Iquitos and Amazon River (4 Days / 3 Nights)

Heliconia Amazon River Lodge

Heliconia Amazon River Lodge, named like that because of the beautiful tropical flower: Heliconia, is one of the most exclusives lodges in the Peruvian Amazon. It is surrounded the rainforest, islands and lagoons full of wildlife.

This is a beautiful place to rest and make many activities like bird watching, observation of pink dolphins, jungle hikes, etc.

This program combines 1 night in Iquitos City and 2 nights at Heliconia Amazon River Lodge. In one day you can visit distinctive features of Iquitos city and then marvel at the Amazon rainforest watching pink dolphins, birds, strolling by boat on the Amazon River and more ....

Iquitos Vacation Package - The tour package includes:

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Transfers airport / lodge / airport in Iquitos City - land and boat transfers.

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1 night in Iquitos City and 2 nights at Heliconia Amazon River Lodge with all the meals at lodge.

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Hiking in the jungle

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Night boat ride along one of the several streams of Yanamono or the Amazon River.

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Pink Amazon River Dolphin's watching tour.

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Victoria Regia 's water lilies watching tour.

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Bird watching tour.

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Fishing tour.

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Excursion to a rustic sugar cane distillery rum.

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English speaking guide.

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Optional flight tickets Lima / Iquitos / Lima

AXA Travel Assistant

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Itinerary - Heliconia Amazon River Lodge (4 Days / 3 Nights)

Daily departures from Iquitos or Lima.

 

Day 1: ... (Lima) / Iquitos

  • You will be met and welcomed by our staff at the Luggage Claim area of the Iquitos Int'l Airport where our staff will assist you and transfer to the hotel in Iquitos City, receiving a brief of the services and some advice about the attractions in the city.

  • You will have time on your own, having the opportunity to begin your adventure visiting the Casa de Fierro, or Iron House, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel or the Malecón Tarapacá facing the Itaya River, lined with several exquisite 19th-century mansions, relics from the rubber heyday, lined with Portuguese glazed tiles, or azulejos.

  • Transfer and reception at the hotel.

  • Overnight.

 

Day 2: Iquitos / Heliconia Amazon River Lodge (B-L-D)

  • After a relaxing night, wake up for breakfast.

  • Soon after, you will transfer to the Iquitos Port, where you will board one of our speedboats to take you to the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge along the Amazon River. During the boat ride observe the convergence of the brown turbid waters of the Amazon River with the dark waters of the Nanay River. Enjoy the impressive jungle landscapes with the rustic small houses of the riverside towns.

  • Then have a short stopover in Monkey Island, a family social enterprise focused on conserving and protecting endangered monkey species in the Northern Amazon. The goal is to enlighten rainforest guests on the effort to reintegrate monkeys and their survival in the wild. See the monkeys free in this reserve, not in cages, their temporary stay here depends on their capability to adapt back to its jungle habitat.

  • After a 60 minute (about) boat ride arrive at the lodge where our staff will welcome you with an exotic jungle drink. Next check-in and settling in your room, at your leisure, taste your first Amazonia cuisine lunch.

  • In the afternoon, begin your first excursion: set out to a jungle hike into the Yanamono primary rainforest reserve, for approximately two hours accompanied by our expert guides. They will show you identify several flora species such as heliconia flowers, medicinal plants and giant trees. You will also have the chance to sight several birds species such as the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes Aura), Black Fronted Nanbird (Monasa-Atia), and with a little luck you will be able to view a family of small monkeys such as marmosets (Saguinus Fusicollis ), the Titi (Callicebus Mollock Mollock) and the squirrel monkey (Saimiri Boliviense) .

  • Return to the lodge for rest and relaxation and be enthralled by your first, must-not-miss Amazon Sunset. As the evening comes around, during high tide, take a boat ride along one of the Amazon River's tributaries for an exciting evening in the jungle, with no lights, perhaps just some jungle flora and fauna sparkling in the dark. You will have to trust your expert boat guide to take you where you can appreciate and listen to the magical sounds of the jungle. If it is a clear night, you will see the bright magnificent moonlight, as well as observe the stars and constellations. With some luck you can also see some falling stars which are quite common in the area.

