Explore the Amazon Jungle of Iquitos
Your journey through the Amazon Rainforest of Iquitos will also bring into the Yanayacu forest todiscover “The Kingdom of the Giant Trees” and its impressive flora and fauna!
Short Amazon tour itinerary:
Day 1: …. (Lima?) – Iquitos
Day 2: Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge
Day 3: Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge
Day 4: Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge
Day 5: Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge – Iquitos
Watch here for a great video about the Sinchicuy Lodge!
Iquitos Jungle Adventure, long itinerary:
Arrive in Iquitos (La Ciudad Caliente) and enjoy the spicy nightlife. The next day youtravel 44 miles into two ecosystems(The Sinchicuy and Yanayacu watersheds) and pass through the “green wall”; During your tour you will learn about the customs and daily activities of native river people. Your journey will also bring into the Yanayacu forest todiscover “The Kingdom of the Giant Trees” and its impressive flora and fauna.
Day 1: .... (Lima) / Iquitos
Arriving in Iquitos and transfer to your hotel.
Iquitos is an interesting and unique metropolitan and is considered to be the biggest city in the world without access roads over land. It is definitely worth to go for a walk and try to catch a taste of its many jungle flavors.
After that it is time to relax at the swimming pool of the hotel and to prepare yourself for an unforgettable jungle experience! Optional you can also deside for the afternoon to book an excusion to the special manatee rescue center.
Day 2: Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge (B-L-D)
Breakfast. Pick up to the hotel and transfer to the river dock where you will begin the trip to our lodge. Along the way you will briefly sightseeing Iquitos, looking at the most important tourist sites of this representative Peru’s orient city founded in the XIX Century.
Navigate on the greatest world river, the Amazon, aboard comfortable and safe motorboats. The trip will allow you to see a marvelous panorama in which the magnificence of the Amazon makes its way through the exuberance of the jungle, where picturesque villages with their particular color and joy appear on the shores of the river.
Visit the Fundo Pedrito, populated place located in Barrio Florido. Here we can see different species of flora and fauna. In this place where you can appreciate the paiche, the largest fish in the Amazon. Also a breeding of lizards and piranhas are waiting for you.
Arrival in the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge. Our Lodge built in the native-style is surrounded by trees, plants and flowers, a true tropical garden where birds and butterflies are abundant. While your guide explains about the Lodge facilities and the activities to come, our staff will serve you with a refreshing “welcome drink” made with some exotic fruit. Lunch. Food speciality products in the Amazonas Sinchicuy include fruits from the river and the field. Filets of Dorado (Brachyplatystoma flavicans) garnished with Cocona Sauce (Sissiliflorum), fresh palm hearts, beans, fried cassava and banana are a treat. Do not doubt in asking the chef for the recipe!
ECO CULTURAL Program (The Sinchicuy Watershed Ecosystem)
It starts with a short walk or canoe ride –according to the rain season- to a Yagua tribe community, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Amazon. Whose ancestors were discovered by Francisco de Orellana in his first exploration of the Amazon in 1541. Visiting these friendly people will let you know their customs see their unique apparel made of palm fibers and even try their “pucuna” or blowgun.
You will proceed with ethno botanic tour around the lodge, you will be able to distinguish certain species of the plant kingdom.
Evening excursion…/Amazon legends…
At indicated time, evening canoe ride or walk to sense the jungle after dark. Return to the Lodge. After enjoying a delightful meal, the guide will amuse you with tales and legends from the rich Amazon myths.
Also, if you desire, our personnel will share time with you for music and singing. Overnight.
Day 3: Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge (B-L-D)
Birdwatching: During morning early hours (between 5 and 6) is the most appropriate time to observe many of the bird species that feed on the river banks or in the local produce plantations nearby.
Breakfast. Fresh fruit juices and jam from the local produce (orange, melon, cocona) along hot meals and beverages to start the day. After breakfast you will board the boat that will take you to the opposite side of the Amazon River or “huashalado” as it is locally known.
