Specialists for Amazon Birding
The Amazon Refuge Wildlife Center is renowned for birding, photography, wildlife and cultural excursions on the remote Peruvian Yanayacu River.
Expert naturalist guides, comfortable private bungalows and great Amazon cuisine await your visit to a natural botanical garden with amazing diversity of flora and fauna.
Amazon Refuge is one of the few companies in the northern Peruvian Amazon offering a variety of rainforest adventures.
We can provided you with the best Amazon trip within your budget.
Choose from our:
Adventure Camping Trek,
4 to 7-days tent camping: Includes overland transport to the Amazon River port of Nauta, boat transport to the Amazon Refuge Camp. English-speaking naturalist guide, and all meals. Use of canoes, boats, and rainforest trails for guided treks. You bring your own tent and sleeping bag or hammock. Contact Us for camping pricing that best meets your interests
Our 4-day/3-night Special Amazon Refuge tour:
Includes overland transport to the Amazon River port of Nauta, boat transport to the Amazon Refuge Wildlife Conservation Center. Accommodations in private bungalow with private bath. English-speaking naturalist guide, and all meals. Use of canoes, boats, and rainforest trails for guided treks.
4-day 3-night Special: 588USD per person (minimum 2-persons)
Xtra night 150USD per person
Our First-Class Amazon Refuge Adventure.
5-day/4-night minimum stay. Includes transport from Iquitos to the Amazon Refuge Wildlife Conservation Center (and return). Accommodations in private bungalow with private bath. Private English-speaking naturalist guide, and all meals. Use of canoes, boats, and rainforest trails for privately guided treks. 5-day First Class Service 1095USD per person (2-person minimum)
Xtra night 150USD per person
Individuals and Groups welcome.
Join us for boating & canoeing the rivers & lakes, hiking rainforest trails.
Let us know your project requirements and special interests for a customized itinerary:
& School Groups
Let us know your special interests for a customized itinerary:
Special pricing available for Groups.
Professional birding/photography guides available upon request at additional cost.
9-day/8-night Pacaya Adventure Trek
Example activities that can be customized to your personal interests:
Low water season Standard 4-day ITINERARY
$588.00 per person based on double occupancy
50% for single supplement
Discounts for groups of 4 or more
Day one: meet at Iquitos airport or your hotel. Travel to Nauta by van 1 ½ hours where we board 30' covered boat and cruise 1 hour down the Maranon River to the Ucayali River meet to form the headwaters of the Amazon, 1 ½ hours down the Amazon to the Yanayacu River, 1 hour up the Yanayacu to Amazon Refuge with lunch onboard. At the mouth of the Yanayacu you are likely to see the pink dolphins as you wind up the black water river it is increasingly teaming with wildlife especially birds including hawks, Caracara, kingfishers, herons and hundreds of egrets. once you pass the local village of San Juan de Yanayacu you begin to see a higher canopy in the primary forest and here you are likely to see monkeys, sloths, coatimundi (member of anteater family) and the river is full of fish. You are greeted on arrival with a local fruit juice and given an orientation. You have a chance to relax and freshen up. You may elect to take 1 hour guided hike behind the lodge to Chingana lake where you may have the chance to see white faced owl monkeys, the threatened species of pheasant, the Wattled Curassow which is only found in this region. Dinner is served at 6:pm prepared by experienced cook who can cater to your dietary needs. After dinner you may be entertained by local musicians that often work with us who play guitar, Cajon and sing traditional and popular music or you have the option to take an night walk to see the creatures of the night, tarantulas, praying mantis, and night monkeys.
