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TOUR: PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE 5/4

Tour to Iquitos - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - Nauta - Iquitos

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Tour Summary
Iquitos Tours, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru Tours This is the largest Protected Natural Area in Peru (2´080,000 ha), located at 300 km / 190 miles from Iquitos. Accessible only by waterways.

The wealth of the low lying Virgin Rainforest gives this area an enormous bio-diversity similar to the one of the Manu National Park, where also live several species not present in this area. The National Reserve has many lakes and lagoons and vast swamp areas.

Practically unexplored and uninhabited except for protected species in the interior, it offers an astonishing potential for research studies and observation of wild life, particularly of certain species in danger of extinction in other areas.

This area has more than 85 lakes and exuberant vegetation with a great variety of flora species such as the Lupuna Tree, measuring up to 160 feet tall with a diameter of 10 feet in four forest types. It also has 130 species of mammals such as the Jaguar, Ocelots, Giant River Otters and Capybara (the world's biggest rodent), and several species of monkeys in danger of extinction, like the black Maquisapa or Spider Monkey, the Yellow breast and the Common Woolly Monkey.
There are 350 bird species like Toucans and Blue, Yellow and Red Macaws. All this, plus the 150 reptiles of 20 families, makes our forest one with the largest number of species seen on any tourist trip in the world.

The most important source in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is the aquatic fauna, with 250 species of fish, such as the Paiche, the world's largest fresh water fish, weighing up to 250 lbs., and measuring up to 9 feet long, plus species of Turtles, Pink and Grey River Dolphins, and the Manatee.

There are no lodgings in the Reserve, but our staff can provide tents to permit you to experience a real expedition through a temporary camp.

This trip offers the opportunity to know new cultures and to explore the mysterious and magic world of the Amazon forest. It offers a variety of touching itineraries so diverse as the forest itself in the lodges strategically located and their excellent location favours the observation of birds and the carrying out of the most diverse adventure expeditions, walks, to appreciate the countless variety of flora and fauna, to go fishing, opportunities for taking of pictures, to admire the Pink River Dolphins, to know and explore Shamanism and medicinal plants or perhaps just to rest in a hammock, observing the River and listening the sounds of the forest.
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Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Price: From US$ 894
Starting point: Iquitos
Ending point: Iquitos
Tour Type: Birdwatching, ecological, wildlife viewing, hiking, entomology, fishing, mystical, esoterical and camping

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: Iquitos / Nauta / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Our personnel will meet and greet you at the Airport. Transfer to the City.
Along the way you will briefly sightsee Iquitos, looking at the most important tourist sites of this representative City of the Peruvian jungle which on the XIXth Century turned from a small outpost settlement into one of the most important river ports on the Amazon, reaching an outstanding cosmopolitan condition during the "rubber boom" era.
You will meet the expert naturalist guide in-charge of providing you the most exact information during your trip to the Amazon Rainforest. Transfer by bus to the Town of Nauta, some 40 miles from Iquitos, linked by a modern highway. After the two-and-a-half hour ride you will reach this picturesque Town on the shores of the Maranon River where you will board the boat that will take you to the Yanayacu-Pucate River Basin in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Before departure you will have time to take a short walk around Nauta and have lunch.
Continue up the Maranon for about two or two-and-a-half hours, when you shall be entering the Yanayacu-Pucate River, and thus into the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve (70 miles SE from Iquitos). The trip promises to be interesting from the start; your eyes will delight with the sights of endless vegetation and blue skies with white puffy clouds reflecting upon the dark water of the River. The color is a characteristic of almost all water passages and oxbow lakes in the reserve, thus it is know as "The Jungle of the Mirrored Waters" Flocks of Parrots, Macaws and Egrets flying above; up ahead a blink of pink on the water signals the presence of a mythic Pink River Dolphin.
You will sail on Yanayacu making a brief stop at the Forest Police Checkpoint in the Village of 20 de Enero. Then you will proceed to a properly selected camp site. Complex lodging facilities are not allowed inside the reserve, thus comfortable tents will be installed by our crew as you move along the Yanayacu. This base camp where you will spend the first night of your itinerary is located near the Village of Yarina, the last settlement on the Yanayacu. Supper will be cooked and served by our personnel. Later you will enjoy a thrilling evening boat or canoe ride to search for Black or Spectacle caiman, bound to be found in this area. Overnight.

