Beyond the Amazon River, up the Ucayali and Tapiche tributaries, the tapiche reserve is a wild destination largely unknown to outsiders.
Located 404km upriver from Iquitos Peru, our 6000 hectare property invites you to leave the chaos and clutter of civilization far behind.
"Going on the boat towards the reserve felt like being on the way to freedom.. disconnecting from all the things we don't need and at the same time (re)connecting to nature."
The journey from Iquitos, Peru to the reserve is a unique opportunity for visitors to observe firsthand the effects of humans on the rain forest. It also helps guests understand the pace of river life and the transportation challenges that locals face every day. We know the journey is longer than what it takes to travel to other lodges around Iquitos, but you are rewarded by unmatched wild animal populations and true primary forest landscape.
The forest closer to civilization is short and thin, and in some areas it has been completely cleared for agriculture or livestock. We stop for lunch in Requena, the largest village in the area and the hub of wood laundering operations, where all the illegal wood taken from the forest is magically certified before it reaches buyers in Iquitos. This is a rare glimpse into the lives of real river residents going about their daily lives, no costumes or performances here.
As we continue navigating up the winding network of glassy blackwater rivers, villages become sparser, trees become taller and thicker, and birds and pink and grey dolphins greet us as we pass. If reptiles and land mammals reveal themselves, we stop the boat to properly appreciate them.
When the river narrows and the trees become vibrant green walls hugging the winding Tapiche River, we have arrived at the Tapiche Reserve.
Header photo: Red uakari (Cacajao calvus)
© 2013 Deborah Chen