Iquitos Mini Trip
With about 430,000 inhabitants, Iquitos is the fifth largest city in Peru - and the largest in the world, which is not accessible by road! Explore the jungle only reachable by plane or one of the rivers. See the district of Belén, built entirely on stilts. Have you ever seen dolphins, piranhas, caimans and hand-sized tarantulas up close seen? The Peruvian rainforest and waters await you. Please note, clean drinking water can be difficult to find, so bring some water along!
From the pier, your journey to your rainforest accommodation begins! You'll take a boat ride for about 80km where you'll get a great first impression of Iquitos. In the afternoon, you'll have a great opportunity to be an explorer as you'll hike through the rainforest. As the road is under water during certain times of the year, you may have to get around by boat. Being in the forest at night is even more exciting and magical than the daytime due to the skarry night sky and sounds of the rainforest! Soak it all in before resting your eyes.
Hotel Explorama Lodge (or similar) Lunch & Dinner
The early morning is the best time to spot animals, so we recommend a bird watching tour before breakfast. You'll head back on the boat again this morning and visit a local jungle visit to experience the daily lives of some locals. The Yagua live off of their agriculture, fishing and hunting. They also use a blowpipe, which you'll be shown how to use. Keep your eyes open as you head back to your accommodation by boat because you may be able to see dolphins swimming alongside of you! Then in the afternoon, you'll be off to visit another village on the riverbank and hopefully catch the sun setting over the bank.
Explorama Lodge (or similar) Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Experience a different way of living, as you visit a local village on the riverbank. Though at first glance, it seems completely different from your life back home, you still will find some schools, factories and doctor's cilincs. Take a few photos before heading back to Iquitos and onward home, or to your next South American destination.
Breakfast & Lunch
Already on day one, an great adventure is in store. Upon arrival in Iquitos, you'll head to the pier where you'll take your boat to your rainforest accommodation. After you have settled into your room, you'll be able to walk through the surrounding forest. Take advantage of the daylight and see the giant Ceiba trees, which can grow up to 50 metres high. And at night, dare to walk around and look out for nocturnal animals. Though if you prefer live music to the jungle sounds, head to the "El Tucan" bar and enjoy the local Amazon sounds.
Explorama Lodge (or similar) Lunch & Dinner
Various botanical research has been done in this region and discovered that it holds the greatest variety of species of trees per square hectare. It is this nature that you will learn more about on your guided hike through the area. Learn about the medicinal use of plants from the rainforest and how the local indigenous people use natural remedies from these plants. In the afternoon, you'll take a boat trip which will give you an opportunity to see some Amazonian dolphins, whose color changes with age! To cool off from the warm, humid climate, you can go for a swim if you dare. Don't forget, you're in the Amazon.
Hotel Ceiba Tops (or similar) Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Spend more time relaxing and wandering around the surrounding rainforest before you head your way back to Iquitos. Should you wish to spend more time here, or wish to visit a nearby destination, we would be happy to arrange that for you.
Breakfast & Lunch
- Transfers between airport and accommodation (to and from)
- Two nights in accommodation, with breakfast
- 2 dinners, 2 lunches*
- Drinking water (24 h / day)
- English speaking guide throughout the tour
*3 meals depending on departure time
- Tips and Gratuities
Puente Colgante Treetops
Seeking even more adventure? Book this day-long excursion to walk through the treetops of the rainforest. 35 metres above the ground, you'll have indescribable views of the rainforest. Look at the various plants and animals from this new perspective. Walking over 14 tension bridges among the trees, you'll have such an adventure running around the rainforest trees.
Price on request
Includes transport, English speaking guide
Duration: 5 hours (only possible in the mornings)