interesting animals with your guide. Navigate the forest and be shown Sloths clinging to the tops of trees, the eyes of Tree Frogs watching you while you walk under their leaf, troops of Squirrel Monkeys following you through the forest, and have your attention drawn to the chorus of Howler Monkeys singing in the distance. On your hike, you may find interests in animals, plants or activities you have never experienced, such as canoeing, birdwatching, finding Dart Frogs, or developing an obsession for finding a giant Anaconda coiled in the shallows.

The Tahuayo Lodge

The Tahuayo Lodge

Iquitos, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $
You are assigned a private guide and custom itinerary as standard to explore the wildlife filled Tahuayo Reserve. More info

Canoeing / Kayaking

An activity often used for navigating the tributaries in Amazonia to find hiking spots or areas rich in wildlife, if you have a main interest in paddling the waterways for aquatic animals or wildlife on the river bank, you can spend more time on the water. One of the best options for quietly approaching wildlife, as you’re canoeing along streams and lakes you may find strange Hoatzin Birds in the vegetation, water birds hunting fish, or Capybara lazing on the bank. This is often the favored way to find Anaconda or Caiman in Amazonia. To see these animals from your canoe is one of the most talked about memories people have in the rainforest. Some lodges provide the traditional wooden canoe that Amazonian locals often use to get around, while others have a fleet of basic fiberglass kayaks, and the more luxurious tours, such as Delfin Cruises, provide top of the line modern kayaks.

If you’re visiting the highly diverse Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve from Iquitos (Peru), you can canoe into flooded varzea forest during the high water season from February to May. This is a fantastic time to see fruiting trees and flowering plants while you paddle between the trees over flooded rainforest.

Camping in the Rainforest

Another must try for nature enthusiasts or people passionate about rainforests, camping in the rainforest lets you experience all the area has to offer. Spend your days hiking and canoeing pristine Amazon, your nights finding Caiman or nocturnal monkeys, and be woken by the dawn chorus of Howler Monkeys and colorful birds. A truly amazing experience not to be forgotten, take a refreshing swim in clear Amazonian streams and journey deep into the jungle to find animals of the Amazon’s interior.

Fish For Famous Piranha

Probably one of the most consistent activities offered by Amazon Rainforest tours, fishing for Piranha is a favorite experience for many tourists as they get up close and personal with these legendary animals. Can they really de-flesh a cow in under an hour? Are they dangerous? Can i swim here? How sharp are their teeth? and do they deserve their fearsome reputation? Are all questions you can ask your guide while holding a Piranha on your line.

Amazon River Cruise

Usually the choice for those wanting to experience the Amazon Rainforest in comfort, river cruises allow you to journey far into pristine jungle while still being able to retire to your comfortable or luxurious quarters. You can leave for a forest walk in the morning to see animals far from civilization and return to the vessel for a delicious lunch in the afternoon (an advantage of Amazon cruises). Some cruises from Iquitos (Peru) such as the Delfin I or Delfin II, or from Manaus (Brazil) such as the Tucano 6 Night or Tucano 4 Night Cruise are expedition cruises where you take walks into the surrounding forest as well as exploring the waterways in small boats or kayaks, while others restrict you to the cruise vessel and offer a less immersive experience.

The Delfin I

The Delfin I

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Offering an on-board experience second to none, the Delfin I Luxury Cruise begins in Iquitos, Peru More info

Visiting Macaw Clay Licks

Macaw Clay Licks are where magnificent colorful Macaws congregate to feed from certain clay areas detoxifying food they have eaten in the forest. This behavior neutralizes toxins produced by some fruits and seeds. About 50 different animals around the world have been recorded eating material directly from the earth in this way.

The most clay licks in the Amazon Rainforest have been found in the southern rainforest and specifically in the Tambopata and Manu protected areas of southern Peru. The licks present guests with an almost guaranteed wildlife spectacle. Although the licks are active only at certain months of the year, even in the low season there are usually a few parrots roaming the clay. But in the high season, these areas come alive with a squawking colorful display where different species flock together providing unrivaled photography opportunities. One of the largest macaw clay licks in the Amazon Rainforest is located near the Tambopata Research Center and Lodge where researchers are studying macaw behavior and ecology.

