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From Iquitos: 3-Day Amazon Jungle Adventure Trip

1. From Iquitos: 3-Day Amazon Jungle Adventure Trip

Explore the Amazon on a 3-day guided tour. Take a trip on the river, meet a local tribe, and admire stunning jungle landscapes. Day 1After pickup from Iquitos airport, head straight to the Port of Nanay to board a boat. Sail to where the Nanay River meets the Amazon. Take a 2.5-hour trip along the Amazon River to the lodge where you will be staying. Enjoy lunch and a chance to relax in the lodge's hammock room. Next, visit an eco-butterfly farm and a riverside eco-village. Return to the lodge for dinner before spotting tarantulas, snakes, insects, and birds on a night excursion. Day 2Get up early to watch the sunrise. Spot herons, eagles, parakeets, and exotic birds. Then, return to the lodge for breakfast and free time. After lunch, fish for piranhas and more. Enjoy the sunset, followed by dinner and traditional Amazonian tales back at the lodge. Day 3After breakfast, set off on a botanical plant walk and search for lianas. Enjoy lunch at the lodge before checking out and heading back to Iquitos. From there, be transferred to your hotel or the airport by motorcycle taxi.

Iquitos: Guided Boat Tour of Amazon River & Native Community

2. Iquitos: Guided Boat Tour of Amazon River & Native Community

Your tour will begin when you set sail from your meeting point at the pier of Iquitos Boulevard, cruising down the three main rivers surrounding the city of Iquitos: Itaya, Amazonas, and Nanay.  Once you’re out on the Amazon, you might see dolphins and red buffaloes swimming around you. You’ll then continue on past the city before stopping to meet the indigenous community of the Kukama, where you’ll have the chance to get to know their dances and customs and to learn about their culture.  After the visit, you’ll take a walk along the shore of the community of Father Cocha and learn about the curious history of its founder. In a nearby location, you’ll visit the Pilpintuwasi, a butterfly farm where you'll learn about the life cycles and breeding habits of these beautiful creatures. When the tour ends, you’ll return by boat to Iquitos Boulevard.

Iquitos: 3 Days and 2 Nights Guided Amazon Jungle Tour

3. Iquitos: 3 Days and 2 Nights Guided Amazon Jungle Tour

Take a break from the pollution and noise of the city on this guided tour of the Amazon jungle. Be one with nature as you go through the Amazon river, and see the diverse fauna and flora the forest has to offer. On the first day, take a boat through the Nanay River to reach the majestic Amazon River, the largest in the world. Visit Fundo Pedrito before lunch and go on a canoe ride in the afternoon. Observe the typical flora and fauna of the place and learn about the multiple uses of different types of plants from the locals. Next day, enjoy a morning walk under the beautiful sunrise. Then, experience an adrenaline-filled adventure before recharging with a delicious lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, experience piranha fishing, swim in the Amazon river, and admire pink and grey dolphins. On the last day, further explore the jungle by trekking, and stop by the 500-year old Huimba tree. Marvel at its imposing height of up to 160 feet and width of 10 feet in diameter. Afterward, enjoy one last lunch at the lodge before heading back to the airport or your hotel.

Iquitos: 4-Day Amazon Jungle Trip

4. Iquitos: 4-Day Amazon Jungle Trip

Spend four days and three nights immersed in the natural landscapes and wildlife of the Peruvian Amazon in Iquitos. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature in one of the most memorable natural landscapes in the world. Day 1: Get picked up from the airport or your accommodation in Iquitos, then get driven to the port to take a boat to the lodge. On the way to the port, receive a brief description of the city and its surroundings. Upon arrival at the lodge, visit the mirador (balcony) from where you can appreciate a clear view of the jungle. After lunch, enjoy a canoe ride with a professional native guide who knows all the trails in the area. Observe the local flora and fauna and learn the uses that the local people have for each plant. Spend the rest of your night at the lodge. Day 2: At dawn, enjoy a morning walk as you watch the sun rise over this unique landscape. Observe and learn about the typical birds of the area. After lunch, get prepared to go piranha fishing. Learn how to fish the local way with traditional instruments. Then, get a chance to observe the local pink and grey dolphins and take a swim in the Amazon River. Afterward, spend another night at the lodge. Day 3: Start your morning with breakfast at the lodge before spending the full day in the jungle. Set sail through the Amazon River and cross the town of San Juan de Huachalado, getting to know its locals and diverse flora and fauna. Reach the Yanayacu River, a river of black water, and spend the day exploring, fishing, sailing, and hiking. See the famous giant tree called Lupuma and spot Tarzan lianas (vines) on the way. With the help of your guide, find a lunch option at the home of any villager or camping area in the jungle. Next, visit the trapiche (mill) in San Juan de Huachalado, where you can learn how to make the typical local alcoholic beverages and optionally taste some. Later, return to the lodge and have dinner before calling it a night. Day 4: Start with breakfast at the lodge, then gear up for a jungle trek exploration of the tree La Ceiba de la Selva, also known by the Indians as Huimba. This almost 500-year-old tree has a height of up to 160 feet and a diameter of 10 feet. Near the end of the trip, check out and have lunch before leaving the lodge. Return via the Amazon River on an approximately 1-hour ride. Afterward, get transferred back to your pickup airport or accommodation in Iquitos. 

