Eco-Adventure and cultural exchange in Iquitos

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  • 4 Days, 3 Nights
  • Starting point Iquitos Airport or Hotel
  • Group size: 2 - 5 For larger groups please enquire
  • Year-roundThe program may adjust to weather conditions and seasons
  • Bookings At least 72 hours in advance
  • Child discount (0 to 11 Y.O.)If this applies to you, please enquire

This Eco-Adventure and Cultural Exchange in Iquitos offers a unique immersive experience in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, combining eco-friendly adventures with a rich local gastronomic offer.

Visitors engage in activities ranging from wildlife observation on night and day tours to cultural workshops that unveil the region’s worldview, myths, and legends.

The ethnobotanical route stands out, exploring the ancestral use of plants. While the stay is enriched with exclusive talks, energetic rituals, and an award ceremony that recognizes visitors’ sustainable efforts, all within a clear commitment to conservation and local culture.

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Day 1Iquitos - Ecolodge

Welcome at the airport or city of Iquitos. Transfer by private vehicle to the Bosque de Huayo, a local biopark known for its conservation work.

Transfer to the port of Nauta to board a private boats. (Terrestrial transpotation: aprox. 2:40h total) 

Navigation through the Marañón river (40 min). On the way to our ecolodge, we will make an intermediate stop at Fundo Casual, a tropical forest managed by local residents, where we will see different species of wildlife.

Arrival at the EcoLodge, where we will be received by a member of the Kukama Kukamiria ethnic group who will perform a ritual to prepare us to get all the energy and strength of nature using fresh leaves of plants with medicinal or healing properties and huayruro seeds packed in jute bags.

Active Sustainability

All visitors are invited to be part of efforts to preserve the environment, local values and culture.
In this sense, the visitors can choose one task within a set of sustainable tasks to be carried out throughout their stay at the ecolodge.

Some examples:

• Plant a tree or plant and conduct a research about its functionality
• Species counting in the botanical garden
• Clean an area or trail of the botanical garden
• Develop new species identification posters
• Draw or paint scenes from the jungle (contemplation)
• Sustainable traveler chronicles (assigned topic)
• Upload wildlife photos to Instagram
• Collect flowers and prepare floral arrangements
• Learning of 20 kukama words.

We will also make our first night tour of the Private Reserve that surrounds the Ecolodge to observe frogs, tarantulas, insects and other species of night habits.

Overnight.

Day 2Private Reserve - Immersive Gastronomy

Before breakfast we will carry out a preparation ritual to capture all the energy of Mother Nature, using fruits such as passion fruit or jungle leaves such as the well-known mucura.

After breakfast we will take a guided interpretation walk through the Private Reserve to enjoy the great biodiversity of the primary forest (unaltered and preserved in its purest form with more than 300 species of flora and fauna).

During the tour, we will have the possibility of watching some of the 107 species of birds that have been registered in this forest.

We will conclude the forest tour along the primate route.

Today’s activities also offers visitors an unforgettable gastronomic experience, that will allow you to be an active part of the process of preparing representative dishes of the Amazonian cuisine, such as Patarashka (fish), Tacacho with Cecina (jerky meat with fried smashed plantain) in cocona sauce and others.
You will start their experience by collecting and selecting ingredients from our forest, their processing using ancient techniques such as the tushpa (Amazon barbecue), food styling and tasting.

Later on, is time to start the execution of the sustainable tasks assigned on day 1.

After dinner, exclusive talks on the Amazon Cosmic vision, narration of myths and legends of the Peruvian Amazon mythology and a blossoming bath.

Overnight.

Day 3Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - San Jorge Community

Departure in private boats to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Nauta Caño area.

While navigating, one of the first things that will catch our attention is how the water faithfully reflects the sky, clouds, banks of vegetation and trees giving us the feeling of traveling between mirrors (that’s why Pacaya Samiria is also known as “The Forest of mirrors”), as well as the observation of the great variety of local flora and fauna. Spotting of pink and gray dolphins is guaranteed.

In the afternoon, we will visit the San Jorge Community, located 20 minutes from the ecolodge, where we will be received by the Apu(community leader) who will invite us to interact with community members to understand their ancestral way of life and customs.

