Amazon lodge 5 Days 4 Nights
Immerse yourself into the Amazon, exploring its vast ecosystem. More time allows for deeper connections, it could be by animal spotting, jungle hiking or interacting with Amazon community members, getting to know a different reality by firsthand experience.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pickup from your accomodation or airport, Iquitos, Perú|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please be ready by 9:00 AM|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 5:00 PM. (4 days after departure)|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots or shoes, hat, light jacket, sunglasses and sunscreen.|
All our tours price are in United States Dollars (USD) and are based on a minimum of 2 passengers. If you are a solo traveller please contact us for a price quotation.
If needed more flexible tours could be arranged, as well as special tours for honeymooners, big groups, students promotion and organizations.
We cater to vegetarians and vegans, and encourage them by offering a 5% discount (per person) on the tour price. When you book make sure to let us know about your dietary preference to apply the discount. For non-vegetarians our meals include local fish, chicken or meat. We also offer gluten free meals by request. If you have a gluten intolerance condition (or any other food allergy) let us know in advance.
We try to keep a low usage of plastic so we would highly appreciate if you bring your own personal water container to be refilled.
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In our office, we accept Peruvian Soles (PEN), United States Dollars (USD), and Euro (EUR).
Ready for adventure?
Day 1: Departure
Morning pickup from your accommodation or the airport in private car or mini-van (depending on group size) to arrive at the port town of Nanay-Bellavista. In our way there you will get a brief description of Iquitos city and some of his main attractions.
Departure by boat from Nanay port, making a stop to see the conjunction of Nanay river and Amazon river. Continue down the river for 1 hour 30 minutes enjoying the beautiful landscapes and the possibility to see river dolphins (gray and pink), herons (like the snowy egrett), kingfisher, yellow-billed tern, turtles and many other species along with spectacular flora.
During the navigation, you will also see passing villages, like Barrio Florido, and rural jungle towns before reaching the rustic-style lodge.
Self-catering lunch made with local products, including fresh fruit juice. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available per request.
Boat expedition to the real Monkey Island (La isla de los monos) where you will get to know and play with macaws, amazonian parrots, sloths and a wide variety of monkeys: Woolly monkey (mono choro), Titi monkey (mono tocon), Spider monkey (mono araña or maquisapa), Tamarins (mono pichico), Howler monkey (mono aullador), Marmoset (mono leoncito), among others. The Monkey Island is a family owned rescue center, with all his permits up to date, dedicated to rescue, rehabilitate and release monkeys that are victims of pet trade. They have freed more than 200 monkeys since 1997.
After Monkey Island we set up to navigate and look for some sweetwater dolphins like the gray and pink dolphin.
Then we will take you by boat to try some artisanal piranha fishing, the way locals do it. The guide will instruct you, help you and provide you with all the equipment needed.
Now it’s chill time. This is your chance to jump into the river and relax while swimming in the longest river on Earth. We will enjoy a peaceful dawn at the Amazon river
Dinner at lodge.
Nocturnal hike looking for spiders, snakes, lizards, frogs or rodents, hearing the different sounds of nocturnal animals.
Overnight at lodge.
Day 2: Santa Maria de Fatima
Early morning walk into the jungle. This is the best time to see wildlife in its own habitat by the riverbank and inside the jungle. Delight with the sounds of nature.
Fresh breakfast with local fruit juice. We will prepare for our trip to Santa Maria de Fatima community, a small 200 people village by the Amazon river. They have developed an ecotourism project and built a 15 meters wooden tower in the middle of the jungle to enjoy the landscape, and the different bird species, of the heronry (called El Garzal).
Navigation in the Amazon river to Santa Maria de Fatima. 30 minutes approx.
Arrive at the community, register and meet some of the villagers. Here a local guide will join our professional guide. This is part of the sustainable tourism project and helps the community, while at the same time providing us with the experience and wisdom from someone that deeply knows the area. You can check an interview we did with Don Julio, who lives since 1950 in Santa Maria de Fatima and is also one of the local guides.
Jungle walk for approx. 40 minutes. There is a chance to see monkeys here like the squirrel monkey (mono ardilla), saddle back tamarin (mono pichico pardo or cervecerita, its local name) and others. See if you can recognize them!
Prepare lunch in the spot using fresh ingredients.
Canoeing our way to the heronry.
Go up the 3-floor 15 meters wooden watchtower to enjoy the landscape and look for animals and birds.
Animal spotting and birdwatching while slowly navigating through the heronry dense vegetation. Here we can find Hoatzin (Shansho), a prehistoric amazonian bird, and different species of herons like the snowy egrett (garza blanca), white and brown boat-billed herons (huapapa blanca y huapapa marron) and others.
During the day we will have some fruits to keep us energized.
