- Explore Peru's Amazon rainforest while staying at a comfortable riverside lodge
- See a numerous array of wildlife, from pink dolphins to pygmy marmosets
- Travel with naturalists who help spot wildlife and impart regional knowledge
- Customize your activities, with options like canoeing, swimming, and fishing
Peru's Amazon Basin grants the adventurous traveler access to the magnificent lowland rainforests of South America and some of the most exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities on the planet. Tahuayo Lodge offers a unique and unforgettable glimpse into this amazing tropical ecosystem.
A four-hour boat ride upriver from Iquitos lies Tahuayo Lodge and the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve, home to a multitude of species including pygmy marmosets, pink dolphins, leaf-cutter ants, and multi-colored orchids. The lodge offers comfortable cabin-style accommodations and naturalist guides intimately familiar with local flora and fauna. Here, we have multiple options to customize our adventure: ziplining, swimming, fishing—just to name a few.
For stays of six days or longer you may choose to include the Amazon Research Center Lodge (ARC) downriver about ten miles. This pristine area boasts 40 troops of monkeys and 599 different species of birds.
REI Adventures shares non-exclusive departures at each lodge.
- Day 1 - Arrive in Iquitos and travel up the mighty Amazon River.
- Days 2-3 - Customize your own itinerary with several guided options.
- Day 4 - Travel downriver to the Amazon Research Center our home for 2 nights.
- Day 5 - Spend another day exploring by land or canoe.
- Day 6 - Travel by river back to Iquitos today.
Trip Itinerary and Details
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Day 1 - Arrive in Iquitos and travel up the mighty Amazon River.
Our trip today begins very early this morning in Iquitos, Peru where guests will rendezvous with our local transfer staff who will facilitate the transfer to the port and your waiting boat to begin the four-hour trip to the Tahuayo Lodge. We travel along the mighty Amazon River for 50 miles before turning up the Tahuayo tributary for another 40 miles and reaching the lodge by mid-afternoon.
About the Tahuayo Lodge: The entire 16-cabin lodge is screened and features a dining hall, conservation education library and areas to socialize and relax. There are showers and flush toilets that use a sanitary septic system. There is some electricity provided by solar panels and batteries; however a small generator is available for re-charging camera batteries. Delicious food is prepared by the staff and special diets can be accommodated with prior notice. A great variety of activities such as a canopy zip line, cultural interaction, canoeing and hiking are available from the lodge.
After receiving your cabin assignment and a general lodge orientation including staff introductions, you can begin your exploration of the surrounding trail network and begin adjusting to your tropical surroundings. This evening, participate in a boat excursion to a nearby lake to search for nocturnal wildlife and view the southern constellations or just relax in your cabin to the night music of the jungle. Lunch and dinner included.
Days 2-3 - Customize your own itinerary with several guided options.
Today we will have guided excursions in and around the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve. Every day your guide will discuss a selection of activities that you can sign up for. Among activities that you can select are: canoeing in rivers, lakes and flood forest, hiking in a variety of different ecosystems, boating, wildlife viewing and photography, visit native villages, have a session with a native shaman, learn about native culture, canopy exploration on zip lines (longest canopy zip line in the Amazon), swimming in a black water lake, fishing for piranha, etc. All meals included.
Day 4 - Travel downriver to the Amazon Research Center our home for 2 nights.
If your program is six days or more, on Day 4 guests will travel 10 miles down the river to the Research Center Lodge. It will take about three hours for the journey as this section of the river has lots of wildlife to view such as dolphins, sloth, toucans, monkeys, bats, raptors etc. Once settled at the lodge, you can hike the trails looking for some of the 40 troops of primates representing 12 different species in the area or you may also choose to canoe or swim in Dolphin Lake. This isolated area has been shown to have the greatest mammal and tree diversity of any site studied in the Amazon. It also boasts almost 600 different species of birds. All meals included.
About the Research Center Lodge: The lodge has 12 cabins which have modern shared bathrooms. This lodge also has solar powered electricity and satellite phone and internet. The Research Center Lodge has more hiking and wildlife then Tahuayo Lodge with the highlight being the 50 mile trail grid.
Day 5 - Spend another day exploring by land or canoe.
Today we'll make the most of the 50 miles of trails around the lodge. We'll explore several different ecosystems where, depending on the season, 12 -14 different species of monkeys and much other wildlife can be seen. We can also explore by canoe around rivers and lakes near the Research Center Lodge. All meals included.
Day 6 - Travel by river back to Iquitos today.
We spend another morning exploring the incredible rainforest before boarding the lodge boats for the trip back to Iquitos. A late afternoon arrival is scheduled allowing participants to catch flights departing after 5:00p.m. from Iquitos (IQT) to Lima. Breakfast and lunch included.
