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Iquitos and the Amazon Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 39

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Day 1: Iquitos and the Amazon

Welcome to Iquitos. Our local representative will greet you at the airport and after a brief city orientation, we transfer to the Explorama dock. Enjoy the 25 mile journey down the Amazon River to Ceiba Tops where private rooms with air conditioning and hot water that provide all of the comforts of home will be waiting. This afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve swhich includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes. After dinner there may be local flute or guitar music at the El Toucan Bar or the guides are always ready to relate some of the many legends of the Amazon forest.

Day 2: Iquitos and the Amazon

On this mornings boat ride, we hopefully spot for dolphins, before visiting a small village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain the Yagua Indian culture and how it was affected by the arrival of Europeans and the passing of time. There will also be an opportunity to see some of the local crafts and for a demonstration of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. Enjoy an afternoon walking excursion to the neighbouring town of Indiana - originally a Franciscan mission, Indiana has grown into a large river community with its own market, high school and small hospital.

Day 3: Iquitos and the Amazon

We depart early this morning from Ceiba Tops by boat to the narrow motorcar crossing connecting the Amazon and Napo Rivers to continue by boat to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. We then hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 metres, connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35 metres but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, visit the "ReNuPeRu" Ethnobotanical Garden where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. We return to Ceiba Tops in time to enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner.

Day 4: Iquitos and the Amazon

This morning you have the choice of a walking or boating excursion to further enjoy the rainforest and Amazon River or time to relax by the pool until departure time. This afternoon we transfer back to Iquitos on to the airport.