Finding Poison Dart Frogs

One of the icons of the Amazon Rainforest, Poison Dart Frogs or Poison Arrow Frogs are a colorful addition to the forest as they go about their lives warning other animals of their toxins. This warning coloration comes in many patterns and colors making these animals highly sort after for photography opportunities. One of the areas where researchers have set up a conservation section for Poison Dart Frogs is known as Frog Belly in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve accessible on tours from the Tahuayo Lodge, 150km from Iquitos, Peru, the only lodge in this diverse protected area.

Swimming

Swimming is one of the welcomed activities after a long day hiking in the rainforest where you can cool off and give your clothes a bit of a wash.

Swimming with Pink Dolphins

Swimming in crystal clear Amazonian water is a fantastic experience and if you’re lucky you will be approached by one of the rainforest’s most mysterious animals, the Pink Dolphins. These majestic, playful aquatic mammals are very curious and will investigate your presence in their watery home. Pink Dolphins are surrounded with local legends and each community in the Amazon usually has there own individual dolphin folklore.

Night Spotting For Wildlife

Most of your tours through the rainforest will be during daylight hours to see many different plants and rainforest animals. However, at night the forest comes alive with an entirely new set of strange and mysterious creatures that use other senses to navigate their moonlit environment. See Owl Monkeys poking their heads out from tree holes, harmless Whip Spiders on the trees, Bats flying through the forest and different reptiles clinging to the branches.

Walking the Tahuayo Primate Research Grid

The Tahuayo Primate Research Grid in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve was set up by the Tahuayo Lodge Amazon Research Center as a way to study reserve wildlife. There is a large grid system covering 1000 acres where camera traps have been established recording Jaguar, Mountain Lion, Tapir, Deer, and Tamandua. The grid is also home to Coati, Giant Anteater, Tapir, Peccary (2 species), Ocelot, Paca, Agouti, Agouchi, Armadillo, Pygmy Tree Squirrel, Amazon Tree Squirrel, Opossum (many species), Rat (many species), Sloth (2 species), Kinkajou, Tayra, and Bat (approx 70 species). Because researchers have been studying reserve wildlife, the animals on the grid are familiar to people and are more likely to demonstrate natural behavior while you are watching.

Viewing the Constellations

Because of the clean air and location, viewing the stars and constellations is a memorable experience in the Amazon. You will see the Milky Way in its various shades of blue while having the fresh smells, views and sounds of pristine rainforest. Even simply looking up at the stars while you’re navigating the waterways to find a good night walking area is an enjoyable experience, but dedicating time to just staring out into space is definitely recommended.

Finding Anaconda

Anaconda, the legendary snake of the Amazon and a snake many tourists want to see, are difficult to spot in the rainforest but are occasionally found. Although these snakes are more easily seen in the wetlands, such as Los Llanos or the Pantanal, seeing the snakes coiled in the rainforest shallows is a breathtaking experience. My own favored memory out of many is watching a large Anaconda swim centimeters under the water directly beneath where I was sitting in my canoe.

The dry season is the best time of year in the Amazon for finding large Anaconda as otherwise there is too much water and they can easily disappear from view. For finding out when the dry season is in the Amazon section you’re visiting, you can find the information in the city guides.

Visiting A Native Community

The cultural aspects of the Amazon are fascinating. To see how rainforest communities live from day to day sheds a little light on how people survive in a seemingly inhospitable location. You will experience the friendly and hospitable nature of Amazon communities. These groups will differ from the tribal groups deep in the rainforest by leading a sedentary existence relying on small scale agriculture, Brazil Nut concessions, and fishing to make a living.

Visiting a Shaman

Shaman are the medicine men of the Amazon village and are the elders the villagers turn to in times of hardship or mystery. It is the Shaman who communicate with the spirit world to find answers for whatever is affecting the community. With their knowledge of medicinal plants, they are the ones called upon to cure illness and from these visits you will learn about the medicinal plants and spirits that live in the rainforest.

Visiting a Native School (Jun-Dec)

While visiting a native Amazon village, you may like to visit their local school to see how the and where the children are educated. If you would like to bring school supplies, please let the operator know so they can advise on which items are most needed.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

First occurring in Hawaii then the US, stand up paddle boarding is now in Amazonia where you can paddle gently along the rivers looking at the bank for rainforest wildlife. A calm way to see the forest, paddle along listening to the sounds of the Amazon. Lodges where this is offered as an activity include Posada Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas and the Tambopata Research Center and Lodge (Puerto Maldonado, Peru).

Mountain Biking

You can mountain bike through the forest getting a different perspective of Amazonia on the rainforest cycle trails at Refugio Amazonas or enroute to the Tambopata Research Center in Tambopata (Puerto Maldonado, Peru).

