Tamshiyacu Tahuayo
(Tom-she-yah-coo Tah-why-yo)
Community Reserve is 800,000
acres, wisely set aside by the
community government to
preserve for as long as they are
able. Plans are nearing
completion to add one million
more acres of wilderness all the
way to the Yavari River at the
border of Brazil and Peru. The
reserve is located between the
Tamshiyaco and Tahuayo Rivers.
It is ¼ of the distance, and half
the time and money required to
visit Pacaya Samiria National
The first sign of abundant
wildlife in the reserve is trees
filled with parrots and toucans.
Kingfishers and fly catchers zoom
down just off the bow. Hawks
and eagles glide along off the
stern.  For animal enthusiasts is
an occasional look at something
most people never see outside a
zoo or a photo on a website.
First we heard the distinctive loud sound of the Dusky Ti-ti monkeys.
Then, there they were, about the size of beer cans, hopping around on
the branches like a tree full of second graders calling their greeting,
staring back at us out of their white face masks.

One passenger from California wanted to see big trees. We saw some
giant tops sticking up well above the canopy of the forest, and slowed
down looking for a good place to tie off.
Visitors to this reserve find the most diverse collection of protected
primates in the wild. Eleven species of monkeys and marmosets, as
well as over 500 species of birds thrive within the boundaries of the
park. The reserve was established to protect the rare Red Uakari
monkey, with a bright red face, like this one that I was fortunate to get
a photo of before it swung, and jumped out of sight.
When we picked up our group of
visitors at our dock, to ferry them to
Dawn on the Amazon III, they could
tell from a block away that she was
not like the other river boats. Floating
on the river in the sunshine, she
gleamed more like a fine piece of
polished furniture built of tropical
hardwoods by master craftsmen, than
a riverboat designed to navigate the
Amazon River and its small tributaries.
Upon boarding their new home away from home, they discovered the
unique wood carvings with vegetable ivory inlays, the full range of
communication devices, including satellite telephones for special uses,
and comfortable accommodations, a rarity on the river, one of the
passengers declared, “This boat is beyond reckoning.”
What we saw next was a first for
me. A mother three toed sloth was
low on a tree apparently getting a
drink. How did we know it was a
mother? Its tiny new born sloth
was slung on the mother’s front,
nursing. As our boat edged closer
it slowly climbed up the Cetico tree
to where its mate was waiting. We
took several photos but got no
good ones of the baby sloth.
Hiking back into the rain forest, our
passengers were treated to trees as
big around, but not as tall, as the
California Redwoods. Some were
room-sized at the base with liana
vines hanging to the ground. We
found dozens of different kinds of
palm trees, tree ferns, orchids,
bromeliads, and other epiphytes.
Even after hundreds of trips up and
down the river since I left Indiana to
live in the jungle, I am still surprised
Want to get up close and personal with the creatures that live in the
rain forest? Only have three or four days to be face to face with
wildlife? Then take a trip with Dawn on the Amazon, up the Amazon
River from Iquitos to visit the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Community
Reserve, a chunk of untouched jungle only five hours travel from our
home port.
at the enormous diversity of the Amazon rainforest.

Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve
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Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve.

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Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve

fishing from Dawn on the Amazon I
Red Uakari monkey
Iquitos watershed
Iquitos watershed
Red Uakari monkey
Dawn on the Amazon III in Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve
Dawn on the Amazon III
Three-toed sloth in Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve
Three-toed Sloth
Marmelita in Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve
Marmelita with buttress roots