Meals Included: Lunch and dinner

DAY 02: Pacaya Samiria (Yanayacu - Pucate)
After breakfast you will continue your journey into the Reserve. The boat will follow the Yanayacu course making brief stops to watch closely for interesting sights. There is a great chance that you may see Monk Saki, Howling, Wooly and Squirrel Monkeys. It is also possible to spot Macaws, Toucans and Capybara amongst others. You will continue to the Yarina Settlement where its inhabitants have been developing a repopulation project for the endangered Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis). There are over 200 communities around the Reserve many of them taking part on conservation and reforestation projects.
Lunch in the camp.
In the afternoon you will hike on jungle trail close to the camp.
Follow endless trails of Leaf Cutter Ants along the path as the jungle gets thicker. Look at the tree canopy above you to discover primates and other interesting creatures which inhabit the area.
Supper.
Evening excursion by foot to listen to the sounds of the forest after dark (Hawks, Owls, Potoos, and insects).
Overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 03: Pacaya Samiria (Yanayacu - Pucate)
Early morning breakfast followed by a two-hour hike to the Laguna Caro Oxbow Lake. Following the jungle trail you are bound to find Howler and Woolly Monkeys, medicine plants not only employed by the local but also processed by the pharmaceutical industry and sold everywhere. There are many fish species in Laguna Caro including Red Belly Piranha (Serrasalmus natteri), Silver Arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum) and Peacock Bass (Cichla ocellaris) which you will not only see swimming around the canoe but you will also have the chance to catch them as locals do.
Lunch on the shores of the Oxbow lake. If fishing has been successful you may request your catch to be cooked native style.
Once returned to the camp, you may choose to rest surrounded by the splendorous jungle or continue exploring on the River.
Supper and overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 04: Pacaya Samiria (Yanayacu - Pucate)
Early morning breakfast to proceed with Bird watching before return trip.
It is possible to find some prey birds in the reserve such as the "Yellow Headed Caracara" (Mivalgo chimachima), the King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa), the Black Collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis) and the beautiful Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja). The trip continues down River heading back to the Maranon with a few stops on the route for biodiversity sighting. The River is the habitat to other interesting species, including the Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), a semi-aquatic carnivore usually found in social groups easy to spot by its audible groans; it is also possible to find in the reserve one of the largest snakes in the world, the famous Common Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) which can reach an 39-foot length spending most of its time in the water.
By noon there will be a stop for lunch and then you will continue sailing until you reach the last camp site near the mouth of the Yanayacu River. While our personnel make the arrangements to end up the adventure you may visit one of the neighbouring settlements where most of the population do farming and fishing activities.
Supper and final comments on the trip in the Reserve.
Overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 05: Pacaya Samiria (Yanayacu - Pucate)
Breakfast and last chance to take pictures in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
Sail on the Maranon River to reach Nauta. Return to Iquitos by land.

Meals Included:Breakfast


End of our services

Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 4 Nights of accommodation in differents camp sites
  • All in and out transfers from Iquitos City
  • All applicable taxes
  • Bilingual guides (English / Spanish)
  • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
Note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the Peruvian jungle, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions.


NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and Domestic flights (Lima / Iquitos / Lima: US$ 294 aprox.)
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess
  • Adicional nights or flights cancelation
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Snacks
  • Laundry
  • International or National personal telephone calls


Useful Information

ORIENTATION
Peru is located on the central west coast of South America. Its neighboring countries are: Ecuador and Colombia to the N; Chile to the S; Brazil and Bolivia to the E; and the Pacific Ocean to the W. It is the third largest country in South America, with a surface area of 1 285 215,6 km2 (larger than France, Spain, and Germany combined) distributed approximately in the following manner: 12% coastal territory, 28% Andean highlands and 60% Amazon jungle. Its capital, Lima, is located in the coastal area, where the country's greatest economic activities take place.

TIME ZONE
Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:

Santiago de Chile and Caracas 13:00
Rio de Janeiro 14:00
New York 12:00
Madrid 18:00
Londres 17:00
Tokyo 03:00


TEMPERATURE
Being such a geographically diverse country within the tropical belt, the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. However, it also means that there is almost invariably sunshine somewhere in Peru ! Below is a summary of the weather conditions you can expect to find in each different region of the country at different times of the year.

