Iquitos Worldwide

During July and August of 2018, we partnered with Neon Gang, one of our favorites disruptive video producers, to showcase the people, landscapes and wildlife of the beautiful city of Iquitos.

We didn’t want to cover it in a traditional way, so we decided to give it a wild twist.

Immerse yourself into the Amazon Jungle, the way we see it, with this teaser video:

Chapters 1 and 2 will be released soon and both will cover different sides of Iquitos: The city and the jungle.

Stay tuned for the release, and be prepared to experience the Amazon jungle in front row, uncensored and with a lot of style.

And remember, stay wild!

Pacaya Samiria Information

Location: Peru
Total area: 5.139.792 acres (over 2 million hectares)
Meters above sea level: 106 meters
Closest city: Iquitos, located 180 km away.
Closest towns: Nauta and Requena.
Distance to capital: Lima is located a thousand kilometers away (1009 km to be precise).
Awesomeness level: “You gotta see it to believe it”

The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is a huge protected area, situated in the Northeast of Peru. This forested area is distributed between the Loreto, Requena, High Amazon and Ucayali departments, and is circumscribed by two noteworthy streams: the Marañon and the Ucayali rivers. These two water streams are located in the Ucamara depression, giving the origin to the Amazon waterway. The Amazon river basin is the biggest rainforest on the planet and the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is the biggest zone of protected flooded forest within the Amazon rainforest.

The Pacaya Samiria reserve is one of the biggest protected territories in Peru and was established in 1982. For comparison, it’s about the size of Slovenia, and around half the size of Denmark, Sweden or the Netherlands. It protects various segments of the western Amazon basin covering more than 2 million hectares of land. Quite a bit of it stays unexplored.

The name of the national reserve comes from two big rivers: The Pacaya river, a tributary of the Ucayali, that flows towards the left bank of the Puinahua channel. And the Samiria river, tributary of the Marañon, flows on the right side of this river.

Pacaya Samiria is the jungle of mirrors
“The Jungle of mirrors”

The waterways in the reserve are for the most part blackened by the high concentration of nutrients, giving it its famous name of “The jungle of mirrors”. This offers life support to a large number of the trees and plants of the reserve providing a base to the Amazon wildlife ecosystem. One example of a magnificent creature that lives in these obscured water streams is a giant Amazon fish called the Arapaima gigas, locally known as “Paiche”, which weighs around 100 kg. and can grow more than six feet long (there are reports of it growing more than 3 meters long and weighing more than 250 kg). There is a preservation program set up in the reserve to shield these fish from over-harvesting. The Pacaya Samiria reserve is also home to a huge number of wildlife species, for example, manatees, pink dolphins, caimans, macaws, and anacondas, for naming a few.

Hoatzin or Shansho inside the Pacaya Samiria park
What about the Hoatzin? A prehistoric bird.

We’ll get into a detailed list in a few more paragraphs so stay tuned!

History and goals of Pacaya Samiria

In the early 80’s, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve was established by the Peruvian government to preserve the vast wilderness, stunning biodiversity and pristine landscapes within this Amazonian area.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve represents 1.5% of the nation’s land and 6% of Loreto’s department. The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve presently takes an incorporated administration, including indigenous people in management roles. This is a big change considering that before locals were excluded from the discussion.

The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is part of the National System of Natural Areas and is secured and managed by the Peruvian Government, by the organization called Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (SERNANP). The main objective is to secure the biodiversity of the overflowed forest (known as varzea) in this region. As of late, the reserve’s objective has expanded to incorporate the promotion of sustainable development of indigenous people groups inside the national park.

Pacaya Samiria National park entrance
One of the Pacaya Samiria’s entrance

This coordinated management style of including local populations has had a colossal positive effect on the general preservation of species within the reserve, with a lessening in hunting pressure and an increase in wildlife populations. When local populations were offered regions to manage, a positive move occurred and many now see the reserve as a solid financial advantage to their region, making the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve an example of successful living community eco-tourism.

Visitors must pay an entrance fee (included in our tour packages), and are just allowed access to pre-determined zones of the huge reserve. The idea behind this restricted access is to shield the natural landscape from negative anthropogenic effects.

It is very important for the conservation of this delicate ecosystem that you, as a visitor, ensure that the tour company that will provide you the service of guiding you inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve has its permit up to date for entering inside the reserve. You can check all the tour companies that have this permit in this link. We are proud to be in that list as allies for the conservation of the reserve.

