We had an amazing adventure in the Peruvian Amazon with Amazonia Expeditions. Our family of 4 (children ages 10 and 13) split time between the main lodge and the research center for a total of 8 days, and consider it the best family vacation we have had to date, ever, no comparison. This place is unique, and the way they care for you, the adventures they provide for you - it is all completely customized to your family, and is so rare, and so remote... and all the while you feel completely safe/able to communicate/well-nourished/all needs met... it is a perfect balance for an absolutely authentic yet absolutely safe family adventure, they've found the magic formula! The trip required some preparation (shots, gear, travel time), had its hiccups (LIM/IQT flight was overbooked and we missed our first boat), but AE took care of everything, and "sheltered" us at every turn. When we arrived, our amazing guide Llyacko taught us SO much about the forest, told funny stories late into the evening, opened my children's (and our)eyes to Amazon cultures and the beautiful people there from his extensive travels as an Amazon guide and his experience leading expeditions for Discovery Channel. The pictures! The stories! We visited Chino village and hosted/served a breakfast for the village children, each child hugged our children in turn, they sang for us and played with our kids, and my children came away talking about how happy the children of the village are with "nothing" (in their minds, TVs, computers, cars...). Of course we saw endless wildlife, and the daily and nightly beauty of the river, there is always something to see and do (fishing for piranhas is GREAT fun), and they give you freedom to do anything you want, really. When we told them we wanted to host the Chino breakfast, AE pulled the whole thing together in a day (including the round trip food boat run to Iquitos and food prep). I was able to take a canoe out on the river myself, anytime. We could have camped in the forest. If we wanted to sleep on the roof, I think they would have let us. The food was authentically Peruvian, absolutely delicious, plentiful (though we were happy we brought a stash of granola bars for grabbing between meals and for hiking). The lodge was beautiful, fun for the kids to explore, relaxing. As for particulars, we used the mosquito head-nets, since they don't get in the way at all and are easy to see out of, but didn't use the mosquito fans we brought. We didn't need much repellant (we pre-treated our clothing and that seemed to work great). We did get all the recommended shots and ended up taking the anti-malarials (the more expensive, no side-effect ones), but I don't think we really needed to take those. It was just that I was concerned about watching any fever my kids had for many months after we returned... anyway, we had no side effects or problems with the pills, and not many bites at all. We went during the "dry" season, but it rained 4-5 times pretty strongly, 1-2 times all afternoon. You can always expect rain, of course! I would like to go back when the water is higher, would like to see the lodge over water, and be able to explore more of the forest by boat. I think that would be a thrill. In sum, this trip exceeded all of our expectations and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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