From the Tahuayo Lodge, you will explore the Amazon Rainforest’s wildlife-rich Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve with a private guide on a custom itinerary.

To start your adventure, you will be met by Tahuayo Lodge staff at Iquitos airport and will travel 150 km from Iquitos city, northern Peru, and deep into the rainforest.

Since 1981, the award-winning lodge has operated highly acclaimed tours of the western Amazon Rainforest to find many different animals and plants. Researchers have found that this side of Amazonia contains the most wildlife, which makes it a great place to experience this incredible forest.

On the Tahuayo Lodge Amazon tour, experience one of the world’s most wildlife-rich areas to see many different monkeys, colorful birds, interesting reptiles, and much more.

Everyone at the jungle lodge was fantastic. The staff really goes out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable. It was a great experience and I have recommended it to several people.

– Michelle Gately, Medford, MA

On tours of 6 days and over, you can enjoy both the Tahuayo Lodge and the Tahuayo Lodge Amazon Research Center where you can find a 1000 acre monkey research grid to see different monkeys and other wildlife.

However, if you choose to spend fewer days at the lodge, you will be limited to the main Tahuayo Lodge area where there is still a lot of things to see and do, such as canoeing the lakes, wildlife walks, and enjoying the canopy zipline.

The Tahuayo Lodge is one of the only Rainforest Alliance Certified lodges in the Amazon Rainforest and the only lodge in the wildlife-rich Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve.

There are enough qualified English speaking men and women guides so every guest can have an itinerary customized to their needs and interests. If you have specific things to see and do in mind e.g. family tours, photography or bird watching, let us know using the ‘check availability’ tab and we will assign a guide with this specialty.

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Iquitos is the main Peruvian gateway to the Amazon Rainforest and is the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon. There are no roads that connect Iquitos to the rest of Peru making it the largest city in the world unreachable by car. Because it is a port city of the Amazon River, you can get to Iquitos by boat, but the most popular way to enter and leave Iquitos is by plane. From Iquitos, you can visit incredible protected areas that contain some of the highest diversities of life on Earth.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

The Pacaya is a flooded tropical forest of the Iquitos Amazon and provides guests with fantastic bird watching opportunities and chances to see other wildlife, such as Monkeys and aquatic life of caiman, turtles, and the largest fish in the Amazon River, the impressive Arapaima. The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve has a conservation initiative with local people to preserve the Arapaima in Lake El Dorado.

Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve

The Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve is an area of protected forest not as well known as the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, but it contains a high number and diversity of Amazon animals and plants. The reserve was established primarily to protect the rare Uakari Monkey and is now a haven for several different monkeys that can often be seen with relative ease inside the reserve. The reserve is also home to a great diversity of animals including Jaguar, Tapir, Anaconda, Paca, Brocket Deer, and many different tropical birds.

Iquitos Architecture

Like other rubber boom cities, such as the larger Manaus in Brazil, some of the architecture in Iquitos reflects the power and wealth of the rubber boom period. The Iron House for example, which is near the Plaza de Armas, was initially seen in Paris, France, by a rubber baron. He decided he liked the building and so shipped it in pieces to Iquitos in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest.

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The hotspot in Peru is the city of Cusco located in the southern portion of the country. From Cusco, you can organise tours to see the archaeological sites of the Inkas, the main attraction being Machu Picchu. This 15th-century Inka site draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to see the ancient ruins and hike the Inka Trail. However, there is much more to Peru than this site and there are even more archaeological interests, such as the Inka Cradle of Gold and Northern Kingdoms.

In addition to archaeology, Peru boasts the second largest amount of Amazon Rainforest and more species of animals and plants have been found in this region than in others. As Earth’s largest container of life, this is clearly a must see if you’re even a little bit interested in nature.