Up to date permit for RNPS
Amazon Experience’s permit for entering Pacaya Samiria reserve

We can summarize Pacaya Samiria’s main goals as:

  • To improve and extend education about the area.
  • To interest the local population on the benefits of conservation and good management of fauna.
  • To conserve low jungle representative ecosystems, including endangered jungle animals and plants.
  • To encourage the study of the area’s flora and fauna.
  • To encourage and promote the use of natural resources according to the principles of proper ecological development.

Amazon rainforest habitats

The different habitat types found in the Peruvian Amazon came about because of extensive scale geologic events amid the tertiary and quaternary periods. The Samiria river basin sits in the Pevas lake bed, which formed during the Andes uplifting, leaving a topographical depression denoted by soft alluvial soils. This depression in western Amazonia permits the vegetated scene to change into the flooded forest that the region is known for.

The Amazon rainforest, including districts of Peru, is in charge of 20% of the oxygen production for the whole planet. Every year around 30 million acres are deforested in the Amazon jungle (about the size of New York state), not only diminishing the oxygen production but liberating massive quantities of CO2 into our atmosphere.

Pacaya Samiria producing oxygen
Oxygen factory

Peru’s tropical rainforest provide a humid warm environmental condition within the Amazonia region. The climatic conditions are very valuable to the development and life cycles of a wide assortment of plants and animals.

The ancient tropical forests additionally provide a powerful structure for the development of different life forms involving a few layers of vegetation, from the forest floor on the ground to the tall canopy in the air. Plants and animals that live in the rainforest are to a great degree all around adjusted to their surroundings, occupying a particular specialty inside the ecosystems.

This specific biome, or network of ecosystems, is believed to be the oldest on earth. The diversification of Amazon animals and plants are greatly intricate, unique and fascinating. Do you feel like exploring the Pacaya Samiria now?

Exploring the natural reserve
Exploring the natural reserve

Amazon wildlife

When you are thinking about animals that live in the Amazon rainforest, what comes to your mind? Surely you think of river dolphins, anacondas, piranhas, sloths, monkeys, frogs, and lizards right? Then it will impress you to know that the birds have the highest number of species found: Over 500 inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve. Quite a while back, a group of bird researchers recorded over 350 species… in only 24 hours!

Birds of Peru - Bird watching Iquitos, Peru
Slate-colored Hawk – Buteogallus schistaceus

Researchers and scientists also have found over 100 warm-blooded creatures (mammals for example), 69 reptiles and 58 amphibian species. What about fishes? Over 260 species recognized. And care to guess the number of plant species inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve? More than 1800 types of plants!

According to Cornell analysts, Peru has the highest density of bird species per area on the whole planet! Pretty cool eh?

Birds of Peru - Amazon Experience
Amazon Kingfisher – Chloroceryle amazona

Here you have a sample list of Amazon animals and plants you can find in the Pacaya Samiria national park:

Amazon rainforest animals you can find in Pacaya Samiria:

  • Black caimans or Melanosuchus niger (up to 6 meters long!) and also white caimans (Caiman crocodilus)
  • Giant centipedes, including the largest in the world Scolopendra gigantea
  • Scorpions
  • Tarantulas, being the Amazonian tarantula the biggest in the world!
  • River turtles, like the Charapa (Podocnemis expansa) and Taricaya (Podocnemis unifilis)
  • Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), a kind of prehistoric bird
  • Howler and spider monkeys
  • Boas and anacondas (Eunectes murinus), up to 9 meters long.
  • Piranhas, but do not worry, most places within the reserve where we navigate are safe to swim.
  • Sloths (Bradypus variegatus)
  • Frogs and Salamanders
  • Freshwater electric eels (Electrophorus electricus), these species use electromagnetic pulses for hunting and communication
  • Paiche (Arapaima Gigas)
  • Giant hummingbird along with other hummingbirds, this region has a great diversity
  • Leafcutter ants, along with other ant species
  • Blue morpho butterflies (Morpho menelaus), truly spectacular iridescent butterflies bigger than the size of a fist!
  • Amazon river dolphins, including the pink dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) and the grey dolphin (Sotalia fluviatilis). There is a legend about a black dolphin but we have never seen it.
  • Giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis)
  • Black Jaguars (Panthera Onca), locally called Otorongo, the third biggest in the cat family around the world.
  • Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis), a beautiful and endangered river animal
  • Macaw parrots, like the blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna) and the red and green macaw (Ara chloropterus)
Frogs in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Sapo Hualo – Leptodactylus pentadactylus

