Pacaya Samiria & Alpahuayo Mishana

11Days 4,

Program Overview

The Pacaya Samiria Reserve is an area of floodable tropical rainforest, which includes provinces of the department of Loreto, such as Requena, Alto Amazonas and Ucayali. Its extension is 2’080,000 hectares, which makes it one of the most extensive reserves in the Peruvian Amazon. In 2015 it was designated as the second best place for wildlife in the world.

Pacaya Samiria is Peru’s second largest protected natural area and one of the best places for nature lovers. It has more than 1,000 species of fauna and 965 species of wild plants. In addition, it protects tropical rainforest ecosystems that host great biodiversity of the Amazon, recognized as a natural wonder of the World.

Its main objective is to conserve the paiche, the largest freshwater fish in the Amazon, as well as the area’s flora and fauna resources. Its interior includes the Pacaya, Samiria and Yanayacu-Pucate river basins.

Itinerary

Day 01: …/ LIMA

Arriving to Lima we transfer to our hotel in Lima.

DAY 02: LIMA, IQUITOS, PACAYA SAMIRIA AMAZON LODGE

Transfer to the airport for the flight Lima/Iquitos. We start our adventure of the Peruvian forest at the Iquitos City Airport, from there we will transport in a modern and comfortable air-conditioned minivan traveling on a nice highway to the town of Nauta, the first township founded by the Spanish at the Marañón River’s bank. The trip takes approximately 1h 30′, a 97 km journey.

In Nauta, we next travel by lodge-owned boats to visit the Ucayali and Marañón River, where the Amazon River is born; from here we have a spectacular sight of the forest viewed from the height of a 100 foot high watching tower, where we are free to take magnificent photographs and videos of the immense Amazon River. The visitors will maybe observe Herons, birds of prey and various other birds that make their homes on the shores of the river, we will have an opportunity to see the Black Skimmers, next we will go on with our trip to the lodge for lunch.

After a recovering rest, we will walk by footpaths on the surroundings of the lodge and will go up to the viewpoint, an ideal place to observe birds on the canopy of the trees. We will look for observing the Paradise Tanager, Hooded Tanager, Opal-crowned Tanager, Masked Crimson Tanager, Pen–throated Cotinga, and several species of Flycatchers. Parrots like the Canary-winged Parakeet, Short-tailed Parrot and luckily, Blue-and-yellow Macaw.

Dependant on nigh time climate conditions, we will make an excursion by boat to observe night animals and insects; also enjoyable is hearing the various sounds that comes from the forest, later we will be back to the lodge for dinner and resting.

Day 03: LODGE, NAUTA CAÑO, LODGE (B-L-D)

At dawn, we will make a small hike through the forest around the lodge, searching for birds to observe like Tinamous, White-Throated Tinamou, Great Tinamou, Cinereous Tinamou, Little Tinamou and other birds like Yellow-headed Caracara, White-eyed Parakeet, Dusky headed Parakeet, Canary-Winged Parakeet, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, Tui Parakeet, Short-Tailed Parrot, and other.

Next we will back for breakfast to the lodge, after that we will take a boat to navigate down the Marañón River where we will concentrate on some bird species which habitat on the river islands, next we will cross the river to enter the creek of Nauta Caño, a zone rich in birds like the Ivory-billed Aracari, Wattled Jacanas and Anhingas. On the bordering trees, we will be able to observe mixed flocks of Tanagers, Chesnut-eared Aracari, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher, Yellow-margined Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Dusky-chested Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, and different kind of Woodcreepers like Long-Tailed Woodcreeper, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Ocellaced Woodcreeper, among others.

Upon the return and if time allows it, we will wait for the rise of the moon, on the horizon upon the waters of the Marañón River. It’s a wonderful spectacle, mainly in Full Moon.

Return to the shelter. Supper and chat on the activities of the following day, then we will spend the night at the lodge.

Day 04, 05, 06 & 07: LODGE, PACAYA SAMIRIA, YARINA, LODGE.

