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: VISIT 20 DE ENERO RNPS / OVERNIGHT CAMPING IN THE RESERVE
After breakfast we will go visit the community of Veinte de Enero (January 20) in the Reserve to appreciate the different jobs held by local residents organized as groups for natural resource management in the Reserve. These activities include Aguaje Palm fruit gathering, boat building and fish farms. Then we will journey to camping area to set up our tents (lunch on board or camp) followed by an exploratory journey looking for wildlife such as primates, sloths and birds. After dinner, we will go by boat search for nocturnal wildlife such as frogs, caiman, night birds and maybe even the Night Monkey, the only nocturnal monkey. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4: PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE / LODGE
Breakfast at camp. We will then take a walk looking for more animals or you may prefer to cool off in the waters of Yanayacu Creek. We will then dismantle the camp to prepare for our return to the Lodge. Lunch at camp or on board according to the times managed by our specialist guide. On the way we will enjoy the landscape that surrounds us and there we may be surprised by some wildlife we have not seen before because in the jungle none of this is predictable. Dinner back at the lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 5: PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE / LODGE / IQUITOS
Breakfast at the Lodge. After breakfast there will be a presentation about “The Amazonian World View”, in particular the usage of medicinal plants and ayahuasca and medicinal plants. Following this we will visit a nearby community where we will meet a curandero (healer). We return to the Lodge at noon for lunch and to prepare for our return to Iquitos. (Breakfast, Lunch)
|Pacaya-Samiria Lodge 2019 - 2020|
|5 Days / 4 Nights - PS-104|
|Number Travelers||Price per person|
|3 - 4||$1,015|
|Number Travelers||Price per person|
|3 - 4||$1,030|
- Single Supplement $45 per person per night.
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.