From Cusco take a flight to Lima and then to the jungle town of Iquitos. This is the heart of the Amazon and the headwaters of the greatest ecological zone on earth. A motor boat takes you 25 miles downstream to the Ceiba Tops Lodge, a beautiful sanctuary with air-conditioned rooms, hot water showers, and a relaxing pool and waterslide! A local guide shares some of the secrets of this ecological treasure as you look for monkeys, tapirs, capybara, macaws, toucans, and more. At night, enjoy cool drinks while listening to the sound of the forest at night.
Witness pink or gray dolphins while boating the Amazon River
Hike the canopy walkway to spot wildlife among the trees
Learn about Amazonian holistic healing and see the native plants utilized
Arrive at the Iquitos airport and meet the friendly staff from Ceiba Tops Lodge. After driving through the town of Iquitos, arrive at the main dock. A twenty-five-mile journey down the Amazon River by motorized boat brings you to the lodge, where private rooms with air conditioning and hot water provide all of the comforts of home. Box lunch. Enjoy an afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops, where you can see enormous trees festooned with epiphytes. After dinner, enjoy local flute and guitar music at the El Toucan Bar or chat with the guides about the legends and history of the Amazon forest.
Participate in an optional early morning bird-watching excursion prior to breakfast. After breakfast, a morning visit to a local indigenous village where your guide will explain the Yagua culture and how it was affected by the arrival of Europeans and the passing of time. You'll also have the opportunity to engage in craft trading or purchase local artisanal products and enjoy a demonstration of the Yagua blowgun, which some in the village still use for hunting.
Join an afternoon boat adventure along the Amazon River, a quest to see either of the incredible pink and gray freshwater dolphins found in the river. Besides dolphin-watching, there's a chance to go fishing and witness the amazing diversity of fish species in the Amazon River, including the notorious piranha. It's interesting to note that the Amazon River has more different types of fish than the entire Atlantic Ocean! If you catch a fish, you'll even get to taste it for dinner.
Early this morning depart from Ceiba Tops by boat to the ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. Hike the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms and reaching a height of over 115 feet. It is 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 Amazonian holistic healing and the uses of the native plants. Return to Ceiba Tops in time to enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner.
Day 4: Return to Iquitos
This morning choose between a hike or a boating excursion to further enjoy the rainforest and the Amazon River. You can also choose to relax by the pool until departure time. Return to Iquitos this afternoon for your flight back to Lima.
Note: Daily rainforest activities are subject to change due to weather, trails, or river conditions, and first and last day itineraries might also adjust based on flight schedules.
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