At dawn, after breakfast, we will board and sail across the Marañón River to explore during the following days, the Pacaya Samiria NR and we’ll enter trough the basin of the Yanayacu River, this zone has been recently opened for tourism and is extremely rich in birds, (there are 449 different species properly catalogued), flora and fauna. It will also be possible to be observed Pink and Gray Dolphins, Turtles, different species from Primates, Sluggish Bears etc. Besides the birds, we will observe diverse types of Kingfishers, like the Amazon, Ringed-Green Rufous Kingfisher, and the spectacular Amnerican Pygmyl Kingfisher, Wattled Jacanas and Anhingas. We will see the Tanagers, Aracari Chesnut-Eared, Woodpecker Crimson-Crested, Cotinga Spangled, Lemon-Throated Barbet, Jacamar White-Eared, Donacobius Black-Cappet.

We will sail through lagoons and hidden rivers in the wilderness, and will walk across open footpaths in the forest in search of the Horned Screamer, Black Collared Hawk, Jabiru Storks, Woodstorks, Roseate Spoonbill, Piedlapwing and many more.

At noon, we will have our box lunch, that we will eat in the shadow of the great trees of forest.

In the evening, we will continue with the search of birds like the endemic one, Black Tailed Antbird, Black Necked Network Cotinga, Gray Cheeked Nunlet, Lettered and Ivori-billed Aracaris, Bar-breasted Piculet, Black Bushbird Rofous Capped, Antthrush, Tropical Gnatcatcher and the Yellow billed Jacamar among others.

During the route we will visit a Native Community to observe the lifestyle and daily activities of the people, such as hunting, gathering, fishing or agriculture; we can also collaborate with the community development buying typical souvenirs hand made by the natives, made of seeds and a vegetable ivory called tagua, during those days the accommodation will be in tents at the camp zone.

At night, we will walk across the forest, in search of owls and night birds, or fish in the rivers and look for black Caymans, depending on the wishes of the guests.

On the 6th day after breakfast we will begin the return to the lodge, we will have lunch and free afternoon for relax and take a small hike around the lodge.

At the end of the day we will rest and have dinner.

Day 08 & 09: LODGE, LLPAHUAYO MISHANA,IQUITOS.

At dawn, and after breakfast, we will take the boats to Nauta. There, a vehicle will be waiting for us, and will drive us to the Allpahuallo Mishana located 12.5 miles from the city of Iquitos. During two days, we will explore the reserve looking for birds, some of them new for science, and different from those of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve as these are the Ancient Antwren, Mishana Tyralunnet, Allpahuayo Antbird and Northern-chesnut Tailed Antbird, in addition to other species like the Gray-legged Tinamou (Nov-Sea), Rufous Potoo, Cinnamon-crested Spadebill, Pompadour Cotinga and the Cinnamon Tyrant-manakin, among others.

Both days we will enjoy box lunches during our excursion.

We’ll spend the nights in Iquitos City lodging in a superior hotel 3 star class, where we will rest and have dinner.

Day 10: IQUITOS, LIMA.

In the morning, after the breakfast in the hotel, we will make a city tour, during the route we will appreciate among other places, the «Main Square», the Iron House, the District of Belén, the Itaya River, visit to the stores of native handicrafts etc.

Lunch, rest and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Lima.

Day 11: LIMA /…

Transfer to the airport for the international flight.

The price includes

  • Booking for Hotel based on double occupancy.
  • All scheduled land, lake and air transportations.
  • All transfers.
  • All scheduled excursions with local guides and interpreters.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Meals and domestic flight airfares as specified in the itinerary.

The price doesn´t include

International airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages and items of personal nature.

Note

Essentials:

Vaccinations: It is highly recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever.

What to bring?

  • Binoculars, Camera and film ASA 200 and 400 for the inner forest.
  • Warm clothing (in case of a cold front), long sleeve shirts and long pants (cotton).
  • 100% waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear).
  • Insect repellant (at least 50% Deet), sunscreen lotion.
  • Hiking shoes and sandals.
  • Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs.
  • Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses.
  • Towel, swimming suit, personal medicines and/or supplies (liquid forcontact lenses, for example).
  • Day pack, and one back pack or duffel bag of luggage per person.
  • One bottle of water for the first day, plastic bags.

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