From Iquitos: 3-Day Pacaya Samiria Reserve Experience

5. From Iquitos: 3-Day Pacaya Samiria Reserve Experience

PICK UP Hotel or Airport with a member of the YAKUMAMA AMAZON TOURS team (naturalist guide) who will be there waiting to receive you, then we will take a private car (1 hour ½, approx.) to go to the city of Nauta, (Nauta port located on the Marañón River), then we will take our typical wooden-roofed boat to navigate approximately 2 hours to the Lodge, along the Marañón, Amazonas, Ucayali and Yarapa rivers, (our lodge is located on the Yarapa River). During this first navigation, you may see some activities of river birds, dolphins and river people. LUNCH TIME: Table Service / Self-service Buffet. CULTURAL VISIT TO THE LOCAL RIVER VILLAGE - The river people always live in small villages along the river, because the river is their main way to go everywhere, to get fish to eat and sell, some villages do not have treated water at home so sometimes they get water from the river or from the rain, this jungle dweller tries their best to live here by getting the supplies from nature and others make very beautiful handicrafts to get some money. SWIMMING / WATCHING PINK AND GRAY DOLPHINS - Combined with Sunset! SUNSET ON THE RIVER -Do you think it is almost impossible to see a sunset and not dream? Do not lose hope!!! You will fully enjoy the sunset in nature, jumping between dew-covered trees or sailing along a seemingly calm river called the Amazon. A perfect moment in between (5:45 to 6:15) to appreciate one of the most impressive flashes of sun on the mighty Amazon River and also a splendid glow in the sky. This is the most relaxing way to end the day, you can take a bottle of wine with you and toast to being in the Amazon, a wonderful place enjoying the breathtaking view and the refreshing breeze, also during this excursion... find some animals like dolphins grays or the pink, a small flock of birds (egrets, small parrots, black sniffers, terns... or maybe on the way back to the lodge you may suddenly find an alligator... who knows... anyway , the jungle is a place full of surprises, just enjoy it.This excursion can be combined with another connected to the big river and last longer and enjoy more time to the fullest.Visit and learn the local culture, beliefs, lifestyle, dialects, education , etc. is a way to interact and feel the real life of the people of the Amazon, children are always happy to meet new friends from all over the world and if you brought some school supplies this is the time to give them away and h make them smile and light up their happiness SWIMMING / WATCHING PINK AND GRAY DOLPHINS - Combined with Sunset! DINNER TIME: Table Service / Self-service Buffet. NIGHT WALK IN THE JUNGLE - We prepare to go into the jungle wearing our rubber boots, which is the best way to walk in the bush and let's meet and look for some strange creature like us: night monkeys, possums, snakes, frogs, toads, bullet ants, spiders, tarantulas, scorpions, insects, small reptiles, lezons, etc.

Iquitos: 2 Days and 1 Night Guided Amazon Jungle Tour

6. Iquitos: 2 Days and 1 Night Guided Amazon Jungle Tour

Take a break from the pollution and noise of the city on this guided tour of the Amazon jungle. Be one with nature as you go through the Amazon river, experience adrenaline, and learn about the lifestyle and culture of an indigenous community. On the first day, take a boat through the Nanay River to reach the majestic Amazon River, the largest in the world. Upon arrival at your lodge, visit the Mirador to appreciate a wonderful view of the jungle. Then, experience an adrenaline-filled adventure before recharging with a delicious lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, go on a canoe ride with a professional guide and observe the typical flora and fauna of the place. Learn about the multiple uses of different types of plants from the locals. After dinner, be guided through the jungle to see the tarantulas, cicadas, spiders, praying mantis, and more. On the next day, enjoy a morning walk under the beautiful sunrise. Discover the indigenous community of the Yaguas and participate in an exhibition with songs, dances, and handicrafts. Lastly, go on an excursion to the reserve of free animals before you check out.

