Day 1: Lima / Iquitos
Reception at the luggage claim area of the Iquitos Int’l Airport, where our staff will be waiting for you. Then we will take you to the selected Hotel in Iquitos where we will give you an orientation of our services in accord with your program. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 : Iquitos / Heliconia Amazon River Lodge (B,L,D)
Breakfast in the hotel. Afterwards, we will take you to the Bellavista Port, where we will use one of our speedboats to take you to the Heliconia Lodge along the Amazon River.
During this boat ride you will have the opportunity to observe the convergence of the brown turbid waters of the Amazon River with the dark waters of the Nanay River. You will enjoy the impressive jungle landscapes with the rustic small houses of the riverside towns.
A visit to a native community is also scheduled in this part of the boat ride to the Lodge. In this community we will have the opportunity to hear about their way of life and to see their customs, dances and handcrafts.
After 1:30 hrs. boat ride we will arrive to the Lodge where our staff will welcome you with a complimentary and exotic jungle drink. Lunch.
In the afternoon we will start with our first excursion: a jungle hike into the Yanamono Reserve, which is a primary rainforest reserve, for approximately 2 hours accompanied by our expert guides, they will be able to identify several botanical species such as heliconia flowers, medicinal plants and giant trees such as the White silk-cotton tree (Ceiba Pentandra) whose dimensions are so big that 25 persons can circle it holding their hands. During this excursion you will also see several birds species such as the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes Aura), Black Fronted Nanbird (Monasa-Atia), etc., and with a little luck you will be able to see small monkeys such as marmosets (saguinus fusicollis) , and the Titi Monkey (Callicebus Mollock Mollock) and the squirrel monkey (Saimiri Boliviense).
Return to the lodge for rest. Free time. After observing the Amazon Sunset, we will take a night boat ride to a stream , if the river is high enough, or along the Amazon River where you will enjoy the magical sounds of the jungle, the light of the moon or, if it is a clear night, you will observe the stars and constellations.Dinner.
Day 3 : Heliconia Amazon River Lodge (B.L,D)
Early birdwatching. We will start very early going by boat to one of the several streams (if the water level allows us ). We will be looking for birds such as the Tuki (Jacana Jacana), Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle-Torquata), Black-Collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis), etc.
Return to the lodge, where a delicious breakfast will be waiting for you.
After a little rest we will take a small fishing trip into small tributaries of the Amazon River. The most daring can try for fishing Piranhas. During this excursion you can also have the opportunity to look for the famous Pink River Dolphin (Inia Geoffrensis).
Return to the Lodge for lunch
In the afternoon, you will also be able to see the very impressive giant Victoria Regiaplant (Giant Water Lily) on the lakes inside the Yanamono Island (if the water allows us).
At night the adventurers can take a hike around the perimeter of the Lodge to look for tarantulas, fire flies, bats and other jungle nocturnal animals. Dinner.
Day 4 : Iquitos / Lima (B,L)
After breakfast, we will visit a rustic sugar cane destillery where you can try different exotic beverages made from sugar cane liquor and also you will see how they use horses in the process of obtaining this liquor.
Return to the Lodge. After Lunch, transfer to Iquitos City and according with your flight schedule, transfer to the airport.
Lodge: Heliconia Amazon River Lodge
For the lodges, it is recommended to take a small suitcase or a backpack. We have a storage room for your convenience in our offices in Iquitos.
Meet our driver in his booth # 5 at the luggage claim area.
Programs may vary according to flight arrival / departure changes or weather conditions.
For this program we recommend to take morning flights to Iquitos and your returning flight to Lima in the afternoon.
Departures from Iquitos to Heliconia Lodge: just in the morning ( max. 09:30 am)
Departures from Heliconia Lodge to Iquitos is at 14:00 pm
Check in: 13:00 pm / Check out: 12:00 pm
What to bring, what to wear?
Pack light, drip-dry cotton or safari clothing, including one long-sleeved shirt and sweater, several pairs of socks and t-shirts, raincoat. Include as well a small flashlight, an extra set of batteries, a good pair of binoculars, a camera ( essential) a insect repellent with 35% DEET ( we suggest OFF) , sunglasses, Sun block , a wide brimmed hat, water bottle, Hiking shoes or sneakers resistant to humidity (Rubber boots is provide by Heliconia Lodge only), Bathing suit.