In Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve with Friends

by Captain Bill

In Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve with Friends

I love going to the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve for a lot of reasons. We chose it this trip because our group wanted to see as much of the rainforest as possible without taking a jungle hike.

One of the best features of this reserve is the river that winds through the rainforest is very narrow, so trees and vines are frequently brushing both sides of the boat. We have to lower our radio antenna and lightning rod because of the overhanging branches and vines. Brushing along the edge of the canopy we can find ourselves face to face with wildlife on our own private canopy walkway from the observation deck of Dawn on the Amazon III.

Like always when we go to this reserve, we stop to visit the village of San Pedro, where we have made some friends. I forget how we decided to go on a short jungle hike in spite of our infirmities. A couple of us had some injuries and could not even walk very well, let alone climb over fallen trees, clamber down slick slopes, avoid tripping over roots, or sinking into mud; which is why we originally decided we would not hike in the first place.

It was a good hike, hundreds of bromeliads were blooming, we heard and saw a Cara-cara, perched over a clearing, an Agouti scurried off in front of us, the big buttress roots, were impressive, the partially eaten fruit and seeds littering the trail hinted at what we frightened off. I think everyone was glad we experienced the hike, but everyone was also glad to be back resting on our comfortable boat.

My favorite part of the cruise was the late afternoon we tied Dawn III, on the outside of a horseshoe bend in the shade, near ripe fruit trees on both sides of the river. With a good view both directions up and down stream, we lounged on the observation deck sipping a cold beer as beautiful, iridescent large parrots, Blue and Gold Macaws, flocks of parakeets, and dozens of other birds flew in bringing the sounds of the rainforest with them. Like always, we saw more wildlife by sitting quietly near the food source than hiking for hours in the jungle.

I will never have a better sighting of a Capped Heron than the one in Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve. The bird was catching its fish from a log sticking out into the Blanco River in the late afternoon. As it flew up and toward us with the setting sun over my shoulder, the blue face and bill was pointed toward our group of bird watchers, and flying slowly past us every creamy feather of its plumage was displayed perfectly. The graceful bird in the golden light is a treasured memory of a wonderful rainforest expedition.

This was a group of the nicest people you would ever want to go up the river with. I guess some would call them “missionary types,” taking a vacation from helping others. They were very nice to us. When they learned my motorista Alberto’s house had burned, they took up a collection among themselves and donated enough money to purchase most of the materials to have it rebuilt.

I donated my carpenter crew, and, between us, we have rebuilt his house better than before the fire. So far it is a house, not a home. Alberto’s family lost everything, but at least they have shelter.

When we returned to Iquitos, we spent three days together on day trips and city tours with picnic lunches, and dinners in our favorite restaurants, and became friends from our shared experiences. One of our guests complimented us by remarking, “You must know that you have succeeded grandly when your visitors walk away feeling more like friends than clients.”

I hope you will enjoy the photos of our expedition to Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, on my online photo gallery at:

In Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve with Friends

Bill Grimes,  Tamshiyacu Tahuayo ReserveDawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises

Links to other posts on the Captains Blog about Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve;

Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, Iquitos Peru

Celebrating the New Year with Monkeys in Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve

The Advantages of Bird Watching from Iquitos Peru with Dawn on the Amazon

An Amazon Cruise from Iquitos Peru to Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Johnsons April 11, 2007 at 8:41 pm

My wife and I were privileged to be among those on the Amazon cruise described so accurately above. The Captain (owner) and entire crew, together with the raw beauty of the environment, made the cruise an experience of a lifetime. While our memories of certain activities and places may fade, the photos capturing our experiences there will be a permanent reminder of the wonderful time we shared with our friends from home and those we made during the cruise.

2 Margaret April 15, 2007 at 8:59 am

Our time with Bill and Marmalita cruising in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve was one of the most interesting, educational, and relaxing vacation times we have ever spent. Bill and his wonderful crew seemed to anticipate our every need and insure that we were both stimulated by our surroundings and pampered at the same time. The beauty of the rivers, plants, and birds met all our expectations. Our tours around Iquitos, and our shopping and restaurant experiences were equally enjoyable. Bill and Marmalita introduced us to a Peruvian experience we will long remember. They are a “supreme” tour company.

Margaret and Chuck Addison

3 Bill June 10, 2007 at 10:12 pm

Hi Margaret, Chuck, Jerry, and Connie,

Thanks for your kind words here, and for providing a reference to National Geographic. You are very appreciated by Marmelita and I, and the entire crew.

Best regards, stay in touch,

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