Pacaya Samiria Lodge Program
4 Days / 3 Nights
DAY 1: IQUITOS / LODGE
Fly from Lima to Iquitos on morning flight. We begin our Peruvian jungle adventure at the Iquitos City Airport. From there we will journey 60 miles to the town of Nauta, the first town ship founded by the Spanish on the Marañón River. The trip to Nauta takes about an hour and a half.
In Nauta, we will visit the SapiSapi pond where we can see species such as the paiche (largest Amazonian fish), arawana, quelonios (taricaya, charapa), and regional turtle , as well as a brief story at the Centenary Square.
From Nauta, we will board Hatuchay Hotel boats and sail towards the junction of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers, to observe the origin of the Amazon River. Once we arrive at the Lodge, we will receive a warm welcome with a seasonal fruit drink, and a presentation in the Kukama Kukamiria language by a tribe member. You will be invited to go to your rooms to leave luggage and then have lunch. In the afternoon we will go for a walk where we will identify flora and fauna in the forest surrounding the Lodge. We will return at night to try to locate the Dendrobates, tiny poison-dart frogs characterized by their bright colors. We will return to the Lodge for some time to relax before dinner. (Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 2: PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE / LODGE
After breakfast we will go to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, with a cold lunch on board, to an area called “Nauta Caño”. During our excursion we will search for pink and gray freshwater dolphins near the gorge of the same name.
We will also be immersed in the wide variety of flora and fauna the reserve offers. The first thing that will call your attention is how the river water perfectly reflects the sky, clouds, vegetation and large trees along the river banks. Visitors will have the sensation of sailing between endless mirrors, which is why Pacaya Samiria is also known as “the forest of mirrors”.
We will also go for a walk through the flooded forests, where we will try to see some primates and sloths. During the journey we can also observe a variety of birds and the traditional Amazonian subsistence fishing practice.
Next, we will return to the Lodge to visit the women’s crafts center (seasonal) of the San Jorge community, known for their work with natural Chambira fiber and Wingo or pumpkin carving.. You will have down time, followed by dinner. After dinner a guide will invite us to move to a different space to share myths and legends of the Peruvian Amazon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 3: HIKING IN HIGH RESTINGA / LODGE
After breakfast we will go hiking through the jungle where we can see a variety of timber-yielding trees and birds native to this forest. We will also try to see some primates and mammals as we journey toward a rustic camp to rest in hammocks. Cold lunch. If you desire, enjoy the refreshing water of a high gorge, where the guide will explain the importance of its existence and the role it plays in the ecosystem. We will return to the Lodge around noon to rest.
In the afternoon there will be a presentation about “The Amazonian World View”, in particular the usage of medicinal plants and ayahuasca, followed by dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4: PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE / LODGE / IQUITOS
After breakfast, we will sail through the Marañón River towards a small lagoon called “Shiriyacu”, where we will try to fish just like the local people do. We will enjoy the nature around us in this unique flooded area. We will return to the Lodge around noon to rest and get ready to come back to Iquitos. Transfer to the Iquitos airport or a hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)
|Pacaya-Samiria Lodge 2017|
|4 Days / 3 Nights - PS-103|
|Number Travelers||Price per person|
|3 - 4||$670|
|Single Supplement $ 40 per person per night|
|Children ages 5 - 10 are discounted 50%
Ages 4 and under - Free
Notes: The last day includes lunch, depending on the departure flight time. If there is no time for lunch before the flight, there will be no discount or reimbursement.
This program can vary due to weather conditions and low/high water season. Our guides may make some changes in the program in order to make the most of the excursions.
A private guide service will be considered for groups larger than 10.