Jungle Adventure (3 days / 2 nights)
Day 1: Iquitos – Jungle
Meet at Iquitos airport and transfer to the pier. En route, we have a brief orientation of the city. We navigate the Amazon River towards the Amazon Sinchicuy Lodge (45 min from Iquitos).
We take a short walk or canoe ride – depending on the season – to ‘Nuevo Peru’ where a Yagua ethnic group has established. There we get acquainted with their ancestral customs, see their unique apparel made of palm fibers and even try their ‘pucuna’ or blowgun.
In the afternoon, we enjoy a guided ethno botanic excursion. We will be able to identify species of the Amazon plant kingdom such as Cat’s Claw, Sour Cane, Copaiba, Aguaje and even Ayahuasca, the ‘dead man’s rope’. We visit the local naturist ‘shaman who will explain about the marvelous healing properties and use of some of these plants and roots. Then we tour the Santa Maria de Ojeal farmlands where we visit the sugar cane squeeze, the fruit orchard, the fish pond with native species for their consumption, the Amazon breed cattle (cross of Cebu with Brown Swiss) and artisanal dugout canoe fishing performed on the river by locals. We visit a typical village on the shores of the Amazon, see the homes, schools, churches, shops and interact with its people. On our return trip, we will relax with an unforgettable sunset.
In the evening, we can have an evening canoe ride or walk to discover the awesome world of night insects, cicadas, spiders, praying mantis, etc. Listen to the owls and ‘ayaymamas’. Return to the lodge.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Day 2: Jungle
Bird watching during the morning early hours (before 06:00 hrs). After breakfast at the lodge, we navigate by motorboat to the opposite side of the Amazon River. During the trip we might spot river dolphins. We see typical riverside landscape plantations. Then we walk on tropical rainforest trail and boat or canoe on the Yanayacu River to the Tambo Yanayacu Lodge located in the ‘Kingdom of the Giant Trees’. We watch the rich avian fauna of the area and the diverse medicinal plants, epiphyte plants (bromeliads) growing high on the trees, and giant flora like the ‘lupuna’ or Ceiba tree species over 150-feet high. Search for primates and sloths that blend with the forest canopy. We stop for lunch at the Tambo Yanayacu (38 Miles NE of Iquitos).
In the afternoon, we fish native-style on the river for piranhas and other species. Return to the Amazonas Sinchicuy in the afternoon. After a few minutes to relax, we will be part of the reforestation program activity Plant-a-Tree in an area near the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Jungle – Iquitos
Excursion to a village on the Amazon River. In the afternoon, return to Iquitos by boat and transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch