At 8,042 square miles, Pacaya-Samiria is one of the largest protected natural areas in all of Peru, taking up portions of the Loreto, Requena, Alto Amazonas and Ucayali provinces in the department of Loreto. It was established by the Peruvian government in 1982, taking its name from the Pacaya and Samiria rivers which flow through it. Like the rest of the Amazon rainforest region, Pacaya-Samiria is extraordinarily diverse, containing 449 bird species, 102 mammals, 69 reptiles, 58 amphibians, 256 fish and 1,204 plants.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Iquitos Hotel Transfer
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Private Airport Transfers All local Transportation
All Meals During Excursion (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks) Purified Water, Juice, Coffee, Tea, Milk
All Equipment: Tents, Rubber Boots, Fishing Poles, First Aid, Camping equipment etc. Professional Bilingual Guide (English & Spanish)
All Entrance Fees Fully Guided Jungle Tours & Excursions As Described In Itinerary
NOT INCLUDED
Extra Items (Souvenirs, Extra Food, Cigarettes, Etc.) Airfare (We Can Help Arrange Airfare Upon Request)
All Airport Taxes Personal Expenses: Telephone Calls, Laundry Expenses, Alcoholic Drinks, Etc.
Insurance Against Theft, Loss, Illness or Accident Gratuity For Tour Guides
Hotel in Iquitos City

An important characteristic of this protected area is a cycle of rising and falling rivers due to the rainy season and corresponding dry season. During the rainy season, much of the area is flooded. The water level accumulates until its high point, called its crescent, in May. After this, the rains decrease and the water levels slowly fall until their low point in August. This system of rising and falling rivers leaves the area with a landscape containing many small bodies of water,
allowing an abundance of aquatic species to flourish. During the dry season, fish also remain in the water in extremely concentrated amounts due to the reduced water level, leaving very fertile fishing grounds for the large variety of birds that call the region home.

PRICE minimum 2pp

Fixed Departure Dates (March 2018 through January 2019):

We can leave any day of the week, as long as permits are available. Please remember, permits are only needed for your start date.

Day1

Iquitos City– Nauta Port–Pacaya Samira Reserve

Early morning departure from Iquitos City via private auto to arrive in the port town of Nauta (1:30 hours). Breakfast served. Departure in private motorboat we will travel upriver, passing the spectacular meeting of 2 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 hours and a half 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 we will go on an excursion via canoe to spot and catch caiman, we will have the opportunity to hold, touch, and take photos with the caiman. Return to Camp for Dinner. Overnight in tents at Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
Day2

Pacaya Samiria Reserve-Shansho Lake

Early morning breakfast will be served followed by departure campsite. We will cruise the Rio Marañon for about 3 hours until we reach our 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. Something that immediately catches our attention is the black waters of the rivers, which reflects with such 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. We will return to camp to have dinner. After dinner we will 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.
Day3

Shansho Lake-Veinte De Enero Village

We will pack our things and travel upriver into the National Reserve via Rio Marañon and entering the Rio Yanayacu (close to pueblo Veinte de Enero).We will cruise the river until we reach our destination. 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 lunchJungle hike in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve where we will have the unique opportunity to see a vast number of primates, reptiles, turtles, birds, pink river dolphins, butterflies, and many other wildlife interact in their natural habitat. We will see and learn about various types of Amazonian plants such as the Ayahuasca Vine (Banisteriopsis caapi), Cats Claw Vine (uncaria tomentosa), Victoria Amazonica, Ceiba Tree, Sensitive Plant (mimosa pudica), and more.Today we will visit some lagoons in the reserve. They hold a great variety of palms, large trees and a beautiful landscape. At this place, we can make a variety of activities, dependent on the tourist, such as trekking, canoe rides, fishing, and identification of plants, animal spotting or maybe just relaxing with a nice cool swim in one of the lagoons.At night time after dinner, we will make a night excursion by boat to search for the various species of nocturnal animals; this also gives us the enjoyable opportunity to hear the symphony of sounds that comes from the forest at night.Overnight in Tents or  Lodge (upon request) Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
Day4

Viente De Enero Village-Yanaquillo Creek

Early morning breakfast will be served followed by a morning departure on our boat, we will start to make our way back in the direction downriver towards Iquitos city.Watch birds as they leave their nests to find their food on the river, among them cotingas, macaws, parrots and Harpy (Harpia harpyja).Excursion to Yanaquillo Creek to spot squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis), saddle back tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis) and sloths (Bradypus variegatus).We will stop and see the giant Lupuna (Ceiba pentandra), Capirona, and Capinurí (Heliocóstilis scabra) trees and also eye-catching birds as the Toucan (Pteroglossus), the Red Macaw (Ara macao), the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), the Great Egret (Egreta alba) and the Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona).Midday we will stop to have our lunch.At night time after dinner, we will make a night excursion by boat to search for the various species of nocturnal animals; this also gives us the enjoyable opportunity to hear the symphony of sounds that comes from the forest at night. Overnight in tents or Lodge (upon request) at Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
Day5

Yanaquillo Creek-Nauta Port-Iquitos City

We will have an early morning breakfast and prepare for our last excursion into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. After our morning excursion we will 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 fresh water 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.

Repellent with a minimum of 35 % deet.
Face tissue paper, toilet paper.
Binoculars.
Bathing suit.
Camera.
Camera charger and, extra batteries.
Sunblock, sun hat.
Water bottle.
Flip flops or sandals.

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