Iquitos / Napo River
Iquitos is a major hub on the upper reaches of the Amazon. The river is considerably
larger than both the Manu and Tambopata tributaries. This makes travel by larger,
faster, craft more routine. But there are much greater distances to cover in
order to get to undisturbed habitats for wildlife. The major airport allows
for easy access by jet aircraft from Lima and other points of origin.
Explorama Inn is a luxury lodge with every conceivable luxury for a rainforest
location, even electricity to run cooling fans. En suite baths and front porches
onto the Amazon make this an easily accessible base (only 25 miles from Iquitos)
for exploring the river system by day, without sacrificing the comforts of
Explorama Lodge is has everything you could ask for without electricity. It
is approximately twice the distance from Iquitos (50 miles). This makes it
possible to see different species of animals and birds.
ExplorNapo is 100 miles from Iquitos, deep into the Amazonian Rainforest Reserve.
The accommodation is of a different standard to the Explorama Lodge but still
provides all the necessities. The less intrusive nature of ExplorNapo makes
it a good destination for wildlife and the Amazon Centre for Environmental
Education and Research is located nearby.
The following three programmes give a taste of what these three destinations
can provide. However, there are many other options available, especially for
Code MEEI-3: Three days.
Fly In and Out. Two nights at the Explorama Inn.
Day One. Reception at the airport. Transfer to Explorama Inn (luxury lodge
with electricity). Afternoon walk in the tropical rainforest surrounding the
lodge. After dinner, the opportunity to look out onto the Amazon from the comfort
of your own porch and join in with local music in the bar.
Day Two. After breakfast, your boat takes you to a village of Yagua Indians
where you can learn about the local culture and hunting techniques. In the
afternoon your guide can take you to the neighbouring settlement of Indiana,
which has grown up around a Franciscan mission. Back to Explorama Inn for dinner.
Day Three. This morning you have a choice of further river rides or trail
walking for more wildlife observation. Afternoon, transfer back to Iquitos
and connecting flights.
Code MEEL-3: Three days.
Fly In and Out. Two nights accommodation at Explorama
This trip takes you a further 25 miles into the rainforest to a comfortable
lodge without electricity.
Day One. Reception at the airport. Transfer to Explorama lodge (50 mile river
trip). Afternoon canoe trip around the local rainforest. After dinner, the
opportunity go out again on foot, or by canoe, to enjoy the night sky.
Day Two. A morning trail walk amongst the tropical rainforest to learn about
the medicinal usage of local plants and trees. In the afternoon, a chance to
go swimming and to look for freshwater dolphins.
Day Three. There is time in the morning to visit with local indigenous people
and the local rum factory before returning to Iquitos and flight departures
Code MEEN-5: Five days.
Fly In and Out. Three nights at Explorama Lodge and
One night at ExplorNapo.
This trip takes you a further 50 miles into the rainforest.
Day One. Reception at the airport. Transfer to Explorama lodge (not en suite)
in large aluminium speed launches (50 mile river trip). Afternoon canoe trip
around the local rainforest. After dinner, the opportunity go out again on
foot, to enjoy the night sky, or be entertained in the lodge’s bar.
Day Two. After breakfast, a second 50 mile boat ride down the Amazon and into
the Rainforest Reserve on the Napo River. The fast boats ensure this takes
less than two hours. Your destination is ExplorNapo deep in the heart of the
rainforest, a small intimate camp with a screened dining facilities and bathroom
facilities. After lunch, your guide will take you to the neighbouring ReNuPeRu
Ethnobotanical garden, tended by a local healer.
Day Three. The morning is spent visiting the nearby suspended canopy walkway,
which spans 500 metres of rainforest, providing access to the higher reaches
of the rainforest. The afternoon consists of swimming, fishing and river-based
spotting for Sloth and rare birds. After dinner there is a canoe expedition
Day Four. In the morning an excursion to an oxbow lake of the Napo River.
After lunch, you are returned to Explorama lodge for a evening to begin winding
Day Five. The final morning takes you to meet Yagua Indians, with whom you
can trade for local crafts. After lunch, transfer back to Iquitos for your
Manu Explorer Service includes
- Transfers to and from your hotel
- All departures are from Lima
- All river transportation is private
- Bi-lingual professional guides
- Three meals per day plus snacks
- Bottled Drinking water provided
- Highest quality equipment
- Medical supplies and emergency equipment
- Radio Communication in the field
- All permits and fees (including airport taxes)
Excess flight baggage (over 10 kilos) is charged at $2 USD per kilo each way.
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