Explorama Lodge and Canopy Walkway

4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 1: Iquitos / Explorama Lodge

Reception at the airport or hotel, brief city orientation and transfer to the Explorama dock. Fifty mile journey down the Amazon River to Yanamono Stream where Explorama Lodge is located. Afternoon hike along the "Lake trail" through lowland rainforest which is seasonally flooded. During the high water season, this excursion is done by open boat! Night walk or open boat ride to enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and stars of the Southern sky. Overnight Explorama Lodge. (L,D)

Day 2: Explorama Lodge

Early morning birding excursion. Morning walk along the "Bushmaster Trail", where scientific studies by the Missouri Botanical Gardens have found the world's highest biodiversity of trees per square hectare. Continue on to a small village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain their culture and how it has been affected by the passing of time. There will be an opportunity to see their local crafts and for a demonstration of the use of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use. Afternoon boating excursion in search of sloth, found in Cecropia trees at the water's edge, and the two species of freshwater river dolphin, pink and grey, found in Amazonian waters. Overnight Explorama Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Explorama Lodge / Canopy Walkway / Explorama Lodge

arly morning departure from the Lodge by boat to the mouth of the Napo River where in 1542, the intrepid explorer Francisco de Orellana, became the first European to discover the Amazon River. Continue on the Napo River to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. Hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, visit the "ReNuPeRu" Ethnobotanical Garden where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. Return to Explorama Lodge in time to relax in the hammock house or at the Tahuampa Bar before dinner. Overnight Explorama Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Explorama Lodge / Iquitos

Morning walk along a local Amazon River trail stopping at a "ribereños" house, corner store and sugar cane rum factory. Afternoon return to Iquitos and on to the airport or hotel. Breakfast, Lunch (if departure flight permits)

Due to the everchanging nature of the rainforest, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions.

Departures: Daily

Tour includes: All city and river transfers.

  • Experienced multilingual, local naturalist guides.
  • All meals in rainforest Lodges.
  • 24 hour self-service coffee, tea and potable water at all lodges.
  • All fully guided rainforest and river excursions.
  • Entrance fee to the Canopy Walkway on Explornapo, Explortambos & ACTS programs.

2017 Rates per person in US$: $757 in double. (Minimum 2 people) Single Supplement: $75

CLIMATE AND SEASONS
A unique feature of the rainforest surrounding Iquitos is its lack of a specific rainy or dry season. There is a high water period from December through May which is caused by the melting of snow as the Andean summer begins and from the rainy season in the upper jungle. The low water period begins in June and ends with the rising waters in November. While the water level can fluctuate more then 45 feet, the warm and humid climate remains relatively constant throughout the year, giving this area its botanical category of "Everwet Tropical Forest". Normal daytime highs are 88° F and nighttime lows are 72°F.

WHAT TO PACK
Keep your baggage to a comfortable minimum Without fail, bring a valid passport. Pack light, drip-dry cotton or safari clothing, including one long-sleeved shirt and sweater. Hiking shoes or sneakers, (jungle trails are frequently muddy), plastic raincoat or poncho. Include insect repellent, toilet articles, sunglasses, sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, binoculars and small flashlight. And finally, don't forget a camera with plenty of film to capture the memories of your Amazon Adventure.