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Amazonia Expeditions, Peru


Name of Lodge or Ecotourism Project: Amazonia Expeditions

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.

Website: www.perujungle.com

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 of souvenirs.

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.


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