The Amazon Refuge is a complex built on 200 acres of primary rainforest and is surrounded by a 2000-acre Indian community nature reserve. Buildings are constructed in sustainable forest management using naturally felled trees, salvaged from the rivers, and thatched palm roofs. Animal and plant life is abundant and extremely varied in our area. There are over 132 species of mammals, 13 of which are primates.The river and lake waters are home to gray and pink dolphins, Amazonian manatees, Giant River Otters, Black Caimans and giant South American River Turtles.
Land species include Jaguars, Capuchin Monkeys and Spider Monkeys. The Black Spider Monkey, the Orange-chested Spider Monkey, the Woolly Monkey, and the Howler Monkey are all considered endangered. More than 300 species of birds live here, including five of the eight species of Macaw found in Peru. The prehistoric-looking hoatzin bird is seen here as well. Accommodations are in private bungalows, each with private tiled bath. All meals are included with provisions for special diets (vegetarian etc). Guides are English-speaking naturalists with extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Amazon.
- Visits with the San Juan de Yanayacu Indians to learn of their customs, myths, and daily-life
- Canoeing rivers and lakes
- Exploring rainforest trails
- Night excursion on a dug out wooden canoe for the observation of caimans, snakes, anacondas
- Piranha fishing
- Viewing Pink Dolphins
- Birding (our guides are expert birding guides).
Support from the Amazon Refuge Retreat Center provides the Indians with local employment, education and arts programs for the children, and cultural exchange with visiting guests.
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