Amazon rainforest plant species you can find in Pacaya Samiria:

  • Giant lily pads
  • Aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa), a palm tree whose fruits are eaten by many animals and settlers of local communities. It is also used to make artisanal soap.
  • Large cedar trees (Cedrella odorata)
  • Orchids, with over 20 rainforest species present in the natural reserve
  • Caoba (Maena capimori)
  • Uña de Gato, or cat’s claw in english
  • Heliconia
  • Rubber trees
  • Mahogany (Maena capimori)
  • Lupuna tree (Ceiba pentandra)
  • Cascarilla (Cinchona officinalis)
  • Cacao (Theobroma cacao)
  • Huairuro (Ormosia amazonica)
  • Machín sapote (Quararibea bicolor)
  • Hormiga caspi (Durdia eriophila)

The timber tree species in the Pacaya Samiria reserve like cedar and mahogany are very much appreciated in local and international markets. This is the reason why these are threatened occasionally by unscrupulous illegal loggers.

Big tree inside the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Now that’s what I call a giant tree!

Climate and Seasons

Pacaya Samiria’s climate is humid and tropical, with varying temperature ranging from 18°C to 35°C. Yep, that hot. You can check some average temperatures regarding different months here. The annual average rainfall is between 2000 and 3000 mm of water. This vast protected area is described by the cycle of two seasons, called crescent and reflux (low water season and high water season), correlating to the water levels inside the forested area.

The two yearly seasons are:

  • Crescent, from October until April. Also called “High water season”.
  • Reflux, from May until September. Also called “Low water season”.

So, you might be asking yourself now when to visit Pacaya Samiria?
The answer is: It depends.
The best time to visit Pacaya Samiria depends on what you want to experience.

Friends enjoying Pacaya Samiria
Enjoying some cool weather on the boat

From October until April the increased rains make the water levels of all waterways in the reserve (rivers, creeks and, lagoons) go up. This period is what gave the name “Jungle of mirrors” to the national reserve, where large areas of the rainforest are overflowed. This is the best time to explore the many creeks and lagoons in motorboats or canoeing.

From May until September there isn’t so much rain as in the crescent period, and water streams recede accordingly. This period gives the chance to visitors to walk and trek more inside the virgin jungle. During this period you can also see some sandy shorelines on the riverside which are used by the settlers of the reserve to grow beans, rice, peanuts, among other crops. Also by two very characteristic species of the Pacaya Samiria reserve, the charapa (Podocnemis expansa) and taricaya (Podocnemis unifilis) aquatic turtles, use these beaches to lay their eggs.

Survival skills inside Pacaya Samiria
Survival skills in one of the walking tours

Wildlife adapts without problem to this cycle of crescent and reflux. When most of the rainforest remains flooded, animals find shelter in the highest areas, which remain dry because water streams never reach. During the reflux, when water is retained in small lagoons and creeks, you can observe a large number of aquatic birds catching fishes concentrated there.

If you travel with us you will still do both kinds of activities, trekking through the jungle and cruising it on motorboat and canoes. This seasonal division is to give you a reference for what to expect when you arrive there.

So, are you ready to jump in?

How to get to Pacaya Samiria

Pacaya Samiria’s beauty, as well as it’s biological wealth, makes the reserve a particularly important destination for scientific investigators, nature lovers and bird watchers.

The only safe way to visit the Pacaya Samiria reserve is through an organized tour from professional and certified tour operators, like us! (If you prefer the fancy option there are many companies that offer luxury cruises. We do not offer cruises yet)

Navigating inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve
They see me cruisin…

Departing from Iquitos by road it will take us around 1 hour and 45 minutes to arrive at Nauta town. From this town, founded in 1830, we will depart by private motorboat through the Marañon river, against the current. The trip will take us around 3 hours before arriving at Santo Domingo, one of the SERNANP checkpoints for entering the reserve. Here we register and show entrance tickets to the officer in charge (we get those in advance when you book with us).

There are no jungle lodges inside the reserve because this is a protected area by the government of Peru. On the first night inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve, we sleep inside a typical village house in the community of Buenos Aires. Here we will sleep on individual beds with mosquito nets. The next days are all about camping with tents in the jungle, making this experience pure adventure.