Day two: option for early 6:00am float in the dugouts or kayaks down the Yanayacu to look for wildlife. Visit oxbow lakes and then return to lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you have guided hike to the far side of Chingana lake where you will find a giant Ceiba tree 50' wide at the base and along the way you will learn about local medicinal plants and herbs. You may try water from the Una de Gato (cats claw) vine which provides safe drink for survivalists and has several medicinal qualities such as digestion, treating wounds and arthritis. For every vine we cut we plant another in its place. Return to the lodge for lunch and refreshment. After lunch, siesta. In the late afternoon we visit the community of San Juan de Yanayacu where you get to meet, Jorge the local Shaman and if you buy him a beer he will share his wealth of knowledge and some of his home brew if you are brave. There are some local crafts to buy, baskets, beaded necklaces and weavings. We take time to stop at the lake across from the village for Amazon sunset before going back to the lodge for dinner. Dinner usually includes fresh fish or chicken, rice, the local heart of palm, vegetables and local fruit juices. After dinner you are musically entertained or night walk or just relax as the schedule at Amazon Refuge is flexible and you never feel pushed to participate if you just want to chill out and enjoy the sounds of the jungle which get loud at night.
Day three: Today for those in good shape we suggest a full day hike to Yarina Lake which is 3 to 3 ½ hours hike each way from the lodge. We cross the river by boat to begin the hike 1 ½ hours to the high ground. You are provided with rubber boots for the hike as there are 3 creeks we have to cross along the way walking across fallen trees with handrails. After you cross the third creek there is a big stand of palm trees where you often see blue and gold macaws nesting. At Yarina lake the guides will fish for Oscars and grill them for lunch with rice and beans. There is a kapok tree on the far side of the lake where the macaws nest and there you may be lucky to see the scarlet macaw. After lunch we hike back slowly looking for birds such as tanagers. There are also ocelots and jaguars in this area but they are seldom seen but recently spotted near the camp site at Yarina. Return to the lodge in time to rest and shower before dinner. After dinner if you are treated to stories of legends in the Amazon.
Day four: You are offered the opportunity for another early morning float down the Yanayacu as there is always something to be found you have not seen before or you may elect to sleep in. After breakfast we start the return journey back to Iquitos which will take 6 hours going upriver on the Amazon. You will have time for lunch in Nauta where you can try the Piache which is a prehistoric looking fish from the Amazon that gets to be over 150 kilos, but the meat is white and delicious. We return to Iquitos by 4pm.
Transportation from Iquitos or airport and return
Boats for transport, motorized dugouts for local touring and kayaks
hikes and wildlife viewing led by naturalist guide
Private bungalow with shower/bathroom and balcony with hammock
meals prepared by local chef
bottled water, tea and coffee
Gratuities for guide and staff (optional we recommend $20. Per person per day to be divided by guide with staff)
Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks
Travel insurance ( we recommend and sell Travel Insured, Worldwide Trip Protector )
International or domestic Flights
With a visit of 5-or more days:
By river canoe we travel 2-hours up the Yanayacu River and hike inland to our Yarina Lake where macaws and parrots congregate. Visit the Heron rookery. Excursion to view caimans, Tapirs and night monkeys. Overnight camping (all equipment provided) under the stars of the Southern Hemisphere.
All structures of the Refuge are completely screened and roofed with thatched palm.
Buildings are interconnected by covered walkways.
From the Dining building one walkway extends to a convenient bathroom, staff quarters, and a round hammock house.
The main entrance extends from the dinning building across a covered bridge with open-air observation platform with the walkway continuing to 5-bungalows.
Four of the bungalows can accommodate up to 4-guests per bungalow.
Each has a private bathroom and hammock porch.
Bungalow number five with 2-bathrooms can accommodate up to 10-guests, or be used as a meeting room, recreation area, a science laboratory, or as an indoor yoga room.
A solar power system generates 110 and 220-volt electricity for outlets, lights, fans, and refrigeration.
Iquitos - Amazon Refuge
Amazon Refuge itineraries include
Airport pick-up in Iquitos.
Private river transportation to the Amazon Refuge.
Private cabin, all meals.
Visit to the Palomino Botanical Garden
Excursions viewing Pink Dolphins, caimans, and use of the Lodge's wildlife/nature trails.