Experience the exciting world of the Peruvian Amazon on this 4-night stay at the Ceiba Tops Lodge. Enjoy the comfort of air conditioned rooms with private bathrooms and hot water in a luxurious rainforest setting. Naturalist Guides lead you to a variety of habitats to observe wildlife such as caimans, pink and gray river dolphins, monkeys, and over 500 species of birds. Visit an indigenous Yagua community and learn about their traditions, culture, and history. Observe Amazon wildlife and vegetation from a 115-foot Canopy Walkway, an unequaled experience! Fish for pirahnas in the Amazon River and learn how to throw a cast net. Learn from a shaman about the local uses and spiritual healing of rainforest plants. A visit to the mighty Amazon River and rainforest is an experience of a lifetime!
Hike primary rainforest among huge trees, epiphytes, & immense biodiversity
Visit a Yagua village and see a demonstration of the traditional blowgun
Spot freshwater dolphins and fish for piranhas in the Amazon River
Observe a rarely seen part of the rainforest from a suspended bridge
Browse Mazan's early morning market for a variety of products & produce
Arrive at the Iquitos airport and meet the friendly staff from Ceiba Tops Lodge. After a brief city orientation transfer to the dock for a twenty-five mile journey down the Amazon River by motorized boat. Arrive at Ceiba Tops and settle into your private room, complete with air conditioning and hot water. This afternoon hike in the primary rainforest reserve around the lodge, observing wildlife and enormous trees covered with epiphytes. After dinner join your guide for a short walk to a lake where you can spot caimans, frogs, and buzzing insects.
Embark on an early morning birding excursion. After having breakfast, get on boats to go visit a Yagua indigenous community. Your guide will share insights about the Yagua culture and how it has changed over the years. Browse the local handicrafts and enjoy a demonstration of the Yagua blowgun, which some in the village still use for hunting.
In the afternoon, enjoy a boating adventure to experience fishing and witness the astonishing variety of fish that inhabit the Amazon River, home to more species than the entire Atlantic Ocean. You'll use a basic cane pole and line to try your hand at catching piranhas and other types of fish.
An exciting full-day adventure begins with an early departure from Ceiba Tops by speedboat, traveling along the Amazon and Napo Rivers to reach Explorama's Napo Rainforest Reserve and ExplorNapo Lodge, near the Maijuna Indigenous community of Sucusari. The Maijuna community oversees a vast rainforest reserve of 390,000 hectares, and one of their elders serves as a guide. He leads visitors on a forest walk to the Canopy Walkway, sharing stories and knowledge about plants. The Canopy Walkway is an impressive suspended bridge spanning 500 meters and rising 35 meters above the forest floor. It offers a unique opportunity to explore a rarely seen part of the rainforest accessible to people of all ages without special climbing skills or equipment.
After lunch at ExplorNapo, you can visit the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden, which houses over 240 medicinal and useful plants. A shaman and healer tend to these plants, and your guide will help translate as the shaman explains their local uses and how they are involved in spiritual healing. Return to Ceiba Tops with some free time to enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner.
In the morning, early risers can enjoy birdwatching, followed by a boat excursion to "Monkey Island." This private reserve houses various primate species, both wild and adapted, making it a great spot for photography. The owner has been reforesting the area with fruiting trees to provide natural food for the animals, which currently include wooly, saki, titi monkeys, tamarins, and marmosets.
In the afternoon, there's a boat excursion along the Amazon River to spot both pink and gray freshwater dolphins. The best chance to see them is where multiple tributaries meet, where these dolphins gather while hunting for fish.
Day 5: Return to Iquitos
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
In the morning, there's a boat excursion to a rural village where houses are built on stilts to cope with rising river waters. The villagers, mostly farmers and fishermen, depend on the nearby forest for their livelihoods. These welcoming river communities often invite visitors into their homes, and if school is in session, the children are enthusiastic about demonstrating their skills and school life to guests. Return to Iquitos this afternoon for your flight.
Note: Daily activities in the rainforest may vary in order based on factors such as weather, trail conditions, or river conditions due to the ever-changing nature of the environment.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.