Iquitos: Amazon River Full Day Guided Tour

7. Iquitos: Amazon River Full Day Guided Tour

Your wildlife adventure begins in the morning with pickup from your hotel in Iquitos and heads to Nauta, a town considered to be the main gateway to the Amazon River from Peru. Explore Nauta’s market, and taste the variety of fresh fruits that exist only in this part of the world, grown by local farmers. From Nauta, embark on a boat ride along the beautiful Marañon River until you arrive at the confluence with Ucayali River. As you sail through the jungle waters, watch out for pink and gray dolphins as they catch the waves from the bow of the boat. From your local tour guide, learn everything there is to know about dolphins and how important they are for the Amazon environment. Arrive at Pacaya Samiria National Park and wander through the vast greenery of the landscape, looking out for capybaras, monkeys, birds, and snakes. Learn about the array of wildlife that lives here in the park, and the diverse role they all play in the biosphere of the jungle. Midway through the tour, enjoy a picnic lunch against the stunning backdrop of the park and immerse yourself in this truly amazing natural wonder. Then visit the indigenous village of Cocama to meet the local people and experience their unique way of life, learn about their use of medicinal plants, and listen to their language.

Iquitos: Full Day Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Tour

8. Iquitos: Full Day Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Tour

Your wildlife adventure begins in the morning with pickup from your hotel in Iquitos and heads to Nauta Port. Admire the stunning scenery during the 2-hour drive, then embark on a boat ride along the beautiful Marañon River. As you sail through the jungle waters, watch out for pink and gray dolphins as they catch the waves from the bow of the boat. From your local tour guide, learn everything there is to know about dolphins and how important they are for the Amazon environment. Upon arrival at the reserve, enjoy a short hike through the vast greenery of the landscape and look for capybaras, monkeys, birds, grasshoppers, crickets, frogs, sloths, spiders and snakes. Learn about the array of wildlife that lives here in the park, and the diverse role they all play in the biosphere of the jungle. As you wander through the park, discover the medicinal plants that grow here and listen to stories about how they have been used by indigenous people for thousands of years. Midway through the tour, enjoy a picnic lunch against the stunning backdrop of the park and immerse yourself in this truly amazing natural wonder.

Iquitos: 6-Hour Amazon River Tour w/ Belén & Butterfly Farm

9. Iquitos: 6-Hour Amazon River Tour w/ Belén & Butterfly Farm

Get picked up from your hotel in Iquitos in the morning, and begin your day with a visit to the Rescue Center Amazon, CREA Iquitos. This foundation develops programs that rescue, rehabilitate, and release aquatic mammals and endangered wildlife, particularly the Amazonian manatee. Head then to Belen, and discover magical colors of the fruits, vegetables, and fish found only in the Amazon. Experience how locals live in the largest floating shantytown village. From Belen, embark on the biggest and most powerful river on earth: the Amazon River. Occasionally pink and gray dolphins are seen. Finally, visit Pilpintuwasi, a butterfly farm, where you'll discover the life cycles and breeding habits of these beautiful creatures.

Iquitos: 2-Day San Rafael Sustainable Rainforest Tour

10. Iquitos: 2-Day San Rafael Sustainable Rainforest Tour

The first day, we start with the reception at the office of Gran Caminata, where your guide will be waiting for you to transfer you to the port and embark in speedboats to the community of San Rafael, after about an hour you will be in the community, where the hosts are waiting for you, your guide will show you around the community and then head towards the Morphosapi butterfly farm, where you will learn about the cycle of butterflies in Amazonian forests through the butterfly workshop, we will return to our lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you will tour the forest of San Rafael Protection in the company of a local guide, returning you can enjoy a cool shower and dinner waiting for you at the home of the villager who hosts you. On the second day breakfast will be served very early, because it will be time for bird watching all morning, you will be able to see more than 30 different species of birds. We will return to the community for lunch and pack our backpacks for the return to Iquitos. Upon arrival at the port we will be met by a Tuk tuk to drop us off at the Gran Caminata Office.

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Had a wonderful trip. It was not a luxury resort but very clean and food was wholesome. We were kept busy through out the day with activities. Electricity was only for three hours in the evening- just about enough time to get our phones charged. The staff and guides were very helpful - though the language was a bit of a problem. However it was an adventurous trip and I thoughrly enjoyed myself

Being that we were in the Amazon Jungle accommodations were great. Guide was knowledgeable & always helpful. I am not a picky eater so, I thought the food was great & plentiful. It was truly an unforgettable adventure. The tribes, monkey island, butterfly garden and getting to meet the locals was a wonderful experience + we did get a glimpse of dolphins…. Come prepared and you shall be fine!

Elmer has been a great expert guide who knows the area very well, is helpful, dedicated and very professional. We loved the tour and the treatment provided. We would definitely hire the excursion again.