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Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve

Tahuayo Reserve, Iquitos, Peru

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Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve

  • Summary Info
  • Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Info
  • Wildlife
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  • A.R.C

Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve Summary Info

  • Name
  • Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve
  • Area:
  • 322,500 ha
  • Habitat Type:
  • Dense Tropical Forest
  • Location:
  • Loreto Region, Peru
  • Base City:
  • Iquitos
  • Accommodation:
  • Tahuayo Lodge
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Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Establishment

Established in 1991, the Tahuayo Reserve was formed due to extensive knowledge of the area’s biodiversity as well as local initiatives. A major incentive was to protect the range of the red uakari monkey, an orangutan-looking monkey with a bright red face.

Tahuayo Reserve Habitat & Location

I’m sure you hear this all the time, but we loved our trip to Tahuayo Lodge. To be so warmly invited into a completely different world – completely different culture – was truly not just an educational experience, but an experience of the heart as well. Your staff is outstanding.

– Gretchen Brauer-Rieke

The área de conservación regional comunal tamshiyacu tahuayo (ARCTT) or simply the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve contains an impressive diversity of primates and other amazonian animals. The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve contains over 300,000 hectares of Amazonian rainforest and is located in the state of Loreto, north east Peru, a three hour boat ride from the Peru’s gateway to the Amazon, Iquitos.

Although all the Amazon in South America is incredible, the western Amazonian rainforest (found in Peru) is thought to have the greatest diversity of life on Earth. Biologists refer to the area as a “green paradise” of the Amazon Rainforest. This section of the Amazon is home to exceptional national parks and reserves. One of these is the Area de Conservacion Regional Comunal de Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo (Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve).

Rivers of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo

The reserve is bordered by the upper Tamshiyacu River in the north and the Tahuayo River in the west giving the reserve its name. These rivers are inhabited by one of the most popular aquatic mammals of the Amazon jungle, the large pink dolphins, often curious enough to greet swimming or canoeing tourists.

Indigenous People of the Reserve

The settlers around the Tahuayo reserve are known in Loreto as “Riberenos”. The Riberenos utilise agriculture, fishing, and harvesting of minor forest products, such as fruit and nuts, to make a living. They differ from most Indian groups in having a connection with the global market, and much of their produce is sold in Europe and North America.


The Tahuayo Reserve is thought to contain the greatest diversity of primates reported in any of Peru’s protected areas. The reason for the rich wildlife is due to the areas pre-human history. The reserve retained its forest during the last ice age when most of the Amazon became dry savannah. It is thought that this enabled the area to act as a refuge for Amazonian wildlife. Subsequently, many species have been found here that exist nowhere else on earth.

Bird List & Poison Dart Frogs

As testament to the reserve’s biodiversity, we have compiled a bird list of 540 species seen in the reserve. This includes several species that cannot be seen anywhere else.

The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve has a conservation section set up to help conserve poison dart frogs. You can visit this area on a guided walk from the Tahuayo Lodge to see and photograph these fantastically colored amphibians.

Visiting the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo

To visit the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve you can stay at the Tahuayo Lodge, which is owned by a native family and the only tourist lodge with access to the reserve. Tahuayo jungle expeditions are offered on a privately guided tour.

Ongoing scientific research supported by the Tahuayo Lodge is directed to conservation management of the reserve’s biodiversity, as well as the introduction of sustainable economic practices among the native indigenous communities.

Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center (A.R.C)

In addition to a comfortable stay at our lodge, you can stay one to three nights at our new Amazon Research Center located in remote pristine forest. The research center also has home comforts like private cabins and flushing toilets. The Primate Research Center has a 1000 acre primate research grid you can visit while you enjoy your stay at the Tahuayo Lodge.

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    Eight Days

    Tahuayo Lodge Iquitos, Peru

    You 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

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