Where is Curassow Amazon Lodge located?
Curassow Amazon Lodge is strategically located 110 km upstream, south of the Iquitos city, on the banks of the Yanayacu River, a small tributary of the mighty Amazon River. Located within the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Regional Communal Conservation Area (ACRCTT), which covers more than 420,080 hectares. Our ecolodge is surrounded by abundant flora and fauna. The biodiversity within this conservation area is truly exceptional, as highlighted by a comprehensive biological inventory conducted by the Field Museum in Chicago. Our activities within this Communal Reserve place us in the heart of some of the ecosystems with the greatest biological diversity in the entire Amazon rainforest. Within the protected boundaries of this area, you will find primates, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, medicinal plants and giant trees. For wildlife enthusiasts seeking an immersive and diverse experience, Curassow Amazon Lodge offers a unique gateway to the wonders of the Amazon rainforest.
Why choose Curassow Amazon Lodge for wildlife viewing?
Curassow Amazon Lodge stands out as a family ecolodge, guaranteeing travelers a combination of safety and comfort, while preserving the authentic experience of being immersed in the jungle. More than 70% of our ecolodge is built with local materials, respecting indigenous architecture and encouraging connection with nature. Our commitment to environmental sustainability is evident through our use of solar energy. Each bungalow is equipped with anti-mosquito mesh on doors and windows, its own bathroom and balcony with hammocks and a beautiful view. One of our key features is the exclusivity of our wildlife excursions: each traveler, couple, family or group of friends enjoys a private guide. Another advantage is our location, the ecolodge is far from the communities in the area and other Lodges, the noise of engines, boats, the presence of many people and other tourists do not contaminate our private environment, allowing all our travelers to connect with nature in an intimate and safe home.
How does your Adventure in Curassow begin?
The city of Iquitos is located 1:30 Hrs. by plane from the city of Lima, if your flight arrives at night, you will be able to enjoy the city and in the morning of the next day, together with your private guide, your adventure in the jungle will begin, we will pick you up from your Hotel between 9:15 and 9:30 AM. If you arrive on the same day of your excursion, we will pick you up from the airport at the time you indicate, we can transfer you to the Lodge until 2:00 PM without extra costs. We recommend travelers have a minimum of 3 days to enjoy and discover the wonderful Peruvian jungle. With a 6-day exploration you will have a complete trip in the Amazon, in this Tour you will be able to experience a Full Day in primary jungle and sleep in the jungle under the trees (We include 1 night of camping). All our naturalist guides are fluent in English and Spanish, and are experts in expeditions and survival within the Amazon jungle.
What is the difference between Curassow and other Lodges in Iquitos?
Unlike other Lodges located downstream and very close to Iquitos, Curassow offers a true experience for observing wildlife in its natural habitat. Our strategic location allows us to guarantee our travelers the observation of wild animals without having to visit butterfly farms, serpentariums or rescue centers where animals are kept in captivity. We believe in the authenticity of the Amazon experience and focus our private excursions. Unlike other Lodges that make visits to tourist tribes, tourist recreation, shaman houses and artisanal liquor distillation factories. Curassow prioritizes excursions that foster a connection with pure nature. We are committed to responsible ecotourism; our goal is to provide a genuine escape from the stress of the city.
What is the best time of year to visit Curassow?
Curassow Amazon Lodge can be visited all year round. Each season has its benefits: during the dry season, when the river level is low (July to February), we offer hiking in primary jungle, there are fewer mosquitoes and you can enjoy the beaches of the Amazon River. With the rising season, the river level is high (March and June) it is possible to navigate through the jungle under the trees in canoes/kayaks and follow the same hiking routes. Every day of the year we ensure the observation of wildlife in their natural habitat.
What wild animals can you see during your stay in Curassow?
While we cannot offer a guarantee that you will be able to see specific animals, such guarantees are usually made only by zoos. At Curassow Amazon Lodge we assure you a wide variety of activities to observe wildlife, thanks to our location in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys like the Capuchin, Pygmy Marmoset, Night Monkey (Musmuqui) and Squirrel Monkey. You will love watching birds like Kingfishers, Hoatzins, Eagles, Macaws, Toucans and Hummingbirds. Venture further into the lush surroundings and you can see Sloths hanging peacefully from tree branches, Giant Otters gliding through the canals, Capybaras grazing on the river banks and a vibrant variety of insects. The Communal Reserve is also home to a variety of reptiles such as snakes and alligators. You will have the option to swim close to the charming pink dolphins.
Can children visit the Curassow jungle?
Absolutely! We welcome families with children to Curassow all year round, our excursions are not only fun but also educational for young adventurers. Observing animals in the wild provides a unique understanding of the importance of maintaining wild animals in their natural habitat and the importance of environmental conservation. During free time, we offer interesting activities for children and their families, such as hands-on experiences in handmade crafts led by an artisan from the Ayacucho of Tipishca village. These activities not only provide entertainment, but also contribute to cultural exchange, adding a valuable dimension to your jungle experience.
Does Curassow have electricity and Wi-Fi?
