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HELICONIA AMAZON RIVER PARADISE
Native Transport, Loreto


   3 Days / 2 Nights

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  1. Lima / Iquitos / Heliconia Amazon River Lodge
  2. Heliconia Amazon River Lodge
  3. Iquitos / Lima

 

Day 1: Lima -Heliconia Amazon River Lodge

Arrival and reception at our kiosk inside the Iquitos International Airport, Amazon River Expeditions. Then we will take you to our office of operations in the city where you will be given an orientation of our services, according to your particular voucher. Then, we will go to the Port of Bellavista Nanay, where we will board a speed boat to the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge via the Amazon River.
During this ride we will be able to observe the convergence of the brown turbid Amazon River with the dark waters of the Nanay River. We will enjoy the impressive jungle landscape and the rustic small houses of the riverside towns.
Arrival at the Lodge and a complimentary jungle drink. Allocation of rooms.
Lunch.
In the afternoon we will start a jungle hike into the Yanamono Reserve, which is a primary rainforest reserve, for approximately 2 hours accompanied by expert guides, where they will identify various botanical species such as the Heliconia plant, medicinal plants and giant trees such as the White silk-cotton tree (Ceiba Pentandra) whose dimensions are so large that 25 persons can circle the giant tree. During this time we will also see various birds such as the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes Aura), Black Fronted Nanbird (Monasa-Atia), etc., and with a little luck we will be able to see small monkeys such as marmosets (saguinus fusicollis) , and The Titi Monkey (Callicebus Mollock Mollock) and the Frailes Monkey (Saimiri Boliviense).
Return to the lodge and rest. Free time.
After observing the Amazonia Sunset, we will take a night boat ride to the Manco Gulch, if the river is high enough, or along the Amazon River where we will enjoy the magical sounds of the jungle and the light of the moon. Or, if it´s a clear night, we can observe the constellations.
Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 2: Heliconia Amazon River Lodge

Early birdwatching. We will start off very early and go by boat Cáceres Gulch or a similar gulch (if it's high water). We will be looking out for birds such as the Tuki (Jacana Jacana), Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle-Torquata), Black-Collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis), etc. We will also be able to see the very impressive giant Victoria Regia (Giant Water Lily) located inside the lakes that are on Yanamono Island (if the water level permits).
Return to the lodge where a tasty, delicious breakfast will be waiting.

After a brief rest, we will visit a Yagua village where we will have an opportunity to hear about thier way of life. On the return trip to the lodge we will stop by a sugar cane still where we will have a chance to taste the different drinks they make with the sugar cane rum.
Retun to the lodge. Lunch.
In the afternoon, we will take a small fishing trip into small tributaries of the Amazon River. The most daring can try for Piranhas. During this time we can also have the opportunity to look out for the Pink Amazon River Dolphin (Inia Geoffrensis), they can be very shy.
Return to the lodge for dinner.
At night the daring can take a hike around the perimeter of the Lodge to look for tarantulas, fire flys, bats and other jungle nocturnal creatures.  
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 3: Iquitos - Lima

After breakfast, wee will leave the Lodge carrying the luggage and travel towards the Bellavista Port - Nanay River - throughout Iquitos City in order to board the riverboat for visit to a Native Community, where we will be delighted with their dances and knowing about their way of life. Return to the City. Transfer to Iquitos airport.

 

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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)
Affiliation Code: AO683
Telephone Number: 011-511-433-1111

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