FLORA AND FAUNA Program (The Yanayacu Watershed Ecosystem)
Full day exploring the primary jungle reserve in the Yanayacu River ecosystem. Navigation in open boats on the Amazon River to spot pink dolphins, main characters of fantastic tales and legends told by the river people.
Arrival in the Huashalado Village from where you will make a short walk to the Yanayacu River, where another boat will be waiting to take you in this excursion.
You will enter the “Kingdom of the Giant Trees”, which has been given this name because of the size reached by some specimens amongst them the “lupuna” or ceiba. This is a favorite site for birds since it is in the river they find the fish and fruit that grows on its edges; even more, the thick forest offers ideal possibilities for nestling. With a bit of luck, you could also, spot monkeys moving on the tree tops or maybe a sloth hanging from a branch and thus mimetizing and making it almost impossible to be seen. Lunch.
Primary jungle hike by trail or canoe ride –according to the season- in which you will observe particularities of plants and trees from this ecosystem like the Victoria Regia, which reaches 1.80 m. diameter. *In the months from June until October the area is dry enough to hike to the pretty Yaguacocha´s lagoon, a great location to spot birds and other wildlife.
Return to the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge. On the way you will have the chance to do native-style fishing of piranhas and other species.
Arrival in the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge. If you wish, you can participate in an evening canoe tour to look for caiman and other wildlife. You can also decide to just relax, comfortably sway in your hammock or enjoy an exotic drink at the “Clavohuasca Bar”.
Day 4: Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge (B-L-D)
Breakfast with fruit juices and jams produced in the region (papaya, orange, melon, cocona). Your guide will invite you to participate in the ceremony to plant a tree in the area of reforestation near the lodge.
Visit to the local naturist who will explain about the particularities of the regional flora and its applications. Also you will see the artisanal sugar cane squeeze and some of the varieties of wild animals like monkeys, achunis, macaws, toucans, boas, lizards and sloths found in semi-captivity.
You may interact with villagers as you pass by their typical houses, schools, churches and shops. Lunch.
Afternoon, visit the community “San Juan de Sinchicuy” to learn about their customs. Return to the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge. Overnight.
Day 5: Sinchicuy Lodge / Iquitos / (Lima) .... (B-L)
Breakfast. Visit the “Morphosapi” Butterfly Farm in the Community of San Rafael, where we will observe, with the help of an expert guide, the wonderful world of butterflies whose striking living specimens will surprise you. It is necessary to mention that this place is managed by a Family Association of the same Community with the support of IIAP (Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon).
Return to the lodge. Lunch. Return to Iquitos by the Amazon River.
At a convenient time, transfer to the airport.
Note: we calculate 4 hours between finishing lunch and departure of your flight, so it is best to book an early evening flight, no afternoon flight.
Inclusive and recommended to bring into the Amazon:
Included in this Amazon Tour:
– Transfers airport / hotel / lodge / airport (overland and river boat)
– 1 Night in Iquitos.
– 1 night accommodation in Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge
– 2 nights accommodation in Tambo Yanayacu Lodge
– All meals in lodge
– Excursions as detailed in the program
– Guide in English or Spanish
– Flight tickets
– Airport taxes
– Camping on the third night (price on request)
– Soft drinks and Drinks in the bar
– An obligated travel insurance
Ask your local health department about (obligated) vaccinations.
What To Bring:
– Good binoculars
– Camera gear
– Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
– Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
– Ankle-high hiking boots and sneakers
– Cotton socks (long enough to put them over your pants)
– Flashlight, or better a head light, with batteries
– Sunblock lotion
– Broad-brimmed hat or cap
– Rain suit or poncho
– Insect repellent
– Small denomination bills (Soles)
– Small day (back)pack
– Rubber boots? (Are provided, but big sizes might be difficult)
– Passport + copy
– Boots/ wellies (ask about the sizes that might already be available on location), or you can buy them in Iquitos (also big sizes).