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. On day 3, 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 4, 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. Transfer from the airport arrivals lounge to Iquitos (or hotel to the office) for shopping and last-minute coordination.Transfer to the port for a fast 3-hour boat ride upriver from Iquitos on the Amazon River. Upon arrival, get settled in to your lodge and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.
Take an afternoon boat trip to Lake Sapote to see different birds, like parrots, jacanas, kingfishers, herons, panguanas, partridges, pigeons, cormorants, horned screamers, orneros, and then move to the other end of the Moena lagoon to see sloths and monkeys, squirrels and dusky titi monkeys, etc. After watching a sunset over the forest of mirrors, back to the lodge for a dinner buffet. In the evening, boat ride to see caimans, nocturnal birds and mammals.
Day 2: Activities in the Amazon Jungle (B/L/D)
Have an early breakfast to charge your batteries for your Leoncito Hike, where you appreciate the immense variety of flora around the lodge. On this walk you can taste the water that Uncaria tomentosa (cat's claw) has within its vines - some say it can cure cancer and AIDS. You'll also be amazed at how huge the ceiba tree is. In addition, you will see the world's smallest monkey, the pigmy marmoset, and the squirrel and tamarin monkeys. If you're lucky, you'll see the howler monkey, whose deafening roar can be heard many miles away. Enjoy a lunch buffet at the lodge. Take a boat trip to the lakes Purura and Corrientes and catch different kind of fish, including the famous piranha (being more difficult in March, April and May). This is an area that has many strangler vines, being the favorite spot of the bird "hoatzin" or shansho. This colorful bird looks like a prehistoric bird because it has three claws on the middle joint of the wing. Return to the lodge for a dinner buffet.
At night, you do a night walk in search of huge frogs, anaconda´s favorite food. In addition to seeing tarantulas, it is worth clarifying that despite the bad reputation, they are not dangerous to humans.
Day 3: Activities in the Amazon Jungle (B/L/D)
Rise early and have breakfast this morning before embarking on a 5-hour hike near the lodge where you can appreciate the immense variety of flora and fauna that exist in the vicinity. Reach the black waters creek (between the rivers Tahuayo-Yanayacu). Here lunch will be served outdoors and you can enjoy the pure and virgin Amazon jungle site where we guarantee you'll see countless species of animals. Share the late afternoon with the friendly people of the jungle, in the village San Juan de Yanayacu. The visit is very spontaneous; travellers sometimes play soccer with them or just walk around the village. You can buy handicrafts that they make themselves based on seeds and vegetable ivory. Return to the lodge for a dinner buffet. On your last night, take a night canoe trip, to feel the sounds and animals of the jungle more closely.
Day 4: Activities in the Amazon Jungle & Return to Iquitos (B/L)
Enjoy breakfast on the boat this morning while cruising on the Amazon River, where you will experience the most magical moment of your trip, which is to swim in the same river where the pink and gray dolphins live. You can see them, but don't expect to touch. On the way back to the lodge, you will see the biggest aquatic plant in the world, the famous Victoria Regia. It is also easy to see iguanas.
With your guide, you will be able to count all the animals seen on your Animal Check List. Your experience of the jungle comes to an end and you will sail three hours back to Iquitos and be dropped off at the hotel or airport. 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.