City Sights

The buildings in Amazon cities are interesting to see as many of the Amazon Rainforest urban centers such as Iquitos (Peru) and Manaus (Brazil) grew to great wealth and prosperity due to the rubber industry. During the rubber boom period, lavish buildings were built (or in the case of the Iron House in Iquitos, shipped from Paris) for rubber barons and the upper classes. These buildings can still be seen today and although some have been reconstructed, such as the Amazon theatre in Manaus, they provide a look at the city’s wealthy and powerful past.

Visiting Brazil Nut Concession

As a symbol for ecotourism, Brazil Nut trees require an intact rainforest to fruit, as their life history is linked to a delicate relationship between a bee and orchid deep in the forest. This makes farming Brazil Nuts a very difficult and almost impossible past time, but their nuts can be sustainably harvested from adult trees. Some local people in the Amazon subsidize their living by harvesting the nuts, which are often exported around the world. You can see these Brazil Nut concessions in Tambopata from Puerto Maldonado, Peru.

The Refugio Amazonas Lodge

The Refugio Amazonas Lodge

Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Rainforest, Peru, South America
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The Refugio Amazonas Lodge & Spa is an Amazon Rainforest lodge located in the buffer zone of Ta More info

Visiting Native Farm

Many of the communities rely partly on small scale agriculture to make their living. You can visit a native farm to see various exotic fruits and vegetables, and will have an opportunity to taste some unusual and tasty foods.

Canopy Climbing

What better way to compliment your rainforest experience than to get a bird’s eye view of the Amazon by climbing up into the trees. Experience the life of a Macaw researcher at the Tambopata Research Center and strap on a harness to ascend into the canopy.

Waiting For Tapir

The clay licks are not just visited by colorful macaws. South America’s largest land mammal, the unusual looking Tapir also visit these rainforest pharmacies to feed off clay. Certain places in the Amazon have built hides near certain clay licks where Tapir are frequent visitors e.g. Heath River Lodge. Although you may have to wait a while, being one of the few tourists to catch sight of these mysterious mammals is a worthwhile experience

Medicinal plant hikes

Take a hike in the Amazon Rainforest with your guide pointing out plants, flowers and fruits used in local medicine. Some of these plants are grown in the garden of rainforest Shaman who use their intricate knowledge of Amazon flora to cure a multitude of conditions.

Swim in Black Water with Thermal Springs

In certain areas of the Amazon, such as in Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve (Iquitos, Peru), you can swim in blackwater lakes with warm thermal springs giving you a movie-style experience of the jungle. Relax in welcoming water while listening to the sounds of the surrounding virgin rainforest.

Excursions To See Beautiful Birds

Wherever you are in the Amazon Rainforest, you can take guided tours to see beautiful Amazonian birds. Birdlife in the Amazon Rainforest is incredible and the diversity found in small Amazon reserves is often higher than the avian diversity of entire countries. If you’re in the southern Amazon, you will take tours to see Clay Licks for watching Parakeets, Parrots and large Scarlet Macaws feeding off the substrate. Enjoy visiting the towers of Posada Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas or Tambopata Research Center to see birds higher up the treeline and even over the canopy, or travel deep into the Amazon at the Tahuayo Lodge to see birds of the rainforest interior. Colorful birds you are most likely to see include Parrots, Tanagers, Cotingas, Trogons and Toucans.

Tambopata Research Center

Tambopata Research Center

Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Rainforest, Peru, South America
Price per person from $
The Tambopata Research Center is a deep Amazon lodge located near one of the largest known clay lick More info

View Pygmy Marmosets

In the northern Peruvian Amazon from Iquitos, you can view Pygmy Marmosets, the world’s smallest primate. These little monkeys live close to both the Tahuayo lodge and Tahuayo Amazon Research Center in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve. They feed exclusively off tree secretions and if you enjoy observing details in the rainforest, you will see the marks these small monkeys make as they gnaw on the tree bark to release a flow of sap.

Up Close Look At Hoatzin Birds

If you’re taking a tour of any of the oxbow lakes in the Amazon Rainforest, you will probably encounter Hoatzins, a very unusual bird that live on lake edges. The birds digest their food via fermentation and often simply hop from branch to branch instead of flying. The young are born with a claw they use to tear the shell and to clamber their way through vegetation. For the very lucky, you can see the young Hoatzin Birds in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve (Iquitos, Peru) between June and August.

Hike To A Manakin Lek

Manakins are small colorful birds in the rainforest that feed off berries and other fruit. They have an interesting courtship behavior where the males compete with others in dancing competitions in an area known as a lek. From the Tahuayo Lodge in northern Peru, you can take a hike to see these fascinating birds and observe their dance.

View Caiman Crocodiles

As part of night walks in the Amazon Rainforest, many tours and cruises will spend time with you finding Caiman Crocodiles in the waterways. The Caiman you’re likely to see on your Amazon adventure are the Spectacled Caiman, Black Caiman, Dwarf Caiman and Smooth Fronted Caiman. Spectacled Caiman are the most commonly encountered, but the Black Caiman are making a comeback after being hunted almost to extinction for their skins. Black Caiman are the largest growing to an impressive 15 feet and are often the most sort after nocturnal wildlife experience. It’s usually better spotting for Caiman in the dry season as there’s less water for them to hide out of view.

Find Unusual Beetles & Insects

The Beetles are the most diverse order of insects and the Amazon Rainforest has an incredibly high amount. Find interesting and colorful species like beautifully colored Harlequin Beetles, Longhorns, Scarabs or large Ceiba Borers. If you’re very lucky, you may get a chance to set up a light trap in the evening to see what insects are flying around the area.

Visit Native Artisania Market

Many native communities in the Amazon Rainforest make various jewelry and other products from the rainforest, such as from different seeds or plants. Many tour operators let tourists visit the markets helping to provide the local communities with a source of income and encourages the community benefits of ecotourism.

Canoe Amazon Cochas

Enjoy Canoeing to interior lakes, called cochas, which are rich in wildlife. Cochas are usually surrounded by different animals as they are reliant on fresh water. These places are fantastic for waiting to see different Amazonian animals and are often home to Hoatzins, Caiman, and a variety of water birds.

Follow Animal Tracks

When you’re hiking in the forest, you may come across tracks of Peccary or Jaguar. If this is an interest, you can follow the tracks with your guide for as far as they stretch imagining the animal that left them. If you’re very lucky, you may find they lead to a den or even the animal itself. In Tambopata, some lucky tourists see Jaguar resting on the river banks and the Amazon Research Center (Iquitos, Peru) has established camera traps to record Jaguar and other large Amazon animals. If you ask the staff, they will let you know when the last Jaguar or Tapir was seen and you can begin your trek from its last known location.

Visit A Native Family

With help from a translator, on community visits you can visit native families to hear oral traditions and folklore that they teach their children. Learn about life in the Amazon from a more intimate perspective.

Visit Conservation Projects

A few tour lodges have active research and conservation projects in the Amazon Rainforest and if you mention your interests you can help the researchers in their studies. One of these area with consistent projects is the Amazon Research Center in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve (Iquitos, Peru) and another is the ongoing macaw research program at the Tambopata Research Center and Lodge (Puerto Maldonado, Peru).

Find Amazonian Flowering Plants

Flowering plants make up one of the highest biodiversity components of the Amazon Rainforest and there are fascinating flowers to discover. Favorites include the Hot Lips, Passion Flowers, numerous Orchids, Monkey Brush to name but a few. The greatest amount of flowering plants in the northern Amazon of Peru is from May to July.

Finding Fruiting Plants

After the flowers are pollinated, the plants fruit and reveal often delicious food for various animals in the rainforest (including us). The fruit attracts various Birds, Monkeys, Reptiles and Mammals to feed on the seasonal buffet. You may also find some rainforest fruits like Camu Camu, a superfood growing in popularity on the global market. These fruits are sometimes sustainably harvested from Amazon protected areas like the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Iquitos, Peru. In the Iquitos Amazon, the highest amount of fruiting plants can be seen from December to April.

See Feeding Parakeets

Although the northern Peruvian Amazon lacks clay licks, you can still see Parakeets feeding at Kapok trees in June from the Tahuayo Lodge. The Kapok seeds were also used for bedding material in Amazon regions.

Find Various Monkeys

Several different primates can be seen in the Amazon Rainforest. The forests of Manu, Tambopata, Tamshiyacu, Pacaya, Central, Western and Southern Brazil are full of various monkeys. These include Squirrel Monkeys, Capuchins, Tamarins, Marmosets, Sakis and the impressive Howler Monkeys. These species are being studied at the Amazon Research Center on a 1000 acre trail grid you can visit on a tour from the Tahuayo Lodge, Iquitos, Peru.

