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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.

From Iquitos: 2-Day Amazon Rainforest Excursion

2. From Iquitos: 2-Day Amazon Rainforest Excursion

Journey to the Amazon Rainforest for a two-day guided excursion by boat and on foot. Enjoy a glimpse into the rhythm of jungle life as you navigate waterways, search for wildlife, and discover medicinal plants and their uses. Along the way, immerse yourself in indigenous history and traditions. Your tour begins when you meet your guide at the airport or hotel for pickup. Travel to the Nanay River Port, where you'll embark on a riverboat and head towards the Nanay and Amazon river crossing. At the Itaya-Amazon crossing, pause to search for dolphins. Cruise along for 2.5 hours. Admire the sights and sounds of the rainforest as you continue your tour, navigating through the tributary, Río Yanayacu. Arrive at the hostel and enjoy a welcome and lunch. After your meal, set out on a hike to spot medicinal plants, strangler trees, sloths, toucans, and other diurnal species. As the sunlight begins to wane, soak up the sight of the sunset over the rainforest before partaking in dinner. Once the night has set in, embark again on an evening walk – this time to search for tarantulas, amphibians, alligators, and more nocturnal fauna. Then, return to the lodge to rest. The following morning, rise early to bask in the rays of the sunrise and see the swooping flocks of herons, eagles, parrots, and other exotic birds. Tuck into your breakfast, then explore the Yanayacu River. Fish for piranhas, palometas, and tarpon and look for iguanas. Spend the rest of the morning rafting and admiring the diversity of plant life. If you wish, you‘ll also have the opportunity to visit the Yaguas community. Have lunch and enjoy about 1.5 hours of leisure time before departing for Iquitos, where you'll be taken back to the hotel or airport. 

From Iquitos: Full day tour in the Peruvian jungle

3. From Iquitos: Full day tour in the Peruvian jungle

To complete the tour, you will be picked up from the hotel or airport in Iquitos and then taken to the pier. The adventure will begin by sailing along the great Amazon River, which is considered the largest river in the world. On the way you will be able to appreciate the majesty of the jungle and its riverside populations, you will make the first stop in a natural reserve where you will observe the largest aquatic plant in the Amazon called “Victoria Regia”, you will also have the opportunity to feed the paiches, lizards and piranhas. Afterwards you will arrive at an animal sanctuary where you will see the different species in complete freedom such as toucans, macaws, monkeys, sloth bears; In the same way you will observe the prehistoric turtle called mata-mata, and the unique anaconda. Without a doubt, you will enjoy a warm welcome from the Peruvian Jungle observing the Amazon River, the Nanay River and the Momon River to arrive at a lodge where you will have free time to enjoy a delicious lunch. At the end, you will take a walk through the jungle to meet one of the tribes that live in the area known as the Boras tribe, you will interact with their daily activities, their dances and lifestyle. Finally you will return to the city of Iquitos arriving at approximately 5:00 p.m. End of services.

Iquitos: 3 Days and 2 Nights Guided Amazon Jungle Tour

4. 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.

Iquitos (Perú): 2-Days Amazon Lodge By: Canopy Tours Iquitos

5. Iquitos (Perú): 2-Days Amazon Lodge By: Canopy Tours Iquitos

Immerse yourself in the rainforest on a 2-day Amazon trip from Iquitos. Cruise along the River Amazon and look out for local wildlife like gray and pink dolphins, piranhas, and monkeys. Stay overnight in a rainforest lodge with included meals. After pickup in Iquitos, head to the jetty to board your riverboat. Then, set off along the River Amazon toward the jungle lodge. Along the way, learn about the river and its history from your guide. Upon arrival at the lodge, take a botanical walk and hear about the medicinal plants in the area. Enjoy lunch afterward, then search for the gray and pink dolphins unique to the Amazon. Have a go at fishing for piranhas and get the chance to swim in the river. Savor dinner at the lodge before getting a different perspective on the rainforest during a night excursion. Stay overnight at the lodge. Wake up early for dawn on the second day, a great time for sightings of different bird species. Enjoy breakfast on board the boat before observing monkeys in their natural habitat. Marvel at some giant trees, then have lunch at the lodge before returning to Iquitos.

