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Pacaya Samiria Extreme Adventure 2017-06-22T01:15:07+00:00

PACAYA SAMIRIA EXTREME JUNGLE ADVENTURE
PEN Soles 295.00 per day.

One machete, one flashlight, one hammock, one pair of rubber boots, one rain poncho, 6 meters of rope, one mosquito net, and one sheet of plastic will become your best allies in this journey. Now this is the type of expeditions our guides really enjoy! For you, adventurous types, two nights camping  in the Yarapa reserve and two nights camping in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve! Cost is PEN Soles 1530.00 per person and it includes all transportation, lodge, meals, entry fees, hiking and camping gear.

DAY 1

  • Departure from our base at Iquitos. Pick up from  your hotel or airport, from there we continue to the Port of Nauta (1.5 hours aprox).
  • 11:00 We embark our peque-peque (traditional boat) and set for the Yarapa river, bordering the reserve Pacaya Samiria. On our way we will be able to appreciate the two varieties of fresh water dolphins; the grey and the pink.
  • We will ply the Marañon river until its confluence with the Ucayali river, where we can appreciate the birth of the Amazonas river.
  • At this point we make a brief stop to climb the mirador de Puerto Grau. From its height we can observe the majestic confluence of the two rivers, giving birth to the king of the rivers.
  • 13:00 Return to the boat to continue our trip up river.
  • 14:30 Arrival to base lodge, lunch, rest.
  • 16:00 Departure to our first camping location located on the Afasi Creek adjacent to the confluence of rivers Cumaceba and Yarapa.
  • Disembark at camp site, all camping equipment needs to be taken down by the guide, driver, and travelers alike.
  • Everybody must take down their personal belongings, aside from their personal camping gear consisting of: one machete, one flashlight, one hammock, one pair of rubber boots, one rain poncho, 6 meters of rope, one mosquito net, and one sheet of plastic for protection against the rain on the campsite.
  • Introductory course on the proper use of the machete followed by a clearing of the site from weeds and foliage.
  • The site must be made apt for camping, cooking, eating, and resting.
  • Installation of hammocks, mosquito nets, and plastic tents amidst giant Amazonian trees called Wimbas.
    Crafting of tables and chairs with materials found in the jungle such as barks and vines.
  • Gathering of firewood and preparation of kitchen space.
  • 19:00 After the site is ready, we will prepare a last meal using the food items we brought in coolers from Iquitos. We will dine around the fire.
  • 20:30 Night hike to explore the surrounding jungle. We will go on the look for nocturnal animals. Spiders, scorpions, in addition to other insects; Also colorful frogs, giant toads, bats and owls will be frequently sighted. Hundreds of different and mysterious sounds will be heard all around us. This is the nocturnal symphony of the jungle which reigns the night.
  • 22:30 Return to camp to sleep.

DAY 2

  • 5:30 We rise at dawn. After a brief breakfast we begin our exploration of the river.
  • We set up the Yarapa river, to observe birds and mammals at dawn. These come to the shores each morning to hydrate and in many cases to feed from fish and amphibians from the river. Parrots, guacamayos, toucans, eagles, hawks, herons, catalanes, cormoranes of different sizes and colors can be appreciated vastly in the area.
  • 7:00 Disembark ashore. First day of day hiking in the search for animals in their habitat, monkeys, reptiles, and insects will be sighted, as well as an array of birds while we venture into the rain forest.We will come upon several armies of giant ants which are capable of stripping an entire tree in a matter of a couple of days.
  • Our hike transverses the virgin jungle, full of massive centenary trees and the constrictor vines which overburden them.
  • We will learn survival jungle skills such as acquiring potable water from specific vines as opposed from land bodies of water. Other vines are so strong and flexible that serve to climb or move from one spot to another (think Tarzan!).
  • Our hike will be of approximately two hours and a half, during which we will also collect fruits, nuts, and hearts of palm to eat.
  • 10:30 Return to camp site, we will resume breakfast. Leisure time.
  • 11:30 Fishing session with local techniques. We will take a canoe through dark waters abundant in piranhas, tucunares, and catfish. We will test our fishing skills in the hopes that the piranhas donʼt bite through our fishing gear first.
  • 13:30 Return to campsite for lunch. Gathering for firewood to prepare our meal. Lunch around the fire.
  • 15:00 We take a boat and disembark ashore in the search for the smallest monkeys in the world; pigmee-marmosete. They can be spotted in their natural habitat, burrowing in specific fruits trees such as uvos, which are the favorite fruit in their nutrition.
  • 16:30 Return to the boat to the mouth of the Yarapa River onto the immense Ucayali River. Here we will find the biggest concentration of fresh water dolphins grey and pink.
  • The spot is so famous for dolphin watching that you will also see the luxury Amazon cruises stop here for appreciating the sights. It is up to you, and your guide who will consider the conditions of the river, to dive and swim with them. Or, you can just sit down, relax and enjoy the breathtaking sunset on the river.
  • 17:30 Return to campsite to once again collect firewood before it gets too dark and the task becomes harder.
  • 19:30 Dinner around the fire. The menu will consist of whatever fish and fruits we were able to gather.
  • 20:30 Internment in the rain forest where we will set up traps using native techniques. Different species can be captured in order to observe them and then promptly release them. Porcupines, Majases, coatis, jungle foxes are among the most common. (note: no animals are hurt in this practice).
  • 22:30 Return to campsite to sleep.