Special mention to our visit to the Kukama Kukamiria Women’s Craft Center ‘Pua Kamatawara’. This visit will also include your participation of in a workshop to create delicate works using unique materials such as Wingo, natural fibers such as Chambira and local seeds.

Then is time for artisanal fishing using two ancestral techniques (rod and trap) that local fishers use only for subsistence purposes.

Back in the lodge, once the sustainable tasks assigned on day 1 are completed, our visitors will present their results.

After dinner, all visitors will participate in a ceremony held at our Club House where the Mayantu (one of the characters of the Amazonian mythology) will recognize their efforts in fulfilling sustainable tasks, being also invited to signing the Sustainability Book of Honor.

Overnight.

Day 4Ethnobotanical route

First thing in the morning, we will check  the fishing traps of the previous day to prepare an Amazonian breakfast.

Then, to further enrich the experience, you will be invited to tour  along the ethnobotanical route, where women of the Kukama Kukamiria ethnic group will share their ancestral knowledge regarding the functionalities of at least 10 species of medicinal and food plants of the botanical garden.

Then, you will also be invited to participate in the production process of organic products (soaps, natural repellents, clay masks) that are carried out in the lodge. At the end of the tour you will receive a complete set of the produced products.

Lunch and free time for personal care and preparation for the trip back to Iquitos.

Transfer to the hotel or airport of Iquitos.

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Why is this experience Impactful?

This Eco-Adventure and Cultural Exchange in Iquitos is a unique, immersive, and sustainable experience, fostering a profound sense of responsibility and connection with nature.

Planting a tree not only contributes to reforestation but also allows guests to leave a positive impact on the Amazon. Participating in species cataloging or cleaning natural areas are ways to learn about the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems. All these activities, along with the opportunity to immerse in the local culture through experiential gastronomy and workshops, make the stay at the lodge an enriching and transformative experience.

Additionally, focusing on the Amazonian worldview and talks about myths and legends deepen the understanding and respect for the region and its traditions.

Details

Price Includes

  • TransfersFrom and to the airport or hotel.
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking Guide
  • Admission to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Day 1Lunch and Detox dinner
  • Day 2 and 3Breakfast, Lunch and Detox dinner
  • Day 4Breakfast and Lunch
  • Security measures like:Life jackets, first aid kit, and antivenom

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Eco-Adventure and Cultural Exchange in Iquitos

What are the recommended flight schedules?

Arrival: choose flights that arrive before 09:00 a.m. at Iquitos airport.

Departure: choose flights that depart after 6:00 p.m. from Iquitos airport.

What's the child discount?

Children from 0 to 11 years old receive a 40% discount off the adult fare. From 12 years old, the adult fare applies.

Is it mandatory to get vaccinated against yellow fever to visit the ecolodge?

It’s not mandatory, and no cases of yellow feverhave been reported in our area, but if you prefer to do it anyway we do recommend getting vaccinated at least 10 days before your trip as a precautionary measure.

What should I do if I want to swim in the nearby river or lagoons?

If you wish to swim, always follow the guides’ instructions. Do not swim in undesignated or unknown areas and be cautious of currents or certain aquatic animals.

What should I do if I have a specific medical condition or allergy?

Please inform us of any specific medical condition or allergy you have before your arrival so we can take necessary precautions to ensure your stay is comfortable and safe.

Is consumption at the bar included in the price?

Please note that the cost of your stay does not cover consumption at the bar. Furthermore, we prohibit the introduction of outside alcoholic drinks.

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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The Lodge Founders

A group of five lifelong friends embarked on a quest to invest in a sustainable project that would embrace both social and environmental responsibility. They discovered this opportunity in the tourist activities of the Amazon Rainforest in Loreto, Peru, specifically within the stunning confines of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

In 2008, they invested in this area, establishing an ecolodge within a 130-hectare space on the left bank of the Marañón River. Their goal was to offer tourists from around the globe the chance to experience and enjoy nature in a natural reserve, interacting with the native inhabitants, the Kukama Kukamiria, located in the nearby San Jorge Community. To achieve this, they developed ecotourism activities in the reserve and within their own forest, creating job opportunities for the community residents and sharing with them the commitment to protect the existing flora and fauna.

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