For jungle survival training, the pick of the crop of Amazon adventures is the Tahuayo Lodge Amazon Survival Course. The strength of the Tahuayo survival program is the degree of personal attention to clients. The Tahuayo Lodge’s experienced, highly professional and friendly staff means your itinerary is customised to your needs.
The majority of travellers choose softer activities in the Amazon Rainforest such as swimming with pink dolphins, visiting native communities or canoeing tranquil rivers to watch monkeys and parrots move about the forest. But lately, the fascination with survival is drawing attention to our more adventurous offerings.
Starting as the western Amazon’s first adventure travel company, the Tahuayo Lodge has a firm grounding in jungle camping and survival training, and for our more adventurous clients, this option is still available.
Outside Magazine wrote a feature article on one of our Amazon Survival course guides called “The Teachings of Gerineldo Moises Chavez” then came a TV program with the same name on our jungle survival itinerary. Following this, Discovery’s Science of Survival featured a program filmed at the Tahuayo Lodge.
Survival in the Amazon Rainforest Details
The Tahuayo Lodge’s jungle survival training program takes place in the remote Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve of north eastern Peru, situated 100 miles SSE of the nearest city, Iquitos.
Building a lean-to
Selecting site for soil and drainage aspects. Which wood for framework; how to rainproof with irapay palm fronds (Lepidocaryum tenue)
Recognising wood for hard, dry interior even when waterlogged by rainforest humidity and using copal resin as fire starter
Finding Drinking Water
Recognising immature yarina (Phytelephas macrocarpa) fruits; puca huasca vine (Doliocarpus dentatus) and cano huasca vine (Uncaria spp.)
Identifying edible beetle grubs, palm fruits, palm hearts from Euterpe and Iriartea genera, legumes (especially from Inga genus), using barbasco (Lonchocarpus species) sap to stun fish; canabrava (Gynerium sagittatum) to build fish trap; tamshi vine (Carludovica devergens) to make animal snare
Building a Raft
Finding balsa wood in the rainforest and how to tie together with tamshi vine, making an oar from remo caspii (Styrax acuminatum)
Finding Natural Mosquito Repellent
Making Hunting Equipment
Bow from cashapona (Iriartea exorrhiza), string from chambira (Astrocaryum chambira), arrowshafts from bamboo and arrowheads from cumaceba. Fishing spear from cumaceba (Cesalpina echinata).
Venomous snakebite–piripiri leaves (Cyperus articulatus)
Venomous insect–curarina bark (Potalia amara)
Fever–sanango root (Sanango durum)
Disinfectant–pichirina sap (Vismia angusta)
Field dressing–fiber inside bark of machimango (Ceiba species)
Antiparasitical–oje sap (Ficus antihelmintica)
Dysentery or gastrointestinal distress–hierba luisa leaves (Cymbopogon citratus)
Tahuayo Lodge Iquitos, PeruYou can visit the highly regarded Tahuayo Lodge & Amazon Research Center as part of this tour of the bio-diverse Tahuayo Reserve. You are assigned a private guide & you can choose an itinerary to reflect your interests. Boasting the most itinerary options in Amazonia, you can whiz through the trees on the canopy zipline, view poison dart frog initiatives, & observe different monkeys on the A.R.C primate research grid.Private Guide, Zipline, Primate Research Grid