Amazon Rainforest Vacation & Travel Tours​

Meet The Founders

We are proud to be a group of five scientists trying our best to help protect an incredible location while letting others visit and have an unforgettable trip. None of us have a background in business, and our genuine goal is to help this area live sustainably by providing jobs protecting the environment rather than exploiting it.  Starting counterclockwise from the first row on the left:

  • Daniel Aizenman, Dani holds a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and is finishing up his Masters in Community and Conservation Biology with Miami University and the San Diego Zoo. He’s likely to greet you on the phone.
  • Alfredo Dosantos, the Grand Amazon Lodge & Tours general manager, has a B.S. in Biology. Not only has he worked as a lead guide, but he also worked for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana (IIAP). His work at the IIAP helped lead the creation of the Pucacuro National Reserve in Peru.
  • Yair Aizenman carries a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and helps take care of back-end and phone calls.
  • Patrizia Marchese studies medicinal plants in the Amazon and has a Ph.D. in Biology. Send us an email and she will likely happily answer!
  • Gabriel Aizenman studies Computer Sciences and is looking for ways to integrate programming with citizen science.


Our founders share a love of animals, travel, and sharing and preserving this area of the beautiful Amazon. When you book an Amazon Rainforest vacation, you are helping preserve the area by providing work to the locals that steer them away from hunting and logging. 

Grand Amazon Lodge and Tours Founders
Baby Squirrel Monkey

Our Education and Research Efforts

What better place than to learn about biology and ecosystems than in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest? Bring your class and/or group here to learn about biodiversity or macro photography. We welcome study abroad programs and provide special discounts for classes and groups. 

They are welcome to learn and work in our special science classroom dedicated to our much-valued research mission. We also offer other special rooms made for students and volunteers, so that everyone can have a collective experience. 

Our Partner and Community

We are proud to have worked with San Juan de Yanayacu whom we collaborated with to create the Grand Amazon Lodge. They helped us create an environmentally-friendly lodge at an incredible location that is beneficial to the community and abundant with wildlife. 

A member of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Communal Reserve since its inception, San Juan de Yanayacu has continuously shown their devotion to protecting nature. We have had the pleasure of supplying them with medication, construction supplies, our support for environmental issues and transportation, and much more. 

We hope to continue to support and collaborate with San Juan de Yanayacu to better both the community and the environment. Pictured is our first donation to San Juan de Yanayacu’s medical post. Abraham (to the right) is not only the village leader but is also the trained medical administrator.

We also work with the community to hire as many locals as possible so the community can see direct benefits of protecting the wonders of the Amazon. 

Medical Supplies Donation for San Juan de Yanayacu

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about our community and educational efforts or would like to bring a class or group, please contact us for more information. Be sure to also check out our many Amazon vacation tour options that we are happy to personalize for your needs.