In August 2008, my wife and I went to Peru for our honeymoon. We spent three weeks there, 10 days of which was spent in the Iquitos region.
Of course, we explored the rainforest. We traveled up the Nanay River (a tributary of the Amazon where it forms right at Iquitos) with a company called Dawn on the Amazon (Amazon Tours and Cruises With Dawn on the Amazon
I cannot recommend this company enough. Our trip was perfect in every way. We explored rugged, remote jungle, but the boat was beautiful and comfortable. Its shallow draft allowed it to beach on the bank of the river every evening. We set our own agenda every day that could include fishing, swimming, hiking (read: frog hunting), wildlife viewing, sunbathing, etc. At night we could simply lounge, or go on night hikes and/or nighttime boat expeditions, which were awesome. The bats at night were great to watch, and the nighttime chorus of frogs and insects was magical.
The people on board were incredibly friendly, and we were treated like royalty. The food was beyond superb, truly amazing, and there was a near-infinite quantity of it. Every day - every day! - we had a DIFFERENT type of fruit juice, most of which I'd never heard of, all of which were absolutely delicious.
The wildlife viewing was amazing. Among hundreds of other animals, we saw: sloths, river dolphins, multiple species of monkey, two species of macaw, several toucan species, swallow-tailed kites and multiple other birds of prey, a multitude of parrots, and a dazzling array of insects, amphibians and reptiles. We saw vastly more than we could photograph well, and I've only included a few of the photos.
For amphibians, we saw 5-6 treefrog species which I didn't get photos of, goliath frogs, an array of bufonids, and we saw reticulatus and Ameerga pictus. I tried to find amazonicus as I believe they were the third dendrobatid in this habitat, but to no avail. Per the natives they are around but we just didn't happen upon them.
Anyway, some pictures...
Here's the boat we went on. Bill (the owner of the company) built it himself. It's an absolute work of art.
All of the boat is made of gorgeous dark wood (I think it's purple heart but I forget) and carved exquisitely. This is a pootoo
My wife enjoying a typical morning breakfast. We had a spread like this literally every meal, including the fruit plate. It was amazing.
The boat beached for the afternoon. The Nanay River is known for these white sand beaches which could be found at virtually every oxbow bend in the river. They were deserted an pristine. The swimming was fantastic.
Typical lunch (the biggest meal of the day). The chef on this boat was a magician. Everything was delicious. This is a piece of pork, I think. We ate exclusively native Peruvian food.
My wife and me looking for pink dolphins on the river. We saw many, but they don't photograph well because they barely break the surface.
A view of the riverbank as we head upstream.
Into the woods we go. A native from a village nearby mentioned that there were "lots of little frogs with red backs" nearby. He piqued my curiosity...
My first (of many) wild-caught reticulatus! An absolute gem of a frog.
We found them in the leaf litter (of course). Place was hot and humid as hell. Pretty dark. Leaf litter was 6" deep in places.
Typical reticulatus habitat. The substrate here beneath the leaf litter was actually white sand. It's nutrient-poor so the trees here actually don't grow that huge.
There were some wild insects too.
Lots of these bromeliads on the ground. I think it's a Neoregelia. Saw tadpoles in some of them.
One of the trails we took through the woods
The insect life was incredible. We saw many stickbugs.
Bromeliads crowded together anywhere fallen trees let sunlight in.
The canonical leaf-cutter ant. Saw lots of these. The literal highways they create are amazing. I followed one trail of ants that was about 6" wide (full of ants) that stretched for well over 100 yards from a giant ground nest to a harvest site.
This was a neat plant, all over the lower tree trunks. I have a ficus species which looks identical, but I'm not sure what this is.
A little farther upstream and a couple of miles away from the riverbed. Here the soil improved and trees started to get massive, with giant buttresses.
There were retics here too.
Lots of them!
A couple views up into the canopy...
...and to show the thickness of the growth in places.
This picture really doesn't do justice to how towering and how thick the canopy was. It seemed in places that a given tree was host to many dozens of species of epiphytes.
I'm pretty sure this is Ameerga pictus. After we saw it we spent about half an hour poking around in the leaf litter to catch it. I had it in my hands literally five times and somehow I just couldn't get a grip! We found these in pretty much the same location as the reticulatus. They seemed to like being near very small creeks.
We did lots of fishing!
Sunset on the river.
If anyone is looking to go to Peru I'd be happy to provide more info. I strongly recommend Dawn on the Amazon, the trip was truly amazing.