If you like Monkeys, Sloths, Macaws, Parrots and other Birds, the Amazon Rainforest should be on your list. If you would like to unwind free from the stresses of city life, a tour of the Amazon Rainforest is also recommended. You can choose budget friendly visits, such as from Puerto Maldonado, as well as luxury cruises from Iquitos. If you’re after adventure for deeper experiences of the Amazon Rainforest, you can find these tours from both Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos. We have selected some of the best tour operators to make sure you make the most of your visit. Continue To Amazon Tours >>

Protected Areas

The protected areas in Peru include the following UNESCO World Heritage listed areas:

UNESCO World Heritage listed Cultural Protected Areas:

  • Chan Chan Archaeological Zone (1986)
  • Chavin (Archaeological Site) (1985)
  • City of Cuzco (1983)
  • Historic Centre of Lima (1988)
  • Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa (2000)
  • Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana (1994)
  • Sacred City of Caral-Supe (2009)
  • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (1983)

UNESCO World Heritage listed Natural Protected Areas:

  • Huascarán National Park (1985)
  • Manú National Park (1987)
  • Río Abiseo National Park (1990)

Complementing these areas, there are many more national parks and reserves that protect an incredible number and diversity of birds, mammals, amphibians, plants, insects and reptiles as well as offering protection for the Amazon’s remaining indigenous populations.

Other protected areas of Amazon Rainforest:

  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Loreto
  • Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, Loreto
  • Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, Loreto
  • Matsés National Reserve, Loreto
  • Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, Madre de Dios
  • Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios
  • Otishi National Park, Junín

Other Peruvian protected areas:

  • Paracas National Reserve, Ica
  • Lachay Hills Reserve, Lima
  • Titicaca, Puno
  • National Reserve of Pampa Galeras Barbara D’Achille, Ayacucho
  • Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, Arequipa
  • Tumbes National Reserve, Tumbes


These reserves, especially those in the Amazon Rainforest, contain an incredible diversity of wildlife. Some reserves, such as the Pampa Galeras National Reserve, protect Peru’s wild camelids, the ancestors of llamas and alpacas.

Peru is a bird enthusiast’s paradise. From the Andes to the Amazon, you can find incredible bird life. The National Bird of Peru is the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruvianus), easily seen near the Cock of the Rock Lodge on a 3D/2N tour from Cusco.

As Peru contains a large portion of the Amazon Rainforest, the country includes a large amount of Amazon wildlife, such as sloths, monkeys, macaws, giant otters, anacondas and much more, which you can see from Peru’s top Amazon Rainforest Lodges.


Peru is a hit with food lovers worldwide for its traditional and unique cuisine. If you’re even a little bit interested in sampling different foods, you will have already heard about ceviche, a dish originating in Peru consisting of raw fish drizzled with lemon, lime and spices.

Lock up your pets for the next dish, as you may not have realised that Guinea Pigs were originally bred for food and as Europeans farmed Sheep, Goats and Cows, Peruvians living in the Andes farmed Guinea Pigs known locally as cuy.

There are many other main meals to try like various beef, chicken and even alpaca dishes as well as meals centered around the potato. Potatoes originated in Peru and only a few varieties from the thousands available were exported to the rest of the world.

For dessert, again there are many varieties available like the Suspiro a la Limeña, which had its origins in the 19th Century and includes peanut and meringue flavors. Another traditional dessert from the colonial era is Frejol Colado, which is made using black or red beans, honey molasses, clove and toasted sesame seeds. The preparation varies, but usually includes cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, red wine, molasses, and brown sugar.

Of an evening, the cocktail of choice is the Pisco Sour, which has a heavy citrus, sour flavor and had its origins in Lima, Peru.


The main cities in Peru to base yourself for a Peruvian adventure are:

  • Lima: Gastronomy, culture, base for tours to other areas
  • Cusco: Machu Picchu, Cradle of Gold, Manu cloud forest
  • Puerto Maldonado: Most developed Amazon tourism industry
  • Iquito: Amazon lodges & cruises on the Amazon River
  • Cajamarca: Explore Inca history
  • Chiclayo: Explore Chachapoyas history
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Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest

Earth’s largest continuous tropical rainforest, the Amazon contains more life than anywhere else. Spanning nine nations, you can take a tour in the Amazon Rainforest from a variety of places, some well known and others for the more adventurous. The main countries to access the Amazon are Peru and Brazil, which contain the highest amounts of the forest, but there are another 7 to choose from. We have selected the top tour operators for visiting this impressive forest where you will be shown the Amazon’s scenic beauty and its life within.

How impressive is the Amazon Rainforest?

