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Headed out on Blackwater Tahuayo

On the zip-line

Peacock Bass Fishing

Ocelot

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Quietly paddling through the flooded forest is a great way to see birds and mammals

Native Musician

Spear Fishing



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Tourist drinks from a puca huasca vine.

Tourist drinks from a puca huasca vine.


A jungle delicacy...heart of palm.

A jungle delicacy...heart of palm.


Look out for the Caiman...

Look out for the Caiman...


Even this looks delicious after 5 days of survival training.

Even this looks delicious after 5 days of survival training.


Tourist eating heart of palm.

Tourist eating heart of palm.



The strength of Amazonia Expeditions program is the degree of personal attention given to our clients. We are able to customize an itinerary to the needs and interests of individuals. Most of our travelers choose from among the softer alternatives available; peacefully swimming with pink dolphins, visiting native villages and canoeing along tranquil rivers while watching monkeys and parrots frolic in the trees above. But the current public fascination with "survivor" themes is currently focusing attention on our more adventurous offerings.

Long before our award-winning lodge was constructed near the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve, Amazonia Expeditions gained renown as the western Amazon's first adventure camping company. Among the alternatives available in jungle camping is the jungle survival training itinerary. This option is still available for our most adventurous clients.

Our jungle survival program has attracted a lot of publicity. A feature article, "The Teachings of Gerineldo Moises Chavez" on Amazonia's jungle survival program, written by Robert Earle Howells, premiered in January 2001 Outside Magazine. A TV program of the same name premiered on cable TV January 10, 2001 (video or DVD copies can be purchased from us).

Another TV program filmed at our lodge premiered on Discovery Channel's Science of Survival series April 14, 2006. Finally, Amazonia Expeditions owner, Paul Beaver, Ph.D. had his autobiography published, "Diary of an Amazon Jungle Guide," which relates many tales of jungle camping and survival aspects.

Amazon jungle survival training program details:

The jungle survival training program takes place in Peru's remote Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve. This reserve is famous for having the highest diversity of mammals of anyplace studied in the Amazon. It is located approximately 100 miles SSE of the nearest city, Iquitos.  Some aspects covered:

  1. Construction of lean-to
    How to select site, soil and drainage aspects.  What woods to use to set up framework; how to use irapay palm (Lepidocaryum tenue) fronds to rainproof

  2. Construction of fire
    Recognition of wood that will have hard, dry interior even when waterlogged by rainforest humidity; use of copal resin as fire starter

  3. Sources of pure water
    Immature yarina (Phytelephas macrocarpa) fruits; puca huasca vine (Doliocarpus dentatus) and cano huasca vine (Uncaria spp.)

  4. Sources of food
    Palm fruits; palm hearts from Euterpe and Iriartea genera; edible beetle grubs; legumes, especially from Inga genus; using barbasco (Lonchocarpus species) sap to stun fish; canabrava (Gynerium sagittatum) to build fish trap; tamshi vine (Carludovica devergens) to make animal snare

  5. Raft construction
    Recognition of balsa wood, tied together with tamshi vine, oar from remo caspii (Styrax acuminatum)

  6. Mosquito repellent
    Made from Nasutitermes termites

  7. Weapons
    Fishing spear from cumaceba (Cesalpina echinata); bow from cashapona (Iriartea exorrhiza), string from chambira (Astrocaryum chambira), arrowshafts from bamboo and arrowheads from cumaceba.

  8. Survival Medicines
    Venomous snakebite--piripiri leaves (Cyperus articulatus)
    Venomous insect--curarina bark (Potalia amara)
    Fever--sanango root (Sanango durum)
    Disinfectant--pichirina sap (Vismia angusta)
    Field dressing--fiber inside bark of machimango (Ceiba species)
    Antiparasitical--oje sap (Ficus antihelmintica)
    Dysentery or gastrointestinal distress--hierba luisa leaves (Cymbopogon citratus)