Pacaya Samiria aerial shot of a campsite
Arriving at one of the campsites inside the reserve

We offer Pacaya Samiria tours starting at 3 days and 2 nights because we consider that the minimum amount of days to get a feel of the beauty of this place considering the logistics involved in traveling there by land and river.

With us, you can go as much as 7 days and 6 nights, arriving at “El Dorado” lake, considered the hearth of the reserve because of its spectacular and diverse wildlife. Arriving there is an adventure on its own, reserved for those willing to go deep into the jungle. If you are really adventurous we can also plan a longer itinerary for you.

If you are interested in visiting the Pacaya Samiria reserve for a rainforest camping tour (and a truly unique experience) you can check our tours or contact us. Our tours don’t have fixed departures so we can accommodate to your schedule. We will be happy to answer your questions.

All of the photos presented in this article are taken from us or our friends, that traveled with us inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve.

Thanks to all of you who contributed with this. It would have never been possible without you. You know who you are.

Pacaya Samiria enjoyed by some friends
Our friends enjoying the view in Pacaya Samiria

At Amazon Experience, we believe our actions make a change.

Running Amazon Experience gives us tremendous joy and satisfaction.

And we strongly feel that this joy should be shared, in ways that potentiate parts of our community.

This could be our big community, the environment and the natural world (and those that strive to protect it).

Or it could be our close-to-home community.

Rainforest Trust

We’ve been part of the Roots supporters program for over a year and a half because we think the job that Rainforest Trust does helping protecting threatened rainforest habitat and saving endangered species from extinction is remarkable.

With over 30 years of existence, Rainforest Trust has helped to save more than 19 million acres across the planet, that’s roughly over 3 billion trees.

Tropical deforestation accounts for up to 15% of net global carbon emissions, the same as all global transportation emissions.

Halting tropical deforestation and allowing regrowth could mitigate up to 50% of global carbon emissions through 2050.

Protecting rainforests in perpetuity is the quickest way to have a positive impact on the planet’s climate.

If you wanna know more and help this cause you can visit their website or check out specific projects, like this one being developed in the regions of Loreto and Ucayali in Peru.

This is the 2018 Fall’s newsletter addressing specifically climate change and the Amazon rainforest.

Casa Kukama

Pablo Taricuarima is a really cool guy.

He, along with his family and other people in the community of Santo Tomas, is developing a cultural project centered in education and tourism.

Part of this project vision is to benefit the local community, generating job offers while at the same time potentiating and rescuing the Kukama language and culture.

Pablo and his community are the beneficiaries of Mincetur’s initiative “Turismo Emprende” which has permitted them to develop Casa Kukama, a big rustic wooden house, with hand woven palm roof, common spaces, and rooms for visitors who want to experience their culture and live among them in a stunning location by the river.

They also do, once a year, the Ukuatari, a Kukama festival where they let you “travel through the Kukama world”.

We strongly believe in projects like this one and we support what they are trying to accomplish as strategic partners and friends.

The development and integration of local communities are very important, especially when they are trying to keep alive their culture and identity.

If you wanna book with them or have any questions please contact them directly at pablotaricuarima@gmail.com or at the WhatsApp +51991006699.

Asociación Cultural Deportiva “El Milagro”

We are committed to supporting our favorite team of young soccer players from ACD “El Milagro” (miracle in spanish), a local team from Nauta.

ADC El Milagro, young soccer players from Nauta, Peru
ACD El Milagro, our favourite soccer team!

After they got very close to winning 2017 local championship they were looking for sponsors without luck so they could get new uniforms.

You can read the full story here.

Why we share this?

We believe that tourism agencies (or any business for that matter) should strive for shared prosperity.

And we hope that by sharing our efforts with you will encourage to take action.

It doesn’t need to be big, bold or expensive actions. Just striving to help those around you is a good starting point.

Thanks for your attention.

Direct flights from Cusco to Iquitos

Last week LATAM Airlines Peru inaugurated its direct flight from Cusco to Iquitos (or vice versa), with a promotional fare, starting at 45 USD one way.

This flight will run 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and it’s part of LATAM’s plan to decentralize commercial air operations in Peru. There are rumors of possible direct flights from Brasil and Argentina to arrive directly at Iquitos during 2018 or 2019 but so far no official statement on this.

