Pacaya-Samiria Amazon Lodge located a 120 km from the Iquitos City is one of the most exclusive lodges in the Peruvian Amazon and a heaven for visitors in search of a quiet retreat. From this unique place, our guests can visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, which is the largest protected natural area in Peru.There, visitors will also have the chance to observe exotic pink dolphin of the Amazon at their natural habitat. Activities also include visits to the local communities, hikes in primary rainforest, observation of flora and fauna, birdwatching, canoe rides, fishing and many more. Also, the visit to the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers where the Amazonas River is born.
Note: We require minimum two passengers traveling together If single traveler ask for the supplement.
|Duration||5 Days & 4 Night|
|Airfares||Not included, available upon request|
|Customizable||YES, feel free to ask for extra services|
DAY 1: IQUITOS / LODGE
We start our adventure of the Peruvian forest at the Iquitos City Airport, from there we will transport in a modern and comfortable air-conditioned minivan traveling on a nice highway to the town of Nauta.
Nauta was the first township founded by the Spanish at the Maranon River’s bank. The trip takes approximately 1.30 hours, a 97 km journey. In Nauta we will take boats, which belong to the lodge, to visit the Ucayali and Maranon River, where the Amazon River is born, from here we have a spectacular sight of the forest because of the 100 foot high watching tower, next we will go on with our trip to the lodge for lunch and accommodation. In the afternoon, we will go on a hike through the rainforests that surround the lodge, to appreciate rainforest flora and fauna; depending on the weather conditions, we are able to observe a beautiful sunset, later we will be back to the lodge for dinner and resting. (L, D)
DAY 2: NAUTA CREEK / LODGE
At dawn, we will make a small hike through the forest around the lodge, searching for birds to observe, followed by breakfast back at the lodge.
Immediately after, we make an excursion by boat around the Nauta Creek and the closest lakes, where we observe flora and fauna (monkeys, sloths and wide variety of aquatic birds) and other; we will stop for a while to enjoy our box lunch under the shadow of the surrounding jungle trees.
Later, during our excursion to the primary forest, the guide will identify medicinal plants and trees of special interest. (B, L, D)
Finally we go back to the lodge for dinner and resting.
DAY 3: PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE / CAMPING
We will go on with our bird watching session very early this morning followed by breakfast at the lodge.
Immediately after, we will go to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve where we register our entry and then continue out journey into the reserve.
In our visit to the reserve we will make a special excursion to observe the “gray” and “pink dolphin” down the Yanayacu River, in addition we will be in contact with the vast variety of flora and fauna that the reserve offers.
Something that immediately catches our attention is the black waters of the rivers, which reflects with such an identical image, the sky, the clouds, the bank’s vegetation, the huge trees, that the tourists have the sensation of traveling between mirrors; this is why the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is known as the “jungle of the mirrors”. At noon we will stop to have our box lunch.
We will visit Japon and Plantano lakes (cochas), with a great variety of palms, large trees and a beautiful landscape. At this place, we can make a variety of activities, dependant on the tourist, such as canoe rides, piranha fishing, and identification of plants, bird watching or maybe just relaxing with a nice cool swim in one of the lakes.
During the day we will stay at the camping area, and at night time after dinner, we will make an excursion by boat to search for the white and black caiman as well as various night birds, this also gives us the enjoyable opportunity to hear the symphony of sounds that comes from the forest at nighttime. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE / LODGE
In the morning, we will visit a lake close to the camping area; from here we make another excursion to the primary forest to observe the flora and fauna as well as to observe more varieties of birds.
A few hours after the start of this excursion we will stop in the shadow of the trees to eat our box lunch at a riverbank village, as well as to observe the lifestyle and daily activities, such as hunting, gathering, fishing or agriculture, we can also collaborate with the community development buying typical souvenirs hand made by the natives, made of seeds and vegetal ivory called tagua.
Finally we go back to the lodge for dinner and resting. (B, L, D)
DAY 5: LODGE / IQUITOS
During the morning, we will spend the day fishing in the river; we are able to fish piranhas or other kinds of fish, after this unforgettable experience we will back to the lodge for lunch.
Immediately after, we will go out to the Iquitos City Airport ready to aboard our flight to come back to Lima City. (B)
Climate: The climate in the Reserve is tropical, warm and humid with minimum temperatures of 72º F (22º C) and maximum temperatures that can reach up to 88º F (28º C), except for the month of June in which the temperature can drop abruptly due to the action of the cold fronts that come from the Argentinean Patagonia. Generally, dawns and nights in the jungle tend to be fresh. It can rain on any day of the year, being showers more frequent between the months of February and May.
Vaccinations: It is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever; however it is not mandatory.
What to bring?
• Light clothing preferably cotton.
• Long-sleeve shirts, preferably of neutral colors.
• Hiking boots.
• Cap or hat.
• Sunglasses. • Binoculars.
• Photo camera and film / video camera.
• Sunscreen lotion.
• Mosquito repellent with 35% DEET.
• Personal medicines.
• We recommend to bring one piece of luggage and to limit its weight to 15 kg (32 pounds).
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ever-changing nature of the rainforest, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions
Take the first flight in the morning, tour starts 09:30 / Ret. Last Flight
Repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, water bottle, light dark clothing, flashlight, camera, camcorder, objects to trade (barter with natives)
• Baggage transportation is limited to 44 lb (20 Kg) per passenger for all the flights and local land carriers.
• For tours in Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge: Baggage transportation is limited to 33 lb (15 Kg) per passenger.
• The owners have the responsibility of their baggage, unless the baggage has an own insurance.
• Small objects as video or photo cameras, binoculars, bags, umbrellas, etc are responsibility of their owners, and is recommendable to get an insurance.
• Is recommendable to carry all the baggage well closed and with personal identification.
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 flights and items of personal nature.