Travel 44 Miles into two ecosystems (The Sinchicuy and Yanayacu Watersheds)and pass through the “green wall”, meet the customs and daily activities of native river people, journey into the Yanayacu forest and discover “The Kingdom of the Giant Trees” and its impressive flora and fauna.
DAY 1 IQUITOS - AMAZONAS SINCHICUY LODGE
Our personnel will meet and greet you at the Iquitos Airport from where you will be transferred to the city. Along the way you will briefly sightsee the tourist highlights of Iquitos, this representative Peruvian jungle town that on the 19th Century turned from a small outpost to the most important port city in the Amazon basin, acquiring an outstanding cosmopolitan status during the so called "Rubber boom".
You will be introduced to your expert tour guide and then continue to the river wharf from where the trip to our lodge begins. Sail on the Amazon, the world's greatest river, onboard comfortable and safe boats. During the trip you will be able to see a marvelous panorama in which the magnificence of the Amazon makes its way through the exuberance of the jungle, where picturesque villages with their particular color and joy appear on the shores of the river.
Arrival in the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge (18 Miles NE from Iquitos). Our native-style built lodge is surrounded by trees, plants and flowers, a true tropical garden where birds and butterflies are abundant. While your expert naturalist guide explains about the lodge facilities and the activities to come, our staff will serve you with a refreshing "welcome drink" made with regional exotic fruit (camu-camu, cocona, copoazu, other).
Room assignment according to reservation.
ECOCULTURAL Circuit (The Sinchicuy Watershed Ecosystem)
Short walk or canoe ride in the afternoon –depending on the season- to "Nuevo Peru" where a Yagua community has established. The Yaguas are one of the most ancient ethnic groups of the Amazon rainforest, discovered by Francisco de Orellana on his first Amazon River exploration. Visiting these friendly people will let you know their customs, see their unique apparel made of palm fibers and even try their "pucuna" or blowgun.
Lunch. Notice: Food specialty products in the Amazonas Sinchicuy include fruits from the river and the field. Filets of Dorado (Brachyplatystoma flavicans) garnished with Cocona Sauce (Sissiliflorum), fresh palm hearts, beans, fried cassava and banana are a treat. Do not doubt in asking the chef for the recipe!
In the afternoon, you will proceed with an ethnobotanic walk on a trail where you will be able to identify some species of the plant kingdom (Cat's Claw, Sour Cane, Copaiba, Aguaje and even Ayahuasca, the hallucinogen vine).
Visit the "shaman's cottage", to find out about the particularities of the regional flora and its applications.
Tour the Santa María del Ojeal farmlands where you will see an artisanal sugar cane squeeze and fruit orchard, walk around a typical village on the shores of the Amazon. You may interact with villagers as you pass by their typical houses, schools, churches and shops; you will also see the community's sustained development projects that are possible by ecotourism support.
Returning to the lodge you will delight on the sight of a beautiful Amazon sunset.
Evening excursion - Amazon legends
Evening canoe ride or walk to sense the jungle after dark. Return to the lodge. Dinner.
After enjoying a delightful meal, the guide will amuse you with tales and legends from the rich Amazon myths.
Also, if you desire, our personnel will share with you a time for music and singing.
DAY 2 AMAZONAS SINCHICUY - FD YANAYACU
Bird watching: During morning early hours (between 5 and 6) is the most appropriate time to observe many of the bird species that feed on the river banks or in the local produce plantations nearby. Your guide will advice you regarding exact time of this activity.
Breakfast. Fresh fruit juices and jam from the local produce (orange, melon, cocona) along hot meals and beverages to start the day. After breakfast you will board the boat that will take you to the opposite side of the Amazon River or "huashalado" as it is locally known.
FLORA AND FAUNA Circuit (The Yanayacu Watershed Ecosystem)
During the approximately 90-minute trip to Yanayacu (by boat and by foot), you will have the possibility to spot dolphins, main characters of fantastic tales and legends told by the river people.
