Visit the spectacular Amazon Jungle on this 3-day adventure from Iquitos! Cruise along the Amazon River both during the day and at night and see native animals from the water, including monkeys and exotic birds. Hike through the jungle, visit a sugarcane distillery, and be amazed at the impressive jungle landscape. With all your meals included plus two nights’ accommodation at the Heliconia Lodge with round-trip airport transportation, this once-in-a-lifetime experience is one you won't want to miss!
- 3-day Iquitos jungle experience with accommodation at the beautiful Heliconia Lodge
- Cruise down the Amazon River on a fishing trip
- Hike through the Amazon Rainforest and admire breathtaking views
- See exotic plants and animals, including monkeys, bats, tarantulas, birds and more!
- Visit a sugarcane distillery with your expert guide
- All meals, 2 nights’ accommodation and round-trip airport transfer included
What You Can Expect
Spend three days in the Amazon Jungle on this exciting Iquitos adventure! You'll be picked up at the Iquitos International Airport and whisked away to the Heliconia Lodge by speedboat on an approximately 1.5-hour ride. Located on the Amazon River, Heliconia Lodge is where you'll sleep and eat all your meals. Your three days in Iquitos will be busy, yet fun! Hike into the Yanamono Reserve, cruise down the Amazon River, enjoy early-morning bird watching, visit a small riverside town, interact with locals, spot native tropical wildlife and more!
See the Itinerary field below for a more detailed tour description.
Arrive at the Iquitos International Airport, where you'll be escorted by your professional guide to a speedboat at Bella Vista Port. As you make your way to Heliconia Lodge, observe the impressive waters of both the Amazon and Nanay rivers. Stop by a native riverside community, where you'll have the opportunity to see the locals’ way of life and hear about their customs and culture.
Arrive at the lodge after a 1.5-hour boat ride. Settle into your room and get ready for your first Amazon excursion: a 2-hour jungle hike into the Yanamono Reserve. Spot native plants, including heliconia flowers and the white silk-cotton trees, as you follow your expert guide through this rainforest reserve. Head back to the lodge for some free time before admiring a stunning Amazon sunset. Then, enjoy a delicious dinner at the lodge before heading out for an exciting night cruise along the Amazon River!
Note: arrival flights must arrive before 8am for transportation
Wake up early for a bird-watching tour. Take a boat ride on one of several streams, where you’ll spot exotic birds including tukis and black-collared hawks. Then, return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast before taking a fishing trip on the Amazon River. You'll be taken into a small tributary of the Amazon River, and even have the chance to fish for piranhas! Keep an eye out for the famous pink river dolphins as you cruise along the river.
In the afternoon, head back to the lodge for lunch before visiting a lake at Yanamono Island, where you'll see giant water lilies. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the lodge and then venture into the jungle for a nature hike. See tarantulas, fireflies, bats and many other nocturnal animals.
On your last day at Heliconia Lodge, visit a rustic sugarcane distillery after breakfast. Sample exotic beverages made from sugarcane liquors and see the process behind these delicious drinks. Return to the lodge for lunch and enjoy convenient transportation back to Iquitos to catch your return flight.
Note: flights must be after 5pm to ensure there is enough time to travel to the airport from the lodge.
The adventure begins as soon as your plane lands. The pick up was smooth. We arrived with two other couples, they took us through the town and to the port, with some history of the small city along the way. Once at the port, we tried a bite or two of local food, then got on our boat and took us to a replica village of a jungle tribe . The families that live there live the jungle life but also cater to tourists, wearing their tribal outfit and doing dances. Keep in mind, they expect money as a tip, or you can buy some of their jewelry or art work instead of tipping.Next you travel to the lodge, which was well maintained. Upon arrival and receiving the introductory, it is lunch time. The food was fantastic and filling- typical Peruvian food. The room was comfortable, they provided water, shampoo, soap, towel, rubber boots for hiking, and a hammock in a screened in porch. It was lovely. The lodge has limited electricity, so you have to time the electricity if you need to charge batteries. The limited electricity was not a problem for us because they guides kept us busy with activities. However, even though there were at least 3 activities each day for us, there was still time to rest. The hikes in the jungle were interesting, fishing for piranhas was fun even though our guide caught all the piranhas we had for dinner. We also really enjoyed visiting a family that had several young wild life that we could hold. In early January (2014) he had a baby monkey, sloth, snake, turtles and more. Victor was our guide and he did a great job telling us the next item on our itinerary with just the right information. He did a great job over all. One thing we were not aware of was that at the end of the tour, it is expected to tip the guide as well as the staff at the lodge. But over all, those at the lodge do a fantastic job! Other fun parts of the lodge include the pet parrot, banana bunches hanging around which can be eaten as a snack, Foosball, pool, billiards, and a bar.
With the help of my excellent English-speaking guide, I did everything on the itinerary and more! My room at the lodge was spacious and clean, with all of the amenities I needed. They provided shampoo, soap, a poncho, flashlight, and rubber boots. Each room has a hammock on a screened-in deck, and all other windows have screens - perfect for falling asleep to the sounds of night critters. The food was delicious and for each meal there was a choice of chicken, fish, or beef, served with rice or potato, plantain, and vegetables. There was always a salad before the meal and dessert of fruit after the meal. Tea and coffee available all day for no charge. Beer was 6 soles, cocktails about double that, all reasonably priced. The pool was small but very clean and very refreshing. Piranha fishing was a lot of fun, and they even let me keep my biggest piranha to eat for lunch - they fried it for me at the lodge! I would suggest carrying a little bit of money or treats with you whenever you leave the lodge, just in case you end up in a village where there are little kids selling crafts or allowing you to hold their pet cayman or pet sloth. The sugar cane distillery was more interesting than I expected, and you can buy small bottles of the liquor they produce there. Bring a plug adapter if necessary - many places in Peru have plug shapes for North America and Peru, but the lodge only has Peru shapes as far as I could tell. It was a fantastic trip, would love to go back!