On day 1, get picked-up in Iquitos and depart from the port by fast boat for a 3-hour ride traversing the Amazon river to reach the jungle lodge. Go on a boat trip to Lake Sapote to look for different monkey and bird species. At night go on a boat safari to see caimans, birds and mammals. On day 2, enjoy breakfast and head out on your Leoncito Hike to see amazing flora, monkeys and huge ceiba trees. Jump on a boat trip to catch fish and enjoy the river wildlife. Go on a night-walk to search for huge frogs and nocturnal jungle animals. Wake up very early in the morning on day 3 for a boat trip to Lagoon Casha, lagoon not easily accessible, looking at different species of birds and monkeys. Afternoon excursion by boat to the lake Juanachi to see birds and animals more closely. On day 4, have an early breakfast and take a 5-hour nature hike into the jungle to visit local villages and immerse yourself in nature. Have a picnic lunch and continue your trek through the jungle. On day 5, have breakfast this morning aboard a small boat on the Amazon River en route to your exciting activity! Get the chance to swim close to pink and gray dolphins. After lunch, spot wild animals before taking your boat back to Iquitos.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Transfer Iquitos - Jungle Lodge & Activities in the Amazon Jungle (L/D)
Please arrive to Iquitos before 9:00 am today. Upon arrival to Iquitos you will be picked up at the airport or a hotel and transferred to the office. Make last minute arrangements and then head off to the port for a 3-hour speed boat ride on the Amazon River. Upon arrival to the jungle lodge, you will have time to get settled in and then enjoy a delicious traditional buffet lunch. Enjoy a fun afternoon boat trip to Lake Sapote where you can see heaps of different bird species such as parrots, jacanas, kingfishers, herons, panguanas, partridges, pigeons, cormorants and horned screamers. Continue to Moena lagoon to see monkeys, squirrels and sloths, then watch the sunset over the forest before heading back to the lodge for dinner. Take an evening boat safari to see nocturnal animals such as caimans and birds.
Day 2: Activities in the Amazon Jungle (B/L/D)
Rise early and have breakfast before heading out on a Leoncito Hike, where you can awe at the immense variety of flora around the lodge. Taste therapeutic water that is captured inside the vines of the Uncaria tomentosa plant (cat's claw) which is rumored to cure cancer and AIDS. Marvel at the giant Ceiba trees in the area and search for the pygmy marmoset, the world’s smallest monkey. If you’re lucky you’ll have the chance to see squirrel and tamarin monkeys. Listen for the noisy roar of the howler monkey that can be heard up to several kilometres away. Return to the lodge for lunch and then take a boat trip to the Purura and Corrientes lakes where you can go fishing. Try catching the famous carnivorous piranha. Search for the colourful Hoatzin bird among strangler vines and millions of jungle trees. Have dinner back at the lodge and then go out on another night hike in search of giant frogs and harmless tarantulas.
Day 3: Activities in the Amazon Jungle (B/L/D)
Have an early breakfast before your morning boat trip to the secluded Lagoon Casha which depending on water levels can be a challenging destination. Walk or row in towards the lake, looking for different species of birds and monkeys. Enjoy lunch back at the lodge followed by an afternoon excursion to Lake Juanachi in canoes for a more close-up look at animals and monkeys. Return to the lodge for dinner and a good night’s rest.
Day 4: Activities in the Amazon Jungle (B/L/D)
Have breakfast this morning and then embark on a 5-hour hike to see native flora and fauna in the vicinity. Have an outdoor picnic lunch amidst the pristine Amazon Jungle at Black Waters Creek and keep an eye out for small visitors. Visit the local village of San Juan de Yanayacu and mingle with the villagers, buy handicrafts made from seeds or vegetable ivory or start an impromptu soccer game. Have dinner back at the lodge and take your last nighttime canoe trip to soak up the sounds of the jungle and glimpse your last nocturnal animals.
Day 5: Activities in the Amazon Jungle & Return to Iquitos (B/L)
Enjoy breakfast on the boat this morning while cruising along the Amazon River. Experience a magical moment of swimming alongside pink and gray river dolphins (no touching allowed). See the Victoria Regia, the world’s largest aquatic plant on your way back to the lodge. Have a buffet lunch and then hop back on the boat for a 3-hour ride back to Iquitos. You will be dropped off at a hotel or airport where your trip will come to an end. Please plan to fly out of Iquitos after 6pm.
Note: Passengers will need to arrive in Iquitos before 9am on the day of the tour. In case of a later arrival, a private boat transfer will be available for S/.750 (one way). On the last day, please plan to fly out of Iquitos after 6pm. If you are flying out before, a private boat transfer will be available for S/.750 (one way).
What to bring: Swimming suit, T-shirts or long sleeved shirts with a hood and light colored cotton (the darkness attracts mosquitoes!), Shorts, Long pants and thick enough so that mosquitoes cannot get through, T-shirts, Socks for use with boots, Fresh nightwear, Rubber boots for walking (you can buy or rent in the Iquitos office or shops in Iquitos and cost approx. S/.25.), Tennis Shoes for use during night boat ride, Sandals to walk in the lodge, A hat that gives plenty of shade, Sunglasses, Repellent (only need to use it for walks, try not to use it much because it leaves their toxins in the environment - we recommended protecting with clothing), Sunscreen, A flashlight, A bag for dirty clothes, Rain poncho (can be bought at the office at a very cheap price), Binoculars, A good book, Camera and a plastic bag for them, Small backpack to carry insect repellent, water, etc. during excursions.
Recommendations: Please bring a small bag with the necessary clothing and equipment for this trip only. There is limited space in the boat so please leave your large luggage at the office in Iquitos. Note: There is no cell-phone service near the lodge.