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TOUR: PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE 3/2

Tour to Iquitos - Pacaya Samiria - Visit a Native Community - Iquitos

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Duration: 3 days / 2 nights Pacaya Samiria Lodge, Tours en Iquitos, Tours en Perú
Price: From US$ 495 per person
Starting point: Iquitos
Ending point: Iquitos

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: Iquitos - Pacaya Samiria Lodge
Pacaya Samiria Lodge, Tours en Iquitos, Tours en PerúReception at the Iquitos Airport and transfer by paved road to the Community of Nauta where we will board the motor boats that will take us to an outlook tower overlooking the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers. Here, in front of our eyes, we will be able to contemplate a unique view of the birth of the Amazon River proper. Afterwards we will continue our voyage to the lodge where we will have an excellent lunch.

In the afternoon we will take an introductory guided walk through the forest close to the lodge with opportunities to observe the local flora and fauna. If the time and weather permits, we will enjoy a spectacular jungle sunset. We will also be able to make a night ride in one of our boats to appreciate the forest at sunset. Back to the lodge and supper and overnight.

Meals: Lunch and dinner

DAY 02: Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
At dawn, we will make a nature walk close to the lodge, before going back to the lodge to enjoy our breakfast. Afterwards we will board our boat to visit the Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Pacaya Samiria Lodge, Tours en Iquitos, Tours en PerúWe will have a chance to look for and maybe appreciate rose coloured and grey coloured river dolphins when navigating along the Yanayacu (Black Water in Quechua Inca language) River. The Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is also known as the "La selva de los espejos – The Mirror Forest"; since the slow moving rivers offer spectacularly exact mirror images of the sky, the clouds, the vegetation on the banks of the rivers and the giant trees on the shores, all of which will give the visitor the sensation of navigating among the midst of interminable mirrors.

We will have lunch and then we will visit the Lagunas Japón and Platano Lakes with their abundant variety of plants. A canoe trip will allow us to try our luck at fishing for local species. An opportunity to take nature discovery walks looking for animals or just relax, bathing in one of the lakes. We will be back to the lodge in time for supper and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

DAY 03: Visit to a Native Community / Iquitos
After breakfast we will pay a visit to a native community to observe their daily activities Pacaya Samiria Lodge, Tours en Iquitos, Tours en Perú and we can contribute to the development of this community through the purchase of the handicrafts they offer. These are made out of seeds and so called vegetal ivory, a seed from a palm tree locally called "tagua". After lunch you will be taken back to the City of Iquitos.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch



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Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 2 Nights of accommodation in Pacaya Samiria Lodge
  • All in and out transfers from Iquitos City
  • Bilingual guides (English / Spanish)
  • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
Note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the Peruvian jungle, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions.


NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and Domestic flights (Lima / Iquitos / Lima: US$ 294 aprox.)
  • Airport taxes (US$ 30.25 for international flights and US$ 6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess
  • Adicional nights or flights cancelation
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Snacks
  • Laundry
  • International or National personal telephone calls


Useful Information

ORIENTATION
Peru is located on the central west coast of South America. Its neighboring countries are: Ecuador and Colombia to the N; Chile to the S; Brazil and Bolivia to the E; and the Pacific Ocean to the W. It is the third largest country in South America, with a surface area of 1 285 215,6 km2 (larger than France, Spain, and Germany combined) distributed approximately in the following manner: 12% coastal territory, 28% Andean highlands and 60% Amazon jungle. Its capital, Lima, is located in the coastal area, where the country's greatest economic activities take place.

TIME ZONE
Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:

Santiago de Chile and Caracas 13:00
Rio de Janeiro 14:00
New York 12:00
Madrid 18:00
Londres 17:00
Tokyo 03:00


TEMPERATURE
Being such a geographically diverse country within the tropical belt, the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. However, it also means that there is almost invariably sunshine somewhere in Peru ! Below is a summary of the weather conditions you can expect to find in each different region of the country at different times of the year.

Coast (Ica, Chiclayo, Lima, Piura, Trujillo, Tumbes)
Northern region: warm year-round with highs of up to 35°C in the summer.
Central and southern regions: two well-defined seasons, winter between April and October, and summer between November and March.

