DAY I: IQUITOS/LODGE
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 at the Marañón River. The trip to Nauta takes about an hour and a half.
In Nauta, we will visit theSapiSapi 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 to Pacaya Samiria AmazonLodge, we will receive a warm welcome with a seasonal fruit drink, and a presentation in the KukamaKukamirialanguage 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 demdrobates, tiny poison-dart frogs characterized by their bright colors. We will return to the Lodge for some time to relax before dinner.
DAY II: PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE/LODGE
After breakfast we will go to the PacayaSamiria National Reserve, with a cold lunch on board, to an area called “NautaCaño”. 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 PacayaSamiria 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 Wingoor 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.
DAY III: 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.
DAY IV: 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 local people are used to. We will enjoy the nature around us in this unique flooded area.
Once at the lodge we will have some rest and immediately we will return to the city airport or to a hotel. Depending on the guest’s itinerary.
• 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 do some changes in the program in order to get the most of the excursion.