Pacaya Samiria Amazon 4 days, Iquitos, North Peru jungle
Also possible to book for 3 to 6 days.
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve With 2’080 000 hectares, it is the biggest National Reserve of Peru, and also it is the largest protected flooded forest of the world and one of the richest places in biological wealth on the planet. Between its biological diversity we find 449 of tropical bird species, 102 of mammal species, 256 known species of freshwater fish, 69 reptile species and more than 1000 varieties of plants, as well as species in danger of extinction like the giant otter, the black lizard, the manatee and the pink dolphin of the Amazon. The place’s beauty, as well as its biological wealth makes the reserve a particularly important destination for scientific investigators, nature lovers and bird watchers. Activities also include visits to the local communities, hikes in primary rainforest, flora and fauna observation, bird watching, canoe rides, piranha fishing, excursions during the day and night, you can also enjoy the spectacular view from a 100 feet watching tower to observe the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers where the Amazon River is born.
Day 1: Iquitos /Nauta/ Maranon river
At 08.00 am we will depart towards the city of Nauta, a city much older than the city of Iquitos, Approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) by road in our transport. We will take a sightseeing tour of Nauta and then board our typical water transportation “pamacari peke peke”, to travel up the Marañon. During this segment of our trip we will observe several riverbank villages. We will have lunch on board. After we will stop for a jungle walk to observe the flora and fauna of the area. At the end of the day, we will stop by the river bank or one of the villages to set up for our overnight camping under our mosquito nets. We will take a night excursion to observe the wildlife of the surroundings area. We will stay overnight at the site.
Day 2: Nauta Cano/Piranha lodge
After breakfast we will depart towards the creek of Nauta Caño, (a tributary of the Maranon River) Inside the Pacaya Samiria Reserve . In this place, between July and December we will fish and prepare the catch for lunch and dinner. We will do some bird watching. With some good luck we can also observe some grey and pink fresh water dolphins. After lunch we will travel down the river to the Refugio Piranha camp. This Lodge is located only 20 minutes from the joining of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers which form the beginning of the majestic Amazon River. Once here we will assign you overnight quarters and give you a chance for a “refreshing” cold shower. Later we will have dinner.
Night canoe excursion with the chance of seeing some alligators and do some spear fishing.
Day 3: Piranha Lodge
Breakfast will be followed by a jungle walk to observe birds and monkeys such as the howler monkey. We will observe one of the giant jungle trees such as the Ceiba or “Lupuna”. After the walk, we will board our boat and travel to the joining of the Marañon and the Ucayali Rivers to observe the beginning of the Amazon. We will then have lunch. After we will have some time to relax or read in our hammock hut. We will take an afternoon canoe trip to Poea Cocha Lake with opportunity to take pictures of birds and do some piranha fishing. Later we will have dinner and stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 4: Piranha lodge/Nauta/Iquitos
After breakfast we will take a boat ride to the joining of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers which form the beginning of the Majestic Amazon River. We will have lunch on board. We will then take a trip to the yarapa river (a tributary of the Amazon), along the way observing some of the most attractive scenery on the trip. We will later return to the city of Nauta for our ground transportation to the city of Iquitos. We will then transfer you to your hotel or the airport.
*Guide, cook, boat captain and entrance fees to the reserve.
Climate: The climate in the Reserve is tropical, warm and humid with minimum temperatures of 72º F (22º C) and maximum temperatures that can reach up to 88º F (28º C), except for the month of June in which the temperature can drop dramatically due to the action of the cold fronts that come from the Argentinean Patagonia. Generally, dawns and nights in the jungle tend to be fresh. It can rain on any day of the year, showers being more frequent between the months of February and May.
Vaccinations: It is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever and malaria pills.
What to bring?
* Light clothing preferably cotton.
* Long-sleeve shirts, preferably of neutral colors.
* Hiking boots.
* Cap or hat.
* Photo camera and film / video camera.
* Sunscreen lotion.
* Mosquito repellent with 35% DEET.
* Personal medicines.
* We recommend to bring one piece of luggage and to limit its weight to 15 kg (32 pounds).