The largest intact tropical wildernesses are the Amazon, the Congo in west Africa, and the rainforested landmass of New Guinea. If you combined New Guinea and the Congo rainforest, the resulting land area could fit snugly inside the Amazon Rainforest. Not only that, the Amazon contains 1/5th of the world’s fresh water, covers nearly half of South America (40%) and provides 20% of the planet’s Oxygen. This incredible forest contains 1/10th of all the species on Earth. The Amazon Rainforest is fed by the Amazon River, which is a remarkable natural feature in its own right. This is Earth’s largest river by volume and second longest after the Nile.


While you’re reading this, there is an intense struggle going on in the Amazon between people who see the rainforest as a resource to be exploited and used up for its huge amounts of timber, precious metals, meat, pets, and oil and those of us who think its existence is worth its weight in oil and timber. The Yasuni National Park in Ecuador is at the moment sitting on the world’s largest untapped oil reserve. This is creating a bit of tension between our fellow humans who live inside the national park and oil prospectors constantly trying to penetrate the forest. If this is important to you, you can convince people to de-invest in oil companies who don’t play ball. If deforestation continues at current rates, the WWF estimate 55% of the Amazon Rainforest will be gone by 2030.

Size of the Amazon Rainforest

To get geographical, the Amazon Rainforest spans 2, 300, 000 square miles (6,000,000 square km) and is contained by the mountain ranges of the Guiana Highlands in the north, the Andes in the west and then the Brazilian plateau in the south.

Amazon Habitats

Although dominated by rainforest, the Amazon also contains many other vegetation types, such as seasonal, flooded and deciduous forests, as well as savannahs. This vegetation is fed by the Amazon River and occurs in the Amazon’s drainage basin

Amazon Rainforest Animals

As the world’s largest container of life, you can see many different animals in the Amazon including the famed Scarlet Macaws and Toucans, more easily seen at clay licks in the Manu or Madidi National Park or the Tambopata National Reserve in Peru and Bolivia. Tapir are the largest land mammal in the Amazon and these strange looking mammals can also be seen at the Amazon’s clay licks where they come to feed off nutrient rich clay. As well as Tapir, the other main animals Amazon tourists like to see are the Giant River Otters and Jaguar. However, there is an incredible diversity of other animals to amaze you as you wander or canoe Amazonia with your professional Amazon guide. They will spot Sloths clinging to the branches high the trees and draw your attention to the Monkeys following you through the forest.

The Amazon River

The Amazon River is the planet’s most voluminous, with a mouth of 300 miles, which drains 500 billion cubic feet of water each day. The river and its 1000 or more tributaries contain an incredible diversity of fish as well as aquatic mammals like Manatees and River Dolphins. On the Amazon River, you will find the main bases for the Amazon Rainforest such as the port cities of Iquitos in Peru, and Manaus and Santarem in Brazil.

Amazon Rainforest Tourism

Tourism in the southern Amazon Rainforest of southern Peru and Bolivia is at its most developed whereas in the north it is still in its infancy. The small Peruvian town of Puerto Maldonado gives you access to the edge of the Madidi National Park in Bolivia, the Tambopata National Reserve close to town, and the famous Manu National Park, the most pristine national park in the Peru. These areas are fantastic for clay lick to see Macaws, Toucans, Tapir, as well as Jaguar, which prey on the mammals. These areas are also a good choice to see the endangered Giant River Otters. If, however, you would like a cruise or to see the rainforest near the Amazon River itself, you can choose the forests of Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. Here you can see the abundant Monkeys and many different Amazon Birds. So what are you waiting for? Jump in and TourTheTropics!

Amazon Tours from Peru

Iquitos is the largest Peruvian city in the Amazon Rainforest and is the Amazon gateway for visits to Peruvian rainforest along the Amazon River. Iquitos is also the largest city in the world unreachable by road, which means to access Iquitos you are likely to enter the region by air. To see the breathtaking carpet of green spanning the horizon as you fly over the rainforest is a spectacle in itself. From Iquitos, you will have access to cruises along the Amazon River focusing on the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and Amazon Rainforest lodges. To fully enjoy this region, we advise choosing tours that take you far from the city (~150 km) to see the incredible diversity of animals and plants this region boasts. We have selected the best tours in the region to make sure you make the most of your visit to this fun and welcoming Amazon Rainforest gateway. Continue to Iquitos Tours >>

