Departure from our base at Iquitos, after going by car to the port of Nauta one hour and a half, where we get into our boat, as we set up our logistics and luggages and get ready to travel down river by the Marañon.
We travel down the Marañón for 3 hours. Now it is at this exact site where the mighty Amazon is “born”. We travel this way for about 3 hours entering the Pacaya Samiria Reserve where our base camp is located.
Upon arrival at camp we have lunch and get ready for our very first hike into the wild.
At about 2:30 we go on a hike to get familiar with our new environment, the rainforest. We look for birds, sloths, monkeys and or land mammals in their natural habitat. A peculiar sight, is the armies of giant ants that are natural to this regions. They build their massive homes along the trails and can be observed stripping a tree down in a matter of hours. Other types of insects can also be frequently appreciated such a colorful butterflies, blue morphos, larvae, giant crickets etc.
At dusk we take a boat to the mouth of the river river for dolphin watching. These creatures are very playful and notoriously sneaky. If the weather is warm you may swim with them, or simply enjoy the view and the amazing unfolding sunset. Either way, a prize is given to whoever brings back the best dolphin photo.
After dinner back at camp, we set on our first night expedition: a hike to the swamps in the search for aligators and other night creatures guided by our experienced guides and our flashlights. A thrilling and unforgettable experience.
Back at camp, time to sleep surrounded by the thousands of night sounds of the magical rainforest.
On the second day of our adventure, we wake up super early at dawn(6:00). After breakfast, we take a boat up river to watch monkeys and primates, in addition to birds such as parrots, eagles, hawks, tucans, garzas which come to the shores to feed and hydrate during the early hours.
Ashore on the rain forest, we begin another hike into the jungle. On this different route we observe the Amazonian flora. Strangling plants, giant Wimbas, climbling tropical vines, as well as a plethora of medicinal plants. Our guides, who possess a vast knowledge in botany and etno botany will deliver a introductory course on the variety of uses for different plants as well as some survival techniques (don’t worry, there is no homework).
It’s time for piranha fishing! And possibly more, these rivers are abundant with fish such as tucunares, catfish, pavones and other varieties. We bid farewell to the jungle.
Back at camp, we have lunch, and prepare for our trip of return. Time for one last swim, or fishing session, about 14:30 we take journey back to the city of Iquitos.