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Amazon Refuge

Iquitos, Loreto, Peru
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An opportunity to experience the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, its abundant wildlife and the local Indian community.

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The Amazon Refuge is a complex built on 100 acres of rainforest surrounded by a 1-million-acre Indian community nature reserve. Your hosts are the San Juan de YanaYacu Indian Community.

The purpose of the refuge is to provide safe, comfortable accommodations under the guidance of expert naturalist guides for visiting scientists, birders, and photographers.
And to offer a rewarding learning environment to student and volunteer groups, and nature lovers who wish to experience the true splendor of the Amazon rainforest. Animal and plant life is abundant and extremely varied in the area.

There are over 132 species of mammals, 13 of which are primates. The river and lake waters are home to gray and pink dolphins, Amazonian manatees, Giant River Otters, Black Caimans and giant South American River Turtles. Land species include Jaguars, Capuchin Monkeys and Spider Monkeys. The Black Spider Monkey, the Orange-chested Spider Monkey, the Woolly Monkey, and the Howler Monkey are all considered endangered. More than 500 species of birds live here, including five of the eight species of Macaw found in Peru. The prehistoric-looking hoatzin bird is seen here as well.

There are private bungalows with thatched palm roofs. The buildings are connected by covered walkways. There are 5 bungalows - 4 of them accommodate 4 guests each with a private bathroom and hammock porch. The fifth has 2 bathrooms and can sleep up to 10 guests.

Solar power is used to generate 110 and 220 volt electricity for lights, fans and refrigeration.

Prices are US$960 per person for a 5 day package for wildlife enthusiasts. Enquire for other options including for researchers/photographers, yoga and spiritual retreats or a 9 day Pacaya Adventure Trek. All meals are included.

Room Types

Double Ensuite
Family Rooms

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