Cusco is the main tourist destination in Peru. Hundreds of thousands of tourists travel to Cusco each year to visit the very well marketed Machu Picchu and other archaeological sites in the region. Natural wonders are also on the list of activities, however, as Cusco provides a base to visit the Amazon Rainforest Cloud Forest in the Andean Mountain Range. Manu National Park is regarded as the most pristine protected in Peru and contains both lowland and Cloud Forest habitats containing an incredible diversity of Amazon plants and animals. You can combine both the lowland and Andean rainforest from an Amazon tour from cusco and take advantage of three excellent lodges in the region. Continue to Cusco Tours >>

Puerto Maldonado
A short flight from Cusco will bring you to this unassuming Amazon Rainforest gateway. As well as Cusco, the Puerto Maldonado region has access to one of the most developed tourism industries in the Amazon Rainforest. Here you can visit the Manu National Park, Madidi National Park (Bolivia) and the Tambopata National Reserve — the closest protected area to Puerto Maldonado (only 45 minutes), which contains exceptional Amazon wildlife. Puerto Maldonado is your best choice for short tours into the Amazon (~3 Days) as you can quickly get in and out. We have collected the best tours for visits to the Amazon, the majority of which have environmental certification. Continue to Puerto Maldonado Tours >>

Amazon Tours from Brazil

Manaus is the main Amazon Rainforest gateway in Brazil, where you can visit the impressive Central Amazon Ecological Corridor — a mega-reserve that incorporates several protected areas. The closest of these protected areas to Manaus is the Anavilhanas. From Manaus you can organise cruises on the Amazon River or Rio Negro, the meeting of these rivers creates one of the main short tours near the city. Manaus is a bustling industrial port boasting incredible architecture from the rubber boom period of Amazon history. Continue to Manaus Tours >>

Another Brazilian gateway to the Amazon Rainforest, Santarém is surrounded by impressive lakes fed by the Amazon River and 100 kms of attractive beaches. Like Manaus, in Santarém you can find impressive architecture and many historical buildings.

Amazon Tours from Ecuador

Sitting in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest is the Yasuni National Park occupied by various indigenous groups and to the north is the Cuyabeno Reserve. The Yasuni region contains the highest amount of life anywhere on Earth, but sits on one of the largest remaining untapped oil reserves. This places a considerable threat on the heads of many of the world’s animals and plants, but also on the indigenous population. Some communities have adopted ecotourism as a way of showing visitors the extraordinary diversity of this region and why it should be protected, as well as communicating their ongoing struggle against oil companies. Continue to Ecuador Tours >>

Amazon Tours from Colombia

Leticia is the Amazon Rainforest gateway in Colombia and is one of the safest places in the country, but we always advise checking with your country’s government for the latest news. Leticia will be a stopping point on cruises and ferries between Iquitos (Peru) and Manaus (Brazil).

Amazon Tours from Venezuela

The Amazon Rainforest in Venezeuala is mostly known for the Yanomami indigenous group, who occupy the largest tract of land of any native community. The Yanomami occur on the border between Venezuela and Brazil and have accepted tourism as a means to communicate their struggle for forest protection.

Amazon Tours from Bolivia

The Bolivian Amazon Rainforest is mostly known for the Madidi National Park, an impressive protected area containing a high diversity of Amazon wildlife. Your entry point for the Bolivian Amazon Rainforest is the town of Rurrenabaque and here you can take tours to the surrounding rainforest. Madidi had a history of misusing the power of tourism as too many tourists resulted in park degradation, a big no no when it comes to eco tourism. With much improved park management and regulations, tourism is now being used to protect the forests.

Amazon Tours from Guyana

These last three countries (and parts of countries–French Guiana is actually in France) are the smallest and most neglected areas to visit the Amazon Rainforest. They are included in an area of South America known as the the Guianan Shield (geological section of the South American plate) that encompasses all three nations as well as parts of Brazil, Venezeuala and Colombia. Guyana is the largest of the three nations and probably the most well known. Although, because French Guiana is part of the European Union, it isn’t as popular as a tourist destination as French Guiana and neighboring Suriname. Guyana is growing in popularity with nature lovers and is especially haled by birdwatchers worldwide.