On July 2th, upon arriving at the Coronel FAP International Airport, the flight was received by the “Cruce de Aguas”, baptizing the first flight, welcoming the guests as well as city authorities.

Flight being received with water crossings. Image courtesy of tnews.

This direct flight it is expected to transport more than 7,000 passengers between July and November.

You can find the estimated departure times here (courtesy of tnews):

Timetables. Image courtesy of tnews.

If you are heading Cusco, now you can consider coming to the Amazon Jungle without stops.

Just on a single hop.

Are you ready for adventure?

Source article (spanish): http://tnews.com.pe/asi-llego-el-vuelo-inaugural-cusco-iquitos-que-tendra-una-tarifa-promocional-ow-desde-us45/

 

Hello wild people!

The Amazon Experience team is happy, very happy. And it’s all thanks to you, the travelers.

This week we were contacted by TripAdvisor with great news for us. We have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2018!

Amazon Experience receives Certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor 2018. Iquitos, Peru.
Amazon Experience – Certifcate of Excellence 2018

You can check our profile here.

With over 90 reviews there (and many more on Facebook, Google, in our physical notepad inside the office and other places), we feel very grateful towards all of you.

What motivate us it’s your constant feedback in how to do things better, your words of kindness and appreciation, your recommendations, your understanding when we screw up something and your encouragement to keep us going with this dream we had, about how to do things differently for the better, regarding tourism in the Amazon rainforest.

We have big plans to continue the development of a tourism business that cares for the travelers as friends and visitors, for the local community, for our team and, especially, for nature and the environment.

Thanks for allowing us to do what we love.

Big hug to all of you.

And remember… Stay wild!

 

Hello wild people! How is it going?

Almost nine months ago we did our 2017 Recap. Now it’s time to deliver some news for this current year. Are you ready? Because we are!

We wanted to start by saying: Gracias.

Yes, that simple word (that we wholeheartedly hope you know what it means in English), that for us it has all the meaning in the world.

We feel grateful for your awesome feedback, for all the people that have enjoyed with us, for those that came as strangers and went back home as friends. For your laughter, smiles and good vibes. To all of you, for choosing us and letting us continue our growth:

Thanks!

Continuing with the trend of our last recap here you can see where people visit our website:

Map of visitors to Amazon Experience website
Map of visitors – amazonexperience.net

And the Top 10 countries with more visitors:

Worldwide visitors to Amazon Experience
Top 10 countries that visit amazonexperience.net

Now let’s dive in!

Big news and updates

Some important news and milestones that we wanted to share with you:

Web changes

We are constantly updating our website and the tools we use to the latest version. Taking into account the corresponding security measures to assure your payment information is safe with us.

Regarding support, we have added Live Chat support. Now besides reaching us by email, contact form, Facebook or Whatsapp, you can also contact us and solve your doubts without even leaving our website. Cool eh?

Livechat support for booking Amazon tours
Wanna chat?

 

Amazon Experience live chat support
We are ready to assist you!

For the functional part, we have added a “What to bring” tab right inside every tour, so our visitors know beforehand how to prepare for their Amazon trip. This was a popular request so thanks to those who gave us their feedback on this issue.

Updated website so people know what to bring to the Amazon jungle
Yep, now is that easy

We also integrated automatic pricing discounts. If you choose a tour for 4 people or more you will get a 5% discount, taken into account in your shopping cart when you do the checkout.

And now, if you go to our gallery, you can find our new…

Amazon Experience video

Our friend Simon made us a wonderful video in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. It includes some cool aerial shots of Pacaya Samiria. We cannot hide our love for this video. Check it out!

You can also check our other video, made by Vianney Lhoumeau

If you are a videographer and/or travel blogger and you plan to visit Iquitos send us a message to see if we can collaborate and work together.

Rainforest Trust support

We are celebrating our first year being part of the Roots program. We will continue to support organizations committed to protecting the environment. If you are interested in helping Rainforest Trust you can check their webpage to get more information about what they do.

Roots program – Rainforest Trust

Support for a local young soccer team

We decided to support one local soccer team of Nauta. Its name is ACD El Milagro and they are gonna rock the local soccer championship this year with their new uniforms. You can read the full story here.

