DAY 1: IQUITOS:
Meet and greet at the Iquitos Airport from where you will be transferred to the city (you will briefly sightsee the tourist highlights of Iquitos along the way). Arrive in the hotel. Check-in. Room accommodation according to reservation. Rest of the day is free for shopping and/or personal activities in town. (Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 2: IQUITOS - AMAZONAS SINCHICUY LODGE:
After breakfast, transfer in the morning from your hotel to the river wharf. Speed boat trip on the Amazon, the world’s largest river. During the trip, you will see the magnificence of the Amazon, the exuberance of the jungle and the picturesque villages appearing on the shores with their particular color and joy. Arrival and accommodation in the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge located 45 minutes from Iquitos. The native-style lodge built with natural materials is upon high ground, surrounded by trees, plants and flowers, where birds and butterflies roam. Refreshing “welcome drink” made with regional fruit (cocona, camu camu, copoazu, other) and brief instructions about the sustained conservation standards that must be observed in the lodge and its surroundings in order to make your tour best enjoyable. Short walk or canoe ride in the afternoon –depending on the season- to “Nuevo Peru” where a Yagua community has established. You will get acquainted with their customs, see their unique apparel made of palm fibers and even try their “pucuna” or blowgun. Guided ethnobotanic walk in the afternoon. You will be able to identify species of the Amazon plant kingdom (Cat’s Claw, Sour Cane, Copaiba, Aguaje and even Ayahuasca, the hallucinogen vine).
Visit the local “shaman” who will explain about the marvelous healing properties and use of some of these plants and roots.
Visit a typical village on the shores of the Amazon, see the homes, schools, churches, shops and interact with its people.
Observe the beautiful sunset on the Amazon River.
Evening canoe ride or walk to discover the awesome world of night insects, cicadas, spiders, praying mantis, etc. Listen to owls and pootos. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
DAY 3: AMAZONAS SINCHICUY LODGE - TAMBO YANAYACU LODGE:
Bird watching during the morning early hours (before 6 a.m.). Breakfast at the Amazonas Sinchicuy.
Flora and Fauna Circuit (The Yanayacu Watershed Ecosystem). After breakfast you will motorboat to the opposite side of the Amazon River. During the trip you will probably spot river dolphins, main characters of fantastic tales and legends of the Amazon Myths. See typical riverside landscape plantations 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”. Watch the rich avian fauna of the area. See 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. Native-style fishing on the river for piranhas and other species. Return to the Amazonas Sinchicuy in the afternoon. After a few minutes to rest in the Amazonas Sinchicuy, you will be part of the reforestation program activity Plant-a-Tree in an area near the lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch).
DAY 4: AMAZONAS SINCHICUY LODGE - IQUITOS:
Excursion to an Amazon River village. Return by boat in the afternoon to Iquitos and transferred back to your hotel or to the airport at a convenient time to board your flight.
- Transfers airport / hotel / lodge / airport (overland and river boat)
- 1 night accommodation at selected hotel in Iquitos
- Continental breakfast at the hotel
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge
- All meals in lodge
- Excursions as detailed in the program<
- Guided tours in English or Spanish
- Airline tickets
- Airport taxes
- Drinks in the bar
- Hotel expenses not included in the program