The Tahuayo Lodge

The Tahuayo Lodge

Iquitos, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $
You are assigned a private guide and custom itinerary as standard to explore the wildlife filled Tahuayo Reserve. More info

Canoe Large Ficus

Ficus can be impressive trees to encounter in the Amazon. These include strangler figs that make their way from seeds on the branches of other trees, down to the ground to root. Once here, there is no hope for the host tree as the strangler fig grows wide and powerful using the host for support stealing its nutrients and sunlight. The host tree then dies and leaves behind fascinating casks of the strangler fig with a hollow center. Still others form large fortress-like structures made of many different columns, which you can canoe around spotting animals living on or within these remarkable trees.

Learn Basket Weaving

On visits to native communities, you can learn some of the skills of the village inhabitants such as basket weaving. Some of the Amazon villages sell their products in town as souvenirs for tourists while others have a direct connection to the global market.

Hike To Giant Trees

The Amazon’s emergent trees are awe inspiring to encounter and you can hike to see these impressive giants of the rainforest, such as the impressive Lupunas or Wimbas. Take photos near the trees to give a sense of scale and imagine the things these trees have witnessed.

Traditional Fishing

Admire the skill of your guides as they show you how to fish with a traditional bow or spear. Many guides raised in the rainforest can accurately target fish from meters away into almost black nutrient rich waters.

Find Various Mammals

On your tour, you will be scouting the rainforest looking for various animals, and the mammals are often one of the favorite groups to spot. Your guide will point out Sloths high in the canopy clinging to the trees, monkeys following you through the forest, or you may get lucky to see a Tamandua roaming the branches. As you’re walking in the jungle, you may hear commotion as you see a group of Coatis cautiously navigating your path.

Canopy Zipline

Get a new perspective of the Amazon Rainforest as you zip from tree to tree on the Tamshiyacu Zipline in the northern Peruvian Amazon. As you’re up in the trees, you may also see some rainforest inhabitants like strangely shaped ants the can glide through the air without the use of wings.

Evening Lake Trips

The lakes in the Amazon Rainforest are usually wildlife hot spots, which of an evening come alive with a different group of animals active after sunset. These include the well known Caiman, but also many birds, amphibians and reptiles we can spot in vegetation at the lake’s edge. The lake trips also provide a fantastic opportunity to see the southern constellations while we boat the water viewing Boat-billed Herons, Potoos, Owl Monkeys and more.

Search for Snakes

If you have an interest in snakes, the Amazon Rainforest will seem like heaven with a high diversity of interesting species from the colorful Coral Snakes, Rainbow Boas and Emerald Tree Boas to the giants of Anaconda and camouflaged Boa Constrictors.

See Famous Tropical Fish

Many of the tropical fish people keep in aquariums were originally from the Amazon River and its tributaries e.g. Cichlids, such as Oscars and Angel Fish, and also Tetras to name a few well known examples. Canoe the waterways to see these famous fish free in their natural habitat.

Find Fascinating Butterflies

The Amazon is a butterfly lover’s heaven and great naturalists like Henry Walter Bates spent many years studying these magnificent specimens. While on the water, you may find Sulfurs and Swallow Tails drinking turtle tears or congregating around pools of water. See the Heliconias flying through the forest or the magnificent Blue Morphos flying free over the rainforest. Some lodges, such as the Refugio Amazonas Lodge have established specific butterfly tour programs, while others such as the Tahuayo Lodge can take you to butterfly colpas where hundreds of species swarm between July and October.

Visit / Volunteer at an Animal Sanctuary / Orphanage

Close to some of the Amazon’s cities, you can usually find animal sanctuaries and orphanages, which offer a look at some of the Amazon Rainforest’s animals rescued from the pet trade or forest destruction. A couple of these include the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm near Iquitos and the Animal Shelter near Puerto Maldonado (Peru)

Visit Butterfly Farm

Butterfly Farms are also usually located near Amazon Rainforest base cities where you can catch close up shots of some butterflies you’re sure to see on your Amazon tour. These include the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm near Iquitos and the ProNaturaleza Butterfly Farm Located close to Puerto Maldonado airport (Peru).

Specific Activities To Do In The Amazon Rainforest

If you would like to dedicate your entire time in the rainforest to specific activities, you can choose a tour to meet your requirements. Some, such as Tambopata Research Center offer specific itineraries whereas others like the Tahuayo Lodge provide a fully customizable itinerary and assign you a private guide.

