Peru and the Peruvian Amazon jungle are privileged places for lovers of ornithology, birdwatching and photography. Our country is home to 20% of the world's bird population and has become the world leader with the greatest diversity of birds in the world, surpassing Colombia, reaching a record of 1,879 species.
The Peruvian Amazon jungle is home to more than 1,800 species of birds. In Peru, 106 species of endemic birds are recorded, that is, they are only found here. The location of Curassow Lodge on the banks of the Yanayacu River allows the traveler to observe several of these, including the rare Piurí (Crax globlulosa), the prehistoric bird called Shansho (hoatzin), toucans, falcons, hummingbirds, parrots, macaws, jacanas and more.
With your private guide you will explore the rivers and lagoons, you will walk the trails in the middle of the primary jungle to see up close the enormous wealth of birds that this remote part of the Peruvian Amazon houses.
We recommend taking a tour of at least 5 days, to have the opportunity to observe as many birds as possible.
HIKING IN PRIMARY JUNGLE
Just a step away from your bungalow, the jungle awaits you! The Tamshiyacu - Tahuayo Communal Reserve, a natural paradise that awaits you with open arms, exploring its paths is one of our most popular excursions because there is a variety of exotic fauna that includes macaws, sloth, monkeys, snakes, capybaras, giant otters and more. An impressive view is offered by the imposing “Ceiba”, a tree that can reach up to 10 meters in diameter and 30 meters high.
This Communal Reserve located in the heart of the Peruvian jungle is a testimony of the beauty and importance of preserving our natural ecosystems. With every step you take, you will be walking on land that is home to an incomparable wealth of flora and fauna, many of which are unique species. Every corner tells a fascinating story of coexistence and adaptation.
As we explore, we encourage you to open your senses to the melodious sounds of exotic birds, absorb the vibrant colors of flowers, and feel the fresh humidity of the air that envelops the jungle. Additionally, you will be walking along trails that have been carefully preserved to minimize our impact on this fragile ecosystem.
Explore the primary nocturnal jungle and along the Yanayacu River to observe and listen to the wide variety of Amazon wildlife.
In this unique experience, we will embark on a journey full of mysteries and wonders, where nature comes to life in the darkness of the night. Our destination: the habitat of the amazing Capybaras and the imposing caiman, emblematic wild animals of the Amazon jungle. The traveler will be able to be less than 1 meter away from these beautiful species to appreciate them.
We will direct our attention towards the calm waters of the Yanayacu River and observe with amazement the illuminated eyes in the darkness, the majestic Alligator, will captivate us with its serene, but imposing presence.
Our expedition will also take us to the kingdom of the capybaras, the largest rodents in the world, in the dark, you will see their elusive shapes as they explore the river banks in search of food, with their social behavior and unique cuteness, capybaras will remind us of the incredible diversity of life in this area.
As we progress through the symphony of the nocturnal jungle, your expert guide will also share knowledge about the flora and fauna, providing fascinating information about other species active at night. Let the Amazon rainforest reveal its best-kept secrets as we explore under the constellation of the night.
Fishing is one of the main activities in the Amazon. Exploring the lagoons and bends of the tributary rivers, the traveler will have the opportunity to fish for the legendary piranha. Don't worry, your guide is also an expert fisherman and will assist you at all times. The lagoons offer the possibility of fishing among other species such as Peacock Bass, Sardines, Pacu and more.
SWIMMING NEAR THE PINK DOLPHINS
Welcome to the exciting dolphin watching excursion in the Amazon River, a unique experience that will immerse you in the majesty of aquatic life, you will navigate the sinuous waters of the Amazon River.
On this unforgettable excursion, you will not only witness the activity of the pink and gray dolphins that live in the Amazon River, but you will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in it and swim close to these extraordinary beings. Imagine the thrill of gliding through the water while dolphins play around you, a unique connection with wildlife that will leave you speechless.
Exploring the rivers and lagoons by boats and canoe is one of the most exciting activities Curassow offers. The traveler will be amazed at how the jungle comes to life before their eyes, where monkeys can be seen jumping between the branches of the trees. You can observe the “sloth” that slowly advances at the top of the tree in search of food and see a multitude of birds such as Macaws, Kingfishers, Toucans, Hummingbirds, Jacamars and more.
Explore the lakes to find the largest aquatic plant in the world, the Victoria Regia or Amazonian Victoria, which can measure up to 2 mts in diameter and observe a multitude of birds.
During the flood season, the rainforest is flooded and dry roads become river channels for canoe excursions through the jungle, which is a unique and educational experience for both adults and children.
VISIT LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Around Curassow there are 2 riverside communities, Ayacucho of Tiphisca and San Juan of Yanayacu, where you can witness their way of life and customs. We suggest travelers visit any of these communities and when possible, purchase some products such as bracelets, necklaces, woven bags and other handmade crafts to support the local economy.
Visiting these villages will also allow the traveler to learn about the social activities that Curassow Amazon Lodge are doing for the development of the communities (economic, educational and infrastructure support). Part of your trip payment will be allocated to community aid.
FULL DAY AND SURVIVAL
The program has been designed for travelers in search of adventure. The Full Day begins after breakfast at the ecolodge. Your guide will take you into the primary jungle where, in addition to seeing a wide variety of wildlife, you can learn how to survive within the Amazon rainforest. On this excursion you will learn how to find food, drinkable water, build a shelter and other necessary skills. You will also have the opportunity to hike, fish and explore on pristine lagoons. You will prepare your own lunch with the help of your private guide and your local guide. This excursion ends at the edge of night, and then you take the night to relax at the ecolodge.
You can enjoy it from The Discovery Tour (4 Days and 3 Nights) onwards.
You are about to embark on a unique experience, full of mystery, biodiversity and connection with the Amazon. During the night the jungle reveals the beauty that it jealously guards during the day.
Our trip will not only be an adventure, but also an opportunity to learn about the importance of conserving this unique ecosystem on the planet. The Amazon is not only the green lung of the Earth, but also a home for countless species that depend on its balance to survive.
During our tour, you will have the opportunity to live in harmony with nature. From the majesty of the towering trees to the symphony of sounds of birds and monkeys, you will experience the true grandeur of the Amazon rainforest.
Get ready to venture into primary jungle paths, explore winding rivers and camp under a blanket of stars that illuminates the jungle's depths. Our expert guides will share their wisdom about medicinal plants, local traditions, and the importance of preserving this natural paradise.
We include this activity in The Vivential Tour (6 days and 5 nights).
MEDICINAL PLANTS TOUR
The Amazon is home to many species of plants, many of which are sources of modern medicines and local remedies.
The medicinal plants tour is an interactive experience where the traveler and his private guide will discover the diversity of flora of the rainforest.
You will be able to see the source of curare, the chemical compound with which anesthesia for surgery was once made and which is currently being studied for certain diseases. Sangre de Grado is a red resin from a tree that serves as a protective and healing band for wounds, among other species useful for different types of diseases.