Amazonia Expeditions, Peru
Name of Lodge or Ecotourism Project:
Location: Located in NW Peru. Peru office: 100 Avenida La Marina, Iquitos. US office: 10305 Riverburn Dr, Tampa, FL 33647, toll free US number is 1-800-262-9669.
Year Established: 1981
Tourism activities: We have sufficient guides to customize itineraries for each client, from
adventurous camping in the Amazon wilderness to soft adventure, family trips
from our ecolodge. Opportunities are available to explore a variety of
Amazonian ecosystems, swim with pink dolphins, use canopy ziplines,
photograph wildlife, hike and canoe, participate as a volunteer in primate
studies, and visit native villages.
Ecolodge / Accommodation details: The ecolodge has won many honors and awards for its high standards. Private
cabin bungalows with private bathrooms are available.
Responsible tourism practices. How is impact upon the local environment minimized?: Amazonia Expeditions plays a major role, politically, operationally,
financially and functionally, in the protection of the Area de Conservacion
Regional Tamshiyacu Tahuayo (ARCTT) of Peru. The ARCTT is an important region of
biodiversity in the Amazon; it has the greatest diversity of primate species
of any place found in the Amazon.
How is the local community involved?: Members of the community who were formerly hunters have been hired by
Amazonia Expeditions as conservation research assistants. Many other members
of the native community work as full time employees. Fruit, fish
and palm thatch for roofing is purchased from the native communities. The
shaman is hired to give ceremonies. Director Dolores has organized the
native fair trade cooperative so the natives can earn income from the sale
Does the presence of ecotourism leave a positive impact upon the local environment and community? If so, how?: Amazonia Expeditions is the primary funder of the Peruvian local NGO (Angels of the
Amazon) which contributes to the economic, health and educational concerns
of the native communities of the Tahuayo River. People who have needed
emergency surgery, other emergency medical intervention, scholarships for
secondary education, once a week nutritional breakfasts for children and
other programs are funded by the tourism company.
Who owns the lodging facilities (ecolodge)? Is it communally, or individually owned?: Paul Beaver, Ph.D., a tropical biologist from the USA owns 100% of the
stock. His spouse Dolores Arevalo and her family (natives of the region)
fill key management positions.