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From Iquitos: 3-Day Amazon Jungle Adventure Trip

1. From Iquitos: 3-Day Amazon Jungle Adventure Trip

Explore the Amazon on a 3-day guided tour. Take a trip on the river, meet a local tribe, and admire stunning jungle landscapes. Day 1After pickup from Iquitos airport, head straight to the Port of Nanay to board a boat. Sail to where the Nanay River meets the Amazon. Take a 2.5-hour trip along the Amazon River to the lodge where you will be staying. Enjoy lunch and a chance to relax in the lodge's hammock room. Next, visit an eco-butterfly farm and a riverside eco-village. Return to the lodge for dinner before spotting tarantulas, snakes, insects, and birds on a night excursion. Day 2Get up early to watch the sunrise. Spot herons, eagles, parakeets, and exotic birds. Then, return to the lodge for breakfast and free time. After lunch, fish for piranhas and more. Enjoy the sunset, followed by dinner and traditional Amazonian tales back at the lodge. Day 3After breakfast, set off on a botanical plant walk and search for lianas. Enjoy lunch at the lodge before checking out and heading back to Iquitos. From there, be transferred to your hotel or the airport by motorcycle taxi.

Iquitos: 4-Day Amazon Jungle Trip

2. Iquitos: 4-Day Amazon Jungle Trip

Spend four days and three nights immersed in the natural landscapes and wildlife of the Peruvian Amazon in Iquitos. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature in one of the most memorable natural landscapes in the world. Day 1: Get picked up from the airport or your accommodation in Iquitos, then get driven to the port to take a boat to the lodge. On the way to the port, receive a brief description of the city and its surroundings. Upon arrival at the lodge, visit the mirador (balcony) from where you can appreciate a clear view of the jungle. After lunch, enjoy a canoe ride with a professional native guide who knows all the trails in the area. Observe the local flora and fauna and learn the uses that the local people have for each plant. Spend the rest of your night at the lodge. Day 2: At dawn, enjoy a morning walk as you watch the sun rise over this unique landscape. Observe and learn about the typical birds of the area. After lunch, get prepared to go piranha fishing. Learn how to fish the local way with traditional instruments. Then, get a chance to observe the local pink and grey dolphins and take a swim in the Amazon River. Afterward, spend another night at the lodge. Day 3: Start your morning with breakfast at the lodge before spending the full day in the jungle. Set sail through the Amazon River and cross the town of San Juan de Huachalado, getting to know its locals and diverse flora and fauna. Reach the Yanayacu River, a river of black water, and spend the day exploring, fishing, sailing, and hiking. See the famous giant tree called Lupuma and spot Tarzan lianas (vines) on the way. With the help of your guide, find a lunch option at the home of any villager or camping area in the jungle. Next, visit the trapiche (mill) in San Juan de Huachalado, where you can learn how to make the typical local alcoholic beverages and optionally taste some. Later, return to the lodge and have dinner before calling it a night. Day 4: Start with breakfast at the lodge, then gear up for a jungle trek exploration of the tree La Ceiba de la Selva, also known by the Indians as Huimba. This almost 500-year-old tree has a height of up to 160 feet and a diameter of 10 feet. Near the end of the trip, check out and have lunch before leaving the lodge. Return via the Amazon River on an approximately 1-hour ride. Afterward, get transferred back to your pickup airport or accommodation in Iquitos. 

Iquitos: 3 Days and 2 Nights Guided Amazon Jungle Tour

3. Iquitos: 3 Days and 2 Nights Guided Amazon Jungle Tour

Take a break from the pollution and noise of the city on this guided tour of the Amazon jungle. Be one with nature as you go through the Amazon river, and see the diverse fauna and flora the forest has to offer. On the first day, take a boat through the Nanay River to reach the majestic Amazon River, the largest in the world. Visit Fundo Pedrito before lunch and go on a canoe ride in the afternoon. Observe the typical flora and fauna of the place and learn about the multiple uses of different types of plants from the locals. Next day, enjoy a morning walk under the beautiful sunrise. Then, experience an adrenaline-filled adventure before recharging with a delicious lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, experience piranha fishing, swim in the Amazon river, and admire pink and grey dolphins. On the last day, further explore the jungle by trekking, and stop by the 500-year old Huimba tree. Marvel at its imposing height of up to 160 feet and width of 10 feet in diameter. Afterward, enjoy one last lunch at the lodge before heading back to the airport or your hotel.

