- 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
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.
I cant say enough great things about this adventure!!!! It was an awesome lodge located on the amazon. We started by stopping at monkey island, which was delightful. We got to experience all different kinds of monkeys and help with the support them by donating for food and medicines. Next stop was the lodge, which even had a beautiful pool. The staff certainly keeps you busy with hikes, boat trips to see the pink dolphins and fishing for piranhas, visiting local villages, both day and night. The meals were cooked to perfection and the fresh fish was the best!!! Our guide, Freddy, was so passionate and informative about everything. He was born in a nearby village, along with others on the staff. The rooms/huts were comfortable and didn't even mind the power being off at certain times of the day/night. We met some very interesting and fun travelers that stay the same time we did and learned a lot from them that we used for the rest of our trip. I would highly recommend this adventure for other travelers!!!! We love, love loved it!!!!
Heliconia - great lodge activities varied and well organised . Iquitos hotel pick up and airport drop off also week organised . Whole tour very relaxing and it's on the Amazon !
This tour was absolutely fantastic. Heleconia lodge was amazing. Our tour guide spoke English clearly and fluently.
It was a nicely plan great tour. The tour guide Neal was born and raised there so very knowledgable. They plan all activities 1 1/2 to 2 hours long and then give us 2 hours of rest time so it was nicely planned. The food from lodge was exceptional, the best we had since Peru. Just be aware that there's no hair dryer and only has electricity from 5:30pm till midnight. The dining area and pool was very comfortable.
This was a wonderful way to complete my South America vacation. This lodge was extremely clean especially considering that you are in the jungle. This is apparently a resort for the upper class Peruvians, especially those with children. I was the only non Peruvian when I arrived but everyone was so kind. I was traveling alone but I never felt lonely. A few more guests from the US arrived the second day. I was assigned an English speaking guide. He was my guide the entire weekend. All transportation, food and excursions are included. The food was AMAZING!! You are served in a new dining room. Everything is fresh and delicious. I was so impressed with the lack of processed foods especially desserts. The excursions were better than expected. The trip to the village was eye opening. The indigenous people were wonderful and you will fall in love with the children. Be sure to take a large bag of candy to share with them. I highly recommend this to be added to any trip you make to Peru.
Well organised and a great Amazon experience.
An absolutely amazing experience! The entire tour is perfectly managed, with airport pick-ups and drop-offs, and transport to every point of the entire experience.
At the lodge, our guide Daniel was incredible, and made sure that there was not a single boring moment for the three days. He went out of his way to show us animals and plants in the forest, and impressed us all with his amazing knowledge of the local flora and fauna.
The tour includes fishing and dolphin-watching, as well as night-time boat rides and jungle treks, each a memory for life in itself.
The food at the lodge is phenomenal too.
I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Iquitos, and would definitely do it again at some point.
Note: The lodge has no mobile signal, but the activities are so well managed that this is not an issue in the slightest. In fact, it is quite refreshing!
This relatively short trip felt like it was much longer than it was. It gave me a satisfying taste of what I'd hoped to experience - the wildlife, vegetation, culture. It was comfortable without feeling unrealistically luxurious.
Angie United Kingdom
This is one of the most amazing things we have ever done. Huge thanks to Nixon, our guide, and the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge. Their staff are just the best, so welcoming and the food is top notch. Piranha fishing is an experience everyone should have in their lifetime, the competition to catch one gets fierce!!.
The itinerary is very broad and is very interesting. Don't forget your bug spray and camera. We were very sad to leave.
very educational about the forest and how to protect the forest.