Highlands (Ancash, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Puno)
This region has two seasons, dry season between April and rainy season between November and March.

Rainforest (Iquitos, Madre de Dios, Manu)
High rainforest (over 2,300 feet asl): has a temperate, subtropical climate with abundant rainfall.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use boots or sneakers the whole time during the walks.
- Drink a lot of liquid during your demurrage in the forest.
- Keep a kit of dry clothes in your room.

WHAT TO BRING
-Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- Swimwear.
- T-shirts.
- Rain wear.
- Flashlight with extra batteries/bulb.
- Binoculars.
- Camera.
- Insect Repellent.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.

LUGGAGE
Lugagge is hand-carried from the boats to your rooms. We strongly recommend you to limit the weight of your luggage to 15 kilograms (32 POUNDS ) a piece.

YELLOW FEVER INOCULATION REQUERIMENTS
Yellow fever inoculation is recommended for travel to Peruvian Jungle. Get your vaccine at least 10 days before your arrival. You must bring your yellow fever inoculation certificate with you to prove to the airport officials in Iquitos that you are vaccinated.

WEATHER
The climate in the Amazon is tropical, warm, humid and rainy, with a temperature averages yearly round of 28ºC.
Rainy season: November to April.
Dry season: May to September.
During the rainy months of November through April, always be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 2000 mm rainfall occurs during these months.

ALTITUDE
Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Iquitos: 106 m.a.s.l.

WATER
Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.

VISAS
All travellers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information clic here:
Type of visa to enter Peru

AIRPORT

Hand luggage regulations

a) All liquids must be carried in containers whose capacity can not exceed of 100 ml (or its equivalent in other volumetric units, such as liquid ounces for instance). No liquids will be allowed in containers of more capacity than the said 100 ml, even if the container is not completely full.

b) The containers must be placed in reclosable plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The containers must fit effortlessly in the transparent plastic bag, which must be perfectly sealed.

c) The plastic bag must be presented at the inspection post for its visual examination. Only one plastic bag per passenger can be allowed.

d) Exceptions must be made in case of medications, milk and baby food, as well as in case of passengers who require a special diet. There must be the appropriate means in place to verify the nature of these liquids.

Likewise, exceptions must be made regarding liquids purchased in the duty free shops at the airport or on board an aircraft, provided that these liquids are packed in a sealed plastic container foolproof against undue manipulations, and that a satisfactory proof (receipt) is produced showing that the article was acquired at the airport’s duty free shops, or aboard an aircraft on the traveling day(s) for passengers leaving an airport or being there on transit.

LANGUAGE
The official languages of Peru are Spanish, spoken by 73% of the population, and Quechua spoken by 24% of Peruvians. English is widely spoken in hotels and shops.

CURRENCY
Peru's official currency is the Nuevo sol ; its symbol is S/. The denominations in circulation are bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles; coins of 1, 2, and 5 nuevos soles; and coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 céntimos of a nuevo sol. US$ are widely accepted.
At the moment, US$ 1.00 is worth around 3.50 Nuevos Soles.

TIPPING
Whilst tipping is a personal matter, we are happy to give some guidelines:
Most restaurants add a 10% tip. The total tip should be about 15%.
Doorkeepers should be tipped 1 US$ per bag. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Full-day excursion : US$6.00 per person
Half-day excursion : US$3.00 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY
If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag. Photography or camera fees are applicable at most sights and museums; your guide can give you details of the latest charges.

ELECTRICITY
Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.

HEALTH
Vaccinations
Full details of the latest health requirements should be obtained from an authorized medical source, such as your doctor. There are no mandatory health requirements for Peru.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. Be sure to try hot tea or infusion of coca leaves on your arrival in the altitude; during your first day move slowly and eat lightly.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.

Restaurants During Your Trip
In Iquitos: All meals will be provided by the lodge.

...more about Iquitos restaurants.

DRESS CODE
Dress in general is very casual unless you want to eat in one of the more expensive restaurants in Lima for example, in which case a tie and/or jacket will be required and smarter ladies' wear. Due to the altitude, it is important to remember whatever the season, to take some warmer woollens for the nighttimes drop in temperature.

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.

 
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