Amazon Tours from Suriname

Tourism in Suriname remains important for the economy and is centered around the Amazon Rainforest. The largest protected area in the country is the Central Suriname Nature Reserve and is also its most popular. Suriname presents exceptional wildlife experiences with over 30% of the country protected in wildlife reserves.

Amazon Tours from French Guiana

French Guiana is the wealthiest of these three regions and contains 31, 000 square miles (8 million hectares) of tropical forest with a large fraction protected in ecological reserves.

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South America

South America

A continent of contrasts, South America split from the African landmass and joined with North America to merge a distinct set of flora, fauna and geographical features. The South American continent is bound by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and is the jumping off point for Antarctica to the south. After the merger with North America, the Isthmus of Panama in the north would be the land bridge by which many different animals, including humans, migrated south into this diverse continent. Welcome to South America.

South American Rainforest

The largest tract of continuous rainforest on Earth is found in South America. The Amazon is larger than the other largest rainforests, the Congo Rainforest in West Africa and the New Guinean Rainforest in Australasia, combined. This incredible forest has filled the hearts and minds of naturalists and explorers for hundreds of years and can be accessed from any one of the nine nations it crosses. For the majority of Amazon tourists, the two countries to base themselves for an Amazon Adventure are Peru and Brazil, which contain the largest portions of the rainforest, but there are lesser known adventurous alternatives…

The Brazilian Cerrado

The Brazilian Cerrado is the country’s 2nd largest habitat after the Amazon Rainforest. The Cerrado is a tropical savanna habitat that experiences a humid climate. The habitat is home to many endemic species found nowhere else on Earth. Here you will see incredible wildlife, such as Endangered Maned Wolves, Hyacinth Macaws, and tool-using Capuchin Monkeys.

The Pantanal

The Pantanal Wetlands allows a higher chance of seeing some of the Amazon Rainforest’s most sort-after wildlife, such as Jaguar, Giant Otters and Capybara. The open and often treeless habitat means Capybara can roam the grasslands in huge numbers and animals cannot easily hide from view. Although lesser known than the Amazon, the Pantanal houses an equal concentration of wildlife to the densest areas in Africa.

Brazilian Atlantic Forest

When the Portuguese first set foot on South America over 500 years ago, they were met with the Atlantic Forest. One of the most threatened tropical forests, the Atlantic forest in southern Brazil is home to many highly threatened animals and plants. Over 85% of the original forest cover has been deforested, but because of its significance as a home for many endemic species, hundreds of businesses, NGOs and charities are working to restore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

South American Countries

The main countries that make up South America are, in order of highest population, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (France).

Eco Regions in South America

Tourists can explore the different eco-regions in South America, which offer a chance to view breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife and contrasting environments. You can explore the Amazon Rainforest or Atlantic Forest previously mentioned, the wetlands, which are home to abundant animals and plants, Andean Cloud Forest to see incredible bird life, the Atacama desert, Earth’s driest area, the Andean mountain range, the world’s longest mountain range, and the famous Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador to see uniquely famous animals and plants.

Wildlife and Protected Areas

Within these Bio Regions are the main National Parks that protect South America’s famous and world renowned wildlife for future generations. View the famous macaws of Tambopata National Reserve and Manu National Park and see Jaguar in the Pantanal.

Tourist Attractions – Culture, History and Nature

In addition to South America’s cities and bio regions, tourists flock to South America to see its rich cultural heritage for a glimpse into a land before the modern world as well as natural wonders, such as Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest waterfall.

South America History

Like the pyramids of Egypt, South America is home to its own archeological sites of now vanished societies. Machu Picchu in Peru alone draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to visit this mystical Incan ruin. As well as Machu Picchu, Peru is home to other archaeological sites like the Cradle of Gold and the latest tourist destination, the Northern Kingdoms.

There have been many different civilizations in South America, such as the Chavin, which spanned 900 BC to 300 AD, the Moche, from 100 BC to 700 AD, the Chachopayas, from 1000–1450, but none that have caught the public attention as much as the Inkas, which dominated the Andean region from 1438 to 1533 and were invaded by the Spanish in one of the most significant periods in South American history. To explore South America’s rich and interesting Archeological sites, travel to one of our popular Ancient Destinations.

