monkey, giant otter, manatee, and
harpy eagle.

The large number of lakes, creeks,
and swamps, the large stands of
unique untouched forest, and the
rich wildlife make the reserve an
attractive destination for sport
fishing, bird watching, ecotours,
scientific expeditions, and
adventure travelers.
Dawn on the Amazon is one of the
few ecotour companies with legal
permission from the government to
operate in the reserve. On one of
our expeditions we explored to the
center of the reserve and never
saw another tourist. On a recent
expedition we explored 200
kilometers within the reserve and
did not see another tourist.
We like to visit a Cocama village, hire the indigenous guides, trade for
fresh jungle produce, make new friends, and be a benefit to the local
economy and the environment. We have permission to fish with rod and
reel. We practice catch and release, keeping only what we can eat. We
leave no trail.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
I am inviting you to join Dawn on the Amazon to learn more about
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. If you are interested in going twice as
far into Pacaya Samiria National Reserve as any other tour company can
comfortably take you, please contact us to let us know what your
interests are and how we can help you.

Follow these links:
The Pacaya River to read a blog entry about Pacaya
Samiria National Reserve and
Expedition to Pacaya Samiria National
Reserve to see pictures from one of our cruises.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Pacaya Samiria National
Reserve is one of the most
important areas of biodiversity
in the world, and the crown
jewel of ecotourism. The
largest reserve in Peru, it
encompasses 5,139,680 acres,
an area twice the size of
Yellowstone National Park;
larger than the state of New
Jersey in the United States.

This protected area contains 85
Dawn on the Amazon III
Early morning in Pacaya Samiria
Early morning in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Iguana in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Dawn on the Amazon III in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
natural lakes which are home to 250 species of fish as well as both pink
and gray freshwater dolphins. In the jungle and flooded forest of the
reserve, 132 mammal species (13 of which are primates), 449 tropical
bird species, and 250 reptile and amphibian species have been

The reserve is home to, and protects, nearly all the species native to low
lying jungle that are threatened with extinction including the spider