Day 1:

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Iquitos-Amazon Refuge

Here your hosts, the San Juan de Yanayacu Indians, will meet you. Visit the Indian community San Juan de Yanayacu where we will have an encounter with the Shaman of the community (curandero). We will learn his methods of healing and learn as well about our traditions, legends and myth from the amazon.

Afternoon activities at the Amazon Refuge include exploring rainforest trails.

Day 2:

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

AMAZON REFUGE

Paiche is a South American tropical freshwater fish. It is one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, reportedly with a maximum length in excess of 3 m (9.8 ft.) and weight up to 200kg (440lb). It is one of the most sought after food fish species in South America.

Along the way we will see monkeys, birds, and a variety of spiders and frogs.

Night excursion by canoe viewing caiman and nocturnal river life.

Day 3:

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

AMAZON REFUGE

We will take lunch on board and go to a black water lake named CORRIENTE for the observation of water lilies (nenufares plants), and to observe (and swim with) pink and gray dolphins.

Day 4:

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Amazon Refuge

By river canoe we travel 2-hours up the Yanayacu River and hike inland to a very special place where macaws and parrots congregate to eat mineral clay (often from the bark of special trees). These minerals help with the digestion of toxic seeds eaten by the birds especially during the dry season when their regular food supply is in short supply. Excursion to view Tapirs and night monkeys.

Overnight camping (all equipment provided) under the stars of the Southern Hemisphere.

Day 5:

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pacaya Samiria Reserve

Morning we head out by speedboat up the Amazon River and then 1-hour up the Marañon River to the entrance ranger station of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. We arrive at the Yanayacu-Pucate black water rivers in the Samiria reserve to meet the local Indians, the home of the Veinte de Enero Indian Community.

Jungle walk through the rain forest, learning about the medicinal species from the area, look for monkeys and wildlife.

Night walk to observe tarantulas, scorpions, insects, night monkeys etc.

Dinner and overnight Veinte de Enero community Refugio.

Day 6:

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pacaya Samiria Reserve

Spend the early morning viewing wildlife followed by a visit to the Indian community of Buenos Aires in the Pucate River. Learn about their hand work/crafts with plant ivory and native projects with heart of palm. As well visit the curandero (shaman house) from the community.

Spend the afternoon on the river to view pink and gray dolphins and excursion swimming with dolphins and canoeing.

We will learn about the medicinal plants from this area and learn basic Indian survival skills.

Night excursion in searching of caimans and night birds among the river bank.

Overnight local community Refugio.

Day 7:

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pacaya Samiria Reserve

By boat farther into the national park, we will sail for 5-hours up the Yanayacu of Pucate River until we get to the Yarina Indian community. Here we will find monkeys, sloth, dolphins, birds etc.

We will use an open wooden boat for viewing wildlife.

Yarina Indian community is a very small community and the last one in the park, there is a community Refugio where we will spend the day/night.

Take an afternoon jungle walk to look for snakes and monkeys, learning about the different medicinal plants from the area.

Overnight local community Refugio.

Day 8:

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pacaya Samiria Reserve

Enjoy some early morning bird watching.

Take, by boat, a 1-hour excursion up river to a very small creek named Chingana to look for Giant River Otters.

Evening nocturnal canoe ride to look for boas, anacondas and caimans as well as nocturnal rodents.

Overnight community Refugio.

Day 9:

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pacaya Samiria Reserve-Iquitos

Take a boat down river to the ranger station where we board larger boats to go down the Marañon and Amazon rivers.

Arrival Iquitos and transfer to hotel (or airport depending upon your flight to Lima).