Bird Watching Tours

With an astounding amount of avian diversity, the Amazonian forests flock with birds of all shapes, colors and sizes. From the powerful Harpy Eagles capable to snatching a Sloth from the treeline to the tiny Hummingbirds cautiously sipping nectar, you will find many species on Amazon tours you have only otherwise seen in film or documentaries. Reserves like the Tahuayo Reserve near Iquitos Peru contain 600 different species and if you mention a passionate interest in birdwatching, you will be assigned your private birding guide who has helped naturalists write different guidebooks on the Amazon’s avian fauna. Tambopata in the southern Amazon is also home to amazing bird diversity (over 600 different species) and on visits to the Tambopata Research Center (deep Amazon) or the Posada Amazonas Lodge (20 minutes from Puerto Maldonado), you can be assigned a birding guide to help you find different species.

Photography Tours

Tell a story of your time in Amazonia with help from your expert photography guide. With such a high amount of flora and fauna, it’s no wonder photographers fly from far and wide to capture breathtaking shots of Amazonian animals and plants. On private guided tours at the Tahuayo Lodge, you can be assigned the lodge’s biologist and photography guide for the best photography spots in the reserve. On visits to the Tambopata Research Center, you can also arrange a photography guide to ensure you capture the best shots possible in this incredibly biodiverse area. Spend time at the largest clay licks for photos of vivid Scarlet Macaws or chance on a Jaguar resting over a log as it warms in the sunlight.

Jungle Survival

For the more adventurous looking for the ultimate challenge of the Amazon Rainforest, arrange jungle survival training at the Tahuayo Lodge to take an expert guide deep into Amazonia to rely on knowledge and your wits. With your professional survival guide, you will learn how to Build a lean-to, Make Fire, Find Drinking Water, Find Food, Build a Raft, Find Natural Mosquito Repellent, Make Hunting Equipment, and Recognise Rainforest Medicine.

Christmas in the Amazon Rainforest

Why not celebrate Christmas with your family in the Amazon Rainforest as a Christmas to remember. At this festive time of year, the rainforest communities come together to celebrate an important holiday for all Amazon Rainforest countries. At the Tahuayo Lodge, you will be treated to a Christmas feast complete with an Amazon Rainforest chocolate drink the local women prepare using the fruits of a certain rainforest palm.

Volunteering

Voluntourism is a rapidly growing phenomenon where many travelers seek to not just experience the rainforest, culture and its wildlife, but also to give something to local communities or wildlife by volunteering their labour to help. You can arrange voluntourism tours at the Tahuayo Lodge (Iquitos, Peru) or through Fauna Forever in the southern Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.

Research

If you’re a budding biologist or anthropologist, consider using the lodge in the Amazon Rainforest as a base to conduct research or assist with already established programs. There are ongoing research projects at the Tambopata Research Center and Tahuayo Lodge on Amazon Rainforest flora and fauna, but also on climate change, anthropological studies and conservation.

Special Programs for Doctors

If you’re a trained medical professional, you can contact various lodges, such as the Tahuayo Lodge, to put your skills to good use by helping local communities who are far from medical centers as well as take tours into the world’s most biodiverse natural area. Contact the lodges for more information.

Amazon Rainforest Honeymoon or Wedding

At the Tahuayo Lodge, they have designed special programs for couples seeking to celebrate their Honeymoon or Wedding in the Amazon Rainforest, where you can relax in thermal springs, have a Shaman bless your union, and enjoy virgin Amazon Rainforest on privately guided tours of tropical animals and plants.

What to do in the Amazon Cloud Forest

The Amazon Cloud forest provides a different experience to the lowland jungle and is home to unusual rainforest wildlife, such as Spectacled Bears, Cock Of The Rocks, Capuchin Monkeys and many different colorful Hummingbirds. Enjoy a stay at the Cock Of The Rock Lodge in the famous Manu Highlands or combine with a tour of lowland Manu National Park on their Bio Trip, Tapir & Macaw Trip, or Manu Explorer tours. Travel from Andes to Amazon to experience the diversity of the Amazon Rainforest in terms of scenery, geography, climate and flora and fauna.

Ash - Author & Travel AdvisorAbout the Author: Ash Card is a frequent visitor to the Amazon and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical destinations. Ash is a contributor to both TourTheTropics.com and ThinkJungle.com writing about tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the Amazon. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away or posing near waterfalls.
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