HARPIA HARPYJA EXPEDITION

 

 

 

 

DESTINATION: To Be Established.

LOCATION: Amazon Rainforest - Loreto Region.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CITY/COUNTRY: Iquitos - Perú.

 

ACCOMMODATION: Tents/Mosquito Nets/Hammocks.

 

MAIN OBJECTIVE: The Search for Harpy Eagles.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Wildlife Exploration and Intro to Amazon Survival.

 

AVAILABLE MONTHS: May - November.

ADVANCE BOOKING CONDITIONS: 1 Month Minimum.

BOOKING PAYMENT CONDITIONS: 50% Required. 

PAYMENT METHODS: All Major Credit Cards.

REMAINING PAYMENT DEADLINE: Arrival Day in Iquitos.

DEPARTURES DAYS: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

HARPIA HARPYJA EXPEDITION FROM 20 TO 30 DAYS: This particular expedition will be specifically focused on those interested in an intense and strenuous exploration journey across sporadically explored and unexplored Amazonian territories, as many others, this is an extraordinary program, to a place rich in fauna and flora, where the most fearsome, strongest, and KING of the Amazon canopy THE HARPY EAGLE makes its appearance, and who's presence also gives us a sign of a healthy ecosystem.

 

This expedition will offer physical challenges in a very complex natural environment, where our well-prepared team of indigenous natives of different Amazonian origins, will show and deliver their unique and collective experience of jungle knowledge, guiding, instructing, and caring for each visitor in transit within their best capabilities.

The Harpy Eagle (Harpia Harpyja) is the largest raptor in the Amazon rainforest and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Although there are healthy populations of this majestic bird in the Peruvian rainforests, they are very difficult to see. In the Amazon rainforest, Harpy Eagles share the top of the food chain with Jaguars and Anacondas. The Jaguar rules the forest floor, the Anacondas the swamps and lakes, and the Harpy Eagle dominates the canopy of the rainforest.

 

Harpy Eagles are commonly believed to solely prey upon sloths and monkeys. However, recent studies in Tambopata Peru discovered that they catch and eat a variety of animals. They also take large birds such as toucans, and kinkajous, and will even kill Brocket Deers!

Harpy Eagles look especially intimidating due to their huge, Grizzly Bear sized claws and massive beaks. The legs of the Harpy Eagle can also be nearly as thick as the wrist of a person! A wide-ranging, rare bird: This big eagle historically occurred in rainforests from southern Mexico all the way south to the Atlantic coast of Brazil. However, they need large tracts of animal-filled rainforest to survive and have thus disappeared from many areas of their range.

 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:

  •  Booking in Advance is Highly Recommended; for the collection of personal information, to request authorization of entry to indigenous territories at all levels (national, regional, and communal authorities), logistic preparation, personnel assignment, etc.

  • Arrival and Departure Recommendation to and from Iquitos; arrive 2 full days before your trip and only purchase flexible departure airfare tickets from Iquitos, and all this is only in case we experience delays with hydroplanes departures to the Matses Territory due to weather conditions or other last-minute issues out of our control which may extend your stay.

  • Rucksack Size and Weight Recommendations; 55-65 liters and 10 kilos, excess weight will not be accepted on the hydroplane.

  • For full packing list details visit our What to Pack page.

  • Travelers must be in good physical condition to be able to carry out complex and long jungle hikes during this expedition.

  • All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions at any time of the year. The main rivers and the levels of the tributaries can vary and, therefore, it is possible that the navigation times and the excursions are modified at the discretion of the guide, this will not alter our motivation to make this trip the best.

  • For additional information visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

 

 

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

Airport Pick Up and Drop Off Transportation.

Hotel/hostel search assistance upon arrival to Iquitos (if needed).

   Fluvial transportation service to/from remote destinations (speed & slow boats).

Entry permits to indigenous territory.

Economic support to villages nearby.

 First Responders Wilderness Kit for Emergencies.

  Satellite Devices with Active and Unlimited 24/7 SOS Coverage.

  Two-way communication radios. 

  Daily meals during the expedition (based on traditional local food).

   Filtered water during the expedition.

Lead Guide/Translator (English-Spanish).

✔ Native Assistant Guides/Translators (Spanish-Any Local Indigenous Language).

Gear (tents/mosquito nets, sleeping mats, machetes, set of personal flatware​).

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: 

❌Airfare to and from Iquitos.

Personal Travel Insurance.

Hotel/hostel in Iquitos.