DAY 3

  • 5:30 Morning hike to search for the trapped animals and then release them.
  • 7:00 Return to campsite for breakfast.9:00 We leave camp on our boat upriver on exploratory mode.We will disembark after an hour of travel until we arrive at a spot where there is hardly any boat traffic save for few fisherman.
  • Here we will enter the virgin jungle and will open our own trails using our machetes, and leaving marks as it is tradition, in order to find our way back. Our learned machete skills, and our visual memory will come in very handy on this hike. Our guide will demonstrate native techniques for repellent by using termites. He will also identify Amazonian plants with medicinal properties and its proper uses.
  • Several types of monkeys, primates, birds, and rodents can be seen in the midst of the primary forest.
  • 13:00 Return to camp. Lunch and then preparation to continue our expedition towards the Yarapa river, inside the Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
  • 14:00 We travel by boat downriver Yarapa, onto the mighty Ucayali then upriver Marañon until its affluent Yarapa.
  • Assemblage of new camping site, this time adjacent to a riverside native village. Our hammocks, mosquito nets, and tents will be set up again in the open, or if preferred, inside one of the homes of the community as arranged by both parties.
  • 20:00 Dinner.
  • 21:30 Canoe expedition in the search for alligator lagoons, under the most quiet conditions we can spot the reflection of their eyes with our flashlights.
  • 23:00 Return to camp. Sleep time.
Rivo & Marcel with the baby dolphin
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DAY 4

  • 7:00 Breakfast in the company of the families of the village.8:00 We visit the village to get acquainted with their traditions, hunting and fishing techniques, arts and crafts, and story telling traditions. In this fashion, and as it is tradition, we will barter for our lunch; hen, turtle, or ducks which are domesticated for this purpose.
  • 11:00 Boat expedition upriver Yarapa and Cumaceba. We will appreciate many forms of flora nad fauna throughout the Reserve. We will arrive to a new camping site, where we will clear once again the area in order to establish our last exploration base. We will search for an area with an elevation (locally known as “restinga”) since in the jungle, few hours of rain can signify a flood.
  • 13:30 Preparation of the bartered animal. Lunch around our fire.15:00 Hike to explore the virgin jungle of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Observation of a great variety of animals. Piranha fishing session for dinner.
  • 18:30 Return to camp, dinner.
  • 20:30 Long night hike in exploratory mode. we will be on the search for nocturnal mammals and birds, as well as amazing amphibians, spiders, and snakes in their natural habitats. The skills and stamina acquired during the previous days are crucial in order to enjoy this night.
  • 23:30 Return to camp, sleep.

DAY 5

6:00 Breakfast around the fire.8:30 Last hike into the virgin jungle. All the techniques learnt throughout this journey will be put to a final test. By now, we should be able to identify our location in the middle of the forest with respect to the surrounding geographical identifiers; river, village, etc. We will be able to open trails with our machetes and leave marks as to not get lost. We will be able to identify animal footprints, and burrows, and most importantly we will be comfortable with the proper ways of walking through the jungle; be it an elevation zone (restinga), or flooding zone (tahuampa).
In our last hike we will be once again able to spot several forms of wildlife as well a wild flora. We will say our goodbyes to the Amazon jungle.
13:00 Return to campsite, lunch.14:30 Disassembling of campsite and final preparations to resume our return trip to the city of Iquitos.
15:00 Return trip to Iquitos, down river Marañon until port of Nauta where we will take a car to our final destination.
20:00 Arrival to the city of Iquitos