The protector of the Amazonian skies, the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) is an indicator of a healthy habitat, because it is at the top of the food chain. The presence of this bird indicates that all the species present in the ecosystem are in balance.
The female is larger than the male and can exceed a meter in length and weigh up to 20 lb. (9 kg). Despite its size, it has the ability to penetrate thick foliage to hunt its prey. It is considered one of the most powerful eagles in the world.
- Transfer from Iquitos Airport.
- Land and river transportations included in the itinerary.
- Air ticket from Iquitos to Angamos.
- Public speedboat from Requena to Nauta.
- Slow boat type peke-peke.
- All meals provided for duration of trip.
- Purified water.
- Permission to the Matsés National Reserve and Community.
- Matsés native guides and Amazon Explorer’s tour leader.
- Materials: Mosquito nets and bed sheets.
- Note: Participants must bring their own light camping mat.
- The air transportation used for this expedition is subject to the dates established by the Peruvian Air Force. The flight may be postponed due to climatic conditions.
Clay licks: Only from June to November, when the rivers are low.
- Wildlife is unpredictable, sightings are not guaranteed, but by going to a remote area with Harpy Eagle record sightings in this area, you maximize the chance of finding this species.
- The expedition is open to highly motivated participants, with great adaptability and who are in good physical and mental condition.
- You must arrive in Iquitos a day before the starting date.
- You must reserve a minimum of 30 days in advance.
Departure/Return LocationMilitary Airport of the Peruvian Air Force
Departure TimeTo be confirmed
Return TimeApproximately 6:00 PM
- Leave by a light aircraft from the Iquitos Air Force Base.
- One-hour flight to the town of Angamos located on the Brazilian border.
- Meeting with the expert indigenous trackers who will accompany us on this expedition.
- Overnight in Angamos.
- Organization of supplies and logistics before starting the river expedition.
- Motorboat into one of the least explored areas of the Amazon rainforest.
- Bird watching.
- Arrive to a native community.
- Overnight accommodations in a tribal community.
Day 3 - 13
- Motorboat into the depths of the virgin rainforest.
- Build camps in different areas.
- Observe wildlife.
- Fish for piranhas (Serrasalmus nattereri) and other species.
- Hike in primary jungle.
- Search for primates.
- Search of alligators, snakes and other species at night.
- Drink water from forest vines “Soga de agua”.
- Harvest wild fruits.
- Build rafts or floatation devices.
- Explore clay licks “Collpas” (deposits of clay containing mineral salts where a large number and variety of animals congregate).
- Identify animal tracks and footprints.
- Search of trace to find the Harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja).
- Overnight in the jungle.
Day 14 - 15
- Return by motorboat.
- Overnight in a tribal community.
Day 16 - 18
- Motorboat to the Matanza River.
- Wildlife observation.
- Trek through primary jungle to the town of Requena (31mi or 50 km).
- Cross rivers and streams.
- Overnight in the jungle.
Day 19 - 20
- Arrive to Requena.
- Speedboat from Requena to Nauta (3 hr).
- Bus from Nauta to Iquitos (2 hr).
- Arrive in Iquitos by 6:00 pm.