DAY 1 - Arrival in Iquitos and Travel to Amazon Yarapa River Lodge Welcome to the jungle city of Iquitos. This small city was once a booming town in the days before rubber was made synthetically. Now it is enjoying a resurgence primarily from tourism in the area. A tour of the city will be followed by lunch and then departure to the lodge. A jungle drive to the outpost of Nauta followed by a boat ride up the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Once at the Amazon Yarapa River Lodge, you will receive an orientation and meet your guide to discuss the itinerary and plan. After dinner, a night excursion will be planned.
DAY 2 - Birds and Primates Enjoy a hearty breakfast and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest. Several excursions throughout the day looking for birds and primates will be planned. Depending on the water level of the rainforest, these excursions will be boat dependent or walking. Relax in the hammock house overlooking the river at the end of the day and congratulate yourself on your first full day in the Amazon Rainforest!
DAY 3 - Remote Lakes of the jungle and Pink Dolphins Awake to the sounds of birds. After breakfast enjoy a trip exploring three remote and pristine lakes to view birds, primates, and pink dolphins. In the afternoon, we will embark on an afternoon hike. Come evening we will take the boat for an after dinner cruise and explore the Amazon night!
DAY 4 - Giant water lilies, village, and canoeing Off to explore the famous giant water lilies of the Amazon. So large, they can support a small child! There is also a good chance to see the pre-historic Hoatzin birds. In the afternoon, we will visit an authentic Indian village. Once there, you will have the opportunity to trade for many hand-made crafts if you wish. In the evening, we can take some canoe lessons in authentic dug-out canoes.
DAY 5 - Macaws and Caimans A lengthy jungle cruise to see some beautiful macaws and other birds. The afternoon may consist of a spear-fishing demostration by local hunters. Once dark, we will take the boat out to look for caimans hiding along the river banks.
DAY 6 - Medicinal plant hike & Fishing A morning rainforest hike that will feature some medicinal plants found in the area. In the afternoon, you have the chance to fish for piranha and other amazon river fish!
DAY 7 - Return to Iquitos After breakfast, we enjoy a guided jungle hike. Then we embark on a scenic journey back to the city of Iquitos.
DAY 8 - Amazon goodbye Although you trip in the Amazon has ended, the country of Peru has many other treasures to explore. We recommend a one week visit to the high Andes to visit such sites as Macchu Picchu, The Inca Trail, Lima, Nazca, and Lake Titicacca.