ADC El Milagro, young soccer players from Nauta, Peru

Sponsoring the Peruvian Ornithology Congress 2018

This year the Congreso Peruano de Ornitología (Peruvian Ornithology Congress) is going to be organized for the first time outside of Lima. Which better place to host it than Iquitos? Being one of the biggest gateways to explore the Amazon rainforest with hundreds of different bird species to look for, we believe this Congress is an opportunity not to be missed by bird lovers.

Birding in the Amazon Jungle. Iquitos, Peru
Capped heron – Piherodius pileatus

We are sponsoring this ornithology event because we think it’s going to help Iquitos and the people working in the tourism niche. And, well, because we love birds too. For more information, you can check the official website (Spanish).

Reviews, reviews, reviews

We are getting closer and closer to the 100th TripAdvisor review. At the moment we have over 85 reviews in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Greek.

You can check our TripAdvisor profile here.

Thanks to all of you that have taken the time to let us know your thoughts about what we do, and with this we include also people that gave us Google reviews, Facebook reviews, pen and paper reviews and in-person feedback along with emails after their tour was ended. You rock guys!

Goggle reviews for Amazon Experience
Google reviews

 

Facebook reviews for Amazon Experience
We reached 50 Facebook reviews!

We keep our commitment firm: To keep adapting, learning and optimizing to bring you the best experience in the Amazon jungle.

2018 Travel Awards

This year we have received two awards. And we are very happy about that!

First, we got the news that we won the LTG  – Service Excellence Award 2018 for the second year in a row. Yay!

Service Excellence 2018

And a few days ago we received a message from THA (Travel and Hospitality Awards) about us being selected as Wildlife Tour Company of the Year 2018 in Loreto. Double yay!

Wildlife Tour Company of the Year 2018 in Loreto

New adventure and camping tours into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Lately, we have been working on putting together our new tours. This is based on the feedback we have gotten from all of you, and your desire to explore deeper and for a longer time into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

You can now take a look at our 7 Days 6 Nights tour in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. We will have longer, up to 10 days, tours soon. Keep an eye on our tours section.

Our friends enjoying the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Our friends enjoying the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Now that you can explore for a week or longer. Are you ready for adventure?

Price adjustments

We are gonna be upfront about this: Our prices are going up. We decided to make a public statement about this and be transparent about it.

Our operational costs have gone up, with new software and technologies being used, new equipment and more people working in the Amazon Experience team.

We, also,  had to factor in the rise in price for entrances to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, imposed by the SERNANP since February 2018. You can check authorized tour agencies for entering the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve here.

We haven’t raised our prices in more than a year and for us to continue growing and giving you the best experiences, including support before and after your trip, while at the same time expanding our social impact, we need to do so.

We wanted to give you, and all Amazon Experience visitors, the chance to book at our “old” prices before changing. That’s why we are going to offer discounted prices, that match previous prices, until the end of May (May 30th included, to be specific).

Another thing to mention is that our prices are not only going up but also going down. How is that supposed to work? You might ask.

From now on, every time you book a tour for 4 or more people you get automatically a 5% discount.

This discount is applied to your shopping cart when you do the checkout and is a way of encouraging big families, organizations or just big groups of friends to come and experience the Amazon jungle with us.

Final words

Gratitude. That’s what we feel now.

We are full of joy enjoying what we have built but also eager to keep growing and developing a business that cares for their customers, their team, the local community and, above all, nature and the environment.

Thanks for letting us do what we love.

Peace out and…

Stay Wild

In November of 2017, we, as Amazon Experience, went to Nauta with a mission: Deliver 22 new uniforms for a local soccer team composed mostly of young people.

ADC El Milagro, young soccer players from Nauta, Peru
ACD El Milagro. Young soccer talents from Loreto region.

The name of this team is “ACD El Milagro”. ACD stands for Asociación Cultural Deportiva or Cultural and sports association. “Milagro” is a miracle in English. This soccer team is from the neighborhoods where Wolfers (one of Amazon Experience founders) was raised as a child.

This is Wolfers (Yes, he was a child too at some point, many years ago)

Our good friend Alex, in charge of sports delegation in ACD El Milagro, had commented us that this team was looking for sponsorship to get new uniforms without luck. Even after coming very close to winning the 2017 local championship (they came up in second place). We felt we could help there.

Alex showing the new uniforms for local soccer team
Our friend Alex

This is the design they chose.

Socce Uniform for ADC El Milagro. Nauta, Peru
Front
Socce Uniform for ADC El Milagro. Nauta, Peru
Back

Cool eh?

