Captivating Amazon River

4 day/3 night – 5 day/4 night

Wake up your senses on the longest river on earth and explore our planet’s greatest life reserve with its incomparable diversity. Explore the Amazon, our planet’s greatest life reserve. Hike to the canopy walkway to observe a part of the forest rarely seen by man, learn about the native communities, see pink dolphins and playful monkeys or take the chance for birdwatching while enjoying this vast region.
The activities of the lodges depend on the selected one. Our suggestions:
Ceiba Tops: the most luxurious lodge in the area
Heliconia Amazon Lodge: for a comfortable conecction with the jungle
Explorama Lodge: typical palm tatched-lodge with Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge: located in “the jungle of mirrors”
Explornapo Lodge: for those looking for an in-depth exploration of the Amazonian nature and wildlife due to its remote location.
Posada Amazonas Lodge: a perfect location for your first taste of the Amazon
Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica: a luxury lodge with a varied a la carte excursions
Refugio Amazonas: ideal both for soft adventurers and families
Tambopata Research Center: for those looking for an in-depth exploration of the Amazonian nature and wildlife due to its remote location .
-Remote lodges require a mínimum of nights.

Overwiew

Option 1: Ceiba Tops Luxury Lodge (4 day/3 night)

  • DAY 1 Iquitos – Ceiba Tops
  • DAY 2 Ceiba Tops
  • DAY 3 Ceiba Tops – Canopy Walkway
  • DAY 4 Ceiba Tops – Iquitos

Note: You may have a 3 day/2 night program without including the canopy walkway

Option 2: ExplorNapo Lodge (5 day/4 night)

  • DAY 1 Iquitos – Explorama Lodge
  • DAY 2 Explorama Lodge – ExplorNapo Lodge
  • DAY 3 ExplorNapo Lodge – Canopy Walkway
  • DAY 4 ExplorNapo Lodge – Explora Lodge
  • DAY 5 Explorama Lodge – Iquitos

Note: You may choose Explorama Lodge (3 day/2 night program or more). These are sample itineraries

Included

  • Round trip arrival and departure transfers
  • Option 1: Accommodation at Ceiba Tops Lodge, a luxury comfortable lodge with air conditioning rooms and private bathrooms. Hot water and swimming pool. Lighting with electric generator all day
  • Option 2: Accommodation at Explornapo Lodge, a rustic lodge with palm-tatched houses, shower and toilet facilities adjoin each house. No hot water. Lightning with generator and kerosene lamps in a peaceful environment. Accommodation at Explorama Lodge. Rooms with private bathrooms. No hot water. Lighting with generator and kerosene lamps
  • Full board
  • 24 hour drinking water (courtesy)
  • Guided excursions

Not inlcuded

  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, bar, laundry, medical expenses, etc.
  • Air tickets

Day 1 Iquitos – Ceiba Tops

Upon arrival to Iquitos, brief city orientation and transfer to Explorama dock for a twenty-file mile journey down the Amazon River to Ceiba Tops, a luxury Lodge. During the trip, enjoy the beautiful Amazonian landscape. Afternoon walk in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding the lodge which includes many huge trees. After dinner, take a short walk to a small lake where caiman can be spotted. Enjoy the sounds of the jungle discovering an awesome nocturnal animal world that comprises insects and frogs.

Day 2 Ceiba Tops

Morning boat excursion to look for dolphins and visit a small Yagua Indian community to learn about their culture. See some of the local crafts and a demonstration of the blowgun that some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. In the afternoon, you will visit Indiana, a town that was originally a Franciscan mission and now is a large river community with its own market, high school and small hospital.

Day 3 Ceiba Tops – Canopy Walkway

Early morning departure by boat to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. Hike to the spectacular canopy walkway spanning over 500 meters (one third of a mile) and reaching a high of 35 meters (115 ft). Connected by three platforms, the canopy walkway provides a view of the rainforest from treetops, the best point for observing the wildlife and vegetation. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe a part of the forest rarely seen by man. After lunch, visit an ethnobotanical garden to learn about the medicinal plants cultivated by a local shaman who will explain you the Amazonian natural healing. Return to Ceiba Tops. Enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner.

Day 4 Ceiba Tops – Iquitos

Today you can choose between a morning walking or a boat excursion to continue enjoying the rainforest. Afternoon transfer to the airport to board your departure flight.

OPTION 2: Explornapo Lodge (5 day/4 night)

Day 1 Iquitos – Explorama Lodge

Upon arrival to Iquitos, transfer to the Explorama dock for a fifty mile journey down the Amazon River to Explorama Lodge where your adventure begins. Afternoon hike along the “Lake Trail” through lowland rainforest. Seasonally flooded, during the high water season the excursion is done by open boat. At night, there is a chance to visit the Lodge’s bar where local musicians often play guitar and flute music. The guides will also relate some of the many legends of the Amazon forest.

Day 2 Explorama Lodge – ExplorNapo Lodge

Morning boat ride down the Amazon and up the Napo River to the ExplorNapo Reserve and ExplorNapo Lodge. Afternoon visit to the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden located next to the lodge and tended by a local shaman. See how the rainforest plants are used in modern medicine and examples of native plant remedies which science may utilize in the future. Night excursion by open boat along the Sucusari Stream to enjoy the sounds of the jungle discovering an awesome nocturnal animal world. Splendid views of the stars of the Southern sky.

Day 3 Explornapo Lodge – Canopy Walkway

Morning hike to the Canopy Walkway, a suspended bridge spanning 500 meters (one-third of a mile) connected by tree platforms and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) above the ground. The canopy walkway provides a view of the rainforest from treetops, the best point for observing the wildlife and vegetation; a part of the forest rarely seen by man. Afternoon excursion by boat spotting for sloth and birding, and opportunity to try to fish a piranha or a chance to swim.

Day 4 ExplorNapo Lodge – Explorama Lodge

Morning excursion to a black water oxbow lake. Often covered with giant Victoria Regia water lilies, these lakes sometimes offer a glimpse of the elusive Hoatzin bird. Afternoon boat trip back to Explorama Lodge passing the town of Francisco de Orellana, where a statue is erected to the intrepid explorer who became the first European to see the Amazon River in 1542. At night, continue discovering this remote natural world.

Day 5 Explorama Lodge – Iquitos

Enjoy a morning walk along a local river trail to visit to some of the local river people called “ribereños” and get to know their simple way of life dominated by the mighty river conditions surrounding them. Visit a river school, see the local sugar cane rum or visit a resident American medical doctor in her clinic. After an early lunch (depending on flight departure time), return to Iquitos and proceed to the airport to board your flight.