Most tourists who visit the Amazon book a tour from their home country. Those of us who are more independent minded save money by just showing up and seeing what can be worked out last minute. Gary and I went to Misahualli first and hired a guide there for three days. Afterward we went back to the larger town of Tena and walked into a local travel agency there.
We explained that our principle interest was in seeing birds. The man behind the desk pointed to a poster on the wall of a Harpy Eagle and asked if we would like to see that. He explained that there was an ecolodge called Gareno that guaranteed it's guests a view of a Harpy Eagle.