AMAZONAS SINCHICUY LODGE 3D/2N
Day 1. Iquitos / Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge (A-C)
Reception at the Iquitos airport or pick up from the chosen hotel. During the tour, you will be given a brief orientation through the city of Iquitos, observing the main tourist places of this thriving and historic city in eastern Peru, which in the 19th century became a small town and became the most important river port in the Amazon, acquiring a surprising cosmopolitan condition during the so-called «Rubber Fever». Transfer to the pier to start the boat trip to the Lodge. You will navigate the largest river in the world, the Amazon River, on board comfortable and safe boats.
Visit to Fundo Pedrito, a place located in the town of Barrio Florido. Here we can observe different species of local flora and fauna. It is in this place where you can see paiche, the largest fish in the Amazon. In addition a hatchery of lizards and piranhas await you.
Arrival at the Amazon Sinchicuy Lodge which is 45 minutes (downstream NE) from Iquitos. Our Lodge, built in a native style with natural materials, is surrounded by trees, plants and flowers, a true tropical garden on high non-flooding terrain or «restinga», where there are many varieties of birds and butterflies. Our staff will welcome you with a pleasant welcome drink made with fruit from the region (cocona, camu-camu, copoazú, etc.).
A short explanation about the rules that govern the sustainability of the Lodge and its surroundings, allowing you to better understand the ways of making your stay and participation in ecotourism activities more gratifying. Accommodation according to the type of room selected.
Lunch. The gastronomy in the Amazon Sinchicuy Lodge stands out because natural and fresh products that produce the river and the «farm» intervene. Golden fish fillets (Brachyplatystoma flavicans) accompanied by cocona sauce, regional vegetable salads, cassava, beans and fried plantains, a true delight that constitutes yet another attraction of the jungle.
ECOCULTU RAL Circuit (Sinchicuy River Basin Ecosystem)
Excursion on foot or by canoe – according to the season – to «New Peru», where the Yagua ethnic community is established, whose ancestors were discovered by Francisco de Orellana on his first exploration of the Amazon in 1541. This visit will It will allow you to know their ancestral customs, appreciate their original palm fiber clothing and even try aiming with the «pucuna» (blowgun) that the Yaguas used for centuries for hunting. Afterwards, you will undertake the ethnobotanical excursion. You will be able to see very particular species of the plant kingdom such as cat’s claw, sour reed, copaiba, aguaje and even the so-called «rope of the dead» or ayahuasca. Tour through the riverside estate of Santa Maria de Ojeal, where you will observe some of the productive activities carried out by its inhabitants; fruit orchards, fish farm with native species, cattle raising. You will be able to interact with the residents while observing their typical houses, schools, church and shops; Likewise, you will appreciate the sustainability projects that the community has been developing through ecotourism.
Night excursion … / Amazonian legends …
At night, the jungle and its inhabitants allow us to enjoy unique sounds and sensations. The guide will indicate the moment when the canoe or on foot excursion will begin, which will take you to discover, stealthily and in the light of a lantern, the mysterious world of night insects, cicadas, spiders, praying mantises, etc. It will also distinguish the songs of the owls and the «ayaymamas» that are interpreted as the language of fantastic beings in the local imagination.
To end the night, there is nothing more pleasant than enjoying an appetizing meal. The guide will explain the activities for the next day. Overnight.
Day 2. Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge / Full day Yanayacu / Kingdom of the giant trees (B-L-D).
Birdwatching: During the first hours of the morning (05:00 to 06:00 am). Breakfast. Juices and fruit jams produced in the region (papaya, orange, melon, cocona) accompany hot dishes and drinks to start the morning.
Immediately after breakfast, you will board the boat that will take you to the opposite end of the Amazon or, as it is said in the regional language, to «huashalado».
Observation of pink dolphins, due to their somewhat shy nature, it is necessary to have patience and be attentive to spot them, with an unforgettable photo will reward the effort.
Upon arrival in the Huashalado community, you will be able to observe cassava (manioc), plantain, papaya and other typical products from riverside agriculture.
By boat or canoe, you will follow the course of the Yanayacu River to explore this area rich in avian fauna, whose species includes kingfishers, hawks, herons, etc. and finally after a time of travel through the dark waters of the Yanayacu river you will arrive at our Lodge.
Walk through the jungle that will take you to know the «Kingdom of the Giant Trees», you will see some species of medicinal plants, such as the «sachajergón», the «ojé», the «tree bread» and the well-known «cat’s claw» ( Uncaria tomentosa); It is also possible to find bromeliads (epiphytic plants) that grow high on trees. But without a doubt the one that causes the most admiration, among the trees is the «lupuna» (Ceiba pentandra) that can exceed 50 meters in height. Depending on the season (June – September) and the weather, we will visit the Yaguacocha Lagoon, where it is possible to observe the most representative aquatic plant, the «royal victory» and the hoatzín or «shansho» (Opisthocomus hoatzin), a showy species of bird that feeds on aquatic flora. This is an exciting hike that will bring out your spirit of adventure and you will certainly enjoy it. Return to the Lodge. lunch
You will do an entertaining fishing in the river using the native techniques that will allow you to catch piranhas, mojarras, smooth or some other of the ichthyological species. Return trip to the Amazon Sinchicuy Lodge. Upon arrival you will enjoy time to rest in the hammocks, in the viewpoint or in the «Clavohuasca Bar», refreshing yourself with a nice frozen drink or experiencing different sensations with a fantastic regional aphrodisiac drink. You will also have canoes to take a walk through the calm waters of the Sinchicuy river before nightfall. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3. Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge / Iquitos (B-D)
After a fortifying breakfast, your guide will invite you to participate in the «Plant a Tree» Project in the reforestation area near the lodge.
Then, visit the «Rony» Artisan Center, to observe the artisanal extraction of sugar cane juice. There you will also find the local naturist, a great connoisseur of the secrets of nature and its application for the treatment of illnesses of the body and the spirit, the naturist will explain about the wonderful properties and use of some plants and roots. Observation of some of the varieties of wild animals such as lazy bears, monkeys, achunis, macaws, boas toucans and lizards that are found in semi-captivity.
After our educational visit, we headed to the Lodge for a refreshing lunch. At the appropriate time, we will take our boat to return to the city of Iquitos, where a representative will be waiting for us to drive us to our hotel or to the airport.
- The order of some activities may vary due to weather conditions or operational situations.