Awaken your senses to the spectacular sights and sounds of the jungle on this exhilarating excursion from Iquitos. Enjoy a smooth and stress-free transfer from Iquitos International Airport, then venture deep into the dense rainforest to the rustic Heliconia Lodge. Enjoy the comfort and tranquility of the lodge, where meals are served and peaceful nights spent. Immerse yourself in the atmospheric Yanamono Reserve on exciting hikes; emerge early to appreciate the fluttering fascination of exotic birds; and interact with the indigenous locals of a small, riverside community to gain insight into ancient cultures.
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.