Coast (Ica, Chiclayo, Lima, Piura, Trujillo, Tumbes)
Northern region: warm year-round with highs of up to 35°C in the summer.
Central and southern regions: two well-defined seasons, winter between April and October, and summer between November and March.

Highlands (Ancash, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Puno)
This region has two seasons, dry season between April and rainy season between November and March.

Rainforest (Iquitos, Madre de Dios, Manu)
High rainforest (over 2,300 feet asl): has a temperate, subtropical climate with abundant rainfall.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use boots or sneakers the whole time during the walks.
- Drink a lot of liquid during your stay in the forest.
- Keep an extra kit of dry clothes in your room.

WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- Swimwear.
- T-shirts.
- Rain wear.
- Flashlight with extra batteries/bulb.
- Binoculars.
- Camera.
- Insect Repellent.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.

LUGGAGE
Lugagge is hand-carried from the boats to your rooms. We strongly recommend you to limit the weight of your luggage to 15 kilograms (32 POUNDS ) a piece.

YELLOW FEVER INOCULATION REQUERIMENTS
Yellow fever inoculation is recommended for travel to Peruvian Jungle. Get your vaccine at least 10 days before your arrival. You must bring your yellow fever inoculation certificate with you to prove to the airport officials in Iquitos that you are vaccinated.

WEATHER
The climate in the Amazon is tropical, warm, humid and rainy, with a temperature averages yearly round of 28ºC.
Rainy season: November to April.
Dry season: May to September.
During the rainy months of November through April, always be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 2000 mm rainfall occurs during these months.

ALTITUDE
Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Iquitos: 106 m.a.s.l.

WATER
Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.

VISAS
All travellers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information clic here:
Type of visa to enter Peru

AIRPORT

Hand luggage regulations

a) All liquids must be carried in containers whose capacity can not exceed of 100 ml (or its equivalent in other volumetric units, such as liquid ounces for instance). No liquids will be allowed in containers of more capacity than the said 100 ml, even if the container is not completely full.

b) The containers must be placed in reclosable plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The containers must fit effortlessly in the transparent plastic bag, which must be perfectly sealed.

c) The plastic bag must be presented at the inspection post for its visual examination. Only one plastic bag per passenger can be allowed.

d) Exceptions must be made in case of medications, milk and baby food, as well as in case of passengers who require a special diet. There must be the appropriate means in place to verify the nature of these liquids.

Likewise, exceptions must be made regarding liquids purchased in the duty free shops at the airport or on board an aircraft, provided that these liquids are packed in a sealed plastic container foolproof against undue manipulations, and that a satisfactory proof (receipt) is produced showing that the article was acquired at the airport’s duty free shops, or aboard an aircraft on the traveling day(s) for passengers leaving an airport or being there on transit.

LANGUAGE
The official languages of Peru are Spanish, spoken by 73% of the population, and Quechua spoken by 24% of Peruvians. English is widely spoken in hotels and shops.

CURRENCY
Peru's official currency is the Nuevo sol ; its symbol is S/. The denominations in circulation are bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles; coins of 1, 2, and 5 nuevos soles; and coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 céntimos of a nuevo sol. US$ are widely accepted.
At the moment, US$ 1.00 is worth around 3.50 Nuevos Soles.

TIPPING
Whilst tipping is a personal matter, we are happy to give some guidelines:
Most restaurants add a 10% tip. The total tip should be about 15%.
Doorkeepers should be tipped 1 US$ per bag. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Full-day excursion : US$6.00 per person
Half-day excursion : US$3.00 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY
If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag. Photography or camera fees are applicable at most sights and museums; your guide can give you details of the latest charges.

ELECTRICITY
Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.

HEALTH
Vaccinations
Full details of the latest health requirements should be obtained from an authorized medical source, such as your doctor. There are no mandatory health requirements for Peru.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. Be sure to try hot tea or infusion of coca leaves on your arrival in the altitude; during your first day move slowly and eat lightly.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.

Restaurants During Your Trip
In Iquitos: All meals will be provided by the lodge.

... more about Iquitos restaurants.

DRESS CODE
Dress in general is very casual unless you want to eat in one of the more expensive restaurants in Lima for example, in which case a tie and/or jacket will be required and smarter ladies' wear. Due to the altitude, it is important to remember whatever the season, to take some warmer woollens for the nighttimes drop in temperature.

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.

 
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