Nocturnal hiking looking for wildlife like smoky jungle frog (sapo hualo), lizards, snakes and others. We can also find many medicinal plants that grow in the area and drink water from a water vine (called cat’s claw or uncaria tormentosa). The local guide will give us his wisdom in how they use them.
We will go on a canoe expedition looking out for white caimans.
Dinner at camping.
Overnight at camping in the surroundings of Santa Maria de Fatima.
Day 3: First day Yanayacu expedition
Morning expedition around the heronry. This is the best time to look for birds, monkeys and wildlife in general.
Fresh breakfast with local fruit juice.
We will pack our camping stuff and prepare for a morning walk back to Santa Maria de Fatima community. From there we will start our journey by boat to the Yanayacu ecosystem.
We will travel around the Yanayacu basin and immerse ourselves into the “Mirror of the Jungle” (named after the clear reflections on the water). We will take a walking tour inside the “Kingdom of giant trees”, and if you keep attentive and carefully looking, you could find wildlife in the trees like sloths, monkeys, lizards and birds. Here we will see the Lupuna (ceiba pentandra), the biggest tree species in the Amazon rainforest.
Jungle walk of approximately 1 hour and a half, going deeper into Yanayacu on our way to Yahua cocha (a lake). On the way there we can see wildlife like different kind of monkeys playing around in the surrounding trees.
Once in the lake, we will be canoeing enjoying the landscape and watching for birds like herons, yellow-billed tern, among others.
In Yahua cocha lake we can try our luck fishing if you want to do so. Here we can find Acarahuazu (Oscar fish), Fasaco (Common trahira), Tucunare (Peacock cichlid) and others.
After exploring the lake we will set a camping spot.
Camping near Yahua cocha lake, in the Yanayacu basin.
Day 4: Second day Yanayacu expedition
Wake up your senses with a morning canoe excursion, feel the soothing smell of the Jungle welcoming the day ahead.
Fresh breakfast with local fruit
Now that we are all energized we will go for a rowing adventure. We will cruise some afluents of the Amazon river slowly rowing, enjoying the peaceful landscapes the way lsome local people do it.
It’s gonna be time to put into practice what you learned about fishing on your first days. We will go on an artisanal fishing tour. The guide will teach you and assist you on some local fishing techniques.
Hike into the deep zones of the Yanayacu basin. In this walk we will have the chance to explore and learn about ethnobotanics, the wildlife we encounter and medicinal plants along our way, so you can learn how to differentiate them and their uses by local people.
While we explore the Yanayacu basin we are gonna learn how to orientate ourselves in the Jungle. Your guide will teach you some basic survival skills, what things can you do in case you get lost, how to recognize edible plants, how to find water inside plants and many other practical tips.
After coming back from our jungle hike we will pack our stuff and prepare for navigating back to the Amazon lodge.
Navigation back to Amazon lodge.
Dinner at Amazon lodge.
Overnight at Amazon lodge.
Day 5: Return
We get up very early and hop on our boat to see the sunrise and start our morning birdwatching expedition. This is the best time to see wildlife in his own habitat by the riverbank and inside the jungle, so we will go animal spotting.
Fresh breakfast with local fruit juice.
Ethnobotanical walk through the jungle to see and learn about Amazonian plants and his relationship with the people that inhabit this place. We will learn about amazonian medicinal plants.
Visit to share with some members of one of the oldest indigenous groups in the Amazon, the Yahua tribe. You will get to know some of their songs and dances, practice your aim with the “cerbatana” (blow gun) and get the chance to contribute to their preservation by buying their hand-made handicrafts if you decide to do so.
Self-catering lunch with typical food.
Return by boat to Nanay port and private transfer to your accommodation or the airport.
Brief details by day:
1. Nanay Bellavista port / Conjuction of rivers (Amazon river and Nanay river) / Monkey Island / Sweetwater dolphin spotting / Piranha fishing / Swimming in the Amazon river / Dawn at the Amazon river / Nocturnal hike
2. Early morning jungle walk / Santa Maria de Fatima community / Jungle walk / Wooden watch tower / Canoeing heronry / Wildlife spotting / Nocturnal caiman expedition / Camping in the surroundings of Santa Maria de Fatima
3. Morning expedition heronry / Jungle walk / Boat journey / Yanayacu basin / Kingdom of giant trees / Lupuna / Jungle walk / Canoeing Yahua cocha (lake) / Fishing / Wildlife spotting / Camping Yanayacu basin
4. Morning canoeing / Rowing / Yanayacu basin deep hike / Survival and orientation skills / Navigation back to Amazon lodge
5. Morning animal spotting and birdwatching / Ethnobotanical walk / Visit Yahua tribe
Amazon lodge 5 Days 4 Nights
Lodge located approximately 30 kilometers from Iquitos, following the Amazon river downstream. It takes approx. 1 hour and a half by motorboat.