If your program is 5 days or fewer, all activities will originate from the Main Lodge. All nights will be spent at the Tahuayo Lodge.
This 6 day / 5 night program is only a sample itinerary. You may want to plan extra days at Tahuayo to personalize your itinerary with activities such as jungle survival training, fishing, camping, canoeing, a village stay, or volunteerism in community service or conservation service. Please let us know your preferences at time of booking so personal itineraries can be arranged.
4 days / 3 nights
Double or Single: $995
5 days / 4 nights
Double or Single: $1,095
6 days / 5 nights
Double or Single: $1,195
7 days / 6 nights
Double or Single: $1,295
$100 per person per night
4 days / 3 nights
Double or Single: $1,045
5 days / 4 nights
Double or Single: $1,145
6 days / 5 nights
Double or Single: $1,245
7 days / 6 nights
Double or Single: $1,345
$100 per person per night
Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
Roundtrip boat transfers from Iquitos to the lodge; bungalow accommodations—some with private bath, some with shared bath; meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on the last day; local English-speaking naturalist guides; purified drinking water; canopy zip-line and a variety of additional optional activities; daily excursions.
International airfare to Iquitos; alcoholic beverages or soft drinks; guide gratuities; excess baggage charges, laundry or insurance of any kind.
A special cancellation policy applies to all Amazon Lodge trips. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the departure date. The following change and cancel fees apply:
91+ days prior to departure – $200 penalty per person
61 to 90 days – full deposit is non-refundable
31 to 60 days – 50% of trip cost
0 to 30 days – 100% of trip cost
This trip is rated Easy Active  and contains a variety of activities ranging from easy day walks to moderate hikes in a warm, tropical climate, canoeing and swimming. Participants should be in good physical condition and consider beginning a regular exercise regimen 1-2 months prior to departure consisting of walking/hiking, running and/or swimming to prepare for this adventure. The better shape you're in, the more you'll be able to take advantage of the lodges' nature trails and optional activities.
The average temperature in the Amazon Basin is 82°F, with daily highs reaching the low 90s and nightly lows in the upper 60s. During the dry season (May-October), cold fronts from the South Atlantic (freajes) occur once every month or so, causing daily temperatures to drop into the mid to high 50s. As we are in the tropics, rainfall in the lowlands can occur during any month of the year, however, most of the prolonged rainy weather patterns arise during the wet season from November-April.
The Tahuayo Lodge does not charge a single supplement.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Peruvian Amazon – Tahuayo Lodge Gear List
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
- Rubber boots
- Valid passport
- Airline itinerary and confirmation
- Lightweight, easily washable items for evening wear or when traveling
- Duffel bag (wheels and retractable handle are fine), sturdy and large enough to hold clothing and gear
- Passport security pouch or belt
- Daypack to carry raingear, camera, water and snacks
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- T-shirts, synthetic
- Lightweight, long-sleeve shirt(s) for sun/insect protection
- Hiking shorts, synthetic, quick-drying
- Hiking pants, synthetic, quick-drying
- Hiking socks and liners
- Sun hat
- Poncho, waterproof and breathable
- Lightweight sweater or jacket (warmer coat for May-Oct departures)
- Lightweight hiking boots or trail shoes, broken-in
- Water sandals or flip-flops
- Water bottles or hydration pack
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Insect repellent with Deet
- Binoculars (a must have)
- Biodegradable soap & shampoo
- Toiletry kit
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Headlamp/flashlight with extra batteries/bulb (a must have)
- Personal first-aid kit
- Camera, memory cards, spare batteries & charger
- Electrical converter and adapter plug
- Reading and writing materials
- Field guides
- Ziploc bags for easy storage
- Favorite energy snacks and drink mixes
- Anti-fog lens wipes (if you wear glasses)
- Laundry detergent for hand washing / universal sink plug
- Small towel and washcloth
- Duffel to leave behind in Iquitos for excess baggage
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, hiking boots, a pair of shorts/shirt/fleece top/sandals and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- Pack lightly keeping the essentials items in mind. You may leave an extra bag at the Iquitos office. This excess luggage will be stored securely and waiting for you upon your return from the lodge.
- Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®.
- Bring clothing that is lightweight and protects you from the sun. Muted earthtone colors are best for wildlife viewing. It is always good to have a lightweight, long-sleeve jacket, especially for the evenings.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
- Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
- Rubber boots are provided on loan at the lodges. Please bring socks to wear with the boots.
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
- Plastic bags are great for keeping clothing and gear dry. Use Ziploc bags to keep wet clothes separate from dry clothes.
- If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens wearers should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
- During the day, plan on carrying a small daypack with sunscreen, raingear, water bottle/hydration system and camera.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.