Located deep in the Amazon Basin, Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge allows visitors to get a close look at the rare plants and animals of the Amazon. This is a popular site for travelers interested in ecotourism and people who want to engross themselves completely in attractions that sprout from the ground or walk on four legs. With nearly 8,000 square miles (20,720 sq km) of nature reserve, the Hatuchay Pacaya Samiria Reserve offers visitors access to a huge piece of the Amazon.
The Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge is located 74.5 miles (120 km) to the southwest of Iquitos, a 1.5-hour drive by bus or car. First you will reach Nauta, a small village on the outskirts of the reserve. From there, you’ll take a 2-hour speedboat ride down the Amazon to the reserve. On the way, keep your eyes peeled for pink dolphins, one of the Amazon River’s most distinctive inhabitants.
Cabins at the lodge can comfortably fit from 4 to 6 people, with one private bathroom per cabin. Each cabin comes with a layer of mosquito netting, so you can sleep without fear of the notorious Amazon pests. Cabins are built with sustainable materials and decorated with cheerful, colorful details. Most importantly, each rustic cabin has its own balcony, which offers guests an unimpeded view of the Maroñon stretch of the Amazon River below.
At the lodge's club house, relax on one of the many hammocks or gather your fellow travelers to play a board game. Daily meals are provided by the lodge’s restaurant, which serves both traditional Peruvian and international cuisine. No matter what kind of schedule you keep while visiting the Amazon, you’ll have access to liquid refreshment at the lodge’s café, which serves coffee and tea 24 hours per day. The gift shop sells souvenirs alongside practical necessities for exploring the Amazon, such as ponchos and bug spray.
On the grounds of the lodge, guests also have access to watchtowers — these are another spot to get a good eyeful of the intense, constantly evolving scenery of the rainforest. When you’re ready to explore the Amazon from the ground, the lodge provides maps of hiking trails in the area. Keep your eyes peeled for river turtles, sloths, birds, monkeys, manatees, and tapirs.
ITINERARY FOR 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
DAY 1: IQUITOS / ECOLODGE
We start our adventure through the Peruvian jungle at the airport in the city of Iquitos, then we will move to the town of Nauta, the first town founded by the Spaniards on the banks of the Maranon river; the trip takes about 1.30 h. with a distance of 97 km. In Nauta we take the boats to continue our journey to the Lodge, on the way we will visit the Fundo Casual (high water season) where we will go in search of species of flora and fauna. Upon arrival at the Lodge we give a warm welcome a descendant of the Kukama Kukamiria culture and we can also enjoy a fruit drink station, from there we were invited to go to our cabins to leave the luggage and then have lunch.
Nightly conversation on myths and legends of the Amazon and visit to our TSETSU mirador. Night excursion through Restinga Forest surrounding the Lodge to try locate some frogs, tarantulas, insects and other species with habits nocturnal. Overnight.Lunch – dinner.
DAY 2: ADVENTURE BOOTCAMP: ECOLODGE / PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE
Interpretive and adventure treks through the primary forest of our Lodge following the route of the primates. Lunch. Departure to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Nauta Caño area. On our visit we will hike in search of pink and gray by the creek of the same name dolphins, also we will be in contact with the vast variety of flora and fauna that the reserve offers. The first thing that catches our attention is the river so faithfully reflecting the sky, clouds, vegetation from the banks and the big trees, the visitor has the sensation of traveling between mirrors, so Pacaya Samiria is also known as "the forest of mirrors". Visit to the local community “20 de Enero” and “Aguaje” palm tree climbing Artisanal fishing, using two sustainable fishing techniques (rod and trap) used by the coastal men just for subsistence purposes Also a walk of interpretation of flooded forests, where we will try to see some primates and sloths, during the journey we can identify birds and a variety of traditional fishing practice with the material used by the Amazonian man for subsistence. Overnight. Breakfast - lunch – dinner.
DAY 3: VIVENCIAL EXPERIENCE / ECOLODGE
Review of fishing traps left the previous day. Riverboat trip on the Marañón river either to the Cocha Shiriyacu or down the river (according to the season and conditions suitable for fishing activities).
Visit to the community of San Jorge to interact with its members and understand their way of life and ancestral customs. Visit to the Center for Kukama Women Crafts (Pua Kamatawara) Project developed by Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge.
Breakfast - lunch – dinner.
DAY 4: BIRDWATCHING
Review of fishing traps left the previous day. Amazonian vivencial breakfast using the fish we caught. Birdwatching activities on the river banks and the “restingas” (flooded forests). Lunch, free time for personal care and preparation for the return trip to Iquitos. Transfer to the airport or hotel city of Iquitos.
Breakfast – lunch.
The last day includes lunch, depending on the departure flight time. If there is no time for lunch before the flight, there will be no discount or reimbursement.
This program can vary due to weather conditions and Low/high – water season. Our guides may do some changes in the program in order to get the most of the excursion.
Recommendation to choose flight schedule to enter and exit to the Lodge: First Flight Arrival: LIM / IQT (Take flights arriving before 09:00 am) Last Flight Departure: IQT / LIM (Take flights departing after 18:00 hrs) Another schedule ask about additional price for transfer.
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