This trip to the Amazon brings you the most intimate, authentic experience possible. Through our partnership with Explorama, a company that offers environmentally responsible lodging and tour programming, you will be offered the best of Iquitos and the Amazon.
On this tour you will see both the natural beauty of the Amazon as well as the indigenous populations and their way of life. While nature-watching, you will go through the world's highest biodiversity of trees per square hectare, and see wildlife that simply does not compare to anywhere else.
Also, you will enjoy the Canopy Walkway that is an experience unequaled in the rainforest! At a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) and extending for 500 meters (one-third of a mile), the Canopy Walkway provides a view of the rainforest from the treetops, the best vantage point for observing Amazon wildlife and vegetation. The Canopy Walkway is accessible to all and requires no special skills or equipment. The suspended walkway is spread between 14 of the area's largest rainforest trees and is one of the longest canopy walkways in the world.
Day 1 - Reception and orientation at airport. 50-mile boat trip through Yanamono Stream, arrive at lodge, explore area via nature watching and stargazing. Afternoon hike along the "Lake trail" through lowland rainforest which is seasonally flooded. During the high-water season, this excursion is done by open boat! Night walk or open boat ride to enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and stars of the Southern sky.
Day 2 - Early morning birding excursion. Morning walk along the "Bushmaster Trail", where scientific studies by the Missouri Botanical Gardens have found the world's highest biodiversity of trees per square hectare. Continue on to a small village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain their culture and how it has been affected by the passing of time. There will be an opportunity to see their local crafts and for a demonstration of the use of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use. Afternoon boating excursion in search of sloth, found in Cecropia trees at the water's edge, and the two species of freshwater river dolphin, pink and grey, found in Amazonian waters.
Day 3 - Early morning departure from the Lodge by boat to the mouth of the Napo River where in 1542, the intrepid explorer Francisco de Orellana, became the first European to discover the Amazon River. Continue on the Napo River to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. Hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, visit the "ReNuPeRu" Ethnobotanical Garden where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. Return to Explorama Lodge in time to relax in the hammock house or at the Tahuampa Bar before dinner.
Day 4 - Morning walk along a local Amazon River trail stopping at a "ribereños" house, corner store and sugar cane rum factory. Afternoon return to Iquitos and on to the airport or hotel.
*Due to the everchanging nature of the rainforest, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions*
· All lodging and meals
· Privately owned transport over land and water
· Airport arrival and departure transfers. Arrival after 4pm requires the first night in Iquitos.
· Local bilingual naturalist guides
· Self-service potable water
· All fully guided rainforest and river excursions
· Free Wi-Fi in public spaces
· Flight to Iquitos
· Travel insurance
· Single accommodation as request