We have solar electricity, available during the day to charge batteries of cell phones, cameras, laptops and flashlights. At night it is only available for lighting at the Ecolodge. For rainy, cloudy days or for an emergency, we have an electric generator. We also offer free high-speed Wi-Fi by Starlink, available in our hammock area and in some Bungalows.
What are the aspects to consider when exploring the Amazon jungle?
Safe Adventures: Our naturalist guides, experts in the region, are trained in emergency procedures and first aid. They with their experience will guide you safely through the jungle, whether day or night. At the Ecolodge we have a speedboat ready for emergency transfers to the nearest health center in case of any need. Wildlife Encounter: The diversity of snakes in the Amazon is fascinating, with 196 species, of which 82 are endemic. However, most of them are not poisonous and normally live in the treetops, being most active at night. Seeing snakes during hikes is rare, and many travelers are surprised to find none. We have two types of antivenom serums at the Ecolodge for any emergency, giving you peace of mind and security during your experience. Your well-being is our primary concern and we are here to ensure you enjoy the jungle with confidence.
What is the climate like in Iquitos?
Iquitos, Peru. Has a tropical, warm and humid climate. Daytime temperatures typically range between 26°C and 33°C, while nighttime temperatures rarely fall below 22°C. The average relative humidity is around 85%. The region experiences two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. Although it rains all year round, the rainy season extends from February to May, with the highest river levels observed in April and May. The dry season runs from July to October, with the lowest river levels observed in October, offering optimal conditions for activities such as fishing and enjoying beach picnics. Curassow can be visited at any time of the year. Each season offers unique experiences and the presence of rain does not necessarily limit the variety of activities. Wildlife sightings vary depending on the season.
What do we recommend you bring to visit the Amazon Rainforest?
We have a detailed travel list that has been prepared especially for your safety and comfort for your stay in Curassow. The most important thing we recommend bringing to the jungle is: Fresh and light clothing, broad-brimmed hat or cap, 25%, 50% or 100% DEET repellent, sunscreen, flashlights, sunglasses, rain poncho and personal medications if you need it. Please see our complete list when confirming your reservation.
What do we include in the rate?
We include: Pick up from Hotel/Airport, transfers to and from the Ecolodge, private bungalow, private guide, full meals during your stay in Curassow, rubber boots for hiking and at our food table you can find purified water, coffee, milk and infusions available 24 hours a day. We do not include: Air tickets, additional consumption (Bar and tips), craft purchases, accommodation or food in the city of Iquitos.
Can the Chef make dietary adaptations?
Our talented chef prepares exquisite and healthy meals daily, offering a menu that highlights the richness of Amazonian and Peruvian cuisine. In our rates are included, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are proud to inform you that our chef is trained to adapt meals to the specific dietary needs of all our travelers. Whether you prefer a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or other special diet, our chef is willing to customize each dish to meet your dietary needs. Please let us know your food type when booking.
Should I worry about malaria, dengue and yellow fever to visit Curassow?
The mosquito that carries malaria and other diseases is not endemic in our area, which means that we are exempt from epidemics such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever. However, despite this circumstance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the use of anti-malaria medications when visiting this region of Peru. It is important to note that these medications can have significant side effects, so we highly recommend consulting with your doctor before taking the trip to the Amazon.
What documents are required to visit Peru?
A Visa is not required to enter Peru, but the passport is an essential document for any traveler. Your passport must be valid and not expire within six months of entering Peru. If you are a Peruvian traveler, you only need to have your national identification document. Make sure you have travel insurance and a health insurance card in case you have any emergencies, missed flights, or lost valuable items. We recommend bringing at least 2 copies of your travel documents. If possible, give a copy to a travel companion or leave in the custody of your Hotel or Tour operator.
How to book with Curassow?
Complete the form that you will find in the information of each Tour, this form will also show you the total amount to pay for your excursion and the amount to pay to reserve (US$50 per person). You will have two options: Book Now: To confirm your reservation, we will send you an email from email@example.com with the confirmation of your reservation, a request with your personal information and payment methods. Consult: If you are still not sure about purchasing your excursion and if you need more information, we will be happy to help you. For quick responses you can also contact us through our WhatsApp line that is active 24/7.
What are our payment methods?
To confirm your reservation, you will only have to make an advance payment of US$50 per person, this payment can be made with any credit or debit card (without extra charges) through a payment link. You can also pay the advance by Western Union or international bank transfer (the client assumes the cost of the commissions of each bank). You can pay the balance at our office in Iquitos with cash or with any credit or debit card (no extra fees). Inform your bank that you are traveling abroad. Bank cards will not be valid without this notification.
What is the best currency to carry and use in Peru?
If you use American Dollars or Euros, ones, fives and tens are the best ones to take into account. You should put your money in small snack bags so they don't get damaged or wet from moisture. In Peru, they will not take money that is considered damaged. You have to order new bills from your bank. In Peru they will not take money that looks old, wrinkled or broken. This is in all cities in Peru. If you plan to exchange money in Peru for Soles, make sure you do it at an exchange office with an office or at a bank, you must also use new and undamaged bills.