Sinchicuy - Yanayacu Lodges 4D / 3N
Travel 44 Miles into two ecosystems (The Sinchicuy and Yanayacu Watersheds)and pass through the “green wall”; meet the customs and daily activities of native river people, journey into the Yanayacu forest and discover “The Kingdom of the Giant Trees” and its impressive flora and fauna.
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Day 1: Iquitos - Amazonas Sinchicuy lodge
Our personnel will meet and greet you at the Iquitos Airport from where you will be transferred to the city. Along the way you will briefly sightsee the tourist highlights of Iquitos, this representative Peruvian jungle town that on the 19th Century turned from a small outpost to the most important port city in the Amazon basin, acquiring an outstanding cosmopolitan status during the so called “Rubber boom”. You will be introduced to your expert tour guide and then continue to the river wharf from where the trip to our lodge begins. Sail on the Amazon, the world’s greatest river, onboard comfortable and safe boats. During the trip you will be able to see a marvelous panorama in which the magnificence of the Amazon makes its way through the exuberance of the jungle, where picturesque villages with their particular color and joy appear on the shores of the river.
Arrival in the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge (18 Miles NE from Iquitos). Our native-style built lodge is surrounded by trees, plants and flowers, a true tropical garden where birds and butterflies are abundant. While your expert naturalist guide explains about the lodge facilities and the activities to come, our staff will serve you with a refreshing “welcome drink” made with regional exotic fruit (camu-camu, cocona, copoazu, other). Room assignment according to reservation.
Ecocultural Circuit (The Sinchicuy Watershed Ecosystem)
Short walk or canoe ride in the afternoon –depending on the season- to “Nuevo Peru” where a Yagua community has established. The Yaguas are one of the most ancient ethnic groups of the Amazon rainforest, discovered by Francisco de Orellana on his first Amazon River exploration. Visiting these friendly people will let you know their customs, see their unique apparel made of palm fibers and even try their “pucuna” or blowgun. Lunch. Notice: Food speciality products in the Amazonas Sinchicuy include fruits from the river and the field. Filets of Dorado (Brachyplatystoma flavicans) garnished with Cocona Sauce (Sissiliflorum), fresh palm hearts, beans, fried cassava and banana are a treat. Do not doubt in asking the chef for the recipe!.
In the afternoon, you will proceed with an ethnobotanic walk on a trail where you will be able to identify some species of the plant kingdom (Cat’s Claw, Sour Cane, Copaiba, Aguaje and even Ayahuasca, the hallucinogen vine). Visit the “shaman’s cottage”, to find out about the particularities of the regional flora and its applications. Tour the Santa María del Ojeal farmlands where you will see an artisanal sugar cane squeeze and fruit orchard, walk around a typical village on the shores of the Amazon. You may interact with villagers as you pass by their typical houses, schools, churches and shops; you will also see the community’s sustained development projects that are possible by ecotourism support. Returning to the lodge you will delight on the sight of a beautiful Amazon sunset.
Evening excursión…/Amazon legends…
Evening canoe ride or walk to sense the jungle after dark. Return to the lodge. Dinner. After enjoying a delightful meal, the guide will amuse you with tales and legends from the rich Amazon myths. Also, if you desire, our personnel will share with you a time for music and singing.
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Day 2: Amazonas Sinchucuy - FD Yanayacu - Iquitos
Birdwatching: During morning early hours (between 5 and 6) is the most appropriate time to observe many of the bird species that feed on the river banks or in the local produce plantations nearby. Your guide will advice you regarding exact time of this activity. Breakfast. Fresh fruit juices and jam from the local produce (orange, melon, cocona) along hot meals and beverages to start the day. After breakfast you will board the boat that will take you to the opposite side of the Amazon River or “huashalado” as it is locally known.
Flora and Fauna Circuit (The Yanayacu Watershed Ecosystem)
During the approximately 90-minute trip to Yanayacu (by boat and by foot), you will have the possibility to spot dolphins, main characters of fantastic tales and legends told by the river people. Arrival in Huashalado Village from where you will make a short walk to the Yanayacu River, where another boat will be waiting to continue your excursion in what is known as the “Kingdom of the Giant Trees”, name given because of the size reached by some tree specimens amongst them the “lupuna” or ceiba. even more, the thick forest offers ideal possibilities for nestling. With a bit of luck, you could also, spot monkeys moving on the tree tops or maybe a sloth hanging from a branch and thus mimetizing and making it almost impossible to be seen. After making a stop for lunch (box lunch) in our second lodge, Tambo Yanayacu (38 Miles NE of Iquitos), your guide will ask you to take part on the Tree Planting Ceremony in the reforestation zone near the lodge. Return to Iquitos by boat on the Amazon River. At a convenient time, transfer to the airport or your hotel.
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Day 3: Tambo Yanayacu lodge
Birdwatching on the river during early morning time. It is the best time to identify and photograph all kind of bird species as they feed on the river banks or “dive” into the water for fish.
Breakfast. Walk to Yagua Cocha. The trail to follow is more defiant than the ones you have walked before but previous experiences must have prepared you for the challenge. The people that live in this area walk this trail to reach one of the largest and most beautiful lakes where they fish. If you wish you can join the fishermen as they paddle their canoes to the best fishing spots within the lake. Here, atop the trees on the river banks you can also spot the Hoatzin or “shansho” bird (Opisthocomus hoatzin).
Lunch or box lunch. Return to the lodge in the afternoon. Your guide will ask you to take part on the Tree Planting Ceremony in the reforestation zone near the lodge. Later you can visit a typical farmers village or if you prefer, canoe or swim on the still waters of the Falcon Creek. Dinner. Comment your day experiences with your guide. Directions concerning return to Iquitos. Overnight.
Day 4: Tambo Yanayacu lodge - Iquitos
Breakfast. Excursion to Amazon River village. Lunch at the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge. Return to Iquitos by boat on the Amazon River. At a convenient time, transfer to the airport or your hotel.
- Quick Reservation Form
- Transfer airport / Lodge / airport (car and boat)
- 01 night at the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge
- 02 nights at the Tambo Yanayacu Lodge
- All the meals at the Lodge
- Excurtions like they are detail in the program
- Guide in English or Spanish
- Flight tickets
- Airport taxes
- Drinks at the bar
What to bring to the jungle?
We suggest you not to forget the following when you come to the jungle:
- Light cotton trousers and long-sleeve shirts
- Light Bermudas o shorts
- Cotton short-sleeve polo or T-shirts
- Sun screen lotion
- Cap or hat
- Photo or movie camera with rechargeable battery
- Mosquito repellent lotion (OFF!)
- Light water-proof poncho or rain jacket
- Snickers or hiking boots
- Rubber boots for rainy condition walking
- Personal flashlight
- Swimming outfit
- Binoculars are optional
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