9:00am departure from Maniti Expeditions office in Iquitos City via private auto to arrive in the port town of Nauta (1.5 hours). Breakfast served. Departure in private motorboat to travel upriver, passing the spectacular meeting of two major rivers (Ucayali & Marañon) that come together to form the Amazon River. Upstream boating on the Marañon River into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (50 miles SW / approximately 2.5 hours from Nauta).
Passenger identification at the Reserve’s entrance check-point. Arrival in the Arequipa community where the first camp will be set up. Lunch will be served upon arrival. Watch diverse species of birds along the way, including egrets, hawks, horned screamers, jacanas, parrots and parakeets. It is also possible to see Amazon River dolphins.
After sunset, go on an excursion via canoe to spot the black caiman. We will have the opportunity view the animals and take photos up close. Return to camp for dinner. Overnight in tents at Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
Early morning breakfast will be served followed by departure campsite. Cruise the Rio Marañon for about three hours to reach the destination (Shansho Cocha Lake area). During the riverboat trip you will have a great possibility of seeing primates, reptiles, turtles, birds, pink river dolphins, and many other species of flora/fauna along the riverbank. Arrival for campsite setup and lunch.
The black waters of the rivers reflects with an identical image: the sky, the clouds, the bank’s vegetation, the huge trees, that the tourists have the sensation of traveling between mirrors. This is why the Pacaya Samiria is many times referred to as the “jungle of the mirrors”.
Afternoon fishing for piranha, peacock bass and other species of fish in the reserve. Return to camp for dinner. After dinner go on a night time nature walk to see what types of species can be seen (lizards, snakes, spiders, monkeys). Overnight in Tents in Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
Enjoy an early morning breakfast and prepare for our last excursion into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. After our morning excursion, return back to camp to have lunch and pack our belonging and make our way back to the city of Iquitos. During the riverboat trip back to Iquitos you will have a great possibility of seeing caimans, turtles, herons, pink river dolphins, snakes, and many other species of flora/fauna along the riverbank.
Visit to IIAP (Instituto de Investigación de la Amazonía Peruana), where you will be able to visit with manatees and freshwater dolphins that have been rescued from the Amazon and are being rehabilitated. Private transportation to bring you to the airport or your hotel of choice.