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3-Day Tour in Iquitos: Get to Know the Amazon River & See Pink Dolphins

USD $375.00

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City: Iquitos, Jungle // Activities: Amazon jungle trek, bird watching, boat tour, fishing //

Welcome to an unforgettable tour in the Amazon jungle of Iquitos! An intense blue in the sky, a hidden sound that slowly wraps you, a familiar smell of freedom, a warming sensation emanating from your skin. Although it may sound like a song, there is such a place: the amazon rainforest. Come to Iquitos and dare to live an adventure in the nature, far from the hustle and bustle of the city; with boat rides throughout the Amazon River that will delight your senses and renew your spirit. Get in touch with the city and its colors, explore its protected reserves and immerse yourself in the local flavors while tasting exotic jungle beverages. Don’t spend much time thinking about it, put on your sunglasses and grab your suitcase because with this Iquitos Amazon tour fun is guaranteed.

 

Itinerary:

You will be welcomed in the Iquitos International airport baggage area (arrive before 9am), where lodge agents will assist and guide you to the operator's office in Iquitos. You will receive a short introduction of the tour, what is meant to do in the Amazon jungle and what is not, as well as some important tips. After this briefing, you will be transported to the port of Iquitos, where you will take a boat through the Amazon River. During the ride, you will see the convergence of the Amazon River (brown water) with the Nanay river (dark water) and you can enjoy the marvelous landscapes of the Amazon rainforest that hosts little rural houses along the river banks.

After a while, you will make a little stop at Isla de Monos (monkey island), in which endangered species of monkeys of the Peruvian jungle are protected and preserved. Watch the various monkey species living in complete freedom in a reserve without any cages.

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Afterwards, you will continue the ride for around 60 minutes. Once you arrive at the lodge, the staff will greet and receive you with a refreshing regional fruit juice. Then, the check-in will be done, and you will be taken to your room so you can relax a little. Afterwards, you will be led to the restaurant of the lodge so you can enjoy your first meal during the Amazon tour in Iquitos.

In the afternoon, the first Amazon tour will start along with experienced guides walking through the Yanamono Reserve for almost 2 hours. There, you will be able to identify diverse fauna species, such as Helicona flowers, medicinal plants and giant trees. On the way, you can see different bird species, such as the Turkey Vulture (Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa-Atia), and with a lot of luck, you are likely to see some families of little monkeys, such as the Marmosets (saguinus fusicollis), Titi (Callicebus Mollock Mollock) and the Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri Boliviense). 

Afterwards, you will go back to the lodge so you can rest and relax for a while before seeing your first sunset in the Amazon rainforest. When night falls, especially in the flooding river season, you will enjoy a magical open boat tour through one of the Amazon River’s tributaries, with no lighting, only with some beams from flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle. If there is a clear sky, you will see the wonderful moonlight, as well as the stars. You will return to the lodge for dinner and rest in order to recover energy for the activities of the next morning.

The day begins with the bird watching tour, seeing how the different birds gather to seek their morning food. Day 2 of Amazon tour will initiate very early with a boat ride to one of the canyons, where various bird species, such as the Tuki (Jacana Jacana), Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle-Torquata) or the Black-Collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis) can be seen.

After returning to the lodge and having breakfast and some rest, you will get ready to be part of the artisanal fishing expedition. During this experience, you will learn about artisanal fishing techniques and about piranha hunting. If the expedition is a success, you will have the opportunity to watch friendly pink dolphins. Then, you will go back to the lodge to enjoy a typical regional lunch.

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In the afternoon of your Amazon tour in Iquitos, there will be a short boat trip to the lagoon in Yanamono Island, where the majestic Victoria Regia, the queen of water lilies, can be seen. Nowadays known as Victoria Amazónica, this shallow water native flower of the Amazon River’s basin grows mostly in lakes and wetland. This imposing lake and wetland flower can grow as much as 40 cm in diameter and it is pollinated by beetles. The Victoria Amazónica flower is well known by its immense circular leaf. Usually, it is shown with a little child sitting in the center of its leaf with the purpose of seeing its magnitude and strength.

At night, you will walk through nature within the perimeters of the lodge and witness the charming transformation of the jungle to a nocturnal environment. While adapting to the dark environment of the jungle, you will appreciate how nature adopts a different character and you can observe the different habits of the nocturnal animals of the jungle. It is the best time to appreciate frogs, timid snakes and other creatures that only move during the night. You will be able to differentiate a completely different range of fauna from what is usually found during the day, listening to the magical sounds of insects, birds, cats and owls. After 30 minutes of travel, you will return to the lodge to enjoy dinner and rest pleasantly.

Enjoy an excellent breakfast before starting the visit to a rustic Amazon Trapiche. A 10-minute boat ride will take you to a place located on the banks of the river where the locals will teach you how they process the sugarcane extract by using horses and fermented sugar cane juice in wooden barrels and they turn it, after a determined time in storage, into liquor. You will taste the array of exotic regional beverages from the liquor of sugarcane and its molasses.
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Afterwards, you will return to the lodge for the farewell lunch, check out and then head to Iquitos. According to your return flight scheduled to Lima, the transport to the airport will be done and you will leave the Amazon rainforest (please book flights for later than 5.30pm).

Included:

  • 2 nights of single or double room accommodation in Heliconia Amazon River Lodge with all the meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Isla de Monos visit
  • Amazon jungle trek
  • Boat tour at night
  • Pink dolphins searching
  • Victorias Regias watching
  • Bird watching tour
  • Artisanal fishing tour and artisanal trapiche visit

Not Included:

  • Beverages in general: sodas, juices, fizzy drinks and/or liquor
  • Airline tickets Lima/ Iquitos/ Lima
  • Airport tax in Lima and Iquitos
  • Tips

Schedule:

  • Coordinate with the provider

 Duration:

  • 3 days and 2 nights 

Recommendations:

  • Book your plane ticket with Lat Am, many of the other airlines often have delays.
  • Plastic coat or poncho to the rain (waterproof)
  • Lanterns, rechargeable batteries and binoculars
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Light cotton clothing, half and long-sleeved pants and cotton shirts
  • Moisture resistant sneakers and/or rubber boats (you will be given at the lodge)
  • Swimsuit (indispensable)
  • Windproof jacket (sometimes the temperature drops considerably when it rains or during boat travels)

NOTE: When visiting Monkey Island, it is recommended not to put on any insect repellent during the visit.

 Terms of Reservation:

  • Minimum 3 days before

 Terms of Cancellation:

  • If you cancel 15 days before arriving, there won't be a cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 14 and 5 days before arriving, you will receive a refund of 60%.
  • If you cancel less than 5 days before arriving, there will not be any refunds.

Info:

  • The operator will wait for you at the airport counter number 5 in the baggage claim area.
  • The program can vary depending on the arrivals and departures of the flights as well as on the weather conditions.
  • For your trip to Iquitos book you flights in the morning and for your return to Lima in the afternoon.
  • Transfers from Iquitos to Heliconia in the morning 10:00 am (subject to change due to flight schedules)
  • Transfers from Heliconia to Iquitos 2:00 pm (subject to change due to flight schedules)
  • It is recommended to organise a backpack/ small suitcase with all the necessary belongings for your time in the Amazon in advance. The rest of your luggage will be kept safe during your stay in the lodge.
  • For this special weekend program, the luggage is restricted to 1 small suitcase per person.

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