Iquitos, capital of Loreto, is the main river port of the Amazon River and the largest city in the Peruvian jungle. The area was formerly populated by different groups such as the Cocama, Huitoto, and Bora; Later, Jesuit missionaries founded the city. It was in the late nineteenth century that Iquitos lived its peak with the exploitation of rubber. The economic bonanza was translated into luxurious buildings such as the Hotel Palace, Art Noveau style and the House of Iron, designed by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel.
Contrasting with these constructions, the rustic houses of the Bethlehem district rest on rafts and piles to protect themselves from the river's crescent. One of the greatest attractions is navigating rivers and lakes, as well as enjoying its beautiful beaches.
The Amazon River, with its origin in Peru, is a world of mystery, grandeur and romance. Its outstanding forest and its abundant waters host a great diversity of wildlife, so much that scientists are still working to classify it:
We pick you up from your hotel to transfer to the picturesque port of Bellavista, where we will board the boat that will take us to Iguana Lodge through the Amazon river. We will make a stop to observe the union of the Amazon and Nanay Rivers, highlighting the colors of the waters of both rivers that do not mix uniformly.
We will continue the trip of approximately 1 hour sailing the largest river in the world and considered one of the natural wonders and enjoying the beautiful landscapes and the possibility of seeing freshwater dolphins (Pink and Gray) and some birds like: Herons, Martin fisherman, etc.
We arrive at the Iguana Lodge, where our staff will welcome you and a tour of our facilities, waiting for you with a refreshing fruit juice from the region.
Afterwards we will have a short break enjoying the lodge and the amazonas at its maximum splendor. Then we will enjoy the tipical lunch prepared with regional products. In the afternoon, we will visit a primate reserve called "Monkeys Island", where we will meet 10 species of primates from the Amazon, such as: Woolly monkey, Titi monkey, Spider monkey, Tamarin, Howler monkey, Marmoset, among other species.
The Island of the Monkeys is a Center dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and liberation of Primates victims of trade and illegal hunting. Then, we will have an artisanal fishing excursion of Piranhas and other species of fish typical of the Amazon.
We will sail in search of the River Dolphins (Pink and Gray). Here you will have the option of swimm in the Amazon river enjoying a peaceful sunset. Returning to the Lodge, we will enjoy the dinner, tasting delicious regional cocktails.
At night, we will walk around the lodge to observe: Spiders, frogs, snakes and at the same time listening to the different sounds of nocturnal animals that inhabit the jungle.
Overnight at Iguana Lodge.
We will start our first excursion at 5:00 am with a magical tour of the Yanayacu ravine, some black waters to watch the sunrise and observe the activity of the fauna of the area such as birds, dolphins, the ride will be in a typical boat of the area.
We will enjoy a delicious typical breakfast based on regional fruits. Then we will make an ethnobotanical walk through the jungle in order to learn about Amazonian medicinal plants and the relationship they have with the people who live in the jungle. In addition, we will observe different trees. We will visit the native Yaguas ethnic group where you will learn and learn about their customs and experiences that they carry out every day. They will participate in their typical dances and can also buy some crafts.
Then we enjoyed a delicious regional lunch, and tasted the soft drinks made with regional fruits View to an animal reserve where we will meet: Lazy bear, monkeys, macaws, anacondas, turtles. At the same time we will participate in the extraction of sugarcane using a craft mill. Then we go to dinner and taste some delicious regional cocktails. At night, our guide will sing some Amazonian tales. Overnight at Iguana Lodge.
Then we explored the Yanayacu ravine for 4 hours to observe the animals in their natural habitat and the jungle of the mirrors.
We will enjoy a typical regional lunch, accompanied by regional fruit refreshment. We rest for a moment in the hammocks, then go hiking through the jungle until we reach the giant tree called "CEIBA".
We will visit a riverside town called Santa Victoria where we will know and learn from their experiences, customs and play with the children of the town. We had dinner and tasted some delicious regional cocktails Night of Amazonian tales narrated by the guide of Iguana Lodge.
Overnight at Iguana Lodge
Breakfast. View to an animal reserve where we will meet: Lazy bear, monkeys, macaws, anacondas, turtles. At the same time we will participate in the extraction of sugarcane using a craft mill. We had a delicious typical dish, accompanied by a delicious regional fruit drink. Returning to the city of Iquitos, we will make a stop to visit the "Fundo Pedrito" which is a breeding center of 3 species of animals very representative of the Amazon such as: El Paiche the largest freshwater fish in the world, The white alligator , The piranhas and observe the largest aquatic plant in the world called "Victoria Regia." We continue the trip back to the city of Iquitos. Transfer to the Airport or Hotel.
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