The Explorama Lodge Reserve, located 80 kilometers down the Amazon from Iquitos, has been protected by Explorama since 1964
The rainfall here may be at highest in any month of the year, depending upon the year studied. This lack of a defined dry or wet season, through which many species of plants and animals would be unable to survive, is believed to be the major reason for the extremely high diversity in both flora
The ExplorNapo reserve includes the area occupied by ExplorNapo which started as a very rustic palm-thatched covered split-palm sleeping platform and is now a lodge with rooms, a large hammock house and screened dining room. The newest of the Explorama reserves in this area is the Sucusari Reserve, a recently purchased piece of land with over 50% secondary forest which we hope to nurture back to primary status.
Located 40 km (25 miles) from Iquitos, Ceiba Tops offers the luxury of air-conditioned rooms, private bathrooms and elaborate tropical gardens surrounding the pool, water slide, hammock house, Esmeralda Coffee Lounge, dining room and Toucan Bar.
Note: We require minimum two passengers traveling together If single traveler ask for the supplement.
|Duration||7 Days & 6 Nights|
|Airfares||Not included, available upon request|
|Customizable||YES, feel free to ask for extra services|
DAY 1 IQUITOS – EXPLORAMA LODGE
Reception at your hotel or airport and transfer to the Explorama dock. Fifty mile journey down the Amazon River to Yanamono Stream where Explorama Lodge is located. Afternoon hike along the “Lake Trail” through lowland rainforest which is seasonally flooded. This trail is traversed by open boat during high water months! Overnight at Explorama Lodge (L, D)
DAY 2 EXPLORAMA LODGE
Morning hike along the “Bushmaster Trail” where scientific studies by the Missouri Botanical Gardens have found one of the world’s highest biodiversity of trees per square hectare. Your guide will point out many examples of native plants used as remedies by local people. Afternoon canoe trip along the Amazon in search of either of the two species of freshwater dolphin found in the river. Overnight at Explorama Lodge (B, L, D)
DAY 3 EXPLORAMA LODGE – EXPLORNAPO LODGE
After breakfast, a boat ride down the Amazon and up the Napo River to the ExplorNapo Reserve and ExplorNapo Lodge. Afternoon hike through primary, terra firme rainforest. Evening excursion by open boat along the Sucusari Stream in search of caiman and to enjoy the night sounds and stars of the Southern sky. Overnight at ExplorNapo Lodge (B, L, D)
DAY 4 EXPLORNAPO LODGE
Morning hike to the Canopy Walkway, a suspended bridge spanning 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) above the forest floor. Here there is time to observe a part of the rainforest rarely seen by man but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. Afternoon excursion to a black water oxbow lake formed when water from the Napo River became separated from the main flow of the river. These lakes are often covered with giant Victoria Regia water lilies and can offer a view of the elusive Hoatzin bird. Overnight at ExplorNapo Lodge (B, L, D)
DAY 5 EXPLORNAPO LODGE – CEIBA TOPS
Morning boating excursion along one of the Napo tributaries spotting for sloth, birding and fishing for piranha. Also a chance to visit some of the local river people called “ribereños” whose houses are seen along the river. Afternoon boat trip back to Ceiba Tops where private rooms with electricity and air conditioning begin your return to “civilization”. On the return trip you will pass the town of Francisco de Orellana, where a statue is erected to the intrepid explorer who in 1542 at the mouth of the Napo River became the first European to see the Amazon River. Overnight at Ceiba Tops Lodge (B, L, D)
DAY 6 CEIBA TOPS
Morning visit to the neighboring Yagua Indian Community, an explanation of their native culture, blow gun demonstration and a chance to purchase or trade for their crafts. Afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops where many huge trees are festooned in epiphytes. Overnight at Ceiba Tops Lodge (B, L, D)
DAY 7 CEIBA TOPS – IQUITOS
Your choice of open boat ride or hike for the morning or a chance to relax in a hammock and enjoy the sounds of the surrounding rainforest. Transfer to Iquitos by boat and bus to the airport for your departure to Lima. (B, Lunch if departure flight permits)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ever-changing nature of the rainforest, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions
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INCLUDES: All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double occupancy. All scheduled land, lake and river transportation. All transfers. All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees. Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE
International or Domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of International or Domestic flights and items of personal nature.