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The Tahuayo Lodge accommodation is rustic yet comfortable. When you first walk onto the lodge platform from your boat, you will see the dining hall to your right surrounded by a green net, which will keep out insects as you enjoy your meals. On your left is the small library and laboratory, which is sometimes used for research around the lodge. You will then walk over the raised boardwalk to your room.

The Tahuayo Lodge Rooms

The lodge has 15 rooms, and you can be assigned either a honeymoon cabin (single large bed), a cabin with two beds, or a family cabin with one large bed and several single beds dependent on which you prefer and availability. In addition to the bedrooms, dining room, laboratory, and library, there is also a hammock room to relax and socialize.

Thank you for a PHENOMENAL trip. Juan Luis was an incredible guide. Not only did he have an accurate answer for every question, but also knew the Spanish, English and scientific names of every species encountered.

- Jerroid Marks


Some electricity is provided for guests by solar panels and batteries. The lighting at the lodge is provided by solar panels, but it is best to bring a torch just in case. You can recharge batteries using the lodge generator, provided for this purpose. The electrical outlets are for Peru 220v plugs and US 110v plugs.


The Tahuayo Lodge culinary staff receive frequent compliments on food quality and special diets can be accommodated with prior knowledge. The staff prepares food under hygienic conditions so you can eat foods at the Tahuayo Lodge not recommended in other areas of South America, such as salads and unpeeled fruit.

Laundry and Bathrooms

Half of the lodge rooms have shared bathrooms and half have private bathrooms, which are assigned on the basis of earliest reservation. We have modern flush toilets and we offer a laundry service to wash any clothes.


Choose a tour from 4 days or more, but note that the Tahuayo Lodge also has the Tahuayo Lodge Research Center you can visit, which is located in more pristine rainforest. With both of these excellent lodges in the Tamshiyacu and with so much to see and do, we recommend tours of a week and over.

Because you have the option of customizing your tour, you will first sit down with your guide to discuss your interests and possible itinerary options. After this, your tour is shaped around you. Please mention any specific interests on our inquiry form and we will aim to assign you a guide with this specialty.

The Tahuayo Reserve

As the only accommodation in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, the Tahuayo Lodge provides a base to experience the reserve's rainforest and incredible wildlife. The Tahuayo Reserve protects a high diversity of species and you will head out with your professional private guide to see many different animals, such as squirrel monkeys, capuchins, titi monkeys, small pygmy marmosets, three-toed and two-toed sloths, different tanagers, macaws, toucans, black caiman, many different kingfishers, iguana, pink dolphins, and brightly colored poison dart frogs.

In my lifetime of 45 years I have never encountered such a wonderful group of people as those that you employ at your lodge. All of the guides were wonderful with our children as well as the rest of us!

- Dale Burrell & Melanie (9 yrs)


Customize the activities to your interests or let our professional guides suggest a general experience. The activities you can choose from include walks in remote terra firma forest, viewing or swimming with pink dolphins, finding feeding macaw parrots, kayaking Amazon tributaries, visiting native Amazon communities, finding poison dart frogs, jungle survival, observing abundant monkeys on our 1000 acre research grid, enjoying our canopy zipline system, and fishing for piranha.