As we entered the club’s headquarters we saw most of the players gathered there along with Alex. It was inspiring to say the least seeing them with the uniforms and hearing what they had to say. We left feeling that differences can be made with our actions.

We are very thankful for this opportunity to support them and we encourage everyone reading this to think of ways how to potentiate your local community.

Local soccer team from Nauta gets new uniforms
ACD El Milagro
The team with its 2 new members. ACD El Milagro + Amazon Experience

PS: Go ACD El Milagro! This is your year, we are gonna be rooting for you. Your fans: Luis and Wolfers.

Hello wild people!

We have a quick question for you: Are you into bird watching or birding? Would you like to learn about the birds of Peru, especially about birds of the Amazon jungle?

Birds of Peru - Amazon Experience
Amazon Kingfisher – Chloroceryle amazona

If you answered yes, then this post is for you.

Peruvian Ornithology Congress

This year, 2018, the “Congreso Peruano de Ornitología” (Peruvian Ornithology Congress) it’s gonna be organized in Iquitos. This is the first time this Congress is available outside of Lima, so we decided to sponsor it and help with spreading the word.

With more than 900 bird species present in Loreto region (where Iquitos is located), this area is especially sought after for birdwatchers all over the world.

The “Congreso Peruano de Ornitología” (Peruvian Ornithology Congress) it’s going to take place between 23th and 28th of July, including one day (27th of July) with on-terrain training on bird recognition and other related topics. You can check the program here (Spanish).

Birds of Peru - Bird watching Iquitos, Peru
Slate-colored Hawk – Buteogallus schistaceus

This extract is taken, and translated, from the official website:

Imagine a moment and a place, where you will find people like you. The Peruvian Congress of Ornithology, is a space designed for you, for your passion, for your desire to learn and above all, for your desire to grow. Imagine an event where you can share with scientists, businessmen, artists, students and the general public that pleasure for BIRDS that motivates you so much. Imagine a meeting, where you can listen to Magisterial Speakers of the highest academic level, representatives of the most prestigious universities in the world. The time and place is already a reality: IQUITOS, the capital of the Peruvian Amazon, is the city chosen for this important ornithological event in 2018. Our slogan: “Let the birds fill your life with joy”, shows our interest in making the event, a real party. Come and enjoy Iquitos!

Birding in the Amazon Jungle. Iquitos, Peru
Capped heron – Piherodius pileatus

List of speakers at the Congress

The list of speakers for this Ornithology event in Perú is:

Amanda Rodewald, Ph.D.

Garvin Professor of Ornithology and Director of Conservation Science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Bette Loiselle, Ph.D.

Director, Tropical Conservation & Development Program | Center for Latin American Studies Professor

John Marshall Bates, Ph.D.

Associate Curator, Birds Head, Life Sciences Science, and Education – Field Museum of Natural History

Scott Robinson, Ph.D.

Katharine Ordway Professor of Ecosystem Conservation at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Gustavo Bravo, Ph.D.

Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology & Museum of Comparative Zoology – Harvard

Kevin McCracken, Ph.D.

Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences Marine Biology & Ecology, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Stuart J. Marsden, Ph.D.

Prof. Stuart J Marsden. Professor of Conservation Ecology. Division of Biology & Conservation Ecology

Silverio Duri Valdivia

Guía Naturalista – Aves y Fotografía – Perú. Comunidad Nativa de Infierno – Madre de Dios – Perú

Birds of the Amazon rainforest, Birding and bird watching in Iquitos, Peru
Great Black Hawk – Buteogallus urubitinga

How can I attend the Congress?

You can reserve your spot on the official webpage. The price is 250 soles. There is a discount for students (both local and international). If you cannot make international bank transfers or just plainly want to avoid the hassle of a wire transfer, contact us at booking@amazonexperience.net so we can help you out.

What else can I do while I’m in Iquitos?

We encourage you to explore this beautiful city, get to know the people that live here, share some time with them and listen to their stories. Also, we recommend you go out of the city to explore the Amazon jungle.

Pacaya samiria national reserve tours, birding and birdwatching
Large-billed Tern – Phaetusa simplex

One of the best places for bird watching is the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, located approx. 180 kilometers to the South of Iquitos. We invite you to check out our tours, hop into a motorboat with us and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime, camping and looking out for birds and wildlife in one of the most pristine rainforests on Earth.

All of the pictures in this post have been taken in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

See you at the Congress!