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EXPEDITION PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Loreto


The jungle of the mirrored waters
4 Days / 3 Nights

1 Night Tambo Amazonico Lodge
2 Nights Pacaya Samiria

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  1. Lima - Iquitos - Tambo Amazonico Lodge
  2. Tambo Amazonico Lodge - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  3. Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  4. Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  5. Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - Iquitos - Lima

Day 1: Lima - Iquitos - Tambo Amazonico Lodge

Upon arrival in Iquitos, you will be greeted at the airport by your naturalist guide. After an orientation tour of the city, board a speedboat bound for the Tambo Amazonico Lodge on the Yarapa River. Sit back and take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the Amazon as you make your way deep into the jungle. Lunch at Lodge.

Afternoon hike to visit the Macaw blind to observe Macaws, Parrots and other colorful birds that are attracted to the mineral salts of the giant Machimango Tree.

Bring some extra T-shirts because you will also have an opportunity to trade for or buy local crafts in the village of Jaldar. Dinner.
Bring your flashlight for an exciting evening boat ride in search of Black Caiman and other nocturnal creatures.

Day 2: Tambo Amazonico Lodge - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

You'll want your binoculars and camera for this early morning boat excursion to the Yarapa Creek for birdwatching. The Yarapa is known for it's many hidden lakes where you'll find the primitive Hoatzin Birds nesting in thorny palm trees, and Horned Screamers roosting on giant lily pads. Breakfast.

Leave the Yarapa behind continuing south up the Amazon, (remember, the current of the river flows south to north) where you´ll pass through the joining of the river the Ucayali and Maranon. This is the actual point where the two great rivers meet to form the Amazon River.

Continue up the Marañon River making a brief stop in the small town of Nauta before arriving at the mouth of the Yanayacu-Pucate River, the entrance into the Reserve. Look for large groups of pink dolphin feeding here.
Stop in the village of 20 de Enero (January 20th) to visit forest police checkpoint. (You will also get a chance to see the artificial beaches where villagers are raising Taricaya and Charapa Turtle eggs as part of the reserve's conservation efforts). Continue up the Yanayacu to the village of Yarina.
Interchange experience about local and native life.

Yarina is the last settlement on the Yanayacu River and will be our base. Here you'll get a chance to stretch your legs with a late morning hike along the Shushupe Trail, where you may see Squirrel Monkeys, Huapo Negros, Pichicho, or White Mustachioed Tamarins. We have also seen larger rodents like Anuje, and Majaz scurrying along the path, and endless trails of Leaf Cutter Ants. Lunch.

Continue up river to Japon Cocha (Lake Japan) where you will discover an amazing diversity of giant trees and palms. This lake is literally teeming with aquatic fauna such as King Fishers, Horned Screamers, White Heron wading on the banks of the lake, and trees filled with Cormorants, and Anhingas. Squirrel Monkeys, Woolies, and Tamarins are abundant. You and your guide will also paddle your way into the Quebrada Martin Caño to explore. Return to Lake Japan. Dinner camp out in tents at the lake.

Day 3: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Early morning boat excursion into the Quebrada San Juan (San Juan Stream) and El Fraile for spectacular birdwatching. Here you'll be able to observe Scarlet and Blue, Red and Yellow Macaws, along with many other exotic bird species. Return to Yarina Breakfast.

Full day to Chingana Creek where you'll quietly paddle in search of Howler Monkeys and Saimiris. The jungle here is thick and the trees have grown to form a canopy over the creek, creating a primate "super highway". Box Lunch.
Back out on the Yarina, you'll get a chance to see the primitve and mysterious Amazon Pink River Dolphin. Dive in for a closer look!

Afternoon excursion to Pasto Lake where families of Giant River Otter make their home. Continue the journey into the Del Huapo Stream to observe giant Lupuna and Renaco Trees. This is also an excellent area to view Macaws. Return to Yarina.

Evening boat ride in search of Black Caiman, and other nocturnal creatures such as Night Jars, Hawks, Owls, Tiger Heron, and Great Potoos. Dinner camp out in tents.

Day 4: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

After breakfast, you begin the most interesting tract in the whole journey, having the opportunity to observe the pink and gray dolphins. Carry out a handmade fishing tour with arrows, under the direction of our native guides. With great care, you will observe the second time what you did not have the opportunity to see the first time; some enigmatic river wolves that live in big family flocks in their own burrows. Lunch. Take a walk, until you reach some ponds where there live huge Black Caymans (alligators) that can measure up to 6 mts. long. We then return to Pona Cocha. Dinner. Spend the night in tents.

Day 5: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - Iquitos - Lima

Breakfast. Return to Iquitos. At proper time transfer to the airport.

 

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Iquitos, Loreto
 
sunset in the Tambopata river
 
Tambopata river
 
Iquitos, Loreto   Native of Iquitos

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IATA

(International Air Transport Association)
Affiliation Code: 91-5-008-0
Telephone Number: (+511) 222-4353

COTAL
(Latin America Confederation of Travel Organizations)
Affiliation Code: AC1812
Telephone Number: (+5411) 4393-5696 (based in Argentina)

APAVIT
(Peruvian Association of Travel Agencies)
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Telephone Number: 011-511-433-1111

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