Awards & Credentials

  • December 2019: Winner of Peru’s top Environmental Award 2019.
    The Tahuayo Lodge was winner in the category of "Bionegocios" for being the most environmentally conscious and socially responsible business in Peru. Tahuayo Lodge staff met in Lima for an event at the Ministry of Environment and were presented with the award by the President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra.
  • March 2018: Certified by Rainforest Alliance
  • March 2018: Only Amazon Rainforest lodge certified by Travelife
  • March 2018: #1 ranked lodge in Amazon Basin by Trip Advisor
  • June 2017: #1 in Paraiso on TripAdvisor
  • June 2017: #1 in Loreto on TripAdvisor
  • June 2017: #1 in the Amazon (out of 172 lodges) on TripAdvisor
  • June 2017: #1 in Specialty Lodging in all of Peru on TripAdvisor
  • June 2017: #3 in Specialty Lodging in all of South America on TripAdvisor
  • The only jungle lodge out of Iquitos to win Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence every year in 2012-2016.
  • Recognized as having one of the world’s top ten ziplines in the December 2015 issue of Zozi Journal
  • First prize for private institution contributing to animal welfare awarded by the Amazon Cares Foundation in March 2014
  • Our jungle lodges on the Tahuayo received mention on the Places to Stay list (page 60) in the May 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler "50 Tours of a Lifetime.
  • A feature article in Science Illustrated describes our work on the trail grid at the Research Center Lodge, investigating population dynamics of primate species and population density of jaguar as important research in the conservation of these species..
  • The Tahuayo Lodge was included as one of the world's best trips in Outpost Magazine's 2011 Global Travel Guide. We were one of 10 trips from South America and the only one in the Amazon basin.
  • The Tahuayo Lodge had the highest ranking by National Geographic among tour operators in Peru for the fourth straight year in 2010. We also had a 96%+ score in client satisfaction for the fourth straight year. Only a small handful of tour operators worldwide have achieved such consistently high scores in client satisfaction.
  • In the National Geographic Adventure Magazine December 2008 issue The Tahuayo Lodge was a major part of the lead article "The Big Trip: Peru." A photo of our canopy system took up a full page on page 40 and on page 42 discussion of the Amazon rainforest our "Tahuayo Lodge takes top honors..."
  • A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau. The Tahuayo Lodge has been a member of the Better Business Bureau for 18 years without any complaint filed.
  • In 2008 we once again were the top rated Amazon company in Peru according to the National Geographic rating system, once again scoring a perfect 100 in client satisfaction.
  • In 2007 we were rated by National Geographic as among the top 160 outfitters in the world. We were the top rated Amazon company in Peru. We were one of only 17 companies to get a perfect 100 score in client satisfaction; the only outfitter in South America to get a perfect score in client satisfaction.
  • Named as one of the world's top ten travel finds in Outside Magazine's Travel Guide for 2001. Page 40.
  • Outpost Magazine Annual Guide 2004 Selected as "One of 5 Great Places to Park Your Wanderlusting Butt."
  • Won Citation of Honor from Peru's Dept. of Industry and Tourism for "adherence to exceptional standards in the field of tourism."
  • The Guide to Peruvian Birds mentions the lodge as the best place in Peru to see the Rufous-winged Wood Rail, the Rufous-necked Puffbird and other species.
  • Trip #8 of the 100 Best Trips in the World selected in Outpost Annual 2003
  • Outside Magazine March 2002 issue, feature article: "25 Trips of a Lifetime"... We are the only Amazon tour company included.
  • Rated as the "Most acclaimed lodge of Peru's Northern Amazon" in the Guide to Peru (Moon Handbooks) pub 2004.
  • Outpost Magazine Travel Guide 2002 selection as one of the "Sixty Best trips in the World" (the only Amazon trip selected).
  • The Tahuayo Lodge operates the Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center, with institutional collaboration from Yale University, Columbia College, Chicago Botanic Garden, Missouri Botanical Society and the Field Museum.
  • Discovery Channel's Science of Survival episode, aired on April 14, 2006, was filmed on our site and with the assistance of our staff.
  • Bob Howell's story of his experience with The Tahuayo Lodge, published in January 2001 Outside Magazine, won the Gold Award from the Society of American Travel Writers as best feature article published in 2001 in the Adventure Travel category.
  • A documentary shown on the Outdoor Life Network on our jungle survival training was awarded the "Silver Teddy" as the best Outdoor Documentary televised in 2001. Copies of the documentary can be purchased from The Tahuayo Lodge.
  • International ecotourism researcher Wendy Daelman, from the University of Brighton, found The Tahuayo Lodge to run an "exemplary" ecotourism program.
  • Fully licensed and insured in both the United States (Florida #10118) and Peru.
  • Supporting member of The International Ecotourism Society.
  • Supporting member of the Rainforest Conservation Fund.
  • Provides aid to selected scientists studying in Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo.
  • Only tour operator with years of experience camping in the western Amazon.
  • The greatest range of itinerary options in the Amazon.

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For Birding, Fishing, Camping & Survival

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  • (Per Person)

Prices Per Person
Recommended trip length: 8 days +
Minimum trip length: 4 days.
No single supplement.
Cost is all inclusive (all transfers, lodging, meals, excursions-customized for your interests, entrance fees, tourist’s taxes, laundry and tips are included).

Additional costs apply for camping, survival, fishing, and birding itineraries.

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