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Rene Arimuya

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Guide at a Glance

  • Company

    Maniti Expeditions

  • Locations

    Iquitos, Loreto Region, Peru

  • Activities

    Jungle Tour, Nature

  • Guiding Experience

    26 years

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

Guide Bio

Get To Know Amazon Guide Rene Arimuya

A native of the Rio Nanay, Rene has over 25 years of experience working as a guide in this region of the Amazon.
How did you get into your field?

I have been involved in tourism since I was 14 years old, first being a porter, help carry items for ​the senior guides on hikes and eventually becoming a tour guide.

How did you make the transition to becoming a tour guide?

​I have always had a passion for the outdoors and I love interacting with people. When I had the opportunity to start helping on tours and become a guide I took it!​

What does a typical day look like for you?

​No day is ever the same, I try to do anything I can to keep my clients happy. I understand that for many of them a visit to the amazon is once in a lifetime so its very important to me that they leave here with a great impression of this place. I do anything I can to make sure they leave happy.​

Have you got a certain style of guiding, or do you just run with it on the day?

​My style is never say no but always be honest,  I  try to be flexible for my clients requests and just make sure they are happy.​

What is the best part of your job?

Seeing peoples faces or expressions when we find animals or see wildlife, I am used to the wildlife here but to see peoples faces when they hold a sloth for the first time or see a pink river dolphin is priceless.​

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had on a tour or trip?

​There have been many and it would be hard to name just one. Sometimes situations are bizarre but I think a lot has to do with the different cultures and what is normal to some people might not be normal to me.

Ever had any odd requests from clients?

Sometimes yes, many people ​are interested in eating weird things like insects or strange animals so we get that request often. There are insects to eat here but it’s not very popular, I think people get the ideas from Television and stories they hear.

Every job has its ups and downs. Are there any aspects of your job that you don’t like or aren’t that keen on?

​No job is perfect and there are always challenges. Sometimes it is frustrating to have a client not understand  that we cannot control nature and they leave unhappy if they don’t see the amount of wildlife that they would like. This is disappointing for us also but we hope that our travelers understand this is an eco-tour and the wildlife that we encounter are not caged animals, they are wild and sometimes we do not have luck maybe depending on bad weather or whatever the case may be. Usually we do have very good success rate.​


In your view, what makes a good tour guide?

Kknowledge, good communication and the ability to connect with each and every individual on his tours, making everyone feel comfortable, laugh and just enjoy their time.​

As an experienced guide yourself, can you explain what the benefits of hiring a guide are?

In this region it would be extremely difficult to experience the amazon jungle without a guide who knows where to go, what to do, how to get there, what to eat and what not to eat. There are many things in the jungle that can hurt you or put you in danger so its important to always go with a licensed professional.​ Not only that but tour guides offer a wide range of knowledge about the flora and fauna in the area that most travelers do not know about.

Without giving away your secrets, tell us the types of things about your area/activity that only a guide would know.

This region of the amazon ​experiences river levels that raise up to 10 meters in the rainy season, changing the entire landscape and access points in the region. Only a local will know how to navigate during this change.

And finally, have you got any tips for people who are interested in booking a guide like yourself, but aren’t too sure what to look for?

Be weary of guides that are not registered or are not professionals. There are many freelance guides that offer very cheap prices and will over promise and under deliver. Its worth the money to travel with a ​reputable company.



A native of the Rio Nanay, Rene has over 25 years of experience working as a guide in this region of the Amazon. Rene is responsible for leading excursions in the lower zone. His areas of expertise include plants, birds, fish, insects and the local, native culture. (Languages: Spanish, English).

All of Maniti Expeditions’ Iquitos jungle tour guides are local people who were born and raised in the Peruvian rainforest in and around Iquitos, all with extensive knowledge of the ecology, history and culture of the Amazon rainforest. Our Iquitos rainforest guides have an average of 20 years of experience working in tourism in this region of the Amazon Rainforest.

All of Maniti Expeditions’ rainforest jungle guides are licensed with the Peruvian Association of Official Tour Guides and recognized by Peruvian Ministry of Tourism.

Rene Arimuya's Reviews

  • Maya

    Rene is the best guide!! Funny, smiles all the time, hungry for the next experience! He will take care of all what you need and beyond!

Maniti Expeditions

Maniti Camp Expeditions a registered, professional & local rainforest lodge & tour operator based out of Iquitos, Peru, located in the northeastern Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Maniti Camp Expeditions offers a variety of original and unique Iquitos Amazon jungle tours. Maniti Expeditions is an internationally recognized Amazon jungle lodge & Iquitos jungle tour operator that specializes in Iquitos eco tours, Pacaya Samiria adventure tours, Iquitos rainforest camping tours, ayahuasca tours and custom tailored Iquitos Amazon rainforest tours. While working with the local community and engaging in eco-friendly activities that not only help stimulate the local economy in and around Iquitos, but also the environment, we have responsibly placed Amazon nature, fauna and flora in the reach of travelers for over 20 years. We provide jungle tour itineraries from 1 to 14+ days, depending on each and every traveler’s particular interests and time available. Iquitos, Peru is the largest city along the Amazon River and the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. Iquitos is a romantic, quaint city steeped in unique culture and fascinating history. During your stay at our Iquitos Peru jungle lodge, guests will discover the vast mysteries, natural wonders and exotic wildlife that the world’s largest rainforest has to offer. For many years, Maniti Camp Expeditions has coordinated and headed countless successful jungle tours and excursions based out of Iquitos Peru into the “Jungle of Mirrors,” for numerous archaeologists, scientists, researchers, journalists, photographers and film makers from all around the globe. We also service shamanic retreats, solo-travelers, families with children, large groups, fisherman, bird enthusiasts, honeymooners and students. Maniti Camp Expeditions can accommodate groups of up for 40 travelers, but we specialize in small group rainforest expeditions, allowing a closer and more personal Iquitos jungle trip and allowing you to enjoy the best of the Amazon Rainforest at its fullest. Maniti Camp Expeditions, in Iquitos, Peru, is a full service rainforest lodge that offers prearranged and custom all-inclusive jungle tours that have the best rates and best customer reviews in the Amazon. We strive for customer satisfaction! All our Iquitos, Peru, jungle excursions are led by local, professional, certified, multi-lingual guides with many years of experience in this region of the Amazon Rainforest. If you are planning an Iquitos Peru vacation, or if you are looking for an authentic jungle tour in Iquitos, Peru, Let Maniti Camp Expeditions organize the trip of a lifetime according to your taste and budget! Our Iquitos rainforest tour programs are designed for first time visitors or jungle experts, our team can adapt to your needs. During your time at our jungle lodge, we will introduce you to many aspects of jungle life, with different levels of involvement. All you need is the desire to discover jungle life & be ready for the wildlife! Our rainforest tours are designed for people who look more for a true “experience,” full of exchanges & authenticity, rather than a commercial tourist package. Our Iquitos jungle lodge is not a luxury facility. Of course, you all guests will have a clean & bug free bedroom, with mosquito net, and a private bathroom. We are not a travel agency; we are a tour operator that only offers tours in Iquitos. What makes us stand out from the other tour operators in Iquitos, Peru, is that we offer custom tailored rainforest tour packages at competitive pricing. We do not focus on being the cheapest or the most luxurious rainforest tour in Iquitos, but simply to offer an authentic jungle tour experience at a fair price.

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