  • Dinner and overnight at Heliconia Amazon River Lodge.

 

Day 3: Heliconia Amazon River Lodge (B-L-D)

  • Rise early for the Morning Bird Watching. In order to see the birds flocked together during their morning feeding time, you will start very early going by boat to one of the several streams (best on high tide) to look out for a number of variety of birds.You will be looking out for birds such as the Tuki (Jacana Jacana), Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle-Torquata), Black-Collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis), among others.

  • After, you will return to the lodge, for a scrumptious and energizing breakfast.

  • Take a little rest and then you will set off to a Native Fishing expedition unto one of the small tributaries of the Amazon River. Learn the local techniques of fishing and for the most daring you can try to fish for Piranhas. During this excursion you can also have the opportunity to look out for the Pink River Dolphin (Inia Geoffrensis). If you are lucky you have your catch cooked for lunch, when you return to the lodge.

  • Lunch.

  • After lunch, you will board the boat towards a lake in Yanamono island (best on high tide) where you will be able to glimpse the Giant Water Lily, the Victoria Regia, the “Queen of water lilies”. Now renamed Victoria Amazonica, these native flora in the shallow waters of the Amazon River basin are mostly found in oxbow lakes and bayous. You may see some flowers that are white as they bloom on the first night some that have turned pink on the second night after blooming. They can grow to 40 cm in diameter, and are pollinated by scarab beetles. Victoria Amazonica is well known for its huge circular leaves, which are often pictured with a small child sitting at the center of its leaf to display their size and strength.

  • Then consider the Nature Night Hike: Go on an enchanting evening trek within the secure periphery of the lodge and you will witness the entrancing transformation from daytime to a night atmosphere. As you adjust to the dark environment you will appreciate the rainforest takes on a very different character and be aware of the existence and habits of nocturnal jungle animals. It's the best time to see stunning tree frogs, shy snakes, and other rainforest creatures that only come out at night. Discern a range of completely distinctive fauna from the day as you listen to magical sounds of insects, birds, jungle cats and night owls.

  • Back to the lodge for dinner.

  • Overnight at Heliconia Amazon River Lodge

 

Day 4: Iquitos / ... (Lima) (B-L)

  • Wake up late or rise early the choice is yours.

  • Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m., for those who want to avoid the heat, and enjoy nature at its fullest.

  • After breakfast, we will visit a riverside town to see an indigenous tribe of the Yaguas community where you will have the opportunity to learn and see their way of life in the Amazon River. See their homes, school, church, shops and interact with the people, learn their techniques of fishing and farming. Observe their customs and tradition and get enlightened by their unaffected and austere way of living.

  • Return at Heliconia Amazon River Lodge for lunch and check-out.

  • After lunch, depending on your flight schedule, transfer to Iquitos City and according to your departure, transfer to the airport, for your flight to Lima.

 

Recommendations:

Arrival in Iquitos has to be before 9:00 am and departure after 5:00 pm. Other schedules has to arrange extra boat with additional cost.

Bring:

  • Insect repellent

  • Good walking shoes that cover the heals. (to avoid twisting your ankle)

  • Large sun hat.

  • Sunglasses.

  • Sun cream.

  • Camera with plenty of film and batteries.

  • Flashlight / torch to use at nighttime. (plus spare batteries)

  • Lightweight raincoat with rainproof hat.

  • Umbrella in case of rain.

  • A good book to read, plenty of magazines. (to ready while you relax)

  • Pair of binoculars.

  • Water flask. (fresh drinking water for jungle treks)

  • Swimming costume. (for swimming in our large pool or in the river)

  • The native Indian tribes in the area are very poor and love to receive gifts of used clothing, old toys or anything at all that the tourist does not need and wishes to donate. Also, any items for children such as paper, pencils and pens are very gratefully received.

  • (For couples) Bring protection. (there are no drugstore nearby!!)

The program does not include

  • Beverages: juices, sodas, soft drinks and any alcoholic drinks. (Tea and coffee are complimentary)

  • Flight tickets Lima / Iquitos / Lima and airport taxes; ask for our promotional airfares.

  • Tips for native family, guides and staff members.

Heliconia Amazon River Lodge - Rates 2018

Rates per person in US. Dollar

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Niño (5-12 años)

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