Iquitos: Belen Market and Venice Loretana Guided Tour

6. 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: 6-Hour Wonderful Wildlife Guided Tour

7. 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 (Perú): 3 Days Amazon Lodge By: Canopy Tours Iquitos

8. Iquitos (Perú): 3 Days Amazon Lodge By: Canopy Tours Iquitos

Amazon Expedition Day 1: • Pick up from hotel or airport • Reception at the jetty. • Navigating the Amazon River • Guide information about the Amazon River and its history • Arrival at the Lodge. • Botanical walk (medicinal plants). • Lunch at the lodge. • Observation of gray and pink dolphins. • Piranha fishing. • Swim in the river. • Dinner at the lodge. • Night excursion. • Overnight at the Lodge. • Camping (additional activity). Day 2: • Sunrise watching and sighting of different species of birds. • Breakfast on board. • Observation of monkeys in their natural habitat. • Lunch at the lodge. • Observation of various insects of the Amazon and hanging from lianas. • Dinner at the lodge. • Night excursion in canoe to observe alligators in their natural habitat (varies according to the climatological factor). • Overnight at the lodge. • Camping (additional activity). Day 3: • Breakfast at the lodge. • Observation of sloths and squirrels in their habitat. • Visit to a riverside community and learn about their customs. • Lunch at the lodge • Return to the city of Iquitos.

Iquitos: Guided Boat Tour of Amazon River & Native Community

9. 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 in the Amazon, natural wonder of the world

10. Iquitos || 2 days in the Amazon, natural wonder of the world

Itinerary Day 1 We will leave Iquitos at 9:00 a.m. and head for the Amazon, the most popular river in the world due to its great length and flow. We will board a boat to tour this lung of the American continent that has a dense rainforest, the largest on the planet. What trees grow in the Amazon? What animals inhabit this paradise? We will discover it! We will admire a curious phenomenon of nature when we arrive at the Nanay River, since the color of its waters changes with respect to the Amazon. If we are lucky, we will be able to see some of the pink dolphins that inhabit the jungle. Our animal adventure will continue at the lizard farm, where we will also see piaches. On this tour we will discover all the details about this fish, which can reach up to 3 meters in length. Did you imagine that such a large fish would prowl the rivers of Peru? At around 1:30 p.m., we will move to the shore of the Amazon River, where we will stay in a two-story house made of jungle materials. Once there, we will rest and recharge our batteries with a complete menu. We will set off again at 3:00 pm. We will visit the Yagua natives, a people with an economy based on agriculture, fishing and hunting. What is the mythology of the Yagua people? What are their rituals? Are they isolated people? Our guide will answer these and other questions. We will return to the lodge complex at 5:00 p.m. for another rest and dinner. We will take a night walk to listen carefully to the songs emitted by birds and insects. We will learn which sound corresponds to which animal. After the walk, we will retire for a night in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Day 2 We will leave the house early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise in the Amazon (around 5:00 am). We will contemplate how the colors begin to filter into the dense jungle as the sun rises, a memory that will be hard to forget! We will spend the morning observing the birds of all colors that inhabit the Peruvian jungle. This opportunity will allow us to see unique species on the planet, such as the impressive scarlet macaw. Before continuing, we will replenish our strength with a delicious breakfast. Afterwards, we will head to the serpentarium, a kind of reserve for animals that have been rescued. Despite its name, it is also home to sloths, ocelots, turtles and parrots. In this area, we will refresh ourselves with delicious drinks made from medicinal plants and tree bark. We will return to the lodge at 12:30 to rest before lunch. At 2:30 p.m. we will board again a boat that will take us back to Iquitos, where we will return at around 4:30 p.m. Lodging The lodging for this excursion is in cabins with private room and bathroom. You can choose whether you prefer a double bed or two single beds in the room.

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(28 reviews)

A unique experience! You could experience and take part in so much, it was just absolutely amazing! I would do it again at any time and recommend it to everyone! Our tour guide, Christian, was great. Every question, every request was fulfilled and he put a lot of effort into ensuring that we were able to experience everything that nature had to offer.

Very, very good, very nice place, very friendly people with an excellent disposition. I thank Carlos and Wander for the time and dedication they provided for the tours we took with my daughter, without a doubt a highly recommended travel experience in a spectacular destination.

This was a brilliant tour. Our guide Danny went above and beyond for us to make sure we had everything we needed and to make sure we seen as much wild life as he could find. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to go to the Amazon.

Great organization and incredibly hard-working guide. Thank you very much, I just had a great time. Always my pleasure.

Loved how caring the guides were and how knowledgeable they were