From Puerto Maldonado: 4-Day Trekking Excursion w/Kayaking

4. From Puerto Maldonado: 4-Day Trekking Excursion w/Kayaking

Trek into the Amazon rainforest on a 4-day, 3-night adventure in the Tambopata National Reserve. Check out exotic species of flora and fauna, go canoeing and kayaking, and experience this lush landscape on a tour out of time. Enjoy full transfer service from the airport. Your tour starts with the airport pickup. Feel the excitement as you are taken to a lodge 4.5 km from the city at the bank of Tambopata River. After getting your bearings, take an introductory walk through the jungle. Keep your eyes open for monkeys, birds, butterflies and other species. Learn about the importance of this area to the locals. Day 2: take off for Sandoval lake in the Tambopata National Reserve, a 3 km walk. Navigate around this oxbow lake by dugout canoe, learning about the ecosystem. With luck you'll see monkeys, squirrels, lizards, black caimans, birds, giant river otters, and perhaps one of the biggest water fish, the paiche. Explore the jungle at night searching for tarantulas, frogs, and chirping bugs. Get your adrenaline pumped for fun on Day 3, when you'll visit Monkey Island. Walk the canopy bridge high in the trees, as well as the zipline. Go kayaking on the river and wall-climbing. On the final day, enjoy stunning lake Yacumama, where piranha fishing is almost a sure thing and you can observe small macaws and storks.

Iquitos: Full Day Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Tour

5. Iquitos: Full Day Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Tour

Your wildlife adventure begins in the morning with pickup from your hotel in Iquitos and heads to Nauta Port. Admire the stunning scenery during the 2-hour drive, then embark on a boat ride along the beautiful Marañon River. As you sail through the jungle waters, watch out for pink and gray dolphins as they catch the waves from the bow of the boat. From your local tour guide, learn everything there is to know about dolphins and how important they are for the Amazon environment. Upon arrival at the reserve, enjoy a short hike through the vast greenery of the landscape and look for capybaras, monkeys, birds, grasshoppers, crickets, frogs, sloths, spiders and snakes. Learn about the array of wildlife that lives here in the park, and the diverse role they all play in the biosphere of the jungle. As you wander through the park, discover the medicinal plants that grow here and listen to stories about how they have been used by indigenous people for thousands of years. Midway through the tour, enjoy a picnic lunch against the stunning backdrop of the park and immerse yourself in this truly amazing natural wonder.

Iquitos: Guided Boat Tour of Amazon River & Native Community

6. Iquitos: Guided Boat Tour of Amazon River & Native Community

Your tour will begin when you set sail from your meeting point at the pier of Iquitos Boulevard, cruising down the three main rivers surrounding the city of Iquitos: Itaya, Amazonas, and Nanay.  Once you’re out on the Amazon, you might see dolphins and red buffaloes swimming around you. You’ll then continue on past the city before stopping to meet the indigenous community of the Kukama, where you’ll have the chance to get to know their dances and customs and to learn about their culture.  After the visit, you’ll take a walk along the shore of the community of Father Cocha and learn about the curious history of its founder. In a nearby location, you’ll visit the Pilpintuwasi, a butterfly farm where you'll learn about the life cycles and breeding habits of these beautiful creatures. When the tour ends, you’ll return by boat to Iquitos Boulevard.

Iquitos: 2 Days and 1 Night Guided Amazon Jungle Tour

7. Iquitos: 2 Days and 1 Night Guided Amazon Jungle Tour

Take a break from the pollution and noise of the city on this guided tour of the Amazon jungle. Be one with nature as you go through the Amazon river, experience adrenaline, and learn about the lifestyle and culture of an indigenous community. On the first day, take a boat through the Nanay River to reach the majestic Amazon River, the largest in the world. Upon arrival at your lodge, visit the Mirador to appreciate a wonderful view of the jungle. Then, experience an adrenaline-filled adventure before recharging with a delicious lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, go on a canoe ride with a professional guide and observe the typical flora and fauna of the place. Learn about the multiple uses of different types of plants from the locals. After dinner, be guided through the jungle to see the tarantulas, cicadas, spiders, praying mantis, and more. On the next day, enjoy a morning walk under the beautiful sunrise. Discover the indigenous community of the Yaguas and participate in an exhibition with songs, dances, and handicrafts. Lastly, go on an excursion to the reserve of free animals before you check out.

