You are met at the airport and taken on a city tour before transferring to the Explorama dock. Take a 50 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! Take a night walk or open boat ride to enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and under a starry sky. Established in 1964, 50 miles (80km) down the Amazon River, Explorama Lodge is deep in primary rainforest. Romantic kerosene torches and lamps illuminate palm-thatched houses with 10-17 private sleeping rooms. Covered connecting walkways lead to the Tahuampa Bar, the dining room, the sun porch and two hammock houses. Showers & toilet facilities adjoin each house. A variety of treks are offered, including the Seven Bridges Trail walk. *Please note that you need to arrive into Iquitos by 12:00pm (noon) at the latest
Early morning birding excursion. Start with a 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 visit 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 trade for or purchase some of their local crafts and for a demonstration of the use of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. In the afternoon, enjoy a 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.
Early morning departure from the lodge by boat to the mouth of the Napo River where in 1542, the intrepid explorer Francisco de Orellano, 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 500m, connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35m (115 ft) 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.
Embark on a morning boat excursion to “Monkey Island”, a private reserve where more than five species of tropical primates including small tamarins, saki, titi and large woolly monkeys are protected. Lunch will be served at Ceiba Tops luxury lodge. Enjoy an afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops that includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes or, if you prefer, time to enjoy the pool, water slide, Jacuzzi and lovely gardens around Ceiba Tops. Return to Explorama Lodge in time to once again enjoy the hammock house or Tahuampa Bar.
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. *Please do not book any flights out of Iquitos until 14:00 or later