Arrival in Huashalado Village from where you will make a short walk to the Yanayacu River, where another boat will be waiting to continue your excursion in what is known as the "The Kingdom of the Giant Trees", name given because of the size reached by some tree specimens amongst them the "lupuna" or ceiba. This is a favorite site for birds since it is in the river they find the fish and fruit that grows on its edges; even more, the thick forest offers ideal possibilities for nestling.
With a bit of luck, you could also, spot monkeys moving on the tree tops or maybe a sloth hanging from a branch and thus mimetizing and making it almost impossible to be seen. This is a thrilling trekking experience and a chance to unwind your spirit of adventure; no doubt you will enjoy it more if you wear rubber or waterproof boots appropriate for this kind of terrain. You will go down the Yanayacu River by boat or canoe, exploring this bird-rich area where among other species you may find kingfishers, hawks, egrets and a pre-historic features bird known as Hoatzin or "Shansho" (Opisthocomus hoatzin). There are also numerous medicinal plant species such as the "sachajergon", the "oje", the "pan de arbol" and the world famous "cat's claw" (Uncaria Tormentosa); it is also possible to find bromeliads and epíphyite plants growing high on the tree branches. But without doubt, giant flora species are this area's highlight: the "lupuna" tree (Ceiba pentandra), some specimens surpassing 50 meters in height; the "Victoria Regia" the largest of all water lillies, with floating leaves sometimes nearly 9 feet in diameter. After an approximately 30-minute boat ride, you will arrive in the Tambo Yanayacu Lodge located on the Falcon Creek (38 Miles NE of Iquitos). Our lodge staff will greet and assist you to your room. You will have some time to rest while gazing at the beautiful sight of the creek's mirrored waters upon which the forest and the blue sky reflect. Later, your guide will take you for a canoe ride or a walk around the lodge so you can become acquainted with the area. Again, it is advisable to wear rubber boots to facilitate walking.
Return to the lodge around noon and enjoy lunch in our panoramic dining facility. Afternoon trekking to one of the giant "lupunas" in the area and to an interesting oxbow lake where we can find the Horned Screamer (Anhima cornuta), eye-catching bird specie that feeds on aquatic flora.
Return to the lodge and night walk before or after dinner.
Overnight at Tambo Yanayacu Lodge.
DAY 3 TAMBO YANAYACU LODGE
Birdwatching on the river during early morning time. It is the best time to identify and photograph all kind of bird species as they feed on the river banks or "dive" into the water for fish.
Walk to Yagua Cocha (Jul-Nov). The trail to follow is more defiant than the ones you have walked before but previous experiences must have prepared you for the challenge. The people that live in this area walk this trail to reach one of the largest and most beautiful lakes where they fish. If you wish you can join the fishermen as they paddle their canoes to the best fishing spots within the lake. Here, atop the trees on the river banks you can also spot the Hoatzin or "shansho" bird (Opisthocomus hoatzin).
Lunch or box lunch.
Return to the lodge in the afternoon. Your guide will ask you to take part on the Tree Planting Ceremony in the reforestation zone near the lodge. Later you can visit a typical farmers' village or if you prefer, canoe or swim on the still waters of the Falcon Creek.*
Dinner. Comment your day experiences with your guide.
Directions concerning return to Iquitos. Overnight.
DAY 4 TAMBO YANAYACU LODGE / IQUITOS
Excursion to Amazon River village to visit the Wildlife Project, recently listed as Fundo Neysser Custody Centre to observe and interact with some of the varieties of wild animals such as sloth bears, monkeys, achuñis, macaws , toucans, boas and lizards. It will be an interesting way to learn to appreciate and respect wildlife typical of our Amazonia.
Lunch at the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge.
Return to Iquitos by boat on the Amazon River.
At a convenient time, transfer to the airport or your hotel.
HAVE A NICE TRIP... ENJOY IT!!!
* The order of some activities may vary due to operational or weather conditions.
Prices in US American Dollas per person