Iquitos: 6-Hour Wonderful Wildlife Guided Tour

8. Iquitos: 6-Hour Wonderful Wildlife Guided Tour

Set sail from the pier of the Iquitos Boulevard and cruise down the Itaya River to meet the Amazon River. Visit a center that specializes in the breeding of paiches, fish also known as piracuru, as well as piranhas, macaws, lizards, and turtles. For a one-of-a-kind experience, try feeding these animals. Head to the great pond filled with the famous Victoria amazonica lily pads, the world’s largest leaves. Then, proceed to the Amazon viewpoint, which promises magical vistas over the legendary surrounding landscape. Enjoy some downtime on the hammocks, while taking in impressive views of the jungle and the Amazon River. Then, take a 15-minute walk into the jungle to see the gigantic and mythical Lupuna tree, said to possess magical properties and considered the protectors of the jungle. Before returning to the city, visit the Serpentary, where you can see the anaconda’s cage.

Iquitos: Belen Market and Venice Loretana Guided Tour

9. Iquitos: Belen Market and Venice Loretana Guided Tour

We will start the tour from the Iquitos boulevard, then we will walk (or take a vehicle) to the Belen market, famous for selling exotic meats such as: rare fish, lizard meat, turtle meat, paiche, among others. We will also visit the "Paquito" passage where natural Amazonian medicine is sold, such as root drinks with aphrodisiac properties and amulets, then we will navigate through the lower part of Belen where the houseboats are located to navigate through its streets such as La Venecia Loretana. Then we will return to the starting point. This tour will show the other face of the city, an ancient city and life on the river, ideal to discover the social face of the city. As an added bonus, we will invite you to fish for piranhas (optional).

Iquitos: Amazon River Full Day Guided Tour

10. Iquitos: Amazon River Full Day Guided Tour

Your wildlife adventure begins in the morning with pickup from your hotel in Iquitos and heads to Nauta, a town considered to be the main gateway to the Amazon River from Peru. Explore Nauta’s market, and taste the variety of fresh fruits that exist only in this part of the world, grown by local farmers. From Nauta, embark on a boat ride along the beautiful Marañon River until you arrive at the confluence with Ucayali River. As you sail through the jungle waters, watch out for pink and gray dolphins as they catch the waves from the bow of the boat. From your local tour guide, learn everything there is to know about dolphins and how important they are for the Amazon environment. Arrive at Pacaya Samiria National Park and wander through the vast greenery of the landscape, looking out for capybaras, monkeys, birds, and snakes. Learn about the array of wildlife that lives here in the park, and the diverse role they all play in the biosphere of the jungle. Midway through the tour, enjoy a picnic lunch against the stunning backdrop of the park and immerse yourself in this truly amazing natural wonder. Then visit the indigenous village of Cocama to meet the local people and experience their unique way of life, learn about their use of medicinal plants, and listen to their language.

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What people are saying about Loreto, Peru

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Being that we were in the Amazon Jungle accommodations were great. Guide was knowledgeable & always helpful. I am not a picky eater so, I thought the food was great & plentiful. It was truly an unforgettable adventure. The tribes, monkey island, butterfly garden and getting to meet the locals was a wonderful experience + we did get a glimpse of dolphins…. Come prepared and you shall be fine!

Was a great day in the jungle with our guide Nelson. The highlights for me were the drive on the Amazon, the jungle hike and the viewpoints. On the recommendation of our guide Nelson, we went to the floating restaurant. In total we were on the road for almost 8 hours. Criticism: In my opinion, all entries could be included at this price.

Elmer has been a great expert guide who knows the area very well, is helpful, dedicated and very professional. We loved the tour and the treatment provided. We would definitely hire the excursion again.

I had a great time! My guide was wonderful and fun. I loved seeing all the villages and animals. As a solo female traveler I highly recommend.

Excellent itinerary and very good guide Elmer

The reserve of animals, the serpentarium, the viewpoint, very good tour and the warmth of the guide Elmer do in excellent tour!