Iquitos, Pacaya Samira Amazon Expedition - From $925 pp

Paseos Amazonico camping in Pacaya Samiria Amazon

Short tour itinerary:
Day 1: Arriving by plane or boat in Iquitos
Day 2: Iquitos – Nauta – Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 3: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 4:
 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 5:
 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Day 6:
 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve – Nauta – Iquitos

Iquitos, Pacaya Samira Amazon Expedition – From $925 p.p.

IquitosTravel 6 days through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Inner Zone and Yanayacu Pucate River Watershed!
This is an unforgettable experience in one of the remaining mega diverse areas in the planet. Not only will you have the opportunity to get closer to the Amazon’s most representative species but you will also step into their own dominions. You will get familiar with the river people living around the reserve and the conservation and sustained development programs they have been managing to keep this great tropical forest protected.

Full itinerary of this Amazon tour:

Day 1: Arriving by plane or boat in Iquitos
After arriving in the Amazon jungle you will be transferred to your hotel in Iquitos.
Iquitos is an interesting and unique metropolitan and is considered to be the biggest city in the world without access roads over land. It is definitely worth to go for a walk and try to catch a taste of its many jungle flavors.

Capybaras in IquitosDay 2: Iquitos – Nauta – Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (L-D)
9:00 am, Meet and greet at the hotel from where you will be transferred to our operations office in Iquitos.
Transfer to Nauta town’s river wharf (approximately 62 miles SW / 2 hours from Iquitos).
Upstream boating on the Marañon River to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (50 miles SW / approximately 2 hours and a half from Nauta and and about 180 km south east of Iquitos).
Watch diverse species of birds along the way, including egrets, hawks, horned screamers, jacanas, parrots and parakeets. It is also possible to see Amazon River dolphins.
Box lunch onboard.
Passenger identification at the reserve’s entrance check-point.
Arrival in the Arequipa community where the first camp will be set up.
Short walk to the nearby village.
Dinner and overnight in special designed tents, from where you can fall asleep listening to the variety of jungle sounds around you!

Sloth in IquitosDay 3: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (B-L-D)
Watch birds as they leave their nests to find their food on the river, among them cotingas, macaws, parrots and maybe the Harpy (Harpia harpyja). Breakfast at camp.
Excursion to Shansho Cocha Lake (90 minute boat trip) upstream the Yanayacu Pucate. See on the way the giant Lupuna (Ceiba pentandra), Capirona, and Capinurí (Heliocóstilis scabra) trees and also eye-catching birds as the Toucan (Pteroglossus), the Red Macaw (Ara macao), the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), the Great Egret (Egreta alba) and the Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona).
Watch the Hoatzin or “Shansho” (Opysthocomus hoazin), a bird that nestles and feeds on the shores of this lake and then return to the campsite for lunch.
Excursion to Yanaquillo Creek to spot squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis), saddle back tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis) and sloths (Bradypus variegatus).
Dinner at camp.

Camping in Pacaya Samiria AmazonDay 4: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (B-L-D)
Breakfast at camp.
Boat or canoe to Japon Creek and Yanta Lake to birdwatch and fish. Among the fish species found in the reserve we find piranha (Serrasalmus), “sábalo” (Brycun americus), sardina (Triportheus), amongst others.
Lunch at camp.
Late-afternoon canoe ride to see the reserve’s scenery of the reserve at sundown.
Dinner and overnight.

Pink dolphin in AmazonDay 5: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (B-L-D)
Early morning breakfast before moving the camp to another site
We go by boat along the Yanayacu Pucate where it will be possible to spot graceful pink dolphins (Inia geoffrenssis), “taricayas”, local name given to the yellow-spotted river turtles (Podocnemis unifilis) and probably even giant river otters (Ptenerura brasiliensis).
Lunch on the edge of the river overlooking the beautiful scenery.
Walk in the camp’s surroundings to discover this area’s exquisite flora and fauna.
Dinner at camp.

Squirrel monkeys in the AmazonDay 6: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve – Nauta -Iquitos
Breakfast at camp.
Return by boat to Nauta navigating on the Marañón river.
Overland return to Iquitos.
Transfer to your hotel in Iquitos or to the airport at a convenient time to board your flight.

Important note: Because our return time depends on the weather and current in the rivers, we recommend you to book the last flight of the day from Iquitos to …

Inclusive in this Amazon Tour:
– Transfers airport / hotel / lodge / airport (overland and river boat)
– Entrance fee to Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
– 1 Night in a comfortable hotel in Iquitos
– 4 nights outdoor camping in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
– All meals during the Amazon jungle tour are included
– Excursions as detailed in the program
– Guide in English or Spanish

Not Includeded:
– Airline tickets
– Airport taxes
– Meals in the city of Iquitos and meals that are not mentioned above
– Tips
– Laundry
– Soft and alcoholic beverages

Ask your local health department about (obligated) vaccinations.

What To Bring into the Amazon Rainforest:
– Good binoculars
– Camera gear
– Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
– Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
– Ankle-high hiking boots and sneakers
– Cotton socks (long enough to put them over your pants)
– Flashlight, or better a head light, with batteries
– Sunblock lotion
– Sunglasses
– Broad-brimmed hat or cap
– Rain suit or poncho
– Insect repellent
– Small denomination bills (Soles)
– Small day (back)pack
– Rubber boots? (Are provided, but big sizes might be difficult)
– Passport + copy
– Boots/ wellies (ask about the sizes that might already be available on location)

Important note: We recommend you to book the last flight of the day from Iquitos to …