On the Napo River, 100 miles from Iquitos, ExplorNapo Lodge provides access to the pristine forest of Explorama’s Sucusari
Reserve as well as access to the famous Amazon Canopy Walkway. The experience of
walking along this famous pathway, high in the trees, more than justifies the
trip to this remote location.
A visit to ExplorNapo Lodge also provides an opportunity to visit the
ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Medicinal Plant Garden with over 240 species of
Amazonian plants tended by a local shaman and his apprentices who share their
knowledge of the healing properties of the plants under their care. Lighting and
facilities at ExplorNapo are the same as for Explorama Lodge.
ACTS (Amazon Conservatory for Tropical Studies), a 30 minute walk from ExplorNapo Lodge, opened in 1993 as a result of Explorama’s effort to provide scientists and graduate university students with a location for studies and for scientific research in the Primary Rainforest. ACTS is also the prime location for birdwatching
groups from all over the world to the Peruvian Rainforest, as its proximity to
the Canopy Walkway allows for pre-dawn hikes to observe the formation of mixed
species flocks of birds as they begin their daily search for food.
Accommodations and facilities at ACTS are identical to those of
Explorama Lodge and ExplorNapo Lodge.
All of Explorama Lodges’ programs begin in Iquitos with the reception of guests at the airport by their naturalist, multilingual guide and travel by bus from the airport through the Rubber Boom City of Iquitos. Many of the buildings of Iquitos were constructed during the Rubber Boom in the late 1800's, and the Portuguese tile and Spanish metal work from that time are still in place.
At Explorama's Office and Amazon River Dock, guests board rapid river launches or the new three-decked Amazon Queen to start their river expedition into the Amazon Rainforest.
At the lodges activities include day and night walks in the rainforest reserves, visits to black water lakes to see giant Victoria Regia
(Amazonas) water lilies and sloths in their natural habitat, boat excursions in search of Pink Dolphins as well as piranha fishing, night canoe rides, visits to a Yagua Native American Community with a chance to try their famous blowguns tipped with poison when used for hunting, visits to local “Ribereño” or River Villages to see their school and learn how Amazonian daily life is synchronized with the movements of the mighty rivers, and a visit to a local Rum Factory where sugar cane rum is prepared into a local drink called
Meals at all Explorama Lodges are served buffet style, and contain a large
number of dishes to satisfy vegetarians as well as a variety of dishes made with
fresh fish from the Amazon.
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