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AMAZONAS SINCHICUY LODGE & TAMBO YANAYACU
Day 1. Iquitos / Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge (L-D)
Our personnel will meet and greet you at the Iquitos Airport from where you will be transferred to the city. Along the way you will briefly sightsee the tourist highlights of Iquitos, this representative Peruvian jungle town that on the 19th Century turned from a small outpost to the most important port city in the Amazon basin, acquiring an outstanding cosmopolitan status during the so called “Rubber boom”.
Sail on the Amazon, the world’s greatest river, onboard comfortable and safe boats.
Arrival in the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge (18 Miles NE from Iquitos). Our native-style built lodge is surrounded by trees, plants and flowers, a true tropical garden where birds and butterflies are abundant. Room assignment according to reservation.
ECOCULTURAL Circuit (The Sinchicuy Watershed Ecosystem)
Short walk or canoe ride in the afternoon –depending on the season- to “Nuevo Peru” where a Yagua community has established. The Yaguas are one of the most ancient ethnic groups of the Amazon rainforest, discovered by Francisco de Orellana on his first Amazon River exploration. Visiting these friendly people will let you know their customs see their unique apparel made of palm fibers and even try their “pucuna” or blowgun.
Lunch. Food specialty products in the Amazonas Sinchicuy include fruits from the river and the field.
In the afternoon, you will proceed with an ethnobotanic walk on a trail where you will be able to identify some species of the plant kingdom (Cat’s Claw, Sour Cane, Copaiba, Aguaje and even Ayahuasca, the hallucinogen vine).
Visit the “shaman’s cottage”, to find out about the particularities of the regional flora and its applications. Tour the Santa María del Ojeal farmlands where you will see an artisanal sugar cane squeeze and fruit orchard, walk around a typical village on the shores of the Amazon. You may interact with villagers as you pass by their typical houses, schools, churches and shops; you will also see the community’s sustained development projects that are possible by ecotourism support.
Returning to the Lodge you will delight on the sight of a beautiful Amazon sunset.
Evening excursión…/Amazon legends…
At indicated time, evening canoe ride or walk to sense the jungle after dark. Return to the lodge. After enjoying a delightful meal, the guide will amuse you with tales and legends from the rich Amazon myths. Also, if you desire, our personnel will share with you a time for music and singing. Overnight.
Day 2. Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge / Tambo Yanayacu Lodge (B-L-D)
Birdwatching: During morning early hours (between 5 and 6) is the most appropriate time to observe many of the bird species that feed on the river banks or in the local produce plantations nearby.
After breakfast you will board the boat that will take you to the opposite side of the Amazon River or “huashalado” as it is locally known.
FLORA AND FAUNA Program (The Yanayacu Watershed Ecosystem)
During the approximately 90-minute trip to Yanayacu (by boat and by foot), you will have the possibility to spot dolphins, main characters of fantastic tales and legends told by the river people.
Arrival in the Huashalado village proceeding with a short walk to the Yanayacu River, where another boat will be waiting to take you to our Tambo Yanayacu Lodge. As you sail, you will enter the “kingdom of the giant trees” so called because of the size some found species reach, among them the “lupuna” or ceiba tree. This is an ideal place for birds since the fish found in the river and the fruit from plants that grow on its edges are their main source of feeding; also, the thick forest offers the best possibilities for nestling. With a bit of luck, you may spot monkeys moving along the high tree tops or a sloth or “pelejo” hanging form a branch, mimetizing and thus making itself almost unseen.
You will go down the Yanayacu River by boat or canoe, exploring this bird-rich area where among other species you may find kingfishers, hawks, egrets and a pre-historic features bird known as Hoatzin or “Shansho” (Opisthocomus hoatzin). There are also numerous medicinal plant species such as the “sachajergon”, the “oje”, the “pan de arbol” and the world famous “cat’s claw” (Uncaria tomentosa); it is also possible to find bromeliads and epiphyte plants growing high on the tree branches. But without doubt, giant flora species are this area’s highlight: the “lupuna” tree (Ceiba pentandra), some specimens surpassing 50 meters in height; the “Victoria Regia” the largest of all water lillies, with floating leaves sometimes nearly 9 feet in diameter.
After an approximately 30-minute boat ride, you will arrive in the Tambo Yanayacu Lodge located on the Falcon Creek (38 Miles NE of Iquitos). You will have some time to rest while gazing at the beautiful sight of the creek’s mirrored waters upon which the forest and the blue sky reflect.
Later, your guide will take you for a canoe ride or a walk around the lodge so you can become acquainted with the area.
Again, it is advisable to wear rubber boots to facilitate walking. Return to the lodge around noon and enjoy lunch. Afternoon trekking to one of the giant “lupunas” in the area and to an interesting oxbow lake where we can find the Horned Screamer (Anhima cornuta), eye-catching bird species that feeds on aquatic flora. Return to the Lodge and night walk before or after dinner. Overnight.
Day 3. Tambo Yanayacu Lodge (B-L-D)
Birdwatching on the Yanayacu River during early morning time. It is the best time to identify and photograph all kind of bird species as they feed on the river banks or “dive” into the water for fish.
Breakfast. Walk to Yagua Cocha (July to November). The trail to follow is more defiant than the ones you have walked before but previous experiences must have prepared you for the challenge. The people that live in this area walk this trail to reach one of the largest and most beautiful lakes where they fish. If you wish you can join the fishermen as they paddle their canoes to the best fishing spots within the lake. Here, atop the trees on the river banks you can also spot the Hoatzin or “shansho” bird (Opisthocomus hoatzin).
Lunch. After lunch, we made a trip to the other side of the Yanayacu River to visit a local community called Yanayacu Timicuro. On the road and along the river, our guides try to find some mammals located between the treetops, as in the rainy season due to increased flow, animals like sloth usually take refuge and become more noticeable presence. Return to the Lodge. Dinner. Night hike or canoe in search of animals that are felt only in the darkness of the jungle. Overnight.
Day 4. Tambo Yanayacu Lodge / Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge / Iquitos (B-L)
Breakfast. Visit the Wildlife Project, recently called as Fundo Neiser Custody Centre to observe some of the varieties of wild animals such as sloth bears, monkeys, achunis, macaws, toucans, boas and lizards. It will be an interesting way to learn to appreciate and respect wildlife typical of our Amazonia.
After our educational tour, we went to the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge for lunch sleep. A proper time we will take our boat to head to Iquitos, where a representative will be waiting to lead us to our hotel in Iquitos or to the airport.
HAVE A NICE TRIP … ENJOY IT!
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